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Opinion: The New Lyrical Voice In Ghanaian Dancehall – Aligata

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It’s that time of the year that every artiste across the globe is dropping bangers to feed their fans as they gear up for the yuletide festivities.. The Ghanaian music scene is no exception…

As a music promoter and fanatic, I chanced on one Dancehall artiste who goes by the name “ALIGATA” on YouTube with a Dancehall freestyle titled “CHOP CHOP”…

First few minutes into playing and re-playing the easy but hot freestyle video, I thought I was listening to a hot Dancehall kid from somewhere Jamaica but NO!!!

This Aligata kid happens to be a homegrown Dancehall lyricist who keeps dropping classic records back to back like its nobody’s business…

As curious as I was, I copied his Instagram handle(@1aligata) just to catch a vibe with him and let him know how big a fan I am of what he does…

Via our lengthy fun filled conversation on Instagram, I got to realise how prolific he was and how unbothered he was and most importantly how non-desperate he was…

He said “boss you see this music thing, it’s something that’s meant to be enjoyed first and foremost by me the artiste. That energy always transmits itself to neutral listeners all the time. I’m not in a rush for anything because I get my props from the top of the toppest worldwide by the grace of God. Anybody who has taken time off to listen to me feels so happy that there is this stupid boy somewhere in Ghana called Aligata who is a fluke LOL. Most of the vibes I drop is just to test the waters and at the right time and with the right resources, we will start major promotions like any other artiste these industry people compare to are doing. For now I’m just enjoying my journey and perfecting my hustle…”

One thing that got me glued to his vibes is the big heart he has for other talented artistes he comes across by doing a lot of ‘behind the scene’ work while he waits patiently to explode organically…

He said “boss there are other things that gives me even more joy than even putting out music and freestyles. Yes my music gives me top ratings from certain influential industry peeps in Ghana, Jamaica, UK, USA, other African countries, Europe and pockets around the world which I’m grateful for. But not every ‘LINK’ that comes through has to be used immediately. My showbiz lifestyle goes beyond just creating and releasing music. God has blessed me with some of the dopest artistes who believe in my capabilities and have entrusted parts of their music journey into my care. So definitely the links must be passed on so the whole family grow bigger. It’s a family culture. They also do same for me as artiste friends. Just know we rise by lifting others and no man is an island l…” he concluded

Aligata is one Dancehall act that we must really pay attention to to spice up the variety we have already…

I want to share with you this bad hardcore dancehall official freestyle video dubbed ‘CHOP CHOP’…

Kindly check it out and support him if you can…

 

His social media handles are 👇🏽
Facebook: @1aligata
Instagram: @1aligata
Twitter: @1aligata
Tik Tok: @1aligata

Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/aligata
Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/AligataApp

Submitted by Brian Bell

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2nd Edition Of Western Gospel Awards Successfully Held

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Mrs Amy Newman Receiving her citation

Prolific GH, organisers of the annual Western Gospel Awards have successfully organised the second edition of the awards at the Word of Life Assemblies of God Church in Takoradi on Sunday November 27, 2022.

In all, over 19 categories were won by industry players in the gospel fraternity. Mrs. Amy Newman was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award whereas Dr. Stephen Wayoe was honoured with Remarkable Contribution to the Growth of Gospel Industry and Cwesi Oteng was also Honored as Contemporary/Urban Gospel Artiste of the Decade.

Expressing his gratitude to his sponsors and other contributors, Mr. Maxwell Bills Ansah, CEO of Prolific GH, organizers of the awards mentioned that “such event comes with a huge budget but with the support of our sponsors, we organized a befitting event to honour the works of the industry players in Western Region. The sponsors have always been the strongest support system.”

Sharing some of the challenges of the organization of the awards, Mr. Ansah mentioned that; “sponsorship remains the biggest challenge but we are grateful to those who see the good in what we do and always come to our aid,” adding that, “my team remains the best to get the excellent work done, not forgetting the people of Western Region for their unflinching support.”

Renowned Gospel Musician, KDM won the Artiste of the year at the second edition of the Western Gospel Awards (WGA). Aside winning the Artiste of the year, KDM also won the ‘Songwriter of the year award.

The well attended event witnessed outstanding ministration and performances from Gospel artists from the Western Region.

Notable amongst the winners at the second edition of the Western Gospel Awards include; Western Best Blogger of the Year which was won by Nana Kwesi Coomson (233times.net), Western Gospel Collaboration of the Year, Ruger Quarm ft. Kofi Owusu Peprah – The Name of Jesus, Western Female Vocalist of the Year, Georgia and Georgette, Western New Gospel Artiste of the Year, Etriakor Charle, Western Gospel Song of the Year – Mabel Love – OSOMBO, Western Best Lyrical Content of the year – Max Praize – Spirit Life, Western Gospel Music Video of the Year- Efua Black – Oye Jesus, amongst others.

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Dianna Wright to shoot Ahoo video in Ghana

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THE line-up of events and international artistes coming to Ghana this December keeps getting exciting and the latest to join is Jamaican singer, poetess and actress, Dianna Wright.
The US based artiste will be in Accra to shoot the video of her trending song, Ahoo and also participate in events to mark the festive season.

The song is already being played on some radio stations in Ghana and Jamaica and Dianna who is signed to 16-Bars Multimedia LLC, hopes to cement its popularity with the video which will be shot in a village setting in Ghana.

While here, she is also open to shows and collaborations with local artistes and bands.

Dianna who was part of acts for the Hands Across Africa concert held at the National Theatre in July said she selected Ghana to shoot the video for the love she has for the country.

“When I come to Ghana, it’s just like home, Ghana is a bigger Jamaica. I love how the people dance with so much energy. I will feature some young and talented dancers in my video. I love the newness, vibe and energy anytime I am there.

“For the video, I want a natural setting and it was Ghana that first came to mind, the unique and serene villages in Ghana is the kind of vibe I am looking for,” she said.

With the exception of her engineer and a couple of her team members, Dianna will use Ghanaian based creatives for her production saying, “there is no point flying in many professionals as Ghana has them in abundance. There are so many talents here who can help us execute this project perfectly”, she added.

As a way of giving back to the Ghanaian society, she adopted the drama troupe of the Manya Krobo Senior High School and supports the group regularly.

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“Orente” by Philip NeeWhang, to be available exclusively on Boomplay, is a soothing, lovely song

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Philip NeeWhang is set to release yet another sensational new song titled “Orente”. The single which transforms Dany Starking’s original – Orente released in 2022 has been made over again with a fresh new breath and vocal from the sensational musical artist – Philip NeeWhang. Orente is a song that is sure to burst your brains with its smooth and melodic romantic afrobeat vibes much desired in today’s music market.

When asked what influenced Philip NeeWhang to do a cover of the song and re-release it under his vocals, he stated “The first time I listened to the song, it transported me to a different realm, I felt good, I loved the song, I did not even think I would be doing a cover on it but then I kept singing it over and over and over and then I realized, – I need to pick on this challenge and do my very first cover song and which better song than this new track which has just struck me in the heart”. The original track is one released by Dany Starking, a Nigerian musical artiste presently based in Ghana.

The song which was largely sung in English heavily uses the ‘broken’ Nigerian pronunciation style of speech and uses some native Yoruba words within its lyrical flow shockingly, Philip NeeWhang stays true to the song’s lyrics and style, often diverting to his vocal pitch as slight differences can be observed in the version released by Dany Starking and the one by Philip NeeWhang – You need to hear how the Ghanaian Musical Artist loses himself to the lyrics singing it so beautifully and true to its core, it baffles the brain.

The original as covered by Philip NeeWhang shockingly is produced, mixed, and mastered by the same sound engineer – King Kueyx under CockaStudiox who worked on Dany Starking’s original giving immerse room for improvement on the cover by Philip. Philip NeeWhang who has been hailed as the next big hit in Ghana you need to watch out for and aiming for international status has already earned 19 original songs released to his credit inclusive of Two (2) EPs which contain four (4) tracks each. Philip NeeWhang is a NAFTI alumnus with BFA Degree in Film Directing.

Check out Orente which is now exclusively released on Boomplay starting Nov 17, 2022 – releasing in other stores on Nov 24, 2022, and enjoy a lifetime of sweet bliss contained within this music. Next to be released is “Freedom” on Nov 25, 2022, on Boomplay exclusive a week before other stores.

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IMF is holding Ghana to ransom – Freedom Jacob Caesar, tells Kanye West to invest in Africa

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Ghanaian real estate and hospitality business developer,  Nana Kwame Bediako, popularly known as Freedom Jacob Caesar, has reached out to American rapper Kanye West to look towards investing in Africa if America doesn’t want his money. (more…)

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Nigerian Governor appoints skit maker Cute Abiola as his aide

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Nigerian Governor appoints skit maker Cute Abiola as his aide

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has appointed famous skit maker, Abdulgafar Ahmed Abiola, popularly known as “Cute Abiola” as his Special Assistant on Creative Industries. (more…)

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Davido’s aide, Isreal DMW marries his sweetheart, Sheila !

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The white wedding of singer Davido’s aide, Israel Afeare (alias Israel DMW) to his sweetheart of many years,  Sheila, happened in Edo state today October 22. (more…)

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