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Rush Energy Ghana Dance Awards 2017: All the Winners [+ IMAGES]

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It was a historic night when the first-ever Rush Energy Ghana Dance Awards (REGDA) 2017 was held on Sunday at the National Theatre to honour dance professionals for their immense contribution to the art.

Among the winners during the night were Shidaa Cultural Troupe, Ezuntey Flex, Allo Dancers, Nelly, Ghana Boys (UK), Gasmilla and more. Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon School of Performing Arts, 1989 National Dance Championship winner choreographer Mr. Terry Bright Ofosu was also honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

There were breathtaking performances from Divinity Blazers, Worship in Motion, Agape Ministers, Shidaa Cultural Troupe, Allo Dancers, Fakta, Aces, Humble Stars, Black Code, Breaking Boys, Jerry 1, Team Alpha, and salsa duo Lumva & Beatrice.

The REGDA 2017 event was graced by key players in Ghana’s arts & entertainment industry including Hon. Socrates Sarfo, Mr. Terry Bright Ofosu, Tinny, Gasmilla, Epixode, Lord Paper, Executives of the Ghana Dancers Association, representatives from HS Media, organisers of the upcoming Klassic National Dance Championship and more.

The main event was hosted by Kwesi Dope of SET TV and Nigeria’s top dance instructor Ukalina Celine Opuwari, popularly known as UK while the red carpet event was hosted by the enchanting Dede Martey and Nelly. Again, DJ Asante held sway over the turntables to get guests in the groove.

 

Below is the full list of winners:

Overall Dance Group of the Year – 4 Bent

Best Male Dance Group – 4 Bent

Best Female Dance Group – Kyses Studios

Best Male Dancer – Ezuntey Flex

Best Female Dancer – Mama

Best Azonto Dance Group – One Ghana Dance Crew

Gospel Dance Group of the Year – The Throne Ministers

Best B-Boy – Lil Flip

Best Female Twerker – Nelly

Most Popular Dancer – Freshagidi

Discovery Dance Group of the Year – Breaking Boys Dance Crew

Traditional Dance Troupe of the Year – Shidaa Cultural Troupe

Contemporary Troupe of the Year – Tim Afrik

Afro-Latin Dance Instructor – Rosina

Best Afro-Latin Dance Couple – Hedon and Roxanne

Best Dance Video of the Year – ‘Flavour’ performed by Allo Dancers

Best Dance DJ – Cosby

Best Choreographer – Ezuntey Flex

Best Choreographed Music Video (Musicians & Dancers) – Nyedzilo by Edem ft. Reekado Banks

Best Celebrity Dancer – Gasmilla

International Afro-pop Dance Group of the Year – Ghana Boys (UK)

Best Dance Channel – AGE Channel, Dancetera TV

Lifetime Achievement Award – Terry Bright Ofosu

The Rush Energy Ghana Dance Awards 2017 was powered by Flash Mob Ghana in collaboration with Ceejay Multimedia. Twellium Industrial Company’s Rush Energy Drink was the title sponsor with support from Verna Water, Planet, OranPico, American Cola, Accra Mall Limited and Mr. Candy Ghana. It was also endorsed by the National Commission on Culture and Ghana Dancers Association (GHADA). 

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British Council launches Duapa Challenge “THE CAMPUS DUEL”

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The Duapa Challenge is a social innovation support competition providing seed capital and business support for the early-stage viable social enterprise. The programme, as part of our contributions to the social enterprise ecosystem, seeks to promote economic growth, private sector development and youth employment through enterprise.

Over the past two years, the competition achieved its aim in identifying and supporting brilliant social enterprises like Trotro Tractor and CowTribe who are in operation and growing.

The aim of this competition is to:

  • identify and support idea and growth stage social enterprises from tertiary institutions in Ghana.
  • generate and support student entrepreneurship with a focus on social entrepreneurship.
  • bring together idea and growth stage social entrepreneurs to connect, learn and develop synergies.
  • provide seed capital and support to the winning social enterprise from ideation to prototype/market entry phase.
  • create general awareness about social enterprises in Ghana.

CORE TARGET AREAS

This edition of the Duapa Challenge seeks to draw social entrepreneurs in tertiary institutions from the following sectors:

  • Social focused Fintech
  • Green & Renewable Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Ethical Design & Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Education

 

 

THE APPROACH

In this edition dubbed “The Campus Duel”, the competition will focus on student social enterprises in the following 10 Ghanaian tertiary institutions:

  • University of Ghana
  • Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
  • Ashesi University
  • University of Professional Studies
  • Knutsford University College
  • Lancaster University
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Central University College
  • University of Cape Coast
  • Catholic University College

Each of these institutions will have a team each of three or fewer students representing them at each stage of the competition. The teams will be required to develop and pitch their business ideas. The winning team will be awarded seed funding for their business, business incubation, training and support by the British Council and social enterprise partners.

 

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2017 SoundCity MVP Awards Festival – WATCH LIVE

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The 2017 edition of SoundCity MVP Awards Festival is currently underway at the Eko Suites and Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.

The prestigious awards ceremony is steered by the larger than life Ebuka, as Soundcity VJs – Adams, Moet and Pearl host the red carpet.

Ebuka sure yields star wattage to anchor the show and set the diverse audience alight with fun, laughter and wisecracks as the African music industry honours its finest talent.

Among the several performers who have been announced is multiple award-winning rapper Sarkodie.

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Sarkodie wins “Best Collaboration” at #SoundCityMVPAwards Festival 17

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Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie has won the Best Collaboration at the ongoing SoundCity MVP Awards Festival at the Eko Event Center in Lagos.

His hit single “Pain Killer”, featuring Nigerian singer Runtown, secured him the laurel. He beat off stiff competition from Tiwa Savage, Tofan, AKA among other African giants.

The prestigious awards ceremony is compered by broadcaster Ebuka, with Soundcity VJs – Adams, Moet and Pearl hosting the red carpet.

 

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How Jack Daniels Rocked Accra This Christmas [+ images]

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Leading Nightlife marketing agency, The AccraNightlyf Group and Jack Daniels exceeded expectations once again as they delivered a truly unique GH party experience at a series of events across the city dubbed “A JACK DANIELS CHRISTMAS.”

An eclectic mix of the finest rave DJs, awesome Xmas -themed cocktails, Jack Fire “Shots On Shots” by the hour, lots of giveaways, and the best party people in the city defined the each event on the calendar; kicking off with the 2017 Ghana Dance festival at the Afrikiko Leisure Centre. The colorful event featured spicy Salsa, Kizomba and various afro-Latin dance performers from across the continent as well as the UK.

The city’s affluent yuppies, corporate professionals and socialites turned up in style and in their numbers at the PLOTSEVEN Nightclub and partied till the break of dawn the DECEMBER EDITION of the monthly networking rave, GOOD VIBES ACCRA dubbed “BACK TO 94.”  The night brought back the nostalgic days of “94” with the best of music from the era provided by FRENCHKISS DJ.

The party was back at PLOT 7 for the epic FUNKY CHRISTMAS rave but not before a sold out crowd turned it up at the Paparazzi Lounge for the 2nd Annual Xmas Eve Party.

 Leading female DJ on the nightlife circuit, DJ Nyce and DJ Wallpaper teamed up to deliver  an electric party at the “Krazy Party”  at Krazy Bar [Former Duplex] Osu on Boxing Day.

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Highlife legend Ebo Taylor & Saltpond Band in Concert, Jan 13

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Highlife legend, Ebo Taylor and the Saltpond Band are set to dish out an outstanding musical concert of great Highlife and Afrobeat tunes this January at Alliance Francaise Accra.

Ebo Taylor, whose musical career started in the 1950s when he rose to fame as lead-guitarist and arranger for Stargazers Band and Broadway Dance Band, which were among the most popular Highlife bands of that era has  composed ever popular Highlife songs, like “Sika Enibre”, “Owu Na Mewu”, “Odo Ye Wu”, “Ghana Be Ye Yie”, and “Dofo”.

In 1962, Taylor took his own group, the Black Star Highlife Band, to London, which led to collaborations with the late Nigerian afrobeat star, Fela Kuti as well as other African musicians in Britain at the time. Returning to Ghana, he worked as a producer of crafting recordings for Pat Thomas, C.K Mann, and others, as well as exploring his own projects, and combining traditional Ghanaian material with afrobeat, jazz, and funk rhythms to create his own recognizable sound in the ’70s.

He made recordings as solo artist, developing his own innovative style and sound to be heard on his albums.  At this creative stage he composed his enduring hits “Twer Nyame”, “Heaven”, “Come Along”, and “Love & Death”. He became the musical director and main band arranger for the two ground-breaking Ghanaian record companies, Essiebons and Gapophone.

In the 1980s and ‘90s – harsh times for Ghanaian musicians – Taylor worked as free-lance artist, also temporarily in Cote D’Ivoire, and from 2001 he added an academic chapter to his career, and started teaching Highlife and Jazz-guitar at the University of Ghana. This allowed him to research more into local music of the various regions of Ghana, which gradually became a more important inspirational source in Taylor’s compositional approach.

With his compositions, arrangements and also his outstanding guitar style Taylor has shaped Ghanaian music and in particular Highlife substantially. Significantly, he has created his own, remarkable style of African music: a unique synthesis of Highlife, Jazz, und Afrobeat.  Ebo Taylor and his 8-piece Saltpond band will be in action for the first concert of the year to perform some of the songs from his new album ‘Yen Ara’ on Saturday, 13th January 2018 at Alliance Francaise Accra at 8pm.

Make it a point to be there with your Friends and Family as we enjoy great Highlife tunes.

 

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Efya, Ko-jo Cue, OTHERS for FRA!ternity Concert, Jan. 20

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Music band FRA! will on Saturday January 20, hold a mammoth concert at the Alliance Française in Accra.
The show, dubbed the “FRAternity Concert”, is scheduled from 8 pm to 11 pm.
Known by their hit single, Happy Yourself, members of the group have promised to thrill patrons and fans with mind-blowing performances of their songs. Some of the artists on the bill include Efya, Adomaa, Yaa Yaa, Ko-jo Cue, and Reynolds ‘The Gentleman’.
Others set to take the stage are Robin-Huws, Maayaa, Six Strings, and O’Bkay.
FRA! hit the mainstream music scene in 2015 with its single Dumsor, which was a quasi-satire with themes drawn from the erratic power outages in Ghana at the time.
‘FRA,’ in Twi, means ‘to mix’ and the group adopted the name to show the strength of the diversity that they are so proud of. Now made up of Martin Adjartey, Maxwell Klu, Selorm Dornyoh, Joshua ‘Virgen’ Boateng, and George Ashirifie ‘Gogoe’, the eclectic band’s recent remix of their Happy Yourself jam features Ghana’s female soul vocalist and songwriter, Efya.
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