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VIDEO: Music, fun and sun at ‘Day N Vegas’ featuring J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Migos, Miguel and more

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The Day N Vegas (pronounced Day In Vegas) musical festival could best be described as a showcase of the new generation of hip-hop. And though I felt lost because I didn’t know many of the acts on the lineup, I didn’t get lost in the music, sun and fun that hit Las Vegas from November 1- 3!

The mornings and evenings in Vegas were pretty cold and chilly that weekend, but the festival brought the heat with a lineup boasting of chart-toppers, to underground performers, to some newcomers, at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

The original headliners were J-Cole for Friday, Travis Scott for Saturday and Kendrick Lamar for Sunday. Travis was replaced with Future and Metro Boomin, after a knee injury. The lineup for the festival was stacked with heavy hitters drawing out thousands of people for a sold-out event!

The lineup included Lil Uzi Vert, Juice Wrld, 6lack, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, JID, Bas, Dababy, Sheck Wes, Rich The Kid, Blueface, NLE choppa, Jay Rock, Brockhampton, Ab-Soul, Do-Ja Cat, YBN Cordae, Earth Gang,

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The set up for Day N Vegas was more like a block party. There were three stages, “Jackpot” (main stage), “Roll The Dice” and “Hunnid” (the smallest stage) and from noon to midnight, these stages came alive with music, energy, fun and some fire!  Although the ‘Hunnid’ stage didn’t host any of the super big names, it actually had some of the best performers throughout the festival!

Day N Vegas however, wasn’t all about the music; there was also a spread of carnival-style, food, drink, and merchandise vendors.  Although I didn’t find a lot of spicy food, I made do with the variety available, which allowed me to try something new on each day of the festival.

Here are my highlights from the 3-day festival

Las Vegas gets its own hip-hop music festival! #DayNVegas2019

J Cole for president?

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The chart-topping artist announced his 2020 campaign, “The Fall Off” during night one of the festival. Although it was a mock campaign, promoting his new album, the love he got from the hip-hop fraternity on the night made it seem he good truly take over from Trump! There were supporters who came out in their campaign gear and paraphernalia.

The heavyweight lyricist, set the tone for the rest of the weekend, performing his own hits and showing love to the whole Dreamville Records family as well as surprising the crowd by bringing out Da Baby to perform his hit song, “Suge.”

Cole was the only headliner I saw during the festival. Saturday’s lineup got chaotic with the rampant changes in times and stages, and so I couldn’t see Future and most of the other acts on the bill. I left after seeing Migos and missed out on A Boogie with da Hoodie, Lil Nas X etc.

And on Sunday, I had a flight to catch back to New Jersey. So I left without seeing Kendrick Lamar and Tyler The Creator.

The Surprises

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As I stated from the beginning, there were many artists on the bill that I didn’t know (most of them were underground performers, but yes there were some big names that I only discovered at Day N Vegas!).

Harry Mack was one of the first performers to kick off the Day N Vegas festival on Day 1.  He didn’t look anything like a ‘stereotypical rapper’ (and he is white) so I didn’t give him much of a chance. But the guy can freestyle like nobody’s business, incorporating the audience into his set. In fact, he even rapped about me using a stabilizer to video him from the crowd!

Believe it or not, I had never heard of Megan Thee Stallion. And well, she was nothing shot of what the current image of a top female emcees is; raunchy and raw! She took on the “Roll The Dice” stage on Sunday night, attracting a huge crowd. In fact I left the ‘Jackpot’ stage because my friends from Ghana wanted to go and see her set.

I soon realized that although I knew and loved the hit song “Hot Girl Summer”, it didn’t belong to Nicki Minaj as I thought. Megan wore a hot outfit, entertaining the crowd.  She handpicked some fans from the crowd to join her up on stage, and well…show the crowd, why they were hot girls and hot boys. They played a game called Simon Says and there was a lot of twerking!!!!

My ultimate surprise was discovering R&B artist, Choker. His eclectic style and coded lyricism likens him to Frank Ocean. The song ‘Lucky’ immediately became a favourite and the line ‘…try my love don’t try my trust’ echoed in my head after hearing it!

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I also experienced new music from Rockstar JB, Seezyn, Leroyce, Saba, Lute, $NOT, Kiana Lede,Lil Raven, Roy Blair and many others.

The fusion

Day N Vegas was not all hip-hop, it was a good reflection on how the genre lends itself to smooth fusions and collaborations with other genres.  Miguel brought in some R&B vibes on Friday night.

On Sunday, Singer Zacari and his four-piece band (The Throwaways) delivered velvety vocals for numbers like “Midas Touch,” “Don’t Trip” and the Black Panther soundtrack entry “Redemption.”  He also wowed the crowd with a cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and wrapped up his beautifully moody set with “Ten Outta Ten,” and the Kendrick Lamar-collaboration, “LOVE.”. His set was probably the most packed I had seen at the ‘Hunnid’ stage, and it was also the farthest I ever was from a stage!

If you thought hip-hop only mixed well with R&B you would be wrong! I also discovered the very difficult to describe music of Hippie Sabotage, comprising brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer. Their music is a mix of Indie music, Instrumental music and electric music.

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The Inclusion

Who would have thought a few years ago that there would be a hip-hop festival in Las Vegas, and feature artists from Africa? Yes, we weren’t left out of the Day N Vegas history!

On Day 1, Goldlinks who mentioned on stage that he is of a Cuban and Nigerian heritage during his set brought on stage Nigerian singer Rema (who was originally scheduled to close the ‘Roll The Dice’ stage that night). Rema performed his hit song, ‘Dumebi’ to my delight, as well as the crowd.

On Sunday, Nigerian-born rapper-singer also mounted the ‘Roll The Dice’.

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The Confusion & Conclusion

Most new festivals have their victories and hiccups.  The lineup for Day N Vegas was absolutely insane and perhaps the organizers were overwhelmed despite their experience with putting together concerts and festivals including Coachella!

I felt lost whenever performers were late, or stages had a set or time change. That was why I left early on Saturday and missed the headliner. Walking from stage to stage at these festivals can take a tow on you… my body was tired and the chaos was more stress on me, so I had to go and rest.

The recurring sound issues felt more rampant on Day 3.  Boogie unfortunately had to cut his set 15 minutes short due to his equipment overheating. Reason also experienced several hiccups during his set.

Parking was also an issue. There was no on-site parking, many surrounding casinos closed their doors to festivalgoers and rideshare seemed to be a sole option, although we had to walk for quite a distance before we could find them.  The only option close to the festival grounds was Taxi, and I found out on Sunday, on my way to the airport, that it wasn’t a bad option at all.

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The taxi driver was friendly and gave me a few tourist tips as we passed the Strip. He liked playing blackjack and gave me some tips about which casinos offer the lowest limits and best rules. I was more interested in the history of the place.

Overall, the show made waves for the Las Vegas music scene and I am happy I was part of something new and that grand!

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Gavi and UNICEF welcome approval of new oral cholera vaccine

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Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF welcome the news that a new oral cholera vaccine (OCV), Euvichol-S, has now received WHO prequalification and can be made available to countries around the world. The prequalification of this new product will help EuBiologics, the manufacturer, produce more volumes of vaccine, faster, and at a lower cost – a key step to expanding supply amidst the ongoing acute global upsurge of cholera outbreaks.

Today’s approval will help increase the overall supply of OCV available in 2024, with approximately 50 million doses now forecasted to be available to the global stockpile this year, compared to 38 million in 2023. Euvichol-S is an important product innovation: a simplified formulation of Euvichol-Plus that reduces the number of vaccine components – delivering a vaccine that studies have shown remains equally effective against key cholera serogroups while lowering production cost and complexity – thus allowing for larger volumes to be produced faster.

Cholera has been surging globally since 2021, with high case fatality rates despite availability of simple, effective and affordable treatment. The large number of outbreaks has led to unprecedented demand for vaccines from impacted countries. While global OCV supply has increased eighteen-fold between 2013 and 2023, the large and sustained spike in demand has put a strain on the global stockpile of OCV. Partners and countries are working urgently on cholera response, prevention and control measures in the face of this crisis, and have called on countries, manufacturers and others to support. Most recently, Gavi, UNICEF and partners announced the largest ever global deployment of cholera diagnostics to support surveillance and response.

“Prequalification of Euvichol-S represents a lifeline for vulnerable communities around the world,” said Dr Derrick Sim, Managing Director of Vaccine Markets & Health Security at Gavi. “Every vaccine dose delivered through Gavi programmes today represents years of planning and investment to shape the market so supply matches countries’ needs. The approval of this new product could not have come at a more important time given the acute upsurge of cholera outbreaks we are seeing worldwide. We commend EuBiologics for their role in ensuring countries around the world have access to cholera vaccine as part of their response toolkit.”

EuBiologics is currently the only supplier of OCV to the global stockpile, although other manufacturers are expected to have products available in the coming years. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance works to shape the OCV market, and funds the global stockpile of OCV doses, along with transport and vaccination activities in lower-income countries. UNICEF leads on procurement and delivery of doses to countries. Use of the stockpile for emergency response is overseen by the International Coordinating Group for Vaccine Provision (ICG), led by WHO.

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“Despite cholera being preventable and easily treatable, children continue to suffer from this potentially fatal disease. UNICEF has already secured access to all the available doses of the just-approved vaccine and will deliver these to the countries at the highest possible speed,” said Leila Pakkala, Director of UNICEF Supply Division. “The approval means that UNICEF can increase the procurement and delivery of cholera vaccines by more than 25%, pushing back harder on deadly cholera outbreaks.”

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Isap Music Drops ‘Naomi’ As First Single of The Year

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Ghanaian Hip-Life/Hip-Hop artiste, Isap Music has today officially released his premiere single of the year, “Naomi” on all digital streaming platforms.

The new single is an Afrobeats record that boarders on the thin line between love and obsession.

Isap Music opens with a reassurance for that special someone as he plans to put a ring on her finger soon. His sweet-singing voice together with the charming lyrics not only wins the heart of “Naomi,” but the listener as well.

On the DCM Records produced track, Isap Music brings a different energy to his first single of 2024, building a strong anticipation for subsequent releases as the year progresses.

However, until then, “Naomi” is simply one of the best Ghanaian Afrobeats songs released so far this year.

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Isap Music’s spectacular performance on the two minutes 27 seconds track has everything; vocals, lyrics, storytelling and ad-libs, all on point.

It’s hard to believe such a good song was produced from another person’s experience but that is exactly how the song came to life.

In an online interview with Amplify Ghana, Isap Music disclosed that “Naomi” was inspired by a friend.

“The love song was actually inspired by a friend who was so much into his girl that he couldn’t stay a day without hearing her voice,” he said.

The latest single comes after his collaboration with 2022 VGMA Best Rap Performance award winner Lyrical Joe, Suuparstar TZ and Siicie on “Yesu Frɛwo” released last year.

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Isap Music is one of the exciting new voices in the music scene. This new release, “Naomi” continues his streak of superb releases. Gaining recognition as one of the few street preachers, Isap Music’s versatility as an artist is of no doubt. He continues to share different messages and produce bangers in many genres.

“Naomi” by Isap Music is currently available on all digital streaming platforms.

Listen to “Naomi”

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Immediate Nexus: Your Gateway to Free Investment Education in 2024

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Within the ever-changing financial environment, it’s an issue of immense importance that an investor remains at the forefront. Immediate Nexus is a beacon that avails the indispensable resources and insight to navigate an investor through manning the complexities in investment come 2024 and thereafter. Let’s delve into why immediate-nexus-ai.com is your ultimate gateway to free investment education in 2024.

Understanding Immediate Nexus: Your Gateway to Free Investment Education in 2024

It is nothing less than a whole ecosystem to be built with the idea of allowing investors at different levels of experience to obtain the knowledge and tools needed to gain a foothold in this business. Whether you are a seasoned investor or one learning the ropes of how to dabble in the finance world, the Immediate Nexus has got your back.

The Evolution of Investment Education

Traditional teachings of investment have a very short shelf life due to the fast pace with which technology and the trend of the global markets move. Immediate Nexus fills that need by providing modern investors with current, readily accessible, practical information.

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Free Resources for All

But what really strikes the most is the kind of free education toward all people without having any expense of seminars or the elite high-cost memberships. Truly, Immediate Nexus advocates that financial literacy should be made available to all, no matter where you come from or belong in terms of background or current financial status.

Expert Insights and Analysis

Investment can be cumbersome to wade through, especially for beginners. Immediate Nexus makes it easier with an expert insight and analysis curated from none but the best sources. Be it market trends or effective investment strategies, everything is there to make your decision wise.

Harnessing the Power of Community

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It doesn’t need to be a lonely journey. Immediate Nexus is a dynamic, live community where investors network, share ideas, and draw wisdom from one another. That interactive approach makes it conducive to learning at the same time, availing valuable networking opportunities.

Why Choose Immediate Nexus?

While Immediate Nexus may be a new kind of educational platform, in many ways, it is poised to soon become the go-to solution for those seeking to grow and succeed in the world of investing. Here are ten great reasons why you need to make it your go-to resource this year.

  • Holistic Content: From the guidelines of a beginner investor to the strategies which are to be followed at an advanced level, Immediate Nexus encompasses and provides information relevant to every single stage an investor might be in.
  • User-Friendly Interface: The platform friendliness comes with ease of navigating through the site, intuitive design, and a friendly interface.
  • Timely Updates:** Actual happenings in the capital and financial markets, economic development, and investment opportunities.
  • Interactive Learning: Engjson Quizzes, Interactive Tutorials, and Live Webinars assist learners in polishing skills and strengthening their learning.
  • Community of Trust: Be a part of an elite community of like-minded investors, share knowledge and support each other in growth.

Conclusion

Your Gateway to Free Investment Education in 2024 is not a platform—it’s a revolution, an immediate nexus revolutionizing ways people think about investment education. Equip your financial future with all the expert insights and resources that you would have needed, including a lively community. Join the movement today and take your first steps toward financial freedom.

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Mastering Bitcoin Trading: The BitLQ Matrix Advantage: A Path to Financial Freedom

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The financial opportunities, though, in mastering the trading Bitcoin are huge in this dynamic world of cryptocurrency. BitLQ Matrix strategy stands like a beacon of assurance and profitability among the myriad strategies available. This paper, therefore, seeks to detail the encapsulated greater benefits within the bitlq.app Matrix and illustrate how one could optimize his trading to achieve financial freedom.

Understanding Bitcoin Trading

Bitcoins are the first and leading cryptocurrency ever to evolve, and it altered the thinking of how the world used to look at finances. Bitcoin trading is a process through which one can speculate on the price movements of them and, in turn, takes home profits by analyzing the markets and makes a deciding move. Trading in bitcoins is very demanding in nature since it is very unpredictable. Good knowledge and strategic acumen are expected to surge through the market fluctuations victoriously.

Embracing the BitLQ Matrix Advantage

Mastering Bitcoin Trading: The BitLQ Matrix Advantage

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The BitLQ Matrix is not some trading strategy but a whole, complete framework aiming to trade optimal results while controlling risks most efficiently. This revolutionarily uses LQ to guide traders through informed considerations in making decisions for the best possible profits with the least possible vulnerability to market volatility.

Liquidity: The Backbone of Trading Success

Liquidity is the base that underlies any trading pursuit to support transactional ease and participation in the market. Priority to the BitLQ Matrix trade is given, executed seamlessly without slippage, or at least at the most minimal level, for the efficient trade execution at the best entry and exit levels.

Quantity: Balancing Risk and Reward

In this respect, good risk management becomes highly imperative while trading in Bitcoins, and with the BitLQ Matrix, there is a good balance since traders can put in the emphasis on the importance of trade quantity. By doing so, the traders will accurately calibrate the position sizes to market conditions and the risk-taker’s risk-bearing ability to ensure they make a better risk-reward ratio and protect the capital from likely losses.

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Quality: Elevating Trading Standards

Quality, in this case, regards the level of trades executed within BitLQ Matrix. This gives traders the opportunity to spike up their trading standards further, promoting the desired consistency and profitability from their undertakings.

Unveiling the Benefits

The BitLQ Matrix offers a plethora of benefits to traders seeking to master Bitcoin trading:

  • Increased Precision: With these details of liquidity, quantity, and quality at disposal, traders can be able to execute their trades with pinpoint accuracy, zero error tolerance, and hence reap all the profitability possible in their trades.
  • Risk Mitigation: The strategy of risk management integrated into BitLQ Matrix enables traders to be in a position where they could avert their possible losses and preserve capital in times of market downturn.
  • Consistent Profjson: The BitLQ Matrix principles will assure that you profit on a consistent basis, fostering sustainability for long-time success in trade.

Conclusion

This exciting journey into Bitcoin trading within the BitLQ Matrix soon turns into an adventure of financial independence and prosperity in one of the most lively and fast-changing cryptocurrency markets. You apply liquidity, quantity, and quality principles toward revealing limitless opportunities for profit multiplication and growth sustainability. Seize the advantage today and embark on your path to financial freedom with the BitLQ Matrix.

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Nana Quasi-Wusu Celebrates 10 Years In Broadcasting

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Renowned multiple Award winning Ghanaian media personality and a Humanitarian, Nana Quasi-Wusu, popularly known as PM, commemorates a decade in media as a broadcast journalist filled with exceptional stories and excellence. (more…)

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BLISS GVS PHARMA GHANA DONATES MEDICINES AGAIN TO CAPE COAST TEACHING HOSPITAL

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Spearheading the initiative for the fourth consecutive year, Bliss GVS Pharma’s campaign, “Act for Africa: A Malaria-Free Continent,” aims to provide crucial medical support to combat malaria, particularly in vulnerable communities.

In a significant stride towards eradicating malaria from the African continent, Bliss GVS Pharma Ghana reaffirms its commitment to corporate social responsibility by donating over GHC 250,000 worth of medicines to Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and Winneba Trauma Hospital to commemorate approaching World Malaria Day 2024.

The gesture underscores Bliss GVS Pharma’s dedication to ensuring that every individual gets access to high-quality medicines, particularly in regions heavily burdened by malaria. The donation encompasses anti-malarial and other essential medicines like LONART, GSUNATE, Fricks, Gacet and many more.

The driving force behind this noble vision is the Managing Director of Bliss GVS Pharma, Mr. Gagan Sharma. His unwavering belief in the fundamental right to healthcare motivates the company’s endeavours to make a tangible difference in the fight against malaria.

Pharm Rosemary, the representative of Bliss GVS Pharma, underscored the company’s steadfast commitment to malaria eradication, she said it is our social duty to contribute towards ensuring that no one is deprived of essential healthcare, especially in the battle against diseases like malaria. Through our ‘Act for Africa’ campaign, we aim to play our part in making Africa a malaria-free continent.”
Dr. Eric Kofi Nyedu, Chief Executive Officer of Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, who lead a delegation to receive the items expressed profound gratitude for Bliss GVS Pharma’s benevolent gesture, stating, ” We’re grateful for Bliss GVS Pharma’s generous antimalarial and other essential medicines donation, which strengthens our ability to treat patients, especially during peak malaria season and health outreaches in villages around the Cape Coast enclave. We have identified that Bliss GVS is dedication to improving community health through our partnership and we will always recommend them”
The donation of GHC 276,000 worth of medicine symbolizes Bliss GVS Pharma’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and its belief in the transformative power of collective action. By partnering with healthcare institutions such as the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and Winneba Trauma Hospital, the company endeavours to strengthen healthcare delivery and improve access to malaria treatments.

In addition, the students of the Cape Coast Nursing and Midwifery College were engaged in a health talk where resource persons equipped them with topics on personal and vaginal hygiene, malaria prevention, and spread.
On World Malaria Day 2024, as the global community unites to amplify efforts against malaria, Bliss GVS Pharma Ghana stands as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path towards a healthier, malaria-free future for Africa.

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