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Rising singer, Drizzy Bangz says music can pay well in Ghana

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Growing Ghanaian artiste Drizzy Bangz, signed under ‘Camp What Records’ says the music industry can be very lucrative here in Ghana, if the education of the music business is taught intensively by industry players.

According to him, music in other parts of the world is what most of the artistes feed on, unlike here in Ghana some of our artistes and industry players do not see the business part of the music which is really disheartening. This leads to the high dependency ratio of musicians on government at their own age.

In an interview, he says, “Most music records, work with artists based on their vocal strength or their talents to sing with clean voices without telling them about the music business, there is a very simple answer to this. Many artists fear business. There’s music and there’s the music business. To put it better, the business of music. The two are not the same. A person can be a great musician but if they don’t apply proven business strategies to monetize their music, they will never make it in the music business. Many artists like to make music for the love and not for the money. You can’t go far in the music business if you don’t care about money.

He added that, some people do break into the music business but lack understanding of the business which in turn becomes their downfall. “The music industry is a billion-dollar industry with investors, shareholders, and debtors. Labels need to pay all of these people. Furthermore, contracts aren’t written to be fair they are written for a zero-sum gain. New artists sign these contracts without proper legal representation and are trapped in non-favorable deals. Labels have the option to shelve (stop supporting) these artists for various reasons.”

Drizzy emphasized that, in order for today’s artists to make it, they need to accept the fact that they are entrepreneurs and make a product (Songs) that gains the attention of investors (managers, publishers, labels). “The artist must find some success on their own so they can increase their bargaining power. When an artist understands the business of music, their chances of success increase, and opportunities are readily found.”

“Why don’t talented musicians ever become rich and famous? It doesn’t matter how good you are if people don’t know you exist. It takes the distributive and promotional capability of large professional organizations to make celebrity artists. Until you get discovered and work your way up through the cracks, and perhaps stepping on a few necks, then you’ll remain a fly on Youtube forever.”

Drizzy who is inspired by Chris Brown developed his music passion at a young age and grew up with the aspiration to be a musician. “I was keenly inspired by the type of music I grew up listening to. I do Alternative RNB and sometimes Afro-pop depending on the mood. When it comes to creating music I deal ideally with emotions. So get me the beat I set the mood then I am good to go. I just   have to get carried away by the tempo”

The artiste recently released a single ‘I Lied’ which he featured Fayorsey and will like to be on a musical project with A.I, Show Dem Camp and other big names in the musical scene worldwide

According to him, the music the journey has just started for him and “I’ll urge music lovers to keep their fingers crossed for more thrilling Jams from me”

Drizzy who studied a 3 the year diploma course at the International School Of Aviation   has other great tunes  like ‘Boys Nda’ which are all available on Spotify, audiomacks, Soundcloud, and other music streaming sites.

He advises his fellow artistes to “Never Give Up” whiles his plan is to   impact the industry and to put Ghana on the map. https://song.link/i/1506019100

BY ERICA ARTHUR

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GMG Disappointed with Joey B’s Lack of Professionalism

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We have always been passionate about propelling our music industry into a larger space where the Ghanaian sound and the artist alike get to be seen in the larger picture.

 

However, a statement from Gbevu Music Group(GMG), indicates how Joey B has after so many attempts refused sharing “Come Over” a single by UK based Afrobeats crooner Loofy on his Social media platforms as stated in their collaboration deal.

 

This lack of respect from Joey B’s camp was confirmed by Gbevu Music Group (GMG), the management label that helped secure the collaboration for Loofy.

 

We can all agree professionalism is indeed a working relationship and the absence of it, has over the years seen the industry lose its credibility.

 

If an artiste goes to the length of appreciating another talents value and duly pays for his services then there is no reason whatsoever not to honor such a showmanship.

 

I mean, what’s the sweat in sharing a couple of posts for a work you’ve been fully paid for? It’s ironic this same artiste will willingly share irrelevant posts when what he was paid for is blatantly ignored.

 

Joey B is no novice to the music game and should know better because every little effort goes a long way in cementing a brand.

 

The song “Come Over” with video shot by Yaw SkyFace is a visual beauty and the groovy tune has received massive positive reviews since its release.

 

Check it out on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/-LxVaTEVpsM

 

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Suspect in murder of Nigerian doctor says Dr Obisike tried to have sex with him

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The prime suspect in the gruesome murder of Dr Obisike Donald Ibe, a 37-year-old medical doctor working at Zenith Lab and Kidney Centre, Abuja, Abdusalam Ibrahim has said that he personally macheted the Doctor at his Games Village home because Dr Obisike is a ‘homosexual’ and he tried to force him into ‘homosexual act’ with him.

Abdusalam Ibrahim, Fidelis Ezekiel and Philemon Hussaini were the three suspects that jointly participated in the murder of the duo of Dr Obisike.

Dr Obidike and his friend Mr Ezekiel Edoja both living at D22, 24 streets, Games Village were together at the house last December 2021 when the incident occurred.

The trio along with 16 others was paraded on Tuesday by FCT Police Commissioner, CP Sunday Babaji for various criminal infractions in the FCT.

CP Babaji said, “The FCT Police Command since the receipt of the information of the Games Village murders deposited the corpse at the morgue and embarked on an aggressive manhunt in the midst of pain-staking investigation’s.

“The perpetrators of the dastardly act also carted away with a vehicle and an envelope containing about $1,000, the mobile phone of the deceased doctor and the ATM card which was used to withdraw money to the tune of two million naira from the deceased account on 13 December 2021.

“Following the above, 3 suspects namely Abdusalam Ibrahim aged 26, Fidelis Ezekiel aged 27 and Philemon Hussaini aged 22, have been arrested in connection to the case.

“The suspects upon interrogation confessed to have plotted and committed the offence. The suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

But speaking with reporters, Ibrahim who hails from Kaduna state said, “I used Cutlass to kill him. The doctor is a homosexual. He wanted to force me to have sex, I refused. He held on to my clothes and was trying to remove my clothes. When I refused, he started abusing me.

“I later called my friends to the house to come to help me pack my load. The doctor bought a lot of drinks and I became very high. I and my friends then tied the doctor and his friend. When my friends went out of the room, I came back with a Cutlass and macheted doctor because of what he wanted to do to me which I didn’t like.

Asked to throw more light on how the doctor tried to force him into the homosexual act, Abdusalam who is a Cleaner said, “He came to my room and asked me to massage him. I told him I can’t do massage. He said he will pay me, that I should name any amount and I refused.

Other suspects were arrested for kidnapping offences, vehicle snatching, homicide, cultism, armed robbery, robbery of petrol filling station and illegal possession of firearms among others.

Culled from Vanguard

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Afezi Perry To Release His First Album Since 2014

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Ghanaian Sensational highlife singer Perry Addison known publicly as Afezi Perry on his social media walls has announced the possible release of his first ever album in his music career since 2014.

The album is said to have big features inside and outside Ghana which is going to blow big in the country
Afezi Perry is known of hits songs like kakape with Obrafour and Castro,You with Sarkodie ,Ahaban,Kofi with Sista Afia,Chop Chop with Article Wan ,Oh Naa,Your matter with Fameye,Jealousy,Maabena,dokodoko ,snake underground and many more

He is also the main songwriter of sista Afia’s hits song Jeje with Shatta wale,Mr Drew’s Some more with seyi Shay etc.

Afezi Perry was off from the music scene after his Godfather Castro’s sad story but now back with aim to drop more of him and hits songs for his listeners he is very talented hardworking artiste coming from western region

Kindly check him and be a fan on his walls

Source; Gideon Mensah

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Court issues warrant for arrest of deputy minister Okraku Mantey

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An Adentan circuit court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Mark Okraku Mantey, the deputy minister of tourism, arts and culture, for failing to appear before it. (more…)

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I didn’t realise what kind of sacrifice will come with wanting more – Shaffy Bello

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Ace actor, Shaffy Bello sits with the host of #WithChude and co-founder of Joy, Inc., Chude Jideonwo to talk about her acting career, loss and some of the sacrifices she had to make as she tries to follow her dreams.

 

Explaining why she returned to Nigeria to act in Yoruba films, the 51-year old actor and singer says: “I wanted to spread my wings. I felt like I was pregnant and I couldn’t have a child. I felt like my wings were sort of closed in and I was boxed in and I needed more, my soul needed more.

 

I was yearning for more but I didn’t realize what kind of sacrifice would come with wanting more and going for what you want, after all you have to pay some price.

 

I paid the price of having a connection with my children there. Coming to Nigeria, I would stay in my room and cry asking myself “what am I doing, what am I doing?” I left my children abroad, my daughter was 13 and my son was 11. Now mind you, I was a hands-on mother. I would set the table, all of that. I would quit my job just to raise my children, that’s why I only had 2 so when they grew up to a certain extent I went back to working.

 

I sacrificed everything. So leaving them with their father was a huge sacrifice but it turned around for good.”

 

Advising other women struggling with making decisions about their dreams and their homes, Shaffy Bello says “What I will say is that there is time for everything. If your children are still young, you need to nurture them. They didn’t ask to come, you brought them, so give them that time. Nurture them. Give them such a good foundation that you can trust it, so when it’s time for you to fly, you can fly.” she added.

 

“It is not going to be easy, but you have to trust yourself. You have to trust that you can have your marriage, your children and your career. Some people are, so why not. It didn’t work for me, but it doesn’t mean it won’t work for every woman. You just have to find your own niche, and find what works for you.”

 

“But don’t you dare forget yourself and your dreams,” she concludes.

 

Watch the excerpts from the interview here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYf7Z3BhMlB/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYdVNDLhNsn/

#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart, and spirit.

All past and new episodes of #WithChude can be watched on watch.withchude.com. You can also watch the premiere of new episodes every Saturday on Channels TV at 1 pm, with reruns every Sunday on Wazobia TV Channel 98 at 5 pm, every Tuesday on Rave Tv at 5 pm, every Wednesday on Pop Central Station DSTV Channel 189 at 8 pm, and every Thursday on EbonyLife TV StarTimes Channel 189/191 at 7:30 pm.

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Nigerian Footballer Victor Osimhen goes savage on Twitter

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Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen made the news a couple of days ago when he finally returned to the club after months of absence owing to facial injury and Covid-19. (more…)

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