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Accra /Tema music feud goes wrong: Sarkodie, VIP and Kwaw Kesse speak out + Video

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Last Saturday’s Joy FM Nite with the Stars which was in the spirit of creative ‘competition’ dubbed ‘Accra vs. Tema’ ended up in a fracas  when  Kwaw Kese  was pitted against VIP. Kwaw brought on stage a banner to depict that in Ghana’s entertainment industry, he was a true VIP. According to reports, for some unfortunate reason, VIP took this creative expression out of context and resorted to violence, with members of their entourage violently demanding that Kwaw go on stage to apologize for his act. In a statement from Mad Time Entertainment, management of Kwaw Kesse,  in order not to interrupt the event and also to ensure that sanity prevailed, Kwaw and his entourage left the premises of the Accra International Conference Centre Dome. The acts of violence did not stop, however. Other musicians and fellow stars were also attacked at the Dome. The popular MC Commotion suffered violence just because he was a hype man for Kwaw Kese and in the process lost his phone and money. Other personalities can testify to slaps and other unruly acts committed against them. In this atmosphere of intimidation and violent expression, Sarkodie and R2Bees who tried to act as peacemakers suffered unnecessary threats of violence.  The statement said : “We, at MAD TIME, appreciate their solidarity and call on Ghanaians not to bash them for not performing because no one will feel safe in a tense, violent and irrational atmosphere.” “ We at MAD TIME are calling on VIP to condemn these acts perpetrated by thugs affiliated to them. We are calling on VIP to affirm their belief in creative competition without the need to resort to barbaric violence. While VIP might feel safe in NIMA, Kwaw Kese and other entertainers also have fans from Nima to Ashaiman to Swedru and many other parts of Ghana who may want to attack VIP in retaliation.” “We urge Ghanaians who were not in the shoes of Sarkodie and R2Bees shoes not to insult or denigrate them for their refusal to perform in midst of intimidation. We also urge event organizers to ensure adequate security at all events to ensure that no unruly thug can threaten the life of a musician just for his or her creative expression.We must learn to appreciate showbiz and entertainment as an area that has no space for violence in this day and age.” The management of VIP also in a press statement said it was calling on its fans across the country and beyond who are outraged by some unfortunate developments that occurred at the Night With The Stars Show to calm down and exercise maximum restraint no matter the level of provocation they may encounter. “VIP has received reports of an alleged attack on some persons after the show and certain entertainment personalities including one, Commotion also alleged to be one of the attacked persons. Though without any evidence whatsoever, some persons have accused fans of VIP of being responsible for the attacks. If indeed it was true that VIP fans were behind the attacks, VIP categorically condemns such incidents and is calling on its fans not to engage in such behaviour. VIP does not subscribe to using violence of any form for any reason. The group believes in dialogue as the best means of addressing challenges.” Meanwhile the management of Sarkodie in another press statement said Sarkodie arrived at the venue 2 hours earlier in high spirit and ready to thrill attendees and give fans one of his best showings in recent times. However, this became impossible after a confrontation between teams of Kwaw Kesse and VIP had gotten physical. “A group of armed individuals broke into the changing room of Sarkodie and R2bees threatening to get violent if we did not reveal the whereabouts of Kwaw Kesse. We noticed a movement of several armed groups into the main auditorium and backstage for reasons we are yet to know. That became a huge concern for me and members of my team fearing what could happen when Sarkodie mounts the stage. Fearing the escalation of the situation as there wasn’t enough security personnel to bring the situation under control, we indicated to members of the Joy FM team our concern, resolving of the fracas and the safety of Sarkodie, R2bees and management members.” “Unfortunately we had to leave the show premises as nothing was done about the security situation and fearing the safety of my artiste Sarkodie, R2bees and others. This was an act and a decision taken not as a calculated attempt to tear down the show, rather due to the security concern. However, we are more than willing to resolve this issue with the organizers of the Night with the stars event and hope they will grant us their platform to clarify issues going forward.”]]>

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Lungi Naidoo Returns With A Brave New EP Called ‘COURAGE’

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South African singer and songwriter, Lungi Naidoo, returns after a lengthy hiatus with her new Afro-pop flavoured EP boldly titled, COURAGE.

Releasing on 24 September across all DSPs via Ditto Music, COURAGE will be preceded by the release of three singles namely, “Feel Good” (16 July), “About You” (20August) and “Azania” (17 September).

After a few false starts with various producers during 2020’s lockdown, Lungi eventually met South African-born, London-based producer and mixer Pete ‘Boxsta’ Martin and his Three Bears Ent. partner, songwriter and producer Dantae Johnson at the beginning of 2021 and felt an instant working chemistry. The recording process was preceded by a week-long Zoom writing camp where Lungi, at her home studio in Cape Town, together with Dantae Johnson and songwriter Amelia Payne, at their studio in London, gave birth to the songs on COURAGE.

The EP was co-written, recorded and produced by Dantae Johnson at The Woods Studios in London and mixed & executive produced by Pete ‘Boxsta’ Martin at the Matrix Studio complex. Addicted was produced by Tega at Blues Steam Entertainment Studio in Lagos, Nigeria. Lungi recorded all the vocals at the Sound Foundry studio in Cape Town with Greg Abrahams.

The EP is also mixed in Dolby Atmos by Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert and will be available in Spatial Audio on Apple Music.

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100s of Final Year Students Receive Impartation Under Phrimpong’s Possible Project

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Ghanaian musician, Phrimpong on the morning of Friday commenced activities to the rollout of his informative springboard event dubbed The Possible Project

The event which saw over 500 soon-to-be JHS graduates in attendance and prepared for a positive interaction was a sight to behold on the streets of Ashtown, as students gradually trooped into the premises of Apostolic Junior High School.

Addressing students on the purpose of the gathering, the rapper who grew up in same vicinity took them down memory lane through his musical and academic journey.

“I grew up in this neighbourhood as a young rapper and this is where I recorded my first song as a professional artiste. I have had the privilege of teaching at the St Anne’s Anglican Junior High School as an intern whiles a student of the University of Education Winneba where I read BSc Biological Science Education from 2016 to 2020 whiles pursuing my dream of becoming a mainstream musician.”

Derrick Frimpong Manso further shared the not all rosy experience of his determination while battling and shuffling time to pursue a talent and academic heights coupled with different demands, but smiled to the successes chalked so far and used himself and others alike, including Okyeame Kwame, Gyakie, Yussif Chipsah, and Marcus Rashford of Man United as a reference point to revive hope and drum the achievers’ mantra.

“Today I come to you with a short message. You can be anything you want to be with your talent and your education together. As young as you are, please pursue your talent and your goals to become whoever you want to be but please don’t forsake your education”

Ancestral Poet and Ghana’s Ambassador for Culture, Prof. Ohenenana Kofi Owusu Nyarko, urged students to find an interest and choose a role model to inspire and direct oneself, and also pledged to support students who are good in poetry whiles asking schools authorities to form poetry clubs to harness talents.

Students were later gifted branded stationery, and entertained to the sounds of Phrimpong and Kweku Darlington, amid snacks.

Following the success of the maiden edition, the rapper hints of his next school or community beneficiary soon

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Jessy Gh Finally Drops His Anticipated Apple and Rose EP

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Ghanaian rapper and singer Jessy Gh has released his most anticipated EP dubbed Apple and Rose. The EP features Amerado, Scata Bada, and Jah Phinga.  Apple – Signifies songs on the EP that talks about struggles. Rose – Refers to songs on the EP which talks about love. Apple And Rose according to Jessy were inspired by few life experiences. This Ep contains 8 songs and features Amerado, Scata Bada and Jah Phinga. Produced and mixed by sector made it, mastered by Kv Bangerz.

 

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Among the 8 songs on the EP, the 3 tracks with the various features have different dynamics. Though the singles can’t be written off, let’s take our time and look at the gravity of the various artists on the EP.

 

Track 2- “EBEFA”: It features Rashid Mortey a Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall artiste and songwriter known by stage name Scata Bada. Scata Bada recorded several songs including his major hit single “STYLE IT” featuring BET award winner, Sarkodie. He was a nominee for the Discovery of the Year category of the Bass Award 2016. Scata followed with “6 packs” in 2017 which featured Stonebwoy. His presence on the EBEFA song made the song unique.

 

Track 6- ADOM: Adom simply means grace. Though Jessy Stated that each song called for the feature itself as in the inspiration he got, we believe Amerado was the right catalyst especially with his rise to fame in recent times.  Known as Amerado, Derrick Sarfor Kantanka has made rap an interesting piece to write about through his “Y33te Ns3m” since the peak of the Covid 19. He rose famously for his rap music in 2018 when he released his lead single “I AM”.The song was rated among the top 10 Ghanaian songs by Pulse Ghana. He got nominations for the best Hip-hop Song and Best Video at the 2019 VGMA’s and was also featured on Sarkodie’s “Biibi ba” song.

 

Track 7-“FOR YOU” was a perfect call for Jah Phinga and will say it was God’s plan. Jonathan Woelin Segbefia popularly known as Jah Phinga was the chosen one on this. He is a Reggae/Dancehall artiste. He has recorded over 55 singles and has worked with Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, and others. His song “ONE WORLD ONE PEOPLE ” grabbed him a nomination in 2017 at the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA). Jah Phinga is currently the reigning Volta Music Awards Artist of the year. His recent exploits with Ice Prince have just shown how determined he is to succeed in this field.

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SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/4eL4YCwaU8o2HB0hvE8AfP

APPLE MUSIC: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/apple-and-rose/1585215513

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WATCH: Amaarae performs at Governors Ball 2021

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Ghanaian-American musician Amaarae who is currently on her “Crazy Wurld Tour” has graced this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival in New York. (more…)

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I have no property not even half plot after 20 years of acting – Veteran actress Maame Gyanwaa begs for support

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Veteran actress Mavis Yeboah popularly known as Gyanwaa has revealed she is partially blind and needs Gh3000 monthly for eye treatment. (more…)

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Zionfelix’s baby boy with Erica writes emotional letter to his parents on social media

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After being on earth for less than two months, Felix Adom Jnr son of blogger Zionfelix has written a touching letter to his parents. (more…)

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