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Joseph Quashie’s walk through the Party in the Park

Readers may remember that in December 2010, I allowed one of my readers from the UK who was visiting Ghana for holidays to write about his experience at the ‘December to Remember’ event organized by Accra-based radio station, Citi FM.  Well Joseph Quashie has since returned to the UK and since last Saturday’s ‘Ghana Party […]

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Readers may remember that in December 2010, I allowed one of my readers from the UK who was visiting Ghana for holidays to write about his experience at the ‘December to Remember’ event organized by Accra-based radio station, Citi FM.  Well Joseph Quashie has since returned to the UK and since last Saturday’s ‘Ghana Party in the Park’ event was right in his backyard, who better to be my eyes and ears in London than my emerging roving reporter himself?

The Party in the Park event  is one of the annual summer jams that Ghanaians based in London and its suburbs look forward to especially if they are blessed with  a nice weather as they had on Saturday, August 6.  With a hugely popular Twitter hash tag launch (#GhanaPartyInThePark ) the night before the actual function, expectations were high for this year’s event. Well, ‘Joey’ gives us the rundown on the event as follows:

The organizers, Akwaaba UK and Active Promo, decided to change the venue from what ‘everyone’ knew in the past years and sadly initial posters that came out for the event this year had the venue of the previous years on them. Some people reportedly turned up at the usual venue only to realize it had been changed. But to show how much the event meant to them, most of them found their way to the right venue to the join the fun like the rest of us.

I got to the venue about 3:30pm and the atmosphere was so electrifying. The park was well mapped out with two main stages for performances. Stage 1 which had a live band, cultural dances and a durbar attracted mostly the more mature and elderly crowd.  While the second stage (I am sure you guessed right) had the DJs, the fashion show and artistes performances for the young and young at heart!

The performances were mostly by up and coming artists who needed a crowd of that magnitude to launch themselves to the Ghanaian community. The musical performances were inter-spaced with fashion shows from Mefri Ghana and ODF Clothing, as well as some mixes from DJs on deck. One of my favorite performances was by Flava and Kwamz of the ‘All types of bread’ Fame. Almost everyone in the crowd was singing along to their underground hit song.

Then came the show-stopper, hiplife group VIP. This came as a pleasant surprise to many who didn’t know the award winning trio was in town for the show, since they were not advertised on posters. Their set was as usual very energetic. They started with some of their old hits and brought it home with some of the more recent hits.  At a point, the crowd started screaming, ‘AWAY, AWAY’ not because they wanted them to leave but because they want to hear VIP’s award winning hit song, ‘Away’.

Sadly, just as VIP decided to give the crowd what they had demanded, the PA system decided to ‘take a break’.  Although VIP members, Promzy and Prodigal are known to be loud, there was no snow ball’s chance in hell that the crowd could hear them perform the song that most of them had been waiting for all evening. VIP tried their very best to finish the song without the PA system, but well it was a mess!

To sum up, I would say that, yes the Party in The Park is a good family day out.  For those who turned up for the food and drinks, hoping to bump into old friends, I’m sure it was a wonderful day in the park for them. For those who attended the event solely for the music performance, hmmm perhaps they were expecting too much – although the DJs saved the day!



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The 100 Most Outstanding Female Change Makers In Ghana 2020-2021, According to Humanitarian Awards Global

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The 100 Most Outstanding Female Change Makers  In Ghana 2020-2021, According to Humanitarian Awards Global.

Humanitarian Awards Global has released its list of the 100 most outstanding female change makers from across Ghana.
Ranging from humanitarians, media personalities to business women, artists, and political leaders, the list celebrates women who are changing the status quo in the Ghana and, in some cases, globally.
“They are reshaping history, closing inequalities, and pioneering new avenues of wealth creation and in turn, lifting others with them to make the world a better place.

Among the 100 incredible female change makers on the list are the formidable movers and shakers who continue to use their voices and platforms to champion girls and women’s rights, access to quality education, and economic opportunities.

The people who appear on the list are recognised for doing something to change the world – regardless of the consequences of their actions.

Criteria for selection included: Humanitarian Impacts, Consistency, Excellence in Leadership & Performance, Personal accomplishments, Commitment to sharing knowledge, Breaking the Status Quo.

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Nollywood actress Stella Damasus loses mum

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Veteran Nigerian actress Stella Damasus has lost her mother. (more…)

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Trigmatic And Mercedes-Benz Sandton Holds An Exclusive Music Showcase In Sandton, South Africa

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Imagine a getaway-drive on a highway in a fully loaded Mercedes-Benz S-Class with next- generation MBUX infotainment system, active ambient lighting, rear seat comfort package, executive seat, with music blazing from a Burmester high-end 4D surround sound system.

This is the experience Trigmatic and Mercedes-Benz Sandton created for guests at Trigmatic’s music showcase on the 21st of January 2022.

Multi award winning Ghanaian singer/songwriter/rapper and composer Trigmatic joined forces with Mercedes-Benz Sandton to host a music showcase for thirty of Africa’s music industry leaders, as well as other music stakeholders. This event forms part of Trigmatic’s pre-release events for his upcoming EP, LOVE FROM JOZI . A seven track EP inspired by the sounds and sights of Johannesburg, South Africa, where the EP was recorded.

The event was held at the plush Mercedes-Benz Sandton retailer, where attendees were treated to some great music off the EP as well as a feel of the luxury and warmth that Mercedes-Benz brings. In attendance were representatives of the Ghana high commission (South Africa), CEO of UMG Sipho Dlamini, Lerato Masepe from Def Jam, Lebo Kgothadi from Universal Music, Siphele Khumalo from Wines, Munya Chanetsa (A&R Sony Music and founder of Moti Africa), Zamani Ndimande (CEO of Bayeni Holdings), and musician Donald Denial, to mention just a few. South Africa’s DJ and Artist Dj Tira couldn’t make it to the exclusive event but sent a heart-warming video wishing Trig well in his music journey. The event was curated by South African actress and model, Angel Pooe.

Thato Tlagae (Media Expert) and Kelvin Mogoane (AMG Product Expert) from Mercedes- Benz Sandton expressed their excitement about the collaboration between the retailer and Trigmatic, and hinted to more of these collaborations in the future.

Trigmatic in his speech encouraged more collaborative moves between corporate bodies and creatives, and more cultural exchanges between African nations. He highlighted the current attention given to African music, and the opportunities Africans stand to gain from endeavours in this direction. He expressed his gratitude towards Mercedes Benz Sandton, other sponsors, Zamani Ndimande, and all who made this a top tier event.

Six of the songs off the EP were played in twelve of the luxury Mercedes-Benz cars beautifully displayed on the retailer’s floor. The tangible excitement of guests increased as they were ushered into the cars which were reverberating with songs on the Burmester high- end 4D surround sound systems. Certainly a “to-die-for” unrivalled experience. The event was also supported by Bayeni holdings, Unique Print Hub, Wa Mo Afrika foundation, Khumsalo Wines, Go&fun drinks, and Matic Multimedia.

The two hour event ended on a smooth note with drinks and nibbles, and most importantly hearts filled with the kind of satisfaction that only the Mercedes-Benz S-Class can bring. The next time you think of buying a car in South Africa, think Mercedes-Benz; think Mercedes- Benz Sandton; and of course a Trigmatic playlist.

Trigmatic’s EP is expected to drop this March with expectations of taking over the continent as always. Don’t forget to check out his first single off the EP, Aduawa, on Apple Music and all other music stores. https://music.apple.com/za/artist/trigmatic/373032557

Image credit @FlashedBySanele & @MercedesBenzSandton

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Feud over as Davido and Wizkid hug it out in a super long embrace

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The year 2022 is off to a good start as a super long feud between two of Nigeria’s biggest superstars seems to have come to an end.

Wizkid and Davido have been at loggerheads with each other for a long while and all that seems to be over now as the two were captured locked in a very long hug.

The two Superstars were captured in a video that is now going viral on the internet, embracing themselves in a very long and intimate hug at a club.

Fans of the two singers cannot contain their excitement as they have longed wished for them to end their feud and create beautiful music together.

Watch video below;

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CZBtuSPpg3l/?utm_medium=copy_link

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Dedebah releases ‘Have Fun With it’

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Hip-hop is one of the most loved musical genres in the world and Ghana is no exception to this rule and as the music keeps evolving, so do the creative artists behind the songs. Dedebah is one of the first names that come to mind when the topic in discussion is “Ghanaian Female Rappers”. Dedebah is a very versatile rapper who does not shy away from any challenge. Her sound has gained massive recognition from top blogs and major industry players including hip-hop heavyweights Sarkodie, Medikal, amongst others.

Dedebah is at the pinnacle of her career where she deems it a necessity to give her fans a full body project instead of the occasional singles. Last year she took to social media to announce her maiden EP dubbed “Bosompemaa”. The anticipation for this project has gone through the roof with fans being eager to get their hands on this EP. The African Rap Diva decided to stop fans from lingering anymore by putting out the first major single off the “Bosompemaa EP” titled “Have Fun With It”.

“Have Fun With It” is a groovy hip-hop song with a very catchy and melodic hook. In the first verse she shows off her lyrical prowess. She can be heard saying in local dialect twi “Bosompemaa, mey3 ohemaa” which is simply to remind the listener of the Queen that she is, with no other person being at par with her. The song is produced by Riddim Boss and the video was shot by Director Banitchi.

Stream and enjoy !!

“Have Fun With It” is available on all major digital music stores via this link https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/dedebah/have-fun-with-it

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It takes 12 weeks to heal- Kisa Gbekle shares the not so juicy parts of body enhancement surgery

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Ghanaian actress, Bisa Gbekle has revealed that it’s not all rosy when going under the knife to get your body enhanced. (more…)

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