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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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2022 Ghana Entertainment Awards USA Nominations Announced

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Organizers of the prestigious Ghana Entertainment Awards USA have released nominations for this year’s edition.

The award scheme which is in its 4th edition returns with the introduction of new categories as well as modification of some old ones after a two year break due to the corona virus pandemic.

A well experienced Board representing all sectors of our Entertainment and Arts industry made up of Amanda Jissih, Abeiku Santana, Elia Chebib, Jiji Glam, Bull Dog, Kaywa, Eddy Blay Jnr, Da Hammer and Ignace worked on the categories and nominations for this year’s Ghana Entertainment Awards USA.

With a total of 39 categories, the 4th Ghana Entertainment Awards USA looks to reward more creatives and entertainers and promises at amazing experience.

Fans can vote for their favorite nominees on the official Ghana Entertainment Awards USA website, www.ghentawards.com

This year’s event comes off on Friday July 8 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York.

Full List of nominees below:

Best Music Act Male
⁃ Mr Drew
⁃ Fameye
⁃ Stonebwoy
⁃ Shatta Wale
⁃ Sarkodie
⁃ Kidi
⁃ Kuami Eugene
⁃ Medikal
⁃ King Promise
⁃ Black Sherif
⁃ Camidoh

Best music act female
• Sefa
• Mona 4 Real
• Adina Thembi
• Wendy Shay
• Efya
• Gyakie
• Cina soul
•Wiyaala

Discovery of the Year – Female
-Erkuah Official
-Mona 4 Real
-Jackline Mensah
-Givtti
-Afia Pinamang
-Edma Lawer

Discovery of The Year – Male
⁃ Nanky
⁃ Tripcy
⁃ Jay Bhad
⁃ Talaat yaaky
⁃ Kawabanga
⁃ Black Sherif
– Chief One

Best Music Group
• R2bees
• Keche
• Dope Nation
• Lali & Lola

Producer Music
⁃ Liquid beatz
⁃ Killbeatz
⁃ Ronny Turn me Up
⁃ Altranova
⁃ MOG
⁃ Street Beatz
⁃ MixMaster Garzy
⁃ Nektunez

Gospel Act
⁃ Ohemaa Mercy
⁃ Diana Hamilton
⁃ MOG Music
⁃ Obaapa Christy
⁃ Empress Gifty
⁃ Kobby Psalm
⁃ Joe Mettle
⁃ Perez Music
⁃ Akesse Brempong

Best Record Label
⁃ Highly Spiritual
⁃ Lynx Entertainment
⁃ Black Avenue Music
⁃ Ruff Town Records
⁃ Life Living Records

Entrepreneur of the year
⁃ John Dumelo
⁃ DBlack
⁃ Shatta Wale
⁃ Salma Mumin
⁃ Caroline Sampson

Best Entertainment Blog
⁃ Ameyaw Debrah
⁃ Nkonkonsa
⁃ GhKwaku
⁃ Yemmey Baba
⁃ Ronnie Is everywhere
⁃ GH Hyper
⁃ ZionFelix
⁃ Sammykaymedia

Best Comedy Act
⁃ Ekua Official
⁃ Comedian Warris
⁃ Akrobeto
⁃ Dr Likee
⁃ DKB
⁃ Made In Ghana
⁃ OB Amponsah
⁃ Clemento Suarez
⁃ SDK

Best Music Video Director
⁃ Babs Direction
⁃ XBillz
⁃ Skyface
⁃ Kofi Awuah
⁃ Snarez
⁃ Abdul hafiz
~ Director Abass

Best Movie Act
⁃ Yvonne Nelson
⁃ Lydia Forson
⁃ Adjetey Annang
⁃ Lil Win
⁃ Aaron Adatsi
⁃ Roslyn Ngissah
⁃ Anthony Woode
~ Bernard Aduse Poku

Best Radio Personality
⁃ Andy Dosty (hitz FM)
⁃ Ohemaa Woy3gy3 (angel Fm)
⁃ Bernard Avle (Citi FM)
⁃ Giovanni Caleb (3FM)
⁃ Kojo Manuel (YFM)
⁃ Lexis Bill (Joy FM)
⁃ Nana Romeo (Accra FM)
⁃ Doreen Avio (Hitz FM)
⁃ Dr Pounds (Hitz FM)
⁃ DJ Slim (Radio 1)

Best TV personality
⁃ Giovani Caleb
⁃ Nana ama McBrown
⁃ Juliet Bawuah
⁃ Jay Foley
⁃ Vim Lady
⁃ Captain Smart
⁃ Regina Van Helvert
⁃ Gloria Peprah

Best DJ Act – Ghana
⁃ Dj Loft
⁃ Dj Fletch
⁃ Dj Faculty
⁃ Dj Vyrusky
⁃ Dj MicSmith
⁃ iPhone DJ
⁃ Dj Mensah
⁃ Ad DJ
~ DJ Millzy

Best Hypeman/MC
⁃ Jerry Adjorlolo
⁃ Kojo Manuel
⁃ George Bannerman
⁃ Jay Time
⁃ Ogee The MC
⁃ Mc Jerome
⁃ Jay Foley
⁃ Doreen Avio
⁃ Kabutey My MC

Best entertainment TV show
⁃ United ShowBiz
⁃ Showbiz 360
⁃ Ahosepe
⁃ Upside Down
⁃ Powder room
⁃ In Bed with Adwen

Best entertainment Radio show
⁃ Day Break Hitz
⁃ Showbiz A-Z
⁃ Adom Entertainment Hall
⁃ ShowBiz Extra
⁃ Ayekoo ayekoo
⁃ 3FM Drive

Best Producer Radio/TV
• Mr Haglah
• Godwin Lumen
• Mercy Bee
• Ella Okuwendia
• Philip Nai
~ Sandra Akakpo

Best Photographer
⁃ Manuel Photography
⁃ Rob Photography
⁃ Twins Dnt Beg
⁃ Maxwell Jennings
⁃ Sorce Photography
– Kay Studios
– Smith Imaging

Best Event Sponsor
⁃ MTN
⁃ Vodafone
⁃ Kasapreko
⁃ Twellium Industries
⁃ GTP
⁃ Angel Group

Best Youtuber/Vlogger
⁃ Wode Maya
⁃ Zion Felix
⁃ Kofi TV
⁃ Kobby Kyei
⁃ Kwadwo Sheldon
⁃ Sammy Kay
⁃ Ameyaw Debrah
⁃ Big scout Prempeh
⁃ Magraheb
⁃ Kwaku Manu

Best Dance Act
⁃ DanceGod Lloyd
⁃ Incredible Zigi
⁃ Afrobeast
⁃ AfroNita
⁃ Holiboy
⁃ Joshua Agyapong/Dhat Boy AJ
⁃ Lydrock
⁃ IamBemes/Prince
⁃ Caleb Bonney/Ghanaboi
Best Sports Personality
⁃ Evelyn Badu
⁃ Samuel Takyi
⁃ Thomas Partey
⁃ Benjamin Azamati
⁃ Coach Yussif Basigi

Best African entertainer
⁃ Diamond platinum
⁃ Davido
⁃ Broda Shaggi
⁃ Burna Boy
⁃ Funke Akindele
⁃ Sydney Talker
⁃ Nasty black
⁃ Focalistic
⁃ Pearl thusi
⁃ Tems
⁃ Wizkid
⁃ Oduma Essan

Best African DJ
⁃ Uncle waffles
⁃ Dj neptune
⁃ D E cool
⁃ Dj Tunez

Best Stylist
⁃ Trendy Rail
⁃ Kulaperry
⁃ The Style innovator
⁃ amFashion
⁃ Nana Kwasi Wiafe
⁃ Lakopue
~ Toure Designs

Entertainer of the year
⁃ Black Sherif
⁃ Sarkodie
⁃ Shatta Wale
⁃ Stonebwoy
⁃ Kidi
⁃ Sefa
⁃ Dr Likee
⁃ Akrobeto
⁃ Nana Ama McBrown
⁃ Thomas partey

Best Album
⁃ Golden Boy – KiDi
⁃ No pressure – Sarkodie
⁃ Loyalty -D black
⁃ Alpha – Mr Drew
⁃ Madina to the universe -M.anifest
⁃ Back to the basics – r2bees
⁃ Same earth different worlds – Omar Sterling
⁃  Ye Boa Me – Joe Mettle

Best Music Act GH/USA
⁃ JayHover
⁃ Achipalago
⁃ Jay Aura
⁃ Empress Afi
⁃ Vintage papi
⁃ Nana NYC
⁃ Kwesoul
⁃ Dreamz

Best Gospel Act GH/USA
⁃ Sandra Jaedon
⁃ Mill Addison
⁃ Sarah sings
⁃ Minister Mavis
⁃ Fritz Oakley
⁃ Kwabena Music
⁃ Millicent Yankey
⁃ Humphrey Tettey

Best Diaspora Act
⁃ Michaela Coel
⁃ Abraham Attah
⁃ Michael Blackson
⁃ Blackway
⁃ Stormzy
⁃ Blitz The Ambassador

Best DJ Act GH/USA
⁃ Dj Akua
⁃ RB Nice
⁃ Dj YungKofi
⁃ Dj Prince Paul /FSR
⁃ Kwame fresh

Best US/Africa DJ
⁃ Dj Tunez
⁃ Dj Buka
⁃ Dj Nani
⁃ Dj zimo
⁃ Dj phlems

Best Online Radio/TV GH/USA
⁃ Adinkra Radio
⁃ Sankofa Radio
⁃ iRap TV
⁃ Joba Aba TV
⁃ HRETV

Best GH/USA event Promoter
⁃ Big Five – NY
⁃ Project 8 – NY
⁃ Inside LLC – NY
⁃ Fantasy Entertainment – NJ
⁃ Goodfellas – ATL
⁃ Nana Frimpong – DMV
⁃ Shutdown – MN
⁃ The Blackstarz – NC

Best GH/Canada Act
– Quabena Maphia
– Slim flexx
– Yaa Yaa
– AO
– Mr S
– Gh Cali

Entertainer of the year Gh/USA
⁃ JayHover
⁃ Charlie Dior
⁃ Archipalago
⁃ Kappacino (Clifford Owusu)
⁃ Dj Akuaa
⁃ Nana NYC
– Naana Donkor Arthur

 

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Detty Rave Will Be Back This Year, Kicks Off #Roadtodettyrave This Summer

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Afropop superstar and African music business entrepreneur MR EAZI is reviving his celebrated Detty Rave event series in a major way in 2022, with a tour of Ghana’s universities leading up to the much-anticipated return of the main Detty Rave in December. 

 

The Road to Detty Rave tour takes place this Summer between July 31st and August 31st. University of Cape Coast; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST); the University of Ghana (Legon) are the confirmed three, while a fourth university will be selected following the results of an online poll. Each event will be hosted by Mr Eazi, with performances from surprise guests, airing on live TV across Africa. 

 

Fans wishing to sign up to be alerted when tickets for each event go on sale can do so by signing up here: https://bit.ly/dettyravetickets

 

Since its inception in 2017, Detty Rave has been a major draw of West Africa’s #DettyDecember calendar, bringing an all-star cast of international performers to Accra including Rick Ross, Koffee, Giggs, Afro B, Kranium, King Promise, Simi, Busiswa and KiDI, alongside sets from Africa’s top DJs. Covid 19 forced Mr Eazi to put the event on ice following 2019’s Rick Ross-headlined edition but, with demand for outdoor entertainment at an all-time high, he’s bringing the event back with the theme, “Da Funk.” 

 

“Ever since I coined the term that has become synonymous with December enjoyment in West Africa, #DettyDecember, Detty Rave has been an event that everyone counts down to,” Mr Eazi said. “It’s become a pilgrimage. It’s always been fun curating the experience and bringing people all over the world to rave in Ghana, so it’s beautiful to be bringing back this year after two whole years apart.” 

 

Detty Rave is organized and presented by emPawa Live, the live music division of emPawa Africa, Mr Eazi’s African music investment vehicle and label services company. 

 

While Eazi promises A-list guests at each edition of the tour and the main Detty Rave in December, he’s returning the event to its roots by keeping the list of performers under wraps. 

 

Stay tuned for The Road to Detty Rave tour dates and information about this year’s Detty Rave. 

 

Follow Detty Rave:

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Find out more about EMPAWA AFRICA here

For Detty Rave,  Mr Eazi and emPawa Africa inquiries, contact:

colette@largeup.com 

 

 

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Sonnie Badu explains why it costs a fortune to book him on shows

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Founder and lead Pastor of RockHill Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Sonnie Badu has given a run down of why he charges high rates for shows. (more…)

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D-Black should be disgraced and made to pay 10 times the amount- Blakk Rasta

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Another one: Caleb Nii Boye resigns from EIB Network, joins Media General

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The response to my “Best Rap Performance” award has been positive- Lyrical Joe

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