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Nwankwo Kanu, Finidi George and others join Edwin van der Sar in farewell match

A glittering collection of football stars are to play in the Edwin van der Sar testimonial match in Amsterdam on August 3 to mark the retirement of the respected Dutch goalkeeper. The former Ajax, Juventus, Fulham, Manchester United and Holland star, who is a Laureus Ambassador, has decided that part of the funds raised from […]

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A glittering collection of football stars are to play in the Edwin van der Sar testimonial match in Amsterdam on August 3 to mark the retirement of the respected Dutch goalkeeper.

The former Ajax, Juventus, Fulham, Manchester United and Holland star, who is a Laureus Ambassador, has decided that part of the funds raised from the match will go to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in the Netherlands.

Among the football stars who have already confirmed they will play are:

Dennis Bergkamp, Finidi George, Andre Ooijer, Danny Blind, Ryan Giggs, Marc Overmars, Frank de Boer, Fred Grim, Michael Reiziger, Ronald de Boer, Ruud Hesp, Frank Rijkaard, Winston Bogarde, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Wayne Rooney, John Brom, Wim Jonk, Louis Saha, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Nwankwo Kanu, Jaap Stam, Michael Carrick, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart, Phillip Cocu, Dirk Kuyt, Nemanja Vidic, Edgar Davids, Jani Litmanen, Aron Winter, Alessandro Del Piero, Gary Neville, Richard Witschge, Rio Ferdinand, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Boudewijn Zenden, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink,  and Arthur Numan

Staged at the Ajax Arena in Amsterdam, the top class action will involve three matches:

17.40hrs:         Ajax Youth v Manchester United Youth.

18.05hrs:         Ajax 1995 (coach Louis van Gaal) v Holland 1998 (coach Guus Hiddink)

19.00hrs:         Ajax v  Dream Team Edwin van der Sar (coach Sir Alex Ferguson)

Edwin van der Sar spent eight years with Ajax between 1991 and 1999, making 311 appearances for the club, before moving on to Juventus, Fulham and finally Manchester United. He played his last match before retirement in the Champions League final in May, where Manchester United lost 3-1 to Barcelona.

Earlier this year Edwin became a Laureus Ambassador, volunteering his time to support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. He said: “It is a great pleasure for me to be able to share this big day with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which is a cause I believe in passionately. I hope the match will raise a substantial amount of money which will help Laureus in the work they do in using sport to improve the lives of young people around the world.”

Laureus World Sports Academy Member Bobby Charlton, the former England football legend, now a director of Manchester United, will be one of the guests at the match.  He said: “Like all the greatest sportsmen, Edwin’s contribution goes far beyond what he gave on the field. He is a true gentleman of sport and he always set a perfect example of dedication and behaviour. A real role model for young people. For him to agree for funds raised from his testimonial to go to charity does not surprise me at all. That is the kind of man he is.”

Chairman of Laureus The Netherlands, His Highness Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange, was also keen to demonstrate his excitement about Edwin van der Sar’s commitment to Laureus. He said: “On behalf of the board I am delighted that one of the best goalkeepers of The Netherlands wants to join Laureus as Ambassador. Edwin indicated he is willing to be actively involved in the projects of Laureus in The Netherlands and he supports the Laureus Midnight Futsal Project in The Hague. We hope the donations related to the farewell match of Edwin van der Sar will enable us to organise the Laureus football project also in other cities, so that we can reach even more young people in The Netherlands and contribute to improving their living conditions”.

The Laureus World Sports Academy, a unique association of 47 of the greatest living sporting legends, along with members of the Laureus Ambassadors programme, volunteer their time to act as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, whose mission is to use sport as the means to combat some of the world’s toughest social challenges facing young people today, such as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, crime, social exclusion, landmines awareness, violence, discrimination and health problems such as obesity.

Since its inception Laureus has raised over €40 million to support projects which have helped to improve the lives of over one-and-a-half million young people. Currently Laureus supports 84 sports-based projects around the world.

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Use local songs for your Tiktok videos – Kuami Eugene appeals to Ghanaians

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Lynx Music signee, Kuami Eugene has called out social media users who are usually seen jamming to other nationals’ songs on Tiktok to equally do more videos with Ghanaian songs. (more…)

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Nigerians mourn as fast-rising compere, MC Eve dies in a car crash in Lagos

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Nigerians are mourning event host, Evelyn Adewunmi, popularly known as MC Eve, who died in a car crash. (more…)

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WATCH: How Grammy-nominated songwriter, Calvin Rodgers helped Ghanaian gospel musician

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Gospel musicians Albert Yeboah and Felix Sintim have opened up about getting support from Grammy-nominated songwriter, Calvin Rodgers. (more…)

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Boomplay Streams Now Count Towards Billboard Charts

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As part of its dedication to helping the African music industry unlock its full potential, music streaming platform, Boomplay, will now have its streams added to the data that informs the prestigious Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200, Artist 100 and Billboard Global 200 charts. Boomplay streams will as well count towards all other Billboard U.S. and global charts that use streaming data.

This will be effective with data for the tracking week of October 15 through October 21 (Billboard charts dated October 30). With millions of African songs being streamed on the Boomplay platform globally, the inclusion of Boomplay stream data in the iconic Billboard charts provides African and international artistes and music on the streaming platform the opportunity for more exposure on the global stage.

Within MRC Data’s Music Connect platform, Boomplay streams will be included in the ‘Others’ data bucket under Audio On-Demand with data visible on October 12, 2021 for streams beginning on October 8, 2021. According to Billboard, ”MRC Data’s foundation is built on providing the music industry and our clients with the most complete view of music consumption. We are excited to announce additional data being captured from Boomplay.’’

 

Boomplay’s Director of Content & Strategy, Phil Choi described Boomplay’s data addition to the Billboard charts as “…a significant step in ensuring African artistes on the platform are fairly and equally represented where it matters and that they have access to similar opportunities available to their international counterparts. While this might have seem far-fetched in the past, we now have one foot in the door already following our partnership with Billboard Charts.”

Boomplay’s streaming data added to the Billboard charts represents streams from its subscription tier and logged-in streams from its ad-supported tier, with streams from each tier weighted appropriately.

 

 

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Dancehall Star Konshens Announces Release Date For New Album ‘Red Reign’

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Dancehall star Konshens announces the release date for his upcoming album titled Red Reign on his social media platforms. The fifth solo studio album from the Jamaican artist is set to drop on Friday, November 12. The announcement was made through a series of red-themed promotional videos released on his instagram page previewing the type of music audiences should expect from the latest project. Red Reign is inspired by Konshens’ signature red hair and his dominance in the genre. His reign over reggae continues post-pandemic with an edgier sound and an evolution of the artist himself.
“The world has changed, and the events of the last year have affected us all. The experience was challenging but helped me evolve my creative process and my perspective. I am excited to start a new era of my career through an edgier sound and a renewed understanding of my music’s impact on my audience. When the world faced a crisis, we all had to figure out how to cope with it. Fortunately, I had the outlet of creativity to channel those emotions, and that process made me realize that my music is an outlet for people to escape the trauma. Music is the therapy that some people are craving. I have a deeper responsibility to my craft and my audience to deliver something that is impactful and gives them the escape they need after this unprecedented year.”
Konshens plans to release additional trailers and previews on his social media in the month leading up to the November album release date. This rollout will include his lead single, “She Got It,” which will debut in the coming weeks. The album will be available for pre-order starting today. For the latest updates on Konshens and Red Reign, subscribe to all of his social media platforms @Konshens on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
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Hollywood Prestigious Awards To Honour Dr. Michael K. Obeng As ‘International Man of the Year’

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Harvard-trained Ghanaian American Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael K. Obeng, will be honoured at this year’s Hollywood & African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards) as the ‘International Man of the Year’.

According to organizers of HAPAwards, the scheme is inviting the renowned plastic surgeon to be bestowed upon the‘International Man of the Year’ award for the 2021 HAPAwards due to his outstanding and extraordinaryaccomplishment in his field of work and contributions to mankind.

“HAPAwards is designed to bridge the cultural gap between Africa and the global community while giving backthrough the arts with the I Dream 4 All Foundation. The ‘Awards’ helps promote creativity, spotlights rich African heritage, exhibits unique talents and honours outstanding individuals across the films, music, comedy, fashion andsocial media industries.”

Dr. Obeng is one of the most sought-after surgeons in the world. Throughout his two-decade career, and as thedirector of MiKO Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, he has performed makeovers for Hollywood elite, supermodels,musicians and royalty, and more importantly, he has put smiles on the faces of some of the world’s most needythrough his non-profit R.E.S.T.O.R.E. Worldwide, Inc.; The Foundation for Reconstructive Surgery. He specializes incosmetic surgery of the aging face, breast & body, Brazilian butt lift, rib removal, and forehead reduction to mention afew. His passion has always been complex reconstruction, and surgeries other surgeons deem impossible, hence the nickname, “The Surgeon‘s Surgeon”.

Dr. Obeng’s service to humanity has earned him several humanitarian awards including, The Amanfoo Goodness &Excellence Award (2021), Ebony Magazine 75t^Edition Power 100 Honoree (2020), GUBA Humanitarian Spirit Award(2017), NAACP Humanitarian Award (2013) and the list goes on. In addition, he has been commended by the City ofBeverly Hills and the County of Los Angeles for his “dedication to improving and bettering the lives of individuals around the world using his medical expertise”. “None of these accolades would have been possible without the selfless volunteers over the years and the patients who trusted us with their lives, not to mention the Almighty God”, says Dr. Obeng.

Outside of his work in Beverly Hills, Dr. Obeng finds ways to make a difference in the world. He is the founder of R.E.S.T.O.R.E. Worldwide inc.; The Foundation for Reconstructive Surgery. R.E.S.T.O.R.E. is an acronym that stands for Restoring Emotional Stability Throughout Outstanding Reconstructive Efforts.  R.E.S.T.O.R.E. provides freereconstructive surgery to

 

patients in developing countries. The organization has performed over 1,500 free surgeries since its inception in 2017, in three different continents, to a tune in excess of over 575 million USD.

The Hollywood & African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards) are United States of America awards given to outstanding individuals whose lives have been marked by extraordinary milestones and accomplishments. This 5th edition theme is “Collaboration for Global Development, Peace & Prosperity”. Over the years, the HAPAwards has honoured royaltieslike His Imperial Majesty, The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi- Ojaja II, King of Swaziland, His Majesty, Ngwenyama King Mswati III, Bentley Kyle Evans, Mona Scott- Young, Ernest Thomas, Beverly Todd, Todd Bridges, Koffi Olomide, Former WBA Heavyweight Champion Honorable Gerrie Coetzee, along with other select Politicians, Dignitaries, Hollywood & African A-List Actors, Musicians, Comedians and Activists.

HAPAwards 2021 is a 3-day event starting from Friday, October 22nd to Sunday, October 24th with a combination ofthe Fashion and Music Show, the HAPA International Business Roundtable (HIBR) and the Sunday Awards Night — TheGrand Finale. This magnificent event will be directed and produced by one of Hollywood’s own, Mr. Bentley Kyle Evans, the creator of some of the iconic and household named shows such as The Jamie Fox Show and Martin. Theevent will take place at the legendary Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, USA. The Sunday event will be hosted by Cynthia Bailey and Claudia Jordan, both of the acclaimed Real Housewives of Atlanta. Actor/comedian, Michael Blackson will join these two lovely ladies to complete the lineup for Sunday.

“This is our 5’h year anniversary celebration, and it is gearing to be our best show yet to-date,” says Kanyile Ka-Ngwenya, the Chief Creative Officer for the HAPAwards. He continues, “the last two years have been trying times because of the pandemic, but this show is going to bring us together to celebrate our culture diversity, with thepandemic in mind”.

The HAPAwards was founded in 2017 and endorsed by the Mayor of Glendale – Vartan Gharpetian, California Legislature Assembly and the United States Congress, as one of Hollywood’s major awards show and establishment.

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