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Peace Hyde compères Africa Technology Summit in Lagos

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Forbes Africa correspondent and founder of Aim Higher Africa, Peace Hyde is set to moderate the Comparing Tech Landscapes Across Regions panel at the MEST-hosted Africa Tech Summit, which is fast becoming the marquee technology event on the continent. Following the successful inaugural event in Ghana last year, the Africa Tech Summit is proud to make its entry into Nigeria. This year the event will be held at the prestigious Intercontinental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Peace Hyde who recently became the face of new flagship Forbes Africa TV’s My Worst Day with Peace Hyde, which airs on GH One from next year, will be in charge of steering the conversation of Africa’s Tech scene.

The Comparing Tech Landscapes panel at ATS will feature investors, corporates, and founders as they trade notes on their experiences operating and investing all over the continent with representatives from Google, Uber, Andela, I-DEV, Brave Venture Labs.

 

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2017 SoundCity MVP Awards Festival – WATCH LIVE

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The 2017 edition of SoundCity MVP Awards Festival is currently underway at the Eko Suites and Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.

The prestigious awards ceremony is steered by the larger than life Ebuka, as Soundcity VJs – Adams, Moet and Pearl host the red carpet.

Ebuka sure yields star wattage to anchor the show and set the diverse audience alight with fun, laughter and wisecracks as the African music industry honours its finest talent.

Among the several performers who have been announced is multiple award-winning rapper Sarkodie.

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Sarkodie wins “Best Collaboration” at #SoundCityMVPAwards Festival 17

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Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie has won the Best Collaboration at the ongoing SoundCity MVP Awards Festival at the Eko Event Center in Lagos.

His hit single “Pain Killer”, featuring Nigerian singer Runtown, secured him the laurel. He beat off stiff competition from Tiwa Savage, Tofan, AKA among other African giants.

The prestigious awards ceremony is compered by broadcaster Ebuka, with Soundcity VJs – Adams, Moet and Pearl hosting the red carpet.

 

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How Jack Daniels Rocked Accra This Christmas [+ images]

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Leading Nightlife marketing agency, The AccraNightlyf Group and Jack Daniels exceeded expectations once again as they delivered a truly unique GH party experience at a series of events across the city dubbed “A JACK DANIELS CHRISTMAS.”

An eclectic mix of the finest rave DJs, awesome Xmas -themed cocktails, Jack Fire “Shots On Shots” by the hour, lots of giveaways, and the best party people in the city defined the each event on the calendar; kicking off with the 2017 Ghana Dance festival at the Afrikiko Leisure Centre. The colorful event featured spicy Salsa, Kizomba and various afro-Latin dance performers from across the continent as well as the UK.

The city’s affluent yuppies, corporate professionals and socialites turned up in style and in their numbers at the PLOTSEVEN Nightclub and partied till the break of dawn the DECEMBER EDITION of the monthly networking rave, GOOD VIBES ACCRA dubbed “BACK TO 94.”  The night brought back the nostalgic days of “94” with the best of music from the era provided by FRENCHKISS DJ.

The party was back at PLOT 7 for the epic FUNKY CHRISTMAS rave but not before a sold out crowd turned it up at the Paparazzi Lounge for the 2nd Annual Xmas Eve Party.

 Leading female DJ on the nightlife circuit, DJ Nyce and DJ Wallpaper teamed up to deliver  an electric party at the “Krazy Party”  at Krazy Bar [Former Duplex] Osu on Boxing Day.

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Highlife legend Ebo Taylor & Saltpond Band in Concert, Jan 13

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Highlife legend, Ebo Taylor and the Saltpond Band are set to dish out an outstanding musical concert of great Highlife and Afrobeat tunes this January at Alliance Francaise Accra.

Ebo Taylor, whose musical career started in the 1950s when he rose to fame as lead-guitarist and arranger for Stargazers Band and Broadway Dance Band, which were among the most popular Highlife bands of that era has  composed ever popular Highlife songs, like “Sika Enibre”, “Owu Na Mewu”, “Odo Ye Wu”, “Ghana Be Ye Yie”, and “Dofo”.

In 1962, Taylor took his own group, the Black Star Highlife Band, to London, which led to collaborations with the late Nigerian afrobeat star, Fela Kuti as well as other African musicians in Britain at the time. Returning to Ghana, he worked as a producer of crafting recordings for Pat Thomas, C.K Mann, and others, as well as exploring his own projects, and combining traditional Ghanaian material with afrobeat, jazz, and funk rhythms to create his own recognizable sound in the ’70s.

He made recordings as solo artist, developing his own innovative style and sound to be heard on his albums.  At this creative stage he composed his enduring hits “Twer Nyame”, “Heaven”, “Come Along”, and “Love & Death”. He became the musical director and main band arranger for the two ground-breaking Ghanaian record companies, Essiebons and Gapophone.

In the 1980s and ‘90s – harsh times for Ghanaian musicians – Taylor worked as free-lance artist, also temporarily in Cote D’Ivoire, and from 2001 he added an academic chapter to his career, and started teaching Highlife and Jazz-guitar at the University of Ghana. This allowed him to research more into local music of the various regions of Ghana, which gradually became a more important inspirational source in Taylor’s compositional approach.

With his compositions, arrangements and also his outstanding guitar style Taylor has shaped Ghanaian music and in particular Highlife substantially. Significantly, he has created his own, remarkable style of African music: a unique synthesis of Highlife, Jazz, und Afrobeat.  Ebo Taylor and his 8-piece Saltpond band will be in action for the first concert of the year to perform some of the songs from his new album ‘Yen Ara’ on Saturday, 13th January 2018 at Alliance Francaise Accra at 8pm.

Make it a point to be there with your Friends and Family as we enjoy great Highlife tunes.

 

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Efya, Ko-jo Cue, OTHERS for FRA!ternity Concert, Jan. 20

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Music band FRA! will on Saturday January 20, hold a mammoth concert at the Alliance Française in Accra.
The show, dubbed the “FRAternity Concert”, is scheduled from 8 pm to 11 pm.
Known by their hit single, Happy Yourself, members of the group have promised to thrill patrons and fans with mind-blowing performances of their songs. Some of the artists on the bill include Efya, Adomaa, Yaa Yaa, Ko-jo Cue, and Reynolds ‘The Gentleman’.
Others set to take the stage are Robin-Huws, Maayaa, Six Strings, and O’Bkay.
FRA! hit the mainstream music scene in 2015 with its single Dumsor, which was a quasi-satire with themes drawn from the erratic power outages in Ghana at the time.
‘FRA,’ in Twi, means ‘to mix’ and the group adopted the name to show the strength of the diversity that they are so proud of. Now made up of Martin Adjartey, Maxwell Klu, Selorm Dornyoh, Joshua ‘Virgen’ Boateng, and George Ashirifie ‘Gogoe’, the eclectic band’s recent remix of their Happy Yourself jam features Ghana’s female soul vocalist and songwriter, Efya.
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WATCH LIVE: Aiteo CAF Awards 2017 underway!

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The 2017 Edition of the Prestigious Conferdation of African Football (CAF 0 Awards is currently underway at the Accra International Conference Center.

The event hosted by Austrian born Ghanaian Hollywood star Boris Kodjoe and London based TV Host Mimi will see performances from Shatta Wale, KiDi, Efya, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Olamide, Patoranking, Phyno and Toofan.

From Abedi Pele, winner of the maiden edition in 1992 through to Riyad Mahrez, crowned in 2016, the winners who represent various generations will be given prominence at the ceremony designed to celebrate the key players of African football.

Others are Nigerian trio, Emmanuel Amuneke, Nwankwo Kanu and Victor Ikpeba, Cameroonian and four-time winner, Samuel Eto’o Fils and compatriot Patrick Mboma, Ivorian Yaya Toure, a four-time winner and countryman Didier Drogba and El Hadji Diouf of Senegal.

The rest are Mustapha Hadji of Morocco, Malian Frederic Kanoute, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Togolese Emmanuel Adebayor.

Also, the women are not left out as previous Queens of African football is also pencilled for the biggest assemblage of football stakeholders.

The list of invitees is not only limited to previous winners, but also to other players and officials whose contribution towards the progress of African football cannot be overlooked.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Mohamed Salah, Gabon’s Aubameyang and Sadio Mane of Senegal are the contenders for the prestigious African Player of the Year whilst the trio of Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria), Chrestina Kgatlana (South Africa) and Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (Cameroon) battle it out for the Women’s Player of the Year.

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