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#VGMAs2017: Joe Mettle makes history as first gospel act to win topmost Prize (+ FULL LIST OF WINNERS)

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In an unprecedented turn of events, gospel singer Joe Mettle was crowned Artist of the Year at this year’s edition of the Vodafone-sponsored Ghana Music Awards.  He is the first Gospel act since the scheme was instituted in 2000 to achieve the topmost prize.

Joe Mettle also walked home with awards for Gospel Artist of the Year and Best Male Vocal Performance. He beat off fierce competition from EL, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Medikal, and MzVee.

A couple of weeks to the event, a huge campaign was championed by the Gospel fraternity to help him achieve the coveted prize. An excited Joe Mettle was joined onstage by colleagues Nacee, Jeshrun Okyere, among others.

Initial technical hitches led to the late commencement of the show, which was originally scheduled to commence at 8 pm, but it was rectified, and the rest of the show went smoothly.

Other big winners for the night were rapper M.anifest and Confession hitmaker Kofi Kinaata. Tamale-based Fancy Gadam also pulled a significant surprise as he beat the likes of Article Wan, Eugy, and Medikal to emerge New Artist of the Year. Medikal, who was up for a total of 7 nominations, went home with none…a major upset for the night.

This year’s event, the 18th sedition, was hosted by ace broadcaster Anita Erskine of Starr FM. She’s the first woman to host the show, and was supported by DJ Black on the turntables, and Berla Mundi an Eliken Kumordzi on the red carpet.

The evening also saw performances from local and international acts as Toofan, Sarkodie, Medikal, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Runtown, Kofi Kinaata, EL, and M.anifest, among others.

Here’s the full list of winners:

GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR

Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze – Nacee ft. Ernest Opoku

Change Over – Mary Agyemang

Mewo Jesus – Mabel Okyere

Still You Reign – Sonnie Badu

Healing Stream – Jeshrun Okyere ft. Nathaniel Bassey

Agye Won Nsam – Piesie Esther

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

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

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

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

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

GOSPEL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Joe Mettle

Piesie Esther

Sonnnie Badu

Jeshrun Okyere

Nacee

HIGHLIFE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Bis K’dei

Becca

Kofi Kinaata

REGGAE/DANCEHALL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Stonebwoy

Ras Kuuku

Samini

Ebony

Rudebwoy

MzVee

HIPLIFE/HIP-HOP ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Guru

EL

Flowking Stone

Medikal

Sarkodie

M.anifest

Joey B

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Joe Mettle – Onwanwani

Kill Beatz – Too Late

Kofi Kinaata – Confession

Nacee – Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze

BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Leno by Wiyaala – Charlotte Appleton

Small Small by Okyeame Kwame ft. MzVee – Phamous Philms

Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze by Nacee ft. Ernest Opoku – Mcwillies

Rapping Drums by Flowking Stone – Xbills Ebenezer

W’ani Aba by M.anifest ft. Bisa K’dei – Solomon Director

Nyedzilo by Edem ft. Rekaado Banks – Phamous Philms

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

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

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST

Adina – Too Late

Becca – Beshiwo

MzVee – Nobody Else

Piesie Esther – Agye Won Nsam

Petrah – My Man

BEST GROUP OF THE YEAR

VVIP

R2bees

Dunsin

Gallaxy

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)

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

BEST NEW ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Medikal

Nii Funny

Fancy Gadam

Article Wan

Feli Nuna

Ebony

Rudebwoy Ranking

Eugy

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Counselor – Nacee

BAR 3 – EL

Nowhere Cool – M.anifest

Gifted – Flowking Stone

Soundz of Africa – Sonnie Badu

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

OVERALL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

EL

Sarkodie

Stonebwoy

Joe Mettle

MzVee

Medikal

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Patoranking

Mr. Eazi

Runtown

Tekno

Nathaniel Bassey

UNSUNG ARTISTE

AJ Lyricx

Afezi Perry

CJ Biggerman

Cina Soul

Deon Boakye

eShun

Kuami Eugene

TRADITIONAL ARTISE OF THE YEAR

Sammy Amed

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Philip Acquah

VODAFONE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOUR

Paapa Yankson

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2018 WatsUp TV Celebrity Car Race slated for Saturday, June 30!

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After a successful launch of a fun-racing competition for celebrities in Ghana, WatsUp TV is set to host another edition of the annual Celebrity Car Race dubbed WatsUp TV Rush Hour.

This year’s event which will be held at House Party Go-Kart  on the Krokrobite Road in Weija, Accra will be on Saturday 30th June 2018 at 4pm.

Reigning champions Hunter, Dee007 (both from bikers forum) and Epixode are all expected to defend their titles against new comers who will be joining the race this year.

According to the CEO of WatsUp TV, Abd Traore, this year’s event would be raising the bar as more celebrities will be joining the exclusive hangout and racing competition for celebrities and their associates in Ghana.

Some notable celebrities who participated in the previous edition held at the A1 Race Course in Tema include:  Abraham Attah, DJ Mensah, Epixode, Magnom, Gemini, Sista Afia, Opanka, DCryme, Feli Nuna, Ephraim, Keche, George Britton, ZionFelix, Bossu Kule, Stip, Rudebwoy Ranking, Richard ,Coaches, Pep Junia , Geesus and Sarkodie Manager Angeltown Baby

This year’s WatsUp TV Rush Hour is also made possible through the support of SHOB GROUP, TWELLIUM INDUSTRIES, RUSH ENERGY, EXCEL OIL , MAX TV and TV7

 

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Third World, Cyril Neville perform in Ghana this FRIDAY!

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Jamaican reggae band, Third World, considered legends all across the globe, will be in Accra this Friday, June 22, headlining the Ghana World Music Festival.

Slated for the National Theatre from 7:00 pm, the night will also witness a performance from New Orleans great, Cyril Neville.

Currently consisting Stephen “Cat” Coore, Richard Daley, Tony “Ruption” Williams, Maurice Gregory, Norris “Noreiga” Webb, and AJ Brown, the group,active since 1973, are authors of over 20 albums, and are best known for such tunes as “Railroad Track”, “The Story’s Been Told”, “Now That We’ve Found Love”, and “Try Jah Love”. Past band members include

69, singer and percussionist Cyril Garrett Neville shot to fame as member of his brother Art Neville’s funky New Orleans-based band, The Meters.has appeared on recordings by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson, Dr. John and The New Orleans Social Club among others.

Tickets for the Ghana World Music Festival sell for GHC 200 ($42).

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Hundreds donate towards TV Africa’s maiden blood donation exercise

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TV Africa’s blood donation drive was a success as many trooped in to support the worthy cause last weekend. The event saw a lot of voluntary donors in attendance to support the station aid the Ghana national blood service with the blood supply in the country.

Speaking to TV Africa News, the donors expressed joy for participating in the exercise and the fact that it’s an opportunity for them to help save lives whiles others also said they joined the donation as a sign of loyalty to TV Africa.

It was not just about donating, patrons had the opportunity to check for their haemoglobin test, blood pressure, among others.

The donors also were thrilled with musical performances from some artists and were fully refreshed with products from cowbell, Ghandour and other partners.

Veronica Ofosuhemaa Owusu-Ansah, Head of Media and brands for TV Africa, disclosed that the blood donation is a charitable event TV Africa is embarking on as part of its corporate social responsibility to give back to society. She added that the exercise is also part of the company’s positioning strategies.

Some celebrities that passed through were Nikki, Khadijat from the breakfast live show, Classy Judy of Odo confession fame, Sika, Shirley FRIMPONG MANSO, and a host of others.T here was a network session for the donors, presenters, and stakeholders of TV Africa as well.

Cowbell, Ghandour, Ideal Capital Partners, Ideal Finance Limited, Firstrust savings, and loans,360 group, National blood service were our proud sponsors

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aftown to commence quarterly music workshops

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aftown just marked a year of official operations in Ghana with a highlight of 460 artists and over 25,000 subscribers. As part of efforts to improve music sales of artists and increase streaming figures the company kicks off the quarterly aftown music workshop in partnership with afromusicon.

The aftown music workshop is organized specifically for artistes/managers and other stakeholders in the music industry. During this 4-hour workshop, artists will be taken through how to market and promote music with aftown to increase revenue, how to distribute music on other platforms, howproducers and songwriters can publish their music in order to receive royalties, as well as branding as an artiste.

They will also be introduced to partners who provide services in how to plug in their music on radio, and monitor radio airplay nationwide.

The sign up fee for the workshop of GHS 50, which comes with a break-time snacl. To confirm participation applicants can call aftown on 050 3981775 or email musicworkshop@aftown.com

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: RTP Awards 2018

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Big Events Ghana, organizers of the annual Radio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards have released the online nomination form for the 2018 edition of the awards, commencing the process and activities preceding the 8th edition of the event for this year.

The forms are open to Radio and Television personalities who have endeared themselves to the hearts of listeners, viewers and media critics – and have excelled in their respective fields within the year under contention.

The eligibility year for the 2018 RTP Awards is September 2017 to July 2018. Persons eligible for filing of nomination are station managers on behalf of their presenters and individual presenters who wish to put themselves up for nomination.

Interested Radio and Television personalities who meet the above criteria are to visit www.rtpwardsafrica.com, fill the online forms and submit for vetting It is worth nothing that there will be no printed nomination forms for this year’s event and so every process in relation to the filing of nominations will take place on www.rptwardsafrica.com The closing date for the submission of nominations is midnight of 2nd July, 2018.

 

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FlowkingStone, Medikal, Kidi shut down Closeup Campus Tour in Kumasi

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Closeup had the biggest party in Kumasi last weekend.

Just before Otumfuo played host to Okyehene Amoatia Ofori Panin, in Kumasi, Close Up had added more spice to the city.

If you weren’t at the Kumasi City Mall last Friday, you missed a whole lot of fun.

Even though the rains came down a few minutes before the show started, the car park of the mall was full right after it stopped raining.

There were performances from Dope Nation, Kelvynboy, Medikal, and Kidi.

The night was crowned with a spectacular performance from Flowking Stone, who was later joined on stage by his brother, Kunta Kinte.

Before we saw the performances from the stars, we saw the winners from the other regions also perform.

There was also the battle session where a winner was chosen from the Ashanti Region.

There were about 14 underground musicians who battled it out, but it is Officials, a duo who were crowned winners of the Ashanti Region.

The finale of the Closeup Campus Tour will hit Accra in the coming days.

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