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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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Rapper Teephlow to embark on “Thank you Central Region” Tour

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Rapper Teephlow after his VGMA 2018 record of the year is set to embark on a Thank you tour in his home Region Central Region.

The appreciation tour will see him pay a courtesy call on the Omanhene of the Ogua Traditional Council, the Central Regional Minister among others.

In an earlier interview with Accra based Television, First News Network, the State of Art expressed his happiness for winning the record of the year award.

TeePhlow has several songs to his credit including New Era, The Warning, Riding and Sei Hor.

Teephlow is signed onto SpyderLee Entertainment,  a member of the Groupe Nduom is also behind the huge success story of duo Keche. They are also organisers of the prestigious People’s Celebrity Awards.

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The Vodafone Red lounge, the real tech party at VGMA 2018

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Since taking over as headline sponsor of the Ghana Music Awards some six years ago, Vodafone has spared no expense to ensure that they add more than a bit more to the experience of their customers at the annual event.

It was Vodafone that started an added ambience of music, food and drinks on the side of the main night of VGMA at the VIP and presidential rooms of the Accra International Conference Centre. For about five years the telco brand entertained people it referred to as valued customers as they enjoyed the awards in those privileged rooms.

This year, however, Vodafone decided to flip the script and they did so by changing the name of the entertainment arena from a room to a lounge, thus Red Lounge was introduced at the 19th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards last Saturday night. It has always been Red Room

While the name may have changed, it was still a Vodafone event and so came with all the trappings of what the brand has been known for on VGMA nights: class, food, drinks, music and a real reddish party atmosphere.

There were couches, settees and there also were the bars that served all manner of drinks. And then the stand that served the grills, mini-sandwiches and wraps, fruits, cake and other such canapés to the very privileged few who got invited by Vodafone to the place reserved for its key consumers.

The new idea of engaging with the consumers in the Red Lounge is the inclusion of technology to depict the new focus of Vodafone as the telecom brand that is leading the way into the digital space.

First was the invitation by an SMS alone and a simple SMS scan at the entrance to allow those invited to enter the lounge! No invitation cards. Next was how drinks were ordered via an app on tablets. No shouting to order drinks and food and definitely no jostling between people.

And then there was the robot engagement inside the Red Lounge. The role of the robot in the lounge was multiple: it showed patrons the way to the washroom and also took a picture and printed for them.

The pre-event party in the Red Lounge started from 7pm-9pm with guests arriving to take a bite or two and have a drink while songstress Yaa Yaa crooned melodious songs with the support of her band and also strummed her guitar strings away into the night.

Starr FM’s DJ Vyrusky was on hand to help Yaa Yaa with good music from his turntables and also sent the lounge into a party mood after the main event during the post-event party. The party went on until the dawn as MC Kabutey Ocansey became the hype-man on the night.

It must be mentioned that space was a bit small to contain the partying crowd, there was some confusion at the entrance to the lounge and it seemed the noise level was too much to have a decent chat with the robot during the after party.

However, the transformation of the left wing of the AICC into a club feel, the addition of technology in the experience and the uniqueness in the setup and engagement need commendation. It was another awesome addition to the VGMA experience by the brand that knows how to do it best!

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AllStar DJ Mynor hosts the biggest automobile show BENZ PARTY (+IMAGES)

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Award-winning Ghanaian DJ, Allstar DJ Mynor has hosted the biggest Benz Party in Ghana.

The event was organized by AllStarKonnect/SuSean GH LTD and Motion Consult.

“BENZ PARTY is an initiative that was created to bring all lovers, users and also fans of Mercedes Benz together… Basically, the idea behind this initiative is to share ideas, connect owners together, exhibit, educate, inform and also have fun ” DJ Mynor said.

Jeffrey Offei Moses popularly known as DJ Mynor is known for his association with R2bees and Criss Waddle and his numerous mixtapes like the All-Star Mixbag, Hiplife and Naija Mixbag amongst others.

According to the organisers, the Chigo GH LTD sponsored event will be an annual event supported by Starbuzz Tv, StudioXtra and Metro Tv.

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Donewell Insurance, Happy FM Stock National Blood Bank

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The 2018 edition of Happy 98.9 FM’s annual blood donation exercise was partnered by Donewell Insurance as part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The blood donation exercise which took place at the Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Accra on Saturday April 14, saw a host of Donewell Insurance Company Limited and Happy FM staff together with the general public donating blood to stock the National Blood Bank.

Over 100 units of blood was collected to boost the stock of blood at the National Blood Bank.

Speaking at the Blood Donation Exercise, Timothy Karikari, a Director at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Company (GMABC) stated that the issue of shortage of blood at the hospitals is a great concern to Happy FM and hence the partnership with Donewell Insurance Company Limited to beef up the stock at the blood bank.

“We at GMABC, having trust and confidence in the Donewell brand, decided to partner them in this year’s edition. Shortage of blood at our hospitals has been an issue of great concern to this country. Blood is essential for life and the wellbeing of Ghana’s human resource is critical for the success of this country. We believe that by doing this, we are contributing our quota to the health and development of this nation,” Mr. Karikari disclosed.

He said that blood cannot be manufactured and therefore essential for people to donate to help save a life.

Blood cannot be manufactured or created and so by donating blood, you are saving someone’s life, a company’s life and a nation’s future.  Even one unit of blood is important,” he noted.

Jennifer Bebli, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Donewell Insurance Company Limited disclosed that the objective of the blood donation exercise was to give back to society and also to help save lives.

“It has been all over the news that the blood bank has always had a shortage in terms of blood so we decided that as part of our way of giving back and saving lives, we organized this exercise. Donewell Insurance is 25 years and as part of our support to Ghanaians and the community in which we carry out our business, this blood donation exercise is one of the many CSR activities lined up for the year. Since our head office is in Osu, we thought it right to undertake this CSR activity in the community in which we have stayed in these 25years and also to support the blood bank by donating blood,” she noted.

The blood donation exercise lasted for about 8 hours from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There were other activities such as free medical screening and health checks for participants by qualified medical professionals.

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WATCH LIVE: The 19th Ghana Music Awards

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LIVE from the Accra International Conference Centre, it is Ghana music’s biggest night.

Watch live. Feed courtesy TV3.

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The Ghana Music Awards – ALL THE WINNERS – ARTISTE OF THE YEAR #VGMAs2018

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Tonight’s VGMA Awards, the 19th edition, could produce the first ever female “Artist of the Year”. The act who would be responsible for this momentous feat, should it happen, will be late dancehall singer, Ebony Reigns, whom many expect to come alive tonight.

Other contenders for the topmost laurel include Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, and Joe Mettle (all of whom have won the award in previous years.

Put together by Charterhouse Productions, with Vodafone Ghana as headline sponsor, the Ghana Music Awards scheme was instituted in 2000, and saw highlife veteran Charles K Tosu (Daddy Lumba) being crowned Artist of the Year. The list that has followed Lumba for the coveted award has been remarkable and regularly fiercely contested:

  1. Daddy Lumba (2000)

2. Kojo Antwi (2001)

3. Lord Kenya (2002)

4. Kontihene (2003)

5. V.I.P (2004, 2011)

6. Obour (2005)

 7.  Ofori Amponsah (2006)

8. Samini (2007)

 

9. Kwaw Kese (2008)

Kwaw Kese. IMAGE/ OWULA KPAKPO

10. Okyeame Kwame (2009)

11. Sarkodie (2010, 2012)

 

12. R2Bees (2013)

 

13. Shatta Wale (2014)

Shatta Wale. IMAGE/ KWABENA AWUKU

14. Stonebwoy (2015)

15. EL (2016)

 

16. Joe Mettle (2017)

VGMA 2017 Artist of the Year, Joe Mettle

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