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VGMA Honours Sidiku Buari , Big Ben Music Production And Other Titans Of Music Industry

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21st June marks world Music day; in commemoration of the day and in furtherance of VGMA22, Charterhouse introduces the 1stever national Music Summit. The purpose of the summit is to empower players and to help better the lot of the music sector. The day will also see the scheme present a set of new honors dubbed “VGMA TITAN AWARDS. These honors will go to four distinguished industry stalwarts with the aim of recognizing their pivotal roles in growing music in Ghana. Meet the four awardees;

SIDIKU BUARI – For Meritorious service to the Ghana music industry as an ADMINISTRATOR

In 1980, Together with Ghanaba, Joe Mensah, Fiasal Helwani, Nana Kwame Ampadu, and others, he re-established the Musician Union we have today. He facilitated the Union’s movement to the old Passport office, organized regional congresses, produced corporate music to campaign for peaceful elections, lobbied for exemption of taxes on musical instruments for musicians, training for musicians to play live music and chaired the collective Management organization of Ghana, facilitating the building of its first office. During his lifetime as a Musician, he carried out several music industry administrative roles as Former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (Musiga) Chairman of the Copyright Society of Ghana (Cosga) now Ghana Music Rights owners Organization (Ghamro) and Vice President of International Federation of Musicians (FIM).

PROFESSOR JOHN COLLINS – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as a MUSICOLOGIST

As one of Ghana’s most prolific Musicologists and composers, he chronicled most of our highlife music across the decades. He also served as a Musiga Executive in the 1970’s , now a Patron of Musiga and are an honorary life-member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) in Ghana together with Professor J.H.K. Nketia and Egya Koo Nimo, our popular folk guitarist. He served on the Ghana National Folklore Board of Trustees and Copyright Administration for seven years and are currently the acting Chairman of the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation (BAPMAF), currently donating some of its digitized holdings to the J.H.K Nketia Archives of the Institute of African Studies.

 

Kenneth Kwaku Avotri Kafui – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as a MUSIC EDUCATOR

Ken Kafui was a Ghanaian composer. He was a lecturer in music theory and composition at the music department of the University of Ghana, Legon. He composed choral works, works for choir and orchestra, symphonic works, piano and organ works, and works for traditional African instruments. He created new concepts and genres in African art music such as the Pentanata, the HD-3 form and Drumnata. He holds a Diploma in African Music and a Master’s degree in music. He also composed for the orchestra of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation during the late 1970s. Kenneth was also a music tutor and the conductor of the Aggrey Memorial Chapel Choir at Achimota School before he moved on to the University of Ghana.

BIG BEN MUSIC PRODUCTION – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR

Big Ben Music Production is a production outfit in Ghana. A gospel label, it is run by Benjamin and Theresa Mensah, and some point had the following artistes Monica Konadu, K.K. Fosu, Vine Praises, Ofori Amponsah, Kofi Nti, Sandra Oduro, Christiana Love, Lady Prempeh, and Ohemaa Mercy. The outfit is credited as helping the Ghana music industry grow. He became one of Ghana’s top Music Executive Producers and Distributors of repute in Ghana, producing and distributing music for artistes such as Christiana love (Obaapa Christy), Ofori Amponsah, A-plus, Ohemaa Mercy,  Kofi Nti, the late Daasebre Dwamena, Obrafour, and many others.

He was also the major music distributor for several of the top Industry artistes such as Batman Samini, Tic-Tac, 4×4, Daddy Lumba, Reggie Rockstone and many others.

His role as an investor in the production of music from the 80s across the decades till 2005 enabled many talented musicians get heard and were able to derive commercial gain from their talent.

The VGMA MUSIC SUMMIT is powered by Charterhouse, partnered by TV3, DStv, GHQR, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!

 

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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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Kumawood actor, Osei Tutu reported dead

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The Ghana movie industry has been hit with sad news as actor, Osei Tutu Nyamekese, has been reported dead. (more…)

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Watch: Adomaa gets candid about her mental health issues, why she took a break from music and more

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Ghanaian singer, Adomaa went on a long break from music and has revealed what influenced her decision. (more…)

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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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Sonnie Badu explains why it costs a fortune to book him on shows

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Founder and lead Pastor of RockHill Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Sonnie Badu has given a run down of why he charges high rates for shows. (more…)

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