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



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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11th Anniversary Of NATIONAL SPELLING BEE Launched!



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



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



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



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,,, 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!



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



4 – Best UK Based Ghanaian International Artist



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



8 – Most Popular Song Of The Year



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



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



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


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”



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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