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BHIM to the World – Stonebwoy's Global Strides

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Stonebwoy 3Seeing Stonebwoy’s progress over the years as been incredibly inspiring for me. From our first interview 8 years ago in the studios of Vibe FM (Accra-Ghana) to watching the Jamaican media frenzy around his recent gig at Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest. It’s all so surreal! I was fortunate enough to get him on the phone lines for a short interview before he jetted off to the States for the next round of gigs, and in 10 minutes we managed to cover quite a bit. Check out a summary of the interview below: On his recent success on international platforms, from Budapest’s Summerjam, to Zurich and straight to Jamaica. – I asked him how he felt and what it meant to him: Stonebwoy:  It’s an incredible feeling Antoine. I’m humbled and grateful by it and it means a lot not only for me but for Ghana. These stages I find myself on pave a path for other dancehall and reggae artists from Ghana. I go through a lot to get ready for this shows, musically and mentally, so when I deliver and it all goes well, I thank God for making it happen.  These shows are huge and require you to make a mark as an African artist. If only you knew what I’ve sacrificed to get this far. It hasn’t been easy, but the consistency and push is what’s got me here. On the Jamaican media frenzy around his performance at ReggaeSumfest and presence in Jamaica. – I asked what he thought he did that’s got their attention and respect across board: Stonebwoy: Everything came together to create that peak. My work and profile speaks for itself. The treatment comes with the level. These guys are really into reggae and dancehall, so they do they’ve done their research and seen the numbers. 17 appearances on the billboard 100 and the music I’ve been putting out and moves across the world, nominations and wins in the BETs. It’s not about the hype or that one hit song. A lot of work was put into this is and its good to see the respect and necessary attention it’s being given. Again very inspiring and encouraging experience for me. On meeting Damian Marley and striking a chord of familiarity.– I asked how that must have felt being recognized by one of reggae music’s world best, if not the best: Stonebwoy: It was an honor. Damian Marley I can say is like the Bob Marley of our time. It’s definitely a dream come true and a testament to the hard work and consistency I’ve put into my music. The connection started some time back when he produced a song for Kabaka Pyramid called borders which i featured on. One thing led to another into that time of meeting him. This is just the beginning, hopefully more doors open through this. On the deal with Universal Music.– I asked him what exactly it means for him now and if it in any way affects his creative liberty and affects his deal with Zylofone Music. Stonebwoy: Not at all. The deal with Zylofon still stands along with my creative liberties. What this deal is, is me licensing my music to Universal for global distribution. Of course, that gives us the advantage of further reach, resources and connects to get my music heard around the world. There will definitely be more collaborative efforts even with Universal, in the direction my music should take with regards to the targeted demographics, but that’s something that rather adds value to my music. On taking Kelvinboy  along with him on this global platforms – I asked him how Kelvinboy was taking it: Stonebwoy: He’s in a very good position you know. A lot of us starting out didn’t get that chance. I never had the chance to feature or perform on such big platforms starting out, but he does. It’s my hope that he leverages on this to do even bigger things and reach further than this. Stonebwoy ’s international recognition is a result of years of hard work, consistency and focus on building a global brand that would leave a legacy in the genre of dancehall and reggae music. Right after our interview he left for the States, after which he goes to Italy for another gig. I, and I’m sure a couple more thousand Stonebwoy fans stand proud with his progress. Wishing him nothing but the best in gigs to come and his new deal with Universal Music. By Antoine Mensah ]]>

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Thrilling performances from Rex Omar, Amakye Dede, Efya & Samini as African Legends Night marks 10th anniversary

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The tale of African heritage thrives on after a blissful night of lifetime performances and unforgettable memories during the 10th anniversary edition of the historic African Legends Night held last Friday December 2nd at the Grand Arena, Accra.

With the ever-eloquent Eunice Tornyi, Host of African Women’s Voices and the rib-cracker, Foster Romanus as the night’s hosts, this year’s event thrilled patrons with classic music with a mix of celebration and recognition of African music heritage.

Ghana’s adorable music band, the Patchbay Band who served as curtain raisers sparked the atmosphere in the auditorium with live renditions of back-to-back hits of Ghana’s Highlife songs and a magical blend of Afrobeats hit tracks.

Taking on centre stage, the multitalented saxophonist, ABLA SAX reminisced patrons with surreal performances with DJ Ganj of YFM on the turntables.

With an already electrified atmosphere, EFYA, Ghana’s music siren took the crowd to the next level. Barely halfway through the night, she presented an ecstasy and an escape space for patrons to overlook Ghana’s World Cup loss.

Just like fine wine, Legendary Highlife artiste, Rex Omar displayed a colossal performance, nothing seen in such a long time of live performances.

In between the blistering performances, eight lucky patrons among the crowd won themselves HD+ decoders after discovering the hidden treasures.

Patrons gave a boisterous roar as Dancehall great Samini mounted the stage. Samini who over the years has cemented his craft with peculiar live band performances, this time, initiated fans into ecstasy with back-to-back hit songs.

Abrantie Iron Boy Amakye Dede followed up close with a shutdown performance to round up the glorious night of bliss.

“African Legends Night has not only thrilled or presented fans with entertainment, but has been intentional in celebrating and recognizing the work of African music greats over the years, promoting our music heritage as well,” Ernest Boateng, CEO of Global Media Alliance stated.

“This year’s edition being our 10th year, has indeed been special. We just didn’t need to celebrate them but we also carved their names in the history books, inducting these music legends into the Music Legends Hall of Fame. The crowd was beyond excited. This is truly an unforgettable experience,” added Mr. Boateng.

The African Legends Night over the years has served patrons with premium pan-African concerts, recognizing and celebrating living African music legends.

The 2022 edition of the African Legends is the first to be hosted in December offering a new ‘December in Ghana’ experience for Ghanaians and the Diaspora.

Global Media Alliance, organizers of the event, announced five new initiatives to celebrate this year’s concert and institutionalize the recognition and celebration of African artistes and their music. These new additions include the Legends Digital Music Museum, the African Legends Hall of Fame, the Legends Music Show, the Legends Music Celebration, and the Legends Music Playlist.

Since its inception, the African Legends Night has celebrated music legends on the African continent including Hugh Masekela, Daddy Lumba, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Kojo Antwi, Femi Kuti, Amakye Dede, Kanda Bongoman, Awilo Longomba, George Darko, Ofie Kudjo, Freddie Meiway, Ben Brako, Gyedu Blay Ambulley, Samini, Nana Tuffuor, Akosua Adjepong, Amandzeba 2Face Idibia, Nat Brew among many others.

The show was proudly sponsored by HD Plus, Ghana Gas, Ghana Tourism Authority, Beyond the Return, Perception Management International Dosh, Dstrk 24 Restaurant, Alomo Bitters and Silverbird Cinemas with media partners – MX24, eTv, Citi FM, YFM, B&FT, Happy FM, Daily Guide, Ghanaweb, AmeyawDebrah, NYDJ Live, Oman FM and Net2 TV.

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Why Sadia Sausage is topping Ghana Twitter Trends

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It’s been a month, why is Shatta Wale and Bullgod still walking free after Fennec’s murder confession- Kwaw Kese to the Police

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Ghanaian rapper, Kwaw Kese has called on the Ghana Police to serve justice after Shatta Wale confessed to his former manager, Nana Asiamah Hanson, popularly known as Bullgod having a hand in the murder of the late Fennec Okeyere. (more…)

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Wizkid still stands by his “rap is dead” comment

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Grammy award-winning Nigerian artist, Wizkid is currently trending after making some statements about the status of the rap genre in Nigeria. (more…)

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Medikal set to release new EP ‘Society’

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Ghanaian rapper Samuel Adu Frimpong, popularly known as Medikal, has unveiled the official tracklist for his forthcoming ‘Society’ EP. (more…)

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DJ Cuppy makes her engagement Instagram official

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Nigerian Disc Jockey and daughter to billionaire Femi Otedola, DJ Cuppy has outdoored the man in her life for the very first time on social media. (more…)

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