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Rocky Dawuni joins UN ‘Play It Out’ concert in Antigua with Ashanti, Machel Montano and more

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Rocky Dawuni joins UN 'Play It Out' concert in Antigua with Ashanti, Machel Montano and more

Rocky Dawuni joins UN ‘Play It Out’ concert in Antigua with Ashanti, Machel Montano and more.

The ‘Play it Out’ concert is part of the Campaign Against Plastic Pollution, launched by the President of the UN General Assembly in December of 2018, and is aimed at tackling plastic waste both on the global level as well as within the UN itself. The concert will be hosted by the Government of Antigua and supported by the Government of Norway. Other campaign supporters include the Government of Monaco, the Government of Qatar, UN Environment, UNOPS, TKG | The Krim Group, National Geographic and Lonely Whale.

“We are at a decisive moment in the history of humanity where we need action across cultures, peoples and nations to address the urgent issue of plastic pollution. As musicians and players of instruments we have a unique and pivotal role to amplify this urgency and spur people to immediate action.”  Rocky Dawuni

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The President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa,  joined Molwyn Joseph, Environment Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and Mona Juul, Permanent Representative of Norway, to welcome special guest Ashanti as a headliner at the upcoming‘Play it Out’ concert to tackle plastic pollution.

“At the heart of my Presidency is a firm belief that multilateral solutions, involving a diverse group of stakeholders, are the only sustainable and efficient way to deliver results,” noted President Espinosa. “The challenge of plastics is one that spans the entire globe…every region, every ocean, every environment is impacted. We must work on this together. Play it Out purposefully brings together Member States, the private sector, philanthropic groups and individuals, and focuses this combined energy on a joint solution.”

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“We have all seen the images of turtles choking on straws, or birds wrapped in plastic, and it’s devastating,” noted Ashanti. “But these images, while emotional, don’t capture how massive this problem really is. This concert is about raising awareness, it’s about educating people to the seriousness of the situation.”

Up to 15 million tons of plastic litter are dumped into the ocean each year. Most of this has the potential to persist in the ocean for long periods, to travel with ocean currents across long distances, and to accumulate in habitats far from its point of origin. In fact, while most plastics are designed to last, their breakdown has been shown to result in microplastics that have been found everywhere from the insides of marine wildlife to the deepest parts of the ocean.

Along with Ashanti, the concert, which aims to Play it Out to Phase it Out, will be joined by soca star Machel Montano, along with GRAMMY Nominated Rocky Dawuni – Ghana’s premiere reggae artist and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador to Africa. Also joining the concert will be a lineup of artists and performers covering different regions demographics and music styles. They include American indie-rock band St. Lucia; Bomba Estéreo, an electric-duo hailing from Colombia; Nico & Vinz, an R&B act from Norway; and Grammy nominated German DJ/producer Robin Schulz. The event will also feature top local artists, including Ricardo Drue and Claudette Peters. Antigua’s Kanneh-Masons, who recently performed at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, will also perform.

Additionally, the concert will feature an array of speakers including dignitaries, policymakers, celebrities, and representatives from the scientific, philanthropic and academic communities. This includes actor, co-founder of Lonely Whale, and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, Adrian Grenier.

“We are thrilled to have this amazing lineup of artists and speakers,” said Minister Joseph. “Being the first country in the region to ban single-use plastic, Antigua and Barbuda is proud to host this event and we hope that this festival will bring international awareness to the harmful effects of plastics to our oceans.”

“It’s shocking how prevalent plastic litter in our oceans really is,” stated Mona Juul, Norway’s Ambassador to the United Nations. “And yet, people are taking action, and we see that very clearly in the Caribbean. Norway’s hope is that this concert will not only highlight the problem but showcase the opportunities for clean and healthy oceans. Norway believes that we need a new global agreement to combat marine litter. We hope that the concert will be a platform to also move that agenda forward. It is also an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how important regional cooperation is for contributing to solving this growing problem.”

The concert, set for 1 June in Antigua, will see an audience of up to 20,000 people attend live, with thousands more following online at http://webtv.un.org/.

“Plastics have revolutionized our world, offering affordability and convenience, and no one disputes that,” stressed President Espinosa. “But poor consumption and production patterns, the lack of environmentally sounds waste management systems, and use of single-use plastics, is devastating our ecosystems, and our own health and well-being. Our campaign, of which this concert is a part, will hopefully bring about change in behaviors from producers and consumers alike.”

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Gospel Artiste Ewurah Gold out with ‘Bu aten’

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Fast rising Gospel Artiste, Ewurah Gold is out with ‘Bu aten,’ a prayer song for those who are waiting on God to judge the things that are not His will in their lives.

Real name Marian Abena Yamoah, Ewurah Gold released ‘Bu aten’ (to wit, ‘Judge them’) on Friday 3rdDecember on digital stores.

“There are a lot of things around us which are not from God. We need to be sure as Christians, we are in the perfect will of God and all we are going through are from God so this song is to prompt Christians to call on God to judge things around us which are not from Him” Ewurah Gold revealed the inspiration behind her latest single.

Produced by Zapp Mallet, ‘Bu aten’ according to Ewurah Gold directs Believers to have an introspection of their walk with God.

“Like the Biblical Job, there might be some things that happen to us that is beyond human comprehension but might be from God. There are some too that are not from God so we need to pray to God and ask Him to judge the things around us” Ewurah Gold added.

Ewura Gold who has one album ‘My Praise’ to her credit who won the 2019 Promising Artiste of the year at the Ghana National Gospel Music Awards in addition to the audio, released a video to the ‘Bu aten’ song which is available on her Youtube page with name ‘Ewurah Gold.’

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I received threats for my ‘Wahala Dey’ song – Epixode reveals

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Ghanaian Dancehall act Epixode reveals that he received threats after releasing his controversial song titled ‘Wahala Dey’, which elaborated on the challenges facing the citizenry in Ghana. (more…)

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Sarkodie catches heat on Twitter for his tweet about hardships in Ghana

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Award-winning rapper Sarkodie has caught a lot of heat on Twitter for his tweet about hardships in Ghana.

Today, Public Transport drivers commenced on a sit-down strike over high fuel prices in Ghana.

Their action has caught a lot of attention on social media and generating a lot of reactions.

Sarkodie was quick to join in the conversation through a tweet stating that Ghanaians were barely asking for a conducive environment to go about finding their daily bread.

“the people are going through it !!! We always do !!! All we ask for is the right environment to hustle/ be productive …” he wrote.

Sarkodie’s tweet quickly generated a lot of reactions from his followers.

According to one user, Sarkodie completely turned a deaf ear all this while to the complains of Ghanaians.

“ You see the hardships the citizenry are going through. U’ve turned a deaf ear to it. Assuming it was a certain John Mahama’s era, by this time u drop back to back diss tunes firing. Fast forward, another party is in charge, u mute,rather, u appearing at their funerals layin verses,” the user wrote.

Another user chastised Sarkodie for campaigning for the NPP with his song and asked that he chastise the ruling government boldly.

“No be u talk us say Nana Addo Toaso huh? Npp supporter dey hide under dey come tweet wey condemnation no dey inside. Make u condemn and stop dey hide dey right things wey no get sense inside,”

See screenshots of some of the reactions below;

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MOBO Awards 2021 winners announced – full list

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Little Simz, Ghetts and Dave have won the top prizes at the 2021 Mobo awards, which recognise the best in Black music from the UK and beyond. (more…)

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Watch: How JoyFM’s Maxwell Agbagba took off his shirt on Live TV to celebrate NSMQ contestant, Francisca Lamini

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A video of how Joy FM’S Maxwell Agbagba took off his shirt on live TV to celebrate the only girl at the 2021 National Science and Maths Quiz Finals has popped up online. (more…)

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I will never remarry- Xandy Kamel vows after failed marriage

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Over the last few weeks, Ghanaian actress and Angel TV presenter, Xandy Kamel has been in the headlines following the collapse of her very young marriage.

Xandy Kamel had tied the knot with King Kaninja, a sports presenter with Angel FM, at a private ceremony in May, 2020.

However, Xandy disclosed she had walked out on the marriage due to infidelity on the part of her husband.

Speaking in a recent interview with Zion Felix, Xandy Kamel explained that what she needs now after her failed marriage is money.

“I don’t want a boyfriend, all I need now is money…a boyfriend is not necessary. No no no, I don’t need a man”.

She continued; “In fact, I don’t want to have anything to do with marriage. I will never remarry.”

Xandy Kamel who is now single, added that she wants to use this moment to enjoy and explore.

“I agree that this is my first failed marriage but how many times should I marry? I just want to have fun, explore and make money, travel, spend money and enjoy life, eat good food.. just be me,” she said.

When asked how she’d get her sexual desires met now that she’s staying away from men, Xandy stated;

“sleeping around isn’t fun, what if I contract a sexually transmitted disease…I won’t be in any relationship, I will not marry again in my life… I feel I will be distracted again”.

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