Who Is Deydzi reinvents Ghana’s poetry on ‘Mɛva do: Becoming Agbenɔxevi’ EP | Listen

Ghanaian rising hip-hop artiste, Who Is Deydzi unlocks 4-track rhythmical EP tagged, “Mɛva do: Becoming Agbenxevi.”

Who Is Deydzi reinvents Ghana's poetry on'Mɛva do Becoming Agbenɔxevi' EP Listen
Who Is Deydzi reinvents Ghana’ poetry on ‘Mɛva do Becoming Agbenɔxevi’ EP Listen

Who Is Deydzi’ most recent EP, “Mɛva do: Becoming Agbenxevi,” reinvents the works of literature (Hakpanya) of the Ghanaian Ewe people as part of his mission to carry the torch of his elders.

“This is me channelling my ancestry, and reinventing hakpanya through the voice I found in hip hop and Alte music”.

The singer adopts a spoken word style while speaking his truth over music with African influences. He adopts the persona of Agbenxevi, a folklore bird/man hybrid that appears in the writings of legendary Hakpanyan poets Kofi Awoonor and Kofi Anyidoho.

The transition of this bird surviving infancy to flying high in the skies can be heard as you move through the project.

Tracks like ‘400 Bars a Slaves’ emanate themes of cynicism, talking through being stuck in a simulation. ‘Hadzi Vodun Flow’ is its equal, uncovering more truths over a more modern fast paced Trap beat. Samples of live Agbadza performances are heard alongside features from fellow Hakpanyan artists Cyrusgooddays and Megborna in ‘Mɛvado’.

It’ tracks like these, brimming with influences that reveal the creativity of Who Is Deydzi. The album is also structured with the same attention to detail as most poetry, and Who Is Deydzi makes sure to end the project on a high with ‘Levitate’ (feat. The Art, Marince Omario & Obiri Tete).

Lyrical themes turn towards the focus on freedom while hopeful piano progressions permeate the track. As a whole, ‘Mɛva do: Becoming Agbenɔxevi’ is an all-encompassing project packed with powerful ethnic origin and promising lyricism. Widen your tastes and discover this modern look at Ghanaian roots in this upcoming album.

Dodzi Korsi Aveh, aka Who Is Deydzi, is paving his own way in the Ghanaian arts, telling stories through spoken word poetry, theatre, film and other visual Arts.

As a child he would write his first poems and lyrics as a coping mechanism for his parents’ divorce and a crisis surrounding his identity as a Ewe person, since he was struggling with not speaking native Ewe. This coping method soon became a 9 year poetry journey and would turn into a music career.

His sound incorporates his poetry background with traditional Ewe sounds, Hip Hop and Alte influences. Now having released 3 albums, Who Is Deydzi is blooming into an impressive emerging musician, deserving of much more recognition.


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