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Blitz, Soulfège and Paapa in symposium on Ghanaian music in Philadelphia

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A tri-co symposium that explores questions and creative practices concerning global entrepreneurship in the Ghanaian music scene has started at Haverford & Bryn Mawr Colleges in Philadelphia from March 21-23. The seminar which features Blitz the Ambassador, Derrick N. Ashong,  Soulfège, and Paapa, as well as the screening of the film, ‘Home Grown: HipLife in Ghana’ kicked off on Wednesday with a  lecture at Bryn Mawr College Campus Center . On Thursday, there will be a screening and a panel discussion session. On Friday there will be a Jam Session  with Blitz the Ambassador , a workshop with Soulfège . check out event details on FACEBOOK. Events are free. T-shirts are available at $15 to support Nima Muhinmanchi Art, a non-profit that empowers youth in Nima, Accra through the arts. Tune into the Thurs. panel ~8:15 pm on http://www.ustream.tv/gmge323 . Tweet in questions, Twitter TBA, hash tag #GMGE Blitz has played with Public Enemy, the Roots, and Talib Kweli. He self-produced and distributed his own album “Native Sun” on iTunes. He was based in Brooklyn since the mid 2000s, just moved to Atlanta, and goes back to Accra frequently. We were able to seize the opportunity when one of the band members of V.I.P unfortunately fell ill, and we caught Blitz on the heels of his SXSW performance before he hits New York for TEDxHarlem March 27. Blitz is armed with a “lightning-fast mind, the political boldness of Chuck D, and the sixth groove sense of Fela Kuti.” He connects African music to hip hop and underground to mainstream. He’ll take the themes of global entrepreneurship and digital media to the next level. Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège sound like “Bob Marley meets The Fugees on a street corner in West Africa.” Artists/activists, they create a movement through music and have performed for the likes of Oprah and Bill Clinton. Take advantage of their Million Free Download campaign and cop their latest album ‘AFropolitan.’ Paapa is a young artist with a funky urban contemporary sound, who was signed to Skillions Record in Accra at age 17. He creates what he calls “music that matters,” while pursuing his freshman year studies at Reed College in his spare time. Run in conjunction with the Haverford and Bryn Mawr Africana Studies Programs and tri-college Africana Studies Consortium. In partnership with Haverford’s Black Students’ League, Bryn Mawr’s African and Caribbean Students’ Organization, and Swarthmore’s African Students’ Association. Supported by the Tri-Co Digital Humanities, Haverford College President’s Office, Dean’s Fund, Center for Peace & Global Citizenship, Special Events Committee, Hurford Center for Arts & Humanities, Collection Fund, Students’ Council, Student Activities, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Music Department, Sociology Department; Bryn Mawr College Education Program, Self-Governance Association, Dean’s Office, Anthropology Department; and Swarthmore College Department of Music and Dance and Black Studies Program. Sponsored by Brothers Screen GraFX in Upper Darby, Africans & Jamaicans Kitchen in Yeadon, Lovecchio’s Pizza in Bryn Mawr, and Concept X Sound in Long Island.]]>

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‘It can get better’- Celestine Donkor’s husband praises GHAMRO as they receive GHC 11,000 as royalties

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Kofi Donkor,  husband of popular Gospel musician, Celestine Donkor has revealed how much money they have received as royalties form the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO). (more…)

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“Sugarcane” season: Camidoh stuns in promotional photos for new single

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GB Recz and Grind Don’t Stop have released new stunning photos of Camidoh for his forthcoming debut album while promoting his commercial hit song, “SUGARCANE”. (more…)

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CARING VOLUNTEERS NETWORK (CAVNET), INC INCORPORATES AS A 501 ( C ) (3) IN THE US

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Caring Volunteers Network (CAVNET), INC, a Ghanaian based Non-Governmental Organization has received approval as a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501 ( c ) (3) of the United States. (more…)

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Gambo’s ‘Boys Aye Wild’ tops Apple Music’s City Chart for Accra & iTunes

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The Blackmob rapper currently boasts of the hottest song in Accra, Ghana and that’s a fact – according to Apple Music’s City Chart for Accra at least. Listen/stream ‘Boys Aye Wild’ here: https://gambomusic.ffm.to/gambo-boys-aye-wild

 

It turns out the denizens of Accra could simply not get enough of Gambo’s ‘Boys Aye Wild’ today and rightfully so. The fun song beat the odds and for the first time since its release ranked at #1 on the city’s Top 25 chart list for the day and iTunes. Also earning a spot on one of the streaming platform’s big listings for the region, Top Albums, was the artist’s “New Era” EP which stood at #8 to score Gambo yet another exciting feat.

Gambo outdid the competition and had listeners converging on his song by the bucketload. In regards to his big win today, the ‘Boys Aye Wild’ hitmaker shared: ‘’It was a great feeling to see my song sitting at #1. Seriously. Big ups to Accra for making my day and showing my song that much love. I’m at peace now knowing my brothers are taking the right steps to treat their women right. Ha-ha. Keep the plays coming though and don’t stop’’.

 

Introduced in early 2021 by the Cupertino-based tech giant, City Charts is an updated playlist meant to bring local artists to the forefront of the conversation around music discovery, one it achieves by reflecting the musical tastes of listeners in over 100 cities from around the world on a daily basis.

 

You can check Gambo’s amusing video for ‘Boys Aye Wild’ here:

 

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Call For Entries – The 23rd Annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

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Calling out to all artistes, artiste managements, record labels, producers, instrumentalists, music composers, music industry stakeholders and the public, that nominations for participation in the 23rd Annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards are officially open.

Kindly note that only published works in the year 2021 will be accepted. Thus, all works from January 1st to December 31st, 2021 should be submitted via our online portal at www.entry.ghanamusicawards.com

There shall be no manual submissions. Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 18th 2022.

For assistance, kindly call 050 139 5176, or send a mail to info@ghanamusicawards.com On-the-go-updates are available on social media at Ghana Music Awards on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and online at www.GhanaMusicAwards.com

The 23rd Annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is proudly brought to you by Vodafone, and powered by Charterhouse.

 

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Court issues warrant for Okraku Mantey’s arrest

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The Adentan Circuit Court on Tuesday, 18 January 2022, issued a warrant for the arrest of Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Mark Okraku Mantey. (more…)

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