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Gyakie becomes first African to join Spotify’s EQUALs program

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Spotify recently unveiled its EQUAL hub in celebration of International Women’s Day. On the heels of this launch, the leader in all things audio will now extend its global commitment to fostering equity for women in music with its new EQUAL Music Program debuting today.

 

The global initiative is uniquely designed to foster gender equity in music by adapting and extending the cumulative blueprint of Spotify’s successful programs into a cohesive experience – supporting female creators under one brand. Only 1 in 5 artists in the charts are women, a stark contrast to how integral women’s influence is to Spotify’s success today and the music industry at large. Spotify takes the responsibility of upending these disparities seriously, and believes the first step towards amplifying the work of all creators identifying as women is to extend critical resources to this community to create opportunity.

Speaking on the initiative, Phiona Okumu, Spotify Head of Music Sub-Saharan Africa said, “In a time where we as a society are re-examining equity on so many levels, Spotify is prioritising its goal to make female faces and voices seen and heard. Our goal is to lead by example, joining hands with the African music industry stakeholders with the means and platform to help elevate the next generation of women in the music industry to deserving new heights.”

 

Spotify’s inaugural class of EQUAL artists kicking off the program includes Ghanaian Afrobeats & Afro-fusion singer Gyakie, who is the first African creator to be selected for the program. The 20-year-old singer who recently released her debut EP ‘Seed’ has not only gained popularity in Ghana but in Nigeria and Kenya where her single ‘Forever’, is a chart-topping fan favorite, with its remix featuring Omah Lay not far behind.

 

“I am deeply honoured to be the first African woman to partner with Spotify for EQUAL. This is huge for so many women across the continent and the entire globe. I don’t take this lightly at all. Navigating an industry, where the voices of women can easily be drowned out, I’m committed to playing my part…with volume,” says Gyakie on her inclusion in the program.

 

Other female artists selected for the inaugural class include American rapper Saweetie, Brazillian pop artist DUDA BEAT, British singer-songwriter Griff, Mexico’s Natalia Lafourcade and German singer Zoe Wees – Global Artist of the Month.

 

The full program includes:

  • EQUAL local playlists: Each playlist will reflect the 35 markets spanning over 50 countries – from Japan to Argentina, from the UK to Ghana.
  • EQUAL Global Playlist: The “best-of” flagship playlist will contain music from EQUAL artists from all around the world, as the ultimate listening experience amplifying the EQUAL class of each month beyond borders.
  • EQUAL Artists of the Month: One artist from each participating market will be featured on the cover of their respective, local playlist.
  • Artist marketing: Each EQUAL Artist of the Month will be supported with organic and on-platform promotion throughout the Spotify editorial space – which has proven to propel significant growth on platform in both artists’ home countries and beyond.
  • Created By Women Playlist: The co-branded EQUAL + NOTEABLE playlist is the first of its kind, which will feature 40 songs100% written, produced, and performed exclusively by women songwriters, producers, and artists from around the world. The new playlist will give fans a new dedicated place to discover music from a host of talented creators with diverse perspectives.

EQUAL Board: A network of organisations joining forces with Spotify to empower women around the world including: She’s the Music (US), Girls Rock Australia Network (Australia), She Said So (Italy), MEWEM Europa (Europe), Girls Connected (Canada), Music Women (Germany).

  • EQUAL Directory re-launch: Spotify is partnering with SoundGirls, to relaunch the EQUAL Directory, formally EQL Directory. The Directory allows women of all experiences and gender nonconforming creators to create a profile and claim their space in the community of women changing the game in audio. You can search The EQUAL Directory by region and audio discipline to find suitable candidates to hire for your next tours and events, studio projects, film and TV production, game audio, post production, podcasts, and more.
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I Want To Visit Ghana Someday – K-pop Star Kwon Eun Bi

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South Korean singer Kwon Eun Bi has expressed interest in visiting Ghana. She also listed Nigeria and Morocco as her ideal destinations in Africa. The solo artist was a guest on YFM’s weekend pop show, Pop Central On YFM.

Showing Her Color

On April 4, Kwon Eun Bi released Color, her second mini-album. The EP boasts a diversity of genres, from a Jazz-based ballad and a luxurious three-beat R&B blues song to UK-Garage and R&B. Color, consists of six tracks including, “Of,” “Colors,” “Magnetic,” “The Colors of Light,” the title track “Glitch” and her favorite song “Speed of Love.” “I recorded it (Speed of Love) while thinking about the fans,” she said on Pop Central on YFM.

While preparing for the EP, Kwon Eun Bi revealed she had to practice a lot to show off her vocals. She further stated the choreography for Glitch, the title track, is quite complex as it included the dance style tutting.

Kwon Eun Bi’s Color is a project which shows off the singer’s versatility. It has been described by many as impressive and unique.

About Kwon Eun Bi

Kwon Eun Bi is a South Korean singer and songwriter. In 2018, she debuted as a member and the leader of the Girl Group Iz*One. Following Iz*One’s disbandment, Kwon Eun Bi made her debut as a solo singer and released her first mini-album Open on August 24, 2021. She currently majors in Entertainment in Broadcasting K-POP at the DONG-AH Institute of Media and Arts in South Korea.

Pop Central on YFM  

Are you a fan of Korean pop? Tune in to Pop Central on Ghana’s Number One urban radio, Y107.9FM every Sunday. The show airs from 4PM to 6PM GMT and is hosted by Winston Micheals.

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Kumawood actor, Osei Tutu reported dead

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The Ghana movie industry has been hit with sad news as actor, Osei Tutu Nyamekese, has been reported dead. (more…)

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Watch: Adomaa gets candid about her mental health issues, why she took a break from music and more

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Ghanaian singer, Adomaa went on a long break from music and has revealed what influenced her decision. (more…)

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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. 

 

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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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