For the lovers of Reggae music, Dancehall is a name that is associated with Jamaica. This is why when a Ghanaian music group is associated with that genre, it attracts attention from the land of reggae, Jamaica. Is it any wonder that such a group became the first African music group to enter a Jamaican based radio station, Princess K radio sponsored global reggae contest code-named FACEBOOK SUPERSTAR and won the prestigious prize for Ghana? Ladies and Gentlemen, we are talking about the great BUKOM Dancehall, a music group and cultural institution that is re-branding a branch of hiplife called Bukom Dancehall.
Yes, Bukom Dancehall is the name of the music group, a brand and is also a cultural arts organization. As an arts organization it houses a group of ghetto youth musicians born and raised in Bukom-Accra. The Music group has two divisions, the CORE and the ASSOCIATE pool. The core is made up of a duo who are the founding members of the group. The Associate group is the pool where community youths with unlimited talents are discovered and given training in music production and for performance.The organization was founded on the 10th january 2011, by the duo. They are the top ruling artist and great vocals known as Dennis Sasu Appah (Nana Kwesi Abra)A.K.A. Papa Zuree(JEZUREE)and Abel Fiifi Manomey(Kotoko Fiifi Manomey)A.K.A. Scooby the Porcupine(KOTOKO SCOOBY).
As a cultural organisation, it has an affiliation with the Centre for Human Development and Social Change,Ghana. It uses the performing arts in it's community projects and programmes of protecting the enviroment and developing individual resources.The organisation also aims at charity and poverty reduction.Bukom Dancehall is a therefore, charity music band that spreads good vybe through world music to the world.
Dennis Sasu Appah (Nana Kwesi Abra) aka Papa Zuree (JEZUREE)was born at Swalaba area around Bukom on the 12August 1986 to Madam Agnes Boateng and M.R. S.S. Appah from Nkwatia-Kwahu. He is the last of four boys in the family. He started his education at New Order Prepratory and J.H.S; then to ST.Peters High School, before graduating at Chemu S.H.S. Nana loves fufu and banku as his favourite foods. He is currently an undergraduate student at the Central University studying banking and finance.
Abel Fiifi Manomey (Kotoko Fiifi Manomey) aka Scooby the porcupine(KOTOKO SCOOBY) was born at Akotolante a ghetto area around Bukom on the 22Augest 1987 to Madam Sophia Aquaye and Abel Manomey Snr. The mother originates from Ajumako- Bisease in the Central Region of Ghana while the father is an Ewe native from Peki-Adzokwe V/R. He is the second of five boys. He started his educationa at James Town Methodist Primary and J.H.S. And then to Osu Presec S.H.S.
Fiifi is also a professional footballer who has played with clubs such as D-International,Okwahu United,Olympiacos,International Allies,Damang Manchester and many more. As a Trained coach, he oversees and coordinates the youth sports programmes of the Centre for Human Development and Social Change(CHDSCGhana)
Fiifi says he loves Kokonte, Rice and Soup as his favorite food.
Bukom Dancehall has been a regular participant in the annual Kpanlogo For Peace Percussion and Music Festival hosted the Ghana chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.
They have also been hosting the Charlie Wote Music and Arts Festival on April14 th, a project that is receiving rave reviews because of its health benefits.
Bukom Dancehall were one of the support acts with other top Ghanaian reggae master in an International Reggae Sunsplash Charity Show as Ghana hosted Anthony B and Jah Mason from Jamaica during Ghana's iNDEPENDENT B'day bash on 5 th march, 2012 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
They are also involved in the Street Academy project where free tutorials and study assistance are offered for elementary and Junior High School students.
Plans are far advanced to undertake nation-wide tour for winning the FACEBOOK SUPERSTAR for Ghana and Africa, a project supported by a Jamaican based radio station, Princess K Radio. Proceeds from the tour would be used to support area orphanages and to start BUKOM GBEKEBII scholarship and offer family support loans.
Bukom Dancehall has also been undertaking rural outreach projects in collaboration with the CHDSCGhana on creating awareness on environmental issues.
Bukom Dancehall will be releasing their first mix-tape album in 2012 and is still working hard to bring their fans, world class videos on T.V's screens soon. Bukom Dancehall are also at the exploratory stages of a possible world tour the world in 2013.