After heartbreak, you do not always need to wallow in ice cream and Adele and Sam Smith. Now, I am not telling you to be in denial, just that sometimes you need the ghetto kind of healing. You need songs like “Thunder Fire You” by Ric Hassani.
Well, today is Friday and it’s for Artiste in Focus. We are featuring the artiste sweet enough to love “Forever” and the one bold enough to invoke thunder on a heartbreaker; Gyakie and Ric Hassani.
Jacqueline Acheampong is her birth name. She is the daughter of the Ghanaian highlife legend; Ernest Nana Acheampong. Taking her father’s step, Gyakie is a Ghanaian musician, and songwriter. Influenced by her father’s success in music, Gyakieshowed interest in the making melodies at an early age.
She started as a chorister in church. Because of her sonorous voice, she served as the lead vocalist for many songs. She didn’t exactly take her father’s entire music legacy. While her father is a known highlife legend, Gyakie has chosen Afro-fusion as her genre. So, she got signed into FlipTheMusic record label.
Her music career started in the Ghanaian music industry in 2019. She released a debut single called, “Love is Pretty.” The song stormed Ghana like a virus. It was a hit song that was played on radio and TV for many weeks. It became even better as she grew in the music industry.
In 2020, she released a debut EP titled “Seed”. The EP featured five different tracks of different genres. She had a love song, 2 rap songs, 2 pop songs. She was basically playing around music and introducing herself to the world. But again, the EP made her more famous. The love song, “Forever” became known internationally. The song was literally played throughout Africa on February 14.
According to Gyakie, her debut EP, “Seed” is a journey that explores diverse genres as a reflection of her music quest. She longs to find and stay true to herself, while taunting people with the lingering thoughts of what to expect from her subsequent projects.
The Afro-fusion queen has proven to be a music goddess who love for music is insatiable. She is Gyakie and she will shake the earth with her sound.
Ikechukwu Eric Ahiauzu is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and musician. He was born in Port Harcourt and for some reasons; it greatly influenced his style of music. Ric Hassani is a lover of love. He finds every opportunity to sing and celebrate love. He is nicknamed the perfect gentleman as a result of his music and the way he dresses. Ric Hassani’s style must be the dopest I’ve seen.
He began his music career in 2016 when he released his debut album; “The African Gentleman”. The album featured everything about romantic and family love. In the same year, he was nominated in three categories at the All Africa Music Awards; Best Artiste in African R&B and Soul, Video of the year, and Most Promising Artiste. He was also nominated at The Headies 2016.
In 2018, his song “Believe” assisted by Falz and Olamide won Best Collaboration at the Galaxy Music Awards.
Today, 26th February 2021, he released his sophomore album titled; “The Prince I Became.” This album is a bit different from his first album. It wasn’t just about love; he gave people the ability to vent their pain and anger through “Thunder Fire You.” He was a mouthpiece for the heartbroken. He introduced hope and a chance to heal from it. However, Ric Hassani being RicHassani still celebrated love in this album. You can’t really take the gentleman away from him. He may be a prince, but he is still a gentleman.
PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK
EPO- Joe El ft davido, zlatan
MR MONEY(REMIX)- Asake, zlatan, peruzzi
FLEX- Kizz Daniel
LIGHT UP- Killer tunez ft Walshy fire, like mike, sha sha
KE STAR REMIX- Focalistic ft Davido
BETTER BETTER- Jamopyper
ON A DAILY 2.0- Yung6ix ft 24hrs
THE DON- Mr Eazi
WICKESEST WINE- Dapo Turburna
JAMMING(TROPKILLAZ REMIX)- Bob Marley and The Wailers ft Towa Savage
FINAL SAY- Banky W.
Remember to never drink and drive, stay safe and wear your mask. Have a jiggy weekend.