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MENTOR RELOADED: Ayeyi, Netty, Sena Vocals, Others To Compete For The Grand Prize

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Sixteen contestants will battle it out for the next 13 weeks in search of the brand new car and two mastered songs and to be given GH¢50,000 worth of airtime across Media General platforms, as the prize package for the ultimate winner, following a successful launch of the 2020 edition of the music and talent reality show, Mentor Reloaded.

Themed “Own The Stage”, the virtual launch which was held at TV3‘s Studio B witnessed a mastered performance from contestants from the 2019 edition, including winner Optional King.

Music producer Appiah Dankwah, popularly known as Apietus, was in charge of the South Eastern zone, veteran musician Bessa Simons was in charge of the Middle zone and musicians Adina Thembi and Edem were in charge of South Western and Northern zones respectively. The competition which will air every Sunday on TV 3 will be hosted by MzGee and Nana Kwadwo Addo.

During their stay in the house and competition, the 16 finalist of the will receive mentorship from their respective coaches. The finalists are Don Rhymer, Netty, Rhoy and O’boy representing Team Edem. HD, Hyndu, Kwaku Bany and Gibichris will be coached by Team Adina. Ayeyi, Semenhyia, Sena Vocals and Mandy for Team Apietus and Team Bessa has Lyte, Zara, Abyna Morgan and Xnaiq.

However, viewers have been given the opportunity to keep their favorite contestant in the competition by voting for them.

Speaking during the launch of the event, General Manager for MG Television Francis Doku said the show will travel till the end of December, when the winner will be announced. He expressed gratitude to the judges who criss-crossed the entire country in hunt for the finalists for this year’s show.

Aside going home with ultimate package, the winner will also have the bragging rights. The first runner-up will receive GH¢10,000 cash amount in addition to one mastered song and GH¢40,000 worth of airtime across all Media General platforms. The package for the second runner-up includes GH¢8,000 cash amount, one mastered song and GH¢30,000 worth of airtime across all Media General platforms. The third runner-up will receive GH¢5,000 cash amount, one mastered song and GH¢20,000 worth of airtime.

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Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare Denies Claims By Mark Okraku Mantey Against NDC

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Former Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare has stated that, contrary to claims by President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey, the erstwhile John Mahama administration left notes on the sector during the 2017 transition.

Mr Okraku-Mantey, who was speaking during an event at the Accra Tourist Information Centre, had stated that workers of the Ministry had informed him that, zero investment had been made since the Creative Arts was added to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

But speaking on Hitz News @ 1 on Thursday, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare urged Mr. Okraku-Mantey to stop the blame game and get serious. This according to her is because there is a lot of work to be done.

“He should stop the blame game and work. Ghana needs money, the Creative Arts industry needs money so if you just sit there and say they didn’t leave any money for us, there is no money in our coffers, what is that?

“He should get serious please, and please let Okraku-Mantey know there is a lot of work to be done which he hasn’t done.

“For him to say he is President of the Creative Arts, he should make sure that the law is passed otherwise he is president over nothing,” she said.

While listing some achievements by her office, the former Minister said they drafted the Creative Arts Bill which was ready for cabinet but lost power in 2016.

She added that they also ensured the passage of the Film Law which would include a fund.

Madam Agyare revealed that the Creative Arts industry was given GH¢1 million to work with, making allegations that investment was not made in the sector false.

“The Creative Arts industry was given GH¢1 million and Okraku Mantey can speak to that as well, and so if you say we did not make any investment in the Creative Arts industry what does he mean?

“Every year we took money from the Tourism Development Fund, so we could have given them another GH¢1 million if we hadn’t lost power in 2016,” she said.

Rating the works of the NPP, she stated that the government has not paid attention to the Creative Arts and did not continue from where they left off.

She advised Ghanaians especially the Creative Arts stakeholders to re-elect former President John Dramani Mahama to continue his good works.

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“Mahama Made No Investments In Creative Arts Sector” – Mark Okraku Mantey

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The President of the Creative Arts Council has stated that the erstwhile John Mahama administration left no notes on policies initiated for the Creative Arts industry during the 2017 transition. According to him, workers of the Ministry also alleged that zero investment was done since the Creative Arts was added to the Tourism Ministry.

“In 2017 we met the Tourism Minister, Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare to find out what they left behind in terms of monies, investments and after an hour of talks, nothing was mentioned about the Creative Arts.

“So I took time to find out why and her team told us that since the addition of creative arts to the Ministry, they have not made any investment,” he said

Speaking at the CreativeArts4More campaign at the Accra Tourism Information Center on Wednesday, Mark Okraku Mantey disclosed that his team had to start from scratch.

“Indirectly, this government inherited zero note for the creative arts so we are starting afresh,” he said.

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Check Out Pictures From The Burna Comics And Audiomack Event In NYC

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Over the weekend, Brooklyn hosted the special pop-up event Burna Comics, which saw Burna Boy‘s comic book world come to life. Hosted at Anyone Comics in Brooklyn, attendees were able to browse and grab limited editions Burna Boy comics, merchandise, and food, as well as enter a chance to win tickets to Burna’s next concert in NYC. The event was free and followed health guidelines.

If you remember, Burna Boy’s latest album Twice As Tall came accompanied by a comic book to “put the project in perspective abs some insight into the album title and why I chose it,” the artist mentioned. Well, Burna and the team at Audiomack helped that come true IRL.

Speaking about the Burna Comics event, the Nigerian star mentioned: “The best part about creating a project is the idea of your listeners being able to engage with it! I haven’t been on tour in months so I’m excited for my fans to have a chance to engage with my art! I feel blessed!”

Check out pictures from the Burna Comics x Audiomack event in NYC below.

Photo via Audiomack/Purple Agency PR.

Source: okayafrica

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“Stonebwoy Has The Best Team” – Kay Studios Commends Stonebwoy For Establishing A Team Of Professionals

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Just because you’re an independent musician, doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with a great team of people to help progress your career even further. Kay Studios, a Ghanaian professional photographer and videographer, has commended Stonebwoy for establishing a team of professionals working to accelerate the Burniton Music Group (BMG) and Bhim Nation brand to a well deserved apex.

In a Instagram post sighted by www.gbafrica.net, the photographer and videographer revealed that, the reggae/ragga & dancehall artiste’s great team of people including, manager, publicist/PR, lawyer, booking agent, radio plugger, distributor, publisher, designers, photographers & videographers work in a coordinated way, towards a focused, agreed goal.

According to him, he has noticed that, his team of professionals disburse projects that define or are in synchronization with the ideology of his brand. He added that, the team also help land more exposure for his music and other public relation matters by pitching it to publications including the music press, online blogs and playlist editors and more.

Kay Studios commended Stonebwoy’s legal team who help navigate the complexities of his music licensing, racking up deals, and also giving advise on legal issues and disputes. He also gave props to road manager, manager, and security details for delivering timely duties.

Kay Studios is an Accra-based creative who has been increasingly shaping perspectives, changing narratives, capturing emotions through his lens and leaving long lasting memories on the mind of his patrons and consumers, including musicians and brands. With an impressive portfolio, consisting of works of Stonebwoy, Bisa KDei, Fameye, Medikal, Gyakie, Ice Prince Zamani, the young creative is considered a professional in the photography industry and has a solid support system that is partly responsible for his current success rate.

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