For far too long, the Ghana music industry has seen majority of its stakeholders work very hard but receive very little or no income for their hard work and dedication through no fault of theirs but due to a failed system which gets worse by the years. A lot of Ghanaian musicians, songwriters, producers, instrumentalists, sound engineers, etc., have died poor or struggle to make ends meet, after several years of dedicating their lives to a trade which should have supported their livelihood during their prime and also in their retirement.
The Alliance For Change In Ghana Music – a collection of creative arts stakeholders who believe in creating a thriving and prosperous music industry, is set to array modern ways of generating income for the music industry and Ghana as a whole through the creative arts, making the Ghana music industry attractive for investors again, and seeks to recreate an industry which will significantly contribute to the economy of Ghana by restructuring how music business is done in Ghana.
In a news release signed by Mark Darlington Osae (Interim Chair, Steering Committee), the charity and the pressure group fighting for a positive change and a proper restructuring of the Ghana music industry will ensure creative people are able to pay their fair share of taxes in Ghana and also contribute to national or private pension schemes and will also create a booming music industry economy which will not only create more employment locally, but also able to compete globally.
This movement which also comprises of creatives or talents, managers, record producers, road managers, investment bankers, publicists, event organizers, media personalities etc. is pushing to get the Ghana music industry plugged into the Global music industry in order to attract multinational record labels, publishing companies, booking agencies, tour companies, media houses, royalty collection companies and multi-national/local investors. This initiative will be advocating for implementation of full digitization of the royalty collection system in Ghana and set standard royalty rates per play by radio and television stations.
The group strongly believes these unacceptable situations occur as a result of the lack of proper systems and efficient structures, which has equally rendered administrations seemingly incompetent in governing the affairs of music business in Ghana. The sad and shambolic situation has left a hole in the pockets of many creative people and also had a ripple effect on other music industry stakeholders like investors, managers, labels, bloggers, promoters, event organizers, video directors, video models, production assistants, dancers, DJs, entertainment journalists, poets, etc. We are therefore advocating for systems that will ensure transparency and promote accountability.
The group’s fight is against decades of unacceptable mediocrity, institutional corruption due to lack of transparency and perceived incompetent leadership, which stifles the growth of the industry. Their fight is also against ineffective systems and any group of persons who have been given the power to serve in the Ghana Music Industry but deliberately or non-deliberately under-performing. It is also to promote education of stakeholders to ensure they have a better understanding of the music business, know the other available venues to generate income, as well what their rights are in terms of contracts and agreements.
The Alliance For Change In Ghana Music is therefore calling on all Ghana music industry stakeholders to join in fighting for our rights and a prosperous future by reasoning together and taking the necessary steps towards a better Ghana Music Industry. It is incumbent on us to enforce this change during our lifetime otherwise the next generation will suffer more severe consequences.
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“I Haven’t Endorsed Any Political Party”, Stonebwoy Speaks On NPP Endorsement Brouhaha
With just approximately 14 days to elections, Politicians are leveraging on creatives with outrageously large influence on the society to canvas for votes. With the majority of talents availing themselves to be used by politicians to incite electorate’s decision, just a few are on the notion that, staying neutral and allowing the electorate to elect president and parliamentarians based on achievements is the best.
Multi award-winning reggae & dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, has, in a recent interview on an Accra-based Okay FM, stated that, though he is going exercise his civic responsibility on the day on December 7, he has not made any public declaration for any political candidate to be elected or re-elected for office. But, however believing that, electorates should be given the opportunity to access the political party they feel deserves their votes.
“I won’t endorse any political party for now but I know our father, H.E Nana Akufo Addo has done a lot of good things which are endorsable”, he told host of Ekwanso Dwodwo, Abeiku Santana.
Earlier, Ghanaian born hiplife artiste Batman Samini, endorsed Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a hot single “Kpoyaka” which outlines the achievements of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), a liberal democratic political party which was registered on 28 July 1992, Government under the leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo.
Sarkodie also dropped “Happy Day” featuring Kuami Eugene. The ambiguity and or inexactness of the song produced by MOG Beatz and Mastered by Possigee has left consumers in a state of uncertainty, as it has become very difficult to interpret it to be a Gospel or political campaign song for the governing New Patriotic Party. However, some part of the lyrics suggest it is actually an agenda driven campaign so for President Nana Akufo-Addo and also a Gospel song to keep nerves calm in these hard times.
“I’m Cool With You”, Stonebwoy Reacts To Shatta Wale’s Claims Of Missed Calls
Stonebwoy has, in a recent tweet, reacted to comments made by Shatta Wale – who claimed the CEO of Burniton Music Group has stopped responding to his calls after the Asaase Sound Clash lyrical competition. In an interview with Kumawood actor Kwaku Manu’, the multiple award winner disclosed his relationship with Stonebwoy has not been the same since then.
“After the clash when I call him, he doesn’t pick and I have noticed that in life there are people who like to beef and I like such people a lot”, he said. Stonebwoy knows my contact numbers and he knows the particular number I call him with yet he still doesn’t answer when I call him,” he added
But in a tweet, Stonebwoy stated that, though he is cool with Shatta Wale, it will be a false impression to suggest their friendship has mature to a more “brotherly” level
“I dey hear hear some phone call issues. @shattawalegh you know I’m cool with you..we cant assume that we are like “bread and butter” already. Small small okay bro, the last time I checked you haven’t even replied your WhatsApp Yet”, he said.
On Saturday, September 12, 2020, fans were able to enjoy a “Verzuz-like” battle between reggae and dance-hall greats Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, who decided to switch things up by trading songs from within the same room. Together, the Ghanaian giants were able to perform their biggest classics in front of hundreds of indoor fans and about thousands social media users, all with their cultural flag behind mid-performance.
The morning after the much anticipated dancehall clash, social media users took to twitter to declare Stonebwoy the winner of the clash. Stonebwoy dominated social media trends after the night, with comments from social media users, stakeholders eulogizing him for putting out an outstanding performance. Shatta wale was mocked for leaving the stage just before the freestyle battle session which they claim was a clear indication of throwing in the towel.
Temi Otedola And Mr. Eazi Set To Launch A New Podcast Series – ‘HOW FAR’
Fresh off her super successful acting debut, actor and fashion blogger, Temi Otedola and Nigerian singer Mr. Eazi, will, on Friday November 20, launch their much anticipated podcast dubbed “How Far.” With less details made available for the public’s consumption but generally speaking, the series will usually feature the daughter of Nigerian billionairre – Femi Otedola and the CEO of emPawa Africa as recurring hosts who will engaged in a discussion about a particular topic or current event.
“We started a podcast!!! Me and the Don @mreazi new podcast – HOW FAR – launches this week. You’ll be able to listen to our weekly conversations via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Youtube and anywhere you listen to podcasts. It’s about to be a madness….” Temi Otedola announced via an Instagram post
In a simaultenous Instagram post, Mr Eazi wrote, “Fresh off her super successful Acting debut T & I decided to start a podcast #HowfarPodcast Launching this Friday & it’s about to be so much fun!!! What do you wanna hear us talk about hehe.”
Femi Otedola marked her debut in the Nigerian movie industry with Afolayan’s released movie, Citation.Citation is an academic related film that explores the subject of decadence in the educational sector, the prevalence sex for grade in African Universities. The movie revolves around a female postgraduate student who has to find a way of dealing with the awkward situation of sexual harassment from her lecturer. Temi plays the lead character Moremi.
According to the cast and crew, Citation rose to the sixth-most popular film on Netflix shortly after its release, and was most-watched on Netflix in Nigeria. “Citation” is now streaming on Netflix.
Kaakie Welcomes Her First Child [SEE PHOTOS]
Ghanaian female Dancehall/Afrobeats Singjay, Kaakie, has welcomed her first child – baby girl after successfully tying the knot in January. “She’s so cute. I couldn’t believe my bundle of joy is finally here. I feel happy as a mother. I can’t stop looking at her every moment. The feeling I have right now can’t be described,” she told her publicist, Elorm Beenie
Grace Kaki Awo Ocansey got married in a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony to Kwesi “Spider” on January 2, 2020. The ceremony which took place in Manet Ville, in Accra came off after photos of the dancehall artist and nurse’s bridal shower hit the internet. The ceremony was attended by close family and friends.
Kaakie has been off the music seen for some years now, having travelled to the UK to pursue higher education in nursing at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
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