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EXCLUSIVE! Joy FM pays almost GHC 100, 000 for Gary Al-Smith… joins after AFCON

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Promising Sports Journalist, Gary Al Smith, of the Adabraka-based radio station CITI FM, is joining competing brand JOY FM, enewsgh.com can confirm.

In what is yet the biggest signing-on fee a local media organization has paid for the services of a sports journalist on urban radio, Al-Smith is getting close to a 100, 000 Ghana Cedis. We have this on good authority.

A bait too juicy to ignore, it finally brings to an end, a 3-year chase. (We reported first, the attempts to get him in May, 2013).

A deal was signed on Thursday, January 8, 2015, we can also tell you. This website is also able to report that Mr. Kwesi Twum, CEO of the Multimedia Broadcasting Group, which operates JOY and a number of broadcasting properties, led the negotiations.

Al-Smith begins work after the African Cup of Nations, which takes place in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8.

He will be expected to help re-position the whole JOY Sports brand, which goes just beyond radio. “His job will mainly be to make it attractive again,” a station source tells us.

Among other things, he will lead a structural positioning of the brand as one at the very heart of social and new media, making it a must-have medium, online.

The twenty-something year old is being brought in as an assistant to Nathaniel Attoh.

Gary (left) captured at CITI FM's Decemba2Rememba

Gary (left) captured at CITI FM’s Decemba2Rememba

In May 2013, this website first reported that he was close to joining the Kokomlemele-based station. A combination of timely interventions and the young man’s desire to hold on till the time was right, ensured that the deal fell through.

Both parties returned to the negotiation table, and finally met each other halfway on Thursday.

A known name in mainstream sports journalism across the world , Al-Smith prior to joining CITI FM had stints at SKYY TV (Ghana), Vibe FM, and Metro TV.

He writes for the South African-owned football website Supersport.com, which is a spin off title of the pay per view channel SuperSport. A visible Ghanaian Journalist on the international news scene, with his work featuring regularly on major titles such as CNN, The Guardian, BBC, bein Sports ESPN, and Aljazeera among others, he’s also covered some of football’s biggest events of the last decade.

Al-Smith is the current host of TV3’s weekly EPL spin-off show Fanzone.

By: Abena Akyaa Hirsch/enewsgh.com/Ghana

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Pauli-B releases new single ‘Pamurege’

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Lady Don Dada – Pauli-B returns after her chart-topping single ‘Dedeede’ to end the year 2017 in a grand style by dropping her much anticipated Afrobeats song ‘Pamurege’.

The fast tempo song introduces the newest dance moves in Africa currently rocking dancefloor is the nightclubs.

B.Max Entertainment, managers of the singer unleashes an exciting dance music video to complement the release.

The video was shot on location in Toronto, Canada by Tee Tash

Watch the video below:

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DJ Vibez releases Christmas mix ‘Afro Love’

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One of the fast-rising DJs, DJ Vibez has released a new mixtape titled “Afro Love”.

The Mixtape was weaved on the theme Love.

The mix features songs from artists like Mr Eazi, King Promise, Manifest, Kelvynbwoy, KiDi, Kwami Eugene, Mayorkun, Simi among others.

This mix comes with the “Vibe With Me” (VWM) Project — a compilation of Songs & Mixtapes that will feature upcoming artists, producers as well big artists.

Listen to the mix below:

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LISTEN: Jamal releases classic hip-hop song ‘New Girl’

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Gra Gra records signed act Jamal has released a classic hip-hop song.

Titled “New Girl” the song talks about a new girl he feels in love with.

Jamal has been tipped by many hip-hop heads as one of the talents to watch out for in coming years.

Gra Gra records and Entertainment company owned and ran by Ebodili Chijiokwu Simeon known in Showbiz circles as Skolary which recently unveiled 5 top Nigerian but Ghana-based acts on his label.

Listen to the song below:

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Lynx Family announces “Wave Concert”, DEC 29

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Richie Mensah’s Lynx Entertainment has had a truly outstanding 2017. Offerings from the camp, especially from Kuami Eugene and KiDi have dictated the overall sound in the country since their release.

Come December 29 at the Achimota Retail Centre, the trio crown the year with the “Wave Concert”, which they describe as “only the beginning”.

Expected to be overbooked, the night will see MzVee dish out several hits from her catalogue, including her third studio album DaaVee, as well as the hit singles Angela and Odo from Eugene and KiDi respectively.

The evening will also witness supporting performances from esteemed colleagues including Efya, Adina, Vvip, King Promise, Tinny, Edem, Yaa Pono, Kurl Songz, Akwaboah, Magnom, Kojo Cue, Shaker, B4Bonah, Opanka, Cina Soul, Cj Biggerman, Freda Rhyme, Dope Nation, Nana Yaa Patch Bay Band, and Dj Vyrusky.

 

 

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All set for Worlasi’s “Outerlane Concert” tomorrow!

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Worlasi was born and raised in Ghana, and he hails from Agbozume in Volta region. He is a figure painting artist and also a musician. He is a beast of a rapper, producer, singer and songwriter. His songs have been praised for being refreshing and inspiring and his lyrics, unrestrained and African.

Worlasi is an intriguing contrast: hyper confident yet humble, hungry for knowledge and simultaneously overflowing with it. His breakthrough single, Ay3 Adz3 set him apart from his peers. He caps off such focused and realistic lyricism with his mixtape project, Nus3, released in September 2016. Nus3 is a super jumbo bundle of motivation, assertiveness and self- belief. This was his first major project and it already has people calling him a god.

He released a second major project which has also nothing short of breathtaking and shot compelling visuals for two of his singles- One Life and Nukata. Since then he has worked and bagged features with artistes like EL, M.anifest, Hammer of Da Last Two, Sena Dagadu and shared songs with the likes of Sarkodie and Kwaw kese. He has shared stage with some of Ghana’s finest musical acts on platforms such as ACCRA [dot] ALT’s Sabolai Radio, rock group, Dark Suburb’s Awakening concert, Beatphreaks, The Unheard Voices etc.

 Worlasi wraps up this year’s success by performing songs from his upcoming EP (Outerlane) on Saturday, 16th December 2017 at 7pm at the Amphitheatre of Alliance Francaise Accra. The concert would be with the Safoa Band and Fans would be thrilled to a live performance of songs from the Outerlane EP. Also performing would be Alee & Dede, artistes who are signed to Worlasi’s record label.

Other featured artistes for this concert include Manifest, EL, Teephlow, Boyd, Extacy & Kwame X. Save the date and come with your friends and family to enjoy extraordinary mixture of Afro, Rap and Soul music!

 

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‘KOK StopOver Tour’ back this December

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After a successful beginning at Awoshie in the month of September 2017, Koo Ntakra and his friends return on December 16th for another mega street block of the ‘KOK StopOver Tour’.

With over three thousand in attendance at the first stop, the second promises to be sizzling hot inside Bubuashie, BN Pub, Bishop School on Saturday 16th December.

Koo Ntakra who recently released his 2nd studio album ‘KOK’, is to be joined on stage on the night with an array of his colleagues including dancehall diva Renner, Tee Rhyme, Amerado, Phrame, Addi Govnor, Bassaw and a host of other arts, as well as surprises from some of the artists featured on his KOK Album.

The ‘KOK StopOver Tour’ is a Gulfcoast Entertainment & Dekins Entertainment event, powered by Coloured Frutz, with support from ignite Creatives, BankyNation and all our media partner.

The event is a free concept which looks to bring the artists closer to their fans in a more interactive way, as well promote other up and coming talents across board.

 

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