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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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We’ll Roast You at NEW Year Comedy Night, Send us to Court – DKB to Kurt Okraku

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We'll Roast You at NEW Year Comedy Night, Send us to Court - DKB to Kurt Okraku

The annual New Year Comedy Night will kick off the 2023 event calendar in January. To start the new year, the event will return with even funnier and rib-cracking jokes.

Slated for January 2, 2023 at the La Palm Royal Hotel. Ahead of the show, Comedian and Headliner for the event, DKB has sent a message to the Ghana Football Association President; Mr Kurt Okraku.

The comedian won’t hold back when discussing the Ghana Black Stars and their recently concluded World Cup campaign. DKB asserts that he is prepared to appear in court because on January 2nd, he will roast the President, despite the GFA having warned that people would be prosecuted if they disparaged the GFA and The Black Stars.

“We will roast him [Kurt Okraku] come Monday January 2 2023 at the New Year Comedy Night event. On the night we [Comedians] will dive into all that happened in 2022 which fortunately Kurt Okraku and the Black Stars actively participated in.” He said.

“Yes I am aware of the letter that was published by the GFA, but it wouldn’t intimidate us into cowering and not speak about GFA and The Black Stars. We are ready to go to court because we will roast Him [Kurt Okraku].” He added.

There will be great performances by OB Amponsah, Lekzy DeComic, Foster Romanus, Jeneral Ntatia, Parrot Mouth, Putogo, and MjTheComedian with music from Sista Afia and Cina Soul. The show will be hosted by Kejetia Lawyer Nti.

Contact 055 813 4734 for table reservations and more information about the event.

 

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The Police have arrested one suspect and retrieved a mobile phone that was stolen from Meek Mill, an American hip-hop artist.

The suspect Nuhu Sule alias Ababaawa was arrested Friday, December 30, 2022, at his hideout in Accra. He is currently in Police custody and will be taken through the due process of the law. The victim, Meek Mill, reported his phone stolen in Accra on December 29, 2022.

Meanwhile the American rapper received his phone through Dr. Nadia Adongo Musah, Deputy Director, Diaspora Affairs  at  the Office of the President.

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They say I do money laundering – Mercy Eke of BBNaija

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Reality Star, Mercy Eke sits with Chude Jideonwo, host of the viral TV show, #WithChude to discuss accusations the media peddle against her and life after Big Brother Naija.

On her choice to respond to the blogger who claimed she slept with IVD, she shared, “This blogger has been on my case since forever. This person has tarnished my image more than anything, and I have never responded. This started when I was in the house. When this whole thing started, I saw that one of my fans released something where this blogger asked for 200,000 naira, and they did not give the person. And the blogger vowed that he or she will deal with me. But now, I am not in the house, you can’t deal with me based on whoever was handling my page. I didn’t even know about it because, they cleaned it up. When they handed over my phone to me, I didn’t see a lot of things, so I couldn’t pay for what I did not know. And since then, I have not rested. There is no story that this blogger has not involved me, till that one, I won’t respond. But this one, someone just died, there is a case of domestic violence, and I know this woman, we are friends. Then something that I know nothing about, you just brought my name out of nowhere and say that I am sleeping with this person”.
“That is the first and last time, I am going to respond to something, but I needed to respond to that one, she added.
Mercy also shared her thoughts about Phyna being the second woman to win the reality TV show.

“Honestly speaking, I have been waiting on someone to take on that role, let that pressure move, I want to rest. I want another person to come and take it, let the blogs focus on this person. Because I know when someone comes, at least I will rest.

She also reacted to the stigma successful women have to deal with, “It is very offensive. I feel that it is taking away all the efforts, the sleepless night, all the hard work we women put to get together where we are. They will just take away all effort and tag it as someone is behind you. I am not saying it is bad to have someone behind, if you have a rich boyfriend, some people’s love language might be taking care of you, buying you nice things, and giving you money. However, you will still work hard. They said I do money laundering; they have dealt with me in this industry. I came into this industry without no advice, just myself and my team and I started building brand.

On her motivation to be in the Big Brother house, she shared, “I auditioned four times. I just have that voice in me that says, ‘this is where you will make it’. So, each year when they say, ‘‘try again next year’. I still have that thing in my head that, ‘Okay, I will try’. Back then it was just to be famous”.

 

Watch the excerpts from the interview here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cmo-0hABlcZ/?hl=en

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