Ghnewsnow Entertainment Desk is proud to present to you the 20 sterling Ghana reggae and dancehall artists featuring on the Where Di Money Riddim. These artists span the entire generational spectrum of the genre in Ghana right now. From Kente to Elis Koina, the Where Di Money project will unleash a barrage of experienced artists featuring alongside raw and new talent and here at Ghnewsnow, we will bring them all to you ahead of the release. Today,we shine the spotlight on KONKARAH JAHVYBZ.
He is not just into the reggae stream for the street props, business identity or fame, Konkarah is a strong adherent to and defender of the Rastafari faith and he is an officially registered member of the Rastafari council of Ghana. He is firmly clung on the missionary aspects of the genre to help in the mental liberation of the many that have lost the purity of their conscious sovereignty.
Growing up wild in the mean Adabraka streets of Accra, singing had always been Konkarah’s prime natural but he never gave it serious thoughts or due treatment until his haunting talent took a ripe turn and his inclination towards professional singing peaked a hot point where the heavily adventurous 16 year old Konkarah couldn’t hold back the firm compulsion pushing him to make a maiden attempt at the mic. He started writing a series of very short songs with urgent consistency and thus cultivated the needed daily habit of improvising a few one liners and then moved up to a bunch of couplets which would later translate into his lyricism mastery. Up to this day Konkarah is deeply stuck to daily songwriting that he can’t go a whole day without writing at least a mini practice verse or hooks if not a full song for an immediate or later release.
There was no mentor to offer the tricks and guides, but the clever teen taught himself some basic music lessons that has culminated in his overall flow today. Over time, the young and developing Konkarah switched to absorbing secondary phase influence from established artistes like Sizzla Kalonji, Capleton, Buju Banton, Anthony B, Luciano, Ras Kimono, Chaka Demus, Shabba Ranks, Bob Marely, Peter Tosh, Morgan Heritage, Kofi Rudy Franky, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and other mainstream reggae greats that have a huge global following.
While still spinning on this multi-mentor axis to muster his versatility and competitiveness, the fully fledged Konkarah was building up his intellect by taking inspirations from Emperor Haile Selassie, Marcus Garvey, Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Kwame Nkrumah, Chinua Achebe, Maya Angelou and other black freedom fighters and political thought-provoking poets, to immortalize their idealisms and mission works by incorporating hints of their humanitarian gospels in his songs.
While still spinning on this multi-mentor axis to muster his versatility and competitiveness, the fully fledged Konkarah was building up his intellect by taking inspirations from Emperor Haile Sellasie, Marcus Garvey, Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Kwame Nkrumah, Chinua Achebe, Maya Angelou and other black freedom fighters and political thought-provoking poets, to immortalize their idealisms and mission works by incorporating hints of their humanitarian gospels in his songs.
He recorded his very first studio single, “What A Girl”, which was perhaps just a test cut to check for feedback. It was produced by Hammer of the Last 2 inside the Hush Hush Studios. After “What A Girl” gathered diverse motivating springboard responses from friends, family and a handful of first generation fans, Konkarah felt his natural eligibility for a proper music career journey. He has never looked back since then, he’s been widely active and consistent with more well-received releases that have cemented his motivation to further his works even against industry odds.
Konkarah emerged in the era of Terry Bonchaka, Mad Fish, General Marcus, Yoggie Doggie, Okomfo Kwade and Kwame Partan.
Aware that a strong cordial affiliation to a peer collective of contemporaries that share his musical path interests, mission values, message line and career targets would help facilitate his social opportunities and market advantages, Konkarah would not walk the reggae-dancehall street a lone singjay, he respected the urge to befriend some genre equals who are also highly dedicated to upholding the reggae revolutionary mission and the dancehall euphoria that heats up the ghettoes.
He built alliances with a few equals like Kojo Kombolo, Iwan, Paapa Wastik, Black Prophet, Osagyefo, Blak Mexxiah and Shatta Wale. He also had people like Empress Lomo of Radio Gold, Conscious Queen of Pink FM, Haruna Babaginda of Melody FM, Black Santino of Vibe FM, King Lagazee of Hitz FM, King Bash of Vibe FM, Nature Won etc.
Konkarah has undoubtedly made great active contributions to the survival, beauty and vibrancy of reggae and dancehall in Ghana since his entry. With an in-depth grasp of the reggae genre, Konkarah staunches within the genre’s purity by continuing in the liberating revolutionary trail blazed by the foundation superstars like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Max Romeo, Leroy Sibbles, Auguistus Pablo, Josey Wale, and the other early reggae heads who advocated in defense of the system-oppressed masses.
Konkarah’s core theme log spans nature, metaphysics, Divine Orders, revolution, truth, faith, positivity, freedom, consciousness, righteousness, social issues, love, peace, unity — but his spontaneity to explore beyond the confines of the Rastafari philosophy makes his brand one that’s identifiable with content universality, as some of his songs contain cross-lifepath messages that are relatable to non-reggae/dancehall fans who would otherwise give reggae and dancehall less or zero attention.
His spontaneity to explore beyond the confines of the Rastafari philosophy makes his brand one that’s identifiable with content universality, as some of his songs contain cross-lifepath messages that are relatable to non-reggae/dancehall fans who would otherwise give reggae and dancehall less or zero attention.
So far, Konkarah has shared stage with big name artistes like Luciano, Mutabaruka, Anthony B, Sizzla, Knii Lante, Paapa Wastik, Black I, Norris Man, Iwan, Ras Kuuku and other foreign reggae and dancehall nationals who have come to Ghana to play. His notable collaborations include “I Will Be There” [featuring Seeta Kamani] and “Money A Go Run” which features Stxnga and “What Ah Mash Up Di Youth”, an anti-drug abuse piece which he did with Paapa Wastik and Jahwi, 2 artists on the WHERE DI MONEY Project..
Konkarah has a single credit discography with his 2017’s 19 tracklist standard album dubbed “Most High” which has songs like ‘Stand Tall’, ‘Rise From The Slums’, ‘Ekome Feimo’, ‘She Love Rasta’, ‘Tonga’, ‘Fire Keep Burning’ and ‘History’.
Prior to the release of “Most High”, Konkarah had already clocked dozens of saved singles which he recorded over the years.
Aside the massively received “Most High” tracks, other popular Konakrah released singles that equally command audience response include “Bad Long Time”, “Higher Level”, “Go Suh”, “Party Time”, “Give Thanks”, “Sellout Longtime”, “Tun Up De Ting”, “Adabraka” and “Jah Children Rising”.
Highly notable riddim projects on which Konakrah has featured on include Guinness & Smirnoff Riddim, Migraine Riddim, Attitude Riddim, Irie Bus Riddim, Gideon Start Riddim, Money Mansion Riddim, Mystic Roots Riddim, Say Fi Riddim, Thanks & Praise Riddim and Transformation Riddim, .
Konakrah has a professional background in electrical engineering but he is currently not practicing due to career commitments. His hobbies are deep reading, video games, football and swimming.
Currently, Konkarah is an independent artiste working along the support of a temporary team of industry affiliates who trust in his success prospects.
Social Media Contacts
Facebook: Konkarah Jahvibes
Twitter: Konkarah Jahvibes
Youtube: Konkarah Jahvibes
Phoneline: +233 243 364 262 /+233 501 132 946
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