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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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11th Anniversary Of NATIONAL SPELLING BEE Launched!

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Mrs. Samira Bawumia, wife of the Vice President of Ghana has declared the eleventh edition of the The Spelling Bee Ghana officially launched at a ceremony in Accra. The launch, which took place at the Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Hall on Tuesday begun the process for the 11th edition of the National Final of The Spelling Bee to take place in February 2018.

The ceremony drew an array of formidable speakers including Dr. Jim Dobson of the USAID, Dr. Charles Owu-Ewie, Dean at University of Education Winneba, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, MP for Klottey Korley and Ms Abla Dzifa Gomashie, former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. The chosen theme for the 11th edition of The Spelling Bee is “The Relevance of the Mother Tongue in Literacy.”

Besides commending the organisers, Young Educators Foundation, for ensuring that many young Ghanaian school children would be trained to not only read and spell correctly, but also obtain confidence in the process, most speakers at the event encouraged the use of the mother tongue in teaching young people.

Mrs. Eugenia Tachie-Menson, Country Director of Young Educators Foundation, organisers of The Spelling Bee, who also spoke at the ceremony, underscored the importance of the programme in the lives of many young Ghanaians over the last 10 years and called on corporate Ghana to support such schemes to ensure they would be sustained.

“Over the last decade we have devoted our time and effort to building a platform that would encourage young people to read and we can say for a fact that we have managed to attain this objective over the 10 years that The Spelling Bee has been here,” she said.

She paid special tribute to the sponsors who had stayed faithful her company organization and their dream of making child literacy a priority. Her commendation also went to the individuals and organizations that showed support by donating to The Spelling Bee this year.

She noted that some companies such as DStv, Rufus Green Parks, Us Embassy, Voltic/Muscatella, South African Airways and Blue Knights Bookshop have by their unwavering support to The Spelling Bee kept it going and thus was very thankful to them. She expressed the greatest appreciation to the lead sponsor for many years, Indomie for their immense support to the Bee.

Mrs. Tachie-Menson commended all the schools which have participated in The Spelling Bee since its inception, the teachers who prepare the students as well as the students who spend their time learning hard to take part in The Spelling Bee.

Lily Tugbah of Solidarity International School, Ashiaman & The Spelling Bee 2017 winner spoke about her journey and the experiences that came her way, including taking part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the USA.

There will be the regional competitions between the months of October and November 2016. The finals of the eleventh anniversary edition of The Spelling Bee will take place in February 2018 with the winner getting an all expenses paid trip to represent Ghana at The Scripps National Spelling Bee in the USA in May of 2018.

 

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Ete Dakitse Launches “L’amour Vrai / True Love” Album

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Alliance Française d’Accra, the French cultural center in Accra will come alive on Saturday 23rd September 2017 when exceptional crooner and gifted African musician, Ete Dakitse, launches his maiden album.

Titled “L’amour Vrai” (meaning True Love), the ten track album is to cement Ete Dakitse’s place as one of the fastest rising and promising African voices on the international music stage having recently performed at a series of private events in London and Scotland.

Some of the singles on the album which have started receiving heavy rotations on radio and television are ‘British Lady’, ‘Love by Nature’, ‘L’amour Vrai’, ‘Persévère’ and ‘Jamais Sans Toi’. All the songs on the album were recorded in South Africa by Sunset Recording Studios.

Speaking about the album, an elated Ete Dakitse said “I am very excited and very thankful to God for all the good things he has done for me and how far he has brought me. One of the popular songs on the album is ‘British Lady’ as you rightly said. It is a song dedicated to the British Monarch and every properly behaved lady. Another favourite song is ‘Persévère’ (Persevere), an inspirational song urging people never to give up in life despite the circumstance or situation they might find themselves in”.

Born Ete Komlan Dakitse – Benissan in the Togolese capital, Lome, he recently performed at the Glam Africa Ball held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra with His Excellency, President Nana Akuffo Addo and other high profiled personalities in attendance.

 Ete is widely known across the francophone African music space as Ete Dakitse. His unique and sweet soft singing voice is complimented by his ability to sing in two languages – French and English.

 

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Daddy Lumba, Amakye Dede join Kanda Bongo Man for 2017 VODAFONE AFRICAN LEGENDS NIGHT

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Music legends Charles K. Fosu aka Daddy Lumba and Abrantie Amakye Dede have been announced as two major Ghanaian acts that will grace this year’s Vodafone African Legends Night.

According to Global Media Alliance, organizers of the event, the two superstars were lined-up together due to their immense contribution to the Ghanaian music industry hence the decision to create a platform to have close interactions with their fans.

Lumba and Amakye Dede will be joined by Congolese music legend Kanda Bongo Man who will be the headline artiste for Vodafone African Legends Night. The trio are expected to mount the stage to thrill audience to some of their hit songs.

The 6th edition of the music show will take place Saturday September 30th at the Banquet Hall State House in Accra.

Last year, the show witnessed great performances from Yvonne Chaka Chaka who collaborated with her ‘daughters’ Becca, Wiyaala and eShun on stage and was spiced up by the robotic Akosua Agyapong, the Kpanlogo man Amandzeba Nat Brew and the smooth taker Nana Tuffuor.

Over the years, African Legends Night has celebrated musical icons. Notable performers include South Africa’s legend and first headliner Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti, Freddy Meiway, Gyedu Blay Ambulley, Amakye Dede, Ghanaian ace Saxophonist Steve Bedi, Ben Brako as well as a blend of artistes across Africa.

 

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#SMWiAccra: MiPROMO Media delivers talk on how to make money off YouTube

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MiPROMO Media on Friday took their turn on stage at the Social Media Week brainstorming event organised by Echo House.
Social Media Week is a leading news platform and worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture around the world.
MiPROMO, a company which is predominantly online based made a presentation on how to make money off contents people love. The topic which was going to touch mostly on the entertainment sector was well attended by most young music artists and artist managers.
Making the presentation on behalf of MiPROMO was Nana Rofa Kissi who delved into how to make suitable content for your youtube channel. He emphasised on specific areas that should make one’s content stand out on the video-sharing website.
He then touched on the main reason everyone was there, how to make money off their contents they loved.
Nana Rofa Kissi listed points needed to monetize a channel.
What was to follow next was a very intense Q & A that made that session one of the most talked about sessions.
After the session was over, Nii Atakora Mensah – Content Development Manager of MiPROMO attend to patrons who wanted to know about YouTube and MiPROMO services.
MiPROMO Media is a neo media company specializing in Web Publishing, Social Media Marketing, Digital Music & Video Distribution, Online Advertising, Branding & Image Development, Celeb Photography, Web Traffic Generation and Event Marketing & Management.
The clientele of MiPROMO Media Network includes but not limited to the following individuals Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Joey B, Medikal, Guru, Joyce Blessing, SP Kofi Sarpong and more. MiPROMO Media owns and operates the following brands, GhanaMusic.com, StyleAfrique.com, MiPROMO Studios and the Mi Agency.

Social Media Week was organised by Echo House Ghana and powered by telecommunication giant, Vodafone Ghana.
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Ghana Music Awards UK – Full list of Winners!

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Rapper Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, M.anifest, Ebony, and Willis Beatz were among top Ghanaian acts who emerged winners at the just-held Ghana Music Awards – UK event.

Held on September 16 at the Gaumont Palace (Dominion Center), the night saw Shatta Wale walk away with the topmost prize on the night – Artist of the Year.

Performances on the night came from the energetic Sherifa Guru, Zylofon Music’s Kumi Guitar and  Obibini, as well as Afropop stars Kwamz & Flava.

 

Below is the full list of winners:

1 – African Artist Of The Year

Mr Eazi

 

2 – UK Based Ghanaian DJ Of The Year

DJ Fiifi

 

3 – New Artist Of The Year

Ebony

 

4 – Best UK Based Ghanaian International Artist

Stormzy

 

5 – Music Producer Of The Year

Willis Beatz

 

6 – Best Music Video

Pain Killer – Sarkodie ft. Runtown (2 Awards)

 

7 – Best Rapper Of The Year

Sarkodie

 

8 – Most Popular Song Of The Year

Onaapo

 

9 – Afrobeats Artist Of The Year

Shatta Wale

 

10 – Collaboration Of The Year

Shatta Wale ft. Militants – Taking Over (2 Awards)

 

11 – Artist Of The Year

Shatta Wale

 

12 – UK Based Afrobeats Artist Of The Year

Kwamz & Flava

 

13 – Afro-Pop Artist Of The Year

Shatta Wale

 

14 – Traditional Artiste Of The Year

Sherifa Gunu

 

15 – UK Based Afrobeats Song Of The Year

Dun Talking – Kojo Funds ft. Abra Cadabra (2 Awards)

 

16 – UK Based Artiste Of The Year

Eugy

 

17 – UK Based New Artist Of The Year

Belly Squad

 

18 – UK Based New Uncovered Artist Of The Year

Anda Da Rida

 

19 – UK Based Producer/Engineer Of The Year

DJ JULZ

 

20 – Gospel Song Of The Year

Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze – Nacee ft. Ernest Opoku (2 Awards)

 

21 – Gospel Artist Of The Year

Joe Mettle

 

23 – Best UK Based Gospel Song Of The Year

It will Come to Pass – Serah Clark

 

24 – Best UK Based Gospel Album Of The Year

Eden Na Menye Ma Wo –Amankwah Tiah

 

25 – Best UK Based New Gospel Artist Of The Year

Hannah A Donkor

 

26 – UK Based Influential Gospel Artist Of The Year

Louisa Annan

 

27 – Hip-Life Song Of The Year

Sarkodie – RNS (Rich Nigga Shit)

 

28 – High Life Song Of The Year

Confession – Kofi Kinaata

 

29 – High Life Artist Of The Year

Kofi Kinaata

 

30 – Hiplife/Hip Hop Artist Of The Year

Winner: Sarkodie

 

31 – Hip Hop Song Of The Year

M.anifest – God MC

 

32 – Reggae/Dancehall Song Of The Year

People Dey – Stonebwoy

 

33 – Reggae/Dancehall Artist Of The Year

Shatta Wale

 

34 – Best group Of The Year

VVIP

35 – Life time achievement Award

Afro Moses – Ghana

36 – Mr Dennis Tawiah – Akwaaba UK

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FOOTAGE: Antwerp turns up for Sarkodie’s “HIGHEST EUROPE TOUR”

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Here’s footage from the Belgium leg of Sarkodie’s ongoing “Highest Europe Tour”.

In honour of his recently-released fifth studio album, the tour has already seen him in Germany as well as France. He is expected to perform in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Italy, and Spain.

See footage of the Belgium gig below:

Video Credit: Facebook/ Sarkodie

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