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Guest Feature: OB Amponsah & Clemento Suarez, The Right Spices In The Flavour Room #3MusicAwards20

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The third edition of the 3Music Awards came off last night, May 2, 2020 at the Fantasy Dome in Accra. The event was forced to go virtual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As difficult as it seemed from the onset on the part of organizers, what we saw yesterday was nothing short of excellence bar a few technical hitches. For a virtual event, the amazing stage setup, sound, lighting and everything that come with it was stupendous to say the least.

The postmortem of major controversies which surrounds these award schemes seems to have died down this time due to the inch perfect execution of everything from A to Z.

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We may have been denied the elegance of the red carpet, the tongue wagging super hero outfits, the expectational braggadocio from artistes and a teeming vibrant physical fanatic audience, but yesterday’s event was nothing short of entertainment due to the excellent performances from some artistes and the presence of two professional “idiots”, comedians OB Amponsah and Clemento Suarez.

Their roles on the stage last night was to add a touch of a rib cracking experience to an enthusiastic virtual audience who were glued to their TV sets and mobile phones, and these two delivered aplomb with some nonchalance and verve.

“We know how to create and reward hit songs, what we do not know is bringing back dead fans”, this paraphrased quote from “His Excellency Dr. OB Amponsah” and Clemento Suarez’s supposed “interpre-acting” of who Naa Ashorkor was, was perhaps enough to warrant these two any pay cheques they had demanded on the night.

OB, having shaved every strand of hair on his head and face to get him the closest Nana Addo-look possible and Clemento Suarez acting as his “interpre-actor” got the most disinterested viewer in the mood with their well-rehearsed “State of the Creative Arts Address” and their introduction of Jay Foley and Naa Ashorkor as MCs, was perhaps one of the most iconic moments of what was a historic night.

Clemento Suarez in his signatory “Konkonte ne Abenkwan” school attire demonstrated why he is gradually rising to be a house-hold name in the showbiz space as he and OB spiced the whole show up with their unique and “nonfa” comment reading “Flavour Room” sessions.

This was a show of two creative geniuses coming together to add the needed colour and shine to an already lit night of innovation and smartness from Mr. Sadiq Abdullai and his 3Music team. If I had my own way, I would have asked that DopeNation’s plaque as the Best Group of the Year be dedicated to these two comedians who didn’t only brought smiles to our faces but also gave further proof that GH comedy had come a long way worth celebrating.

The ease of their deliveries, the naturalness to their jokes, the telepathy and chemistry between them was enough to tempt any “dosted” investor to push these two into forming a comic group.

It is one thing cracking it in front of a live audience and another putting people in stitches virtually, but both OB Amponsah and Clemento Suarez did this to the amazement of the many people who laughed out loud on social media. The duo seems to have horned their crafts and shaped themselves up to be masters of the comedy game in Ghana. Put them everywhere and they’ll deliver.

They did their already burgeoning reputation a lot of good last night and they indeed lifted the flag of Ghana comedy high up for it to be visible enough to their doubters and investors to pay attention to a growing industry like theirs.

Gone should be the days when people said “GH comedians are not funny”. These two together with their colleagues have time and again proven that given the platform, they can do exceedingly, abundantly above more than we can ever think or imagine.

Their performances yesterday also strengthened the argument that creative arts players like musicians and event organizers should find ways to leverage on comedians to sell their products. They have shown over the years that they can do the job and do it well and OB together with Clemento were enough case studies with their performances yesterday.

The challenge has been thrown with the pace set. 3Music Awards has shown the way in Ghana for the VGMAs to follow. If they ever need any flavoring when cooking their events, OB Amponsah, Clemento Suarez and the other brilliant Ghanaian comedians are the right spices to “buy”. They can do it! Just give them the platform!

Writer: Qwesi Nabila Zakariah (@qwesi_nabila)

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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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