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MIGHTY LORDS! A Stone God’s Homage to a Rain Godfather – THE 2017 BHIM Concert

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December 22 –Accra International Conference Centre

Like the crowd tonight, pyrotechnics are ecstatic at the very presence of melody masters Samini and Stonebwoy sharing a stage. In the middle of performing Climax (their well-liked 2012 collaboration), a portion of the stage literally catches fire. The flame is swiftly subdued by security, but something else has already been ignited within both acts. What follows the accident effectively précises BHIM Concert 2017.

“Hol on! Hol on!”, Stonebwoy halts the band, and then sets out: “You no see say Samini come, wey the fire start burn/ Stonebwoy dey here, the fire start burn/ Samini come, wey the fire start burn …”. Samini laughs a majestic laugh, and then turns to Stonebwoy: “So if I come, why the fire no for burn/you don’t know say Dada come, fire burn/ if I come why fire no for burn/ anytime I come, you know say fire ago burn…

Mentor and protégé lunge into an iconic near-20-minute freestyle chronicling modest beginnings and big dreams: the long lonely trek to Dansoman just to record, persuading Stonebwoy’s family about music as a real career, Samini’s prediction 9 years ago of major feats for the Ashaiman native, as well as current accomplishments.

Music is prophetic. Take another listen to that JMJ-programmed anthem, off Stonebwoy’s debut album Grade 1, and tonight falls into perspective with shocking profundity –the awe-inspiring support from fans and fellow musicians culminating in several awards, the powerful sense of achievement and pride obvious in the eyes of the Enku Lenu man, as it is in the heart of his guru who simply rejoices while beholding the product of his tutelage. A classic at this point, Climax sees both Samini and Stonebwoy impose themselves as indispensable pieces to the modern Ghanaian music puzzle, unwavering in the awareness of their creative endowments, confident in the charisma of their craft.

This is phenomenal, and impossible to properly appreciate sitting down. Expectedly, everyone is on their feet –jumping, waving, cheering, applauding. The session segués into a unique rendition of Samini’s recent reggae hit My Own, on-the-spot hooks crafted to complement the anecdotes being related (which the crowd swiftly memorizes and sings along to), and even a birthday song for the High Grade Family boss.

While Stonebwoy (Livingstone Satekla) and Samini (Emmanuel Andrew Samini) have performed together several times in the past, the 2017 BHIM Concert will go down as one of the most epic. Often, students are a reflection of their instructors, and so, one notices straightaway, both a telepathy and semblance in their methods: their artistic permanence, stage competence, vast vocal range, and the exclusive grating cadence of their high notes.  The image of the pair jumping and kicking their feet together uniformly will be remembered by all for a long time.

But tonight is about Stonebwoy specifically, let us not digress too much. Author of three other critical bodies of work, Stonebwoy models the second annual BHIM Concert on his new album Epistles of Mama. Like the 24- tracker, the singer dispatches two unforgettable rounds: a reggae session and an Afrobeats one. The reggae part, with which he commences his performance, sees him trundle between dense emotions. On Praises, he looks earnestly to the roof of the auditorium (but really at the heavens above), chanting passionately, a psalm he penned in awe of the supreme being’s many favours towards him. On Mama, one of his many tributes to late mother Catherine Satekla, whom the entire album is dedicated to, he fights back unsuccessfully, tears as he recounts her words to him while still alive: “Mama did-a tell me times like this will come”. The singer’s bond to his mum has always been tight, and even now, he claims to hear her daily. He will never fully come to terms with her passing, and singing about her will always result in a catch in his throat.

Stonebwoy performing Mama at BHIM Concert 2017. IMAGE/ ZYLOFON

The Afrobeats session sees the singer rain down an extensive playlist of dance-ready jams both from the new album and his previous offerings –songs thus have constituted a key aspect of his catalogue over the years. For as long as he has been active in music, Stonebwoy has had hits at the ready. Dripping with contagious choruses and an overall happy vibe, his sound has now become a staple in Afro-dancehall/ Afrobeats. He has distinguished himself as immensely nifty, giftedly merging multiple genres with the ease of a seasoned practitioner.

29, Stonebwoy has come full circle.  In Verse 2 of Hero, a fiercely triumphant joint released months ago, he declares: “I -man a di biggest artist from Ashaiman that ever burst to di world”. The song was published immediately after 50, 000 fans thronged to the Sakaka Park in Accra for his Ashaiman to The World concert, September 30. Dreams do come true. Consider: barely a decade prior, this humble youth was roaming the very streets he’s now messiah of, pursuing with a hunger, patience and faith, the ambition of becoming a megastar.

Today, he is among the most revered of his generation, earning plaudits from far and near, and becoming a role model to masses who find inspiration in both the man and his music. He can boldly proclaim: “If I die today, I’m a hero”.

His evolution as a consummate artist and stage master is also witnessed in his way with the band backing him tonight. Like an army commander over his contingent, he steers them in various directions, utilizing the microphone as wand, and falling on a peculiar set of vocabulary as his spells. So he barks “off- timing”, and a different variation of the rhythm being played is heard, “one track”, and a new craze is invoked. If, as many hold, the live band performance is the truest test of a performer’s competence, Stonebwoy stakes a bold claim –perhaps the boldest among his contemporaries.

For as long as he has been active in music, Stonebwoy has had hits at the ready. Dripping with contagious choruses and an overall happy vibe, his sound has now become a constant in Afro-dancehall/ Afrobeats. IMAGE/ ZYLOFON

Winner of several awards including VGMA Artist of the Year, BET Best International Act: Africa (both in 2015), and an African Entertainment Legends Award on the night, Stonebwoy’s sights are obviously set on global frontiers. It is clear in his moves over the past couple of years. This is further illustrated with Epistles of Mama, a flavorsome, melody-filled project featuring universal names as Sean Paul, Chronixx, Sarkodie, Pressure, I Octane, Efya, Vanessa Bling, Kabaka Pyramid and a host of others. The Grammy Award has never been closer. And why not? His Livingstone EP was considered for nomination at the 2017 edition. He also features on Morgan Heritage’s “Avrakadabra” (which has been nominated for  ‘Best Reggae Album’ in the 2018 Grammy Awards, alongside ‘Chronology’ by Chronixx, ‘Lost In Paradise’ by Common Kings, ‘Wash House Ting’ by J Boog, and ‘Stony Hill’ by Damian Marley).

Put together by creative arts giant ZYLOFON Media in partnership with Stonebwoy’s BMG imprint, the 2017 BHIM Concert, compered by funny man DKB and Elikem “The Tailor”, also witnessed supporting performances from 2016 Grammy nominee Rocky Dawuni, vivacious Gospel singer Joyce Blessing, Kumi Guitar, Ara B, Obibini, Becca, Edem, Kelvinboy, Medikal, Kojo Funds, Damaris, King Promise, and Luther.  

 

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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.

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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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