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Kwabena Kwabena responds to threats from UK event promoter, Gye Nyame Entertainment

Management of prolific high life artist Kwabena Kwabena has come out to clear their outfit and their artist concerning a story that broke about Kwabena Kwabena being sued by a UK based event organizer for fraud. Nelson Ashong, online manager from KBKB Music in an interview revealed, “The story that broke came with details of […]

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kwabena kwabenaManagement of prolific high life artist Kwabena Kwabena has come out to clear their outfit and their artist concerning a story that broke about Kwabena Kwabena being sued by a UK based event organizer for fraud.

Nelson Ashong, online manager from KBKB Music in an interview revealed, “The story that broke came with details of the contract Gye Nyame Entertainment – the company in the UK and us – KBKB Music signed. And the story says they are going to sue Kwabena Kwabena instead of suing the label that signed the contract on behalf of the artist. Kwabena Kwabena has no dealings personally with Gye Nyame because he didn’t sign the contract, his label signed it and so why do you want to sue him instead of the label that signed the contract as the story suggested?”

“Concerning the artist not showing up in the UK, there was no travel arrangement done so we couldn’t fly to the UK to play the show. If the show was in Tamale and they paid the deposit and fail to secure the traveling tickets, we could afford to fly with our own money to Tamale so the necessary arrangements are done before he hits stage. But this is the UK we talking about, you need work permit visas to be able to go and play a show in the UK.

Gye Nyame failed to secure the work permit visas for the artist and his rider“.

“The whole problem is that Kwabena Kwabena went to the UK to play a show on the 13th of December and returned to Ghana to play a show he was booked for on the 14th and 17th but Gye Nyame wanted Kwabena Kwabena to stay in the UK from the 13th that he had been in the UK for another show till the 21st December which was illegal because his worked permit will have expired by then. We understand it was going to be expensive if we flew down for them to fly us back to the UK but we were obeying the laws of the UK wouldn’t overstay our welcome. So we got to Ghana and asked them to forward to us all the necessary papers so we go for the work permit visas so we can show up for the 21st show but they never sent them.”

“So Gye Nyame and KBKB Music reached another possible deal which was to make Kwabena Kwabena travel alone to the UK and they said they were going to send all the necessary documents so we work on the visa by Wednesday 18th which was prior to the Saturday 21st of December. And they said they could get everything sorted before Monday 16th December so Kwabena Kwabena flies to the UK before the Saturday and we don’t even do that but because Gye Nyame was a charity company and several industry personalities we respect had called Kwabena Kwabena personally to talk him into going for the show which was also not right in a way, but out of the respect we decided to let the artist fly alone to play the show but as Gye Nyame had promised, they couldn’t sort out the travel papers so Kwabena couldn’t fly to play the show.”

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“And now Gye Nyame Entertainment is telling everyone they are suing Kwabena Kwabena for fraud. If you have a deal with an artist’s management and there is breach of contract, you go for the company that breached the contract and not the artist on the label whom you wanted for your show. It’s KBKB Music that signed the dotted lines and not Kwabena Kwabena. So why is Gye Nyame suing Kwabena Kwabena?”
“If you book an artist and you claim you had his travel arrangements sorted, it means you have his visas ready and work permit ready and why didn’t you put that one too out?”.

“Now the label has talked to Gye Nyame Entertainment and we have agreed to pay the refund of the deposit but they claim they want to claim damages for not appearing for the show as a headline artist. The show went on and the fans are not on Kwabena Kwabena’s neck for disappointing them but Gye Nyame wants KBKB Music to pay for damages when they don’t have prove to back why they deserve the damages they are claiming. They say they don’t want a refund.”

“Gye Nyame also put up the fee agreed for the contract online and we slashed the price to that extent because Gye Nyame begged behind closed doors and we understood they were a charity organization too and had to make it possible for the show to happen. We charge more than they put online but we understood Gye Nyame Entertainment had that little for the show and so considered.”

“Gye Nyame says we will hear from their lawyers and we are looking forward to that to show our lawyers to advise us.”

“We at KBKB Music want everyone to know Kwabena Kwabena takes instruction from the label and so if you have a problem or whatsoever, you talk or sue the label and not the artist.”

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Social Trends: Sarkodie’s lyrics on ‘Hate’ Sparks Online Debate

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Sarkodie’s indirect diss on Jay Bahd’s song ‘Hate’ has sparked a significant online debate. (more…)

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Police arrest Nigerian music star, Portable over G-Wagon debt ..watch how he jumped over a gate to escape previous arrest

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Police arrest Nigerian music star, Portable over G-Wagon debt

The Lagos State Police Command, on Tuesday, arrested popular musician, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, for refusing to pay the debt he incurred when he purchased G-Wagon from a car dealer in the state.

PUNCH Online gathered that Portable, during the purchase of the vehicle worth N27m, paid only N13m and had refused to pay the N14m balance.

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It was learnt that whenever the car dealer contacted him to pay the balance, he usually claimed that the vehicle was bad

When efforts to get Portable to pay the balance proved abortive, our correspondent gathered that the car dealer reported the matter to the police and policemen detailed to investigate the case arrested Portable.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed that Portable had been arrested.

He said, “Yes, Portable has been arrested. He bought G-Wagon for N27m, paid N13m and refused to pay the rest, claiming the vehicle was bad. We arrested him today.”

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Ghanaian footballer, Yaw Yeboah proposes to girlfriend, Gifty Boakye

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Ghanaian fashion model, Gifty Boakye has revealed on her birthday that her boyfriend and Ghanaian midfielder, Yaw Yeboah has officially proposed marriage to her.

Gifty shared photos of the happy moment when the Major League Soccer star, who plays for the Columbus Crew, popped the question ‘Will you marry me question?” in front of family and friends.

 

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Yaw Yeboah won two trophies with Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew in 2023. The former Ghana U23 captain scored the winner as the Gold and Blacks defeated Los Angeles FC to win their third MLS title. Yeboah also starred in the Eastern Conference final as Columbus Crew came from two goals down to beat city rivals FC Cincinnati at the TQL Park. Yeboah, who made 37 appearances scoring four goals and providing five assists in the 2023 campaign, was rewarded with an invite to the Black Stars ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Gifty Boakye was born in the USA to parents who had immigrated from Ghana. At the age of 16 her dark complexion created drive and passion in her to begin to model and further to inspire young girls to love the skin they’re in. Today I enjoy sharing my story .life as a model, Entrepreneur, philanthropist, & public speaker now living in Accra Ghana.

After receiving my degree in communications arts from St Johns University, I started my first company NVTIVE in 2017 an online Boutique that pays homage to international cultured in apparel & art. In 2018 I founded Sister S.L.A.Y a nonprofit that empowers young girls ages 11-18 through educational workshops and self-confidence rebuilding.

Fun facts about Gifty, she can rap almost any Jay Z record word for word. She loves spending time with family& friends. Her favorite food is Waakye and in 2017 also Gifty reigned as the face of festival AFROCHELLA. Her guilty pleasure is gummy bears. She was also in a relationship with Ghanaian footballer Thomas Partey.

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Rema Sparks Big 3 Debate in Nigerian Music Scene

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The Nigerian music scene is buzzing with discussions about the ‘Big 3’ artists, with Olamide, Davido, and Wizkid being the most frequently mentioned. (more…)

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“I produced most of the biggest hit songs in Ghana last year” – Beatz Vampire claims the crown ahead of TGMA 2024

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Showbiz and showboating go hand in hand and Beatz Vampire is sticking to the script. As one of the industry’s most sought-after producers, he confidently declares 2023 his own and believes none of his peers even come close heading into the Telecel Ghana Music Awards 2024.

Despite the prominent awards show just a month away–June 1, Beatz Vampire is already anticipating a clean sweep under its rebranded glory. His gaze is set on one of the night’s most coveted achievements: the “Producer of the Year” award. And with four hits credited to him under three artists in the previous year alone, it is easy to see why he is confidence levels are stratospheric.

Last year, the young producer was all over the place. His work on JZyNO and Lasmid’s ‘Butta My Bread’ was a mega success, bringing over 160M streams across platforms. The song’s popularity on TikTok also got under the skin of artists like Nigeria’s Ruger, who tried to downplay its quality and appeal. Beatz Vampire chased this down with equally catchy tracks like ‘Goodsin,’ ‘Likor’ and ‘I Lied,’ which garnered similar acclaim. 

Indeed, Beatz Vampire has a good chance of winning the award. Since the nominations list dropped, his name has been on the lips of fans who showed their support. The producer chimed in on his fans’ sentiments, saying: “I feel honored even though this was expected. I produced most of the biggest hit songs in Ghana last year, from JZyNO and Lasmid’s ‘Butta My Bread’ to Olivetheboy’s ‘Goodsin,’ Kidi’s ‘Likor’ and ‘I Lied,’ so it’s only right I am handed the award on that night. Big shouts to the rest of the nominees though.”

Of course, Beatz Vampire is no stranger to the hype around prestigious awards. In 2022, he was nominated “Producer of the Year” at the Ghana Music Awards USA and Ghana Music Awards France. His contributions over the years, like Jahmiel’s ‘Beautiful,’ P-Square’s ‘Jaiye,’ Shatta Wale’s ‘Hajia Bintu’ and ‘1 Don,’ Mr Drew’s ‘Mood’ and ‘S3k3,’ Lasmid’s ‘Atele’ and ‘Sika,’ among others, were super hits of their time. But this year in review is a special one. He believes after so many years of missing out, the award is coming home.

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As the Telecel Ghana Music Awards (formerly the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards) draws close, Beatz Vampire stands on the cusp of glory.

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Gospel singer KODA passes on, after reportedly battling a kidney disease

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Gospel singer, Kofi Owusu Dua Anto popularly known as KODA is dead.

He died on Sunday after reportedly battling a kidney disease.

Tributes, especially from gospel musicians started flying on social media on Sunday when they heard about KODA’s passing.

Some musicians expressed shock when they heard about the death of the gospel stalwart.

Among those who expressed their shock were, Empress Gifty, who posted on Facebook: “I hope it’s not true, KODA,” with crying emojis.

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Speaking to Graphic Showbiz on Sunday afternoon, Gospel musician Nii Okai, a very close friend of KODA said, “I wish I could tell you another thing but that’s the truth. KODA is dead”.

He said it was quite shocking to him considering that KODA was doing very fine after going through treatment.

KODA, celebrated for his uplifting melodies and soulful compositions, was not just a singer but a producer who left an indelible mark on the Ghanaian music scene.

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