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Mixed bag of winners for 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards

Music fans from all over Africa have spoken, voting in their hundreds of thousands for the winners in this year’s 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards. Broadcast live for the first time at a glittering event held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa last night; winners as voted for by the public […]

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Music fans from all over Africa have spoken, voting in their hundreds of thousands for the winners in this year’s 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards. Broadcast live for the first time at a glittering event held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa last night; winners as voted for by the public in 14 categories were announced – and no category proved to be easy to predict!

Indeed, no single act won more than once – proving just how hotly contested this year’s awards were, with every artist doing their utmost to help mobilise fans to vote. Snatching the prestigious Most Gifted Video of the Year category was South African hip-hop trio, Teargas with “Party 101”. Teargas has worked long and hard to reap the incredible rewards it is seeing in 2010, including winning a South African Music Award for their album Dark Or Blue earlier in the year.

Most Gifted Female was another hotly fought contest but in the end the winner was Nigerian artist Mo’Cheddah for her song featuring a guest spot by Othello, “If You Want Me”. The Theatre Arts undergraduate at the University of Lagos proved she is an artist to watch by taking the Channel O Music Video Award in this high-profile category.

Black Coffee’s firm hold on the African music scene was confirmed when the DJ, producer and solo artist was named Most Gifted Male at the awards for his track “Juju” featuring Zakes Bantwini. The win caps another highly successful year for the South African artist who continues to prove that intelligently crafted house music can hit the mark at the clubs, on radio, and, of course, on television.

Most Gifted Newcomer saw L-Tido (of South African hip-hop outfit Glitz Gang) shine: his video featuring Tee-Pee – “Calling” – was named the winner in this important category. Nigeria’s P-Square proved their staying power by taking home the award for Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring for “E No Easy” featuring J-Martins.

In the genre categories, there were a few surprises with some power players making their presence felt.

One of the latter was Nigeria’s D’Banj whose “Fall In Love” proved a popular winner in the Most Gifted Afro Pop category while his fellow countryman, Naeto C flexed his emcee muscles by taking home the Channel O Music Video Award for Most Gifted Hip Hop Video for the track “Ako Mi Ti Poju”.

“Made in Nigeria for global consumption” is General Pype’s tagline and he proved this when the video for “Champion (Remix)” featuring Naeto C., Vector, Sasha, the late Da Grin and GT took the category Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video. Another popular win proved to be South Africa’s Liquideep whose breakout 2010 hit, “Fairytale” gook home the Channel O Music Video Award for Most Gifted Dance Video. And Durban’s position at the top of the kwaito popularity charts was confirmed again when Big Nuz featuring DJ Tira romped home to win the Most Gifted Kwaito Video category for the monster hit, “Umlilo”. Finally, it was left to Urban Reign to rule supreme in the last genre category; the Joburg-based group’s video for “Addicted” won the award for Most Gifted R&B.

The competition didn’t stop there – continuing all the way through the regional awards with Most Gifted Southern Video going to South African Pro for “Sekele”, Most Gifted West Video being snatched by Nigeria’s 2Face with his video for “Implications” and Most Gifted East Video being won by Ugandan-born Obita for his video featuring Loyiso, “Everybody Dance”.

In a night in which Africa’s most scorching entertainers – including co-hosts Lungile Radu and Thomas Gumede; performers like Liquideep, Teargas, Dama Do Bling. Wyre. Buffalo Souljah. Sasha. D-Black & Kwaku-T and guest presenters from the Channel O family – took centrestage, the 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards scored a coup by being broadcast LIVE throughout Africa. Musical director, Zwai Bala, pulled out all the stops to deliver a non-stop display of brilliant African talent, that was only added to when Somalian-born global star, K’Naan was given the Special Recognition award.

Also on Sunday 7 November at 18:00 CAT do not miss the 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards Red Carpet special being aired to showcase who wore what, who was with whom and much, much more! Followed by a re-broadcast of the 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards ceremony at 18:30 CAT.

Most Gifted Video of the Year

Teargas – “Party 101”.

Most Gifted Female

Mo’Cheddah  featuring Othello – “If You Want Me”.

Most Gifted Male

Black Coffee featuring Zakes Bantwini – “Juju”

Most Gifted Newcomer

L-Tido featuring Tee-Pee – “Calling”

Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring

P-Square featuring J-Martins  – “E No Easy”.

Most Gifted Afro Pop

D’Banj  – “Fall In Love”

Music Video Award for Most Gifted Hip Hop Video

Naeto C  – “Ako Mi Ti Poju”.

Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Video

General Pype featuring Naeto C., Vector, Sasha, the late Da Grin and GT –  “Champion (Remix)”

Most Gifted Dance Video

Liquideep – “Fairytale”

Most Gifted Kwaito Video

Big Nuz featuring DJ Tira – “Umlilo”.

Most Gifted R&B

Urban Reign – “Addicted”

Most Gifted Southern Video

Pro -“Sekele”

Most Gifted West Video

2Face – “Implications”

Most Gifted East Video

Obita featuring Loyiso – “Everybody Dance”

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Wiyaala and PatchBay Band From Ghana Make History in Dubai

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On Saturday 23rd October 2021, Ghanaian musicians, Wiyaala and the Patchbay Band put up a history-making show at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai at the maiden edition of the All Africa Festival, an event created by Nina Olatoke and supported by Emaar Dubai promoting African culture as a global conversation.

 

In the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, what better advocate for Africa can there be than Wiyaala, who opened her set with her signature tune “Tinambanyi”, a song which foretells the rise of the under-appreciated. This was followed by “Siiko ” which speaks of African tradition in conflict with modern ways and urges the people of Africa not to lose sight of their roots and identity. In “People Don’t Stop”, Wiyaala was again on message urging her people to keep fighting for their dreams. The finale was her hit song “Yaga Yaga” which had the audience enthusiastically joining her in a call and response. The power of the performance was made possible by the skilled musicians of Patchbay who were on top of their game, revelling in the charisma, vocal power and athleticism of the lady who for good reason is also known as the Lioness of Africa.

 

 

What is the All AFRICA FESTIVAL (AFF)

Africa is more than a place; it is in the heart, minds and souls of the people. The event focuses on bringing this cultural experience to life through music, entertainment, fashion, art, food and many other cultural expressions. The mission is to showcase the vibrant energy, beauty, culture and diversity of Africa in all her expressions. To introduce Africa to the African and the rest of the world. The festival is partnered by EMAAR, one of the largest real estate developers in the UAE known for various large-scale projects such as developing Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, Ojamea, West Blue Consulting, UAE Africa Networking Group, Kiza and Narratives PR UAE.

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Medikal granted GHC 100,000 bail

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal has been granted bail by following his arrest on October, 22, 2021.

The court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh, granted Medikal a bail of GHC 100,000 with one surety.

Medikal was arrested on October,  22nd, 2021 and remanded in prison for five days after brandishing a Ruger 9mm pistol on social media.

Medikal was charged with the public display of arms and ammunitions but he plead not guilty to the charge.

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Shatta Wale, three accomplices granted GH¢100,000 bail each

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Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale, has been granted bail following his one week remand in the Ankaful Prison. (more…)

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I have a very funny side – Joselyn Dumas

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Known mostly for her serious roles, Ghana’s on-screen sweetheart Joselyn Dumas is about to bring out her funny side in the new Showmax Original Ghana Jollof where she shares the screen with other fan faves like James Gardiner, Mawuli Gavor, Basketmouth, and Funnybone.

 

We caught up with the Northern Affair star, where she dished on her Ghana Jollof co-stars, her ideal script and who makes the best jollof!

 

What was your reaction when you first heard the name Ghana Jollof?

 

I thought ‘Oh my God, these jollof wars! Can we just declare the winner already?’ Then I got a call from Basketmouth and he said, ‘This is something really special to me, I’m looking for a way to do a proper collaboration between Ghanaians and Nigerians. We’re one people and this is a way for me to let people know that we’re the same.’ So it became a really nice discussion on the phone. I’ve always enjoyed Basketmouth’s jokes and I’ve seen Flatmates a couple of times so I was excited when he said he had a role for me in Ghana Jollof.

 

Tell us about your character on Ghana Jollof and would you say there are any similarities between Joselyn and the role you play?

 

I play Abena, who is an HR manager in Mensah’s bakery. She’s a bit of a senior and has a thing for the boss, Kweku. There’s some rivalry between herself and the secretary, who is her much younger subordinate. So everyone is driving to get Kweku’s attention and Abena feels like she has a bit of an edge because she’s the HR manager.

 

Now I’ve had a crush on a few people but I don’t think I would penalise anyone who is my subordinate because they have a crush on the same person as I do. Healthy competition is nice but I wouldn’t use my position to intimidate anyone out of spite.

 

Tell us a bit about your star-studded co-cast.

 

I’m very happy with the cast. On the show I’ve worked closely with Basketmouth, James Gardiner, Funnybone and Buchi. I just met Buchi for the first time and he’s hilarious.

 

Everyone brought their A-game to the show. We had so many funny moments on set where everyone was just rolling on the floor with laughter.

 

Obviously Basketmouth was in charge of the production so he’s still the boss, but when it’s time for play, he plays, and when it’s time for work he’s quite serious.

 

He’s also made sure we’re taken care of. We had a conversation where he said to me that he realised, while sitting down in meetings, that there’s a lot of disservice that has been done to a lot of creatives and talents in our industry and he’s hoping to make a difference.

 

He’s already doing that, giving all these young people a chance. For instance, the director is quite young and so is the writer and he’s given them a chance to showcase their talent and I think that’s commendable. I also work closely with James Gardiner (Kweku in Ghana Jollof) on Akwaba Magic’s Dede and he’s very talented. He’s eye candy but he also takes the job seriously. Funnybone is my friend whom I’ve known for years. This is his first time acting (in a drama), and he’s doing amazingly.

 

Would you describe this as your first comedic role?

 

Not at all. Everybody thinks that I’m quite a serious person but I have a very funny side once I get comfortable around people. So I’m always looking for that script that will bring out that side of Joselyn. I’m doing that now in Accra on Dede and my character is hilarious without even trying and I absolutely love playing that role. Playing Abena on Ghana Jollof, I’ve had some humorous moments with Basketmouth and Buchi. So I have played quite a few funny roles. People always see me in a serious sense but it’s just a protective guard.

 

What would you take away from working on Ghana Jollof?

 

Teamwork and camaraderie. Everybody was looking out for each other on the set. From the crew to the cast, everyone was hungry to see this show succeed and even go beyond Season 1. That’s what I’m taking away because it’s about time we work together and we go far together. I see that with everybody here. We would come on set by 6am and by 7pm, we’re done. That tells you the guys are passionate and they really want to get this done. Nobody feels superior to anyone; we’re all just equally coming together to create magic.

 

Did you feel any pressure to get it right given that it’s Showmax’s first comedy-drama?

 

Well thankfully I don’t have to say the jokes. But like with every production I do, there’s a little bit of pressure. Even if I’ve done it a few times, it’s always new in a sense. Also, I always feel like everything I do has to be better than what I’ve done before, so yes, I’m under pressure.

 

What do you want fans to take away from Ghana Jollof?

 

I want anyone who watches this show to have fun and be entertained. There’s drama and comedy; a lot of times when you see comedy, there’s a bit of slapstick but I love the fact that there’s drama and comedy with Ghana Jollof. There’s a storyline to it and once you follow it, it’s intriguing. Even as a character, I’m entertained. Sometimes I think ‘Why is Abena doing this? What is her problem?’. It’s also a very relatable series: everyone has had a crush on somebody and everybody has loved the attention they’ve got from people who have had crushes on them. There’s also somebody who has always felt like an underdog. Everyone can see themselves in a particular character on the show.

 

Ghana jollof or Nigerian jollof?

 

Ghana jollof because I make the best Ghana jollof anyday!

Catch Ghana Jollof now streaming on Showmax.

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“I have washed my womb six times” – Nana Ama McBrown narrates attempts she made to get pregnant

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Ghanaian actress Nana Ama McBrown has gotten candid about her journey to motherhood. (more…)

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Jesus Ahuofe, Pastor in Shatta Wale saga granted GHc100k bail

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Bishop Stephen Kwesi Appiah, popularly known as Jesus Ahuofe, of the New Life Kingdom Chapel who allegedly prophesied the death of Charles Nii Armah Mensah (Shatta Wale) has been granted a GHc100, 000 bail. (more…)

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