Abdul Mumuni Dauda, popularly known as Stunner in showbiz is an up and coming artist (rapper and singer) from Wa in the upper west region of Ghana. He is a Senior High School graduate who tries as much as possible to put upper west music on the map. Growing up as a child, Stunner had always shown interest in music and craved to be a musician. The opportunity finally came up after his high school days and he didn’t fail to seize the opportunity. He creeped into the industry and before anyone could realize, he had taken over the music scene with the help of Free Planet of Freeking Entertainment, king Raph, BudoPaka and the whole of Z Town crew and Jamaica Youth and Hanif Edison Tuurosung just to mention a few. Many great thanks to them for grooming and bringing up such a great talent.
Stunner produced a lot of hit songs into the industry in his early days under Freeking entertainment. Mentioned can be made of Yelkunba, King of the Rappers, Sakina, Damstadam and Winner as songs that disturbed the industry. He made so much out of the short period under Freeking Entertainment and at the end of the year, he gained a lot of nominations in the regions topmost award scheme. He was crowned with the award of most popular song of the year. He also got nominations into NEA, a Northern Region based award scheme. He was also referred to as the king of the rappers by most fans of upper west music that year. However, things did not work well for him under the label and he had to leave only after a year and a half.
The future looked very gloomy for Stunner in the first few months after he left Freeking Entertainment, but what could one expect of a very young artist without much experience working single handedly?Through the tough times, Stunner never gave up and kept his head high, working through the difficulties. He was able to pick up and left a lot of great marks as comeback signs in the industry. Mentioned can be made of many great things he did in the industry including his hit tracks ranging from the popularly known Engabadeen, Your Own through to Jah Over Dem. He later spiced the industry up with his 5 star rated Baba video which is still the best video in the region by my rating. He also went ahead to share the same stage with many great artists in Ghana both in and outside the region. He performed with the likes of Quamina MP, Fancy Gadam, Kofi Mole, Kofi Kinaata, Sista Afia, Sarkodie and Most Recently AMG Medikal in Sawla.
From late 2018 through to early 2019, the music industry became very busy as so many of the front line musicians in the region started proposing dates for their Video launches, major shows and Album launches. Stunner was not left behind as he also came up with an album which he dubbed Suntaa Album. Suntaa translates into English as “help one another” and it emphasizes on the strength involved in unity, support and love for growth. He fixed a date of 6thJuly, 2019 and a venue of In-Service Training Center for the album launch. A lot happened on social media following the number of albums in the year. Critiques were made on the one-way nature of all albums in the region. I particularly put keen eye on these albums following those critiques and so far, I have realized that this Suntaa album of Stunner seems to be passing the test that was put forward by the critics.
The first impressive sign I got about this album is the number of songs that are contained in the album. There are a total of fifteen (15) songs on this album and this is quiet promising. It is so different from the norm in Upper West music. The average number of songs in an album in the region so far is 8. The vast difference in this sense has shown a great difference in this album as compared to the norm.
The second impressive sign is the number of collaborations in the Album. There are a total of seven collaborations in the Album. There are collaborations with big artists in the region including Shatta Ranking on Bigey (Muscles), Best Gally on Naamu, Legend Prince Karim on Saala Daana Bie, Gameboy on Ninsala and with Wiz Malik on Waala Boy. The sixth is Suntaa (lead track), and on this, he featured the finest up and coming rappers in the region including Punches, Bright Bwoy, Badda, Rekordz, Medra, Sambwoy (current new artist of the year) and Schemer (from Upper East). The seventh collaboration is that with Denny Zee, a Nigerian singer and they titled it Forever. Wonderful for an up and coming artist, indeed!
Another interesting fact is that of the songs’ engineering and production. A total of five (5) of the best producers in the region took part in this album’s production. Ferdiskills produced eight (8) of the songs forming majority, followed by Quobrahbeats, Gallybeats and Derry Gee who all produced two each. VIB also produced one totalling to the fifteen (15) on the album. This diversity in the number of producers is also very much a credit to the album.
Other miscellaneous factors such as the quality of designed posters for the album and songs, the hype, the quality of songs so far, mode of organisation are all factors that have caused a stir in the industry and on social media. Stunner seemed to have taken over the scene in the industry and this can be attributed to this yet to be launched album of his. Some have gone the long way to refer to this album as the best album so far in the history of Upper West Music. On a scale of 1-10, to what extent do you agree with this claim?
Written by Abdul Samad
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