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Jazz trumpeter and vocalist, Abram Wilson ready for Ghana show

Award winning international jazz trumpeter and vocalist Abram Wilson, who is in Ghana currently for New Musical Express’ first installment of tributes to some of the greatest musicians of all time, says he is excited about his first time visit to Ghana and his performance slated for Friday June 24 at the Golden Tulip Hotel, […]

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Award winning international jazz trumpeter and vocalist Abram Wilson, who is in Ghana currently for New Musical Express’ first installment of tributes to some of the greatest musicians of all time, says he is excited about his first time visit to Ghana and his performance slated for Friday June 24 at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra.

At a press interaction, the trumpeter said he was thrilled about playing with Ghanaian musicians and would be incorporating some Ghanaian rhythmic traditions into his performance on Friday. He shared his experience with jazz music from growing up in New Orleans to living in London for nine years, highlighting the universality of the genre everywhere he had lived or toured.  Abram Wilson will be playing music from the legendary Miles Davis, accompanied by Alex Davis on double-bass, Reuben James on Piano, and Frank Kessi on drums.

Wilson described Miles Davis as a profound band leader who was able to ensemble musicians into a band and bring music to life like no other. He shared memories of seeing the legend up-close for about 5 seconds at age 13, when Miles Davis came to play in New Orleans. Raised in New Orleans and now based in London, Wilson was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and began playing trumpet at the age of nine – going on to study at the New Orleans Center For Creative Arts under the tutelage of Clyde Kerr Jr, Ronald Benko, Dr Burt Breaud, and band director, Augustus Walker at O Perry Walker Sr High School.

At 17, he earned a music scholarship to Ohio Wesleyan University where he studied classical trumpet with Larry Griffin graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He then attained his Masters degree at the world renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York studying jazz performance and composition with Ralph Alessi, Mike Cain, and Fred Sturm, and classical trumpet with Barbara Butler. After graduating from Eastman, Wilson moved to New York where he started his own band – the Abram Wilson Quintet – as well as regularly performing with the Roy Hargrove Big Band and with rhythm and blues legend, Ruth Brown, appearing on her Good Day for the Blues release in 1999.

Arriving in London in 2002, Wilson performed with the Julian Joseph Big Band before meeting the directors of Dune Records and signing to the label in 2003. In 2004, he launched his career as a solo artist with the release of his debut album for Dune, Jazz Warrior to great critical acclaim. He was then commissioned by the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Birmingham Jazz to create an extended work for premiere at the Festival in 2006.  He recorded and released ‘Ride! – Ferris Wheel To The Modern Day Delta’ on Dune in April 2007.  He later collaborated with British Gospel legend Nicky Brown and Noted Gospel Historian Viv Broughton on his project called ‘Roll Jordan Roll’. Wilson has received several awards and nominations including:  International Songwriting Competition, Best Jazz Composition 2005; and British Jazz Awards, Best New CD 2007.

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“New Musical Express” is a new musical series to sustain Jazz music into the Ghanaian music industry and according Amand Alan, Organizer of the event, the purpose is to promote jazz music for music lovers in the country. He said the concert would feature both local and international music icons. The occasion would also be used to pay tributes to global music legends.

He called for stakeholders support in the continuous promotion of Jazz music in the country.Mr Abraham Davis, Jazz musician, said the event would also be used to unearth young talents interested in jazz music.“It would be an exciting experience performing with Ghanaian musicians and expressed the hope that the impact of the concert and jazz music would be appreciated by all”.

He urged musician to put up live performances because it promotes the artists in their professional career. The event will be held every six weeks.

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Kira Forex: The Ghanaian woman setting the pace in the Forex Trading business

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The advent of new media and digital money-making platforms has provided a plethora of opportunities for people to earn money and transform their life stories through legitimately acquired wealth and affluence.

One such life-changing and lucrative opportunity presented by new media is the forex trading business, which has surged in the past decade, leading to the creation of millions of new millionaires and billionaires worldwide.

Forex Trading is essentially the art of studying the global currency market and leveraging information about currency rates to buy and exchange currencies on a forex marketing platform.

The popularity of Forex Trading has soared in the country over the past half-decade, with several Ghanaians studying currency trends and making significant financial gains from it. However, only one name stands out in the business.

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Amid the growing interest in the Forex Trading business in the country, only one name has emerged as the pioneer and pacesetter: Lamidi Sikira, better known by her brand name, “Kira Forex.”

Just as Yaa Asantewaa is synonymous with feminine bravery in Ghana, Kira Forex has become the prime face of Ghanaian and African excellence in the forex trading business.

With over ten years of experience, Kira Forex has rightfully earned the reputation of a forex trading luminary, with several awards in Ghana and across the continent validating her position as one of Africa’s leading forex traders.

Her success in the field is so profound that she revealed in 2023 that she turned down a $20,000-a-month job to continue leading the pack in the forex trading industry.

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A trait of Kira Forex that endears her to many Ghanaians is her selflessness and willingness to guide others, particularly Ghanaian women, out of poverty. Having established herself in the field, Kira Forex founded the Kira Forex Academy with the goal of enlightening Ghanaians, especially women, about the forex trading industry, enabling them to earn money from the comfort of their homes.

A staunch advocate for the independence and growth of women, Kira Forex believes that financial freedom is the most crucial condition for independence and is thus leading many Ghanaian women on the path to financial freedom and wealth.

She also established the Kira Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization committed to enlightening, enriching, and empowering individuals in Ghana and across Africa. Through this foundation, she actively supports programs and social causes aimed at improving the lives of youths and the elderly, exemplifying her commitment to serving humanity.

Her outstanding work as a Forex Trader and philanthropist has earned her several awards, including Most Influential Trader and Best Forex Trader in Singapore, Outstanding Service Award in Nigeria, Africa’s Under 40 CEOs Award in Uganda, and Best Female Forex Trader of the Year in South Africa, among others.

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YouTube is what is feeding filmmakers now – Ruth Kadiri

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Mahama made us feel good, vote for him for more – Mercy Asiedu to creative industry

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I have no issues with King Promise despite not responding to his congratulatory message on X – Stonebwoy

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Reggae/ dancehall musician, Stonebwoy has addressed recent speculations regarding his lack of response to a congratulatory post from his fellow artiste, Gregory Bortey Newman, otherwise known as King Promise on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. (more…)

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I didn’t disrespect nor threaten Baba Sadiq’s wife; all the claims are preposterous lies – Stonebwoy.

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Ghanaian Reggae/dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, known in private life as Livingstone Etse Satekla has vehemently denied accusations that he disrespected or threatened the wife of aspiring politician and entertainment critic, Baba Sadiq. (more…)

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I was arrested every week – Dr. Likee Reflects on His Past as a Drug Trafficker

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Ghanaian actor and skit maker, Ebenezer Akwasi Antwi, popularly known as Dr. Like, has recently shared shocking details about his previous life. (more…)

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