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One Africa Music Festival: Organizers regret “management miscommunication” which led to Sarkodie pulling out last minute!

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Organisers of the ‘One Africa Music Festival” have issued a statement apologising to Ghana’s Sarkodie for the mix-up that led to his inability to perform at the recently-held Dubai leg of the concert.

Published on photo-sharing platform Instagram Wednesday November 22, Paul O, owner of event outfit Upfront & Personal  reiterated his team’s “regret” at the turn of events, citing management miscommunication.”

Sarkodie was Ghana’s only rep at the concert, which also saw performances from 2face Idibia, Wizkid, Davido, Tekno, Diamond, Victoria Kimani, Cassper Nyovest, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Emma Nyra among others. His pulling out inspired widespread criticism at organisers of the event for allegedly sidelining him for Nigerian colleagues Wizkid and Davido, though he had been announced by host Banky W to mount the stage.

 

Read Paul O’s  full message below. 

On November 16, 2017, One Africa Global (OAG), held the fifth installment of the One Africa Music Fest (OAMF) in Dubai, thanks to Pepsi, the Dubai Tourism Board and our other sponsors it turned out to be a hugely successful event that was enjoyed by a sold out crowd at the Madinat Jumeriah, and was also live streamed to millions of fans around the world. 
As we continue to build our brand, we hold ourselves accountable to the highest esteem of professionalism and integrity to both our fans and artists and will continue to reach across all cultures, boundaries and understandings that collectively form One Africa. At the same time we call on all performing artists and fans alike to embrace that they appear as ambassadors of our culture and genre of music, and as such they must equally be held accountable for their behavior when attending one of our events, especially with regards to artists who are judged not only in their individual capacity but also on the actions and inactions of their entourage. The irony being no matter how well behaved an artist is, if a member of your entourage acts up the law, the press and the media only know you (the artist). We full heartedly thank all the artists that performed at OAMF Dubai. However we would like to offer our sincerest apologies to Sarkodie, his team and all his fans that came out to see him, due to management miscommunication, that led to him not performing and we regret that we missed out on his performance. We at OAG are personally accountable on delivering on all our commitments, and as such take it to heart when commitments are not fulfilled to either the artist or the fans. As we continue to improve our platform and the experience shared by the artist and fans our goals remain undeterred bringing Afrobeats enthusiasts under one roof, one shared love, one family, One Africa. 
Thank you. 
Paul O
(O.A.G. CEO) @oneafrica_musicfest@oneafricaglobal @fuzengn @sarkodie@djmensah @polawuk @angeltownbaby”

 

Background

Celebrated Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie (Michael Owusu Addo) pulled out of a November 16 performance in Dubai due to reported incidents of disrespect on his team.

The “Highest” was scheduled to perform alongside other African giants at the just-ended Dubai leg of the widely-patronised One Africa Music Festival, but refused to mount the stage despite a successful soundcheck session earlier.

Journalist Eugene Osafo Nkansah reports that the rapper was shoved aside because Davido was ready to perform, never mind that he had just been announced by host Banky W to perform:

“During the concert, host of the show Banky W announced Sarkodie as the next act on stage after Nigeria’s Teckno performance and Sarkodie’s DJ, DJ Mensah mounted the stage but Banky W came back to announce Davido’s name after someone whipped to him on stage that Davido was next.

“The show started at about 9:30 pm and ended at about 2:45 am and all the artistes numbering about 20 from different African countries(Kenya, Angola, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzanian, Nigeria etc) performed with the exception of Ghana’s Sarkodie.”

George Britton also reports of scuffles and arrests as a result of the unfortunate incident:

“When Sark was just about hitting the stage, Davido’s guy attacked Black Nana by pushing him to the floor to allow Davido perform. Ugly scenes. Slaps, blows, police arrest etc”, he posted on Facebook earlier this morning.

The rapper, his official turntablist DJ Mensah, and Dancehall singer Shatta Wale all tweeted their displeasure at how things turned out.

 

One Africa Music Fest is described by organisers as ‘ Africa’s leading platform in showcasing the best and brightest musical talents in the continent, with the sole aim of solidifying Africa’s position within the entertainment industry on a global level”.

 

 

 

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Pauli-B releases new single ‘Pamurege’

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Lady Don Dada – Pauli-B returns after her chart-topping single ‘Dedeede’ to end the year 2017 in a grand style by dropping her much anticipated Afrobeats song ‘Pamurege’.

The fast tempo song introduces the newest dance moves in Africa currently rocking dancefloor is the nightclubs.

B.Max Entertainment, managers of the singer unleashes an exciting dance music video to complement the release.

The video was shot on location in Toronto, Canada by Tee Tash

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DJ Vibez releases Christmas mix ‘Afro Love’

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One of the fast-rising DJs, DJ Vibez has released a new mixtape titled “Afro Love”.

The Mixtape was weaved on the theme Love.

The mix features songs from artists like Mr Eazi, King Promise, Manifest, Kelvynbwoy, KiDi, Kwami Eugene, Mayorkun, Simi among others.

This mix comes with the “Vibe With Me” (VWM) Project — a compilation of Songs & Mixtapes that will feature upcoming artists, producers as well big artists.

Listen to the mix below:

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LISTEN: Jamal releases classic hip-hop song ‘New Girl’

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Gra Gra records signed act Jamal has released a classic hip-hop song.

Titled “New Girl” the song talks about a new girl he feels in love with.

Jamal has been tipped by many hip-hop heads as one of the talents to watch out for in coming years.

Gra Gra records and Entertainment company owned and ran by Ebodili Chijiokwu Simeon known in Showbiz circles as Skolary which recently unveiled 5 top Nigerian but Ghana-based acts on his label.

Listen to the song below:

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Lynx Family announces “Wave Concert”, DEC 29

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Richie Mensah’s Lynx Entertainment has had a truly outstanding 2017. Offerings from the camp, especially from Kuami Eugene and KiDi have dictated the overall sound in the country since their release.

Come December 29 at the Achimota Retail Centre, the trio crown the year with the “Wave Concert”, which they describe as “only the beginning”.

Expected to be overbooked, the night will see MzVee dish out several hits from her catalogue, including her third studio album DaaVee, as well as the hit singles Angela and Odo from Eugene and KiDi respectively.

The evening will also witness supporting performances from esteemed colleagues including Efya, Adina, Vvip, King Promise, Tinny, Edem, Yaa Pono, Kurl Songz, Akwaboah, Magnom, Kojo Cue, Shaker, B4Bonah, Opanka, Cina Soul, Cj Biggerman, Freda Rhyme, Dope Nation, Nana Yaa Patch Bay Band, and Dj Vyrusky.

 

 

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All set for Worlasi’s “Outerlane Concert” tomorrow!

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Worlasi was born and raised in Ghana, and he hails from Agbozume in Volta region. He is a figure painting artist and also a musician. He is a beast of a rapper, producer, singer and songwriter. His songs have been praised for being refreshing and inspiring and his lyrics, unrestrained and African.

Worlasi is an intriguing contrast: hyper confident yet humble, hungry for knowledge and simultaneously overflowing with it. His breakthrough single, Ay3 Adz3 set him apart from his peers. He caps off such focused and realistic lyricism with his mixtape project, Nus3, released in September 2016. Nus3 is a super jumbo bundle of motivation, assertiveness and self- belief. This was his first major project and it already has people calling him a god.

He released a second major project which has also nothing short of breathtaking and shot compelling visuals for two of his singles- One Life and Nukata. Since then he has worked and bagged features with artistes like EL, M.anifest, Hammer of Da Last Two, Sena Dagadu and shared songs with the likes of Sarkodie and Kwaw kese. He has shared stage with some of Ghana’s finest musical acts on platforms such as ACCRA [dot] ALT’s Sabolai Radio, rock group, Dark Suburb’s Awakening concert, Beatphreaks, The Unheard Voices etc.

 Worlasi wraps up this year’s success by performing songs from his upcoming EP (Outerlane) on Saturday, 16th December 2017 at 7pm at the Amphitheatre of Alliance Francaise Accra. The concert would be with the Safoa Band and Fans would be thrilled to a live performance of songs from the Outerlane EP. Also performing would be Alee & Dede, artistes who are signed to Worlasi’s record label.

Other featured artistes for this concert include Manifest, EL, Teephlow, Boyd, Extacy & Kwame X. Save the date and come with your friends and family to enjoy extraordinary mixture of Afro, Rap and Soul music!

 

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‘KOK StopOver Tour’ back this December

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After a successful beginning at Awoshie in the month of September 2017, Koo Ntakra and his friends return on December 16th for another mega street block of the ‘KOK StopOver Tour’.

With over three thousand in attendance at the first stop, the second promises to be sizzling hot inside Bubuashie, BN Pub, Bishop School on Saturday 16th December.

Koo Ntakra who recently released his 2nd studio album ‘KOK’, is to be joined on stage on the night with an array of his colleagues including dancehall diva Renner, Tee Rhyme, Amerado, Phrame, Addi Govnor, Bassaw and a host of other arts, as well as surprises from some of the artists featured on his KOK Album.

The ‘KOK StopOver Tour’ is a Gulfcoast Entertainment & Dekins Entertainment event, powered by Coloured Frutz, with support from ignite Creatives, BankyNation and all our media partner.

The event is a free concept which looks to bring the artists closer to their fans in a more interactive way, as well promote other up and coming talents across board.

 

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