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BET’20: Rema Loses Debut Award Plaque To East Africa’s Sha Sha

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HARARE – June 29, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – ZIMBABWEAN songstress Sha Sha – born Charmaine Mapimbiro is the toast of Africa on Monday after she walked away with the Viewers Choice Best New International Act at the prestigious 2020 BET awards. The songstress signed to DJ Maphorisa’s Blaqboy record label in 2018, and has featured on several hits with Maphorisa and DJ Kabza de Small.

The BET awards are known to showcase the best and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience. The awards are courtesy of the Black Entertainment Television, the most prominent television network targeting African American audiences in the United States.

2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the event and BET’s 40th anniversary making it a special edition altogether. The 26-year-old was up against Rema from Nigeria, Celeste from the United Kingdom, Young T and Bugsey from the United Kingdom, Hatik from France and Stacy from France.

Her chances of securing the award were not sure, but she was already a winner because the nomination in itself was a significant approval of her music. The Tender Love hitmaker was unveiled as a winner early this morning as the awards took place virtually due to the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.

Zimbabwe’s international act and South Africa based Amapiano singer did the nation proud as she put Zimbabwe on the global map despite setbacks back home. She was among the class of 2020 at the BET Awards including the likes of Beyonce, Meagan Thee Stallion and a host of others.

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Ghanaian Record Producer, Juls, Joins Grammy Recording Academy As A Voting Member

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Ghanaian Disk Jockey and record producer, Juls, has joined Lil Nas X, Gunna, Victoria Monet and other 2,321 people who have been invited to join the Recording Academy. That is nearly 1,000 more invitations than the academy issued last year, when it invited 1,340 new members. (Of those, 743 took the academy up on its offer.)

He was selected by a committee of industry peers based on exceptional contributions to the music community. As the world’s preeminent membership organization for performers, songwriters, producers and engineers, he will work together with other members to build a better and more inspiring world for music and its makers.

“We are pleased to offer you this opportunity to celebrate, represent and give back to music and its creators as a new member of the Recording Academy,” the invitation letter to the musician, who shared portions of it on social media, reads. “The power of the Recording Academy’s collective voice increases exponentially with you.”

“Membership is the lifeblood of the Recording Academy. Having an active, representative membership is fundamental to everything we do. Recording Academy members are a collective voice that together creates a better world for music and its makers, and has the ability to move our industry forward.”

“Recording Academy membership is a privilege reserved for those whose excellent professional accomplishments are matched by their passion for the music community.”

Julian Nicco-Annan, better known by his stage name Juls, is a British-Ghanaian record producer, disc jockey, and musician. He is best known for the production of songs like ”Bankulize” and “Skin Tight” by Mr Eazi , “Feel Alright” by Show Dem Camp,” Rudebwoi Love” by Stonebwoy and ”Gwarn” by Burna Boy. He has collaborated with labels like BBnz Live, Toko Beatz, Stereofly Records, Cosmic Harmony, and Lost Ones.

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Wendy Shay, Sarkodie, Diana Hamilton, Others Secure Nominations At Ghana Music Awards – USA [WATCH]

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GHANA MUSIC AWARDS USA LIVE ON KOFI TV

GHANA MUSIC AWARDS USA Nominees Announcement LIVE ON KOFI TV

Publiée par KOFI TV sur Samedi 11 juillet 2020

Organized by Don’s Music Production in partnership with 2Geez Entertainment and Highlife Media USA, and hosted virtually on the Kofi TV YouTube channel, with musical performances from Wendy Shay, Qwaachi, SP Kofi Sarpong and Article Wan, organizers of Ghana Music Awards – USA have unveiled the nominees for this year’s edition of prestigious awards scheme in the capital city – Accra which was postponed due to the global pandemic, Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Though the date and venue is yet to be revealed, the organizers are adamant that, the event will hold in October or November, 2020. However, Godfred Wiafe – Chief Executive Officer of 2Geez Entertainment earlier revealed that, “Voting is 40% for board, 20% for academy and 40% for the general public”, with the exception of the Popular Song of the Year category, which constitutes 80% public voting and 20% board voting.

Speaking at the nominees announcement, Mr. Dennis Boafo – Chief Executive Officer of Don’s Music Production and Executive Director revealed that, it is very imperative for their outfit to appreciate and recognize the effort Ghana musicians employ to produce and disburse good music, and acknowledge the most influential and iconic musicians in the society, in Ghana and the US as music plays a pivotal role in the lives of consumers.

Fans can vote for their favorite acts via Facebook.

Below are the nominees:

New Artist of the Year

  • Fameye
  • Sefa
  • Kofi Mole
  • Fantana
  • MOG music
  • Kawoula Biov
  • Iona
  • J.Derobie
  • Lord Paper

Gospel Artist of the Year

  • Celestine Donkor
  • Ceccy Twum
  • SP Kofi Sarpong
  • Joyce Blessing
  • Akesse Brempong
  • Diana Hamilton 

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Akwaboah – ‘Gansta Love’
  • KiDi – ‘Sugar Daddy’
  • King Promise – ‘Bra’
  • Nacee – ‘Mpaebo’
  • Kuami Eugene – ‘Ohema’
  • Kojo Antwi – ‘Bra’ 

Highlife Song of the Year

  • ‘Our Story’ – Dada Hafco ft. Fameye
  • ‘Ohemaa’ – Kuami Eugene ft. KiDi
  • ‘Things Fall Apart’ – Kofi Kinaata
  • ‘Melissa’ – Shatta Wale
  • ‘Sika’ – Adina
  • ‘Bra’ – King Promise
  • ‘Moonlight’ – Bless
  • ‘Saara’ – Sarkodie ft. Efya 

Hiplife Song of the Year

  • ‘Amanfuor Girls’ – Quamina MP ft. Medikal
  • ‘Oofeetso’ – Sarkodie ft. Prince Bright
  • ‘Weather’ – Sista Afia ft. Medikal & Quamina MP
  • ‘Zanku’ – Dope Nation
  • ‘Nothing I Get’ – Fameye
  • ‘Davi Ne Ba’ – Kawoula Biov ft. Patapaa
  • ‘Bad Energy’ – Guru ft Kwesi Swat

 Best Collaboration

  • ‘Amanfuor Girls’ – Quamina MP ft. Medikal
  • ‘Dondo (Remix)’ – Kwaw Kese ft. Skonti, Sarkodie, Medikal and Mr. Eazi
  • ‘Saara’ – Sarkodie ft. Efya
  • ‘Ololo’ – Stonebwoy ft. Teni
  • ‘Weather’ – Sista Afia ft. Medikal and Quamina MP
  • ‘Stevie Wonder’ – Wendy Shay ft. Shatta Wale
  • ‘Mea’ – Kelvyn Boy ft. Joey B
  • ‘Nobody’ – Kwesi Arthur ft. Mr. Eazi
  • ‘Omo Ada’ – Medikal ft. Fella Makafui and Shatta Wale

Gospel Song of the Year

  • ‘W’asem’ – Diana Hamilton
  • ‘Agbebolo’ – Celestine Donkor ft. Nhyiraba Gideon
  • ‘Repent’ – Joyce Blessing
  • ‘Di Wo Hene’ – Ceccy Twum ft. Joe Mettle
  • ‘Mpaebo’ – Nacee
  • ‘Aseda Kesie’ – Piesie Esther
  • ‘Crazy Love Remix’ – Akesse Brempong ft. Bernard Franklyn
  • ‘Yawo’ – Bethel Revival choir
  • ‘Mehia wo Jesu’ – Joe Mettle

Group of the Year

  • Dope Nation
  • R2Bees
  • Bethel Revival Choir
  • Keche
  • La Meme Gang

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Efya – ‘Saara’
  • Joyce Blessing – ‘Adam Nana’
  • eShun – ‘Handcuff’
  • Ceccy Twum – ‘Di Wo Hene’
  • Diana Hamilton – ‘Nsenkyerene Nyankopon’
  • Celestine Donkor – ‘Agbebolo’
  • Sista Afia – ‘Broken Heart’

Highlife Artist of the Year

  • KiDi
  • Dada Hafco
  • Kuami Eugene
  • Eshun
  • Kofi Kinaata
  • King Promise
  • Akwaboah
  • Adina

Hiplife/Hip Hop Artist of the Year

  • Medikal
  • Sarkodie
  • Fameye
  • Quamina Mp
  • Kwesi Arthur
  • Dope Nation
  • Kwaw Kese
  • Manifest

 Artist of the Year

  • Medikal
  • Sarkodie
  • Shatta Wale
  • Stonebwoy
  • Kofi Kinaata
  • Fameye
  • Diana Hamilton
  • Samini

Most Popular Song of the Year

  • ‘Oofeetso’ – Sarkodie ft. Prince Bright
  • ‘Things Fall Apart’ – Kofi Kinaata
  • ‘W’asem’ – Diana Hamilton
  • ‘Melissa’ – Shatta Wale
  • ‘Shugah’ – Stonebwoy ft. Beenie Man
  • ‘Nothing I Get’ – Fameye
  • ‘Omo Ada’ (Remix) – Medikal ft. Shatta Wale and Fella Makafui
  • ‘Davi Ne Ba’ – Kawoula Biov ft. Patapaa
  • ‘Zanku’ – Dope Nation
  • ‘Toto Remix’ – Edem ft. Davido
  • ‘Stevie Wonder’ – Wendy Shay ft. Shatta Wale

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year

  • ‘Me Mpaebo’ – Ras Kuuku
  • ‘Tuff Seed’ – Stonebwoy
  • ‘Aye Halfcast’ – Shatta Wale
  • ‘Poverty’ – J Derobie
  • ‘Reggae’ – Article Wan
  • ‘Obra’ – Samini 

Reggae/Dancehall Artist of the Year

  • Stonebwoy
  • Shatta Wale
  • Epixode
  • Ras Kuuku
  • Samini

Rapper of the Year

  • Medikal – ‘Higher’
  • Sarkodie – ‘Legend’
  • Strongman – ‘Ups and Downs’
  • Manifest – ‘Ups and Downs’
  • Flowking Stone – ‘Let them Know’
  • Teephlow – ‘God’s Own’
  • Eno Barony – ‘Voice of Truth’
  • Kwesi Arthur – ‘New York State of Mind’

Music Producer of the Year

  • DDT – ‘Our Story’ – Dada Hafco ft Fameye
  • Da Maker – ‘Melissa’ – Shatta Wale
  • MOG – ‘Oofeetso’ – Sarkodie
  • B2 – ‘Nothing I Get” – Fameye
  • Nacee – ‘Mpaebo’ – Nacee

Ghanaian Traditional and Cultural Act of the Year

  • Wiyaala
  • King Ayisoba
  • Sherifa Gunu
  • Big Gad
  • Afro Moses

Best African Act

  • Burna Boy
  • Diamond Platinumz
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Davido
  • Wizkid
  • Mr. Eazi
  • Rudebwoy
  • Afro B

US-based Uncovered Artist of the Year

  • Fresh Naro
  • Freddy Spirit
  • Ralphy Vies
  • Myra Kay
  • Jayhover
  • Clem Biney
  • Jamin Beats
  • Dem Tinz
  • Kinyanki
  • Toni Amani
  • Ms. Kumi
  • Yung Theoryy

 US-based Afropop Song of the Year

  • ‘Bad Rmx’ – Yun Kobe ft. Fameye
  • ‘3y3 d3’ – Yaw Morocco
  • ‘Obaa’ – Archipalago
  • ‘Mempena’ – Kwesoul
  • ‘Waist’ – Slymboy
  • ‘Piesie’ – Myra Kay
  • ‘Oforiwaa’ – Quayku Dsoul
  • ‘Story’ – KayKay Amponsah ft. Clemento Suarez
  • ‘Forgetti ‘– Freddy X
  • ‘Forever’ – Kobe Nyce
  • ‘Maa Adwoa’ – Yung Theorry ft. Paul Noun

US-based Artist of the Year

  • Kwesoul
  • Archipalago
  • Slymboy
  • Millicent Yankey
  • Nana NYC
  • Yesubi
  • Yun Kobe
  • Herty Corgie

Best US-Based Afropop Artist of the Year

  • 2Shy
  • Ohene Ntow
  • Archipalago
  • Kwesoul
  • Nee Oseye Ade Leke
  • Quayku Dsoul
  • KayKay Amponsah
  • Freddy X
  • Slymboy
  • Natty Bee
  • Verses Burner

 US-based Gospel Song of the Year

  • ‘Hwan Koraa’ – Millicent Yankey
  • ‘Nkunim’ – Melody Frempong
  • ‘My Gratitude’ – Humphrey Tettey
  • ‘Jehova Maozi’ – Stella Addo
  • ‘Ololufemi (My Darling)’ – Fletcher Narh
  • ‘Amen’ – Kwesoul
  • ‘Miracle Working God’ – Minister Ike ft. SP Kofi
  • ‘Sarpong’
  • ‘Yahweh’ – Herty Corgie

US-based Gospel Artist of the Year

  • Millcent Yankey
  • Melody Frempong
  • Humphrey Tettey
  • Esther Afua Yirenkyi
  • Stella Addo
  • Fletcher Narh
  • Minister Ike
  • Fritz Oakley
  • Herty Corgie

US-based Best DJ of the Year

  • DJ Zag – Ohio
  • DJ Sabato – Virginia
  • DJ RB Nice – New York
  • DJ Frankie – Atlanta, Georgia
  • DJ A1 – Philadelphia
  • DJ Wyse – Worcester, MA
  • DJ G’Nyce – Bronx, NY

Emerging Act of the Year

  • Sherry Boss
  • Shay D
  • Abochi
  • Queen Haizel
  • Lyzzy Bae
  • Erny
  • Amaru Wan
  • Jodiba
  • Ssue
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Ghana Music Awards – UK Succumb To Conorav¡rus; 5th Edition Postponed To 2021

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UK – July 9, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – After a series of engagements with the government, stakeholders and security agencies on the best practice for this year’s event, in the wake of the novel corona-virus pandemic, the board and planning committee organizers of the prestigious awards scheme have regrettably annulled this season’s edition of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release signed by Ekow Anderson – Head of Ghana Music Awards’, UK planning and advisory board, there have been restrictions curtailing public events and gatherings in the UK, and the rest of the world, explaining that, Since mid-March, the music industry and creative arts in general, have been affected by this deadly pandemic

The statement added that, as an organization, they are very much concerned about this uncomfortable situation and the lives of their patrons and the general public as a whole and it is crucial at this moment to let their musicians, stakeholders, well-wishers and the general public know that they are watching closely, the measures that have been instituted by the NHS and the government in curbing the spread of Codvid-19, and are optimistic that, in 2021, the road would have been cleared for a successful 5th edition of the awards.

The organizers of the event also took the opportunity to commiserate with the families of COVID-19 victims. They also urged the general public to abide by preventive protocols by health officials and governments around the world.

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David Gyasi Joins The Oscar’s Academy Class of 2020 for The Oscars

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star, David Gyasi is among the 819 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2020.

Long criticised for its lack of diversity, the Academy says the 2020 class is 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and 49% international from 68 countries.

“The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travelers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now,” said Academy President David Rubin.

Four years ago, the Academy set specific inclusion goals as part of its A2020 initiative to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic and racial communities by 2020. In announcing the 2020 class, the Academy stated it has surpassed both these goals.

David Kwaku Asamoah Gyasi is a British actor of Ghanaian descent. He is best known for his roles in Cloud Atlas and Interstellar, where he portrayed Romilly in the latter. Gyasi also appeared in The Dark Knight Rises as the skinny prisoner.

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