Africa cum to Ghana’s most decorated rapper Sarkodie known in real life as Michael Owusu Addo held a writing camp in Ghana. The camp saw the likes of Nigerian star Zlatan, Rex on the beat, Nana Fofie together with other producers in attendance.
The writing camp also brought unity between artists in Ghana as almost every artist of our time was at this camp to either record, help create music or collaborate with another artist.
So what is a writing camp?
For those of you who don’t know what songwriting camp is, well, it’s a gathering of producers and top liners in a pre-selected location for the purpose of cross pollenating creativity and writing. A camp can last for a few days or a week or longer.
If the above definition for a writing camp is anything to go by then we will say it is the music form of a corporate retreat. These camps in the past are often organized by labels who want an album written for an artist.
At Sarkodie’s writing camp, we saw a lot of artists recording with different artist and the whole music mood created was something the industry needed to boost Mojoe of musicians especially in this Covid 19 era.
Music and musicians were hugely hit with this pandemic as many had to return performance booking fees to agents due to the pandemic so a camp of this nature could not have come at a better time for our African artists and producers.
Let us share a few of the things you might have missed from the camp.
- At the Camp, Sarkodie brought together 2/3 of the whole music industry. A picture of every artist at the writing camp showed that there was unity among our musicians and they had fun.
The ladies were not left out. At the writing camp we saw our female stars for the first time bonding. Sefa, Efya, Mzvee, others had their best time at this writing camp. 7 out of 10 of the time this things happen without our female stars present so to see them been involved made us happy.
The Camp brought together some of the continent’s best producers such as Rex on the beat, kill beatz just to list a few. The co-production power behind some of the songs we will hear when these records come out will obviously blow our minds.
Writing skills improvement. We saw from the pictures and short videos how Sarkodie and other artists were always with every artist before they recorded their music. We saw Sarkodie with the ladies where he spent time in listening to them before they recorded. We hoping that this will influence our music in a great way as we go back to been lyrically strong again.
Teaching of branding and Imaging as an artist. For every artist that had the chance to spend some time with Sarkodie, we are expecting that they would have learnt a thing or two about how to make a brand solid. All the videos and pictures released from the camp were properly cut and treated for the glam. Some times the music cannot speak but the images will do a lot of talking.
Freedom: we saw how Sarkodie for the first was dancing a lot. A video of himself and King Promise got social media buzzing – that means there was freedom of creation at the camp. Artists had lot of freedom to do what they want to do and hopefully it reflects on the music.
Congratulations to Sarkodie on this writing camp and to all artists that showed up; this is what Africa needs if we are going to take the world on.
We need to go together rather than go as individuals.