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“VGMAs Are Discouraging Artistes” – Papi (5Five) Expresses Dissatisfaction In The Awards Scheme [WATCH]

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The 21st edition of arguably the biggest, most anticipated, patronised and significant entertainment event on the Ghanaian Social calendar – Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) is generating a ‘mix reaction’ amongst music lovers, entertainment critics, musicians, creatives or talents, social media users and influencers, with majority of the populace concluding that, the awards scheme didn’t deliver due deligence on 28th and 29th of August, respectively.

The latest creative to make his opinion public with regards to the outcome of the event is Papi of 5five music group fame. Sitting as a guest on the recent episode of “One-On-One” on GB TV, the Ghanaian musician born Luther Azameti expressed his displeasure in the biggest awards scheme in the country, stating that, most of the recording and performing talents who emerged as winners of some categories didn’t derserve it.

Highlighting some of the winners, Papi stated that, Kuami Eugene who was adjudged as the overall artiste of the year, shouldn’t have been crowned. According to him, though the Lynx Etertainment record label signee is doing amazingly and extremely well, he feels his works under the year of review doesn’t merit his plaque. He explained that, musically, other artistes, especially Kofi Kinaata and Sarkodie, who were the category delivered an exceptional work output and one should have been crowned the winner.

In the rapper of the year category, he revealed that, Eno Barony deserved to be crowned the the rapper of the year, instead of Kwesi Arthur. Papi stated that, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, are pratically discouraging talents and making them feel they have never worked hard under the year of review to merit an award.

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As Promised By King Promise Becomes Ghana’s Highest Streamed Album On Spotify

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King Promise; Ghanaian highlife artiste’s posthumous debut album featuring a range of 15 songs dubbed “As Promised” becomes Ghana’s highest streamed album on Spotify after surpassing 24 million plays on the Swedish music streaming and media services provider. The guest artistes on the album are highlife veteran, Kojo Antwi, Wizkid, Sarkodie, Simi, Omar Sterling, Mugeez and Raye.

Released in 2019, The 15-track project, which King Promise hand-selected alongside Legacy Life Entertainment(his record label) from his “vault” has record which includes ‘Intro (Nungua Blues/ Mama’s Prayer)’, ‘Odo (ft. Raye)’, ‘Commando’, ‘My lady’, ‘Selfish part 2 (ft. Simi)’, ‘I tried’, ‘Letter’, ‘Hangover (ft. Omar Sterling)’, ‘Happiness’, ‘Obee esh3’, ‘F. O. D. D (F**k Op Da Dancefloor)’.

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“Let Us Have TiC Vs Exdoe” – Merqury Quaye Proposes A Battle Between Two Of Ghana’s Biggest MCs

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With the objective of bringing joy and entertainment to millions of hip-hop and rap music fans across the country who are stuck indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic, celebrated Ghanaian Disk Jockey and Radio and TV personality, Merqury Quaye, has taken to his official twitter handle to propose a lyrical battle between two of Ghana’s biggest MCs; TiC and ExDoe.

According to the founder of Ghana DJ Awards, it will be a delight to see these two MCs who dominated the music scene for more than a decade bring the heat back in a battle to highlight their discographies in a worthy number of rounds during a three-hour session and also an opportunity for Ghanaians to celebrate their pivotal contributions to the creative industry.

Responding to Merqury Quaye’s tweet and showing interest in the proposed battle, TiC posted

“Wow not a bad idea but yo! I don’t think my big bro @exdoeofficial is a match for me you could have paired me with someone else but not him”

ExDoe making his presence known in anticipation for this event also said;

“Hahaha, I laugh in capital letters, somebody is looking for trouble. He is very good, don’t get me wrong but when it comes to performance and clash that’s what I eat, @TiCmusicGh is for software artists.”

By virtue of their tweets, it is obvious they are ready for the this to happen, thus far, industry stakeholders and investors can make history by setting the standards right for this Merqury Quaye proposed clash.

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Shatta Wale Drops New Promotional Photos; Looks Younger And Energetic

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High quality photos have long been the industry standard and anyone who doesn’t have them is falling behind. Matching sound to sight will effectively create the proper conditions for thought provoking artistry. Mastering the art of promotion through high quality photos among other key marketing items is a must for any musician.

Award-winning Ghanaian reggae/ragga & dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, known by birthright name as, Charles Nii Amarh Mensah, is creating or reinforcing a narrative of his well established brand, after the “Kpu Kpa” hitmaker released new set of promotional photos shot by one of the prolific and celebrated photographers in Ghana, Manuel Photography.

The new visual representation accurately reflects Shatta Wale and Shatta Movement brand. As the music industry is being crowded, it is vitally important for him to look professional so as to obtain the right exposure in the best way.

Since music is a movable art which has distinct rhythm patterns that match the mood the artiste is trying to convey, Shatta Wale basically also deemed it fit to have high quality pictures to promote the high resolution that he offers in his sound and also shows consumers and industry people he is worth other people investing their time in listening to his music or coming to see him perform.

However, generally speaking, the new colorful photos from the Dancehall entertainer will serve many purposes for music and entertainment journalists beyond just being something to feast their eyes upon. The high quality photos will grab readers’ attention and can make more people inclined to check out a story when featured in an article, or used as a featured image.

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A Feature Film Centering On The “Jerusalema” Dance Craze Is Set To Premiere

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Shot over two days on a custom-built set at Cape Town Film Studios, hundreds of South African actors and crew members will, on Thursday, unite to make a two-element; a scripted narrative and a mass dance sequence feature film centering on the “Jerusalema” dance craze that has swept the world, according to reports by Variety.

The film, directed by Calvin Hayward alongside Abongwe L.Booi, and produced by Cheryl Eatock and James Muringani, coincides with Heritage Day, which celebrates the Rainbow Nation’s multiple cultures. In the mass dance sequence, performers will dance to “Jerusalema,” the upbeat gospel-inspired song, which features the voice of singer Nomcebo Zikode and was produced by Master KG.

The project has received product and facilities sponsorship from Cape Town Film Studios, Media Film Service, The Refinery, Panavision, Film Afrika Fresh Unit Logistics, Steers, Debonairs Pizza, Fleet Star, Sterling Logistics, Bluewater, and CCPP Equipment Rental, as well as the support of local government in Cape Town and regional org Wesgro.

The official video of “Jerusalema” has pulled in more than 160 million views on social media since its premiere on YouTube in December. It has sparked a global viral dance challenge that started in Angola when a group of friends recorded a video of the dance choreography. Enthusiasts around the world – from frontline health workers in a Sweden hospital to priests in Italy – have shared posts of their versions of the dance. Early this month, “Jerusalema” became the world’s most Shazamed song.

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, gave the dance challenge his backing during a televised COVID-19 update last week. He encouraged all South Africans to perform the dance challenge on Heritage Day.

He said “Jerusalema” was “a song I love so much,” adding: “I urge you to take up this challenge and show the world what we are capable of.” He said it symbolized what South Africa had managed to achieve combating the pandemic.

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