GREATER ACCRA – Monday, June 1, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – From Afrobeats stars to the late king of coupé-décalé, Reggae & Dance-hall artiste, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah, popularly known as, Shatta Wale, has, according to Billboard “Local Heroes”, topped the five most-watched homegrown artiste in Ghana chart based on a year of local YouTube views with an overwhelming 13.26M streams.
Wale’s 2019 album is called Wonder Boy, and the singer-songwriter and actor seems determined to live up to that name. The country’s two biggest political parties have used his songs in campaigns; his 2018 album, Reign, hit No. 6 on Billboard’s Top World Albums chart; and in April, he organized the online Faith Concert to cheer up fellow Ghanaians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He was ranked ahead of BET award winning rapper and singer – Sarkodie, Nickelodeon & BET Winner| 3-Time Best Reggae/Dancehall Act in Africa – Stonebwoy, award-winning Gospel Star – Diana Hamilton, and Rapper cum Singer – Kofi Kinaata who accumulated 11.72M, 7.86M, 6.42M and 4.63M YouTube views respectively.
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Having achieved street credibility in a fairly undeveloped Ghanaian dancehall genre at the time, he achieved popularity with his 2004 single, “Moko Hoo”, which features Tinny. Then known in the industry as Bandana, the song earned Him a Ghana Music Awards nomination. There afterward, Bandana went missing in the music circus for nearly a decade until rebranding Himself in 2013. He began releasing music under a new name, Shatta Wale, under His record label (SM Records).
In 2014, he peaked at number 38 on E.tv’s “Top 100 Most Influential Ghanaian” Awards chart. He has since appeared on the chart each year. He was ranked “Most Influential Musician” on social media in 2017. He won 8 awards at the 3 music awards in 2019 and also the most awarded dancehall artist in Africa.
NASTY C: “I Will Establish A Church Soon
Award-winning South African rapper signed on to Def Jam records, Nasty C, sharing his view about the current state of the music industry in the wake of the global pandemic Coronavirus in an Instagram live interaction, has revealed that, he has laid some plans to establish a religious organization, precisely a church if the music life doesn’t return to normalcy.
According to him, several businesses, including construction services, Uber eat, church activities and more have been restored and are operating as expected, but the entertainment industry is being denied such opportunities where artistes can organize live audience events, album signing, and real-life engagement with his fans rather than virtual.
This he explained that, if the pandemic doesn’t go away by 2022 he will branch out of the music industry to set up other business including church, as music and being a musician would be boring in the coming years.
Fresh off his recent signing with Island Def Jam records, the South African star rapper just released a new single and accompanying visuals for his latest track “Eazy.” which comes off of his highly anticipated third album, ZULU MAN WITH SOME POWER. Nasty C certainly shows off his power with this release.
The visuals enhance the song’s message of him reaping the rewards of hard work and believing in the vision. It features alluring scenes and graphics to fully emerge the listeners into the tune—and fans certainly agreed.
South African Rapper, AKA, Tests Positive For COV¡D-19
In an attempt to create awareness around the global pandemic – Coronavirus and to caution citizens and fans around the world to be more careful in their daily interactions with others, award-winning South African musician, AKA, has chosen to make his COVID-19 status public after he tested positive for the novel virus – according to a statement released by his management on July 10, 2020.
According to AKA, since the announcement of the COVID-19 Pandemic in South Africa, he took the safety precautions that were stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the South African government, but it is quite unfortunate that, his diagnosis makes him fall prey to the global pandemic.
AKA disclosed that, he will be sharing his recovery journey and conditions with everyone whilst in self-isolation as he aims to be as transparent as possible about his journey with COVID-19. He, however, urged citizenry and fans worldwide to practice the precautionary measures, thus, to adhere to social distancing guidelines, wearing of masks, and to hold stringent hygiene measures by frequently sanitizing and washing the hands.
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Ghana Music Awards – UK Succumb To Conorav¡rus; 5th Edition Postponed To 2021
UK – July 9, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – After a series of engagements with the government, stakeholders and security agencies on the best practice for this year’s event, in the wake of the novel corona-virus pandemic, the board and planning committee organizers of the prestigious awards scheme have regrettably annulled this season’s edition of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a news release signed by Ekow Anderson – Head of Ghana Music Awards’, UK planning and advisory board, there have been restrictions curtailing public events and gatherings in the UK, and the rest of the world, explaining that, Since mid-March, the music industry and creative arts in general, have been affected by this deadly pandemic
The statement added that, as an organization, they are very much concerned about this uncomfortable situation and the lives of their patrons and the general public as a whole and it is crucial at this moment to let their musicians, stakeholders, well-wishers and the general public know that they are watching closely, the measures that have been instituted by the NHS and the government in curbing the spread of Codvid-19, and are optimistic that, in 2021, the road would have been cleared for a successful 5th edition of the awards.
The organizers of the event also took the opportunity to commiserate with the families of COVID-19 victims. They also urged the general public to abide by preventive protocols by health officials and governments around the world.
“Wurld Gave Me The Easiest Entry Into Nigeria With His ‘AfroSoul’ EP – Ghanaian Producer Wakayna
GREATER ACCRA, Thursday, 09 July 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Fast-rising Ghanaian Producer/Singer, Wakyana, is with a fat grin even before this story gets published across our platform.
Wakayna who scored an appearance on Nigerian Afrobeats Singer, Wurld’s latest Album (EP) titled “AfroSoul” was quite elated that one of his productions got listed for the album.
“Birthday Song, Palmwine Riddim”, the classic he produced for Wurld is one of the popular songs from the “AfroSoul” EP which featured legendary Ghanaian Hiplife Singer, Zeal, (of VVIP fame). The album (EP) was released in May 2020.
Narrating the whole connect to BeenieWords.com, Wakayna says it was one of the earliest surprises he got from his works this year. The beat for that song he says was purposely meant for Zeal of VVIP. But little did he know Zeal had a bigger plan for it.
According to Wakayna, Zeal “got that afro-fusion style in his music. I contacted Zeal and he recorded his version and later sent the beat to Wurld. Coincidentally on the 6th of March 2019 I got a message from Zeal that Wurld has voiced on the beat, then he sent me the unmixed version of the song to listen. I was extremely happy because it’s a birthday song sent to me on my birthday.”
“It feels good working with a great artiste like Wurld. He is one of Africa’s finest vocalist, I love his work ethics. I think every producer will love to work with him. I have worked with lots of Nigerian artistes but Wurld is the first mainstream artiste from Nigeria I’ve worked with so far. And I can say for a fact that I am honoured to be on his ‘Afrosoul’ EP. It’s worth the expectations and even more,” Wakayna concludes.
Wurld in a radio interview with YFM Ghana 107.9 days ago also eulogized the Ghanaian Producer, Wakayna, for the spectacular production. Wurld however dropped a latest video titled “Wayo” earlier this week on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The song video is one of the singles of his AfroSoul EP.
Stream “AfroSoul” EP here: https://wurld.lnk.to/AfroSoul
Wakayna; a Producer/Singer from Accra, Ghana. He is based in Ashaiman, one of the very fast growing suburbs of Accra which is now a constituency.
Wakayna has released at least 3 singles from his knapsack already. With the latest featuring Don Husky from Jamaica titled “Black Lives Matter” (Remix). “Slow Down” and “Africa Nice” are some of the previous songs released by Wakayna. He is signed to Freedom Cry Records, Ghana.
Follow Wurld and Wakayna on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thisisWurlD @iamWakayna
(Story: Elorm Beenie)
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