The Mirror 1988/12/10
By Nanabanyin Dadson:
ONE cannot forget McGod so easily even though he has not released any record since 1986 when his `Highlife Agogo´ album virtually dragged many feet to the dancing floor.
If by that album, McGod, who lives in Berlin, made an imprint on the Ghanaian music scene, his new five-song album titled "Kenken" is likely to deepen than imprint.
From Kumasi, Ghanaians have been made to accept the word "buei" as part of street vocabulary. Later on came "kikim" and now McGod says "kenken".
McGod explains the term "kenken" in a very interesting way. He says, "buei plus buei is equal to kenken, therefore kenken is superbuei.
"This song is a twi expression of gratitude to our African mamas and papas and to the common workers in our African society, i.e. farmers, who always rise up in the early mornings with their cutlasses in their hands to fight starvation; the motor drivers who convey the people and the food from place to place; the fitters who are the doctors of the motors; the palmwine tappers who tap the swett palmwine from the palmtrees to boost up feelings for something positive - and for many more" McGod says.
"Kenken", the dancy tune aside, "Adonko" comes up as a funk-highlife with funny lyrics and interesting horns arrangement.
With McGod, highlife and reggae are close mates as he believes that both types come from a common root. So in "25 is more than 5", the singer creates a deep reggae song which carries good arrangement and good chorus backing.
While here, it will be a pleasant back-to-the-old-days favour if Mark Gilbert Oduro Dokyi (his full name) will oblige to do a few live gigs to show off a bit of his fantastic stage craft for which older music enthusiastic remember him so well by.