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Juliet Bawuah talks hosting AFCON on TV3 and career challenges

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Being a regular face on television brings its own peculiar concerns but TV3 sports presenter, Juliet Bawuah, says she could not be bothered about certain comments and would continue to host her programme despite the challenges.

She thinks people still underestimate her ability to be an effective sports presenter on television because of her gender.

In an interview with The Mirror, she said though she has overcome a lot of challenges in her job, there are still some men who believe she is in the profession for all sorts ofridiculous reasons.

“You hear a lot of comments from different quarters.  Some people believe I’m in the job just to get hooked to a rich footballer. This is because I’m often surrounded byfootballers and administrators throughout on the job,” she said.

Juliet holds a Diploma in Communication Studies from the African University College of Communications as well as a Degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

Juliet Bawuah

Juliet Bawuah

She said she almost gave up on the job in 2010 due to public pressure.

“After the World Cup, I kept hearing all manner of rumours about me just because I was seen on television interviewing some of the footballers. People do not say these things in my face but try to indirectly question my intelligence and competence,” she said.

The sports presenter pointed out that she was dismayed by those challenges but was rather working on improving her skills in her profession.

“Challenges come with every profession. I believe it all boils down to proving my competence and desire for the job. If you distinguish yourself and show that you are willing to put in more work and dedication, you will gradually show the quality that you have and with that comes the respect.”

The pretty hostess disclosed that though she is recognised in public, fame hasn’t changed or affected her personality and habits.

“I still do everything I was doing before I started appearing on television. If I’m in town and I’m hungry and want to grab some ‘waakye’ from the corner, I will do that.  I was Juliet before I started appearing on television and I am not going to change,” she stated.

She, however, said she has been receiving marriage proposals from fans and people who watch her shows.

“I get people sending me text messages and marriage proposals but I always make it a point to ignore them because I don’t want to lead anyone on.”

Juliet co-hosted the just- ended African Nations Cup (AFCON 2015) show on TV3 and described it as her most difficult challenge yet.

“AFCON was a very big platform because the entire country was watching and one needed to be accurate throughout the entire event. I thank the people who gave me the opportunity to prove myself on such a huge platform. It shows they have identified a potential in me that they want to develop,” she stated.

Published in Friday February 27 edition of the Mirror

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Shatta Wale, Samini, Ebony, Stonebwoy, OTHERS fired for Dec 1 S’ Concert’

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Ghana’s biggest stars in music are ready for this year’s S Concert. Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini, and Ebony among a host of others are fired up for a grand showdown.

The December 1 concert will feature over 50 artistes on one stage, yet the biggest assembly of musicians under one roof for a night’s experience.

This year’s S Concert is being held at the Accra Sports Stadium, venue for last year’s record-breaking numbers.

Organized annually since 2014 by the EIB Network-owned Starr 103.5 FM, the concert is yet Ghana’s biggest celebration of its mainstream and budding artistes.

The 2017 S Concert is sponsored by Storm Energy Drink, Accra City Hotel, Express Savings and Loans, Ghana Post GPS, Hubtel, and Cosmopolitan Health Insurance.

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T’NEEYA is reshaping Africa’s New Ubran Sound!

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German-Cameroonian chanteuse T’neeya (Jennifer Tania Takoh) is fast-becoming one of the continent’s favourite new-age voices.

Using Soul, Alternative Afrobeat, and Dancehall, the self-taught Ghana-based songwriter affects listeners in a way that is intimate and immersive. Whether via covers or her original compositions, T’neeya’s sound, because the multi-layered texture it arrives in, appeals to a wide spectrum of audiences.  And when one takes a look at the greats she cites as her influences (Micheal Jackson, 2 Baba Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu et al), it is not entirely surprising that her sound is gradually permeating with such superior effectiveness…courting critical reception even in Ghana, and guaranteeing her a place on key stages in the country.

Her recent collaborative piece with Ghanaian counterpart and “Tomorrow” man Darkovibes, swiftly makes a strong case for her as a constant name on a playlist of must-have African love songs today. Happy and playful, it is also sensitive in the vocal texture it is delivered in.  Thoughtful and greatly relatable lyrics, as well as a pristine guest verse from Darkovibes, ensure that in spite of it being new, it is already observed as classic material.

Simply referred to as “T”, the sultry  singer is already widely considered a pioneering name in the contemporary urban music space, her graceful eccentricity and avant-garde melody ensuring that.

Alumnus of the University of Applied Sciences (Berlin), T’neeya is also author of “Hold Me Down”, a submission which adds to an elegant catalogue she’s building. Produced by respected programmer VACS, the song is widely-rotated across various platforms in the country, a clear testament to it’s quality.

T’neeya’s relationship with music started at a tender age: taking herself through the rudiments of songwriting, and steadily growing a committed following for her performance on a number of talent shows in her native Cameroon. She herself did not realise the potential of her gift, till her parents started paying attention: “singing professionally wasn’t a reality for me, until my parents started noticing, I sounded good and gave me their blessing”, she recounts.

Heartfelt and moving, T’neeya’s songs usually centre on themes relating to love, joy, and struggle,  crafted from a variety of experiences, and carefully conveyed via a masterful blend of Pidgin, English and French.

Listen to more T’neeya here:

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LISTEN: Nina – E.L

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Ahead of his annual BAR concert this weekend, Ghanaian singer/ rapper Elom Adabla (E.L) submits a chilling account of the daily risks performers go through at the hands of overzealous fans.

The song, the first under his recently-launched imprint VO Nation, tells the story of Nina, an obsessed admirer who gets uncomfortably close, even resorting to gun violence to emphasize her affection for him.

The tune reaffirms the multiple-award-winning act’s prowess with storytelling in how he meanders between personas the compelling narrative.

EL launches BAR 4 at Alliance Francais in Accra, November 25.

Listen below:

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Kofi Kinaata Headlines “Made In Taadi” Concert, DEC 23

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High Grade Family’s Kofi Kinaata headlines the maiden edition of his annual “Made In Taadi” Concert.

Slated for the Jubilee Park in his native Takoradi on December 23, the Susuka rapper is expected to be joined onstage by a host of top industry colleagues/ mentors including label boss and Ghanaian dancehall doyen Samini.

Also frontman of “Team Move”, Kofi Kinaata, while he’s still significantly young, is already a respected songwriter in the country for his depth of thought and mastery over storytelling –something which has seen him pick up the VGMA laurel for ‘Songwriter of the Year” more than once.

He recently released videos for his songs “Last Show” and “Time No Dey”.

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LISTEN: Tinny feat Sarkodie – Aarooli

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Veteran performer and Ga-rap king Nii Addo Quaynor, best known in showbiz as Tinny recruits Sarkodie for his new single ‘Aarooli’ (We Rollin), produced by Marcel.

It’s been a while since we heard something from Tinny and Sarkodie and it feels awesome to finally hear something from them. The song according to them is strictly for the streets.

The song ‘Aarooli’ (We Rollin) is self-explanatory and saw Tinny and Sarkodie talking about how roll and ball. The song also talks about their circle and how they don’t mingle with just anyone or outsiders. A good display of lyrical prowess and a beautiful way of exhibiting the Hiplife culture.

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Wiyaala rolls out new radio show!

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Wiyaala, Ghana’s international singing star, is to host a new weekly show on Radio Progress, the Upper West Region’s first and most popular radio station.

The 90 minute slot billed, “Time With Wiyaala”, will run every Thursday from 8pm to 9.30pm starting 23rd November. Wiyaala’s brief is to play music by some of the Upper West’s leading talents, old and new, and to chat with artists about their careers and aspirations as musicians in the “forgotten” region.

“I’ll be trying to introduce my audience to the diverse forms of music that exist in our region.  Whilst technology is helpful to music making, I feel we are in danger of losing something of value if we don’t draw on our rich heritage when making modern music. I’ll be encouraging the young musicians to work on their live performance skills. Artists who mime are unlikely to make it to international stages. The platform also gives me the opportunity to push the causes of children and young women”, the singer said.

Wiyaala is an officially appointed GACA (Ghana Against Child Abuse) and UNICEF Ghana influencer.

Radio Progress was brought to the airwaves by the Wa Catholic Diocese in February 1997 as an initiative to contribute to the development of the Upper West Region and aims to reach all segments of the community. Now twenty years old, the station broadcasts in English, Dagaare, Waale, Sissali and Briffor.

The 4th edition of the Radio Progress Music Awards (PRUMAS) 2017, will take place at In Service, Wa,  on the 30th December. Wiyaala was appointed a music ambassador for PRUMAS at the first edition in 2014. She has since gone on to win many national and international awards and is currently Ghana’s most awarded and nominated artist at AFRIMA, the African continent’s biggest awards scheme.

 

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