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PzeeFire performs alongside Youssou N’dour, Salif Keita & other big names across Africa on the WAN SHOW

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With the theme – Africa and its diaspora against the consequences of COVID-19, WAN (Worldwide Afro Network) is movement that has the interest of uniting artists, leaders and innovators under one huge umbrella across Africa and the diaspora.

Since it is an initiative to project values of humanity and unity to fight against the consequences of COVID-19, WAN has put together WAN SHOW, a 2 hours visual concert which is set to take place on 25/5/2020 on all African national channels and some private channels, with the technical support of the African Union Broadcasting with the hash tags #JeSuisWan and #IAmWan.

The core mandate of WAN is to bring together people from all walks of life from Africa and its diaspora to unite the whole Africa, hence Youssou N’dour, Salif Keita, Freddy Meiway, Marinna Ramos, Aston Barrett, PzeeFire, Mothoni Queen, alongside Demoncratz, Beya Rabehi, Tibo Evora, Ammy Injai, Rex Omar and many more are all part of the movement.

For more info, their official website check out: https://wan.africa/ or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2321445221433275/posts/2694230497488077/

– John Claude Tamakloe.

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Ghanaian Record Producer, Juls, Joins Grammy Recording Academy As A Voting Member

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Ghanaian Disk Jockey and record producer, Juls, has joined Lil Nas X, Gunna, Victoria Monet and other 2,321 people who have been invited to join the Recording Academy. That is nearly 1,000 more invitations than the academy issued last year, when it invited 1,340 new members. (Of those, 743 took the academy up on its offer.)

He was selected by a committee of industry peers based on exceptional contributions to the music community. As the world’s preeminent membership organization for performers, songwriters, producers and engineers, he will work together with other members to build a better and more inspiring world for music and its makers.

“We are pleased to offer you this opportunity to celebrate, represent and give back to music and its creators as a new member of the Recording Academy,” the invitation letter to the musician, who shared portions of it on social media, reads. “The power of the Recording Academy’s collective voice increases exponentially with you.”

“Membership is the lifeblood of the Recording Academy. Having an active, representative membership is fundamental to everything we do. Recording Academy members are a collective voice that together creates a better world for music and its makers, and has the ability to move our industry forward.”

“Recording Academy membership is a privilege reserved for those whose excellent professional accomplishments are matched by their passion for the music community.”

Julian Nicco-Annan, better known by his stage name Juls, is a British-Ghanaian record producer, disc jockey, and musician. He is best known for the production of songs like ”Bankulize” and “Skin Tight” by Mr Eazi , “Feel Alright” by Show Dem Camp,” Rudebwoi Love” by Stonebwoy and ”Gwarn” by Burna Boy. He has collaborated with labels like BBnz Live, Toko Beatz, Stereofly Records, Cosmic Harmony, and Lost Ones.

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Wendy Shay, Sarkodie, Diana Hamilton, Others Secure Nominations At Ghana Music Awards – USA [WATCH]

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GHANA MUSIC AWARDS USA LIVE ON KOFI TV

GHANA MUSIC AWARDS USA Nominees Announcement LIVE ON KOFI TV

Publiée par KOFI TV sur Samedi 11 juillet 2020

Organized by Don’s Music Production in partnership with 2Geez Entertainment and Highlife Media USA, and hosted virtually on the Kofi TV YouTube channel, with musical performances from Wendy Shay, Qwaachi, SP Kofi Sarpong and Article Wan, organizers of Ghana Music Awards – USA have unveiled the nominees for this year’s edition of prestigious awards scheme in the capital city – Accra which was postponed due to the global pandemic, Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Though the date and venue is yet to be revealed, the organizers are adamant that, the event will hold in October or November, 2020. However, Godfred Wiafe – Chief Executive Officer of 2Geez Entertainment earlier revealed that, “Voting is 40% for board, 20% for academy and 40% for the general public”, with the exception of the Popular Song of the Year category, which constitutes 80% public voting and 20% board voting.

Speaking at the nominees announcement, Mr. Dennis Boafo – Chief Executive Officer of Don’s Music Production and Executive Director revealed that, it is very imperative for their outfit to appreciate and recognize the effort Ghana musicians employ to produce and disburse good music, and acknowledge the most influential and iconic musicians in the society, in Ghana and the US as music plays a pivotal role in the lives of consumers.

Fans can vote for their favorite acts via Facebook.

Below are the nominees:

New Artist of the Year

  • Fameye
  • Sefa
  • Kofi Mole
  • Fantana
  • MOG music
  • Kawoula Biov
  • Iona
  • J.Derobie
  • Lord Paper

Gospel Artist of the Year

  • Celestine Donkor
  • Ceccy Twum
  • SP Kofi Sarpong
  • Joyce Blessing
  • Akesse Brempong
  • Diana Hamilton 

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Akwaboah – ‘Gansta Love’
  • KiDi – ‘Sugar Daddy’
  • King Promise – ‘Bra’
  • Nacee – ‘Mpaebo’
  • Kuami Eugene – ‘Ohema’
  • Kojo Antwi – ‘Bra’ 

Highlife Song of the Year

  • ‘Our Story’ – Dada Hafco ft. Fameye
  • ‘Ohemaa’ – Kuami Eugene ft. KiDi
  • ‘Things Fall Apart’ – Kofi Kinaata
  • ‘Melissa’ – Shatta Wale
  • ‘Sika’ – Adina
  • ‘Bra’ – King Promise
  • ‘Moonlight’ – Bless
  • ‘Saara’ – Sarkodie ft. Efya 

Hiplife Song of the Year

  • ‘Amanfuor Girls’ – Quamina MP ft. Medikal
  • ‘Oofeetso’ – Sarkodie ft. Prince Bright
  • ‘Weather’ – Sista Afia ft. Medikal & Quamina MP
  • ‘Zanku’ – Dope Nation
  • ‘Nothing I Get’ – Fameye
  • ‘Davi Ne Ba’ – Kawoula Biov ft. Patapaa
  • ‘Bad Energy’ – Guru ft Kwesi Swat

 Best Collaboration

  • ‘Amanfuor Girls’ – Quamina MP ft. Medikal
  • ‘Dondo (Remix)’ – Kwaw Kese ft. Skonti, Sarkodie, Medikal and Mr. Eazi
  • ‘Saara’ – Sarkodie ft. Efya
  • ‘Ololo’ – Stonebwoy ft. Teni
  • ‘Weather’ – Sista Afia ft. Medikal and Quamina MP
  • ‘Stevie Wonder’ – Wendy Shay ft. Shatta Wale
  • ‘Mea’ – Kelvyn Boy ft. Joey B
  • ‘Nobody’ – Kwesi Arthur ft. Mr. Eazi
  • ‘Omo Ada’ – Medikal ft. Fella Makafui and Shatta Wale

Gospel Song of the Year

  • ‘W’asem’ – Diana Hamilton
  • ‘Agbebolo’ – Celestine Donkor ft. Nhyiraba Gideon
  • ‘Repent’ – Joyce Blessing
  • ‘Di Wo Hene’ – Ceccy Twum ft. Joe Mettle
  • ‘Mpaebo’ – Nacee
  • ‘Aseda Kesie’ – Piesie Esther
  • ‘Crazy Love Remix’ – Akesse Brempong ft. Bernard Franklyn
  • ‘Yawo’ – Bethel Revival choir
  • ‘Mehia wo Jesu’ – Joe Mettle

Group of the Year

  • Dope Nation
  • R2Bees
  • Bethel Revival Choir
  • Keche
  • La Meme Gang

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Efya – ‘Saara’
  • Joyce Blessing – ‘Adam Nana’
  • eShun – ‘Handcuff’
  • Ceccy Twum – ‘Di Wo Hene’
  • Diana Hamilton – ‘Nsenkyerene Nyankopon’
  • Celestine Donkor – ‘Agbebolo’
  • Sista Afia – ‘Broken Heart’

Highlife Artist of the Year

  • KiDi
  • Dada Hafco
  • Kuami Eugene
  • Eshun
  • Kofi Kinaata
  • King Promise
  • Akwaboah
  • Adina

Hiplife/Hip Hop Artist of the Year

  • Medikal
  • Sarkodie
  • Fameye
  • Quamina Mp
  • Kwesi Arthur
  • Dope Nation
  • Kwaw Kese
  • Manifest

 Artist of the Year

  • Medikal
  • Sarkodie
  • Shatta Wale
  • Stonebwoy
  • Kofi Kinaata
  • Fameye
  • Diana Hamilton
  • Samini

Most Popular Song of the Year

  • ‘Oofeetso’ – Sarkodie ft. Prince Bright
  • ‘Things Fall Apart’ – Kofi Kinaata
  • ‘W’asem’ – Diana Hamilton
  • ‘Melissa’ – Shatta Wale
  • ‘Shugah’ – Stonebwoy ft. Beenie Man
  • ‘Nothing I Get’ – Fameye
  • ‘Omo Ada’ (Remix) – Medikal ft. Shatta Wale and Fella Makafui
  • ‘Davi Ne Ba’ – Kawoula Biov ft. Patapaa
  • ‘Zanku’ – Dope Nation
  • ‘Toto Remix’ – Edem ft. Davido
  • ‘Stevie Wonder’ – Wendy Shay ft. Shatta Wale

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year

  • ‘Me Mpaebo’ – Ras Kuuku
  • ‘Tuff Seed’ – Stonebwoy
  • ‘Aye Halfcast’ – Shatta Wale
  • ‘Poverty’ – J Derobie
  • ‘Reggae’ – Article Wan
  • ‘Obra’ – Samini 

Reggae/Dancehall Artist of the Year

  • Stonebwoy
  • Shatta Wale
  • Epixode
  • Ras Kuuku
  • Samini

Rapper of the Year

  • Medikal – ‘Higher’
  • Sarkodie – ‘Legend’
  • Strongman – ‘Ups and Downs’
  • Manifest – ‘Ups and Downs’
  • Flowking Stone – ‘Let them Know’
  • Teephlow – ‘God’s Own’
  • Eno Barony – ‘Voice of Truth’
  • Kwesi Arthur – ‘New York State of Mind’

Music Producer of the Year

  • DDT – ‘Our Story’ – Dada Hafco ft Fameye
  • Da Maker – ‘Melissa’ – Shatta Wale
  • MOG – ‘Oofeetso’ – Sarkodie
  • B2 – ‘Nothing I Get” – Fameye
  • Nacee – ‘Mpaebo’ – Nacee

Ghanaian Traditional and Cultural Act of the Year

  • Wiyaala
  • King Ayisoba
  • Sherifa Gunu
  • Big Gad
  • Afro Moses

Best African Act

  • Burna Boy
  • Diamond Platinumz
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Davido
  • Wizkid
  • Mr. Eazi
  • Rudebwoy
  • Afro B

US-based Uncovered Artist of the Year

  • Fresh Naro
  • Freddy Spirit
  • Ralphy Vies
  • Myra Kay
  • Jayhover
  • Clem Biney
  • Jamin Beats
  • Dem Tinz
  • Kinyanki
  • Toni Amani
  • Ms. Kumi
  • Yung Theoryy

 US-based Afropop Song of the Year

  • ‘Bad Rmx’ – Yun Kobe ft. Fameye
  • ‘3y3 d3’ – Yaw Morocco
  • ‘Obaa’ – Archipalago
  • ‘Mempena’ – Kwesoul
  • ‘Waist’ – Slymboy
  • ‘Piesie’ – Myra Kay
  • ‘Oforiwaa’ – Quayku Dsoul
  • ‘Story’ – KayKay Amponsah ft. Clemento Suarez
  • ‘Forgetti ‘– Freddy X
  • ‘Forever’ – Kobe Nyce
  • ‘Maa Adwoa’ – Yung Theorry ft. Paul Noun

US-based Artist of the Year

  • Kwesoul
  • Archipalago
  • Slymboy
  • Millicent Yankey
  • Nana NYC
  • Yesubi
  • Yun Kobe
  • Herty Corgie

Best US-Based Afropop Artist of the Year

  • 2Shy
  • Ohene Ntow
  • Archipalago
  • Kwesoul
  • Nee Oseye Ade Leke
  • Quayku Dsoul
  • KayKay Amponsah
  • Freddy X
  • Slymboy
  • Natty Bee
  • Verses Burner

 US-based Gospel Song of the Year

  • ‘Hwan Koraa’ – Millicent Yankey
  • ‘Nkunim’ – Melody Frempong
  • ‘My Gratitude’ – Humphrey Tettey
  • ‘Jehova Maozi’ – Stella Addo
  • ‘Ololufemi (My Darling)’ – Fletcher Narh
  • ‘Amen’ – Kwesoul
  • ‘Miracle Working God’ – Minister Ike ft. SP Kofi
  • ‘Sarpong’
  • ‘Yahweh’ – Herty Corgie

US-based Gospel Artist of the Year

  • Millcent Yankey
  • Melody Frempong
  • Humphrey Tettey
  • Esther Afua Yirenkyi
  • Stella Addo
  • Fletcher Narh
  • Minister Ike
  • Fritz Oakley
  • Herty Corgie

US-based Best DJ of the Year

  • DJ Zag – Ohio
  • DJ Sabato – Virginia
  • DJ RB Nice – New York
  • DJ Frankie – Atlanta, Georgia
  • DJ A1 – Philadelphia
  • DJ Wyse – Worcester, MA
  • DJ G’Nyce – Bronx, NY

Emerging Act of the Year

  • Sherry Boss
  • Shay D
  • Abochi
  • Queen Haizel
  • Lyzzy Bae
  • Erny
  • Amaru Wan
  • Jodiba
  • Ssue
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BHIM SKILLS: The Livingstone Foundation Hold The Maiden Edition Of Training Workshop

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Many of the Ghanaian citizenry have their works affected by the global pandemic, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Nonetheless, in partnership with UNITYLINK Financial Services, Burniton Music Group (BMG), and the BHIM Shop, The Livingstone Foundation (TLF) – a non-governmental & non-profitable and charity organization have, on Friday, July 10, 2020, staged the maiden season of its free training workshop dubbed “BHIM Skills”.

Hosted at the St. Augustines Church in Ashaiman, and as a way of adhering to the social distancing protocols arrayed by the Ghana government to curb the spread of COVID-19, the charitable organization founded by Stonebwoy – a multiple award-winning Ghanaian born reggae/ragga & dance-hall artiste, employed the services of coaches with the technical know-how to train an estimated 100 participants or entrepreneurs.

The BHIM SKILLS training workshop seek to ameliorate the booming level of unemployment rate in Ghana as the coronavirus outbreak led to companies across the length and breadth of the country temporarily downsizing operations and also making employees work from home. It also created an overall knowledgeable entrepreneurs who can work independently without constant help and supervision from others.

The training covered the area of small scale farming activities, entrepreneurial development training, food & agro food processing, fashion accessories production, production of household cleaning products, natural cosmetics production, aluminum & metal works and fashion designing. Participants were also taught advanced techniques to help them complete everyday tasks more efficiently.

Speaking at the training workshop, Nickelodeon & BET Winner| 3-Time Best Reggae/Dancehall Act in Africa, Stonebwoy stated that, in these hard times where a lot of Ghanaians have lost their jobs, it is necessary to use his outfit (The Livingstone Foundation) to create opportunities for the citizenry to learn a skill to enhance their financial status and to bridge the gap between the employed and unemployed.

He revealed that, periodically, this charitable initiative will move into different spaces to where services of professional trainers who have knowledge in a particular field would be recquired to imbibe the work culture and ethics to create an environment suitable for the labour force sector. He, however, added that, The Livingstone Foundation will, on the 17th of July, be giving a humanitarian aid to the visually impaired at the Eye of the Lord Orphanage Home at Nsawam in the Eastern Region.

The participants, entrepreneurs and beneficiaries of this initiative who spoke to Gerrard-Israel, expressed delight and appreciation to Stonebwoy, his wife – Dr. Louisa Satekla, and their entities (Burniton Music Group,The Livingstone Foundation and The BHIM Shop) for their kind gesture. They added that, in these difficult moments, it is imperative to note that, every step taken by Dance-hall Juggernaut to enable self-employment in Ghana is worth the commend as it would go a long way to help future generations.

THE LIVINGSTONE FOUNDATION is a non-governmental organisation with the vision of alleviating the suffering and hardship of the brilliant but needy and the vulnerable in the society by way providing monetary, technical aid etc. It main focuses are Main focuses ▪Equal Access to Education ▪Accident Survivor Healthcare ▪Community Advocacy and ▪Youth Empowerment.

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Photo Credit: Rob Photography

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Uganda’s Nyege Nyege Festival Announces 2020 lineup

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“The Sauce Must Go On” is the rallying cry for this year’s Nyege Nyege Festival. Kampala’s most exciting electronic festival in the world has just announced its big comeback, from 3 to 6 September 2020.

Since its creation in 2015, through the initiation of the labels Hakuna Kulala (Don Zilla, MC Yallah, Menzi, Slikback) and Nyege Nyege Tapes (Nihiloxica, Sisso, Duke, Dj Diaki, Duma), the Kampala event has been at the top of the musical breakthroughs on this side of Africa. “We are clearly boosted by the potential for networking offered by the Internet,” says the festival team. “Retransmission, live report and 360° cameras will allow Nyege Nyege to be experienced all over the world. Especially since this year we want to make the Nyege a vast pan-African affair!”

This year, the festival will explore a hybrid combination of digital experience and in-person event, hosting its signature party in Uganda, while connecting with 25 collectives and many more remote watch parties, all in full compliance with COVID safety measures and Nyege Nyege vibe measures in Uganda from 3 to 6 September 2020.

The festival aims to provide a totally immersive, mesmerizing African party experience, diving deep into the cauldron of contemporary African music and its wider diaspora. Highlighting Singeli, Mchiriku and Sebene from Tanzania, Dennery Segment from Santa Lucia, Gqom and House from South Africa, Balani from Mali, Coupe Decale from Ivory Coast, Kuduro and Afrohouse from Angola, Gengetone and Metal from Kenya, Elone from Gabon, Hip Hop from Kigali to Ouagadougou and Abidjan and Maloya from Reunion Island. Complementing the lineup, there will be special showcases curated by Sahel Sounds in Niger and Mauritania, Nadah El Shazly in Egypt, LaSunday in Ivory Coast, Sun-El World and Pussy Party in South Africa, Jakaranda Festival in Zimbabwe and Jowaa Asokpor Corner in Ghana. The digital happenings and African performance art program will be orchestrated by Violaine Le Fur and will include Cameroonian performance and dance collectives Modaperf, Zora Snake Compagnie and more (see below).

There will be a wonderful international guest collectives joining the party  : Principe from Lisbon, Moonshine from Montreal, Jookoo Crew from Barcelona, AS A SS and Al Hara from Palestine, Bledarde from Brussels and a special footwork showcase with EQ Why presenting the GHB/HAVOC Picnic from Chicago

By exploring the hybrid of the physical and the digital we cherish this totally unique opportunity to explore the full potential of an online component to the festival. We hope to create a moment that will carry these new connections forward, give more visibility to the collectives involved and build momentum towards more collaborations, solidarity and of course amazing music and art.

Nyege Nyege

This year’s DJ lineup: Kampire, Catu Diosis, Slikback, Decay, Afrorack, Turkana, Authentically Plastic, Don Zilla, Faizal Mostrixx, Rey Sapienz, Hibotep, Chrisman, Candidly Reign, Oyisse, Moroto Heavy Industries, Morghiana HZ, DJ Yan, NSASI, Makossiri, Houdini, Dark Meme, G-low, Ras Clan International, The CEE, AO The Walker, DJ Raffa, Mo The Music Collector, Nasselow, Selecta Jay, Ciza, Kas baby, EDN, Zizuke, Acid AB, Dj Final, Seke Seke, Tshe Tshe, Le Meilleur, 2Ballz, DJ Kemishan.

This year’s live acts: Afrigo Band, Chameleon, Cindy, Fulu Miziki, Ecko Bazz, Duma, Otim Alpha, MC Yallah, HHY & Kampala Unit, Congo Tekno Ensemble, Nakibembe Embaire Troupe, Watmon Group, Nilotika Cultural Ensemble, Kalalu, Maata, Kadodi Troupe, Ekuka.

Book now on the festival sitewww.nyegenyege.com .

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