Sony Achiba, Biography

Sony Achiba – “Nipa Boniayefoo,” from the album, Indian Ocean


Ghanaian hiplife meets Bollywood on this tape. The results are scary. Listen.

Sony Achiba is the originator, and sole practicioner, of hip-dia, the fusion of hip-hop and Indian music. Considering the nature of commercial hiplife production style and the type of Indian music Achiba draws from, hip-dia takes on a singularly bizarre quality.

I’ve heard Sony Achiba alternately described as a visionary and an artist “completely lacking in talent.” You decide. No one can deny the fact that, in early 2004, this song was as criminally over-played on Ghanaian radio as the singles from gospel chanteuse Esther Smith’s Gye No Di cassette. All of these songs still get plenty of spins to this day.

The screeching car tires before each rap verse are a nice touch, bringing that true Bollywood chase scene element into this surreal collage of influences. Vocoder-laced vocals, Sade-esque make-out music beat, and synthisized violins enhance this temporarily ubiquitous oddity.

This was also inside the tape:


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September 8, 2008 at 2:59 am

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miksmaster luguberreply
February 10, 2009 at 12:11 am

i guess this was what you played in Berlin,

anyway, at the other side of the continent they do it like this:

Ray C from Tanzania

January 31, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Жизнь Жуков / Приключения Флика) (A Bug’s Life
Катедра / Katedra / The Cathedral
Цыпленок Цыпа / Chicken Little
Кошмар Перед Рождеством / The Nightmare Before Christmas
А Что Ты Умеешь / А что ты умеешь?
Золушка 2 / Cinderella II
Золушка / Сinderella
Мясорубка / City of Rott
Огги и тараканы часть 2 / Oggy And The Cockroaches
Астерикс – Астерикс Завоевывает Америку / Asterix Сonquers America
Труп Невесты / Corpse Bride
Восемь Безумных Ночей / Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights
Любопытный Джордж / Curious George
Астерикс – Астерикс Против Цезаря / Asterix Et La Surprise De Cesar
Celebrity DeathMatch / MTV Celebrity Deathmatch
Посылка / Delivery
Бриллиант в Булыжнике / Diamond In The Rough
Дневники Барби / The Barbie diaries
Дятловы / Дятлоws
Динозавр / Dinosaur
Дом Который Построил Джек / ДОМ, КОТОРЫЙ ПОСТРОИЛ ДЖЕК
Дональд Дак (Сборник Мультфильмов)
Отец и Дочь / Father And Doughter
Гадкий Утенок и Я / The Ugly Duckling and Me
Белоснежка и Семь Гномов / Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Ежик в Тумане / Ежик в Тумане
Астерикс – Астерикс и Клеопатра / Asterix Et Cleopatre
Новые Приключения Золушки / Happily N’Ever After
Победитель / Everyone`s Hero
Даша Следопыт (часть 1) / Dora the Explorer

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September 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm
– In reply to: yan prabhu, london, streatham, england

So… go away man ;)

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