The snug premises of Cafe Kwae hosted the album listening session for M.anifest’s upcoming album, #NowhereCool. The event was a very intimate one attended by artists, bloggers, and personnel from the Ghanaian media landscape on general. The audience got the chance to sample the album – with M.anifest giving a brief background to each song that was played on the evening.
M.anifest calls the album his “first most coordinated and intentional effort,” and it sounds very much like it. He also admitted – perhaps as a quip – that “if it doesn’t work, [he’s] quitting.”
The audience found out that Worlasi is the most featured artiste on the album, and also that Kuvie and Drumroll are two of the producers that contributed to the album’s stellar production – which, essentially, encompasses a mixture of digital and live instruments. As it turned out, a majority of the audience chose “Time No Dey” as their favourite of all the songs played on the evening. Selormjay of yoyo tinz thinks that “anyone looking forward to this album must be open to the vast soundscape and it’s very pronounced transitions. He also thinks that “the album could be that kind which can perfectly accompany listeners on the road, in a chilled mood.”
The album art was done in Cape Town, South Africa by Zimbabwean artiste Kudzanai; M.anifest describes the cover as “clean, eerie, ridiculous.”
One noteworthy thing about Nowhere Cool is that: aside getting its name from a story of the same title in Ama Ata Aidoo’s short story collection The Girl Who Can, it also features the prominent author -alongside Cina Soul – on the last song on the album titled “Now Here Cool.”
Nowhere Cool drops on Thursday, September 8, and it can be pre-ordered on itunes here.
By: Moshood Balogun