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Ibejii shines a light on BLM, EndSARS & racial injustice with new single Gonto

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The music is cross-cultural, cross-continental, &  truly delights music lovers from diverse  continents” TCN (The Culture Newspaper) 

“His trademark storytelling, which is adored by  fans, uses sweet melodies, captivating metaphor  & traditional folklore” – The Guardian 

Afro-retro singer and soulful storyteller Ibejii  releases the track Gonto – a dramatic and  expressive piece that touches on the emotional  rollercoaster foisted on us all by CoviD19, Black  Lives Matters, the EndSARS movement of young  people and other recent events. 

Gonto is rich in  metaphor and  hugely orchestral,  taking the listener on  a journey that  captures the  impunity of the ruling  class but also the  daring of a new generation whose defeat of fear made EndSARS inevitable. Sung in traditional Yorùbá language,  on Gonto, Ibejii tells a story of defiance by the  younger generation against rich and powerful  oppressors while “leaning on the drive and  aspirations of a new generation, determined to  make its own unique path in the world”.  Produced by DopeL at Natalio Studios in Lagos,  Ibejii says of the release: “Gonto captures the  casual insensitivity of the big and powerful  masquerade (political leaders) and their failure to  give voice and space, to the little masquerades  (ordinary people). It’s the voice of a new  generation who, having defeated fear, insist on  being heard and seen”.  

A twin by birth and alter ego by craft, British born Nigerian Ibejii wears his Yoruba ancestry, and  the musical origins it represents, as a mark of  authenticity. With a fine balance of retro-West  African sounds mixed with contemporary Global  elements, his music is truly Global Africa.  

Citing Marvin Gay as a main inspiration, his palette has also been influenced by a wide range  of musical genres and artists including opera singers Jessye Norman and Pavarotti, classical composers George Gershwin, Verdi, Vivaldi and  Handel, soul and RnB artists Nina SimoneLauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye plus techno-rockers Daft Punk and more.  

Having performed live at various halls in Lagos  and London’s O2 Islington opening for jazz /  afrobeat artist Brymo, Ibejii has also shared the  stage with many notable artists including CelesteDwin and Johnny Drille.  

With an EP that expands on Gonto’s EndSARS concept on the horizon and a film about the  subject now in production, Ibejii is an artist with a  bold vision to bring a better world into existence  as we emerge from aloneness, social isolation  and unimaginable loss into a post CoviD world.  Be sure to keep your eyes on Ibejii’s journey  over the coming months as his story unfolds.  Listen on https://bit.ly/GontoDigital

 

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal remanded in prison custody for 5 day

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal has been ordered by an Accra Court to be remanded in prison custody for 5 days. (more…)

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Photos and Videos from Sika Osei’s stunning Ghana/Naija traditional wedding

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Ghanaian actress and TV presenter, Sika Osei on Thursday, October 21 2021 tied the knot in Accra with her Nigerian fiancé in a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony. (more…)

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Showmax Premiers Ghana Jollof

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Ladies and gentlemen, lunch is served!

Showmax premiers its first comedy-drama series in West Africa, Ghana Jollof, which premieres on the African streaming service on Friday, 22 October 2021.

Ghana Jollof tells the sizzling story of two young Nigerians, Jasper (Funnybone) and Romanus (Akah Nnani), who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures.

In the trailer, things start up with a first-time meeting between Nnamdi (Uzor Arukwe, who starred as dreaded crime boss Knight in Sugar Rush), Jasper (AMVCA-winning actor/comedian Funnybone), Kweku (heartthrob James Gardiner from Ghana’s popular telenovela Dede) and Romanus (AMAA nominee/Youtuber Akah Nnani). Subsequently, Jasper and Romanus head out to Ghana to jollof, kicking off a series of adventures… and misadventures.

Executive produced by Nigeria’s King of Comedy, Basketmouth, Ghana Jollof serves up a delicious ensemble cast from both Nigeria and Ghana. This includes the likes of AMAA nominee Joselyn Dumas, leading comedienne Jacinta Ocansey, Mawuli Gavor (Chief Daddy), popular reality star Portia Freelove, model and actress Brihanna Kinte, veteran actor Jackson Albert Davies (Beasts of No Nation), actress Korkor Oyeba Mensah, and multiple award-winning comedian/actor, Kalybos, not to mention Basketmouth himself.

“I’ve always wanted to create something that would be a collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana, and Ghana Jollof is a realization of that dream,” says Basketmouth. “From the cast to the crew, everyone gave of themselves to create a show deserving to be Showmax’s first comedy-drama from West Africa. We all can’t wait for the fans to see what we’ve cooked up.”

Ghana Jollof is directed by AMVCA nominee Diji Aderogba, whose debut feature film About A Boy won the Audience Choice Award at Nollywood Film Week in Paris, France.

Ghana Jollof will be available for streaming across Africa and in the UK. The show will have 13 episodes to devour, with new episodes dropping every Friday from 22 October 2021.

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You asked for the country to be fixed and it is being fixed- Prince David Osei reacts to Shatta/Medikal arrests

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Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei has opined that the current arrests of Shatta Wale and Medikal are true examples of the country being fixed.

Earlier on in the year, there were several social media protests led by Efia Odo and others asking the government of the day to fix the country.

While the protest has gone silent over the last couple months, the current actions by the new IGP has Prince David Osei agreeing that indeed the system was being fixed.

On Tuesday and Thursday night, Shatta Wale and Medikal were both arrested by the Police for committing various crimes.

Reacting to their arrests, Prince David Osei, who is a staunch member of the NPP, on Thursday evening shared on his Instagram stating that Ghanaians asked for the country to be fixed and that’s exactly what they’re getting.

“Did I hear someone say fix the country? Well the power that be heard your plea and is fixing the country. Ghana will prosper. Good night,” he shared.

He added; “In a country where the law works, the people prosper. 24/7 the system is working.”

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Medikal arrested for flaunting gun on social media

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Rapper, Medikal has been arrested for brandishing a gun in a video on social media.

Medikal was with his wife, Fella Makafui, at the Accra Regional Police Command charge office.

He was brought to the station by police and is currently in police custody.

One of the lawyers who represented Shatta Wale, Jerry Avenogbor, was sighted at the police command but it remains unclear if he is going to represent Medikal in this case.

This comes a few hours after dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, and four other people were remanded into police custody following an alleged gun attack that turned out to be a hoax.

They were remanded by an Accra Circuit Court on Thursday, October 21, 2021, during their first appearance in court.

Medikal was at the court premises to offer support to Shatta Wale.

Shatta Wale was picked up by the police for spreading false news about an assassination attempt at his residence in Accra on October 19, 2021.

 

Source: Citinews

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Watch: Medikal reportedly arrested for brandishing a gun in a video on social media

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According to a CITI TV report, Ghanaian rapper, Samuel Adu Frimpong, aka Medikal, has been arrested for brandishing a gun in a video on social media. (more…)

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