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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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AllStar DJ Mynor hosts the biggest automobile show BENZ PARTY (+IMAGES)

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Award-winning Ghanaian DJ, Allstar DJ Mynor has hosted the biggest Benz Party in Ghana.

The event was organized by AllStarKonnect/SuSean GH LTD and Motion Consult.

“BENZ PARTY is an initiative that was created to bring all lovers, users and also fans of Mercedes Benz together… Basically, the idea behind this initiative is to share ideas, connect owners together, exhibit, educate, inform and also have fun ” DJ Mynor said.

Jeffrey Offei Moses popularly known as DJ Mynor is known for his association with R2bees and Criss Waddle and his numerous mixtapes like the All-Star Mixbag, Hiplife and Naija Mixbag amongst others.

According to the organisers, the Chigo GH LTD sponsored event will be an annual event supported by Starbuzz Tv, StudioXtra and Metro Tv.

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Donewell Insurance, Happy FM Stock National Blood Bank

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The 2018 edition of Happy 98.9 FM’s annual blood donation exercise was partnered by Donewell Insurance as part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The blood donation exercise which took place at the Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Accra on Saturday April 14, saw a host of Donewell Insurance Company Limited and Happy FM staff together with the general public donating blood to stock the National Blood Bank.

Over 100 units of blood was collected to boost the stock of blood at the National Blood Bank.

Speaking at the Blood Donation Exercise, Timothy Karikari, a Director at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Company (GMABC) stated that the issue of shortage of blood at the hospitals is a great concern to Happy FM and hence the partnership with Donewell Insurance Company Limited to beef up the stock at the blood bank.

“We at GMABC, having trust and confidence in the Donewell brand, decided to partner them in this year’s edition. Shortage of blood at our hospitals has been an issue of great concern to this country. Blood is essential for life and the wellbeing of Ghana’s human resource is critical for the success of this country. We believe that by doing this, we are contributing our quota to the health and development of this nation,” Mr. Karikari disclosed.

He said that blood cannot be manufactured and therefore essential for people to donate to help save a life.

Blood cannot be manufactured or created and so by donating blood, you are saving someone’s life, a company’s life and a nation’s future.  Even one unit of blood is important,” he noted.

Jennifer Bebli, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Donewell Insurance Company Limited disclosed that the objective of the blood donation exercise was to give back to society and also to help save lives.

“It has been all over the news that the blood bank has always had a shortage in terms of blood so we decided that as part of our way of giving back and saving lives, we organized this exercise. Donewell Insurance is 25 years and as part of our support to Ghanaians and the community in which we carry out our business, this blood donation exercise is one of the many CSR activities lined up for the year. Since our head office is in Osu, we thought it right to undertake this CSR activity in the community in which we have stayed in these 25years and also to support the blood bank by donating blood,” she noted.

The blood donation exercise lasted for about 8 hours from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There were other activities such as free medical screening and health checks for participants by qualified medical professionals.

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WATCH LIVE: The 19th Ghana Music Awards

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LIVE from the Accra International Conference Centre, it is Ghana music’s biggest night.

Watch live. Feed courtesy TV3.

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The Ghana Music Awards – ALL THE WINNERS – ARTISTE OF THE YEAR #VGMAs2018

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Tonight’s VGMA Awards, the 19th edition, could produce the first ever female “Artist of the Year”. The act who would be responsible for this momentous feat, should it happen, will be late dancehall singer, Ebony Reigns, whom many expect to come alive tonight.

Other contenders for the topmost laurel include Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, and Joe Mettle (all of whom have won the award in previous years.

Put together by Charterhouse Productions, with Vodafone Ghana as headline sponsor, the Ghana Music Awards scheme was instituted in 2000, and saw highlife veteran Charles K Tosu (Daddy Lumba) being crowned Artist of the Year. The list that has followed Lumba for the coveted award has been remarkable and regularly fiercely contested:

  1. Daddy Lumba (2000)

2. Kojo Antwi (2001)

3. Lord Kenya (2002)

4. Kontihene (2003)

5. V.I.P (2004, 2011)

6. Obour (2005)

 7.  Ofori Amponsah (2006)

8. Samini (2007)

 

9. Kwaw Kese (2008)

Kwaw Kese. IMAGE/ OWULA KPAKPO

10. Okyeame Kwame (2009)

11. Sarkodie (2010, 2012)

 

12. R2Bees (2013)

 

13. Shatta Wale (2014)

Shatta Wale. IMAGE/ KWABENA AWUKU

14. Stonebwoy (2015)

15. EL (2016)

 

16. Joe Mettle (2017)

VGMA 2017 Artist of the Year, Joe Mettle

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Ghana DJ Awards 2018: DJ Putin optimistic of winning “Best Club DJ”

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Budding disc jockey, DJ Putin, is optimistic about being named “Best Club DJ’ at the forthcoming Ghana DJ Awards.

The former first Digital TV VJ, in an interview with Enewsgh.com, said “I am very hopeful of winning this year’s best Club DJ… I have worked very hard to make sure patrons who throng to the club enjoy every moment of my time ”

DJ Putin is fast-becoming a household name alongside his more illustrious peers in Ghana.

One of the stepping stones in his career has been getting a residency at Twist, arguably one of the best nightclubs in Ghana. He does remarkably so well and is credited with rousing the crowd every weekend.

Between November and December last year, DJ Putin had a small but impactful club tour in a partnership where he played at his two previous residencies, Champs Sports Bar and Firefly Lounge. He was welcomed with open arms at both establishments and he got down to doing what he does best, making the crowd have an awesome time.

This was also a warm-up and soon, the turntablist is expected to tour more clubs in Ghana and eventually all of Africa.

DJ Putin is a protege of award-winning disc jockey and reigning Ghana DJ Awards “Best DJ”, Vyrusky.

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Ghana DJ Awards 2018: Kojo Manuel gets nomination for Best Club MC/Hypeman

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Popular Ghanaian nightlife MC and Club host Kojo Manuel has grabbed a nomination for the best Club MC/Hypeman at the recent Ghana DJ Awards 2018 nomination announcement.

Manuel over the years has proven to be one of the best Mcees in Ghana. He is currently the in-house Mc for 360 creative company Echo House, Carbon Night Club and Presenter with music Channel 4Syte TV.

 

In 2017, Manny Yo as he is widely known hosted several events like Tidal Rave, Pen & Paper Concert, UABA,  Corps Friday, Now Here Cool Concert, Freshafair Concerts, Legon, Tech, UCC,  Lights Up, Epilogo, Afrochella, Detty Rave among others.

He will compete with colleagues Lyrical, Joe Boy, Ogee The MC, Johnny Stone.

This year’s edition is sponsored by Pepsi, Nasco Electronics, Papas Pizza, Device, Kriss Coconut Milk and GH Media School.

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