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REVIEW/ Dance-hall Juggernaut, Stonebwoy Shares His Forecasts Of The Year For Ghana

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Friday February 7, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Burniton Music Group (BMG), a talent management hub of multiple award-winning Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall artiste, Stonebwoy hosted “Stonebwoy Meet The Press” session, which is part of the mechanism arrayed to officially disseminate articulate information and answer questions from the media regarding the latter’s 2020 music agenda and to foster positive news on the continent.

The press conference also aimed at deepening the brand’s ties with the media and share its forecast/prospects of the year for Ghana’s globally respected and Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall luminary, Stonebwoy in this month of love and one that significantly commemorates Black History. The discussions included, but was not be limited to Stonebwoy’s set-to-be-released Album, Grand Opening of the Bhim Shop and his North American Tour.

The conference which was staged at the Golden Tulip Hotel (Accra) Conference Hall commenced at 11am and garnered the presence of notable Ghanaian dignitaries, including Thomas O. Mensah (a Ghanaian-American chemical engineer and inventor, who contributed to the development of fiber optics and nanotechnology), George Quaye (C.E.O of Image Bureau and former Communications Officer at Charter House), Sadiq Abu Abdulai (C.E.O of 3 Music Awards) and illustrious practicing media personalities across Africa

Speaking on the issue of his yet to be released album, privately christened Livingstone Etse Satekla revealed that, the project has been curated and tailored to suit every region on the continent. According to him, the album’s been recorded in three genres, thus Reggae/Ragga (Jamaican Caribbean), Dance-hall (Caribbean, Jamaica, urban African society) and Afro-beats (UK, America and Africa).

The 15 track-list project will see the multiple awards-winning Ghanaian born musician performing most of the songs in his local dialect, thus the Ewe Language (representing his Volta Region), and other Ghanaian languages, including Twi and Ga spiced up with his comfortable language (Jamaican Patois). This dimension has the objective of uniting the sound that is already produced in music space. He defended his musical prowess and vocal dexterity on this project (name withheld) which is scheduled for 5th March, 2020.

Explaining the motive behind establishing the “Buy Bhim” Merchandise (the official apparel or goods produced by Burniton Music Group, BMG), the Nickelodeon Kids Choice awards winner disclosed that, he decided to open a shop to represent the brand and also leave something significant, and authentic to his numerous fans who can’t really get a direct access to him. The Buy Bhim outlet is located in Ashaiman, right after the overpass that links Ashaiman to Tema. Proceeds from the shop will be used to fund the Livingstone Foundation.

Musical tour is nothing new to Stonebwoy as his been all over the world within the last decade exhibiting his craft, and delivering overwhelming performances have always been his hallmark. Earlier, BMG announced series of tours to be hosted by their artiste in UK, America and a possible Africa Tour, speaking on this development, Stonebwoy stated that, these tours are part of the well orchestrated plans to help promote his forthcoming project and some other strategies that will see the project reach it best height.

On the issue of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) ban, Stonebwoy stated that, the decision taken by the organizers of the show to omit Shatta Wale and him over a brawl that transpired few months back has never affected his creative skills, but rather an incident that has elevated his craft to a more deserving audience. He explained that, music practically is older than any award scheme, including the VGMAs, adding that, award schemes have less power in building an artiste, because artistes go the extreme to gain recognition from these award schemes.

Debunking rumors regarding Wisdom Edward Dotsi as his manager, the 2015 BET Best African Act stated that, the former is not the person responsible for controlling or administering his craft, organization or group of staff. Revealing his role at the firm, Stonebwoy stated that, Wisdom Edward Dotsi is his Personal Assistant (PA) who works with senior staff to provide one-to-one support with the objective of elevating the BHIM Brand.

Detailing the duties and contributions from his former road manager Blakk Sidi, the 3 times (2015, 2018, 2019) AFRIMA Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall Artiste of the Year award-winner stated that, the former who was demoted to the position of an agent at the firm is no longer and officially part of the Burniton Music Group, as he’s practically contributed nothing to the brand after assuming that position.

The Dance-hall artiste earlier revealed that, his longtime friend and working partner, was no longer his manager. According to him, the decision was part of structural amendments that have been made at his Burniton Music Group label. Per the new adjustments, Blakk Cedi was now an agent for Stonebwoy.

However, touching on the issue of winner of the Seventh issue of MTN Hitmaker (a music reality show that unearths talents), O.V., Stonebwoy revealed and emphatically stated that, the female Dance-hall and Afro-beats musician is no longer part of the Burniton Music Group record label, this is a result of the structural amendments that were thoroughly carried out by the directors and board of the firm.

The press conference was generally led by the company’s executive management or a press liaison or communications officer and was sponsored by Big Boss Drink, a newly outdoored energy drink owned by Stonebwoy but produced by Bel-Beverages, producers of Bel-Aqua and Bel-Drinks.

In addition, Stonebwoy made known to the press ways Ghanaians could support him and other acts to get to international scene by buying their songs / albums on all streaming platforms. And most importantly supporting their own instead of criticizing without credibility. Beside that, he advised the media to always push contents in the interest of Ghana to appeal to the interest of people living outside the country to drive our tourism.

In his closing remarks, he pleaded with gatekeepers to help debug the problems the creative industry is struggling with for the hope of a better tomorrow.

(Photo Credit: Swag Of Africa)

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BBC Radio 1xtra Presenter, Jamz Supernova, To Host Industry Sessions At The Launch Of Selector Radio Program In Malawi

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LILONGWE, MALAWI, Wednesday March 11, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Jamz Supernova is one of the leading DJs in the UK who draws her inspiration from such artists as Nina Las Vegas, Toddla T, Diplo and Annie Mac. She has graced the stages at Sónar Music Festival (Spain), Parklife Music Festival (UK) and Ibiza Rocks (Spain). The British DJ and BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter will participate in music industry discussions and live performances in Malawi from 11 to 13 March.

Jamz, who is the new host and face of the British Council’s Selector Radio, will also engage in conversations with Capital FM Malawi about broadcasting and the radio landscape, with particular reference to content creators and female DJs. Additionally, she will share her insight about the UK music industry and talk about the British Council’s arts programmes, which link the UK and southern Africa.

According to the British Council, in a series of events that will be produced by Nyali Muzik, Jamz will be partnering with DJ RJ, Allidah Namame Henson of Capital FM Malawi and Shortie in delivering Selector Radio events, which include arrival in Lilongwe, a private stakeholder’s dinner, industry meetings, an influential women’s dinner, the Creative Hustle panel discussion and Selector sessions.

The Council in Malawi, in a news statement, announced that, it will launch Selector Radio program in the country that will share the best new UK music with the world and the program is syndicated to over 30 countries around the world including Cuba, China, Zimbabwe, Spain and Mexico and has a global youthful audience of over 4 million listeners. The launch follows the 11 – 13 March 2020 visit of UK based DJ, BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter and the new host and face of Selector Radio – British Council.

Selector Radio play music from any artist, any band and of any genre as long as it’s new and exciting. The show also provides a gateway to music beyond the UK with features from countries where the show is broadcast, dipping into the key sounds emerging around the world which in turn influence the music made in the UK. It also catches up with the artists and labels who are leading the way in UK music including featuring guest interview with either an emerging artist or someone who works behind the scenes within the music industry.

Jamz will proceed to Johannesburg, South Africa, on 13 March to host a series of meetings and events before her departure for an influential women’s launch, industry meetings and a club event in the UK.

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Musiga Holds Workshop For Its Members

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A Creative Arts Business Consultant, Benjamin Oduro Arhin Jnr aka Bnoska has advised musicians to familiarize themselves with the copyright issues so they can properly benefit from any royalties that may be due to them. He was speaking at a music business forum organized by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) as part of activities to mark this year’s Ghana Music Week celebrations.

According to Bnoska, provided musicians know the sources of revenue open to them and how to take advantage of such opportunities, they can monetize their works effectively. In a presentation entitled “Understanding Royalties as a Musician” he spoke about the origins of royalties and what they are, the various types of royalties and the benefits and challenges of the copyright system.

A marketing and artiste relations officer of Aftown Music, Antoine Mensah spoke about “Branding and Marketing Your Music via Social Media” and also on how to sign on to Aftown Music which he described as a digital sales and streaming service designed with the African market and conditions in mind.

In his welcome address, the acting President of the Union, Bessa Simons stressed that the Union is keen on enhancing the capacities of its members to ensure that they are able to exploit their musical talents for their benefit.

The Membership Officer of the Union, Richmond Adu-Poku spoke about the benefits of MUSIGA membership and how members can access these benefits. He noted that the Union has a number of media platforms for members to utilize for their promotions. Present were regional chairpersons of MUSIGA, members and other musicians.

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Tanzania To Host The 2020 Issue Of ACCES Music Conference

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DODOMA, TANZANIA, Tuesday March 3, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) is pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of the ACCES music conference will take place at the National Museum & House of Culture Theatre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 26, 27 and 28 November.

The Tanzanian capital will be the fourth African city to host ACCES, after the music business event took place in Dakar, Senegal (2017), Nairobi, Kenya (2018), and Accra, Ghana (2019). This will be the second time that the conference will be held in East Africa.

“After careful consideration and many discussions with our network partners across Africa, we have decided to take ACCES to Tanzania, a truly inspirational country in terms of music and culture,” MIAF director Eddie Hatitye said. “Tanzania is a place where traditional and contemporary music come together to create a colourful music scene that deserves to be celebrated with a truly pan-African platform like ACCES.”

ACCES has stamped its authority as Africa’s leading music trade event. At the 2019 edition in Accra, the conference brought together more than 700 delegates from about 50 countries on the continent and beyond. The conference also hosted 76 showcasing artists from Africa and the diaspora, who got to perform for an influential audience at two top live venues in the Ghanaian capital. The Tanzanian edition will also take place at multiple venues in Dar es Salaam.

Apart from live showcases, the conference features panel discussions, presentations, exhibitions, pitch sessions, Q&A sessions with prominent musicians and visits to key music industry hubs in the host city. Many of these activities will be planned for ACCES 2020, with the ACCES team already exploring a tailor-made programme that will cater for the specific needs of the local music industry.

“Every year we fine-tune our programme in a highly informed manner with the help of local and international partners, so that music professionals can get the best value out of ACCES,” Hatitye said. “The conference is free to attend for African delegates and we urge all Tanzanians who are involved in the music scene to come together to explore new prospects and network with event organisers, record labels, digital distributors and media representatives from countries like South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Germany, France, the UK and the US, to name a few.”

Tanzania’s music industry has shown noticeable potential over the past few years, with PwC forecasting a total music revenue growth of 8.5% in 2020. PwC expects the Tanzanian entertainment and media sector to reach about $1.4bn in revenue in 2023, compared to half of that number in 2019. The accounting giant also sees strong growth in mobile, which accounts for the bulk of digital music consumption in the country.

ACCES 2020 will open on 26 November with the Music In Africa Honorary Award ceremony, which pays tribute to African artists who have made immense contributions to the music and cultural industries in their countries and Africa as a whole. Previous award recipients include Baaba Maal (Senegal, 2017), Eric Wainaina (Kenya, 2018), Ebo Taylor (Ghana, 2019) and Bibie Brew (Ghana, 2019).

Get involved

  • As a performer: ACCES offers a great platform for emerging African talents. Performers have to apply to play at ACCES. Follow this link to read the full call for showcasing artists.
  • As a speaker: Follow this link to apply for an opportunity to present a conference session at ACCES 2020.
  • As a delegate: Delegate registrations will open on 16 March via the ACCES official website. ACCES is free to all Africans.
  • As an exhibitor: ACCES offers unrivalled opportunities for music businesses to exhibit their works and services to a wider audience. Reserve your space via the official website (from 16 March).
  • Pitch sessions: ACCES’ Pitch Sessions allow businesses to pitch their great innovations and services to a critical audience. Pitch Session registrations will also open on 16 March.

For more information about the opportunities available at ACCES 2020, see the attached brochure below.

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Genevieve Nnaji Speaks At The First Essence House; Hollywood Edition

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Renowned Nigerian actor, Genevieve Nnaji was present as a panelist at the first Essence House: Hollywood edition.

Speaking at the event, the actor turned producer, spoke eloquently on diversity and inclusion in a global industry.

“One thing that was more important than diversity was inclusion. And inclusion means showing you me, and you accepting who I am and where I’m from, rather than integrating me into your culture and changing me into who you are.” She opined.

Sharing photos from the event on her instagram page, the “Lionheart” actress expressed gratitude to the host and Essence for having her.

“Thank you @corimurray for having me at @essence first Essence House: Hollywood Edition ❤️💐. 😘💋 @ginayashere”

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