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Diana Hamilton, Medikal and others win at Ghana Music Awards UK 2021 (Full list of winners)

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The much-awaited Ghana Music Awards UK 2021 finally came off over the weekend in the United Kingdom.

With performances from the likes of Fameye, Kweku Darlington, Kofi Jamar, Gyakie, Mzbel, and many others, the awards ceremony was very fun and lit.

Find below the list of KabFam Ghana Music Awards UK 2021 winners and their respective categories they won in:

Lifetime Achievement Award – Ebo Taylor and Osibisa Band

UK-Based Gospel Song of the Year
‘Adansedie’ – Minister Kofi Nyarko *WINNER

UK-Based Afrobeats/Afropop Artist of the Year
Reggie N Bollie * WINNER

Uncovered Artiste of the Year
Mona 4Reall * WINNER

UK-Based Highlife Song of the Year
‘Bisa Nyame’ – Davidson Band * WINNER

UK-Based Worship Song of the Year
‘Cornerstone’ – Ruth Appiagyei * WINNER

Songwriter of the Year
Fameye *WINNER

Best Video of the Year
‘Miracle’ – Wilmina ft. Minister Igwe *WINNER

UK-Based Best Mainstream Act of the Year
Headie One *WINNER

Hiplife/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Medikal *WINNER

Highlife Song of the Year
‘Posti Me’ – Akwaboah *WINNER

Hiplife Song of the Year
‘No Dulling’ – Keche ft. Kuami Eugene *WINNER

Gospel Artiste of the Year
Diana Hamilton *WINNER

Gospel Song of the Year
‘Adom’ – Diana Hamilton *WINNER

Ghanaian Traditional/ Cultural Act
Wiyaala *WINNER

Best Collaboration of the Year

‘Ekorso’ – Kofi Jamar ft. Yaw TOG and YPee *WINNER

UK-Based Gospel Artist of the Year
Yvonne Asamoah-Tawiah *WINNER

Highlife Artiste of the Year
Akwaboah * WINNER

Hip Hop Song of the Year
‘Ekorso’ – Kofi Jamar ft. Yaw TOG and YPee * WINNER

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year
‘1Don’ – Shatta Wale * WINNER

Afrobeats/Afropop Song of the Year
‘Forever’ – Gyakie * WINNER

Afrobeats/Afropop Artist of the Year
Mr Drew * WINNER

Reggae/Dancehall Artist of the Year
Stonebwoy * WINNER

Male Vocalist of the Year
KiDi * WINNER

Female Vocalist of the Year
Cina Soul * WINNER

Best Group of the Year
Keche * WINNER

Best Rapper
Medikal * WINNER

African Artist of the Year
Diamond Platinum * WINNER

Most Popular Song of the Year
‘Say Cheese’ – KiDi * WINNER

Artist of the Year
Diana Hamilton * WINNER

UK-Based Best DJ of the Year
P Montana * WINNER

UK-Based Uncovered Act
Ras Amankwa * WINNER

UK-Based Afrobeats/Afropop Song of the Year
‘Gentle O’ – Ghetto Boy * WINNER

UK-Based Artist of the Year
Reggie N Bollie * WINNER

UK-Based Best Collaboration of the Year
‘Who Deserves The Crown’ – Nana Amankwah Tiah ft. Great Ampong * WINNER

Producer of the Year
Mix Master Garzy * WINNER

Instrumentalist of the Year
Shadrack Yawson * WINNER

Alternative Song of the Year
‘The Sun God’ – Wiyaala

Most Dominant Fanbase of the Year
Shatta Movement – Shatta Wale * WINNER

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On the opening day of The Joburg Film Festival, Showmax released an open commissioning brief to the African film industry calling for pitches for a slate of 10 live action films.
The African streamer has won the South African Film and Television Awards’ Made-for-TV Movie Award for two years in a row, first with Loving Thokoza and then with Boxing Day, the first two feature films from Mandla N. In addition, another Showmax film, Kelsey Egan’s debut feature, Glasshouse, was the most awarded feature film overall at the SAFTAs last year, with five Golden Horns.
The new brief, in partnership with the Joburg Film Festival, is aimed at finding new talent and opening up the industry. The proposals must have a first draft screenplay and be set in contemporary Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa, with a first-time director attached who is a resident or citizen in those countries. All official Ghanaian, Kenyan, Nigerian and South African languages are welcome and the final films should be more than 40m, in line with the SAFTAs Best Made-for-TV Movie Award category.
“Showmax’s audience prefers local content, with seven of the ten most streamed titles in South Africa, eight of the top 10 titles in Kenya and Nigeria, and nine of the top 10 in Ghana last year being African,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of Showmax and Connected Video at MultiChoice. “Making your first film is a key turning point in any director’s career. So this brief is another way we are trying to empower local filmmakers to tell their own stories for their own communities in their own languages. We’re looking for authentic stories that will resonate with our local audiences. Popular genres like romcoms, family dramas and thrillers are always welcome.”
Submissions are now open on https://submissions.mnetcorporate.co.za/channel/showmax; entries close on 1 April 2023. The selected projects will be announced in the second half of 2023 and screened on Showmax in 50 countries across sub-Saharan Africa in 2024.
Pitches should take the form of a video pitch in English of no more than five minutes. This video pitch should include short bios of the writer, director and producer; a concise summary of the story, including the ending; an introduction to your lead characters; and a discussion of your chosen genre and stylistic approach, with visual references.
For inspiration, watch Mandla N’s Showmax x Actor Spaces directing masterclass here:
For more about Joburg Film Festival, visit www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za.
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Idris Elba attends Akwasidae in Asante Kingdom

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British actor of Ghanaian and Senegalese heritage, Idris Elba has paid homage to the Ashanti King, Otumfour Osei Tutu II as he attended Akwasidae at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

The Akwasidae Festival is celebrated by the Ashanti people and chiefs in Ashanti, as well as the Ashanti diaspora. The festival is celebrated on a Sunday, once every six weeks.

Earlier in the week, Elba revealed that he and his partners have undertaken some groundwork aimed at facilitating the building of a film studio in Ghana and across West Africa.

Speaking to President Akufo-Addo during a visit to the Jubilee House, the actor explained that although so much can be achieved in the film industry in Africa, facilities are lacking.

Hence, Idris Elba is convinced that the project, when completed, will be robust and competitive to attract filmmakers to choose Ghana for their productions.

“Currently, we call it West African Studios, but that’s a working title. We’ve been working on this for three or four years to raise a plan that puts a facility at the centre of African filmmaking. There’s a lot for African filmmaking, but the facilities are lacking.”

Idris Elba added that although their plans are in place, they believe that there needs to be policies that would encourage filmmakers to make the trip to Ghana and other West African countries.

He stated that in their preparations and research, they put together the parameters for the policy, adding that they sought to understand what international filmmakers need from Ghana.

The ‘Beast of No Nation’ actor stated that without the policy framework, the country can have as many film studios as possible, but it will not attract filmmakers.

“We realized that policy is where the actual groundwork needs to be laid. We’ve studied the models of South Africa, incredible incentive packages, Greece, Morocco and these are all places where they realize the value of the filmmaking and they’ve brought that policy into play.”

“National Film Authority has done the work and put together a very comprehensive plan to propel Ghana into the forefront. It needs to be robust and competitive to the rest of the world. We believe for sure that Ghana should step up in terms of attracting those filmmakers. I’ve come and seen you and presented to you essentially, just the parameters of what we need to do.”

President Akufo-Addo assured Idris Elba that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is developing a policy framework to guide filmmaking in the country.

He advised that the director of the Creative Arts Agency will liaise with the Tourism Minister to look through the proposal presented, in relation to what the Ministry is doing to ensure there are no gaps.

He stated that this will ensure the film industry has a comprehensive document that guides their activities.

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