GREATER ACCRA – Tuesday, April 14, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Sensational Ghanaian stand-up comedian and actor, Abdul Majid Waris, known for his craft as, Comedian Waris, has expressed a gross level of displeasure and dissatisfaction in the “truculent or uncooperative behaviour” of some Ghanaian traditional media practitioners towards the Comedy and poetry genre in the country’s entertainment ecosystem.
According to him, the comedy and poetry sector has been denied the necessary support and publicity from the the mass communication outlets, such as print media, the news media, broadcasting, bloggers and art writers, as they are only interested in propagating and elevating the good works from the music and movie industry. This he explained, is fast deteriorating the comedy genre in the country.
This comes after the government of Ghana through the ministry of communications initiated a virtual show without including Stand-up comedians to entertain patrons alongside the musicians. In a series of tweet, Comedian Waris noted that, the negligence of comedy and poetry on the path of the media has made the role comedians play in entertainment industry not visible enough to attract corporate entities to invest in their craft.
The comedian also noticed that, in the wake of the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), a lot of the traditional media houses, including the bloggers hosted a virtual interview via their various social media handles to check on the welfare of musicians and movie stars and possibly share their forecast with their respective fans, but the comedians weren’t granted these services.
Comedian Waris, believes that this kind of attitude is not healthy to the comedy sector and has urged entertainment journalists to refrain from it.
South African Comedian Trevor Noah To Host 2021 GRAMMYs
The Recording Academy has announced “The Daily Show” host and GRAMMY-nominated comedian Trevor Noah as host of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 31. This will be the first time Noah will host Music’s Biggest Night.
“Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the GRAMMYs have refused to have me sing or be nominated for Best Pop Album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” Noah said in a statement. “I think as a one-time GRAMMY nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I’m not trying to catch Corona). See you at the 63rd GRAMMYs!”
Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central.
Also putting Africa on the map is Burna Boy who nabbed his second Grammy Award nomination for his album ‘Twice As Tall’.
Zimbabwean Comedian, Munya Chawawa, Signs A Record Deal With Atlantic Records – UK
Zimbabwean-born UK-based comedian, Munya Chawawa, has signed a remunerative deal with Atlantic Records – UK. “I’ve signed to Atlantic Records! Two years of sketches, one Fire in the Booth and a few middle class bars later and here we are! Thank you for supporting my parodies & sharing my sketches, I’m so grateful and deffo cracking open a Shloer tonight. @AtlanticRcrdsUK”, according to his announcement video post on Twitter.
A master of comedy with puns that will have you in stitches, Munya Chawawa has become one of the most promising young comedians to come from the social space. Chawawa developed a plethora of nuanced personalities consumers love to watch. From the infamous newsreader, Barty Crease to the UK’s first posh drill rapper – Unknown P and chef Jamie Oliver’s ‘Caribbean cousin’ Johnny Oliver, his satirical and self-produced videos have led to an impressive roster of characters and many viral moments.
Unknown P is the UK’s first posh drill rapper who clearly lives in his own world. Chawawa uses satire to highlight Britain’s subtle racism, for example, the British media’s watered down reportage of Black Lives Matter, the coronavirus pandemic, classism and other domestic issues. The 27-year-old’s sketches gained even more popularity during the global coronavirus lockdown when comedic relief was certainly a reprieve for many.
By signing with Atlantic he becomes label-mates with the likes of Stormzy, Burna Boy, Cardi B, Lizzo and Ed Sheeran
FEATURE REPORT: Akrobeto Has Got The World ‘Laughing Out Loud’
Throwback to approximately two years ago when Ghana’s leading local languague broadcasting network – UTV Ghana announced actor and comedian, Akwasi Boadi, also known as ‘Akrobeto’ as the new addition to the list of its prolific on-air personalities to help disseminate news items to its audience, the whole country was left in a state of what was described as ‘discomfort’ due to his ‘poor’ formal education and journalism background.
Akrobeto was born at Ayirebi in the Ofoase Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern region of Ghana. According to his wikipedia, he did not have any formal education. He was a founding member of the Kristo Asafo drama group, when the drama group was founded by Apostle Kwadwo Safo in the late 1990s, along with Agya Koo, Mercy Asiedu, Nkomode the group performed in the Key Soap Concert Party at the National Theater. In 2008, he started featuring in kumawood movies.
What does an “illiterate” got to do with Journalism or radio and tv presentation? Well! I guess this paragraph will justify his call. Growing up in the sonic landscape of Ghana, we met a different style of practical journalism or broadcasting, thus, instead of employing well trained personalities with qualities like Investigative Skills, Tech-Savviness, Analytical Mind,etc into the field (that would however render the masses jobless), local media houses created shows – dominated by softnews that gave “illiterates” (with basically the ability to entertain an audience by making them laugh) to present on odd days and at odd hours. (Ofcourse no producer will air comedy oriented show on actively working days and hours).
Following his appointment as the host of “The Real News With Akrobeto”, the show and the media house started generating interesting conversations amongst the Ghanaian populace of heterogeneous background, majority of which has been centered on the humor aspect of it. Each episode was anticipated as it has become a weekly dose of laughter to cure boredom and to fight stress. The television show has become the most viewed programmed in Ghana with an overwhelming digital presence. Snippet from the show has become the recent social media memes. Internet users use excerpt from to show as comments to other’s posts.
Fast forward to 2020 – an era where the world is battling the glabal pandemic, Coronavirus, the veteran Kumawood actor has gotten international recognition with his comic news on Ghana’s UTV on Fridays. The show focus on trending news – dominated by entertainment & social news and has recently added sports news. He has made the world a little bit brighter with his hilarious sports presentation sketch. Boadi decided to take a shot at reading out a string of scores from the Premier League during ‘The Real News with Akrobeto’, but not in a way you’d expect.
His pronunciation of the club names as well as the players are ribs breaking. The recent news he aired about Cesar Azpilicueta, the captain of Chelsea Football Club attracted his attention and got features on Spanish tabloid – Marca, El Chiringuito TV, Sport Bible, Footyhumor, Falcons among others. Despite UTV being a Twi TV station, Akrobeto combines English and Twi as the medium of communication to his audience.
AKROBETO HAS GOT THE WORLD LAUGHING OUT LOUD
Check out reactions from international media houses below;
Watch episodes of the show below;
Kevin Hart’s New Netflix Stand-Up Special Is Now Streaming
Comedian Kevin Hart’s latest stand-up special, Zero F**ks Given, is officially available to stream. Its launch marks the sixth Netflix comedy special from Hart and the first since his 2019 show Kevin Hart: Irresponsible.
The show was filmed in September of this year, and considering the state of the world, the format will likely be much different from previous specials that take place in front of large audiences. Despite this, fans can expect Hart’s signature style of comedy, but with a twist. While the details of the special have been kept under wraps save for a few social media posts from the comedian, Netflix offered up an intriguing description of Zero F**ks Given that sounds quintessentially Hart: “Kevin Hart serves up laughs and brick oven pizza from the comfort of his home and dishes on male group chats, sex after 40 and life with COVID-19,” said the Network.
Source : Hypebeast.com
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