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Double whammy for Ghana in Old Mutual Amazing Voices

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Ghana’s musical hopes of securing US$100 000 and gaining continental fame and bragging rights were dashed when the country’s two singing sensations K3M and Apopearls were eliminated in the second season of Old Mutual Amazing Voices.

The four-man Acapella group, K3M from Takoradi, a city in the western region of Ghana formed their group two years ago. When they saw the call for online auditions for the Pan African singing competition they decided that their Time was Now to take the opportunity to showcase their talent and compete in Amazing Voices. Having not had the experience to perform with a band was the immediate challenge they had to overcome. Their massive propensity in Acapella informed the group’s song choices which did not entice the judges.

 

“Going home so soon in the competition was devastating for our group but we knew in our hearts we had fought a good battle. Though this was a competition, we also formed a bond with other groups, so it was disheartening when our journey came to an end. The Old Mutual Amazing Voices experience taught us to bounce back stronger, on any platform. And that glory comes with a lot of hard work”, said Frederick Otchere, member of K3M.

As a group, K3M walked away filled with new learnings, hope and appraisable value from their experience as they watched how other groups excelled with their stage presence and had the ability to sing with a band with ease, something they are committed to working on in the future.

Their fellow countrymen, Apopearls equally have a wonderful story. Like K3M, Apopearls is also a four-man group from Tema in Ghana and they have also been together as a group for two years. Their music and passion for the entertainment world is primarily fueled by their love for Gospel.

Apopearl’s musical journey on Amazing Voices was not an easy one either, as they had to learn and cope with the choreography and dancing that was required for their performances. Something that the group was not used to incorporating in their routines. Even with all the coaching and new found stage knowledge they had been applying it came as a shock when they learnt they were up for elimination as it was their first time at the bottom and were aiming for the Golden Voice of the evening.

With the judge’s sudden decision to send two groups home at such an early stage of the competition, backstage, the remaining contestants from Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa were visibly shaken. With the shock also came the realisation that they needed to elevate their performances to continue their journey to stardom.

There has been a clear understanding across all the groups that for them to succeed it is not just about their vocal abilities, but also about grasping the importance of working on their stage presence, audience interaction, showmanship, and choreography.

With the surprise elimination, the remaining contestants have been encouraged to take those important steps to move up a level and find the courage to take on bigger themes and songs that demonstrate their true talent and potential.  A key message of encouragement for the groups has been to never forget why they left home in the first place to be part of the only  Pan African music show and to keep the end goal in sight

Apopearls and K3M walk away from the competition empowered, inspired and encouraged. They leave with valuable insight into what it takes to be stars and how to connect with the audience. Both groups have vowed to apply the lessons learned as they continue in their pursue of fulfilling their dreams in their music careers.

Nana Egyin-Buadu from Apopearls said “Old Mutual Amazing Voices was a great experience for the group, not just about meeting people from different cultures but also seeing how production works on such big formats was eye-opening for us and we thank God for the opportunity”.

For more details on what it takes to win doing great things in Pan-African music and to find out how Old Mutual uses the universal power of music to connect and enable positive futures, tune into Africa Magic (DStv) at 15:00 (GHN) every Sunday. Alternatively, follow Old Mutual’s social media platforms using. #AmazingVoicesAfrica

Alternatively, follow Old Mutual’s social media platforms using #AmazingVoicesAfrica or go to www.oldmutual.co.za/amazingvoices to read more amazing stories about the Amazing Voices Season 2 contestants, production, crew and all the great experiences this show is producing.

 

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Highlights from Sika Osei and Sele Douglas’ white wedding

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Highlights from Sika Osei and Sele Douglas' white wedding

The fairytale nuptials of Ghanaian actress, producer, and TV presenter, Sika Osei and Sele Douglas  climaxed with a chic  white wedding in Accra, on Saturday. (more…)

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Angélique Kidjo to storm Ghana for GUBA awards

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Multiple Grammy award winner, Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, is expected to perform at this year’s Grow, Unite and Build Africa (GUBA) Awards.

The awards are slated for November 7 and 8, 2021, and would mark a centenary of the passage and resilience of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, the influential warrior and Queen mother of Ejisu, who rose to lead an Asante army against the British.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday at Kempinski hotel in Accra, Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) of GUBA, Ms Dentaa Amoateng said, the celebrated African musician who hails from Benin would be honoured on the day.

She noted that the ceremony would be attended by prominent people of various background including former President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,the seventh Director–General of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, market women among many others.

Dentaa Amonteng further noted that Nana Yaa Asantewaa’s ravery,immensely contributed to the country’s independence story, because it shaped the psyche of the nation, that they could stand up for the country regardless of the apposition.

She said for this reason, there was the need to throw more spotlight on her and celebrate the amazing performance of women and empower young ladies to strive to the top.

According to her the two-day event, would first be a durbar at Manhyia palace in Kumasi on November 7, and followed by the rest of Awards the next day at the Grand Arena, Accra International Conference Centre.

Prince Anthony Bart, a member of the team said it would help instill the spirit of patriotism in the youth, “we need to learn about history of leaders who have contributed to our struggle.”

The Year 2021 marks exactly 100 years of the death of Yaa Asantewaa, the last African woman to lead a major war against colonial powers in 1900, where she played the role of the Commander-in-Chief of the powerful Asante Empire.

These events will observe an important moment in African history, one that is unique to the relations between the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Seychelles and is expected to host several high-profile personalities from the diaspora.

While celebrating Yaa Asantewaa, the awards will also recognize the contribution of Black women in the diaspora and Africa. The 2021 GUBA Awards will also raise awareness on maternal mortality and call for measures to ensure safe child delivery across the continent. GUBA Enterprise believes that every child, born and unborn, has a great potential and must be given the opportunity to fulfill this potential

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal remanded in prison custody for 5 day

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal has been ordered by an Accra Court to be remanded in prison custody for 5 days. (more…)

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Photos and Videos from Sika Osei’s stunning Ghana/Naija traditional wedding

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Ghanaian actress and TV presenter, Sika Osei on Thursday, October 21 2021 tied the knot in Accra with her Nigerian fiancé in a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony. (more…)

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Showmax Premiers Ghana Jollof

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Ladies and gentlemen, lunch is served!

Showmax premiers its first comedy-drama series in West Africa, Ghana Jollof, which premieres on the African streaming service on Friday, 22 October 2021.

Ghana Jollof tells the sizzling story of two young Nigerians, Jasper (Funnybone) and Romanus (Akah Nnani), who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures.

In the trailer, things start up with a first-time meeting between Nnamdi (Uzor Arukwe, who starred as dreaded crime boss Knight in Sugar Rush), Jasper (AMVCA-winning actor/comedian Funnybone), Kweku (heartthrob James Gardiner from Ghana’s popular telenovela Dede) and Romanus (AMAA nominee/Youtuber Akah Nnani). Subsequently, Jasper and Romanus head out to Ghana to jollof, kicking off a series of adventures… and misadventures.

Executive produced by Nigeria’s King of Comedy, Basketmouth, Ghana Jollof serves up a delicious ensemble cast from both Nigeria and Ghana. This includes the likes of AMAA nominee Joselyn Dumas, leading comedienne Jacinta Ocansey, Mawuli Gavor (Chief Daddy), popular reality star Portia Freelove, model and actress Brihanna Kinte, veteran actor Jackson Albert Davies (Beasts of No Nation), actress Korkor Oyeba Mensah, and multiple award-winning comedian/actor, Kalybos, not to mention Basketmouth himself.

“I’ve always wanted to create something that would be a collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana, and Ghana Jollof is a realization of that dream,” says Basketmouth. “From the cast to the crew, everyone gave of themselves to create a show deserving to be Showmax’s first comedy-drama from West Africa. We all can’t wait for the fans to see what we’ve cooked up.”

Ghana Jollof is directed by AMVCA nominee Diji Aderogba, whose debut feature film About A Boy won the Audience Choice Award at Nollywood Film Week in Paris, France.

Ghana Jollof will be available for streaming across Africa and in the UK. The show will have 13 episodes to devour, with new episodes dropping every Friday from 22 October 2021.

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You asked for the country to be fixed and it is being fixed- Prince David Osei reacts to Shatta/Medikal arrests

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Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei has opined that the current arrests of Shatta Wale and Medikal are true examples of the country being fixed.

Earlier on in the year, there were several social media protests led by Efia Odo and others asking the government of the day to fix the country.

While the protest has gone silent over the last couple months, the current actions by the new IGP has Prince David Osei agreeing that indeed the system was being fixed.

On Tuesday and Thursday night, Shatta Wale and Medikal were both arrested by the Police for committing various crimes.

Reacting to their arrests, Prince David Osei, who is a staunch member of the NPP, on Thursday evening shared on his Instagram stating that Ghanaians asked for the country to be fixed and that’s exactly what they’re getting.

“Did I hear someone say fix the country? Well the power that be heard your plea and is fixing the country. Ghana will prosper. Good night,” he shared.

He added; “In a country where the law works, the people prosper. 24/7 the system is working.”

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