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As I sit to write, my thoughts are cluttered like pieces of scrambled egg in a pan. I will manage to put them together to at least create a frail of ideas you can piece together meaningfully, if not entirely draw your attention to issues and occurrences that have been generational

I decide to delve into a few questions that I presume have lingered on from generation to generation.

Who deserves what? Who approves that? And what is the real measurement of people’s worth?

I write in line with the recent upsurge and rants of fans, Artiste and stakeholders about the music industry. Did I just say the word “industry” yes and when I looked it up “a music industry should be a place where companies and individuals make money by creating and selling music  At least I know we don’t have one because no Artiste in Ghana sells music, there are no record labels, publishing houses and so on.

With all the blabbering above to just show where we are going I will like to delve into the reason for capturing my entry statement in that regard. The absence of musical structures which goes a long way to put revenue in the pockets of Artiste, producers, writers is also probably one of the most important means of data collation to give recognition to any individual in that field.

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Example an Artiste throughout a year under review in any organized and structured industry will be furnished with amount of records sold digitally and physically, Number of appearances and venues filled and number of attendants, level of viewership and listenership, How long his or her music has been on the chart from all major billboards…All this data go a long way to inform decision makers on their Ability to be awarded and rewarded.

God bless our homeland Ghana, where we have no data collection system thus a few presumably know how industry experts must gather around to use their experience to determine and facilitate who deserves what, and the measurement of what Artiste are worth? It is Alleged at one point Some wanted 60 thousand, so did Some demand 100 thousand at another point, Question is who decides if they are not worth their demand, a little research led me into an European (D country that gives Artiste the room to charge depending on where their song is on the chart and each time a new song from them make entry rates go higher,

Every Industry has a minimum wage, how come Artiste in Ghana can go as far as free because there is no flat line. Once a lawyer opened my mind to the fact that artiste are not supposed to collect 20 percent of the rate of the highest performer on any bill or platform they share, that literally means if Chris Brown was given the alleged 1 million dollars which is a topic of discussion another day then the least amount any other performer on the night from the resident country should be 200 thousand dollars.

Does credibility from experience give people the autonomy to decide? Do we need musically approved academia to indulge in such humongous task of streamlining awards and rewards? Will that allay the doubt of Artiste fans and stake holders? How about the companies that walk through the door pretend to care about the Arts because of their overall agendum of reaching the masses to generate revenue?

Do well to answer the question, if not all try, let’s find a way to solve the cancer feeding on the Industry and see if our generation can pioneer change without rage…Goget’em.

Edem is an award-winning musician with an incredible dose of experience in mainstream local and cross-regional music. He is owner of the Volta Regime Music Group (VRMG), a Ghanaian-based record label.

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#ITISPOSSIBLE! Bola Ray Book Launch Underway!

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The widely-anticipated launch of media mogul Bola Ray (Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) is currently underway at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.

Compered by veteran broadcaster Kwame Sefa Kayi, it was kicked off with a prayer from motivational speaker/ preacher Rev. Albert Ocran.

Several of society’s most prominent faces across various spectrums of society have converged at the venue for this landmark event.

Respected traditional ruler and academic Nana Kwabena Nketia V is the chairman for the event.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book (titled “It Is Possible”) details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Joining radio while still in university, Bola Ray has grown to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole. He joined Accra-based Top Radio after university and went on to The Multimedia Group, where he served a variety of roles, mainly hosting Drivetime on Joy for 11 years. For the past two years, he has been host of Starr Chat and co-host of Starr Drive, aside being head of the EIB Network and the Empire Group. 

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE! EBOO, Efya, Patch Bay, OTHERS to perform @ Bola Ray bio launch

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Dancehall/ Afrobeats gem Eboo will perform his compelling tribute song in honour of Bola Ray’s book launch tonight at the plush Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.

Like the memoire, the song is titled “It Is Possible”, and proves a touching testimony of the celebrated broadcaster’s journey. Produced by Legacy Beats, it also features the EIB boss himself.

Other top acts named for the night include sultry chanteuse Efya, the Patch Bay Band, as well astalented saxophonist Mizter Okyere.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the 320-pager details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE: Kwame Sefa Kayi to host Bola Ray Book launch!

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Beloved media mogul and EIB CEO Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) outdoors his memoir at the Labadi Beach Hotel tonight.

Expected to be graced by the creme of society, the launch is part of a series of activities to mark the broadcaster’s 20 years as a media practitioner.

Colleague broadcaster and host of Peace FM’s Kokrokoo has been announced as compere for the evening. An icon himself, Sefa Kayi is highly revered in the media landscape, bringing to the stage a wealth of experience built over many decades.

The launch will be graced by key statesmen, industry colleagues, and admirers alike.  President Akufo-Addo, former presidents Rawlings and J. A Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana Gavin Cook, world-renowned cosmetologist Dr Rita Rakus are among special guests of honour.

Joining radio while still in university, the EIB boss has gone on to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole –widely earning praise as the brightest of his generation.

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

 

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IMAGES: Nikki Samonas and Jasmine Baroudi Celebrate With Jack Daniels

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September marks the birthday of Jack “Jasper Newton” Daniels, the legendary craftsman who founded the “Jack Daniels” brand and continues to make his mark on the world today with the world’s finest whiskey.

Because no-one knows his exact date of birth; Jack Daniels is celebrating (Mr.) Jack’s birthday all month long with celebrity birthday celebrants within the month.

Delectable screen goddesses, Nikki Samonas and Jasmine Baroudi looked fab and stunning last Saturday night as they hosted their birthdays with Jack Daniels inside the plush Venus Lounge in OSU.

The AccraNightlyf Group and Jack Daniels promised a fun night and delivered a scintillating affair.

Guests were welcomed unto an artsy  yet glamorous red carpet set up reminiscent of “Mr. Jack’s Room”  and featured an on- going live graffiti painting of Mr. Jack, leading into the fun photo area complete with Jack Daniels props.

It set the tone for a fun and memorable night.

A consistently good playlist was served throughout the night by Live Fm’s Sheldon the Turn Up, budding DJ, Wallpaper and the best female DJ in Ghana, DJ Nyce.

Venus Lounge was lit as a capacity crowd made up of the city’s upwardly mobile socialites partied their way into the morning with Mr. Jack.

This was the kickoff event in the #CelebrateWithJack  Birthday party series which moves next to the CHAMPS Bar this Friday, 22nd September for a special Karaoke Party dubbed, “WHEN JACK SINGS.”

 

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#ITISPOSSIBLE: All set for launch of Bola Ray’s bio tonight!

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It all comes down to tonight. For some two decades, celebrated broadcaster Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) has indisputably changed Ghana’s media landscape. Joining radio while still in university, the EIB boss has gone on to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole –widely earning praise as the brightest of his generation.

In a few hours, and like his GH One TV show, the story of this beloved media mogul and leadership icon will be officially revealed. Slated for the plush Labadi Beach Hotel, the drive-belt doyen outdoors his biography.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book details Bola Ray’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

#ITISPOSSIBLE – Eboo drops official theme song for Bola’s biography – LISTEN!

 The launch is expected to attract key statesmen, industry colleagues, and admirers alike.  President Akufo-Addo, former presidents Rawlings and J. A Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana Gavin Cook, world renowned cosmetologist Dr Rita Rakus are among special guests of honour.

Copies of the book can be preordered via bolaray.com

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Busy Internet Partners Graphic For 2017 Graphic Business Breakfast Forum

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Busy Internet is partnering with the Graphic communications group to present the 1st edition of the Graphic Business breakfast forum for this year.

The graphic business breakfast forum is a quarterly thought leadership series that brings industry professionals, regulators and policy makers to discuss topical issues that border on national development.

The forum dubbed ‘the role of pensions in national economic development and sustainability’, will have speakers like be Angela Gyasi – Partner, Bentsil, Enchill, Letsa and Ankomah;  Dr. John O. Tenkorang, Director General, SSNIT; Peter Osei, Former CEO of the State Insurance Company and an actuarial scientist and Mr. Hayford Atta Krufi, CEO, NPRA.

Speaking about the partnership and the upcoming event, CEO of BusyInternet Praveen Sadalage said “all throughout Busy’s existence in Ghana over the past 16years, Busy has actively been involved in initiatives, partnerships that empower Ghanaian businesses and individuals. From the days of its inception when Busy was running Ghana’s premier business shared workspace and startup support center to this era where Busy is actively creating platforms and forming partnerships that will empower businesses and individuals to make great things happen for themselves and Ghana.”

“We strongly believe that as a people we can only fast track our growth process if we consistently create opportunities for national dialogue, consensus building and education on national issues that have a direct bearing on our future as a nation. This is why we are partnering with the Graphic communications group to create this platform. We believe it will contribute strongly to the national discourse to issues of importance to us as a people,” Mr. Sadalage added.

The 1st edition of the 2017 breakfast series will be held at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Tuesday 19th September, 2017.  Interested participants can visit www.graphic.com.gh/forms/bfm to register.

 

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