Award-winning Ghanaian rapper/song writer Asem is making a comeback after what looked like a hiatus. Asem has been working behind the scenes and is currently set to release his new album titled ‘Solid Ground’.
The album will be available online at http://www.asemmusic.com from February 10. CDs will also be available in stores from February 17.
The video for the first single off ‘Solid Ground’, ‘No More Kpayor’, won best hiplife video at the 2011 4syte Music Video Awards and best West African video at the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards. The album showcases beat productions from producers in Ghana, South Africa, and USA.
It has songs as ‘Bye Bye’, featuring Kwabena Kwabena, ‘1000 Fights And Make Ups’ featuring Irene Logan, and ‘Show Something’ featuring DJ Black and South African artiste JR. The album will be distributed in Ghana by WBDN Records and distributed throughout Africa and worldwide by distribution partners in South Africa and the UK.
This is a follow-up to Asem’s groundbreaking first album ‘Better Late Than Never’, which revolutionised urban music in Ghana with the controversial ‘Give Me Blow’ and club banging song ‘Pigaro’ which was also the most played song in Ghana in 2009- 2010. Asem won discovery of the year at the Ghana Music Awards 2009. The following year, he won the World Bank Music for development Award for socially responsible artistes with his song ‘School Dey Bee’. He is still active in his role as World Bank Ambassador for education in Ghana.
Asem is now working with Ghana Library Authority, supporting regional reading clinics and mobile libraries for basic schools in deprived communities in Accra. The Asem foundation, in collaboration with Accra Library Board, is determined to help increase reading and literacy levels in Ghana, with the main focus on basic school children.
“It is vital for children to be educated and expand their mind through reading for social development,” said Asem.
“This new album ‘Solid Ground’ is testimony to my own development within Ghana music to date. It has been enduring and challenging but has been extremely important in my progression. I am now ready for the rest of the world. I am now seriously on solid ground,” he added.
Asked why he chose such an album title, Asem explained, “Success and living your life under the spotlight comes with a lot of merits and demerits and one needs to be strong and stand firm on Solid Ground or else he/she might be swallowed by sinking sands”.
He went on further to say he had been through his own trials and tribulations and he had matured into a better and wiser man.