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    M3NSA returns in ‘Coz ov Moni’ (first pidgin movie in Ghana)

    by Glanu Dela Ernest, myjoyonline.com
    posted Friday, 25 September 2009 16:25| 0 Comments

    For music lovers who have followed Hip life music since its inception over ten years ago, they will be familiar with the name Mensa, one of the genre's pioneers.

    Mensa who is very synonymous with unique English rap was born into a music family and did a lot of songs and productions with Reggie Rockstone, the Hip Life Grand Papa. Mensah Ansah started doing music at the age of eight when he played the piano. At the age of 18, he did his first major production with Reggie Rockstone and featured in popular songs like ‘Mensesa’, ‘Mapouka’ and ‘Bra ma yen sa’ featuring VIP.

    But after relative successes in the late 90s, not much was heard from him again. Mensa says he “was away a bit” and was not totally out of music.

    “I was in the US and UK teaching music and working in theatres. I was also involved in Hip Hop workshops for Universities. I dealt with people between the ages of 11 to 30 years.”

    “I have started a music band called Galaxy Hills and I have my own recording studio where I have recording people.”

    Mensa is coming back into the Ghanaian scene starring in the first ever pidgin movie to be produced in Ghana. The movie ‘Coz ov Moni’ which is in the form of a musical satire is directed by King Luu of Luu Vision and produced by Panji Anoff.

    ‘Coz ov Moni’ stars Mensah Ansah (Mensa) and Wanlov Kubolor (FOKN Bois) and the two co-wrote the story in the US and UK but the movie was entirely shot here in Ghana.

    Mensa disclosed that it took them two years to produce the movie.

    The story, Mensa says, is about two normal Ghanaian musicians and their day to day living in Ghana and it will also touch on some of the challenges in the society.

    He said he hopes to make a major statement with the movie and advised that artistes should take their music seriously. “People are afraid to do quality music because they want to make quick money. Don’t be afraid of being different. Don’t be afraid of being who you are.”

    An earlier interview with Wanlov Kubolor revealed that the movie is ready and will be premiered in December 2009 in five cities in Ghana and around the world.



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