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Anticipate: Keche Joins Tic Today At The Bokom Boxing Arena.

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Music duo Keche joins hiplife artist TiC as part of the top notch artists who will perform tonight at the “IAMTiC” concert which will be staged at the Bokom Boxing Arena.

The event, which is slated for today, Friday, the 21st of December at the Bokom Boxing Arena, which has a sitting capacity of about 4,000 is organized to thrill fans ahead of the festive season and another platform for the rapper to share with fans his journey in the music industry and to bring them up to speed on his current projects and his future endeavors.

The ”Next Level” hit makers will today join other well celebrated Ghanaian arts to thrill fans as they believe in Tic’s vision to continually give fans that the entertainment they miss from him.

Other artists lined up for the night includes; music group VVIP, Kuami Eugene, Kidi, NeroX, Tinny and Guru. As if that is not enough, Prince Bright of Buk Bak fame, Article wan, AK songstress, Nii Funny, Donzy and Ayesem will also give fans some electrifying performances. To intersperse music with comedy, another team made up of Bukom Banku, Comedian DKB and actress Rosemond Brown is set to crack the ribs of the fans.

The event will be piloted by Merqury Quaye, host of Cruise Control on Hitz FM. DJ’s for the night includes; Dj Black, Andy Dosty, Dj Kaxto, Dj Toyoo and Dj Mix.

If you have anywhere to be on the 21st, it should be the Bukom Boxing Arena. I advise you don’t miss out as this promises to be a night of lit performances. 

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Joe Boy To Perform At YouTube “Stay Home With Me” Virtual Festival

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LAGOS STATE – Thursday, April 9, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – American online video-sharing platform, YouTube, has announced a new festival line-up for this year’s Easter weekend celebrations that will kick off on Good Friday with performances from some of the continent’s best-known gospel artists including heavyweights like South Africa’s Benjamin Dube, and Mthunzi Namba, alongside Nigerian gospel superstars Nosa and Glowreeyah Braimah.

Captioned, “Stay Home With Me”, the new programme will also give fans the opportunity to tune in to LIVE performances by hip hop and pop artistes like Nasty C and Jethro Tait, and Nigeria’s Joe Boy. Celebrity chef Lorna Maseko, beauty vlogger Thandi Gama and lifestyle guru Yolz will also be releasing special Stay Home #WithMe videos this weekend where they will cook, glow-up and practise self-care with their subscribers.

Speaking on the series, content partnership manager for YouTube Africa Addy Awofisayo, said, as part of mechanisms outlined to augment government’s effort towards combating the fast spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19),“Stay Home #WithMe is a way of encouraging social distancing at this time while bringing everyone together around music, artistes and content creators they love.

YouTube’s Stay Home #WithMe festival kicked off two weekends ago in response to lockdown regulations in countries like South Africa and Nigeria. With known Covid-19 cases on the continent jumping to more than 10 000 this week, music lovers will be glad to know they can enjoy uplifting performances from their favourite gospel artists in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

For more information on the lineup, visit Stay Home With Me.

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Global Citizen Lines Up Burna Boy, Lizzo, Stevie Wonder On A Historic Concert.

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Global Citizen, the organization behind the recent ‘Together At Home’ virtual concert featuring John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Chris Martin, Niall Horan, Miguel and more, has teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO) to announce a special concert just for you.

The event tagged One World: Together At Home will kick off on Saturday, April 18, with the aim of celebrating and supporting healthcare workers, and will feature real experiences from doctors, nurses and families around the world.

It also features a thrilling lineup of artists curated by Lady Gaga, including, Burna Boy the only African, and other stars like Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, DG of WHO said “The World Health Organization is committed to defeating the coronav!rus pandemic with science and public health measures, and supporting the health workers who are on the frontlines of the response. We may have to be apart physically for a while, but we can still come together virtually to enjoy great music. The ‘One World: Together At Home’ concert represents a powerful show of solidarity against a common threat.”

One World: Together At Home is ‘powered by commitments from supporters and corporate partners in benefit of the COV!D-19 Solidarity Response Fund, Broadcast special to also benefit local and regional charities that provide food, shelter and healthcare to those that need help most’.

The one-night special event will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon of ‘The Tonight Show,’ Jimmy Kimmel of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and Stephen Colbert of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’. You can also watch it on digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tidal, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, and more.

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TANZANIA/ ACCES 2020 Showcases Call For Application

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DAR ES SALAAM – Wednesday, April 8, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – The Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) invites African musicians based on the continent to apply for an opportunity to showcase at ACCES 2020 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 26 to 28 November.

ACCES, which is organised by the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) in a different African city every year, will offer a robust programme and platforms for performers to showcase their talent to a diverse audience of local and international delegates, including festival curators, promoters, booking agents, record labels and other influential audiences.

Launched in Dakar in 2017 and held in Nairobi in 2018 and Accra in 2019, the event includes training workshops, industry talks, keynotes, live performances, networking sessions, a collaborative recording studio, exhibitions and visits to key music industry hubs in the host city.

The application deadline is 30 April 2020 (midnight CAT).

Who can apply?

ACCES showcases are meant for emerging musicians who can deliver outstanding live performances and are ready for the international stage. ACCES’ curators are also looking for musicians who will genuinely benefit from the opportunity to boost their careers internationally. As this event is happening in Tanzania, emphasis will also be on local bands with a view to showcase the best in Tanzanian live music.

1. This call is open to African musicians (solo artists, bands, DJs etc.) based on the continent.
2. All genres are welcome.
3. Applicants should be export-ready.
4. All participants must be over 18 years old.
5. All applications must be based on live performances and original music. No backing tracks.
NOTE: Performances supporting political parties or religious faith will not be permissible.
6. Applicants should be prepared to be available for the duration of ACCES and to perform on any of the dates (26-28 November 2020).
7. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or by the artists/bands’ representatives (managers, publishers, labels, agents and promoters.

Support from ACCES

1. Performers will receive a modest honorarium.
2. Performers will be provided with local transport (related to the performance).
3. Performers from outside Dar es Salaam will be provided accommodation (related to the performance).
4. Performers from outside Dar es Salaam will receive a per diem.
5. VISA costs will be reimbursed against receipts.
6. Performers will be granted full access passes to all ACCES activities.
7. Performers will be promoted across the Music In Africa and ACCES platforms. (programme, newsletters, press releases, website, social media).
8. ACCES will provide regular sound and lights plus basic shared backline.
9. ACCES will provide media exposure.
10. ACCES will provide tools for the performers and their reps to get in touch with new contacts and audiences, as well as B2B meetings.

NOTE: Musicians based outside Dar es Salaam should be prepared to provide own funding for transport costs to and from Dar es Salaam. The Music In Africa Foundation will strive to support musicians to apply for funding from available networks and partners but cannot guarantee that this will be successful, so please be sure that you are prepared for this before you apply.  One band manager only may be included in the travelling party and benefit from the same support offered by ACCES as the performing band members.

How to apply?  

Please note that your application is based on your Music In Africa profile. Here is an example of a profile: https://www.musicinafrica.net/node/21539

Your profile should have the following:

1. Clear biography.
2. At least three latest song releases.
3. At least one video performance.
4. At least two high-resolution promotional photos.
5. Social media links.

Steps to apply

1. Read the call for applications carefully.

2. Create (if you haven’t already) a profile on the Music in Africa Artist & Industry section using this link: https://www.musicinafrica.net/user/register. Make sure that your profile is up to date, as this is the profile that the Curation Committee will review. Your profile must include a clear biography, a minimum of three tracks, one live performance video, two high-resolution promotional photos and social media links. NOTE: You may find your profile already created by a Music in Africa contributor. In this case, you would need to follow the online steps to claim it. Once you have control of your profile, make sure to update the information.

3. Complete and submit the online application form (the link is provided at the end of this call). Two application forms are provided – in French and English. Email applications will not be considered.

NOTE: The form will not allow applicants to save and complete later. Before you complete it, make sure you have all the required documents that will need to be attached.

Selection process

Application deadline: 30 April 2020 (midnight CAT). 1. Eligible applications will be reviewed by the ACCES Curation Committee. 2. Successful applicants will be notified by 12 June 2020.
3. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
4. Only complete applications will be considered.
5. Only applications submitted via the dedicated online form will be considered.
6. Late applications will not be considered.

Application forms

You can apply in French or English.
Access the ENGLISH application form here.
Access the FRENCH application form here.
For enquiries and information, email claire@musicinafrica.net.
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COVID-19 UPDATE

Following our ACCES 2020 announcement, and in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we would like to assure our community that we are closely monitoring and assessing developments with a view to make an informed decision. 

ACCES remains scheduled for 26-28 November 2020. The overriding priority for the Music In Africa Foundation is the safety and security of our broader music community and everyone involved in staging this high-profile event. 

We are hopeful that “the show will go on” and encourage you to continue to register for the conference, and apply for showcases and conference proposals. We will continue to communicate transparently with all stakeholders, and event partners as the situation develops.

Please follow our online platforms for further updates: https://www.musicinafrica.net/acces

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Recap of Shatta Wale’s Faith Concert

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Ghanaian Dancehall act, Shatta Wale, prior to the lockdown observed in the country, announced he would be having a free concert online for his fans to raise their spirits whiles dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Shatta Wale promised to go all out for fans with the Faith Concert and he did that. He mounted a very big stage over his pool at home, got a band to perform with and also his team was there to support him as well, the likes of Bulldog, the Militants and others.

The concert which was live on youtube lasted for two hours, and was observed by his fans all over the country, amounting to over 185,000 viewers.

Before the concert, the Melissa hitmaker, shared over 300cedis worth of credit on social media for all the available networks in Ghana.

Watch what transpired before and after the Faith Concert below;

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