Presented by Ghana DJ awards, the free Ghana DJ Clinic was great for Disc Jockeys, Music Producers, Sound Engineers, and those interested in the creative arts business who wanted to cram as much learning as possible into a single day. Hosted on November 20, 2020 at the Accra Tourist Information Centre, the seminar and workshop gave participants an overview of essential DJ skills including drop mixing, beat-matching and back-to-back mixing and brand positioning.
Sessions were facilated by professional DJs and other resource personalities, including Reverend Azigiza Junior, Rab Bakari, Mark Okraku Mantey, DJ Vyrusky, Kobby Nkrumah, Alexander Luterodt, Eric Tsiri, Frank Owusu, DJ Que, DJ Mpesempese, Hubert Kofi Anti, Frank Kwakye, etc.
Without being worried about getting lost in the technicality of the whole lessons – the workshop was suitable for even absolute beginners. For them, the first stage was to demystify the equipment and how to gain a rudimentary understanding of how the turntables and mixer work and how to put them to good use. More experienced participants enjoyed the chance to learn new skills, use professional equipment and to find out more about DJ-ing in Ghana.
Other significant topics discussed included, The brand talk: How to stand out as a DJ by marketing yourself, Social Listening: How to Identify Potential Clients on Social Media and how to attract sponsorship, Your social media page: The dos and don’ts, Building your confidence as a DJ (Using microphone at events) and How to network, After the big gigs: Life and finances after active DJing, The basics of scratching. Understanding the transition in technologies driving the Disc Jockeying Business, How to create remixes or make music etc.
At the end of the workshop, the instructors also offered great tips on the best nightlife and the country’s vibrant music scene and music venues.
“The concept, ‘the clinic’ was good. I think Merqury should do this often… it should happen every year as part of his great line up of annual event”, The Chairman of the Ghana Creative Arts Council and Programme’s Manager of Multimedia’s Hitz FM Mark Okraku Mantey lauded Merqury Quaye on live radio – Hitz 103.9 FM for putting up this great initiative.
The Ghana DJ Clinic served as a build up to the 8th edition of the Ghana DJ Awards. Annually celebrated as the biggest night in African DJ culture, the award show was hosted by Andy Dosty at the Silver Tower in Accra. Entertainment’s biggest names showed up and showed out delivering jaw-dropping sets from the likes of Shatta Wale, Kuami Eugene, DJ Snacky, DJ Wobete, and Bosom Pyong.
Joselyn Dumas To Host The “Diaspora Drive” Conversations Slated For Dec. 21
LXHR Solutions under the auspices of Lexy Owusu-Boahene is set to roll out the 4th edition of the annual Diaspora Drive – a networking event that seeks to bring all young, vibrant and ambitious professionals under one roof to speak about opportunities across Ghana. Themed ‘Conversations With Diasporas Around the Globe: Beyond The Return’, the event will aim to ignite thought provoking conversations about relocating, investing, doing business and working in Ghana.
Slated for Monday 21st December 2020 at the Kempinski Hotel from 8am, the conversations will be facilitated by Honorable Eugene Antwi, a returnee who is now a Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister for Works and Housing, Irene Asare the CEO of Carvin Clay and formerly Head of HR at Vodafone and Tullow Oil, Nii Shippi Quaynor a Real Estate guru, Nana Ama Botchway a successful Lawyer, Danny Wonders, Yasmin Botchway, Matthew Mensah, Kevoy Burton.
The paid-for event will be hosted by Ghana’s renowned Master of ceremonies; Jerry Adjorlolo. Panels will be moderated by the award winning Actor and TV personality Joselyn Dumas and St Andrews Alumni, Bradley Poku Amankwah.
Ghanaian Diasporas around the world play a critical role in the development of the Ghanaian economy and as result diasporans need to be supported in initiatives they endeavour, thus far the need to organize the Diaspora Drive; a networking event to recognise and celebrate the immense contributions by Ghanaian citizens and nationals overseas and at home. Diaspora Drive 2020 promises to be insightful, interactive and full of action.
Music Business Masterclass Equips Ghanaian Creatives On Finding Innovative Ways To Market Music To The World
Under auspices of Ghana Tourism Authority and Beyond The Return Secretariate in conjuction with the Creative Arts Council and TheBridgeZone, the second edition of ‘The Return Conversations’ was organized on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Accra Tourist & Information Centre, Accra, with ‘The Business of Music: Finding Innovative Ways to Market Ghanaian Music to the Rest of the World’ as the theme.
The program was broadcast worldwide on the social media channels for ‘Beyond the Return’, Ghana Tourism Authority and locally on Hitz FM 103.9 and Y FM 107.9 and was moderated by Frank Owusu (Head of Operations, Creative Arts Council)
With experts panelists, including Glyn Aikins (Sony Music President), Coriya Burns (Senior Integrated Media Specialist, Radio One), Dontae Winslow (Music Producer, Composer, Trumpeter, Educator), Malcolm Xavier (Award-winning DJ), Vasti Jackson (Composer, Guitarist, Producer) and Mark Okraku-Mantey (President Creative Arts Council Ghana) who engaged in conversation with Ghana’s music and creative industry, the seminar focused on how talents can use available channels to distribute and monetize their music sales.
Krymi, Amerado Burner, Nanky, Kobby Salm and other talents who availed themselves at the seminar were provided with a comprehensive understanding of key aspects of the business, including but not limited to: Record Labels, Digital Streaming, Artists & Repertoire, Startups in Music, New-Industry Media, Artist Management, The Live Experience, D.I.Y for Creatives, marketing, contracts and contract law, new business models.
The event is part of the ‘Return Conversations’ which is a pivotal aspect of the ‘Beyond The Return’ project to reduce the differences that separate the global African diaspora and Ghanaians in the music industry.
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SLIC Film Animations To Bring The 3rd Annual Summit Of Mind Blowing Business Acumen
SLIC film animations in partnership with BIG (Business Inside the Game) have launched forces to bring the 3rd annual summit of mind blowing business acumen for the world of media, tech, sport, arts, finance and education sponsored by USA brand app Twitch, Zoom and Switcher Studios live today with their virtual summit starting at 10am LA time.
This years summit promises to be everything you need and more to elevate your brand status and business minds as this years powerhouse panel of guests including Prince Anthony Bart-Appiah of TheBridgezone, Dentaa Amoateng MBE, Edu Brown – CEO of Game Changer Films, Monique Billings – American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball Association and American Rapper Chamillionaire to name just a few join moderator Prof Eleanor Earl – Director of Film at Hampton University and host former two-time NBA All-Star and owner of SLIC film animation Baron Davis for this years fireside explosive summit.
Don’t delay Book your best seat in the house and tune into the discussion focussing on investing in the Motherland which has been entitled ‘Uplifting the Diaspora as a Universal African Community’.
So ask yourself what can you do to invest in rebranding Africa with the support of the USA? How can we all use and support natural resources from Africa in our lives today and beyond? Do you need citizenship to Ghana? What happens ‘Beyond the Return’? Do you have an unquenchable thirst to rebrand Africa in the diaspora?
Join the panel for this and more happening live today. So now you know why you just can’t afford to miss this one. See you there.
Go to twitch.tv/bigsummits for all details and to join the seminar via zoom.
Written by: Sakeena @simplysakeena
Written by: Sakeena @simplysakeena
Video Director Prince Dovlo, Babs Direction, Nana Asihene, Yaw Skyface, Others Attend ‘The Creative Space’ Program
One of the essential and demanded meetings for young and renowned creatives in Ghana ‘The Creative Space’ program has been held successfully in Accra.
BaseCamp Initiative – a green hub tailored for work and leisure who’s sole purpose is to provide a platform for creative expression, collaboration and leisure together with Connect 101 Agency on Sunday, November 8 held a session dubbed ‘The Creative Space’ for creatives in Ghana.
Representative of Connect 101 Agency who doubles as a film producer and director, J Willz, video director Nana Asihene, colorist Tytanium, popular music video director Yaw Skyface, Prince Dovlo, Omar El Imade, Director Abass, Director RQA, Babs Direction, Andy Madjitey and film producer Scilla Owusu were some of the speakers who adorned the program.
The well disposed gathering saw a lot of industry players particularly in the music video production sector attending – including film directors, editors, colorists, photographers, singers, filmmakers, DOPs, costume designers, music distributors, script writers, among others.
According to the organizers, the program was designed to bring out creatives in Ghana together with the sole aim of connecting and sharing ideas.
BaseCamp Initiative started in 2018 with the aim of unearthing African talent through a communal, creative hub that provides the perfect environment for collaboration, networking and leisure under the leadership of Ms. Sunita Norley Kragbe (founder).
BaseCamp Initiative is situated in a serene environment and provides members with unlimited access to the space as well as Wi-Fi, which helps members to focus on their work and be as productive as possible.
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