Thursday, July 17, 2014

Castro (Ghanaian HipLife Artist) - "Toffee", "African Girls" & “Odo Pa”

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases three videos of the Ghanaian Hiplife musician Castro: "Toffee", "African Girls", and "Odo Pa". Information about Hiplife is also provided in this post. In addition, this post provides information about Castro.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Castro for his musical legacy. RIP. Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

Hiplife is a Ghanaian musical style which fuses highlife and hip hop.[1] It is also influenced by dancehall and reggae. Recorded predominantly in the Ghanaian language Akan, hiplife is rapidly gaining popularity throughout West Africa and abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Germany....

The origins of Ghanaian hip hop goes back to the 1980s, when performers such as K.K. Kabobo and Gyedu Blay Ambolley as early as 1973 with Ambolley's release of his first record, The SIMIGWADO ...a "semi-rap in [fante language] style hi-life" to a small audience which showed him performing highlife variations with fast spoken, poetic lyrics. Ambolley would go on to be held the "father of rap" not only in Ghana but in the world. With time, Ghanaians became influenced by American hip hop, reggae, dance hall. There was an emerging underground hip hop collective in the capital Accra...

Hiplife's history dates back to the early 1990s Jeff Tennyson Quaye better known around the world as Jay Q is one of the pioneers of Hiplife (in the mid 90s) and back bone of Ghana music as a whole and his own variation and introduction of Jama/kpanlogo to hiplife

Hiplife can cover a broad range of musical styles fused together. ...The majority of hiplife is recorded in a studio environment with heavy emphasis on computer-aided composition, arrangements and production. At this moment, hiplife artist are not known to use live instruments in their performances in front of audiences. Most performances are based on voicing over instrumentals and dubs on Compact Disc."...

"Theophilus Tagoe, popularly known as Castro, or "Castro de Destroyer" (ca. 1982, is a Ghanaian Hiplife artiste.

Early life and career
He was born in Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana around 1982 to Lydia Tagoe a trader and Mr Cofie an accountant. He attended Anglican Primary and Junior High School in Takoradi.[1] Castro started singing at the tender age of 10. He launched his debut album 2003. He had featured Hiplife group 4x4 on their hit song "sradinam".

Castro was a friend of Ghana national football team's captain, Asamoah Gyan. The duo recorded three different albums together.[2] He had another hit with "African Girls".[3]

Death In July 2014
Tagoe died after a tragic jet ski accident.

Discography and Awards
2014 VGMAs award winner for Highlife Song of the Year for the song “Odo Pa” "

These videos are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube, with the oldest videos given first.

Example #1: Castro - Toffee

deshar, Uploaded on Feb 24, 2009

Example #2: Castro Ft. Asamoah Gyan (Baby Jet) Perf. "African Girls" LIVE @ O2 Arena, London

YouniLifeTV, Uploaded on Mar 15, 2011

The Ghanaian Sensation Castro & Asamoah Gyan Perform "African Girls" Live On Stage @ the Indigo O2, For Ghana's 54th Independence!!

Check The Skanks!! Great Performance..


Example #3: Castro - Odo Pa ft. (Asamoah Gyan) & Kofi Kinaata | Video

Ghana, Published on Oct 6, 2013
Here's information about Asamoah Gyan and the song "Odo Pa"
From Sports News | 16 July 2013 Last updated at 16:30 CET
"Ghana Black stars captain Asamoah Gyan has released his latest song with Castro titled 'Odo Pa' which means good love.

The AL Ain striker had waited for over two years to come out with his new musical work after releasing two successive hit songs; 'African Girls' and 'Do The Dance' in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Unlike his previous hit tracks where the Al Ain ace was doing rap, Gyan did actual singing this time around in the song categorised as highlife.

The song had hiplife artiste Castro killing the sound with his silky voice and a new artiste Kofi Kinaata doing a rap.

Gyan, nicknamed 'Baby Jet' came in last surprisingly singing"....
The Black Stars is Ghana national football [soccer] team.

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