GREATER ACCRA – Thursday, April 19, 2020/www.gbafrica/ – One of Africa’s most celebrated rap performing and recording artiste, Michael Owusu Addo, popularly known as, Sarkodie, has joined that tall list of Ghanaian and African Celebrities to give back to society, precisely the vulnerable in the wake of the pandemic outbreak to hit the whole globe, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The rapper together with his record label; SarkCess Music and his charity organization; Sarkodie Foundation donated some relief items to some less privileged residents in Tema. This humanity initiative is to augment the Government of Ghana’s efforts towards providing some relief supplies, including food, water, medication, etc to people in need, especially those affected by the partial Lockdown exercise.
The donation exercise was led by manager of the Two (2) times Black Entertainment TV (BET) Award-winning musician, Angel Town. Some beneficiaries of the relief items joyfully expressed their gratitude to the musician for embarking on such an impressive initiative to help those who struggle to feed in this “Coronavirus” period. According them, this will go a long way to put smiles of their faces.
As at 7th April 2020, 23:30 hr, a total of 313 cases of COVID-19 with six (6) deaths have been recorded. The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (274) followed by the Ashanti Region (25), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1), Upper East Region (1) and Central Region (1).
A total of 161 cases were reported from the routine surveillance, 37 from enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115. Enhanced contact tracing and testing is ongoing in Ghana and has resulted in increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 has ended. In all, a total 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period. Out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative. Twenty-six (26) among those that were initially negative were found to have converted to be positive at the exit screening, bringing to a total of 105 which constitutes 10.2% among the travellers that were quarantined.
With regards to enhanced contact tracing and testing, as at 7th April 2020, a total of 11,016 samples from contacts have been processed and 37 (0.34%) have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.
“The Gov’t Needs To Effect Laws That Will Cushion Talents – Stonebwoy Urges
GREATER ACCRA – Thursday, June 4, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – In this amazing session of Star Talk with blogger Kobby Kyei, Nickelodeon & BET Winner| 3-Time Best Reggae/Dancehall Act in Africa, Stonebwoy, stated that, the Government of Ghana needs to effect laws that will enable the Ghanaian entertainment ecosystem structures cushion creatives to success. According to Him, the onus lies on the various authorities to implement all available laws which will in turn help strengthen institutions like GHAMRO and Musiga to deliver its service without encountering any difficulties.
Sony/ATV Signs D-Black To Global Publishing and Distribution Deal
CALIFORNIA – Thursday, June 4, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – D-Black – a Ghanaian multiple award winning & chart topping anglophone hip-hop and afrobeat musician and Chief Executive Officer of Black Avenue Music (BAM), has signed a global publishing and distribution agreement with Sony/ATV ahead of the Ghanaian-based musician’s fifth studio album, expected to premiere this summer in Los Angeles, California.
According to Rowlin Naicker MD of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, they are excited to represent and partner with him in the significant next phase of his already successful career as the “Vera” hitmaker’s, who will be celebrating a decade in the arts and entertainment ecosystem, skills and talents will be a great addition to the Sony/ATV family. He added that, D-Black is an amazing creative, whose talents have underpinned countless hit records.
Munya Chanetsa, newly appointed A&R Manager stated that, he sincerely hopes this signing showcases to Ghana the firm’s commitment to prioritize and work with their creatives as D-black’s talent transcends his reputation as a hit-making super talent. He added that, he has also demonstrates a rare gift for identifying, cultivating and developing a new generation of stars, a vision they completely support and anticipate a long and successful partnership with him.
Of the signing, D-Black (real name Desmond Kwesi Blackmore) said in an Instgram post that, he excited to continue to build his catalogue with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and looks forward to all that’s coming down the pipeline.
“I want to put Ghanaian music on the forefront of the Afrobeats global wave and this is just the first step with Sony / ATV. This isn’t just for me, I’m in the process of finalizing a label deal with them for all my artists, producers and partners and also sharing information with other acts so together we could all move forward as a unit, as a collective from Ghana, Africa. I’m excited to learn more and empower myself and my team to be a force to reckon with not only as an artist but as a music business executive and as an African label as a whole worldwide. – D-Black shared
[IN-VIDEO] Ghanaian-English Musician & Human Rights Activist, Fuse ODG, Calls For An International Boycott Of U.S. Products
GREATER ACCRA – Wednesday, June 3, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Rallying in solidarity with anti-racism protests in the United States of America demanding justice for George Floyd who was killed on May 25 by team of Police officers and an end to systemic racism, protestors in Ghana have called for international boycott of U.S. products in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and against racism, impunity , and state-sanctioned street executions.
Spear-headed by Nana Richard Abiona better known by his stage name Fuse ODG, the British-Ghanaian recording and performing artiste, and Human Rights Activist in a video posted on his official Instagram handle stated that, the Global African diaspora needs to start unleashing some economic plaques on America and countries where racism is condone, as Black people have the spending power in the U.S. with over a trillion dollar power annually.
Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was pinned to the ground by a white officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The officer, who has since been fired and charged for murder, knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, as Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe”. Protests, which began in Minneapolis, have spread to hundreds of cities across the US. National Guard troops have been deployed in at least 23 states to handle the demonstrations.
In 2017, Fuse ODG launched a “Pull It Down” campaign against Nivea, after the German cosmetic manufacturer erected advertisement boards in Ghana and some parts of Africa which subtly promotes bleaching. Later, he shared a post on social media celebrating the campaign’s victory following the product’s decision to pull down a series of controversial posters.
Fuse ODG has projected Ghanaian music to the outside world. He is best known for his 2013 single “Antenna” which peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, and for featuring in Major Lazer‘s “Light It Up (Remix)” which also peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. On 2 June 2013 Fuse ODG released his debut single “Antenna“, the song peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, the song also peaked at number 85 on the Irish Singles Chart. On 29 September 2013 he released the single “Azonto“, the song peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart. On 19 October 2013, he was awarded ‘Best African Act’ at the MOBO Award’s 18th Anniversary.
“Budding Musicians Pay Outrageous Money To Radio & Tv Networks Before They Get Airplay – Kyei Mensah Reveals
GREATER ACCRA – Monday, June 1, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Sensational Gospel recording and performing artiste, Kyei Mensah – the son of veteran sound engineer and also the owner and founder of Fredyma Studios, Freddie Kyei, has shared challenges they face in the Ghanaian music industry and what they need to penetrate through the mainstream entertainment landscape.
According to him, up and coming artistes pay huge amount of money to the mass communication media – radio and tv stations to play their songs and videos. Stating that, recording music is extremely expensive so paying money again to get their songs played is too bad. He made this highlight as way of responding to a question posited by Entertainment Journalistist, Gerrard-Israel.
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