Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Black Stars' striker Asamoah Gyan ventures into music, features on Castro's African Girls

Asamoah Gyan aka Baby Jet was the first Ghanaian to score in a World Cup and he's scored another first, by becoming the first footballer to venture into hiplife music. He features with popular hiplife star, Castro the Destroyer, in a classic video, African Girls. Asamoah Gyan is also very popular for his goal celebration dances, some of which he performs in the music video. The song and music video has been greeted positively by music fans as it is becoming very popular.

The song is produced by Castro's Wondzie Entertainment. The Takoradi native has been struggling to enjoy the same success he had during the times of hit songs like Sradenam and Toffee, and this Asamoah Gyan collaboration might just do the trick. The idea of singing about African women is not as fashionable as of 2005 but it is the focus of the song. Castro and Asamoah Gyan sing about Ghanaian and African women. The song mentions "African girls dey be, dance to the groove and feel the heat". "African girls dey be, them be weet, them be sexy like cheese". It's a party type track and not exactly one that empowers women. Then again, how many African songs do that?

A lot of music fans love the song and the dances but are not very impressed with Asamoah Gyan's rap. Some believe he should learn to take better penalty kicks and not worry about rapping and doing music. Baby Jet claims Ghanaian women are beautiful and that they should use their sweet thing to do 'kekye'. 'Kekye' is a popular Ghanaian term for dribbling and football showmanship.

The video was directed and edited by Egya Bucknor, with camera by Virus Agyare, art direction by Dela Sanaki, make-up by Eunice Mould. The team is known as NAS (Nuquari Arts Studio). There is a cameo by Asamoah Gyan's brother, Baffour Gyan, himself, a former Black Stars regular. It would have been nice to have seen some other Black Star players join in the 'Asamoah Gyan dance' in the music video, especially players like Anthony Annan, John Paintsil and Kwadwo Asamoah.

Watch the music video

Lyrics for the song coming to this link. African girls is not the only song Asamoah Gyan has been working on. He also has ‘Baby’ which also features Nigeria born Soli Baba. Dancing and music is surely in Gyan’s blood. He plans to record a hiplife album after he finishes his football career.
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