This post showcases seven videos of Togo, West African superstar vocalist King Mensah.
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INFORMATION ABOUT KING MENSAH
King Mensah (born August 12, 1971) known as "The Golden Voice of Togo", is one of the most popular musical acts from Togo, West Africa. Though based in Lomé, he regularly records and promotes his albums in Paris, and has embarked on several world tours since 2005. Singing in Mina, Ewe, and French, King Mensah's sound fuses elements of traditional Ewe music (Agbadza and Akpessé), and Kabye dance-drum music, with funk, reggae and West African Afropop. King Mensah's lyrical themes are steeped in religion and hopeful encouragement for the orphaned, oppressed and downtrodden....
(These videos are presented in no particular order.)
Video #1: Togo - King Mensah - Enouoledjo
Uploaded by idamawatu on Jan 3, 2012
Here's a comment from that video's viewer comment thread:
"don't really know the words bt i understand it, it like the dream they had when they were kids came tru 4 all of them love the song :)
-jsweettosweet33; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENNr_Mw2hNs, January 2012
Video #2: King Mensah - Aya (VIO Africa)
Uploaded by vioafricaNet on Feb 5, 2012
Artiste : King Mensah
Song : Aya
Dir : Jeff Attiogbe
Prod : Bomb Factory Studio
Here are two comments from this video's viewer comment thread: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jzWv-w96lE&feature=related:
"Aya means poverty in Mina, a dialect spoken in the south of Togo. The artist tells about how some people are affected by poverty. That we should be thankful for what we have because some people don't have anything"...
-yoyeossi, May 2012
"please but ''aya'' doesn't mean ''poverty''.it means ''suffering''.as you can see in the clip the woman is struggling or suffering to give birth to a baby.i'm togolese and i speak mina."
-Paul AGBENOHEVI; June 2012
Video #3: King mensah-Migavon O.
Uploaded by muzikplustg on Nov 10, 2010
Label de promotion de la musique togolaise, www.muzikplus.tg
Video #4: King Mensah Atah
Uploaded by 21rastafly on May 17, 2011
Paroles altruistes sur un rythme reggae.. tire de l'album 'da' de 'king mensah'.
Il nous incite plus au pardon qu'a la vengeance et rancune,,
Here's a comment about this song that I received from Egbeviwo on 11/11/2112 in response to my request for information:
"ATAH, ATA or TATA is the same as MAWU, SOGBOLISA KITIKATA which means GOD in EƲE (EWE) language spoken in the southern part of the Volta Region in GHANA, southern part of TOGO, BENIN and Gbadagry, the border town of NIGERIA. In short he is asking ATAH, MAWU to FORGIVE his enemies. TATA should bless and shower all his enemies just as has done to him".....By EGBEVIWO
Example #5: King Mensah - Togo - Milé Nonvissi
Uploaded by rpecmidza on Jul 18, 2009
Le message de l'Artiste togolais KING MENSAH à toute la diaspora togolaise. Ce morceau vous est dédié par RPEC. Merci à vous. Visitez www.rpec-togo-batiment.com et son réseau social www.rpec-togo-batiment.com/jcow/index.php
Video #6: Fétou- King Mensah
Uploaded by Chapeauson on May 16, 2011
L'un des meilleurs morceaux de King Mensah
Video #7: King Mensah- NENEYE(c'est comme ca)
Uploaded by BIGDAVOLK on Apr 28, 2010
Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT8gRqxEKBo for a video of King Mensah and a band performing this song during a 2011 USA concert tour in Washington, D.C.
A video featuring King Mensah is presented as Video #2 on this pancocojam's post: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/08/agbadja-music-dance-gbessi-zolawadji.html "Agbadja Music & Dance & Gbessi Zolawadji". That post includes information about Agbadja [Agbadza] music.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to Gbessi Zolawadji, and the musicians, singers, and dancers who performed in these featured videos. Thanks also to the videographers, video uploaders, and commenters who I have quoted on those video's comment threads.
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