With his fifth studio album, dancehall superstar Stonebwoy reveals an unwillingness to slow down. “There’s no other name that could describe my fifth studio album,” he tells Apple Music.
“In the space that I find myself, I want to continue to contribute to my culture, and my time, and my generation. The fifth dimension goes beyond the physical—it goes into the astral; it goes into the spiritual. It deals with all aspects of emotions and thoughts. This is vibration; this is levels; emotions; this is waves.”
Stonebwoy has consistently shown he has no fear when it comes to diversifying his sound, a trait that’s ever present across the album’s 17 tracks.
He even ventures into amapiano territory alongside South African superstar DJ Maphorisa on “Apotheke”—displaying as much passion as he does on his signature dancehall-meets-Afrobeats records. Below, he breaks down key tracks form 5th Dimension.
“Life and Money” (feat. Stormzy)
“When you critically listen to the song, you find out that I acknowledge where I’m headed. I acknowledge how hard I’m investing into myself by virtue of hard work. And then I also understand that there’s a need to actually live life and make money in the end. And also, I’m wishing this for all of my people. And I just pray that we all have long life to be able to enjoy whatever we work hard for.”
“’Far Away’ takes you on a meditational path. It’s taking into consideration everything that’s going on and knowing for a fact that you are a champion or you are a winner and you are mentally gone—basically, far away. You’re vibrating on the higher levels. And all this can only happen inside of your mind. Whatever you do, it’s your mind that starts the thought that takes you there.”
“More of You”
“More of You is a double entendre. I think love runs the world, and many things that go on actually centre around the existence and the management of relationships. And I think love is the biggest commandment. So you give what you get basically, and whilst you’re expecting to be given the most, you also should be understanding enough to know that you have to also reciprocate it to that level. It’s like a highlife kind of sound, but it’s embedded in today’s kind of rhythm, so it’s a proper blend of the styles that I’m known for.”
“Ava Wum Lo”
“‘Ava womlo’ means, ‘You go kill me’ in my native Ewe language (I’m from the Volta region of Ghana). It’s also a very nice love song, sung in my dialect, and gives us that traditional feel and [sense of belonging] for my people as well, so that they can really feel connected and attached to the vibes. It is a sensual love tale, honouring women and then praising them for the amount of love that they show, and the way women express love.”
“The beat gives me the vibes of a typical jama…these are songs that are on the streets, like when you’re going for school competitions or football matches—all the type of songs that are played when the Black Stars plays football matches. I needed a subject that could fit that style of rhythm. ‘Forget’ speaks about making a firm decision not to go back to your ex. It’s telling them, ‘Yo, when I didn’t have nothing, you were not there for me, but now that I got something you want to find your way through’.”
“Run AM” (feat. Mereba)
“I’ve always loved to just dig deep and do something unique. Not every artist can take risks, but my career is built on risks, because combining reggae and Afrobeats in the first place to create a certain sound is really very important. Mereba’s voice is different and her style of music complements a dancehall song.”
“Activate” [Stonebwoy & Davido]
“Shoutout to Davido; that’s a brother of mine. ‘Activate’ [has been] a huge success and we couldn’t leave it alone, so we had to bring it on here, and we all have enjoyed this [combination] of a typical Afrobeats with my dancehall flavour. You can see when I get into the first verse, there is a different dancehall style that brings some energy to the whole situation. I’m always intentional about continuing to represent for the African sounds that were formed both in Africa and in the diaspora.”
“My Sound” (feat. Shaggy)
“It is a typical Afro-dance style. I’ve been [making music] for over a decade, and we’ve seen the tempo of Afrobeats go from 120 bpm down to 85. And the same way it transitioned from the hardcore, to today, where the dancehall rhythm is more laid back, I had to go back. The song has an Afrobeat feel produced by Praiz, a Nigerian musician and sound engineer. I sent it to Shaggy and he really just blessed us with this one, because Shaggy is one of the artists [who made me love] dancehall. These types of collaborations go a very long way to unify us, both the African people and the people in the Caribbean. It adds more sauce to that intentionality of knowing that we are all one people, and we share sounds.”
“Apotheke” [Stonebwoy & DJ Maphorisa]
“Afrobeats really is an umbrella name for all the sounds that are generated in Africa, in today’s terms. And I believe that Amapiano is also one of the very huge ones. So DJ Maphorisa and I had to jump on one like this. Recording in South Africa, I realised that we don’t really understand the Zulu and the Xhosa, but we love it. We love what we hear. The intention of the song is: we’re going to have fun. We’re going to party. And it’s like a drug; the vibe is going to be like a drug. Apotheke is a pharmacy—‘apothecary’.”
“It speaks to government and power and politics, even some very pertinent things that happen within the African system, whereby the political policies and agendas that have to be implemented only [exist] on paper, but are hardly executed to the maximum on the ground. I will never depart from my consciousness no matter what it is. My music addresses every and anything.”
“Where Is The Love”
“This is actually a very soulful song to me. It is my personal story, and it also is very relatable. The more you grow, the more you go, the more you realise that many people give us love, but they don’t really have it for us. It’s conditional. And thus I’m inspired to speak about my terms myself, and I ask the question, ‘Where is the love that was supposed to show?’ Enemies are in the circle, because we’ve been beaten a lot of times by people who [posed] as innocent people, or people who loved us—but you realise that they’re the same ones who would hurt us, at any given opportunity to fulfil their own desires.”
Flood victims of Mepe receive relief items from Gospel Singer Joe Mettle
Gospel Singer Joe Mettle Donates and Fellowships with Flood Victims of Mepe, Volta Region
Joe Mettle has extended his support to the victims of recent devastating floods in Mepe, Volta Region. This benevolence act, which serves as a beacon of hope in these challenging times, is part of his annual “Love Gift” initiative, where he visits communities, fellowships with them, and makes generous donations.
The renwoned gospel artiste, known for his soulful music and philanthropic efforts, donated essential relief items and spent quality time in fellowship with the affected individuals. The donation included camp tents, food items and provisions, clean water, clothing, and medical supplies, aimed at providing immediate relief to the victims who have lost their homes and belongings in the flood following the Akosombo Dam spillage.
In addition to the material aid, Mettle also spent time in fellowship with the victims, offering words of comfort and encouragement. His visit brought smiles to many faces, as he shared prayers and sang gospel songs, lifting the spirits of those present.
Mettle expressed his deep sympathy for the victims and urged others to contribute in any way they can. “It’s a difficult time for those affected by the floods,” Mettle said. “Through the ‘Love Gift’, we hope to provide some comfort and help them get through this challenging period.”
Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for the North Tongu in the Volta Region, who received the donations on behalf of the community, expressed his gratitude. “We are deeply touched by Joe Mettle’s generosity. His ‘Love Gift’ initiative is a testament to the power of community spirit and compassion. On behalf of the people of Mepe, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Joe Mettle for his kindness and support during this challenging time.”
Meanwhile, Joe Mettle is set to hold his annual Christmas concert at the Assemblies Of God, Cedar Mountain Chapel International, East Legon on Monday (December 25).
Dubbed “Christmas with Joe Mettle & The Love Gift,” the multi-award-winning Ghana-based Gospel singer and songwriter will perform renditions of songs from his extensive and renowned discography fully backed by The Love Gift band. The one-night explosive and thrilling worship experience will also feature guest performances from other acclaimed worshipper leaders.
Get tickets here: www.joemettlemusic.com or dial *725*5050#
Rising Ghanaian artiste Cee Levelz releases new single “Confused”
Rising Ghanaian musical talent Cee Levelz has released his newest single, “Confused,” produced and Mastered by Delmi Record Team.
The new Love song exemplifies Cee Levelz’s signature sound of Afrobeat, The lyrics and beat combined in a track that is sure to have you on your feet. The production of the track is bold and energetic, propelling Cee Levelz’s inspirational and Love-affirming message to the forefront.
“Confused” is a story about a guy who did something wrong to his girlfriend and the lady found it difficult to forgive him and was using silence to manipulate the guy’s feelings making him confused and didn’t know what to do to get her back.
The combination of Delmi Record Team’s production work and Cee Levelz’s catchy Loving hooks and melodies make “Confused” a must-listen Love song for those looking to get inspired and increase their Love profile. The track is sure to be an instant fan favorite.
Travis Greene announces “Celebrate Ghana” gospel concert in Accra with Joe Mettle, Phil Thompson, and Victor Thompson
Gospel powerhouse and 5x GRAMMY-nominated gospel singer Travis Greene has announced a concert in Ghana on Wednesday, December 6, at the Empowerment Worship Centre—The Prayer Factory, Dzorwulu.
Dubbed “Celebrate Ghana”, the much-anticipated concert aims to bring solace and inspiration to Ghanaians after what many have described as a challenging year while presenting Ghanaians with the opportunity to experience spiritual upliftment like never before.
Speaking ahead of the event, headliner Travis Greene said: “…. in a world filled with challenges, we firmly believe that the constancy of God’s grace and love remains unwavering. It is in this spirit that we intend to create an atmosphere of authenticity, healing, and restoration for all who join us for this worship experience.”
With over three thousand worshippers expected to gather, the night will feature the likes of Ghana’s Joe Mettle, Phil Thompson, Victor Thompson, and more, who are expected to captivate the audience with soul-stirring performances featuring some of their most celebrated songs.
Tickets for “Celebrate Ghana” are available now at Hallmark Café Dzorwulu, Achimota Shell, Mont. 19 Swaniker Street, Abelemkpe Accra, and online at celebrateghana.eventbrite.com.
Known as a raw, expressive singer and songwriter, contemporary Christian and gospel artist Travis Greene incorporates several genres into his sound. Following his emergence in 2007, Greene gained wide acclaim, topping the Billboard gospel chart with 2015’s The Hill. The album spawned several Grammy-nominated hits, including “Intentional” and “Made a Way,” the latter of which stayed at number one on the Hot Gospel Songs chart for 13 weeks.
With seven Stellar Gospel Awards to his name, Greene’s impact on the gospel music scene remains undeniable, earning him a fifth Grammy nomination for “Won’t Let Go” from 2019’s “Broken Record” and returning in 2021 with “Oil + Water.