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Telling the story of Saa Boy No! through an avid talent lover’s discovery lenses

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I have always maintained the position that Accra is not Ghana, that the arts and entertainment industry is beyond Accra, and the story of James Paulinus Johnson who is known in the music circles as Saa Boy No!, a cape coast-based rapper and songwriter reiterates my assertion best.

The 2020 edition of the 3 music awards’ next rated act category – central region – got me curious to find out who the nominees were due to the talent, craft, and versatility the people from the west have injected into Ghanaian music.

I landed in cape coast to ask about Saa Boy No! and the feedback left me awed, permit me to share with you.

Saa Boy No! Who is a graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a degree in publishing spent most of his formative life in cape coast – Ghana where his music career emerged.

As an artist, he believes his environment and upbringing have shaped his career and given him a sense of direction.
The artiste started with the stage name Jay pee, then kaykronic and later transitioned to Saa Boy No!.

His name Saa Boy No! has received positive nodes from the masses as the name could be translated to mean the boy to watch out for.

His debut “Abonsam” which featured Quamina Mp in 2018 cemented his decision to continually entertain music lovers irrespective of the impediments because the love shown him during his sickening moments was overwhelming.

He returned to the scene in 2020 and relaunched his career after a year away due to a gory accident with  “Ye be sei m’adwen”, followed by “take a seat”, “Over Me” and the smash hit “Mabr3” – a household term used in daily conversations in Cape coast which was couched out from his song.

I was astounded to hear the children repeat lines like “wunp3 mas3m ah, memp3 wasem – Mabr3” from his song – such a great feeling.

Saa Boy No! followed up with a 7 song EP  named “Geraldine” after his cousin who died in that accident which took him away from music.

In furtherance, the persevering musician began 2021 collaborating with Dj Aroma and Ko-jo Cue on “Afiwei”, his current release which is receiving good media attention and airplay.

Notwithstanding the attention given “Afi wei”, most of his devotees and lovers noted that the turn-around for his career came when he released “Mabr3”, but to him, “after AfiWei, it’s going to be all gas, no brakes, just like how 2020 ended for me”

My stay in Cape coast couldn’t have been complete without a visit to the beach and some pubs as I love nature. To my amusement, all the times spent at Becky kay, Whispers pub, Sahara sports bar and restaurant and Da breeze were greeted with blistering sounds from Saa Boy No!. They may say a king has no honour in his home, but the case of this young champion is divergent.

The irony for me was when I discovered that the old Saint Augustine boy single-handedly put together a street carnival dubbed “Otiem a to ola” which was massively patronized by the people of Cape Coast and was hosted at Ola.

Attendees of his debut street carnival could not hide their excitement when I spoke to a few of them as they showered praises on him for being thoughtful and giving back to his people in the preliminaries of his career take-off.

The Carnival, which brought together most artists from cape cost to the excitement of event-goers will be repeated this December I learned.

The artists’ works from the inception of his career till last year are accompanied by flawless audiovisuals on YouTube except for “over me”, I urge you to check him out and you will be amazed.

The artiste is grateful for how smooth his journey has been thus far and thankful to his family and fans for their unflinching support.

He motioned, “My works from last year got me nominated in the next rated act category – central region for the upcoming 3 music awards and I owe it to all who support my craft and career.”

He admonished his fan base to vote massively for him by dialing *447*3# on all networks.
“We deserve the win”, he ended.

Until I engage you again with another discovery, enjoy songs and videos from Saa Boy No! With the links below.

https://youtu.be/jLKIrIWRd3g

https://youtu.be/ffhgZQPZP3s

https://youtu.be/yWx2okpkxWMhttps://youtu.be/jLKIrIWRd3g

 

SOURCE: ameyawdebrah.com

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I Want To Visit Ghana Someday – K-pop Star Kwon Eun Bi

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South Korean singer Kwon Eun Bi has expressed interest in visiting Ghana. She also listed Nigeria and Morocco as her ideal destinations in Africa. The solo artist was a guest on YFM’s weekend pop show, Pop Central On YFM.

Showing Her Color

On April 4, Kwon Eun Bi released Color, her second mini-album. The EP boasts a diversity of genres, from a Jazz-based ballad and a luxurious three-beat R&B blues song to UK-Garage and R&B. Color, consists of six tracks including, “Of,” “Colors,” “Magnetic,” “The Colors of Light,” the title track “Glitch” and her favorite song “Speed of Love.” “I recorded it (Speed of Love) while thinking about the fans,” she said on Pop Central on YFM.

While preparing for the EP, Kwon Eun Bi revealed she had to practice a lot to show off her vocals. She further stated the choreography for Glitch, the title track, is quite complex as it included the dance style tutting.

Kwon Eun Bi’s Color is a project which shows off the singer’s versatility. It has been described by many as impressive and unique.

About Kwon Eun Bi

Kwon Eun Bi is a South Korean singer and songwriter. In 2018, she debuted as a member and the leader of the Girl Group Iz*One. Following Iz*One’s disbandment, Kwon Eun Bi made her debut as a solo singer and released her first mini-album Open on August 24, 2021. She currently majors in Entertainment in Broadcasting K-POP at the DONG-AH Institute of Media and Arts in South Korea.

Pop Central on YFM  

Are you a fan of Korean pop? Tune in to Pop Central on Ghana’s Number One urban radio, Y107.9FM every Sunday. The show airs from 4PM to 6PM GMT and is hosted by Winston Micheals.

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2022 Ghana Entertainment Awards USA Nominations Announced

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Organizers of the prestigious Ghana Entertainment Awards USA have released nominations for this year’s edition.

The award scheme which is in its 4th edition returns with the introduction of new categories as well as modification of some old ones after a two year break due to the corona virus pandemic.

A well experienced Board representing all sectors of our Entertainment and Arts industry made up of Amanda Jissih, Abeiku Santana, Elia Chebib, Jiji Glam, Bull Dog, Kaywa, Eddy Blay Jnr, Da Hammer and Ignace worked on the categories and nominations for this year’s Ghana Entertainment Awards USA.

With a total of 39 categories, the 4th Ghana Entertainment Awards USA looks to reward more creatives and entertainers and promises at amazing experience.

Fans can vote for their favorite nominees on the official Ghana Entertainment Awards USA website, www.ghentawards.com

This year’s event comes off on Friday July 8 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York.

Full List of nominees below:

Best Music Act Male
⁃ Mr Drew
⁃ Fameye
⁃ Stonebwoy
⁃ Shatta Wale
⁃ Sarkodie
⁃ Kidi
⁃ Kuami Eugene
⁃ Medikal
⁃ King Promise
⁃ Black Sherif
⁃ Camidoh

Best music act female
• Sefa
• Mona 4 Real
• Adina Thembi
• Wendy Shay
• Efya
• Gyakie
• Cina soul
•Wiyaala

Discovery of the Year – Female
-Erkuah Official
-Mona 4 Real
-Jackline Mensah
-Givtti
-Afia Pinamang
-Edma Lawer

Discovery of The Year – Male
⁃ Nanky
⁃ Tripcy
⁃ Jay Bhad
⁃ Talaat yaaky
⁃ Kawabanga
⁃ Black Sherif
– Chief One

Best Music Group
• R2bees
• Keche
• Dope Nation
• Lali & Lola

Producer Music
⁃ Liquid beatz
⁃ Killbeatz
⁃ Ronny Turn me Up
⁃ Altranova
⁃ MOG
⁃ Street Beatz
⁃ MixMaster Garzy
⁃ Nektunez

Gospel Act
⁃ Ohemaa Mercy
⁃ Diana Hamilton
⁃ MOG Music
⁃ Obaapa Christy
⁃ Empress Gifty
⁃ Kobby Psalm
⁃ Joe Mettle
⁃ Perez Music
⁃ Akesse Brempong

Best Record Label
⁃ Highly Spiritual
⁃ Lynx Entertainment
⁃ Black Avenue Music
⁃ Ruff Town Records
⁃ Life Living Records

Entrepreneur of the year
⁃ John Dumelo
⁃ DBlack
⁃ Shatta Wale
⁃ Salma Mumin
⁃ Caroline Sampson

Best Entertainment Blog
⁃ Ameyaw Debrah
⁃ Nkonkonsa
⁃ GhKwaku
⁃ Yemmey Baba
⁃ Ronnie Is everywhere
⁃ GH Hyper
⁃ ZionFelix
⁃ Sammykaymedia

Best Comedy Act
⁃ Ekua Official
⁃ Comedian Warris
⁃ Akrobeto
⁃ Dr Likee
⁃ DKB
⁃ Made In Ghana
⁃ OB Amponsah
⁃ Clemento Suarez
⁃ SDK

Best Music Video Director
⁃ Babs Direction
⁃ XBillz
⁃ Skyface
⁃ Kofi Awuah
⁃ Snarez
⁃ Abdul hafiz
~ Director Abass

Best Movie Act
⁃ Yvonne Nelson
⁃ Lydia Forson
⁃ Adjetey Annang
⁃ Lil Win
⁃ Aaron Adatsi
⁃ Roslyn Ngissah
⁃ Anthony Woode
~ Bernard Aduse Poku

Best Radio Personality
⁃ Andy Dosty (hitz FM)
⁃ Ohemaa Woy3gy3 (angel Fm)
⁃ Bernard Avle (Citi FM)
⁃ Giovanni Caleb (3FM)
⁃ Kojo Manuel (YFM)
⁃ Lexis Bill (Joy FM)
⁃ Nana Romeo (Accra FM)
⁃ Doreen Avio (Hitz FM)
⁃ Dr Pounds (Hitz FM)
⁃ DJ Slim (Radio 1)

Best TV personality
⁃ Giovani Caleb
⁃ Nana ama McBrown
⁃ Juliet Bawuah
⁃ Jay Foley
⁃ Vim Lady
⁃ Captain Smart
⁃ Regina Van Helvert
⁃ Gloria Peprah

Best DJ Act – Ghana
⁃ Dj Loft
⁃ Dj Fletch
⁃ Dj Faculty
⁃ Dj Vyrusky
⁃ Dj MicSmith
⁃ iPhone DJ
⁃ Dj Mensah
⁃ Ad DJ
~ DJ Millzy

Best Hypeman/MC
⁃ Jerry Adjorlolo
⁃ Kojo Manuel
⁃ George Bannerman
⁃ Jay Time
⁃ Ogee The MC
⁃ Mc Jerome
⁃ Jay Foley
⁃ Doreen Avio
⁃ Kabutey My MC

Best entertainment TV show
⁃ United ShowBiz
⁃ Showbiz 360
⁃ Ahosepe
⁃ Upside Down
⁃ Powder room
⁃ In Bed with Adwen

Best entertainment Radio show
⁃ Day Break Hitz
⁃ Showbiz A-Z
⁃ Adom Entertainment Hall
⁃ ShowBiz Extra
⁃ Ayekoo ayekoo
⁃ 3FM Drive

Best Producer Radio/TV
• Mr Haglah
• Godwin Lumen
• Mercy Bee
• Ella Okuwendia
• Philip Nai
~ Sandra Akakpo

Best Photographer
⁃ Manuel Photography
⁃ Rob Photography
⁃ Twins Dnt Beg
⁃ Maxwell Jennings
⁃ Sorce Photography
– Kay Studios
– Smith Imaging

Best Event Sponsor
⁃ MTN
⁃ Vodafone
⁃ Kasapreko
⁃ Twellium Industries
⁃ GTP
⁃ Angel Group

Best Youtuber/Vlogger
⁃ Wode Maya
⁃ Zion Felix
⁃ Kofi TV
⁃ Kobby Kyei
⁃ Kwadwo Sheldon
⁃ Sammy Kay
⁃ Ameyaw Debrah
⁃ Big scout Prempeh
⁃ Magraheb
⁃ Kwaku Manu

Best Dance Act
⁃ DanceGod Lloyd
⁃ Incredible Zigi
⁃ Afrobeast
⁃ AfroNita
⁃ Holiboy
⁃ Joshua Agyapong/Dhat Boy AJ
⁃ Lydrock
⁃ IamBemes/Prince
⁃ Caleb Bonney/Ghanaboi
Best Sports Personality
⁃ Evelyn Badu
⁃ Samuel Takyi
⁃ Thomas Partey
⁃ Benjamin Azamati
⁃ Coach Yussif Basigi

Best African entertainer
⁃ Diamond platinum
⁃ Davido
⁃ Broda Shaggi
⁃ Burna Boy
⁃ Funke Akindele
⁃ Sydney Talker
⁃ Nasty black
⁃ Focalistic
⁃ Pearl thusi
⁃ Tems
⁃ Wizkid
⁃ Oduma Essan

Best African DJ
⁃ Uncle waffles
⁃ Dj neptune
⁃ D E cool
⁃ Dj Tunez

Best Stylist
⁃ Trendy Rail
⁃ Kulaperry
⁃ The Style innovator
⁃ amFashion
⁃ Nana Kwasi Wiafe
⁃ Lakopue
~ Toure Designs

Entertainer of the year
⁃ Black Sherif
⁃ Sarkodie
⁃ Shatta Wale
⁃ Stonebwoy
⁃ Kidi
⁃ Sefa
⁃ Dr Likee
⁃ Akrobeto
⁃ Nana Ama McBrown
⁃ Thomas partey

Best Album
⁃ Golden Boy – KiDi
⁃ No pressure – Sarkodie
⁃ Loyalty -D black
⁃ Alpha – Mr Drew
⁃ Madina to the universe -M.anifest
⁃ Back to the basics – r2bees
⁃ Same earth different worlds – Omar Sterling
⁃  Ye Boa Me – Joe Mettle

Best Music Act GH/USA
⁃ JayHover
⁃ Achipalago
⁃ Jay Aura
⁃ Empress Afi
⁃ Vintage papi
⁃ Nana NYC
⁃ Kwesoul
⁃ Dreamz

Best Gospel Act GH/USA
⁃ Sandra Jaedon
⁃ Mill Addison
⁃ Sarah sings
⁃ Minister Mavis
⁃ Fritz Oakley
⁃ Kwabena Music
⁃ Millicent Yankey
⁃ Humphrey Tettey

Best Diaspora Act
⁃ Michaela Coel
⁃ Abraham Attah
⁃ Michael Blackson
⁃ Blackway
⁃ Stormzy
⁃ Blitz The Ambassador

Best DJ Act GH/USA
⁃ Dj Akua
⁃ RB Nice
⁃ Dj YungKofi
⁃ Dj Prince Paul /FSR
⁃ Kwame fresh

Best US/Africa DJ
⁃ Dj Tunez
⁃ Dj Buka
⁃ Dj Nani
⁃ Dj zimo
⁃ Dj phlems

Best Online Radio/TV GH/USA
⁃ Adinkra Radio
⁃ Sankofa Radio
⁃ iRap TV
⁃ Joba Aba TV
⁃ HRETV

Best GH/USA event Promoter
⁃ Big Five – NY
⁃ Project 8 – NY
⁃ Inside LLC – NY
⁃ Fantasy Entertainment – NJ
⁃ Goodfellas – ATL
⁃ Nana Frimpong – DMV
⁃ Shutdown – MN
⁃ The Blackstarz – NC

Best GH/Canada Act
– Quabena Maphia
– Slim flexx
– Yaa Yaa
– AO
– Mr S
– Gh Cali

Entertainer of the year Gh/USA
⁃ JayHover
⁃ Charlie Dior
⁃ Archipalago
⁃ Kappacino (Clifford Owusu)
⁃ Dj Akuaa
⁃ Nana NYC
– Naana Donkor Arthur

 

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Detty Rave Will Be Back This Year, Kicks Off #Roadtodettyrave This Summer

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Afropop superstar and African music business entrepreneur MR EAZI is reviving his celebrated Detty Rave event series in a major way in 2022, with a tour of Ghana’s universities leading up to the much-anticipated return of the main Detty Rave in December. 

 

The Road to Detty Rave tour takes place this Summer between July 31st and August 31st. University of Cape Coast; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST); the University of Ghana (Legon) are the confirmed three, while a fourth university will be selected following the results of an online poll. Each event will be hosted by Mr Eazi, with performances from surprise guests, airing on live TV across Africa. 

 

Fans wishing to sign up to be alerted when tickets for each event go on sale can do so by signing up here: https://bit.ly/dettyravetickets

 

Since its inception in 2017, Detty Rave has been a major draw of West Africa’s #DettyDecember calendar, bringing an all-star cast of international performers to Accra including Rick Ross, Koffee, Giggs, Afro B, Kranium, King Promise, Simi, Busiswa and KiDI, alongside sets from Africa’s top DJs. Covid 19 forced Mr Eazi to put the event on ice following 2019’s Rick Ross-headlined edition but, with demand for outdoor entertainment at an all-time high, he’s bringing the event back with the theme, “Da Funk.” 

 

“Ever since I coined the term that has become synonymous with December enjoyment in West Africa, #DettyDecember, Detty Rave has been an event that everyone counts down to,” Mr Eazi said. “It’s become a pilgrimage. It’s always been fun curating the experience and bringing people all over the world to rave in Ghana, so it’s beautiful to be bringing back this year after two whole years apart.” 

 

Detty Rave is organized and presented by emPawa Live, the live music division of emPawa Africa, Mr Eazi’s African music investment vehicle and label services company. 

 

While Eazi promises A-list guests at each edition of the tour and the main Detty Rave in December, he’s returning the event to its roots by keeping the list of performers under wraps. 

 

Stay tuned for The Road to Detty Rave tour dates and information about this year’s Detty Rave. 

 

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Find out more about EMPAWA AFRICA here

For Detty Rave,  Mr Eazi and emPawa Africa inquiries, contact:

colette@largeup.com 

 

 

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