For the very first edition of OEB for the year 2017, on Oceans TV, we had the most talented, leading Ewe rapper in Ghana, Edem.
Talking to Lerny Lomotey on his debut on Oceans in a laid back interview, he talks about his new song Spelling Bee for which he has a video and his fairly new song Gbevu for which he released a video on 1st January 2017. In line with his song Spelling Bee, he was motivated by the little girl who represented Ghana at the spelling bee two years ago. It’s in support of the Spelling Bee Committee headed by Mawuena who reached out to him to do a song. He put together all the winning words from the Spelling Bee from ten years ago to create the song which is to inspire children to read. For everyone to relate to the song, he veered away from his native language Ewe and did it in English. Realizing a lot of people love the song, they plan to go to several basic schools throughout the year to help build the children’s capacity to read. The recently-released video to the song Spelling Bee was premiered by Music Time on Voice of America who are all about impacting these children.
The video to Gbevu was released to mainstream two months after the song, it was however on YouTube but private because of political tensions at the time. Gbevu is doing so well on the market and hopefully the video will catch up.
Edem has a new song with Nigerian female artiste Seyi Shay titled Ride With Me. The video to the love song, Edem’s first animated video, is still in the works and will be released in February 2017 alongside the first song off his yet-to-be-released album. The song, which is the first hip hop single off that album, features Jojo Abot, Dark Suburb and Teephlow and was produced by Coptic.
He has been doing music professionally for eight years and as a successful musician he has a lot of female and male upcoming artistes who walk and look up to him daily for grooming, inspiration and motivation. He says consistency and knowing the market in relation to what genre of music is in vogue at what particular time adds to his success story. He believes he’s set the tone for a revolution and created respect and regard for the language and has set a standard for the language to be used in songs. In his own words “…you can only get better when the people after you go beyond where you have gotten to…” and encourages upcoming artistes to go beyond whatever he has attained.
Edem can be reached on all social media.