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It all goes down tonight. The biggest night in Ghana music is finally upon us, and all the questions which have lingered on our minds till now will be dealt with once and for all…at least till next year’s edition.

Tonight marks 17 years since the scheme was instituted. In the time, the coveted prize of Artist of the Year has been won by Kojo Antwi (2001), Lord Kenya (2002), Kontihene (2003), V.I.P (2004), Obour (2005), Ofori Amponsah (2006), Samini (2007), Kwaw Kese (2008), Okyeame Kwame (2009), Sarkodie (2010), V.I.P (2011), Sarkodie (2012), R2Bees (2013), Shatta Wale (2014), Stonebwoy (2015), and EL (2016).

 

Who picks it this year, and who emerges tops in the other categories? We bring you a preview:

 

GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR

Nacee, Mary Agyeman, Mabel Okyere,  Sonnie Badu, and Jeshrun Okyere all are expectant of winning this category. It is a tough call from the start, and all nominees stand a realistic chance at winning. Our impressions are that, whoever wins it wins it because of the weight of their name, and not solely based on the record they published. And so, Nacee, and Sonnie Badu are likely winners, though it is characteristic of these awards to cause upsets.

 

 

 

HIGHLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR

Jwe – Bisa K’dei

Confession – Kofi Kinaata

Beshiwo – Becca ft. Bisa K’dei

Mintse Bo – Wisa Greid

Christy – Dobble

Bokor Bokor – Kill Beatz ft. Mugeez & Fuse ODG

 

Kofi Kinaata wins this category hands down. Once Confession was announced, many brought up the argument of wrong categorisation, claiming his other single Sweetie Pie was a better fit. It changes nothing. He’ll win it, because, there’s no other song in the country currently — highlife or not — that matches Confession.

 

HIPLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR

Samba – Guru ft. Singlet

Club – Donzy ft. Piesie & Sarkodie

Go Low – Flowking Stone

RNS – Sarkodie

Bie Gya – Criss Waddle ft. Stonebwoy

Sweetie Pie – Kofi Kinaata

Alhaji – VVIP ft. Patoranking

 

Sarkodie’s RNS appears slightly ahead, but every other song in there could win the award without any qualms. 

 

HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR

God MC – M.anifest

Trumpet – Sarkodie ft. Teephlow, Koo Ntakra, Strongman, Donzy, Medikal & Pappy Kojo

Lalafalama – EL

Confirm (remix) – Medikal ft. Sarkodie

Egboame (remix) – Edem ft. Cabum, Teephlow, Ayat, Gemini, Medikal, Mac M, Darko & Bebelino

Tension – Okyeame Kwame ft. Cabum, Medikal & Sister Debbie

 

God MC, Trumpet, and Confirm (remix) because of Medikal’s momentum all through last year. In the end, for us at ENEWSGH, it could go to God MC simply because of how much it steered hiphop conversation in the country all through 2016.

 

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SONG OF THE YEAR

People Dey – Stonebwoy

Nwansina – Ras Kuuku ft. Luther

Gborgborvor – Gallaxy ft. Stonebwoy

Kupe – Ebony

Yonnah – Samini ft. Luther

Pain Dem – Rudebwoy Ranking

Arostor – Kaakie ft. Yaa Pono

 

For the past few years, once Stonebwoy has been named, there has been little doubt that he would pick it. That could easily be the case this year too, yet Ras Kuuku, and Ebony constitute more than decent competition.

 

AFRO POP SONG OF THE YEAR

Kaabuame – EL

Dance For Me – Eugy ft. Mr. Eazi

Solo – Article Wan

U x Me – Joey B

Too Risky – Medikal ft. Sister Debbie

Too Late – Adina

Grind – Vision DJ ft. A.I

 

Perhaps, the only song we can cross out (with extreme caution) is Adina’s Too Late. Otherwise, it will be no surprise if it goes to any other in the category.

 

GOSPEL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Joe Mettle

Piesie Esther

Sonnnie Badu

Jeshrun Okyere

Nacee

 

Both Joe Mettle and Nacee ( Joe Mettle more, if you ask many) have represented  the fraternity impressively. Last year remains one of Joe Mettle’s biggest years yet, and many feel that he could even snatch the overall prize, and they could be vindicated. The campaign for him to win VGMA Artist of the Year these past few months has been unprecedented. That will have a spill-over effect in Gospel Artist of the Year.

 

HIGHLIFE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Bis K’dei

Becca

Kofi Kinaata

 

Kofi Kinaata may not strictly be a Highlife artist, but we shall not be surprised if he soars above the conventional names Bisa and Becca. Otherwise, Bisa wins it.

 

REGGAE/DANCEHALL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Stonebwoy

Ras Kuuku

Samini

Ebony

Rudebwoy

MzVee

 

Here too,  Stonebwoy stands out not merely by his presence in the category as he has become a dominant name in GH Reggae/Dancehall, but also by his unparalleled work culture, never mind that it takes nothing away from the efforts of Ras Kuuku, Ebony, Rudebwoy, Samini, and MzVee. 

 

HIPLIFE/HIP-HOP ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Guru

EL

Flowking Stone

Medikal

Sarkodie

M.anifest

Joey B

 

Medikal’s wave all through last year makes him an immediate favourite, but so does M.anifest. And as we all can bear witness, once a category has Sarkodie in there, it is not necessarily a fair fight anymore.  Everyone else in there, if they manage to win, would have had to summon something extra.

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Joe Mettle – Onwanwani

Kill Beatz – Too Late

Kofi Kinaata – Confession

Nacee – Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze

 

Kofi Kinaata writes with the consciencism of an old man, though there’s always something very youthful about his melody. It is what he did with Susuka, which won him the award last year. It is what he has done with Confession, which will earn him the laurel this year too.

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Me Ne Wo Aa – Nacee

Hello – Akwaboah ft. Sarkodie

Too Late – Adina

U x Me – Joey B

Motromodwo – Trigmatic ft. A.I

 

Rapper Trigmatic has mastered the formula for “Record of the Year” over time. No, it’s not about genre, for what he comes into this year’s fight with, is highlife. It remains a surprise that Motromodwo failed to meet requirements for Highlife song of the Year. Still, it is a fierce contender here. Joey B’s You x Me is also more than deserving of that award. All through last year, it remained a Top 10 song, and nobody dares question the sterling quality of it’s composition.

 

BEST MALE VOCALIST

Ogya Mensah – Get Serious

Afriyie – Here To Stay

Joe Mettle – Onwanwani

Akwaboah – Hello

Sonnie Badu – Still You Reign

Ernest Opoku – Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze

 

Afriyie is no stranger to this category. He’s no stranger to winning it. Neither is Sonnie Badu, who picked it up in 2014. Joe Mettle cannot go unnoticed. Akwaboah, while a revered writer/composer, might not be the strongest vocal technician. Reggae singer Ogya Mensah’s performance on Get Serious is not just good enough to get him in as a nominee, but is potent to win it for him too.

 

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST

Adina – Too Late

Becca – Beshiwo

MzVee – Nobody Else

Piesie Esther – Agye Won Nsam

Petrah – My Man

 

Adina, MzVee, and Becca shine brightest here.  It remains to be seen if any of them shines this lightly tonight. 

 

BEST GROUP OF THE YEAR

VVIP

R2bees

Dunsin

Gallaxy

 

Gallaxy, R2Bees, and VVIP are the real contenders for this category. For R2Bees and VVIP, it has become a norm over the past couple of years. Therefore, they possess leverage, and therefore, a slight edge over Gallaxy, who have built a strong  fortress over the last two years or so. 

 

BEST RAPPER OF THE YEAR

Flowking Stone – Fire Bon Dem (remix)

EL – Love God

Medikal – Connect

Yaa Pono (Ponobiom) – Mind on Money

M.anifest – 100%

Sarkodie – Fire Born Dem (remix)

 

All the names above have distinguished themselves as among the nation’s best lyricists. Most of them are hardly strangers to the category, or winning it. An artist’s rap performance alone will not win him the title, if we’re being completely honest. That is what will happen tonight.

 

BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Alhaji – VVIP ft. Patoranking

Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze – Nacee ft. Ernest Opoku

Confirm (remix) – Medikal ft. Sarkodie

Bie Gya – Criss Waddle ft. Stonebwoy

Nwansina – Ras Kuuku ft. Luther

Samba – Guru ft. Singlet

 

This category will be keenly contested, and remains one of the categories of which will invoke anxiety till the name falls from the presenter’s lips. The possibility of it being Alhaji, Bie Gya, or Confirm remains very high. It is impossible to narrow it down to a single name. Simple.

 

BEST NEW ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Medikal

Nii Funny

Fancy Gadam

Article Wan

Feli Nuna

Ebony

Rudebwoy Ranking

Eugy

 

Ultimately, it comes down to Article Wan for the gift of Solo, and Medikal…well for a barrage of rap performances.

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Counselor – Nacee

BAR 3 – EL

Nowhere Cool – M.anifest

Gifted – Flowking Stone

Soundz of Africa – Sonnie Badu

 

M.anifest’s Nowhere Cool was the most critically acclaimed from last year. 

 

VODAFONE SONG OF THE YEAR

Christy – Dobble

U x Me – Joey B

RNS – Sarkodie

Solo – Article Wan

People Dey – Stonebwoy

Kaabuame – EL

Bie Gya – Criss Waddle ft. Stonebwoy

Sweetie Pie – Kofi Kinaata

Alhaji – VVIP ft. Patoranking

Yewo Nyame Aa Yewo Adze – Nacee

Go Low – Flowking Stone

 

Since there’s no Confession in there, Article Wan’s Solo, which hands-down reigned for most of last year, will most likely be crowned tonight. 

 

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Patoranking

Mr. Eazi

Runtown

Tekno

Nathaniel Bassey

 

This year, it is virtually Mr Eazi’s right. While he has achieved meteoric heights on behalf of Ghana, he remains an outsider to most categories here because he was born in Nigeria. It appears therefore, that his consolation might come in the form of this award. He merits this award due to all his efforts last year especially, mind you. It’s just that you can’t talk about Mr. Eazi’s VGMA situation without bringing this point up. Runtown has been named performer for the night. As has been the norm, the award has gone to the nominee who has been invited to perform. Rundown’s Mad Over You is big in Ghana, and he could upset Mr Eazi.

 

OVERALL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

EL

Sarkodie

Stonebwoy

Joe Mettle

MzVee

Medikal

 

You know what? Let’s just wait for tonight…

 

 

*VGMA 2016 is a Charterhouse Ghana event with sponsorship from  telecoms giant Vodafone. Berla Mundi and Elikem Kumordzi compere the Rd Carpet session, while Starr FM’s Anita Erskine hosts the Main event.

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OMAR STERLING joins call for WEE LEGALIZATION! – SEE VIDEO!

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Video has surfaced of R2Bees member Omar Sterling calling for the legalisation on Indian hemp in the country.

In the video sighted by ENEWSGH, the prolific rapper, in the middle of cutting what appears to be a birthday cake decorated with the substance, calls for the decriminalisation of the herb, pointing out that it could prove valuable to the country.

The Starboy Worldwide president is not the first to advocate for the legalisation of the substance. indeed, quite a number of his colleagues in music (including Samini, Kwaw Kese, Blakk Rasta, Ekow Micah etc) as well as other top Ghanaian personalities have all advocated for its legalisation, indicating its potential to draw in foreign income, as well as proven medicinal purposes.

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#CokeStudioAfrica: Bisa KDei Makes EDDY KENZO “Ampesi & Abom” – WATCH!

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Ghana’s Bisa KDei made Ugandan counterpart Eddy Kenzo a true believer of indigenous Ghanaian cooking.

Both singers are housemates at the 2017 Coke Studio Africa series, and ahead of their musical collaboration, they took some time out to explore each other’s story and culture a bit more.

Bisa revealed that he learned to make the dish from his mum as a young boy, and it has become part of him ever since.

A popular name in contemporary Ghanaian highlife, Bisa KDei is one of 5 Ghanaian reps on the programme this year, the others being Joey B, Masta Garzy, Killbeatz, and Worlasi.

This year, housemates come from countries as outh Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, and Cameroon.

Nigeria’s MI Abaga and 2Baba (2Face Idibia), Kenya’s Avril, Ghana’s EL, Stonebwoy, Efya and Mozambique’s Neymar have all performed at previous editions of Coke Studio Africa.

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Stonebwoy, LIL WIN perform @ GOtv MAX Kumasi launch!

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Over the weekend in Kumasi, GOtv Ghana hosted a massive concert to introduce its new package GOtv MAX to the public. The event held at the Kumasi City Mall, attracted thousands of concert goers who defied the heavy downpour to enjoy the music and fireworks display.

The event was nearly marred by the rain storm that started immediately the first set of performers hit the stage. Fans were forced to take shelter within the mall for well over three hours until the storm passed through and the equipment were checked and given the green light for the concert to resume at 10pm.

General Manager, GOtv Ghana, Kingsley Afful performing the launch reaffirmed the commitment of GOtv to bring its subscribers the best local and international TV shows first, hence the introduction of the GOtv MAX package. He explained that “Quality entertainment has always been a key focus on GOtv platform and we are excited to continue building our entertainment options for our customers by bringing them this new package”.

“We understand that times are tough but that doesn’t mean that our customers have to miss out on world-class entertainment. Sports just got bigger and better with the GOtv MAX package which will bring the best football titles in the world, La Liga, along with more entertainment choice for the whole family like CBS Reality, Sony Max and FOX.”

GOtv MAX customers will enjoy access to over fifty channels of the hottest local and international channels featuring everything from the freshest series, music and sport to the latest in fashion reality, celebrity and kiddies programming.  “From 1st October, all active GOtv Plus subscribers have been automatically upgraded onto the GOtv Max package at no cost to them to sample this new package for one full month”, Mr. Afful added.  He also announced a reduction on the price of GOtv decoders to GHs79 and the subscription price cuts on the GOtv Plus package to GHs35.

Fans were entertained by Stonebwoy and the BossNations’ CEO, the pride of Kumasi, Lil Win and crew. Several fans were rewarded with GOtv decoders as part of the launch activities by the artistes. The event was culminated in a huge firework display deep into the night to the delight of the thousands present at the event.

 

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EBOO readies 2ND VIDEO ahead of NEW ALBUM [+images]

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Empire’s franchise music star EBOO is back to take his! Since announcing his return to active music after a significant hiatus, he has swung into full force –dropping major anthems in quick succession, and mounting key stages reserved for only the best in the game.

A month ago, the Once/ Twice hitmaker was in the beautiful coastal city of Cape Coast shooting visuals for  one of the songs off his yer-to-be-released comeback album “Good Life”. Over the weekend, he partnered with friend and creative genius Director OJ for another video shoot, this time, in Jamestown- Accra.

Director OJ ( CEO of Big OJ Films), is also responsible for accompanying visuals to Eboo’s “Honey” (released in 2010). On set, the rare creative partnership between artist and director, fostered over several years, was apparent, and as Eboo reveals, it made the project effortless.

“People should just watch out for the videos”, concluded the talented singjay.

Born on December 15 in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Eboo (known privately as Andrew Joel Adisi) describes his life as one dedicated to music. He started music at the tender age of twelve (12), and has hardly looked back ever since.

Widely praised by connoisseurs at a listening session sometime back, Eboo’s “Good Life” album  consists a staggering 21 songs, and will shake up the terrain without doubt.

 

See behind-the-scenes shots below:

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I wrote a lot of songs for Castro – Afezi Perry

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Takoradi based act, Afezi Perry says he was behind a some of the hit songs released by hiplife gem Castro.

The 2017 VGMA unsung nominee disclosed this in an interview with Regina  Van Helvert on the Rymthz show on GH One Television. he told the host ” I was Castro’s protege. I stayed with him for so many years just to undergo grooming to be a successful artiste. There are several things that I can’t disclose on air but to be frank, I wrote a lot of his hit songs for him, not just Under, I have written for several artists, I wrote Sister Afia’s Jeje featuring Shatta Wale ” he said.

Afezi Perry is a sensational Ghanaian singer and songwriter whose lyrics cut across all genres of music. He is acknowledged for smash hits such as “Dedew”, “maabena”, “Sika Beba” “wonkoaa”, and much more.
Music lovers probably may have fallen in love with the soul crooner during the 2017 VGMA nominees jam in Suyani where he was put in the Unsung category with Eshun, Cina Soul, CJ Biggerman and Kwame Eugene etc.
With all the outlandish performances by these acts, the Takoradi based entertainer was at his usual entertaining best on the night. His ability to control the crowd aided his presence on stage and boosted cheers from fans. To many, Afezi Perry put his craft together without blemish and as such was ahead of other competitors vying for the Unsung Artist of the Year Award at the VGMA Nominees Jam held in Suyani, early on in the year. Entertainment critics rated his performance eight of ten.
To many, Afezi Perry put his craft together without blemish and as such was ahead of other competitors vying for the Unsung Artist of the Year Award at the VGMA Nominees Jam held in Suyani, early on in the year. Entertainment critics rated his performance eight of ten.
Afezi Perry managed by HYPHEN INC a talent management company based in Accra owned and founded by Gh one TV’s VJ Xpliph.
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DJ Mic Smith to shutdown Accra with the biggest DJ Concert In Ghana as part of his 10th year anniversary

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Sunday October 22nd will be etched in the memories of many Ghanaians as a tall list of top stars converge at the Accra Mall food court to party and pay tribute to the contribution of DJ Mic Smith to the Ghanaian and international music industry.

For the past decade, Mic Smith known in real life as Michael Owusu-Smith has demonstrated a monstrous mastery of his craft. His flawless control of the turntables has endeared him to the hearts of many in Ghana and across the shores of the country. So on an occasion to recognize his efforts in putting the country on a different pedestal, “A” list DJS like Andy Dosty, DJ Kess, Nigeria’s finest, DJ Neptune, DJ Mensa, Killa Fingers, DJ Vyrusky are amongst the DJs on rotation to celebrate with him in mega style.

The Shutdown King as he is affectionately called has paid his dues both to the music and Djing fraternity.

So on the night, expect artiste like Mr. Eazi to take things easy as he delivers explosive tunes from his arsenal. E.L, A.I, Magnom, Kojo Cue, are also part of a tall list of performers to thrill patrons at the free concert dubbed SHUTDOWN 2017.

About DJ Mic Smith

Micheal Owusu known as DJ Mic Smith is an event, club, radio, mixtape and artist DJ and also an entrepreneur from the republic of Ghana.

He also currently holds several nominations from Ghana DJ Awards; The Redbull club DJ of the year awardMic Smith is also the official DJ for international Afrobeats star Mr Eazi signed to the highly successful Ghanaian record label Miester Music .

Mic began DJing by “accident” when looking for a job over 10 years ago, where he had an embedded passion for music and allowed this to take more of a forefront in his life than it had previously. At Hot fm (93.9) in the early stages of 2008, he started as a radio presenter who presented the entertainment news on the Drive Time Show hosted by Okyeame Quophi. Within a year of life in the media world. Mic began spinning, his talent was pushed to the next level, when he became resident DJ at one of the most recognised clubs in Accra, Rockstone’s Office known to many as Django. Over the years he was the main focus entertainment at the club and his talent on the decks quickly earned him the nickname ‘The Shutdown King’ exposing him to many opportunities including national and international gigs.

 

 

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