GRAMMY AWARDS CANNOT JUDGE AFRICAN MUSIC – Ghanaian Singer, Mugeez of R2Bees

Talented Ghanaian Musician Mugeez, member of the popular music group R2Bees believes it is wrong for African music to be judged by American based Grammy Awards.

The Singer has made a bold and precise statement with a post on social media. According to him there is no way the Grammys can judge music from the motherland, Africa, stating it was the last time he was going to make such a statement.

Mugeez expressed his opinion in a post on instagram with the caption:

“For the last time Grammy no fit judge African Music!”

He however hasn’t explained featured why he made this statement.

Grammy Awards is undoubtedly one of the most respected award schemes in the world and the ultimate as far as music is concern. The closed any Ghanaian artiste has given was a nomination.

Ghanaian International Reggae Musician Rocky Dawuni nominated for the “Best Reggae Album” category at the 58th Grammy in 2016. Ghana

Grammy Award (stylized as GRAMMY, originally called Gramophone Award), or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry in America and other parts of the world. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the first and biggest award of the Big Three networks’ major music awards held annually (between the American Music Awards in fall, and Billboard Music Awards in summer).

It is considered one of the four major annual American entertainment awards, along with the Academy Awards (film), the Emmy Awards (television), and the Tony Awards (theater and Broadway).

The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor and respect the musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958. Following the 2011 ceremony, the Academy overhauled many Grammy Award categories for 2012.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards were held on January 26, 2020, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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VGMA 2020 SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST – Charterhouse CEO Reveals

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Charterhouse, Theresa Ayoade, has indicated that the 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) is scheduled to take place in August.

She said that the decision follows President Akufo-Addo’s move to ease some of the restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said her team was re-strategising to offer utmost entertainment to viewers in August despite the potential challenges.

“The challenges of putting together logistics and not being sure of expected revenue is a real issue. In normal times, we will have been able to sell up to 4,000 tickets in VGMA-related events, but it is not so now,” Mrs Ayoade told Accra-based Joy FM.

She further stated that as organisers, Charterhouse was looking forward to using the digital space and new guidelines for events put forth by the Tourism Ministry.

She added that instead of a virtual event like the just-ended 3Music Awards, the 2020 VGMAs will have a live audience, with adherence to social-distancing and health protocols.

For Ghanaian artistes stuck abroad and the foreign audiences, Mrs Ayoade said that preparations for a virtual alternative, were underway.

I’M GETTING USED TO THE LIFESTYLE IN ITALY SO I’M NOT COMING BACK TO GHANA – Pappy Kojo

Rapper, Pappy Kojo has stated that he might not be returning to Ghana after all.

According to the “Balance” hit maker, he’s getting used to the lifestyle in Italy now, hence his decision to stay there.

Pappy Kojo has been on lockdown in Italy for several months now after the world-wide spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The rapper’s attempt to plead with the government to be ‘rescued’ and brought back home fell on death ears.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, he wrote:

“All those times I cried and Ghana ignored me , im getting used to the lifestyle in Italy now , I sleep with my kicks on , I drink milk every morning and also doing check ups I’m not coming back im sorry.”

I WILL NEVER GIVE UP IF I LOSE THE ELECTION – John Dumelo

Ghanaian actor turned politician, John Dumelo has said he will not stop trying if he fails to win the Ayawaso West Wuogon parliamentary election.

Making reference to Late President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo, the aspiring member of parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress [NDC] noted that the two great politicians never gave up when they were defeated a couple of times.

Speaking with Kasapa Fm, Dumelo stated that his defeat will give him more experience to make amends for the next election.

“If you look at the Late Former President John Evans Atta Mills, he lost two times before he won finally. The current President, Akufo Addo, lost two times and won on the third time.

“The fact that you lose an election does not mean you should give up. You have to keep trying and learn from your mistakes and eventually victory will be yours.” John Dumelo said.

When asked about his acting career if he wins the Ayawaso West Wuogon seat, Dumelo replied, “I’ll not give up on acting if I’m voted to represent my people in Parliament.”

John Dumelo’s acting career can be described as fruitful and fulfilled judging from the number of movies he has acted in both Ghana and Nigeria since he came into the limelight in 2008.

He came out victorious at the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) parliamentary elections held on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

He won majority votes to become the party’s parliamentary candidate in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency ahead of the 2020 general elections. John Dumelo won massively with 758 votes while his only contender, Madam Adoboe had 99 votes.

A total of 859 delegates voted in the elections with two rejected ballots.

IT’S NOT FOR FREE!…OUR NEW COLONIAL MASTERS CHINA WILL COME BACK FOR THEIR AID TO AFRICA – Yvonne Nelson

Outspoken Ghanaian screen diva Yvonne Nelson believes there is nothing like free lunch when it comes to Ghana’s bilateral relationship between Ghana and China and Africa as a whole.

The Republic of China has donated several items as part of their efforts to support Ghana in the fight against the deadly coronavirus. The items include Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to support health workers who are at the frontline of the fight against the deadly virus.

President during his sixth update on measures live telecast to the country thanked the Chinese government for the aid and called for more support and collaboration during the period.

However, actress Yvonne Nelson who has been advocating for an Independent Africa and especially Ghana believes Ghana and Africa will pay dearly for the aid from China because they do not give things for free anywhere.

In a tweet, the only Ghanaian actress who has been critical of governments said “The Aid Africa is getting isn’t for free…..we will pay for it later….they will come and mine and mine and mine and mine and leave us hollow!!! For now give way to our new colonial masters to save the day! Check my old tweets about our new masters!”.

Ghana is currently battling COVID-19 and several measures have been put in place to protect the citizenry and also prevent the numbers from escalating. Ghana’s current positive cases stand at 566 whiles deaths due to the virus are 8 in number.

“MARRIAGE IS FOR MATURED MINDS” – Actor Adjetey Anang

The general perception out there is that celebrity marriages don’t last and it has been fuelled by a number of high profile divorces. However, there are some celebrity couples whose marriages have stood the test of time and become a source of motivation for others and one such couple is actor Adjetey Anang and his wife Elorm.

The couple celebrated their 13th anniversary on Tuesday March 10 and in an interview with Graphic Showbiz recently, Adjetey Anang advised young people to be mentally ready for marriage before they go into it.

“Never commit yourself to something you can’t finish. There are people who marry due to influence and it must not be so.

“If you are not ready for it, don’t commit yourself to it because marriage is for mature minds. I believe it is a lifetime journey and has to be observed as such.

“Consistency, mutual respect and not being comfortable with each other are the basic things to consider in a relationship. Both parties should learn to get better as the years pass but if you are comfortable with each other, you wouldn’t want to embrace change.

“It is also very necessary to have mutual respect for each other in the relationship. If you have mutual respect for your partner, you hold him or her in high esteem and accept them for who they are, while allowing them to change over time. Couples who don’t respect each other’s views easily go their separate ways,” he stated.

Adjetey Anang also revealed that their 13-year marriage journey had not been easy due to his busy schedule but their commitment to each other had sustained them this far.

“I’m the busy type because of the nature of my job so it has not been easy but I thank God for how far He has brought us. My wife understands what I do and she also works so it’s quite understandable. We are committed to each other.

“In spite of my busy schedule, I always remember I have a family at home who also need my attention. What I do is my source of income so I can’t stop it either. I am just conscious about work and family so I strategise,” Adjetey Anang said.

The Graphic Showbiz asked The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later actor his view on opinions shared by people that women are meant for the kitchen and the bedroom and he said it was not right to give women such tags.

“I think we have been culturally psyched to believe that but time has changed. There are women in different sectors doing amazing things. We have to support and appreciate women to rise above just the kitchen and bedroom,” he commented.

Adjetey Anang became a household name when he played Pusher in Things We Do For Love in the late 1990 and early 2000.

He has since featured in major movies such as The Perfect Picture, Sidechic Gang, Keteke, Devil In The Detail, Adams Apples among others.

Adjetey Anang won the Best Actor in a Drama Award at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2018; Actor in a Leading Role at the Ghana Movie Awards (GMA) in 2014, Best Actor at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA) in 2013, Best Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2010 and many more.

Source: Graphic Showbiz

 

GHANA’S LOCKDOWN HAS SO MANY LOOPHOLES, MISINFORMATION & CONFUSION – Lydia Forson

Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson has expressed her opinion on the President’s directive for a partial lockdown.

Lydia who has acknowledged the government’s relentless efforts in containing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, believes the lockdown directive issued by the president was not well thought through.

Expressing her thoughts on social media, the “Perfect Picture” actress said, there are so many grey areas in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s new directive.

“While I appreciate the efforts the government is putting in to control this pandemic; I believe this #lockdown was not fully thought through. So many grey areas, loopholes, misinformation, and confusion. Like some people have already run away to other regions,” she tweeted this on March 29, 2020.

President Nana Akufo-Addo declared a partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi effective 1am on Monday, March 30, 2020.

The lockdown which affects Accra, Tema and Kumasi will last for two weeks. The decision, according to the President is to help curb the spread of COVID-19 which has led to four deaths and infected some 137 people.

President Nana Akufo-Addo made the declaration in a national address delivered on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Ghana has a seen a rapid increase of 152 cases in the last 3 weeks with 5 deaths, 2 recovered cases and one person in critical condition.

GOVERNMENT CANNOT ARRANGE A JET TO BRING AN INDIVIDUAL HOME AT THIS MOMENT – Minister Tells Pappy Kojo

Ghanaian musician Pappy Kojo who has been appealing to government to rescue him back home from Italy, may have to stay a bit more longer in Italy.

The Rapper’s plead have reached the authorities but they have made it clear to him that there is absolutely nothing they can do for him at the moment.

The “Aye Late” Rapper had earlier cried out on social media to authorities despite the ban on travels to evacuate him and other Ghanaians trapped in Italy as death toll from the coronavirus pandemic continued its relentless rise.

“I’m not safe, I live just across a busy street and people keep using that road every minute which is not safe for me, I’ve been calling out to the government; yet no response. “I’m a Ghanaian and I’ve done a lot for this country in terms of creative arts. Sincerely I’m not safe, I have something to feed on now but I’m afraid I might soon run out of food,” he stated during an interview on TV3 via Skype.

Responding to Pappy’s plea Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Oteng Gyasi said the ministry understands the plight of the musician; however, the request, unfortunately, cannot be granted.

“Currently, travelling is out of the question. We’re not encouraging people to come to Ghana,” she said.

“Ghanaians can return home but if you’re in a country which is locked down and you don’t have flight coming in, then how do you travel? He wants to be jetted back to Ghana? How is that possible? We cannot arrange a jet to bring an individual back.

“We’re trying to contain a situation and the directive is that for countries which have recorded over 200 cases, we are not allowing people from those countries into Ghana because we are also trying to contain the situation here. And I believe that wherever he finds himself, if he follows the guidelines from the protocols, he will be safe,” she added.

Italy’s death toll rose to 651 on Sunday, bringing its total to 5,476. It was an increase of 13.5 percent but down from Saturday’s figure when 793 people died.

Globally, more than 13,000 people have now died from the pandemic. An estimated 92,000 of the 304,500 people who contracted the disease globally have recovered.

In Ghana, 24 cases have been confirmed and there are fears the number will rise. Some stakeholders of the industry have been counting their losses following the ban on public gatherings which has consequently led to the cancellation of events, closure of nightclubs among others, in the quest to prevent the disease from spreading.

While recognising the effects of the crisis on Ghana’s arts and entertainment industry, the minister said efforts are being made to save the sector. “The sector is really suffering,” she admitted.

“The ministry recognises the impact it has had on the industry and we have engaged industry players through the Ghana Tourism Authority. It’s currently in the process of collating information from them in respect to what government can do to support them so it is not completely crippled by this health issue.”

MEMPHIS IN MAY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO HONOUR GHANA IN AMERICA

The city of Memphis and the Memphis in May International Festival have selected the Republic of Ghana as the country to salute at the 2020 Memphis in May International Festival.

The organizers of the festival together with the Embassy of Ghana in the US and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integrations, have assembled a comprehensive month-long celebration curated to honour Ghana in the areas of arts, culture, education, entertainment, food, and our people.

Although Ghana is not the first African country to be celebrated, this celebration reinforces Ghana’s democratic credentials, economic gains, peace and stability and its outstanding diplomatic profile.

This year’s festival is designed to break cultural barriers, foster a long-lasting relationship between the people of Memphis and the people of Ghana, boost trade and economic relations and open Ghana’s two borders to cultural and educational exchanges.

The program kicks off with its largest musical event, the Beale Street Music Festival, from May 1 – 3, 2020, where Ghana’s award-winning musicians; Sarkodie and Stonebwoy will be performing to a crowd of over 107,000 people alongside celebrated American artists like Lil Wayne, Nelly, Three 6 Mafia and many more.

In collaboration with the National Theatre of Ghana, Signature Ghanaian cultural performances and plays will be held at the renowned Orpheum Theatre. The performances will attract an estimated number of 6,300 people.

A major performance by a renowned Ghanaian Highlife artist also at the Orpheum Theatre. The festival will screen five Ghanaian films in a series dubbed Ghana Indie Memphis in various cinemas across the city.

Two Ghanaians from the Ghana Barbecue Association will participate on the world stage at the World Champion Barbecue Cooking Contest.

For the entire year of 2020, Memphis students from kindergarten to high school will be learning about Ghana using a 70-page curriculum focusing solely on the country.

Student Exchange programs will send 11 students from Memphis to Ghana and 10 students from Ghana to Memphis.

The Artist Alliance Gallery in Memphis will showcase an exhibition of a selection of contemporary Ghanaian artworks.

The Memphis National Ornamental Metal Museum will feature Beautiful Metal Works of Ghana, adornments and wearables.

Ongoing World Cargo Crate; an activity designed to teach young students about the differences and similarities between the people and culture of the U.S. and Ghana.

The Great American River Run will feature a lead runner from Ghana participating in a half marathon at the closing of the festival.

A group of 45 civic leaders, the Shelby County Mayor, elected officials and corporate CEOs are scheduled to visit Ghana to have a greater understanding of the country and draw attention to the festival.

Another high point of the program will be a major cultural event depicting Ghana’s rich traditions.

The honour bestowed on Ghana by the city of Memphis and Memphis in May Festival is a grand one and the Ambassador calls on all Ghanaians both at home and in the United States to support and attend this festival in their numbers and in style.

About Memphis in May

Over 30 years ago, the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce established a festival to serve as an umbrella for all the many events hosted in the month of May in Memphis, Tennessee. Over the years, Memphis in May has grown from a $52,000 dollar to an 8 million dollar non-profit organization and is currently one of America’s leading festivals.

ALL SET FOR STEEEL PULSE AND KOJO ANTWI THIS SATURDAY!!

It’s 8pm, Saturday March 7, and the buzz inside The Grand Arena at the Accra International Conference Centre is already fever high.

A night of magical promise, the venue, about to host perhaps, what can be described as one of the biggest concerts to be staged in Ghana this year for a mature audience, is all lighted up in hues of blues and reds, and the Patch Bay Band is already dishing out a session that’s titillating many a feet among the teeming guests!

Surely, you must not be left out of this razzmatazz of a night that features the world class international band, Steel Pulse, who will distill some of their iconic tunes, alongside our own international export, ‘Mr Musicman’, Kojo Antwi!

So, you’ve seen Kojo perform several times, you say, what will be new? We caught up with Kojo at rehearsals and put this question to him. The man’s sheer enthusiasm to perform doesn’t seem to have waned since the 1980s!

“For me,” he suddenly became immersed, after a few ice breakers, “every platform I get to play on, is as important as the last one. I don’t take it for granted, no. I see each show I play at, each stage I perform on, as an opportunity to share my sermon with my fans, so this one too is as absolutely important as the last show I did!” That felt intense, even though he was smiling now.

Of course, if you’ve ever seen Kojo on stage, you’ll know no two shows he performs are the same. There’s always something different, something special for his audience. A grand entrance, the selection and sequence of songs, his whole aura, even the way he wears his very meticulously wrapped dreads, are a delight to behold. This is something that has become synonymous with the man all these nearly 40 years since he has been entertaining us!

Time was when he held us spellbound with his most anticipated and sold out Dec 24 concerts. Those were the days! How we looked forward to them. One night you knew was guaranteed to be magical. And he never disappointed. Sharing the same show with them again is still a big deal to Kojo. “Of course, I deem it an honour to once again share the stage with the class act that is Steel Pulse. You know, this is the group whose music expanded the scope of reggae, and I am always glad to get the chance share the stage with them, any time.”

Now, not only Kojo will kick the night into action. Have you heard of Ssue? The latest stage sensation who has in her very short spurt onto the music scene, performed on the same stage with some of the greatest artists including Salif Keita, Bona and Dela Botri!

The firebrand goddess will work the stage to get the audience stimulated a bit before we get into a crescendo with Kojo, and then the main act. Did I mention that there will be a dance area! There will be. No reggae concert is a through and through sit down affair, and this will be no exception. Come prepared to dance!

The Grand Arena is also set to make this experience a very memorable one for its patrons, it will go down as one of the biggest indoor concerts so far in the year. It is designed to give patrons the nostalgic feeling which can be shared together as a group or an individual. For companies looking to reward or give its deserving employees a break from work, for school year groups looking to reminisce, for friends looking to hang out, for families looking to spend quality time together, this is the perfect indoor nostalgic experience for the matured persons. With its table and theater seating, red carpet experience, the whole ambiance is assured of top notch VIP experience. GOLD table for 5 people which comes with soft drinks, juice, snacks, water, white/red wine is going for GHC5,000 and SUPER DELUX table going for GHC7000 for 7 people. VIP section which also comes with refreshments is going for GHC500 cedis, PREMIUM for GHC300 and STANDARD for GHC200.

A joyous occasion celebrating 25 years of Joy FM and 20 years of Charterhouse, this event comes off on Independence day weekend, March 7, at the fully air conditioned Grand Arena which is located inside the Accra International Conference Centre. The event is supported by Labadi Beach Hotel, KNET and South Africa Wines.