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Ghana Music Awards UK nominates Mona4reall as an uncovered artist

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Any good work they say gets recognition and the story of Mona4reall is no different. Mona has been nominated at the Kab-Fam Ghana Music Award UK 2021 as the uncovered artiste of the year nominee. This follows great songs she has given Ghanaians back to back, the consistency of her songs with regards to messaging, rhythmic pattern, great portrayal of the African culture and values, and finally quality videography and photography. It is therefore not surprising at all to see her in this category of nominees.

 Speaking on the awards, Mona4reall expressed her sincere gratitude to the organizers of the award; Kab-Fam and Ghana music awards UK for continuously bringing together people home and diaspora through their amazing music awards recognition. I am equally excited for the fact that the hard work and sleepless nights has started seeing such recognitions. Giving quality music to Ghanaians and Africans and moving Ghana globally is the ultimate goal she said ‘’

‘’This is my first international nomination and I hope to bring it home. She added’’.

Mona4reall in May was nominated for the best female artiste and also discovery artiste of the year at the 4syte TV emerging music awards.

She is a Ghanaian socialite, musician, brand personality, entrepreneur. Mona 4Reall is also a Beauty/Style/brand Influencer with over 3 million followers. She is the CEO of Mona 4Reall Limited, 4Reall Entertainment, and the Founder of 4Reall Beauty Cosmetics.

She started her music career fully in the year 2020 and is the fastest rising female act currently. Her maiden song “Baddar than” which got 11k likes, 1.1million views on YouTube.

2months after, she released “Fine Girl” which also had over 769k views.

Her 3rd single “God’s Child” also did great with 603k views.

And her “Baby” song which she released on the 29th of July 2021 which is the very first collaboration with Ghana’s industry giant Shatta Wale @Baby song is already over 1million views in less than a month.

All her songs stand out with a great and crisp message, a portray of an African, strong storylines, great video and photography, rhythms of the song on point and quality video production, and above all, it received massive airplay.

Undoubtedly, in less than a year, Consistency has played a key role in her musical career.

Her first EP is in the making before the end of 2021.

She has called on her 4realler fans to help vote to bring this home.

The Kab-Fam Ghana Music Awards UK 2021 Uncovered Artiste of the Year nominee @hajia4reall

Vote for Mona 4Reall to win by visiting www.gmauk.co.uk/nominees.

Download the Ghana Music Awards UK app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

#kgmauk21 #inspiredbymusic

 

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Bisa Kdei working on a new song with UK rapper Ivorian Doll

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Ghanaian highlife singer, Bisa Kdei has shared photos of himself working in a studio with British rapper Vanessa Mahi, popularly known as Ivorian Doll. (more…)

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Showmax calls for pitches for 10 live action films from first-time African filmmakers

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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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Mr Eazi calls out Bad Bunny over song theft

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Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu reportedly ‘trapped in rubble’ after earthquake in Turkey

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South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode win Grammy Best Global Music Performance

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South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode have  won the 2023 Grammy award for Best Global Music Performance for Bayethe. (more…)

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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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