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rocky dawuni at grammys1Best Reggae Album nominee, Rocky Dawuni has made his appearance at the red carpet of 58th Grammy awards happening  live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Ghanian reggae artist wore  a white suit perhaps as a sign of early victory.  rocky dawuni at grammys2

When asked about his chances of winning and who he wants to meet he said we should keep the faith burning and that he wants to meet Kendrick Lamar.

Meanwhile early winners from the non-televised part of the ceremony include the following

Best Pop Vocal Album – Taylor Swift  – ‘1989’

Best Instrumental Composition Afrolatin Jazz – ‘The Afro Latin Jazz Suite’

Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella thebenbram, mitch grassi, scott hoying, Avi Kaplan, kirstin taylor and K Olusola “Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy”

Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals – schneider maria – “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)

Best Recording Package Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds,  Dick Reeves – ‘Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys’

Best Album Notes – Joni Mitchellcom – ‘Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced’

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package Suepie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White – The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)

Best Historical Album – Steve Berkowitz, Jan Haust, Jeff Rosen, Peter Moore, MarkWilder – ‘The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11’

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Shawn Everett & Bob Ludwig – ‘Sound & Color’

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical – Dave Aude – “Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”

Best Surround Sound Album – James Guthrie & Joel Plante – ‘Amused To Death’

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album  – Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest – ‘Sylva’

Best New Age Album – PAUL AVGERINOS – ‘Grace’

Best Jazz Vocal Album – Cecile Salvant – ‘For One To Love’

Best Jazz Instrumental Album – John Scofield – ‘Past Present’

Best Improvised Jazz Solo – Mcbride – “Cherokee”

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album – Maria Schneider Orchestra – ‘The Thompson Fields’

Best Latin Jazz Album – Eliane Elias – ‘Made In Brazil’

Best Reggae Album – Morgan Heritage – ‘Strictly Roots’

Best World Music Album – Angelique Kidjo – ‘Sings’

Best Children’s Album- Tim Kubart – ‘Home’

Best Spoken Word Album – Jimmy Carter – ‘A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety’

Best Comedy Album Louis CK – ‘Live At Madison Square Garden’

Best Latin Pop Album – Ricky Martin – ‘A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)’

Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album Natalia Lafourcade – ‘Hasta La Raíz’ & Pitbull – ‘Dale’ (TIE)

Best Regional Mexican Music Album – Los Tigre – ‘Realidades – Deluxe Edition’

Best Tropical Latin Album – Ruben Blades with Roberto Delgado & Orchestra – ‘Son De Panamá’

Best American Roots Performance – Mavis Staples – ‘See That My Grave Is Kept Clean’

Best American Roots Song –  Jason Isbell – “24 Frames”

Best Americana Album – Jason Isbell – ‘Something More Than Free’

Best Bluegrass Album – Steel Drivers – ‘The Muscle Shoals Recordings’

Best Blues Album – Buddy Guy – ‘Born To Play Guitar’

Best Folk Album – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn – ‘Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn’

Best Regional Roots Music Album – Jon Cleary – ‘Go Go Juice’

Producer Of The Year, Classical – Judith Sherman

Best Opera Recording –  Seiji Ozawa , Isabel Leonard, Dominic Fyfe – “Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade”

Best Choral Performance Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale & KC Chorale – “Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil”

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance – Eighth Blackbird – “Filament”

Best Classical Instrumental Solo- Augustin Hadelich, Ludovic Morlot – “Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes”

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album – Joyce DiDonato & Antonio Pappano – ‘Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall’

Best Contemporary Classical Composition – Stephen H Paulu – “Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances”

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media – Glen Campbell – ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media – Antonio Drums X – ‘Birdman’

Best Song Written For Visual Media – Common, RHYMEFEST & John Legend – “Glory”

Best Music Video – Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”

Best Music Film – Asifkapadia (director), Amy Winehouse – ‘Amy’

Best Gospel Performance/Song – Kirk Franklin – “Wanna Be Happy?”

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song-  Francesca

Best Gospel Album – Israel Newbreed – ‘Covered: Alive In Asia [Live]’

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album – Toby Mac – ‘This Is Not A Test’

Best Roots Gospel Album – The Fairfield Four – ‘Still Rockin’ My Soul’

Best Country Solo Performance – Chris Stapleton – ‘Traveller’

Best Country Duo/Group Performance – Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”

Best Country Song – Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and  Lizrose- “Girl Crush”

Best Dance Recording – Skrillex, Diplo & Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”

Best Dance/Electronic Album- Skrillex and Diplo – ‘Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü’

Best R&B Performance – The Weeknd – “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”

Best Traditional R&B Performance – Lalah Hathaway – “Little Ghetto Boy”

Best R&B Song – The Dangelo & Kendra Foster – “Really Love”

Best Urban Contemporary Album – The Weeknd – ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’

Best R&B Album – The Dangelo – ‘Black Messiah’

Best Alternative Music Album – Alabama Shakes – ‘Sound & Color’

Best Rock Album – Muse – ‘Drones’

Best Rock Song – Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – Kendrick lamar ft. Bilal, Anna The Wise, & Thundercat – ‘These Walls’

Best Rap Performance – kendrick lamar – “Alright”

Best Rap Song – Kendricklamar, kawan prather, Sounwave, & Pharrell – “Alright”

Best Pop Solo Performance – Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – tony bennett & Bill Charlap – ‘The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern’

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical – Jeff Bhasker

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2nd Edition Of Western Gospel Awards Successfully Held

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Prolific GH, organisers of the annual Western Gospel Awards have successfully organised the second edition of the awards at the Word of Life Assemblies of God Church in Takoradi on Sunday November 27, 2022.

In all, over 19 categories were won by industry players in the gospel fraternity. Mrs. Amy Newman was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award whereas Dr. Stephen Wayoe was honoured with Remarkable Contribution to the Growth of Gospel Industry and Cwesi Oteng was also Honored as Contemporary/Urban Gospel Artiste of the Decade.

Expressing his gratitude to his sponsors and other contributors, Mr. Maxwell Bills Ansah, CEO of Prolific GH, organizers of the awards mentioned that “such event comes with a huge budget but with the support of our sponsors, we organized a befitting event to honour the works of the industry players in Western Region. The sponsors have always been the strongest support system.”

Sharing some of the challenges of the organization of the awards, Mr. Ansah mentioned that; “sponsorship remains the biggest challenge but we are grateful to those who see the good in what we do and always come to our aid,” adding that, “my team remains the best to get the excellent work done, not forgetting the people of Western Region for their unflinching support.”

Renowned Gospel Musician, KDM won the Artiste of the year at the second edition of the Western Gospel Awards (WGA). Aside winning the Artiste of the year, KDM also won the ‘Songwriter of the year award.

The well attended event witnessed outstanding ministration and performances from Gospel artists from the Western Region.

Notable amongst the winners at the second edition of the Western Gospel Awards include; Western Best Blogger of the Year which was won by Nana Kwesi Coomson (233times.net), Western Gospel Collaboration of the Year, Ruger Quarm ft. Kofi Owusu Peprah – The Name of Jesus, Western Female Vocalist of the Year, Georgia and Georgette, Western New Gospel Artiste of the Year, Etriakor Charle, Western Gospel Song of the Year – Mabel Love – OSOMBO, Western Best Lyrical Content of the year – Max Praize – Spirit Life, Western Gospel Music Video of the Year- Efua Black – Oye Jesus, amongst others.

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Dianna Wright to shoot Ahoo video in Ghana

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THE line-up of events and international artistes coming to Ghana this December keeps getting exciting and the latest to join is Jamaican singer, poetess and actress, Dianna Wright.
The US based artiste will be in Accra to shoot the video of her trending song, Ahoo and also participate in events to mark the festive season.

The song is already being played on some radio stations in Ghana and Jamaica and Dianna who is signed to 16-Bars Multimedia LLC, hopes to cement its popularity with the video which will be shot in a village setting in Ghana.

While here, she is also open to shows and collaborations with local artistes and bands.

Dianna who was part of acts for the Hands Across Africa concert held at the National Theatre in July said she selected Ghana to shoot the video for the love she has for the country.

“When I come to Ghana, it’s just like home, Ghana is a bigger Jamaica. I love how the people dance with so much energy. I will feature some young and talented dancers in my video. I love the newness, vibe and energy anytime I am there.

“For the video, I want a natural setting and it was Ghana that first came to mind, the unique and serene villages in Ghana is the kind of vibe I am looking for,” she said.

With the exception of her engineer and a couple of her team members, Dianna will use Ghanaian based creatives for her production saying, “there is no point flying in many professionals as Ghana has them in abundance. There are so many talents here who can help us execute this project perfectly”, she added.

As a way of giving back to the Ghanaian society, she adopted the drama troupe of the Manya Krobo Senior High School and supports the group regularly.

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“Orente” by Philip NeeWhang, to be available exclusively on Boomplay, is a soothing, lovely song

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Philip NeeWhang is set to release yet another sensational new song titled “Orente”. The single which transforms Dany Starking’s original – Orente released in 2022 has been made over again with a fresh new breath and vocal from the sensational musical artist – Philip NeeWhang. Orente is a song that is sure to burst your brains with its smooth and melodic romantic afrobeat vibes much desired in today’s music market.

When asked what influenced Philip NeeWhang to do a cover of the song and re-release it under his vocals, he stated “The first time I listened to the song, it transported me to a different realm, I felt good, I loved the song, I did not even think I would be doing a cover on it but then I kept singing it over and over and over and then I realized, – I need to pick on this challenge and do my very first cover song and which better song than this new track which has just struck me in the heart”. The original track is one released by Dany Starking, a Nigerian musical artiste presently based in Ghana.

The song which was largely sung in English heavily uses the ‘broken’ Nigerian pronunciation style of speech and uses some native Yoruba words within its lyrical flow shockingly, Philip NeeWhang stays true to the song’s lyrics and style, often diverting to his vocal pitch as slight differences can be observed in the version released by Dany Starking and the one by Philip NeeWhang – You need to hear how the Ghanaian Musical Artist loses himself to the lyrics singing it so beautifully and true to its core, it baffles the brain.

The original as covered by Philip NeeWhang shockingly is produced, mixed, and mastered by the same sound engineer – King Kueyx under CockaStudiox who worked on Dany Starking’s original giving immerse room for improvement on the cover by Philip. Philip NeeWhang who has been hailed as the next big hit in Ghana you need to watch out for and aiming for international status has already earned 19 original songs released to his credit inclusive of Two (2) EPs which contain four (4) tracks each. Philip NeeWhang is a NAFTI alumnus with BFA Degree in Film Directing.

Check out Orente which is now exclusively released on Boomplay starting Nov 17, 2022 – releasing in other stores on Nov 24, 2022, and enjoy a lifetime of sweet bliss contained within this music. Next to be released is “Freedom” on Nov 25, 2022, on Boomplay exclusive a week before other stores.

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IMF is holding Ghana to ransom – Freedom Jacob Caesar, tells Kanye West to invest in Africa

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Ghanaian real estate and hospitality business developer,  Nana Kwame Bediako, popularly known as Freedom Jacob Caesar, has reached out to American rapper Kanye West to look towards investing in Africa if America doesn’t want his money. (more…)

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Nigerian Governor appoints skit maker Cute Abiola as his aide

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Nigerian Governor appoints skit maker Cute Abiola as his aide

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has appointed famous skit maker, Abdulgafar Ahmed Abiola, popularly known as “Cute Abiola” as his Special Assistant on Creative Industries. (more…)

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Davido’s aide, Isreal DMW marries his sweetheart, Sheila !

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The white wedding of singer Davido’s aide, Israel Afeare (alias Israel DMW) to his sweetheart of many years,  Sheila, happened in Edo state today October 22. (more…)

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