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Gyakie and other African artists to feature in Soul Cypher Sessions at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”

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Celebrating 50 years of the iconic “Soul Train” legacy from the world-famous Apollo, the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” is coming to Africa Monday, November 29 at 02:00 WAT/ 03:00 CAT exclusively on BET Africa, DSTV Channel 129

 

The 2021 ‘Soul Train Awards’ celebrating over 50 years of iconic soul music, is set to air on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GOtv Channel 21) on Monday, November 29 at 02:00 WAT / 03:00 CAT, with a repeat same day at 19:00 WAT / 20:00 CAT. In celebration of all that is Soul this year, an exciting lineup of artists are to feature in the Soul Cypher which will be aired at the awards. In addition to the star-studded lineup of performers, such as Summer Walker and Fred Hammond, BET also announced that the 2021 Soul Train Awards will have Jasmine Sullivan, Normani and casts of Sistas and The Game as presenters.

The cypher will explore predominant themes in Soul music, broken down into four pillars of Black Love, Black Power, Black Joy and Black Pride, with some of the biggest names in Black culture and entertainment who have embodied the poignant genre with great vocal embellishments and intense feelings.

Performing in groups of four and five, the artistes will give soulful renditions of freestyles and original songs that nod to and showcase the impact of soul from the 70s to date.

The Black Love theme will feature thrilling performances by Nigerian sweetheart, Ayra Starr; South African R&B Singer-Songwriter, Fila lah lah; Cameroonian Afro-pop/afrobeat artiste, Magasco; and Ghanaian musical artiste, Moliy.

Nigerian singer-songwriter, Mayorkun; Nigerian Queen of Afro-fusion, Goodgirl LA; Rwandan uber-talented artsite, Yvan Buravan; and Angolan heartthrob Rui Orlando will perform under the Black Pride theme.

Exploring the Black Joy theme will be Nigerian superstar, Buju; Ghanian afrobeat singer, Gyakie; South African musicologist, Manana; Cape Verde’s Soraia Ramos and Tanzanian bongo musician, Lava Lava.

Angola’s Gerlison Insrael; Nigerian lover boy, Johnny Drille; South African singer cum songwriter, Langa Mavuso and The Republic of Benin’s Ankaa will perform songs that nod to Black Power.

Commenting on the lineup of artistes, Monde Twala, SVP, General Manager ViacomCBS Networks Africa & Peer Lead at BET International said, “I am excited to witness the pure ingenious lines and performances that these artistes will drop on stage. Each of them has, in their own space, crafted beautiful music that has kept our souls moving to the rhythm. This is culture at its best. We are proud to bring the Soul Train to all our international audiences and lovers of soul music.”

The “Soul Train Awards” annual Soul Cypher is a tradition started by former show host Erykah Badu that features a group of artists freestyling. The cypher will bring together some of today’s top vocalists for what promises to be an electrifying performance. International participants in the cypher this year include D-Nice, Musiq Soulchild, Jac Ross, Koryn Hawthorne, Elle Varner, and Tone Stith. As a nod to the 20th Anniversary of her self-titled album Aaliyah, the late R&B great’s hit single “Rock the Boat” provides both theme and instrumental for the cypher.

BET announced that the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” will showcase an even bigger lineup of performances, special moments, and appearances, by some of the biggest stars in R&B, Gospel, Urban Adult Contemporary and Soul. On the heels of her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 Chart for her second studio LP, Still Over It, R&B singer-songwriter Summer Walker joins the exciting line-up of performers at this year’s Awards. Fred Hammond, and BET Amplified artists Elhae and Marzz will take the stage, along with Soul of Justice honorees Ciara and Russell Wilson and Marley Dias. Rap legends Fat Joe and Ja Rule as well as R&B icon El Debarge will make special appearances. Additionally, BET announced the second group of presenters who will take the stage: Jazmine Sullivan, Normani, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson from The Game, a Paramount+ Original series, Devale Ellis and Crystal Hayslett from the cast of Tyler Perry’s Sistas on BET.

Previously announced performers include the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” Legend Award honoree Maxwell, Lady of Soul honoree Ashanti, R&B super duo Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak of Silk Sonic, R&B/Soul songstress Ari Lennox, soul singer-songwriter and producer Leon Bridges, R&B singer Lucky Daye, and more.

Previously announced presenters include Mack Wilds, and Parker McKenna Posey, from BET series Games People Play and Paula Patton from BET+ Original series, Sacrifice.

H.E.R. leads the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” nominations with an impressive eight nods for ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award (x2)’, ‘Best Collaboration (x2)’, and ‘Video of the Year’. Jazmine Sullivan and Chris Brown garnered the second most nods with six nominations each. Jazmine Sullivan’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award’, ‘Best Collaboration’, and ‘Video of the Year’. Chris Brown’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artist’, ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award’, ‘Best Dance Performance’, ‘Best Collaboration (x2)’, and ‘Video of the Year’. Wizkid and TEMS are the third highest with five nods each, followed by Blxst with four nods. Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Doja Cat, and Yung Bleu each have three nods.

Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell will receive the Legend award at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”. Award-winning and multi-platinum singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author, Ashanti, will be the recipient of the Lady of Soul honour.

Dynamic best-friend duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will return as co-hosts of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards,” bringing their irreplaceable energy and hilarious comedic talents to this year’s show.

The Soul Train Awards from the Apollo will air on Monday, 29 November on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GOtv Channel 21) at 02:00 WAT / 03:00 CAT with a repeat at 19:00 WAT / 20:00 CAT same day.

For more information on the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”, visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa.

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Entries for Eighth Edition of AMVCAs Extended

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The deadline for the submission of entries for the eighth Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards has been extended to Friday, 28 January 2022.

Africa Magic and MultiChoice are calling on all film and television industry participants and stakeholders across the continent to take part in this celebration of the African film and TV industry by submitting their works.

Films, made-for-television movies or television series are eligible for entry to the AMVCAs if they were broadcast, publicly screened or exhibited from December 1, 2019, to November 30 2021. Films, made-for-television movies or television series previously entered into or nominated for an award, or awarded a prize in another film and television competition, also are eligible to be entered.

New and Returning AMVCA Categories

The AMVCAs this year will feature a new category – Best Online Social Content Creator – in recognition of the growing acceptance of content creators across Africa. For this, creators are to submit their best short-form content that has been publicly broadcast on social media or viewed between December 1, 2019, and November 30, 2021.

Returning to this year’s edition is the Best Africa Magic Drama Series and Best Africa Magic Original Comedy Series categories. Over the years, Africa Magic has churned out hit drama series that have become family favourites across the continent, reinforcing Africa Magic’s position as the home of quality African entertainment.

Entry guidelines for the eighth AMVCAs

  • Prepare a 5-minute-long show reel for your online submission
  • Log on to the Africa Magic website. Click on the AMVCA eighth edition banner that will take you to a submissions page.
  • Fill out the submission forms and upload the clip. A unique reference number will be allocated to each completed online submission
  • Please ensure the video edit represents the category of entry and is under 300MB
  • Quoting your unique reference number, send a hard drive of the submitted project to one of the following, based on your region:

 

Nigeria

Busola Komolafe

Africa Magic

4 Industrial Street, Ilupeju

 

For digital file delivery mechanism, entry guidelines & additional information please visit our website at www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA

 

For more information, please visit www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Facebook and Instagram.

 

The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.

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Things to See While Choosing the Best Cable TV Provider in Your Area

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When it comes to cable TV plans, most customers complain of a decrease in entertainment quality, channel options, and a steady increase in monthly bills. Furthermore, they also feel uncomfortable being stuck in a contract.

However, there are still some providers, which facilitate their customers to the max. They manage to retain their old clientele whilst winning new ones. Spectrum is one of such providers. Customers who have subscribed to Spectrum TV packages hardly ever switch.  Role model companies like these take some effort to find but once you do, life becomes easy!

Why Do You Want to Switch?

There can be several reasons why you want to change your cable TV provider. It’s possible that your current TV plan doesn’t meet your entertainment requirements. Or, you want to cut down on the ever-increasing monthly bill by your current provider. Or, you are tempted to subscribe to a better-designed and entertainment-rich TV plan. Or simply because you have moved.

Whatever your reason may be, here are some effective and handy tips to subscribe to the best cable TV provider in your area.

Get to Know the Cable Providers in Your Area

 

The first step is to figure out the providers in your area. Make a simple Google search and type in your zip code to know which cable TV providers are providing their services in your area. Visiting the official website will provide more authentic results. Furthermore, you also need to know the exact TV plans the providers are offering in your area. Because plans may vary according to location.

The next step is to scrutinize the offered features and compare various details of plans under the same price bracket. The more time you invest in reading out the plans and their details, the more informed decision you will make. Here are some top providers with their list of serviced states for a general idea.

  • Spectrum: Covers 44 states across the United States
  • Cox: Service coverage is in 18 states
  • Xfinity: Coverage area includes 40 states
  • Optimum: Services 4 states including Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania
  • CenturyLink: Services 36 states
  • DirecTV: Covers all 50 states

This was just to give a general idea. Depending on your location, find out the exact providers and plans to make the right decision.

Pick a Plan According to your Budget

Cable TV providers offer a range of plans to choose from. You need to define a budget for yourself before you pick a plan. Especially if you are switching to a new provider to cut down on the monthly expenses, make sure you read terms and conditions, basic pricing, added taxes, hidden fees, and everything else in detail.

Plans usually start at around $25 a month. If you are not into premium entertainment and just want to catch up on news and basic channels, they would suffice. However, if you want to watch premium channels, the price tag can escalate up to $100 a month. With this budget, you can get to enjoy hundreds of entertainments, news, and sports channels along with premium channels like Starz and HBO.

 

Decide the Channels You Want to Have

 

An average cable TV viewer usually tunes into around 12-13 channels out of the 200 channel tier. So, instead of splurging on a channel tier with an escalated price tag and tons of channels, try sticking to the handful of channels you really watch.

Consider making a list of those must-have channels and then figure out which providers offer those channels. For instance, if you are an avid news follower and you are getting all your must-haves in the lowest channel tier from a particular provider, then go for it. You don’t need to subscribe to the highest channel tier if all your favorite channels from your favorite genres are available in a more affordable plan.

 

Keep an Eye on Sales, Deals, and Bundles

 

You may only need a TV plan but sometimes, considering the available providers in your area, there’s a higher monthly price for subscribing to a single service. On the contrary, you can save and enjoy more services like the internet and digital phone when you decide to go for a clubbed offering.

Also, consider the fact that there’s no house without a steady internet subscription. So, bundling internet and TV will only facilitate you especially when you get to enjoy both services at an economical monthly price. Bundles save around $15 on average when you decide to club TV and the internet.

However, while searching for deals and sales, carefully check the expiration dates to avoid the hassle and inconvenience of being charged more automatically.

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All new Ghanaian shows in January 2022, from The Angela Bamford Show to Accra Medic

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From the brand-new medical drama Accra Medic to a new talk show hosted by Angela Bamford to a new sitcom starring the award-winning media personality Caroline Sampson, here are all the new shows from Akwaaba Magic to stream on Showmax in January 2022.

Date My Family Ghana | Stream now

Ghana is the latest country to join the Date My Family franchise, a dating reality series that follows single people as they attempt to find love with three potential dates. But it’s not your typical dating reality show – the singles’ friends and family are involved in the matchmaking, and it can get embarrassing really fast.

Before the hopeful singles lay their eyes on their potential dates, they have to meet their loved ones. Then they get to take their pick, depending on whether they were impressed by the family or not.

Accra Medic | Stream from 19 January 2022
Accra Medic is a medical drama that explores the lives of the staff at an Accra hospital. While also navigating the challenges in their personal lives, the series will follow them as they fight to save the lives of patients in a hospital that’s suffering from mismanagement in a country with an ailing healthcare system.

Directed by Emmanuel Apea (Run Baby Run), Accra Medic stars Edward Agyekum Kuffour (Inside Out), Desiree Crentsil (Noko Fio), Kweku Elliot (To Have and To Hold) and Aaron Adatsi (Public Figure).

The Angela Bamford Show | Stream now
Hosted by Ghanaian media personality Angela Bamford, The Angela Bamford Show is a Ghanaian variety talk show that explores topics that are otherwise considered taboo in the average African society. The show unearths forgotten and “controversial” topics and brings them to the fore, creating new thought-provoking and pertinent dialogue, centred on the unique African experience.

The Osei’s | Stream now
Starring Jacinta Ocansey (Ghana Jollof), Jeffrey Nortey (Inside Out) and Andrew Tandoh Adote (Terminus), The Osei’s is a comedy series that follows a man who relocates his family from Kumasi to a lavish new home in Accra after winning the lottery. Becoming rich and famous overnight, the family has to deal with new money, family and intrusive neighbours in their own way, often leading to hilarious outcomes.

The Osei’s is directed by Kwabena Gyansah, whose other works include the award-winning 2018 film Azali, Ghana’s first-ever entry to the Oscars.

Co-Habits | Stream from 20 January 2022
This romantic sitcom follows a young couple who navigate side-splitting reality checks when they decide to test-drive their marriage by discreetly cohabiting to reduce their chances of divorce.

Directed by Peter Sedufia (Aloevera), Co-Habits stars Fiifi Coleman (Ties that Bind), Caroline Sampson and Jackie Ankrah (Inside Out).

Sheroes of our Time S2 | Stream now
Hosted by Ghana’s media personality and actress Anita Erskine (Dede), Sheroes of Our Time is a talk show that celebrates strong and unique women around the world who have successful stories to share, inspire and engage other women across generations and continents.

Culture and Money S2 | Stream now
Hosted by renowned radio presenter Bianca Buckman, Culture and Money explores the relationship between creativity and money, featuring conversations with successful cultural influencers such as musicians, fashion designers, chefs and sports stars about their craft and money – how they make it, how they manage it and how they keep it going.

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TV3’s Kwabena Adu-Gyamfi lands major breakthrough at Euronews

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The award-winning broadcast journalist according to close sources recently moved to Lyon, the headquarters of Euronews in France to start his new role as a bilingual multimedia journalist on the Africanews desk.

Africanews is a pan-African multilingual 24 -hour international television channel, Property of Euronews SA.

Kwabena Adu-Gyamfi left his role as a broadcast journalist with Ghana’s first private television station TV3 in 2018 to further his studies in the UK after working with the media conglomerate for 4 years.

He has since been in Sheffield in England where he completed a master’s degree in digital media management at the Sheffield Hallam University where he graduated with a Distinction last November.

Over the period, he successfully managed social media accounts for corporate clients as a free-lancer while also co-managing a YouTube channel; Abenakwabenatv, which provided content on studying and living abroad for its international students’ audience.

He will be managing online content as well as supervising all social media platforms for the news channel.

Kwabena Adu-Gyamfi joins the list of Ghanaians who have exceptionally left a mark at the Euronews including a former metro tv star, Ignatius Annor as well as tv3 staff, Juliet Bawuah and Narkwor Kwabla.

He brings on board his years of experience in excellent storytelling and news reporting skills, visual editing, graphic designing, and digital media management.

Euronews is a French, pan-European television news network, headquartered in Lyon, France. Its Europe’s leading international news channel, providing news with European perspective to a worldwide audience through 12 cross-platform editions, of which 9 with distinct TV channels.

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How DSL won TV3’s Mentor X

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DSL emerged the winner at the grand finale of TV3’s Mentor X held Sunday, January 9 at the National Theatre in Accra. (more…)

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Confusion Hit Kumasi Over The True Owners Of Sompa FM (93.1)

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Some discerning listeners of the newly opened Kumasi based radio station, Sompa Fm (93.1) are very confused as to the real owners of the station.

The most popular names that has pop up among the audience includes, Member of
Parliament for Suame Constituency and the majority leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu or business mogul, One Achamfour or owners of 2pm express or tabeaa herbal company.

The confusion and allegations came at the back of the shocking porching of some renowned and seasonal journalists in the country to the station in the shortest period of time including, Political Talk Show host, Omanhene Yaw Adu Boakye, Sampson K Nyamekye, Emrantehene, Sometimer Oto Acheampong, Ante Naa, Kofi Appiah and others. Out of this list, Emrantehene aka man88 has confirmed the news and Omanhene Yaw Adu Boakye has also confirmed his signing with the new station on his official Facebook page. The rest has either refuse to comment or talk about it.

Meanwhile, management of the station has called on the general public to disregard the unfounded allegations in the public domain that the promising station belongs any of the names mentioned especially Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu because the station is sited at Suame and has some political dimension.

According to them, the public should focus on the good programs the station is bringing on board in shaping the national discourse and promoting socio- economic development as with time, the true owners will be known.

” Kyei Mensah Bonsu, One Achamfour, tabeaa herbal company and owners of 2M express are not the owners of Sompa Fm as is alleged. Time will tell for you to know the true owners of the station but currently our major focus is to build a solid brand. We assure the general public to expect something different and great from the good contents the station is about bringing. We have quality program outlines for our discerning listeners and viewers on all our social media platforms. We are determine to serve our people well”.

Moreover, the management appreciated the huge audience and attention the station is getting from the public in its first week of operation in the garden city.

Management took the opportunity to entreat listeners and potential sponsors to channel their products advertisement to Sompa Fm (93.1) for better promotions and marketing moving forward.

However, non of the alleged names mentioned above have come up to disprove the allegations leveled against them as being the owners or financiers of fresh in town radio station. Another clue that could possibly tag tabeaa herbal company to this rumor is the fact that tabeaa recently closed down it’s television station called Trust tv some months ago and is said that, they did this to switch to radio which is sompa 93.1fm.

What we can tell for a fact is that whoever is behind the station is definitely filty rich as it is rumor that some of the presenters are alleged to be taking an unresistible mouth watering packages.

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