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Maccasio releases video for “Ninsala” ahead of album launch

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Dagbani rap sensation Sherif Abdul- Majeed (Maccasio) has released visuals to Ninsala, title track off his forthcoming album.

The launch is scheduled for the Tamale Sports Stadium on August 9. The video was released under Zola Music and directed by Joe Gameli.

Ninsala follows other successful albums as Boussu (2014), and Oshihila Nkpe (2015).

A Giant Malt ambassador, Maccasio has also collaborated on projects with sought-after mainstream acts including Kofi Kinaata, Zeal (VVIP), and dancehall star Shatta Wale.

 

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Profile: Maccasio Might Just Be The One True Student of Sarkodie

Many people have strict music palettes…I don’t. I like music from wherever, as long as it is good enough. I do feel like, by not being experimental in how we listen to music, we might be doing our souls a disservice, so you’ll find even Chinese music on my phone –the strings and wind instruments caress the heart, trust me.

Three or four years ago, Awuni, an older comrade of mine whom I immensely admired, heard me playing R2bees’ ‘Suhudoo’ on my Blackberry. That day, the fact that he had heard contemporary rap music in his native tongue made him so happy. He thanked me endlessly and for many days following that incident, it was the song I heard him playing from his Techno. I am certain, that that gesture is solely responsible for why we began to have longer conversations since then, and why he would specially invite me to his house during Islamic festivities.

Very little trickles down from up north musically, so you probably may just be hearing of

the Dagbani rap sensation, Maccasio. Your music has to be successful in Accra, else it is not successful enough to get you on the big shows and award nominations for instance.This is not necessarily fair, for this specific reason: every part of this country has something to offer musically. Music serves an interior need, and you might never know where your musical healing would come from.

Majeed might just be Tamale’s answer to Sarkodie…Ambolley even. At 23, he already has two albums to his credit: Boussu [My Boss] (2014), and Oshihila Nkpe [She is Touching Me] (2015), both under Zola Music. His delivery, which patterns out like a complementary beat to the instrumentation he’s rapping on, is Obidi-like…but in a way that is exclusive to him ( pleasant too). His voice invokes nostalgia about someone who is himself a pioneer in hasty speech in music not just here, but the world over –Ambulley. Maccasio’s voice is nearly completely husky and certainly intriguing too.

He’s got such a stage presence too –Maccasio. He such a grenade of energy. Like Sarkodie and Ambulley, you might not necessarily understand what he’s uttering, but you’ll definitely appreciate the design of his delivery, and you will be greatly entertained. I did watch a video of him on TV3’s Music Music, and I think you should check it out if you have the time. For his ‘Flawless Victory’ performance, it was just him on stage, and with a stagecraft characteristic of a veteran, he ensured the crowd’s eyes were on him for as long as he had the cordless microphone to his lips. Like I said, his rap technique is intricate, and that is his strength on stage. Else, how else could he have managed an audience I’m certain did not understand a word of what he said?

To know what his personality outside music is, I looked up his Facebook wall (Sherif Abdul- Majeed), and I was astounded. Already, there’s a whole army from up north on which he rides. Currently, they may be referred to as ‘69 Fans’, after a single with the same title. I saw pictures of t- shirts, scooters and other vehicles with such inscriptions as ‘Team Macca’ or ‘69 Fans’, and several other inscriptions which point to him on them. We all are mildly loyal to one artist or the other, but for someone to embed your name in their life in that way shows that you are rare, a real hero. It’s evidence that you are doing something special, for those are concrete signs of loyalty to you and your craft. When he puts anything up on his page, it gains a traction which is enviable –thousands of comments and likes. Already, he has shared stages with such heavyweights as Samini, StoneBwoy and VVIP, so when the claim is made that he has Tamale, and indeed all of northern Ghana on lockdown, it is a legitimate statement.

Take his ‘Flawless Victory’, or ‘De Bank’ for instance; two songs on which his display of rap skill and style is vehement. On both songs, he doesn’t even seem to breathe. The rap just keeps flowing and flowing and flowing. It feels like one of two things: a long hearty conversation or an unending stream of consciousness. Either way, it is captivating. And if his performance is this powerful when he’s this young, I can only look forward to him in a couple of years, when he has fully grown into his own space and has come into the view of a wider, more varied audience.

He has mentioned in an interview that he looks up to Sarkodie musically. Many artists these days claim to be students of Sarkodie, and then when they start to rap, it’s just a poorly done imitation.

But Macassio, a.k.a Sherif Abdul- Majeed is different. It is obvious he’s a true student of Sarkodie, (who might just be our most influential rapper now), but he also maintains an originality; for one thing, he raps primarily in his native Dagbani, but it is important to add too, that he’s a jack of many trades as he fuses English and Twi in his delivery.

Sarkodie feels strongly against those of the opinion that making music in one’s native tongue enslaves the artist, and limits his reach. He has also gone ahead to prove it, for today he is undoubtedly Ghana’s biggest music export since maybe, Osibisa. It is this theory specifically, that Maccasio is disciple to, which is what sets him apart from others who claim to be followers of Sarkodie. Many upcoming rappers have missed the point completely…thinking that once you can rap like someone, you can be where they are. The trick is to allow yourself to be influenced by their story and axioms. That is what sets one on the path of greatness. Macassio is on that path.

Macassio derives his stage name from the brilliant fifteenth century Italian painter, Massaccio –who is also credited to be the ‘first great Italian painter of the Quattrocento period of the Italian Renaissance’ . By altering the positions of the c’s and s’s, we now have Macassio, the rapper. I gather that it is his ethic and brilliance that Maccasio intends to channel, and that is laudable

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Reconnecting Africa, Diaspora key to accelerated development – Dr Bawumia

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The single most important factor in the development and progress of a nation is its human capital, and it is crucial to reconnect Africans on the continent and those in the diaspora to accelerate the emancipation of the African continent, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has underscored.

The Vice President, who was speaking at the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr W.E.B Du Bois in Accra on Monday February 19, 2018, emphasised that the destiny of Africans anywhere in the world is irrevocably tied to the destiny of the African continent.

Born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, a small town in Massachusetts town USA, Dr Du Bois Du Bois was a leader in the pan-African movement that sought solidarity between all people of African descent. He was a major influence on Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, especially after they met at the 1945 Pan-African Congress in Manchester, England.

 

travelled to Ghana in 1961 at the invitation of Dr Kwame to help write the Encyclopedia Africana. Renouncing his U.S. citizenship, Du Bois became a citizen of Ghana and lived here until his death in 1963, at the age of 95.

Alluding to W.E.B. Du Bois’s drive to reconnect the African diaspora to the continent, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia emphasised that almost 400 years after the advent of slavery, Africa was still strong and, with a growing population billed to be the largest in the world by 2050, a focus on developing the human capital of persons of African descent would help the continent assume its rightful place in the world.

“It is important for Africans to recognise that we are all Africans, whether you are in the diaspora or in the continent” Dr Bawumia stated.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a billionaire walking on the streets of America as a black man; they will see you no different from anybody walking on the streets of Africa, and so the emancipation of people of African descent lies in the emancipation of Africa.

“That lesson for me is very very important, and that is why we have to grow and move beyond aid and develop our continent.”

According to the Vice President, Dr Du Bois’ decision to relocate to Ghana, sowed a seed that reflected his commitment to the development of the African.

“The message for me in his coming back home – he was here, died here, he is buried here – that singular act is the sowing of a seed, and we are all the products of that seed. He sowed a seed to let us understand why it is important to unite the African diaspora with the continent.

“The research is very clear, that the single most important factor is not natural resources, the gold and all that. The single most important factor for the development and the progress of nations is your human capital. That is the single most important factor.

“Next year 2019 will be 400 years of the first documented arrival of slaves from Africa to America, so if human capital is the key to the development and progress of nations and you have 400 years of a loss of human capital, it is bound to have a major impact for us descendants. Therefore it is very very important to reconnect that human capital that is out there, our brothers and sisters out there in the diaspora.

“We want quality human capital, that is why our education systems have to be ramped up, and we have to link up with the human capital that we already have in the diaspora. We have to link up and take advantage of that to propel this continent scientifically.”

 

 

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These Paul Addo images sum up Ebony’s One – Week Observation!

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The One -Week observation ceremony for singer Ebony Reigns (Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng), held in Dansoman over the weekend, was characterised by a mix of emotions: disconsolate and celebratory alike.

A momentous time in modern Ghanaian music, the event attracted a myriad of sympathisers (celebrities, as well as regular folk).

Photographer Paul Addo, via a selection of poignant images, sums up the key scenes from proceedings. Follow him on Twitter

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IMAGES: Mzvee shows class at inaugural NFF Awards in Nigeria

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Afro-Dancehall artiste Mzvee was the toast of the several patrons who throng the Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island (Lagos) on Monday for the maiden edition of the Aiteo/Nigeria Football Federation awards.

The versatile act performed her smash hit “Rewind”, and was joined by Nigerian Dancehall act Patoranking to perform their collaboration “Sing My Name” on the night.

Other performers on the night were Tiwa Savage, Simi, Kiss Daniel, Reekado Banks,  and Falz.

Present at the awards were NFF President Amaju Pinnick, First Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad and Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Born Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda, the Natural Girl is popular for many hits including Bokor Bokor, Abofra, and Hold Me Now.

She has worked with top colleagues as Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Richie Mensah, Efya, Didier Awadi, Pappy Kojo, and MI Abaga etc. MzVee is also a two-time BET honouree, and is recipient of several other laurels including VGMA awards for  Unsung Artiste of the Year (2014), Best New Artist Of The Year (2015), Best Female Vocalist of the Year (2016), GMH Best Female Artist Honour (2016) and a host of others.

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WEDDING BELLS! Here are exquisite Kwabena Awuku -made images of Paa T & RHODA’s nuptials

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Here are images from the most-talked about wedding in the capital all weekend. Made by celebrity photographer Kwabena Awuku, the pictures are a captivating portrayal of what a momentous time the ceremony turned out to be.

A classy garden event which saw Michael “Paa T” Tawiah Attoh (CEO of Accra Young Wise Football Club, and PM’s Lounge) say “I do” to his sweetheart, Rhoda Adei Asantewa Neequaye, in the presence of several high-profile personalities including actresses Moesha Budong and Efia Odo, executives of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), members of the Shatta Movement, as well as a number of TV and radio presenters.

LYNX Entertainment singer KiDi, was present to serenade guests with songs from his ever-growing catalogue.

Another highlight of the beautiful function, which came off at the Page Centre in Sakaman – Accra, was the fascinating decor ( a masterful blend of  gold, white and wine).

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THE JOURNEY OF AN ENTREPRENEUR! Bola Ray to speak at 9th edition of OF LEAD SERIES

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OMNIS2131, in conjunction with live919fm, will host Chief Executive Officer of EIB Network, Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi on Sunday, February 25, on the theme ‘THE JOURNEY OF AN ENTREPRENEUR”.

The event will run from 4pm to 6pm at Capitol Café & Restaurant, located inside Labone, a few meters away from the Ghana Free Zones Board.

Bola Ray is unquestionably one of the utmost successful young business magnates in the media circles whose success story is motivation to the youth who look up to him.

The LE.A.D Series is powered by OMNIS 2131 with support from The Radio Advertising People (TRAP), TOTO Wear, Made Men Agency, Brands Aid, and TIGO Bussiness. In the past, the series has hosted influential personalities as Sarkodie, Ameyaw Debrah, Nabil Alhassan, Asamoah Gyan, among others.

Bola Ray joined 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.

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SOUTH AFRICA REVEALED! Explore “Mandelaville” with Bola Ray this March!

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Popular personality-based TV show, “Revealed with Bola Ray”, explores the beautiful nation of South Africa like never before.

Slated for March 21-31, the tour, which sees celebrated media mogul and host Bola Ray take on the country in the company of fellow tourists from Ghana, comprises an exciting and extensive itinerary  including wine tasting and tour of 16 different lush vineyards and wineries, wine pairings with decadent meals (breakfasts, lunch and dinners), and a stop at the Cape Town Jazz Festival.

Other activities during the tour include a luxurious overnight-ride aboard the Blue Train through mountain ridges, hills, valleys and townships of Cape Town and  Pretoria.

A historic country in every regard, the “Rainbow Nation”, which is largest country in Southern Africa, is how to some of the most iconic monuments on the continent. This tour, organisers are confident, affords a truly intimate interaction of the country, which also stands as a beacon of democracy and self determination, especially via the stories of Nelson Mandela, jazz legend  Hugh Masekela.

A grand tour of Soweto, the famous Motor Museum at L’Ormarins, a visit to the first home of Nelson Mandela and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, as well as a Art installations and trips to Maboneng and Alexandra Townships.

Showing on GH One TV and Fiesta TV (Dstv Channel 329) every Sunday, the show sees the ace broadcaster and EIB boss explore the lives of accomplished personalities across various spectrums of society while understanding their perspectives and principles of life.

 

Travel packages include:

*Roundtrip flights via South Africa Airways

*4 star luxury accommodation

*Ground transportation

*Access and tickets for all tours and events

*All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

*Souvenirs and so much more

* Visitors Visa (application and processing)

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