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Afro Roots Vibrations with ROCKY DAWUNI at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, AUG 26!

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Ghanaian music star, Rocky Dawuni, recently played a string of US & Canada Summer dates which started in mid July at Detroit’s “Concert of Colors” which was a beautiful slice of diversity in these troubled times.  Rocky was also seen at the brand new Levitt Pavilion Denver in Colorado and continued on to Dartmouth, New Hampshire for their “Summer Concert Series” at the beautiful Hopkins Center for the Arts.

From there, he and the band performed at the super hip Arts Riot is Burlington, Vermont before proceeding to headline the esteemed Festival des Traditions Du Monde Sherbrooke in Canada  – all to amazing response!! During his tour he also did community outreach work speaking to a group of young Japanese students at Dartmouth College about social responsibility and global citizenship as well as visited the Clemmons Family Farm in Vermont which is one of the largest African American owned farms in the US who are opening their doors to cultural programing, music and more.

The tour includes public and private dates and will culminate at the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena with FULL band including DJ Drez, Ronnie McQueen, Ed Dixon, Ijeoma Njaka, Felicia Onyi Richards, Kara Mack, Kahlil Cummings, Randal Fisher, Michael McTaggart, Fabio Santana, & more on August 26 in Pasadena, California. Please JOIN US for a night of Afro Roots Vibrations at 8pm / FREE / ALL Ages !!

Rocky is currently working on his highly anticipated 7th album which will be the follow up to his GRAMMY nominated “Branches of the Same Tree.” (Cumbancha) The new album is slated for release in 2018 and features incredible growth in his signature “Afro Roots” sound as well as very special collaborations with guest artists.

Rocky spent the first part of the year touring East Africa putting in amazing performances at some of the continent’s most celebrated festivals including Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar, HIFA in Zimbabwe and Soysambu Festival in Kenya. In between touring and recording, Rocky has also been focusing on his activism work. In June of this year, he joined the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau alongside musician / activist / surfer Jack Johnson in Toronto for World Environmental Day in association with the Government of Canada and UN Environment. Later that month, Rocky was featured on two panels as a speaker at the prestigious Cannes International Festival of Creativity 2017 in France in association with the UN Foundation, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and McCann WorldGroup.

GRAMMY nominated musician and activist, Rocky Dawuni, straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create his appealing Afro Roots sound that unites generations and cultures. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Jack Johnson, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others. Named one of Africa’s Top global stars by CNN, he has showcased his talent at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and The Hollywood Bowl. Influenced by the soulful beats of Fela Kuti and the positive messages of Bob Marley – Rocky Dawuni’s infectious, sing-along sixth album, Branches of the Same Tree, (Cumbancha) was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Reggae Album” (2015) featuring the Afro Dancehall mashup “African Thriller”and its striking accompanying video. “Branches” continues to bring him an even wider international audience with the recent release of his “Shine A Light” video which is a welcome bit of joy in these troubled times. Reflecting his maturity as an artist, the album highlights Dawuni’s ability to communicate a universal, uplifting message that crosses borders and reaches out to the hearts of millions.

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena sits in historic Memorial Park in Pasadena, Originally known as Library Park for Pasadena’s first library, a stone Romanesque building constructed on-site in 1890, this five-acre park was one of the earliest established in the city. Created in 1902 along with the nearby Central Park, the triangular green space is bordered to the east by a railroad completed in 1887 and on the west by Raymond Avenue. The library, damaged by an earthquake in 1933, was dismantled in 1954, though the entrance arch was preserved and still stands at the northwest corner of the park. In 1983 Memorial Park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Civic Center Historic District. The bandshell, now known as the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, was built in 1930, and renovated in 2002 with a grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation.

The Friends of Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, a a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in 2003 to present 50 summer concerts annually. Admission is always FREE, making live music and the arts accessible to all. The concerts feature a diverse lineup of artists from acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning performers. Programming is designed to appeal to all tastes, bringing people from all walks of life together to share an evening of great music. As music fills the park, so do families, friends, and neighbors from the surrounding area, creating community through music. Since 2003, over 1,000,000 people have gathered on the lawn at the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena to picnic on the grassy lawn and enjoy music under the stars.

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CCIFG host new year Cocktail Party ( IMAGES )

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG) organised a Networking Cocktail at SkyBar 25 to celebrate the beginning of a new year and officially mark the 1st quarter of the Chamber.

The event brought together over 100 participants from the CCIFG network which included CCIFG members, Partners and associates from over 20 sectors in Corporate Ghana as well as France. The event provided a platform for high-level networking among Corporate executives with the objective of creating potential and fruitful partnerships. Beyond the networking advantage, participants were entertained with live-band music accompanied by selected French wine and delicious hors-d’oeuvres.

The Managing Director Mrs Delphine Adenot-Owusu in her speech shared the targets of the CCIFG for the year which are revolved around positioning the Chamber as a promoter of the Ghanaian market to attract business to Ghana, to establish partnerships with our member community and to help boost the Ghanaian economy. She was delighted to highlight the increasing number of trade missions to Ghana which is essential to the Ghanaian economy as well as an avenue for the business opportunity for the Chamber’s local partners. She further mentioned the intention to continue to strengthen the business support arm of the CCIFG to its network as the Chamber plays its role in bridging the gap between France and Ghana.

CCIFG continues to expand its membership base growing to 120. Members in the CCIFG represent various sectors in Corporate Ghana which is a reflection of the dynamic character integrated into the CCIFG.

CCI France Ghana

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana is an association of companies and professionals belonging to different sectors which aim at supporting, fostering and enhancing bilateral trade and investment relations between French and Ghanaian companies. With over 20 business sectors represented, the CCIFG acts as a business support system to its members by providing information through market studies, product-market testing, prospective missions and trade shows.

To ensure our members receive the most benefits, CCIFG continues to organize business networking events to provide a platform to engage and establish potential business partnerships. The New Year Cocktail was organised with this objective as the CCIFG continues to embody its vision and direction to be one of the largest and most dynamic business networks in the country.

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#JamesonTakeOverGH: Worlasi named for 2018 edition

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For the third year running, singer Worlasi has been announced for the annual “Jameson Takeover GH” hangout session.

This year’s edition is slated for the Champs Sports Bar on January 27 from 7 pm, will see the 2017 Coke Studio Africa housemate perform songs off his latest EP Outerlane, as well as his mixtapes Uncut and NUSE.

Via a promo video on the artist’s social media handles, he promises the biggest night so far. Considering his  growing clout over the years, as well as his charismatic stagecraft, a truly memorable night can be expected.

Worlasi is signed to CM Records, and has been associated with esteemed colleagues as Sarkodie, M.anifest,  Da’Hammer, Sena Dagadu among others.

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“The Green Experience” With Deon Boakye Slated for African Regent, JANUARY 26!

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Budding singer Deon Boakye, will on Friday January 26, stage a live musical performance at the African Regent Hotel in Accra dubbed “The Green Experience”.

Deon’s career has been on the rise since debuting his solo hit single ‘Allewa’ (featuring Cabum). That was followed with other singles like Dubai, New Year and Babiaa Awu.

He will be performing songs off his recent Green album which was outdoored in September last year.

The HardBoy Music Group artiste, noted for his lively and stage craft, will be joined by the World League Band, a unique group that blends multiple genres like highlife, Afrobeats and jazz, as he performs joints off the album as “Ooosh”, “Yellow Sisi” and “Genevieve”.

Speaking in a recent interview regarding the Green LP, Deon explains that the project is “a symbol of fertility, happiness and progress toward attaining your goals.”

The 2017 VGMA unsung nominee since bursting onto the music scene has been consistent and has enjoyed massive coverage in the media for his exceptional vocals and composition of songs which led to his nomination for the unsung category in the VGMA’s.

Consisting 17 tracks, the Green LP features Strongman, Cabum, Medikal, Joel Orleans, Cabum, FlowKing Stone, Akitiwrowro, Kofi Kinaata, Eno, Jason EL-A and a host of others.

According to organizers of the event, ZoneThree6, the Green Experience will be an opportunity for the general public and fans to have a first-time experience with Deon performing live.

The Green Experience will be hosted by Dzifa Grey (Metro TV), with the green carpet being hosted by ZoneThree6 VJs, VJ Quabena Kevin, VJ Koko & VJ Eleanor. It is sponsored by ALSALE SERVICE LTD.

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Patapaa HEADLINES 3 -Day Concert in Liberia

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“One Corner” hitmaker Patapaa Amisty will headline a three-day concert in Liberia from January 19 – January 21.

Put together by Havana Lodge & Executive Inn, the marathon will see the Swedru- native rock the West African nation alongside rapper Stay Jay, and a host of Liberian acts including Soul Fresh, Nuchie Meek, Revoluxon, Eric Geso, and Teddy Ride.

“One Corner” proved to be the biggest song in Ghana in 2017, and hugely influential across the sub-region, earning Patapaa widespread acclaim, and an appearance on many stages in Ghana, and neighbouring Nigeria.

Produced by Morgan Beat, “One Corner” shot to nationwide prominence along with its accompanying dance after Patapaa first performed it at the Akwambo Festival in the Central Region sometime in 2017.

 

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Droves sign up for “Happy FM Dream Wedding”

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Happy FM, Ghana’s number one Sports Station continues with its mission of giving back to society. This time, the station will be fulfilling the dreams of many would-be couples to experience an unforgettable all-expense paid wedding ceremony.

The most sort after event dubbed ‘Happy FM Dream Wedding’ slated for February 14 at Cleaver House in Accra, is a continuation of the Happy FM Valentine Mass Wedding event with a more classy touch and feel.

According to Kwasi Sarpong, Programmes Manager of Happy FM, since ‘Dream Wedding’ was launched last year February 14, 2017, a lot of people have been trooping in to sign up.

Couples that signed up for this year’s ‘Dream Wedding’ are currently undergoing counselling sessions from some renowned pastors and marriage counsellors.

“People are extremely excited about the event and even though we closed registration of couples on December 31, 2017, quite a number of people keep coming to us for registration. The Happy FM ‘Dream Wedding’ will take on a new exciting twist which will leave a lasting memory in the minds of the couples, their family members and friends,’’ Kwasi Sarpong stated.

Mr. Sarpong also said that as part of the activities leading to the 14th, the grooms to be will engage in a cooking contest at the forecourt of Happy FM at Asylum Down on Saturday February 10.

He added that Happy FM is committed to helping couples desirous of getting married by taking on the responsibility of organising the classy event and providing all the necessary resources needed.

 

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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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