Lirase Marks New Era With Debut Single Dark Ages
After a couple of phases in his music career, TonioBeatz settles on a new name, marking a new era for him. Now known as Lirase, he debuts his name with a new single, “Dark Ages”, on July 22.
Living up to his name, which means the medicine has worked, Lirase hopes to provide relief through his song, “Dark Ages.” His self-written tune draws inspiration from the world’s current problems dating back to the coronavirus pandemic. Endowed with pure and transparent lyrics, “Dark Ages” is guaranteed to strip away the scary moments of life and be the light at the end of the tunnel.
Crafted by John Ekow Mensah, the song’s production is a satisfying collision of R&B, new wave, dream pop, and experimental elements, tailoring perfectly to Lirase’s vocals and writing skills, with backing vocals from Samia psalms, which breathes new life into the song.
Lirase was born in Sekondi to Ghanaian parents but is originally from Navrongo in the Upper East region of Ghana. At eight, his interest in learning how to play instruments led to his joining the school band as a drummer. He further joined the Poetry class to explore his writing tendencies but quit due to discouraging comments from the teacher. His love for creating music took a big turn when he tried to remake beats for hip-hop songs he liked. After downloading the music software, FL studio, and after a few trials, he created his first beat, which he used for his first official single, “Teardrops,” in 2013. The song was a fan favorite in secondary school, earning him a name amongst his peers.
He joined a collective (KSFL) in 2013, releasing singles and ciphers. Lirase also created cover arts with the collective for two years before splitting up. As a solo act, he released a series of freestyles under the rap name Tonio before dropping his second single, “Holy Ghost Fire,” in 2018.
A doctor by profession, Lirase has a knack for experimenting with sounds like scientific experiments. As a recording artist, he has the freedom to manipulate his sounds at his pace and will while aligning them with his chilly vocals.