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Meet Poncho — The Multifaceted Artiste

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Poncho Is a Ghanaian rapper and songwriter born and nurtured in Techiman – Brong Ahafo. Born Eric Ansah Acheampong, Poncho discovered his musical career at a very tender age while still at school. Having had his early education at Saint James Seminary Senior High in Sunyani, Poncho then continued to offer Geography and Dance studies at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Poncho grew up treading on the music path with Influence from listening to the likes of Obrafuor, Reggie Rockstone, Okomfuor Kwadea, and Daddy Lumba making up his witty ideas and fresh in his songs and content.

From a Young introvert who found peace and comfort in listening to music to a strong and confident talented Artiste who is constantly developing his craft and brand to reach the maximum heights, Poncho promises nothing but the best.

Pre-Save Poncho’s current single “Koso” now; https://ditto.fm/koso

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MANI MANDELA: The Afrobeat Star From The North Is Up Next

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A fast-rising artist from the northern part of Ghana, Mani Mandela is set on taking the Afrobeat genre to newer heights in record time. Gifted with a style that relays Ghana’s rich indigenous culture, Mani fuses English and Twi with his native dialect, Bulisa, to forge melodies that soothe the mind, heart and soul.

Since his debut, Mani has won the hearts of music lovers with organic sounds which profoundly display his great voice and songwriting wits. As such, Mani has to his credit scores of well-received songs like: ‘Give it to Me’, ‘Azumah’, ‘Town Helper’ and a host of songs off his very recent EP, “Melodies from the North” which to date has its music videos on rotation across cable in the country.

In time, such successes have drawn Mani into the spotlight, granting him a slew of interviews on television by the likes of GHOne TV, Kantanka TV, Adoa TV, Green TV and Homebase TV. Radio stations haven’t missed out on the budding act either, with household names like Hitz FM, Kasapa FM, 3FM and YEM FM also lending Mani their platform.

Amid good coverage from media outlets, Mani Mandela’s rise to fame can be strongly attributed to the warm reception garnered by his very recent EP, “Melodies from the North”. The 5-track EP features Ghanaian living legend, Prince Bright of the now defunct music group, Buk Bak and continues to be a thrill for fans. Accordingly, Mani’s hard work has earned him a nomination as “Afro-Pop Artist of the Year” at Emerging Music Awards 2020.

Mani Mandela has made strides in such a short time and is on the verge of securing a good reputation for himself in the Ghanaian music arena. Check out is music on Audiomack, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon, etc. and listen to his latest EP ”Melodies from the North” on Apple Music below.

CONNECT WITH MANI MANDELA

INSTAGRAM: manimandela
FACEBOOK:
Mani Mandela
TWITTER:
@ManiMandela

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Fashion And Music: Teflon Flexx Serves Us Both

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Music celebrities and designer collaborations have altered the course of fashion, though good examples of this relationship are few. The effects of these unions have been very significant. Outcomes include Jean Paul Gaultier’s whirlpool corset dress worn by Madonna on her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, which subsequently contributed to the trend for wearing bra tops and less clothing. Grace Jones’s collaborations with the art director Jean-Paul Goude, who in the 1980s rendered Grace Jones’s body a fashion object, made groundbreaking music videos and advertisements for various products. However, Grace Jones’s haircut became a major trend; it became known as a “high top” when copied by young black youth. Here in Ghana reigning Unsung Artiste of the year at the VGMA 2020 Teflon Flexx also known as the SOG is gracing our screens with his beautiful traditional apparel.

Teflon Flexx a Ghanaian based Afrobeats artiste, who hails from Sandema, Wiaga in the Upper East Region is gradually gaining his grounds in both the music and fashion space after starting music two years ago with his debut EP ‘Village Boy in suit.’ He is distinguished from other northern artistes due to his strong fashion sense and style of music, which has earned him the name ‘Sound Of Greatness (SOG).’ The relationship between fashion and popular music is one of abundant and mutual creativity. Reciprocal influences have resulted in some of the most dynamic apparel visualizations ever created in popular culture. The culture of dressing is inextricably tied down to a person’s identity and gives spiritual, intellectual, and emotional distinction from others.

Fashion and music have had and still have a tight relationship. As music is becoming more mainstream, it is inherent on Ghanaian/African artist not to drift from their cultural heritage but position themselves in a strategic position to synergize the Ghanaian fashion heritage in the way they dress. Ghanaian musicians just as their counterparts will continue to have such a close relationship with fashion, these two will not separate anytime soon.

What have always been missing in our Ghanaian music industry is the fair sense of musicians propagating their local cultural heritage forgetting it has tremendous rippling effects on all facets of the local economy of their Country. Kanye West, Drake, Rihanna, Pharrel Williams and several others have actualized the American fashion sense and today own popular brands which have influenced the world in their sense of fashion. Today, not only do they earn billions of dollars from endorsing popular brands, they have succeeded in corrupting the style of dressing of African/Ghanaian artistes.

There is beaming hopes of the upliftment of the Northern Ghanaian culture, kind courtesy of the fastest rising Ghanaian Musician Teflon Flexx with brand name STEW GANG who is obviously enthused with his culture. What makes him different from others is despite his rich international fashion sense associated with his brand, he equally slays in his fitting traditional outfits on most occasions. Teflon Flexx showcased the rich Northern culture at the just ended VGMA and also for winning the Unsung Award category, he was all glammed up in his recent music ‘Oluwa’ visuals. He has been on major platforms with trendy designs and looking dapper at events.

Teflon is equally a music gem whose hard work in the music studio spreads wide across the globe when dropped, he has served music lovers with bangin music projects like, ‘ No foreplay’, ‘ Eskebelebe’ which he featured DopeNation , ‘Madina’ featuring DJ Wobete

The artiste and the music pride of the North is getting us deets on his forthcoming banger which features AMG Medikal, the title of the song has not been communicated yet but judging from the musical history of the dapper artist the speculation is, it is going to be a club banger

We can’t wait for the hot tune coming from the leader of the stew gang.

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Celebrating D-Black At 10 Years; A Journey Of Inspiration

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The Ghana Bwouy as he’s affectionately called celebrates his 10th year in the entertainment industry as today marks the 10 year anniversary of his debut album ‘Music, Love & Life’ that shot the musician to fame in 2010 with the singles ‘Somebody’ ft. Kwabena Kwabena and ‘Get On da dancefloor’ ft. D Cryme. Today we celebrate D-Black, his achievements and massive contribution to the Ghanaian music industry.
How well do you know the Ghana Bwouy though?

BRIEF

Desmond Kwesi Blackmore known in showbiz circles as D-Black is a Ghanaian artist / entrepreneur who built his Black Avenue Group empire in a space of 10 years. Forbes Africa described the young mogul in their May 2019 issue as Ghana’s most successful music mogul Desmond ‘D-Black’ Blackmore. The Artist / CEO / Entrepreneur/ Philantrophist has broken boundaries in his 10 years in the entertainment industry. From releasing hit records, being nominated and winning awards, performing around the world, leading the nightlife scene with his creation ‘Club Onyx’, his revered Record Label ‘Black Avenue Muzik’, as well producing concerts across Ghana via his Livewire Events company.

THE ARTISTE

The young 33 year old, has taken his craft and hiphop- Afrobeats fusion style of music internationally and has performed overseas in London, New York, Boston, Dubai, Toronto, Johannesburg, Capetown, Amsterdam, Coventry, Lagos, Brescia, Washington DC, Atlanta, and more.

He’s collaborated with some of Africa’s most prolific acts including Davido, Mayorkun, M.I, Phyno, Ice Prince, Seyi Shay from Nigeria , Cassper Nyovest, Bucie, HHP from South Africa, Stanley Enow from Cameroon, Stella Mwangi from Kenya and Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania as well as Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, StoneBwoy, Castro, Bisa Kdei, Efya, King Promise, Kuami Eugene E.L, Kwabena Kwabena, VVIP and more from his homeland Ghana.

With a number of hit records including Somebody ft. Kwabena Kwabena, Get on the dancefloor, Kotomoshi ft. Zeal, Personal Person & Seihor with Castro, Badder ft. Kuami Eugene, Vera ft. Joey B, Dat Ting, Obiba ft. Kidi, Red Card and more D-Black has had an incredible career spanning almost a decade. Winning 25 Awards out of 64 nominations during this period the Ghana Bwoy is set to drop his 5th body of work in 2020.

THE ENTREPENUER

Under his Black Avenue Group of Companies, the young mogul owns Black Avenue Muzik, one of Ghana’s most renowned record labels & music studios, home to the multiple award winning BET Best African act nominee D-Black himself, the chart topping producer of the year at the 2015 VGMA’s DJ Breezy, the sensational Sefa and upcoming acts Ms. Forson, Osayo & Nina Ricchie. Black Avenue Muzik was also home to Tonga hitmaker and VGMA 2014 Best New Artist of the Year Joey B.

BLACK AVENUE CLOTHING

Founded in 2014 with its next line out commercially soon, Black Avenue Clothing is a design company, marketer and importer of men and women’s apparel that D-Black owns. BAC was created with the view of designing comfortable and affordable quality street gear for the young and trendy youth who have embraced hiphop / hiplife / afrobeats as a way of life. D-Black markets this line with influential artists/ musicians from Ghana.

LIVEWIRE EVENTS

D-Black is also the CEO of Livewire Events, an events management company founded in 2015 that produce social and corporate events. Livewire Events in 2015 produced Ghana’s biggest and most successful Boxing Fight at the Kumasi Sports Stadium between Bukom Banku vs Ayittey Powers with performances from chart topping Ghanaian acts Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Efya and more. Selling out over 20,000 tickets to that event alone. The Aqua Safari Island Rave, Night Train Beach Jam and more are Livewire engineered projects as well. Livewire Events flagship events include the annual Celebrity Soccer Weekend.

They have also put together festivals including the 2018 Kundum Festival Jam in Axim for the Ministry of Tourism.

BLACK AVENUE FILMS

D-Black started to wade into the waters of film and television investing in Black Avenue TV / Film Inc, producers of the award winning ‘Why Should I Get Married’ movie starring an award winning cast made up of John Dumelo (Ghana), Maria Nepembe (Namibia), Princess Shyngle (Gambia), Eya (Ghana), Prince David Osei (Ghana). He also executive produced ‘THE EFGH SHOW’ hosted by Peace Hyde in 2015.

HOSPITALITY (CLUB ONYX & OASIS LOUNGE)

Before hitting 30, D-Black successfully introduced Ghana and numerous of fun lovers to the plushest nightclub in the city of Accra, his creation ‘Club Onyx’. Nestled in the heart of Accra in the plush Cantonments neighborhood across the Presidential residence (Flagstaff House), Club Onyx has hosted numerous of Ghanaian, Nigerian, Southern African celebrities and held some of the year’s most amazing parties.

By 2018, D-Black had also opened up ‘Oasis Lounge’ a plush pool and shisha Lounge located in Cantonments, Accra known for its ambience Friday & Saturday Night Raves & Sunday barbecue nights next to Club Onyx.

MEDIA

In late 2018 D-Black opened up media firm Volcano located in the Black Avenue Group Office Complex in North Kaneshie, Awudome Estates. VOLCANO is an advertising agency providing full scale marketing, advertising, design & production services. Founded with the aim to consistently garner successful outcomes for clients through high quality creative and aggressive marketing strategies through the power of celebrity.

GROWING UP

Desmond Blackmore (D-Black) attended Ridge Church School then to Pope John Secondary School & Jnr Seminary before the University of Cape Coast (B.A Economics) and University Of Ghana, Legon (BFA Theatre Arts / Music). In 2009 kicked off his career as an independent artist in the group “D-Black & Kwaku t”. In 2010 D-Black & his rap partner both went solo. With 3 albums (Music, Love and Life, The Revelation, Lightwork’ 1 E.P (Smoke and Mirrors) and 1 mixtape (Hunger & Thirst) under his belt, he’s been nominated for over 59 awards worldwide and won 23 of these awards. D-Black is a former United Nations Celebrity Ambassador and is currently Ghana’s Tourism Ambassador.

A recent Forbes Africa story on him in May 2019 tipped D-Black to be Africa’s first billionaire entertainment mogul.

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Also a philanthropist D-Black has donated to numerous orphanages as well as the Korlebu Children’s Ward, and financed the careers of a number of upcoming acts as well as financing the tertiary education of numerous students over the years.

The Desmond Blackmore Foundation is yet to be launched after a brief introduction early this year on social media.

THE FUTURE

D-Black is set to launch his Desmond Blackmore foundation and an all star ‘Keep Ghana Clean’ song and video to aid the awareness campaign of making Ghana a cleaner place and tackling the issue of sanitation.

After a bit of a musical hiatus, D-Black dropped three singles in 2019, ‘DatTing’ , ‘Falaa’ and ‘ObiBa’ featuring Kidi as well as ‘Heaven Or Hell ft. Sefa and Stay ft. Nigerian songbird Simi off his hip hop EP ‘Smoke & Mirrors out on all digital platforms worldwide. As he readies his next album slated for late 2020 titled ‘Loyalty’ and a joint Rap EP ‘Black & Whyte’ with new signee Nina Ricchie off which his newest smash hit single ‘Falaa’ and ‘Nothing On Me’ comes off, the reemergence of D-Black is eminent.

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FAYORSEY: The Classical Versatile Music Gem

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It
sounds cliché to hear that over 90 percent of musicians started their
music dream from the church but later left the church to pursue their
music dreams
outside of the church. This path is no different from the growing
Ghanaian
music talent Fayorsey.

Fayorsey
found his music truth at a very young age from the church where he enriched his
knowledge with how to use the right voice (Tone) for any music piece he comes
across and also knowing how to interpret songs with his feelings and gestures.
He doubles as a songwriter and a performer with the influence from soundtracks
he listened to, from movies and cartoons he watched when growing up.

He
describes his music journey a long one with lots of ups and down especially
with the dream of impacting positively with his craft. He says, “Our
predecessors and the big names making the numbers have done a lot already. I
would like to continue and raise the bar even higher. This whole process I
believe is building me mentally for the greater tasks ahead. The impact I would
like to make is much bigger than me, the world has to see many more wild
talents from Ghana and Africa as a whole. There is nothing better I do than
making good music”

The
promising music personality defines himself as a ‘classical versatile singing act’
set to give his all to make music a safe place to attract more investors. “I
know for a fact that my devotion and approach to music with an open mind makes
me very versatile and I always think out of the box which is rare in other
talents, I always trying to learn new stuff to better my craft”

Fayorsey
is one of the music talents managed under Camp What Music Label and he is
inspired by J Cole, Bob Marley, Ofori Amponsah, Burna Boy, and Drake. “J Cole
because of his writing skills and the message he brings out I can always relate
to him, the same for Bob Marley too, his message is always about uniting and
making the world one through music. Ofori Amponsah knows how to make a hit in
our local dialect and he always makes me remember my roots. Burna boys voice
texture and message is always clear and educating but still groovy and is
putting Africa on the map big time I have been his biggest fan for a long time”

He
had influences from Kwesi Arthur whom he shared lots of experiences within
regards to his musical journey.

He has a lot of soothing songs that he will soon drop
to justify his versatility as a musician.

Check him out on social media handle @i_fayorsey

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