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‘Suspend newly selected name for film industry immediately’ – Tourism Minister

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Tourism Minister, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, has ordered the immediate suspension of the newly selected brand name for the Ghana film industry – ‘Black Stars Films’.

A statement posted on the Facebook page of the Deputy Tourism, Mark Okraku-Mantey, indicated that Mr. Awal Mohammed “has directed that the usage of the newly selected brand name for Ghana’s film industry; ‘Black Stars Films’, be put on hold pending the outcome of the ongoing stakeholder engagements.”

This comes after some film industry players who are displeased with selecting the brand name petitioned the sector Minister on the matter.
Broadcaster and actor, George Quaye led a group of stakeholders to kick against the name, saying the ‘Black Star Films’ bears a striking similarity to the awards and film festival, ‘Black Star International Film Festival’ (BSIFF) founded by the National Film Authority’s Executive Secretary, Juliet Asante.

The group wrote that “re-naming the Ghanaian Film Industry after the BSIFF creates a Conflict of Interest and ethically questionable situation.

“This is wrong and must be condemned by all well-meaning Industry players with all the contempt it deserves,” they said.

Following these controversies and agitations, the Office of the Tourism Minister has announced that it is engaging all the aggrieved parties to solve the issue.

“As we await the outcome of the stakeholder engagements, it is hereby directed that the brand name be put on hold with immediate effect.”

“The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, led by the able Honourable Awal Mohammed, assures Ghanaians that it is focused on developing the film industry in unity and will avoid any move that will create a divided front,” the statement added.

George Quaye petitions Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture over ‘Black Star Films’ name

SOURCE: MYJOYONLINE.COM

 

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Black Sherif, KiDi, King Promise, Camidoh, Gyakie, Lasmid nominated for Soundcity MVP Awards

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Ghanaian artistes are showing up and showing out at the 2023 Soundcity MVP Awards. (more…)

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Sarkodie announces ‘Jamz World Tour’ 2023

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Africa’s most decorated rapper, Sarkodie has just announced that he’s touring the world this year! (more…)

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Rappers should be able to live other people’s reality, not just theirs- Sarkodie on keeping his music exciting

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Award-winning Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie has shared some tricks he thinks Ghanaian rappers can use to enhance their flow of rap and uniqueness when it comes to music craft. (more…)

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We helped each other’s careers- Medikal on relationship with Sister Derby

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Ghanaian rapper, Medikal has stated that his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Sister Deborah was a mutually beneficial one. (more…)

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It wasn’t luck, we invested to make “Sugarcane” a hit worldwide- Camidoh

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Ghanaian Afropop and R&b singer, Camidoh has disclosed that his song ‘‘Sugarcane’’ did not become a hit by luck. (more…)

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Ghana’s Dr Pushkin to Perform at SXSW 2023

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What is SXSW Music Festival?

The Outlandish album is finally out, and already Dr. Pushkin is on his way to the SXSW Music Festival. The conscious rapper has been confirmed as a performer at the SXSW Music Festival 2023. SXSW, also known as South by Southwest, is the world’s biggest festival of its kind. The event, which takes place in Austin – Texas, brings together over 160,000 fans to a barrage of musical performances, conferences, film premieres, and several mini-events that characterize art. This year’s event comes between the 10th and 19th of March 2023; it will, as usual bring the What’s Next in Tech, Film, Music, and beyond to patrons of the event and the world.

Which Ghanaian artists have performed on the SXSW Music Festival stage?

In 2019, Africa was prioritized by the organizers of the SXSW Music Festival with an “Africa to the World” theme. The event featured a myriad of Africa’s finest musicians and many others. Representing Ghana was Jojo Abot, Stonebwoy, and Efya. In 2023, Dr. Pushkin is honored to represent Ghana on the show.

In a conversation with Dr. Pushkin, he indicated how excited he was about the opportunity. While commenting on it, he mentioned the crew he’s mounting the stage with. According to the “Lies” and “Wake Up” rapper, Ghana’s undisputed tongue-twist specialist, Budukusu, will join him on stage.

The two rappers have collaborated on three songs off Dr. Pushkin’s latest album. And since they’ve been hanging around a lot lately, they are working some magic as a team. Also on Dr. Pushkin’s crew for SXSW 2023 will be Aggie and AZA, featured on “Forgive them” and “No Regrets,” respectively, on the Outlandish album. Selecta Rah of Club Bantu fame will be the crew’s official Deejay as they mount the stage to thrill and awaken the audience.

Dr. Pushkin’s performance comes on the heals of Jojo Abbot, Efya, and Stoneboy who graced the event in 2019 as Ghanaians.

History of the SXSW Music Festival

SXSW started in 1987 with 177 artists and 15 stages. By 2019, the event had 1,964 showcasing artists (including musicians) and 94 Venues & Stages. Notable artists and personalities participating in SXSW are Former US President Barak Obama, Tonny Bennet, Black-eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, Jean Grae, Chamillionaire, Lady Gaga, and several high-profile personalities.

SXSW is an experience of live musical performances, conference sessions, film and television screenings, exhibitions, networking events, professional development opportunities, art installations, and many more. This year’s event takes place from March 10-19. However, the musical festival component is a six-day event, 13th – 18th.

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