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Azonto goes Academic!

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A symposium to look at ways in which Azonto, the latest dance and music fad to hit Ghana, could be exploited for economic and social development is in the offing. Planned to take place at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, the conference will have among its panel of discussants Azonto proponent, Sarkodie and music producer, EL. They will hold the discourse with musicologists and the intellectual and corporate community to trace the development of Azonto, and find ways to give the craze longevity, and make it a symbol of modern Ghana. Azonto is bitingly originally GH – a construct of the new Ghanaian! It lends a parlance for describing everything popular that happens in the country, like this year’s AFCON which has starting being regarding as the Azonto AFCON! Azonto is swagger, but more importantly, it is GH, and is gaining increasing much national and international popularity, growing to become one of those cult trends that tend to bind us as Ghanaians by default. “If culture is constructed as ‘the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively’ or the ‘attitudes and behaviour characteristic of a particular social group, then surely, Azonto, whose display enthralls everyone, cutting across young and old, must become part of our culture now,” contends conference convener, PaJohn Dadson. The impending symposium, titled ‘Harnessing Azonto for Ghana’s Socio-Cultural and Economic Development.’ is being organized by ACVB Events in collaboration with The World Bank and Graphic Communications with assistance from number organizations including Bentsifi.com, GH One, www.AmeyawDebrah.com and Dust Magazine. There is a school of thought that believes it is about time that as a nation and a people we recognize that even fads can hold their own and grow organically so that in another generation, their foundation can be referred to in terms of tradition, and thus become part of our culture. Azonto is a part of our living culture today, a part of our reality. Ashesi lecturer and one of the interlocutors at the upcoming symposium, writer Kobby Graham sums it up succinctly. “The concept of Ghana, after 55 years still has not much symbols that hold it together. Try a call to rally round our national flag and see if the euphoria that will generate will be anything like that which the ultimate Ghana symbol – the Black Stars – can cause! Then, try it against Azonto! Azonto, am afraid, I can see in my mind’s eye, can pull us together in euphoria more than the Ghana flag!” Although it seems to be a derivative of the Kpanlogo dance but is wildly adaptive to Adowa, Kete, and any other kind of dance, or gesture, another of the pluses of Azonto is how it is not any tribe’s dance but a dance move done by Ghanaians. It is a dance form with a burgeoning music style and a mindset that can potentially spew an industry like Hip Hop has done in the US! The school of thought that seeks to promote Azonto believes it is time to wake up to its promise. Growing rather organically, from among the ghettos and now onto You Tube, with images of people doing the dance all over the globe on the streets, and it is insightful that the dance gingers everyone, and gets people from all walks of life, pumping blows into the air whenever they hear its fast beat accompanying beat! The highlight of the movement that is Azonto, would be when Obidimpong Sarkodie got onto Westwood’s program on BBC Radio 1 Extra, a mainstream radio in London to demonstrate the moves as his music was being played, scenes captured for You Tube! Now, that’s taking things beyond the Ghanaian Diaspora, prompting time to dance!  ]]>

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D Jay shares remix of his addictive single ‘Yawa’ featuring KiDi and Playaz

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After releasing ‘Yawa’ about a year ago, the rising singer kicks back with a more elegant version of his original hit, courtesy of a feature list that doesn’t disappoint. Stream/download ‘Yawa’ remix on all major platforms here: https://djay.lnk.to/yawaremix

The new striking release has Ghana’s very own Golden Boy, KiDi and Nigerian Afro-Pop duo, Playaz in tow – all accentuating the already delectable song with a zest of Hiplife melodies and buoyant vocals that are absolutely fresh. Like mainstream Afrobeat songs of its time, ‘Yawa’ remix is big on sweet-talking and boasts clever interpolations from past Ghanaian and Nigerian classic songs like VVIP’s ‘Ahomka Womu’ and ‘Fefe Ne Efe’ by Tony Tetuila (feat. Tic Tac).

If you’re yet to be acquainted with the versatile singer, ‘Yawa’ remix is a perfect introduction to D Jay’s burgeoning catalog. One of Ghana’s new rising artists to watch, D Jay’s breakout EP, ‘’Mixed Feelings’’ (2020) was center to distinguishing him from his peers as a versatile and charismatic voice.

Under the management of Q17 Dynasty, D Jay is ready to inspire his generation with a sense of responsibility and focus.

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Stegue’s Ginger Features On Apple Music Playlists With Ed-Sheran,Elton John

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STEGUE just released his first hit Single “Ginger” and clearly the song is raising eyebrows among music playlist curators on Boomplay and Apple Music
“Ginger” has featured on Apple’s music New Music Daily,Future Hits which features American top musicians like Ed sheran,Elton John .Lil Baby .Lil wayne and others

Management team of Stegue{Xpensive Records Worldwide} confirmed that this single is off his sophomore project “Songs For The Deaf” which is scheduled to be released next year
‘Ginger’ is an Afro Fusion song with production that induces a head bop from its listener. STEGUE exalts his lover as he speaks on how proficient her bedroom escapades are. He confesses how hard he has fallen for her and how he would do anything for her and never stop loving her.Ginger is a timeless danceable masterpiece fit for all occasions.

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Audiomack Launches “Supporters” Feature, Enabling Artists to Generate New Revenue Stream & Connect with Fans

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Artist-first music streaming and discovery platform, Audiomack, has announced the launch of Supporters, a first-of-its-kind feature in music streaming, providing artists with access to a brand-new revenue stream and allows fans to directly support songs and albums from the artists they love.

 

Supporters enables artists and musicians to directly engage with their fans when they release new music, express their appreciation for direct support through a variety of messaging options, and share exclusive content and limited offerings.

 

“With Supporters, Audiomack is treating artists as they see themselves — as entrepreneurs building profitable careers,” said Dave Macli, Audiomack co-founder and CEO. “Supporters creates brand new monetization opportunities for our creator community while bringing dedicated fans closer to the music and artists they love.”

 

Fans participate in Supporters by purchasing support badges for individual song and album releases. Once a fan completes their badge purchase, their contribution is forever memorialized on their Audiomack profile and the artist’s individual song or album page. To help fans showcase their support, across social media, Audiomack provides custom shareable graphics.

 

Supporters are ranked on three levels:

 

First: The first supporters for a release

Top: Supporters who contributed the most

Latest: The most recent supporters

 

To participate in Supporters, artists must apply for and gain access to Audiomack Monetization Program (AMP), or distribute their music to Audiomack through participating partners, including but not limited to Warner Music Group, Amuse, AudioSalad Direct, DistroKid, EMPIRE, FUGA, Stem, and Vydia.

 

About Audiomack 

Audiomack, which launched in 2012, currently reaches more than 20 million monthly users globally. The streaming and discovery service has played an integral role in breaking new acts, such as Roddy Ricch and Kaash Paige; served as a trusted partner to Eminem and Nicki Minaj, among other notable artists, to debut exclusive releases; and helped rising African stars, such as Omah Lay, reach an international audience. As of December 2021, Audiomack is the top-ranked music streaming app on Apple’s iOS in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Senegal, and Kenya.

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Shatta Wale, Medikal case adjourned to January 25, 2022

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Accra Circuit Court 4 has adjourned musicians Shatta Wale and Medikal’s case to January 25, 2022. (more…)

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Samini shows off “Queen Samini” mother to four of his kids for the first time

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Award-winning Reggae/Dancehall musician, Samini has shown off the woman in his life for the very first time.

Fremah, who is mother to four of Samini’s kids made her debut on Samini’s Instagram page as she celebrated her birthday two days ago.

Samini shared a throwback photo of them and a most current one to mark the occasion.

“It was her birthday two days ago but I didn’t post cus I didn’t have any current images of her or us so thot I’d just let it slide … not knowing she loves the posts 😂 but here’s the problem tho …. she no like pictures so she no get pics lol .. Our first daughter turns 18 in feb. and I can count the number of pics this lady has lol,” he wrote.

The “Linda” hitmaker also revealed he has known Fremah for 20 years and counting and they share four kids together.

“Known you for over 20 years and counting. We’ve had 4 adorable kids “tho I got more 😁” .. you’ve been a mom to all my kids and all we pray for is #morelife and #goodhealth and #wealth for you #queensamini. Chop life Wai,” he added.

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This 12-year-old who was defiled by a 55-year-old man is about to be denied Justice because she couldn’t present positive examination results on time

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Twelve-year-old Ama (real name withheld), who has been defiled by 55-year-old Amadu Umar, may be denied justice because her representatives could not make it on time to the police station to present results from her examination.

According to Hajia (real name withheld) who is currently providing protection to Ama and her mother, the CID in charge of the case at the Odorkor Police Station, Madam Beatrice, gave her an ultimatum of 20 minutes earlier today, to report at the station or she grants bail to the offender.

Hajia in a phone interview with Ameyaw TV’s Zeinat Issahak, revealed that Ama had been defiled two months ago, however, because her mum was not familiar with the law, she failed to report it immediately.

“Ama was defiled since she was nine years old but her mum only got to know about it 2 months ago. Because her mum is illiterate and didn’t know the issues of the law, she first sent the complaint to the chief’s palace. She took it to the chiefs at Ablekuma but they couldn’t handle it so they proceeded to an Islamic marital court and it was through that the Police were involved,” Hajia explained.

Hajia added that after they finally got the Police, involved, on Saturday, December 4, a thorough examination was done on Ama at the Mamprobi Polyclinic which came out positive, and confirming that indeed she had been defiled.

However, Hajia revealed that they were to present the test results to the CID on Monday, December, 6, but due to the strike by the public transport drivers, they couldn’t make it to the police station.

Hajia tells Ameyaw TV’s Zeinat that when she called the CID to explain the circumstances, she was told to present the test results within 20 minutes or she grants the offender bail.

Meanwhile, few hours after this post was made, Hajia called to reveal that indeed, the offender, Mr Amadu had been granted bail by CID Beatrice.

They are to appear in court on December, 21st for the final verdict.

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