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Ambolley to challenge the record books about origin of rap music

Ghanaian music legend, Gyedu Blay Ambolley has hinted that he will officially challenge the Guinness Book of Records about the origin of rap music which is widely credited to the American group, Sugarhill Gang and their rap single “Rapper’s Delight”, which took America by storm in 1979. According to Ambolley, his hit song ‘Simagwa Do’ […]

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Dcrow and Gyedu BlayAmbulley at Hiphop Nation summitGhanaian music legend, Gyedu Blay Ambolley has hinted that he will officially challenge the Guinness Book of Records about the origin of rap music which is widely credited to the American group, Sugarhill Gang and their rap single “Rapper’s Delight”, which took America by storm in 1979. According to Ambolley, his hit song ‘Simagwa Do’ was released earlier and by all account, it was rap music.

Ambolley made the claims during a summit at the Hip Hop Nation organized by Mi Prime Entertainment in collaboration with the British Council to celebrate the diversity in Hiphop Music and Culture of Ghanaian Origin. The summit with featured other speakers such as Panji Anoff, Kweku T, D-Black, Bushke, Wanlov, C-real, Nigerian rapper D’Crow and others discussed issues such as: the difference between hip life and hip-hop, the challenges and future of hip-hop/hiplife, how to put an end to artists miming on stage, and financial problems and solutions within the Ghanaian Hip-hop industry among others.

Gyedu Blay Ambolley ‘The Simigwa Do Man’ also received a special Honors at the summit for being contributing pioneer to the success of hiplife/hip-hop in Ghana. Ambolley’s name has become synonymous with Simigwa music and dance since his first hit single was released in 1973. Since that hit, he has led many bands including his own in 1979-80. His talent and success was not limited to Ghana, he has performed and received honours throughout in America and Europe.

It is a well established fact that rap music has its roots in Africa. Even before hip-hop or rap, the griots of West Africa narrated stories in a rhythmic way with drum beats. Rap came to America from the Caribbean island (which has large African population). Their musical culture has constantly influenced the changes in American music.

Even in the US, the rap music culture did not start with the Sugarhill Gang. In fact, even before their arrival, bands like, The Last Poets were making rap music, but were not popular. The first big rap single that took America by storm was “Rapper’s Delight”, by Sugarhill Gang in 1979. This song revolutionized the rap music. But since Ambolley’s ‘Simigwa Do’ was commercial and popular even before the Sugarhill Gang, perhaps it’s time to re-write history according to the achievements of the Ghanaian Music legend.

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Potential disrespect against my wife made me keep my marriage from the public eye – Foster Romanus 

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Budding Ghanaian comedian, Foster Owusu Amponsah, professionally known as Foster Romanus has shed light on his decision to keep his marriage away from the public eye, citing concerns about potential disrespect towards his wife.  (more…)

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I was just acting – Lil Win says as he addresses Martha Ankomah’s lawsuit

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Event companies are folding up due to lack of corporate support- Ashis

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Afua Asantewaa Lands Ike City Hotel Ambassadorial Deal

Guinness World Record (GWR) attemptee Afua Asantewaa O Aduonum has landed yet another brand ambassadorial deal with Ike City Hotel; Community 25, the second in a spate of five days.

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This Brand Ambassador agreement is made effective as of February 21,  2024, by and between Ike City Hotel,a modern day hospitality facility (Company) at Dawhenya and Mrs Afua Asantewaa O Aduonum (Singathon)-Ambassador.

And per the agreement, the ambassador is expected to act as a representative to promote and market the hotel through traditional and electronic media, including social media, in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

The agreement takes effect from February 22 , 2024  and shall continue in effect until February …202…

President of Ike City Hotel Mr Isaac Ofori Amoako mentioned that his quest to change the narrative in the hospitality industry informed his decision to venture into the industry.

He said “We are extremely delighted to have Afua Asantewaa on board as our brand ambassador.Her tenacity of purpose, resilience and  high level luxury sense aligns with the vision of this hotel.”

In her acceptance speech, Asantewaa said “l am indeed grateful for this opportunity, and I promise to use my various platforms to push this unique brand to the highest pedestal.

” It is a new facility but I can say it will rank among the best not only on the continent, but across the globe. I am looking forward to a very healthy and long relationship.”

Ike City Hotel is one of the subsidiaries of Ike City Group.

Ike City Hotel (Step into luxury) is a 54 bedroom  edifice, has a roof top, sky bar, barbering shop, salon, a full gym, spa, four conference rooms with the biggest having 400 capacity.
It also provides 24- hour security, big car park, among other facilities.
Meanwhile, the official launch of the facility is May 25.

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