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Akon says Sarkodie wasn’t mentally ready for global stardom when Konvict Music wanted to sign him

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American singer and songwriter, Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, known as Akon has finally revealed details of Ghana’s Sarkodie and Konvict Music when he was still in his formative years and bursting with so much potentials years ago.

It emerged that Sarkodie had become the first African artiste recruited on Akon’s Konvict Music but it turned out to be a fallacy later on.

Speaking about this for the first time officially while speaking to Twitter Space with KalyJay, Akon said Sarkodie lacked the mental fortitude at the time to take the world stage by storm.

Hence he was much more fixated on doing his stuff locally perhaps to build the momentum first before moving beyond that scope which is why he could not sign him.

In his words, “We had plans to make him so much bigger but I think at the time his agenda was more focusing on Ghana, which worked for him. And I think that it was a plan that worked,” “I mean, it’s arguably or arguably not – but I know for sure if had he followed our plan, he would have been a global artist without a doubt.”

“We realized that we really couldn’t work with him yet because he just wasn’t mentally ready to go on that level. We just allowed him to continue moving the way he was moving.

“Unfortunately when you have an artist and you can’t control the artists or you can’t control the asset to them, it’s hard for you to do what you need to do with them if you don’t have control over him.”

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South African pastor found guilty of raping man

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Pastor Luthando Matodlana of God is Love Ministry in Motherwell, Gqeberha, South Africa, has been found guilty of rape. (more…)

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Residents express fear over presence of 2 tigers in Cheddar’s Wonder World Estates

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Some residents at Wonder World Estates, Avenue Lincoln near the British High Commission at Ridge in Accra always walk around in fear over the presence of two tigers in the estate believed to be owned by business mogul, Nana Kwame Bediako, popularly known as Freedom Jacob Caesar. (more…)

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Marina Distribution partners Adinkra Lounge to provide happy hour services to passengers

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Adinkra Lounge, providers of lounging experience to First, Business and Executive passengers inside Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport, has partnered with Marina Distribution Company Limited, distributors of Bacardi to provide passengers with premium happy hour experience. (more…)

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Young ladies are demanding, I prefer older ones – Lasmid

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MTN hitmaker winner and “Sika” Singer Lasmid had revealed that he is more interested in dating older women than young ladies.

In an interview with Multicdb, he revealed his preference for the former since their experience and maturity can help mold one’s life.
He claimed that young ladies are demanding which put extra pressure on their partners.

Lasmid entreated women, especially older ones to have no issues approaching him and he will welcome them with open arms.

Source – Multicdb

Watch Full Interview here

 

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Africa Rising Music Conference Announces International Artist Showcase Line-up

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Anticipation for the Africa Rising Music Conference (ARMC) is at an all-time high as the countdown to the conference and its unprecedented artist showcase. ARMC attendees are primed to enjoy world-class performances from the exceptional line-up that boasts artists from various countries, including focus territory, The Netherlands.

The pivotal talents of Eritrea-born vocalist Rimon, Ghanaian artist based in the South East of Amsterdam, BnnyHunna and South African-Dutch singer-songwriter Joya Mooi are set to ignite the stage, highlighting their musical style, genre and impeccable skillset.

This cohort of Global musical aptitude will also feature Producers Spanker (one of the biggest Dutch Hip-Hop producers), Yung Dada (a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has worked with prominent artists and is now working on a solo project), and esteemed artist Frenna (a vocalist and one of the most renowned artists in the Netherlands).

ARMC 2022 themes: Women’s Voices: Amplifying them in the music business
Building Bridges: Exchange between Africa and the world
Independent Africa: Developing, understanding and creating new opportunities

Heavily music-focused, ARMC sets itself apart by bringing a cocktail of international artists to merge with the South African market, focusing on ambassadors, panels, and podcasts.

The showcase format will see local acts and acts perform over two nights across the electronic & urban genres from The Netherlands, Germany, and Austria perform.

Says DME: “We as the Dutch Music Export are truly proud to create such a versatile space for connecting, learning and building within the music industry.”

Buy your ticket now online via Howler.
Tickets are limited.

ARMC By Night – 24th May 2022

-Bnnyhunna
-Joya Mooi
-Rimon

A reminder of the unique, all-female ambassador lineup:

Tumi Mogapi (South Africa) Women In Music South Africa
Money Ba Doo (South Africa) Artist / Songwriter
Anyiko Owoko (Kenya) Anyiko PR
JAMIIE (Germany) Artist, Producer, Afrohouse Beatport Curator
Dieuwertje Heuvelings (Netherlands) – Dutch Music Export

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Stonebwoy inks Def Jam Africa deal?

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It looks like Ghanaian reggae/dancehall star Stonebwoy is the latest African artiste to join Def Jam Africa music label. (more…)

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