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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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Alliance Française marks 60 years in Ghana [+images]

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Last Saturday at the Alliance Française, the weeklong celebration came to a climax with a closing ceremony that was graced with the presence of the His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana. 

There was no shortage of commendation as President Nana Akufo-Addo paid tribute to the institution, saying “I would like to thank the institute (AF) for the inestimable role that it has played in the advancement of the learning of the French language and the appreciation of French culture in Ghana […] Our objective is to one day witness a Ghana where at least all the educated fluently speak both English and French and a population familiar with the French language”. This vision is one that is shared by the French ambassador to Ghana François Pujolas who was also present at the function. “This year is highly significant in the strengthening of France’s ties with Ghana because it also marks the celebration of 60years of diplomatic relations with this country, a relationship in which the Alliance Française of Accra plays a crucial role” the ambassador noted. As the cultural branch of the French embassy, the AF is a member of the “France in Ghana” network that is made of 7 agencies and institutions working on a daily basis with the French Embassy to foster closer bilateral ties with Ghana. For his part, Mr. Frédéric Dart, Director of Alliance Française, was full of gratitude, acknowledging the role played by past administrative boards, the French embassy, the Alliance Française foundation, the teaching and non-teaching staff, partners, students and the general public, all of whom have in diverse ways contributed to this landmark achievement.

What is Alliance Française worldwide? How is it represented in Ghana?

In conformity with its mission, the Alliance Française (AF) of Accra, through its various services, has for 60 years been bridging the linguistic gap between Ghana and France, as well as other Francophone countries. Founded in 1957, the Alliance Française is an independent, non-profit association that is regulated by local law and based upon the initiative of civil society to exchange cultural and linguistic values. The institution has over the years become one of the pioneers of the promotion of cultural diversity in Accra namely through cultural exchange initiatives which have immensely benefited both sides of the Franco-Ghanaian cultural divide. The AF is part of an international network composed of 835 centers in 136 countries that are world-renowned for the quality of their French courses. As an established leader in teaching French as a foreign language, the centre offers tailor-made training for all levels. It is also the only examination centre in Ghana for internationally-recognized tests and certifications (DELF, DALF, DAEFLE, TCF and TEF) and welcomes more than 4,000 students each year.

At the cultural level, the AF of Accra often holds events inviting young people to thrust themselves into the artistic limelight with their talents. With about 85 events a year, welcoming more than 30,000 visitors, it remains one of the major cultural and artistic venues in Accra. During this week of festivities running from 11th to 18th November, the Alliance Française of Accra organised a number of activities reflecting its central theme: concerts, a fashion show, a food fair, quiz games, all with lots of prizes and giveaways. These functions were largely attended by students, former students, clients, partners, musicians, ambassadors, state representatives, spectators and people from all walks of life. 

 

 

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Akwaaba Group presents “December In Ghana” 2017

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As the year comes to an end, the Akwaaba Group brings presents another edition of their annual “December In Ghana”.

Starting from Friday 22nd December 2017, the event giant  will have series of entertaining activities running in our cities, comprising a welcome party,  Welcome Party,  Brunch, Day Party, Splash Pool Party, All Black Party, Special Get Away at  Aqua Safari (Ada) among others.

“December In Ghana” has become very popular since to was first rolled out, and this year looks to up the excitement even further.

See the full line-up of events below:

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Shatta Wale, Samini, Ebony, Stonebwoy, OTHERS fired for Dec 1 S’ Concert’

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Ghana’s biggest stars in music are ready for this year’s S Concert. Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini, and Ebony among a host of others are fired up for a grand showdown.

The December 1 concert will feature over 50 artistes on one stage, yet the biggest assembly of musicians under one roof for a night’s experience.

This year’s S Concert is being held at the Accra Sports Stadium, venue for last year’s record-breaking numbers.

Organized annually since 2014 by the EIB Network-owned Starr 103.5 FM, the concert is yet Ghana’s biggest celebration of its mainstream and budding artistes.

The 2017 S Concert is sponsored by Storm Energy Drink, Accra City Hotel, Express Savings and Loans, Ghana Post GPS, Hubtel, and Cosmopolitan Health Insurance.

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Bola Ray, Sarkodie, Nana Aba Anamoah, others nominated for People’s Celebrity Awards 2017 (+FULL LIST)

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Celebrated Ghanaian broadcaster and CEO of EIB Network, Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi, rapper Sarkodie, and Nana Aba Anamoah among others have been nominated for the 2017 edition of the People’s Celebrity awards.

Formerly known as People’s Choice Awards, the event is a multisector awards scheme that celebrates personalities in the fields of entertainment, media, religion and sports.

The event is slated for 30th December 2017 at the Accra International Conference Center.

Find below full list of nominees

Favourite Female TV Presenter category

•Adwoa Yeboah Agyei

•Afia Schwarzenegger

•Akumaa Mama Zimbi

•Amanda Jissih

•Berla Mundi

•Deloris Frimpong Manso

•Maame Yeboah Asiedu

•Nana Aba Anamoah

•Nana Yaa Brefo

•Soko Hemaa

Favourite Male Musician category:

• Fancy Gadam

• Flowking Stone

• Kofi Kinaata

• Joe Mettle

• Maccasio

• Medikal

• Sarkodie

• Shatta Wale

• Stonebwoy

Favourite Music Video category:

• Ayoo – Shatta Wale

• Confession – Kofi Kinaata

• Dream – Kumi Guitar

• Enku Lenu – Stonebwoy

• Ladder – Lilwin

• Pain Killer – Sarkodie

Sponsor – Ebony

• Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam

• Work In Progress – Diana Hamilton

• Yewo Nyame – Nacee

Favourite Actress category:

•Benedicta Gafah

•Emelia Brobbey

•Lydia Forson

•Joselyn Dumas

•Jackie Appiah

•Nana Ama McBrown

•Priscilla Opoku Agyeman

•Roselyn Ngissah

•Yvonne Okoro

•Zynell Zuh

Favourite Comedian category:

•Baba Spirit

•Bismark The Joke

•Derek Kobina Boney (DKB)

•Comedian Khemical

•Comedian OB

•Emmanuel Nkansah

•Foster Romanus

•Funny Face

•Jacinta

•Nathaniel Mensah (Ajeezay)

Favourite Female Musician category:

•Adina

•Becca

•Diana Hamilton

•Ebony

•Efya

•Feli Nuna

•Joyce Blessing

•Mz Vee

•Patience Nyarko

•Sista Afia

Favourite Female Radio Presenter category:

•Afia Pokua

•Adjoa Yeboah Agyei

•Amanda Jissih

•Anita Erskine

•Doreen Andoh

•Ewurama Attoh

•Jessica Opare Saforo

•Ohemaa Woyeje

•Silva Lady

•Sokoo Hemaa

Favourite Journalist category:

•Adomako Felix (Zion Felix)

•Ameyaw Debrah

•Attractive Mustapha

•Dan Lartey

•David Mawuli

•Halifax Ansah Addo

•Koncept Worae

•Kwame Dadzie

•Nana Yaw Donkor (NYDJ)

 

Favourite Male Radio Presenter category:

•Abeiku Santana

•Agyemang Prempeh

•Christian Adjei Frimpong

•David Anann Barima

•Enoch Asare

•Giovani Caleb

•Lexis Bill

•Londona Nie

•Prince Benjamin

•Sammy Forson

Favourite Male Sports Personality category:

•Asamoah Gyan

•Dede Ayew

•Duke Micah

•Isaac Dogbe

•Richard Commey

•Sadiq Adams

•Thomas Partey

•Winful Cobbina

Favourite Female Sports category:

•Alberta Ampomah

•Adu Agyemang Kate

•Belinda Anane

•Mercy Tagoe

•Nadia Eke

•Nafisatu Umaru

•Sandra Owusu

•Priscilla Adubea

Favourite Male TV Presenter category:

•Andrew Adote Tandoh

•Bola Ray

•Dan Kwaku Yeboah

•David Dontoh

•George Quaye

•Ibrahim Ben Bako

•Johnnie Hughes

•Patrick Osei Agyemang

•Sammy Flex

Favourite Religious Personality category:

•Apostle Kwadwo Safo

•Bishop Daniel Obinim

•Pastor Mensa Otabil

•Rev. Eastwood Anaba

•Counselor Lutterodt

•Imam Rashid

*Archbishop Duncan Williams

*Nana Kwaku Bonsam

*Apostle Kpegah Tamakloe

*Bishop Charles Agyin Asare

People’s Celebrity Awards Social Media category:

*Stonebwoy

*Sarkodie

*Fancy Gadam

*Lydia Forson

*Moesha Boudong

*Mona (Hajia4Real)

*Medikal

*Shatta Wale

*Macassio

*Nana Ama McBrown

Favourite Song category:

•My Own – Samini

•Too Risky – Medikal

•Pain Killer – Sarkodie

•My Name – Stonebwoy

*Taking Over – Shatta Wale

*Too Big – Macassio

*Confession – Kofi Kinaata

*Onwawani – Joe Mettle

Favourite Movie category :

•Adanfo Bone

•Ghana Galamsey

•John & John

•Keteke

•Piele

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Jackie Appiah, McBrown, Yaw Dabo, Emelia Brobbey, others for “Stars in Worship 2017”

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After a power-packed show last year, the annual Stars In Worship Concert hosted at the House of Miracles Ministries auditorium is here again.

The sixth edition of the program happens on Saturday, December 9 with scores of stars expected to attend the event. The annual event hosted by Prophet Sampson Amoateng, Founder of House of Miracles Ministries Worldwide brings together both Ghanaian and Nigerian celebrities in the movie, music, comedy and other entertainment sectors to lead Christians and their fans to worship and praise God for His goodness and mercies showered on them throughout the year.

Top celebrities in Ghana who will be at the December 9 event include Jackie Appiah, Joselyn Dumas, Nana Ama McBrown, Emelia Brobbey, Yaw Dabo, Funny Face, Bismark The Joke, Willie & Mike, Bro. Sammy, Yaw Sarpong, Isaiah Kwadwo Ampong, Adwoa Smart, Jesurun Okyere and many others. Other Nigerian celebrities who will be at the House of Miracles Ministries on the night are Jim Iyke, Desmond Elliot, Chioma and many more.

The four pastor brothers from the Amoateng Family – Sampson Amoateng (Host), Mark Amoateng, Daniel Amoateng and Brian Amoateng will all be at the Stars in Worship event with their father who also happens to be a man of God, Dr Gabriel Amoateng.

The 2017 edition of Stars In Worship concert is part of the 7-day December 2 Remember event which kicks off from December 3 this year at House of Miracles Ministries auditorium and hosted by Prophet Sampson Amoateng.

A-list African celebrities who have been to any of the five previous editions of Stars In Worship are Kwabena Kwabena, Becca, Mr. Ibu, Chioma, Amanda Jissih, Kalybos, Desmond Elliot, Nadia Buari, Tinsel bad boy, Kalu Ikeagwu, Mr Beautiful, Joe Mettle, OJ, Francis Amo, Fiifi Folson, Zynell Zuh, Tornado of Afia Schwarzenegger fame, Bukom Banku, Willie and Mike, Adwoa Smart and Soraya Mensah and many others.

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Raquel headlines “The Voice Concert”, DEC 22

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Ghanaian songstres Raquel rolls out the debut edition if her live band concert “The Voice”.

Slated for the Piano Bar, December 22, the show will see the Sweetio singer render other popular  songs  from her as Lovi Dovi, I Won’t Cry’ Adjei, Woara among many other new releases.

Raquel will be joined onstage by Myra Kay and Sablar (signed to her BlackStar SR Entertainment) as well as Aduhemaa.

“The Voice Concert” is put together by BlackStar SR Entertainment and Africa 1 Media, and commences at 8 pm.

 

 

 

 

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