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BEYONCE FEATURES GHANA’S SHATTA WALE & OTHER AFRICAN ARTISTES ON HER LATEST “THE LION KING” ALBUM

American Singer, Songwriter and Actress Beyonce has featured Ghanaian dancehall artist Shatta Wale on ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Album.

The musician teams up with the Vodafone Ghana Music Award winner on track 11 of the album titled Already.

The album also features a number of African artists including Tekno, Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Mr. Eazi.

The LP features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell.

A statement by Walt Disney announced on Tuesday (July 9) read, “The album will feature a number of global recording artists and “steeped in the sounds of Africa”.

The Lion King: The Gift will be released on July 19, 2019 via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records along with the live-action film, which features Bey as Nala.

The R&B star has announced numerous African Pop and Rap stars on album out Friday, as well as Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and daughter Blue Ivy.

Beyoncé has outlined details for her 14-track new album to accompany The Lion King remake, entitled The Lion King: The Gift, to be released on Friday. The album features four new solo songs alongside collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino, Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy and more. It is separate from the soundtrack to The Lion King, though the Beyoncé song Spirit appears on both. The singer voices the character Nala in the new 3D-animated version of the 1994 Disney classic.

When she first announced the project last week, Beyoncé said: “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation.”

She added: “It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

Numerous African artists appear on the album. Nigerian pop stars Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi perform the song Keys to the Kingdom, with the latter also appearing alongside fellow Nigerians Tekno and Yemi Alade on Don’t Jealous Me. Nigeria’s Burna Boy has a solo track, Ja Ara E, while Cameroonian artist Salatiel appears alongside Beyoncé and Pharrell on Water. Other African artists include Nigeria’s Wizkid, Ghana’s Shatta Wale, and South Africa’s Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly.

Female North American rappers and singers Tierra Whack, 070 Shake and Jessie Reyez also appear, as does New York rapper Saint Jhn.

Source: NKONKONSA.com with additional files from Theguardian.com

NANA AKUFO-ADDO NAMED AFRICA’S BEST PRESIDENT

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has been named as Africa’s best president by virtue of a poll conducted by a Canadian-based research organisation ”Leaders of tomorrow”.

Releasing the best and outstanding list of 2018 presidents in Africa, Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo emerged top of the list.

This follows a similar research conducted by US-based think tank, World Vision Forum which placed President Akufo-Addo 1st on the list in Africa and 3rd in the world of best presidents with vision.

The Canadian research team, ‘‘Leaders of tomorrow’’, believes since Nana Akufo-Addo won the 2016 elections, he has been the man of the people with high approval rating because for his positive policies such as the free secondary education, Planting for Food and Jobs, I District 1 Dam, NAPCO, among others.

Also – his commitment to the development of Ghana, the near absence of corruption allegations under his regime and his government’s respect of the rule of law are some of the reasons attributed to his win.

The second on the list is the president of Botswana Ian Khama Khama, the third is president of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib, president of Seychelles Danny Faure was placed 4th while the president of Gambia Adama Barrow placed 5th.

Meanwhile, Ghanaian ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has been named in The Africa Report’s inaugural ranking of top Africans who control the levers of power across politics, business and the arts.

The list also features billionaire barons to unpredictable peacemakers and soft-power superstars.

Source:Weliveafrica.com

GHANA IS THE ONLY PLACE I HAVE GENUINE PEACE OF MIND – Nigerian Singer Burna Boy Reveals

Nigerian Singer, who was just won Best International Act at the recently held 2019 BET Awards, Burna Boy says he finds ultimate peace of mind and relaxation whenever he visits Ghana.

The act is well-known for his night life in Accra, the capital town of Ghana, and in his latest interview monitored by Adomonline.com on Apple’s Beats 1 show, Burna Boy said the Ghana’s beaches give him godly peace.

“That’s the only place I have actual genuine peace. When you go to Labadi Beach and you look at the line that separates the sky from the water, I feel like that’s where God lives,” he said to presenter Julie Adenuga.

According to Burna, aside having fun, one of the places he is well-booked for shows is Ghana.

I go on my robot mode.. I play like 3-4 shows and I eventually break down. That’s what happens when I go to Ghana,” the “Killin Dem” hitmaker added.

Burna Boy isnt the first Nigerian celebrity to confess having a good time in Ghana. Other stars such as Wizkid, D Banj were spotted chilling with Ghanaian rapper Omar Sterling at one of Ghana’s beaches last year.

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SOUTH AFRICA NOW VISA FREE TO GHANAIANS

South Africa is now a visa-free travel destination for Ghanaians.

The Deputy Commissioner of South Africa to Ghana, H.E T. Madumane has confirmed South Africa’s decision to grant Ghana and other countries a visa free status.

He says the intention or decision to settle on Ghana among some few countries to waive off visa is to promote intra-Africa Trade and Tourism in Africa and also help make Ghana entrepreneurs who want to do business in South Africa go there with ease.

Speaking in an interview with host of Okay FM’s ‘Ekwanso Dwoodwoo’, Abeiku Aggrey Santana, he explained that there will be diplomatic negotiations between the two countries to stipulate all relevant issues regarding the agreement as to when it will manifest and who qualifies to benefit etc.

Ghana was added to the list of seven countries whose citizens would be allowed to enter South Africa visa-free.

The decision to add Ghana to the list was taken by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs, following an announcement in September 2018 that South Africa was finalising a number of visa waiver arrangements with other nations.

South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, said in a statement that citizens of the seven countries are able to enter South Africa without a visa. The Minister believed tourism in South Africa would soar as the country relaxes it visa requirements.

He added that out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 nations. Of these, he says, 16 were in on the African continent and were SADC members and 59 were from around the world.

Meanwhile, Ghana has accordingly executed agreements on mutual visa exemption with additional 20 countries across the world.

Out of the 21 countries, the mutual exemptions are to cover holders of diplomatic and service passports traveling to eight countries. The rest of the 13 countries are expected to cover holders of all passports.

Official correspondent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration dated June 26, 2019, and sighted by DGN Online, mentioned the 21 nations as Barbados, Brazil, China, Cuba, Germany, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sudan, Turkey, Kenya. The rest included Lesotho, Namibia, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Jamaica and Rwanda.

 

I HAVE A THING FOR REAL GOD FEARING MEN – Actress Yvonne Nelson Reveals

Award-winning Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has disclosed the kind of men she prefers.

In a post on Twitter, the mother of one revealed that she has a thing for real God-fearing men.

The actresses preference when it comes to men is no longer a secret as she has revealed it.

It is now clear that the actress will no longer be romantically involved with men who are not religious.

She Tweeted;

“I have a THING for REAL God-fearing men! ”
Aside Yvonne Nelson is a very outspoken political critic and social activist. She is credited to have a nationwide end Dumsor demonstration #DumorMustStop against the Mahama administration. She has also criticised some policies by the current Nana Addo led administration.

Social Media is her biggest platform she uses to express herself.

GHANAIAN ACTOR ABRAHAM ATTAH TO STAR IN RAPPER BIRDMAN’S HOLLYWOOD FILM

American rapper Birdman will executive produce ‘Tazmanian Devil’, a coming-of-age film based on a Nigerian immigrant.

Nollywood movies will be the debut feature from Nigerian-American filmmaker, Solomon Onita Jr.

With Ghanaian actor Abraham Attah from the ‘Beast of No Nation’ playing the lead role, Benny Boom of Groundwurk Studios, will also partner as executive producer on the project.

Speaking on the project, Benny Boom said, “I have been creating visuals for Cash Money artists for decades, and I am excited about this next phase of our collaboration.

“Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams has supported me since my first years directing, and this joint venture is a natural business and creative transition – the first of many.”

‘Tazmanian Devil’ follows Dayo, a 19-year-old immigrant (Attah) who, after moving to the US, struggles to bond with his estranged father, who abandoned his family to become a missionary.

When he joins a college fraternity, he is challenged by his father, leaving him in search of his own moral ground.

Abraham Attah will be joined by Adepero Oduye (Pariah, When They See Us), who plays his mother and Nater Guma Mbaho Mwime (Queen of Katwe, The Chi), who plays his deeply religious father.

No official release date has been revealed, but the film is currently at post-production stage.

Source: Vanguardngr.com

I AM ADDICTED TO SHOPPING, I NEED PRAYERS – Actress Jackie Appiah Reveals

Ghanaian actress, Jackie Appiah has revealed one thing that she loves doing and admitted that she has become seriously addicted it.

Jackie Appiah says she is obsessed with excessive shopping and she would need prayers and deliverance to stop that. In her very recent interview with BBC Pidgin, the “Perfect Picture” revealed that she is so obsessed with shopping so much that if her fans don’t pray for her to put an end to it, it might become something else.

“I am a shopaholic. I need prayers. I shop too much” she disclosed.

The beautiful actress also opened up about some rare things in her life, including how a goat once knocked her down causing her to lose some teeth. She made further revelations about herself including the number of languages she speaks and the countries she has travelled to so far.

The popular A-list actress and mother of one also talked about how much she loved adventure which has seen her travel to over 100 countries and counting.

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

SHATTA WALE AND STONEBWOY’S PEACE WILL NOT LAST – Pope Skinny

The former right-hand man of Shatta Wale, Pope Skinny has reacted to the peace and unity established between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy yesterday, 30th May 2019.

According to Pope Skinny, the supposed peace found between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy will never last as Ghanaians are hoping it does for the interest of the music industry.

Pope Skinny claims that they were just posing for the camera but he knows for a fact that it won’t last. He further blamed Ghanaians for being hypocrites about the Shatta Wale-Stonebwoy peace.

Interestingly, Pope Skinny claims everyone who is smart like him knows that Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy are faking and their peace won’t last

Pope Skinny posted:

“If you are smart like me, you will know that this peace will not last. Hypocrisy Nkuaa Ghana. Posing for the camera. Peace.”

FORBES AFRICA’S “MY WORST DAY WITH PEACE HYDE” GOES GLOBAL

The leading business talk show on the number one business magazine platform, Forbes Africa My Worst Day with Peace Hyde, is set to launch its third instalment and this time, the program has a lineup of powerhouse business tycoons from the global business world.

The show which is renowned for interviewing the African continents billionaires and millionaires on their most challenging day ever in business has raised the bar by venturing into global business world to assemble a league of some of the richest and most successful African American moguls.

Reprising her role as creator, producer and host of the show that reaches some 60 million homes across 16 countries in sub Saharan Africa, Peace Hyde is set to take the award-winning show global. Successful editions have of the show has been syndicated in Ghana and South Africa drawing in an enviable guest list of some of the most powerful people in African business.

Some of the guests on this line up include, Eddie Brown, one of the wealthiest philanthropists in Baltimore and founder of Brown Capital Management investment firm with over $9 billion of assets under management; Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO of $925 million ActOne, provider of workforce solutions including temporary staffing; Cathy Hughes, media mogul and founder of TV One and Urban One launched in partnership with Comcast with 53 stations across 16 markets and Bishop TD Jakes of TD jakes Enterprises to name a few.

From London, the prestigious shortlist includes the powerlist most powerful person of African and Caribbean heritage for 2017 and 2019, Tom Ilube and Ric Lewis respectively. Tom Ilube is a millionaire tech entrepreneur and education philanthropist who is the founder of AIM listed Crossword Cybersecurity and also a non-executive director of the BBC and sits on the Royal Ban of Scotland’s technology Advisory Board. Ric Lewis is a CEO of Tristan Capital Partners, an independent London headquartered real estate investment management boutique with $10 billion of assets under management.

“We have interviewed some of the most powerful people in Africa and for this season, we decided to seek out people all over the world with African heritage and explore how they overcame their most challenging day in business. When we started 3 years ago we didn’t realise how big the show will be and we have had overwhelming feedback from all over the world and hence the reason why we are going global with this season,” says Peace Hyde.

The show has previously featured Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote alongside other billionaire moguls like Africa’s second richest woman, Folorunso Alakija, South African millionaire and Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba, AFDB President Akinwumi Adesina and Ghanaian millionaire moguls Paa Kwasi Nduom. The third season of the show is sponsored by leading real estate company, Nedcomoaks.

MOST NIGERIAN HIT SONGS HAVE GHANAIAN GROOVE – Nigerian Singer Praiz Reveals

Nigerian songwriter, singer, producer and entertainer Praiz, known in real life as Vance Lee Watt II has said that a lot of hit songs churned out by Nigerians have “Ghanaian groove”.

Praiz made these revelations on the #VJmix edition of Ghana’s number one mid-afternoon entertainment show, “Rythmzlive” on Ghone TV to hosts Dj Xpliph & Aaron Ayiih. According to him, Ghanaian and Nigerian songs have a lot of similarities.

When asked by Dj Xpliph what he loves about the Ghanaian music industry, he retorted, “one thing I love about Ghanaian music is its simplicity. It is very simple but complex at the same time. It takes someone with great art to be able to put out work which is complex yet very simple”. Music is a universal language, so I should be able to tap into your sound, listen and fuse with your sound”.

Praiz admitted that just a few Ghanaian acts run promotions in Nigeria with the likes of Sarkodie, King Promise, Stonebwoy, R2Bees & Efya inclusive.

Answering questions on music policies, Praiz reiterated that, there is no such music policy in Nigeria that stipulates or regulates the rate at which non-Nigerian songs are played.

“If that is done, your music won’t be played in other countries”.

After Aaron Ayiih asked whether Nigerians are united as portrayed globally, he answered, “the truth is we are all human beings, and I could act like I like you in public but deep down I might not like you so only God knows”.

Praiz has a new song with Stonebwoy dubbed “hussle”. He explained that the inspiration behind hussle is to encourage people to be proud of their jobs and never forgetting family. He has also wrapped off his sophomore album which is set to drop in July with a listening session to take place prior to the release.

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