GREATER ACCRA – June 29, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Denning Edem Hotor – a Ghanaian recording artist and entertainer who performs under the name Edem has, via his official twitter handle (@iamedem), publicly denounced his Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) membership after the firm have proven to be incompetent in its line of work.
According to him, the royalties collection agency within Ghana, that represents the rights of music copyright holders have not been duly disbursing funds to other Ghanaian intellectual property owners, thus musicians, including himself. The organization has faced regular criticism about its transparency and engagement of stakeholders.
In recent tweet, the award-winning Ghanaian rapper announced his membership status at the music royalties collection firm – created under section 49 of the Copyright Law, Act 690 of 2005;
“Until I am are [sic] Paid according to what I deserve and not what GHAMRO deems Fit and Artiste are paid right.. I DENOUNCE MY GHAMRO” MEMBERSHIP. I would make it official in the days to come”
However, Edem, the contemporary, genre-fluid rapper-singer announces a six-track audio-visual EP called Mood Swings, a project that will be his first collection in the last half a decade The work, while it speaks to a multiplicity of themes, is, at its core, homage to his mum, who passed when he was only thirteen.
Mood Swings is “a full display of my confidence in my understanding of art, while disregarding the orthodox concept of being a rapper or singer.” On his choice of title for the work, Edem explains that it aptly illustrates the actually ever-changing emotions of a creator. “I was in my space, and I was fully driving all my thoughts.” The project, he adds, revolves around family n friends, each song ensconced in a different psychic zone.
Since Books and Rhymes, the last in a trilogy of highly-decorated albums speaking to his ever-evolving musical journey, the artist, who hails from Dzogadze, a small town in Abor (V/R) has maintained a continual presence among the country’s top-tier by frequently deploying charismatic, socially significant singles. And though an album has always seemed in the offing, it has never actually materialized.
Mood Swings—the first of its kind in terms of structure and scope—arrives therefore, as a welcome precursor to the new album after a long wait.
All visuals on Mood Swings are directed by Nana Asihene of NKACC. Shot against the emotionally symbolic colours of pink, green, black, white, green, yellow, and grey, the project is also smattered with 6 interviews that provide perspective on the songs, serving as a guide throughout the deeply personal EP.
Also responding to the alias ‘Ayigbe Edem,’ the rapper has, since his career beginnings, epitomised the attributes of innovation, versatility, lyrical range, and overall sonic majesty. For his efforts, he has raked in multiple laurels in Ghana and beyond the nation’s shores. He has also partnered elite international colleagues including are Sarkodie, Reekado Banks, Coptic, Davido, MI Abaga, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Seyi Shay, Ice Prince Zamani, Cassper Nyovest, and Sway Dasafo
Stonebwoy’s UK Tour Returns In September
GREATER ACCRA – Friday, May 8, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – All things being Equal:- Stonebwoy will be trailblazing and globetrotting again, for the first time in 7 months. He will be taking “back-to-back-to-back” live reggae, dance-hall spiced up with afrobeats performances to UK as Academy Music Group announced that, the internationally acclaimed music star’s tours which were supposed to hold in May, 2020 have been rescheduled for September, 2020.
The tour, powered by LIVENATION, will be staged at Manchester Academy3, O2 Institute3 Birmingham and O2 Academy Islington on the 17th, 19th, and 20th of September, 2020 respectively. Follow the link to make a ticket purchase: https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/stonebwoy-tickets
Earlier, BMG – the official Powerhouse for the Nickelodeon & BET Winner, 3-Time Best Reggae/Dancehall Act in Africa cancelled the award-winning musician’s UK, and North American tours after officials placed an indefinite ban on gatherings of more than 500 people, in perspective, large-scale events, as part of drastic measures to curb the spread of the respiratory disease known as Coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, in a tweet, the leading owner-operator of music venues in the United Kingdom announced that, the Ghanaian born Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall artiste’s live performance has been moved to Saturday, 20 September, 2020. The firm urged fans who have purchased their tickets hang on to them as they’ll be valid for the new date with an assurance that, ticket agent will be in touch directly to explain it more.
“So you know, @stonebwoyb (Friday 08 May) has moved to Saturday 20 September. If you’ve got tickets, please hang on to them as they’ll be valid for the new date. Your ticket agent will be in touch directly to tell you more. #Stonebwoy #O2Academy #Islington #London pic.twitter.com/BNewPBEry6— O2 Academy Islington (@O2Islington) May 8, 2020“
Meanwhile, following a very successful 2019, Stonebwoy started 2020 as he means to continue. As professionally scheduled, the Ghanaian Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall artiste, on February 29, 2020, debuted his 2020 North American tours with a massive appearance as a headlined African performer at the 9th edition of the Afrocarib Festival that was stage at the Amphitheater at Miramar Regional Park in Florida.
Stonebwoy live in Washington DC! On his halted North American tour, the multiple award-winning reggae/ragga & dance-hall artiste visited the Club Elevate (March 6, 2020). From the beginning, he set a quick pace and, in between songs, sought an intimate, direct exchange with his audience, which by now had filled the club’s maximum capacity. Asking them where they are from, he welcomed each and every one. “Big up USA, Ghana, Jamaica, Senegal, Gambia, Kenya, the whole African massive.”
Saint Set To Drop His Debut Single ‘My Last’ Under New Label On Saturday
Budding Ghanaian artiste, Saint, signed unto CK Entertainment on Saturday, July 12, 2020, dropped his first song under the label dubbed ‘My last’ which features Mohammed and was produced by Klickz, talks about true love.
According to Saint, ‘My Last’ was inspired by most youth in Ghana, “what inspired me to write that song is how the modern Ghanaian youth would place material things before true love, in the song, am painting a picture telling us to settle with true love and definitely God will shower his riches on us.”
He doubles as a songwriter and calls himself, “I classify myself as a conscious musician and that is because most of my songs depict daily life activities and also inspire people in every aspect of life. Unlike other artists am not limited, am a fast learner so it very easy for me to adjust to new trends”
Saint has songs like ‘Gbelemor Ma Enter’ ‘Ur Love’ ‘Crown Me King’ ‘Sarkawa’ ‘One More Time’ and his current song ‘My last’ He advises that young artists should focus more on mastering their craft and also be prayerful because God is the only person that will make their dreams come true.
Patoranking Endorses Kofi Jamar’s Jam With Stonebwoy
LAGOS STATE – 13 th July 2020 – Multiple-Award Winning Nigerian musician Patoranking took to his Facebook early hours of Monday, July 13 to throw his weight behind the new single from emerging Ghanaian artiste Kofi Jamar. The song dubbed “Mi Dey Up remix” featuring Dancehall heavyweight Stonebwoy, was released on Friday 10th July 2020 and it is an inspirational song to motivate the youth to stay woke amidst all struggles and life hustles.
This is what Patoranking has to say;
Patoranking, who has worked with some top Ghanaian artistes as well as some of the big names in Africa and the world at large last released a project as far back February 14, 2020. Should we expect a new Patoranking project soon and possibly a Patoranking and Kofi Jamar record in the future?
Kofi Jamar, a nominee at the forthcoming Vodafone Ghana Music Award 2020 in the Unsung Category has since March 2020 released a single with Iceprince & Khaligraph Jones, a 6-track EP
titled “The Truth EP” and this new one “Mi Dey Up Remix” featuring Stonebwoy, with nine (9) music videos to his credit since emerging on the scene in January 2019.
Kanye West Pays Tribute to Late Mom With New Song ‘DONDA’ [LISTEN]
Kanye West has shared a musical tribute to his late mother, Donda West, on what would have been her 71st birthday.
The hip-hop star posted the new song “DONDA,” which opens with a recording of his mom reciting the lyrics of KRS-One’s “Sound of da Police”.
In the second part, ‘Ye leaps in with both feet as he ruminates on racism, the Devil and “fake leaders,” all set to an uplifting soundbed.
On it, he says, “Mama I need you to tuck me in/ I done made some mistakes and they rubbed it in/ I know you and grandma had enough of them/ Why I gotta be so stubborn then/ I’m doin this one for y’all/ So we can end racism once and for all.”
Earlier in the day, Kim Kardashian West posted a vintage video of her husband and his mom singing his song “Hey Mama”, from 2005’s Late Registration.
West told Oprah Winfrey in 2005 that he wrote the piece for his mother back in 2000. “It’s one of my favorite songs,” he said at the time. Kanye opened his Sunday Service on Mother’s Day 2019 with a rendition of the song.
Donda died in 2007 from post-surgery complications. She was 58.
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