EMY AFRICA AWARDS 2018 OPENS NOMINATIONS

Carbon Av and Exclusive Men’s Magazine, organisers of EMY Africa Awards have opened nominations for the 2018 edition.

EMY Africa Awards is aimed at celebrating exceptional and distinguished men in Africa who have excelled in their fields of endeavour.

Some winners of the previous editions of the awards include Ex-President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kuffuor, International Business Mogul – Sir Sam Jonah and Business Consultant and Politician – Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom.

Others are Business Magnate – Dr Kwabena Duffour, Young Nigerian Entreprenuer – Adebola Williams, International Football Legend- Abedi Pele, Chairman of United Bank of Africa and Celebrated Philanthropist – Mr. Tony Elumelu, among others.

The last two editions have been very successful bringing together some of the great and distinguished men and women in Ghana and beyond.

Who is your man of the year for the 3rd ANNUAL EMY AFRICA AWARDS?

Visit www.emyafrica.com and nominate your man of the year in the various categories, which are grouped under two main classifications: Honorary Awards and Competitive Awards. Nominations close on 2nd July 2018.

A strong nomination will clearly identify how the nominee’s work embodies multiple but not necessarily all of the criteria.

FIRST LADY & TOURISM MINISTER SPOTTED AT GHANA MEETS NAIJA 2018

Both Nigerians and Ghanaians enjoyed an amazing night of good music and dance when Nigerian musicians clashed with Ghanaian musicians on stage to battle it out. Yesterday was the 2018 Ghana Meets Naija concert.

For years, Ghana Meet Naija put together by Bola Rays Empire Entertainment gives Nigerian and Ghanaian artists the platform to battle it out for their fans to choose the best among them.

This year’s edition of the Ghana Meets Naija was held at the Fantasy Dorm inside Trade Fair in Accra and it was heavily attended. The show itself was heavily packed with ace artists from both countries who did not disappoint their fans at all.

Representing Ghana were, Stonebwoy, Kuami Eugene, Fancy Gadam, King Promise, Yaa Pono, Wisa Greid, Patapaa, Mugeez, and others. There was a surprise performance form Shatta Wale, the self-acclaimed Dancehall King.

Nigerians had Mayorkun, Wizkid, Mr Eazi and others representing the nation. It was simply spectacular.

Besides the normal thousands of audience who were there to enjoy energetic performances, 2018 Ghana Meets Naija saw some VVIP’s passing through to enjoy good music.

Ghpage.com lenses spotted the First Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Rebbecca Akufo-Addo at the concert. Not only her. Catherine Afeku, the Minister for Creative Arts was also spotted at the 2018 Ghana Meets Naija Concert enjoying themselves.

MOESHA BODUONG TO HOST GOLDEN MOVIE AWARDS 2018 RED CARPET

Nkonkonsa.com is reliably informed that Ghanaian Actress/Photo Model, Moesha Boudoung is set to make her first public appearance after her controversial interview with CNN’s Christian Amanpour.

Moesha Babiinoti Boduong has been making headlines with some statements she made when she appeared in an interview on CNN with Christian Amanpour as part of a comprehensive documentary on “Love and sex around the world” in Ghana.

In the interview, Moesha blatantly said that women in Ghana including herself have to date married men for financial support due to the poor state of our economy.

Her comments, seems not to have gone too well with most Ghanaians, leading to most Ghanaian celebrities and the general public descending heavily on her. Moesha who was in America, at the time her interview was aired, has issued an unqualified apology and she has been silent since then.

However, according to our sources Moesha is back home and is set to make first major public appearance as the red carpet host of the upcoming Golden Movie Awards 2018 on June 2, 2018 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. The red carpet starts at 4:00 pm while the show starts at 7:30pm.

We can confidently confirm that Moesha would grace the red carpet with her ‘curvaceous’ figure but it is not clear if she would host it alone or she would be pared with a co-host.

This would be the first time Moesha would be hosting the red carpet since she came into limelight.

Keep reading for more.

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

GOLDEN MOVIE AWARDS AFRICA 2018 SLATED FOR JUNE 2

The annual Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA) organized to celebrate distinguished film makers will hold June 2, 2018 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. The red carpet starts at 4:00 pm while the show starts at 7:30pm.

With barely three weeks to the event, the organizers say the event will bring together film makers across the continent to celebrate and award deserving film makers.

Meanwhile the nomination announcement will be held in Cote d’Ivoire on the 20th of May 2018 where the various categories of the qualified films will be announced.

The organizers have also stressed this award scheme is for the film industry and none profit and therefore, to attend the event you simply have to attend on the website www.goldenmovieawards.com for tickets to the event which will take place on 2nd June 2018 at Movenpick hotel.

The awards ceremony is expected to attract a large number of stakeholders in the movie industry across Africa.

The Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA) is an annual event that seeks to award excellence in movie making on the African continent and the African diaspora

Instituted and organized by NMJ Ghana and its partners, the GMAA brings together professionals in film making in Africa once every year to celebrate, promote and reward those who have excelled in their area of the film industry.

GHANA MEETS NAIJA 2018 SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 9

The 8th edition of the annual Empire Entertainment organised event, Ghana Meets Naija, was successfully launched on Tuesday, May 8th in Accra at the First Atlantic Bank forecourt at Airport.

The musical event is slated on Saturday, June 9, at the Fantasy Dome of the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre.

Over the years, Ghana Meets Naija has been known as the platform for the biggest artistes in both Ghana and Nigeria to share one stage and thrill music lovers. It has always seen massive patronage because of the list of top African acts it parades.

Performing artistes from Ghana include dancehall act Stonebwoy, King Promise, Kuami Eugene, KiDi, Fancy Gadam, Patapaa and Yaa Pono who are known for their show stopping performances and representing Nigeria are Wizkid, Mayourkun and Mr Eazi were all made known at the press launch.

Addressing the gathering, PR for Empire Entertainment Laillah Crystal Banda, promised a memorable event and stated, “this year’s concert has set out a rescue mission to capture the music and battle for ownership, we are writing history of music and the future is right here in our hands, now we know that powerful music all over the world are faced with the unrelenting quest to claim of ownership of who owns the throne.”

In its 8th year, Ghana Meets Naija is the biggest concert in the region that brings artistes from the two countries together and Shatta Wale is the only Ghanaian artiste to long perform on the stage five times in a row but will be missed this year. Replacing him is CEO of Burnington Music, Stonebwoy, who will lead the Ghanaian acts to the battlefield in music.

After a night of captivating musical performances from a tall list of artistes at last year’s 7th edition of Ghana Meets Naija, Shatta Wale was voted King of the concert, where the self-acclaimed Dancehall King as usual, connected well with the crowd as he performed his popular hits including Dancehall King, Bie Gya, Chop Kiss, Reality, Ayoo, Hosanna, Taking Over with a surprise stage performance of Low Tempo with his baby Mama Shatta Michy.

Usually oversubscribed, it has over the years hosted the likes of Wizkid, The Mavins headed by Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Neato C, Olamide, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, R2Bees and a tall list of A-list artistes.

Media conglomerate, EIB Network will be the main media sponsors to live broadcast this memorable event.”

JOSELYN DUMAS & PRINCE DAVID OSEI TO HOST GHANA DJ AWARDS 2018

Actress and Joy FM Drive Time Co-host Joselyn Dumas and celebrated actor Prince David Osei will host the 2018 edition of the biggest Disc Jockey festival in Africa, the 6th Annual Ghana DJ Awards.

Joselyn has carved a reputation for herself as a great presenter and host, recently signed on to co-host Joy 99.7fm Drive Time show. She is no stranger to the big stage having hosted the 3 Music Awards and other big shows both in Ghana and abroad.

Born Joselyn Canfor-Dumas in Ghana on August 31, 1980, she had her basic education at Morning Star School and proceeded to the Archbishop Porter Girls High School where she became the Entertainment Prefect.

Joselyn furthered her studies in the United States where she earned a Degree in Administrative Law. She was a practising paralegal until she relocated to Ghana to follow her dreams of becoming a Television personality.

She made her debut Television appearance as host of Charterhouse’s Rhythmz, an entertainment show, which saw her interview many celebrities. She was later headhunted by Viasat 1 to host their flagship talk show, The One Show, which was aired from 2010 to 2014.

The 2018 Ghana DJ Awards will be the first ever major show to be hosted by the award-winning actor Prince David Osei who has been outside the country for some time.

Prince David Osei is a famous Ghanaian actor, model, producer, director and a philanthropist. He is very handsome, creative and talented.

After graduating from the university, Prince David Osei got employed in a reputable bank in Ghana. Due to his passion for acting, Prince David Osei left his banking job to venture into acting as a full-time job.

In 2005 he joined the Ghana Movie Industry (Ghallywood) and started attending movie auditions and was selected for minor roles. In 2006, Prince David Osei rose to fame after starring in the blockbuster movie “Fortune Island” which gave him an award as Best Actor of the Year in Ghana at the City People Entertainment Awards.

This year’s edition of the Ghana DJ Awards which comes off live at the Accra International Conference Centre on Saturday, May 5, is one of the keenest in recent times with very competitive categories including a lifetime achievement award which, according to organizers Merqury Republic, will be presented to veteran DJ, Mark Okraku Mantey.

Five top DJs, DJ Andy Dosty, DJ Vyrusky, DJ Mic Smith, DJ Black, DJ Slim, Mr Kaxtro are vying for the ultimate DJ of the Year trophy.

The Ghana DJ Awards was created to celebrate and appreciate the talents of Disc Jockeys (DJs) who promote Ghana music. The Awards is an exciting annual program designed to foster the development of the Ghana music industry by rewarding and celebrating Radio, Mobile and Club Disc Jockeys who have excelled in their fields of endeavour. It is, actually, the only national award scheme in Africa that appreciates and celebrates DJs for their work. It is also a platform that rewards veteran DJs who have blazed the trail in the music industry over the year.

The 2018 Ghana DJ Awards is powered by Merqury Republic, brought to you by Joy Prime and Hitz 103.9fm and sponsored by Pepsi, ASI.COM, Nasco Electronics, Fab Energy drink, Papas Pizza, Device, Kriss Coconut Milk and GH Media School.

BISA KDEI LAUNCHES “HIGHLIFE KONNECT” ALBUM

Ghanaian celebrated High-life musician Bisa Kdei has launched his third album titled “High-Life” Konnect.

The launch which took place at the Level 8 Lounge Airport saw top personalities and musicians including Rex Omar, Kumi Guitar, Yaa-Yaa and a host of others.

Speaking at the launch of the album, Bisa K’dei revealed that he personally composed all the songs on the album and also produced some of the songs.

According to Attractivemustapha.com Bisa K dei said his target with this album is to reconnect with the world since Ghanaians are the original owners of High life music.

The High-life musician also hinted that he derives inspiration from the joy he impacts on his fans with his music which urges him to invest quality time making sure that every single sweat and sleepless night he invests in his works come with smiles and satisfaction to his audience which is his main priority.

Bisa K’dei is a vassal in the Ghanaian music scene and his youthful take on the High-life music genre has received the admiration of music lovers.

The album which has 15 tracks features top musicians across the African continent.

Songs on the album include Asew, Featuring Flammes from Togo, BieWueni featuring Kumi Guitar and Akwaboah, pocket featuring Sarkodie, Aban featuring Yaa Yaa etc.

EBONY REIGNS MAKES HISTORY AT VGMA 2018

There were lots of cheers and tears at 2018 edition of the Ghana Music Awards which came off at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on Saturday.

Late sensational Singer Ebony Reigns made history as the first female artiste to win the ultimate “Artiste of the Year” award since the inception of Ghana Music Awards in 1999 and and the first time an artiste is winning that particular award posthumously.

Ebony also won the “Afro Pop Sing of the year” and “Album of the year” and her Manager Bullet also won “Song Writer of the year” for writing Ebony’s hit song “Maame Hw3”. All the awards were received on her behalf by her parents and her management team.

There was an all-female performance by Akosua Agyapong, Efya, MzVee and Adina in memory of the late Ebony.

Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng popularly know as Ebony Reigns met her untimely death on Thursday, February 8, 2018 together with her friend Franky Kuri and her bodyguard Francis Atsu Vondee, a Lance Corporal in the Ghana Air Force guide when the jeep they were traveling in, slammed into an oncoming ‘VIP bus’ on the Kumasi – Sunyani road.  All 3 of the died on the spot.

The annual Awards recognises the works of musicians and producers who have excelled during the year under review of the awards – January 1 to December 31, 2017.

Below is the full list of winners:

Artiste of the Year

Ebony

Gospel Song of the Year

‘Bo Noo Ni’ by Joe Mettle

Hip Pop Song of the Year

‘Grind Day (Remix)’ by Kwesi Arthur

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year

‘My Own’ by Samini

Hiplife Song of the Year

‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie

Afro Pop Song of the Year

‘Sponsor’ by Ebony

Highlife Song of the Year

‘Odo’ by Kidi

Gospel Artiste of the Year

Joe Mettle

Highlife Artiste of the Year

Kuami Eugene

Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year

Sarkodie

Songwriter of the Year

Bullet for ‘Maame Hw3’

Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year

Stonebwoy

Best Collaboration of the Year

Shatta Wale & SM Militants (Taking Over)

Rapper of the Year

Sarkodie

Best Group of the Year

Wutah

Best Music Video of the Year

‘Obi Agyi Obi Girl’ by Gyo of Phamous Philms

Best Male Vocalist of the Year

Joe Mettle

Best Female Vocalist of the Year

Adina

African Artiste of the Year

Davido

Record of the Year

‘State of the Art’ by Teephlow

Best New Artiste of the Year

Kuami Eugene

Song of the Year

‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie

Album of the Year

Bonyfied (Ebony)

Traditional Artiste of the Year

Amamerefo Music and Dance Ensemble

Instrumental Artiste of the Year

Dominic Quashie

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Naa Amanua Doodo of Wulomei

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

confirmed: STONEBWOY TO PERFORM AT VGMAs 2018

Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy has joined the list of performers for the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards(VGMAs) set for tomorrow Saturday April 14 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Public Relations Officer of Charterhouse, George Quaye made the revelation on TV3’s New Day on Friday.

“He started from Highgrade family, grew and matured, crossed over to establish Bhimnation, and he is performing too. Stonebwoy is performing tomorrow,” George Quaye said.

There were speculations on social media as to why the dancehall artiste was not listed among performers released earlier by organizers of the awards.

Some had suggested that management of Stonebwoy, Zylofone media was demanding huge money to have the artiste perform. George Quaye however noted that the news about Stonebwoy’s performance was meant to be a surprise to fans out there.

Meanwhile, the Charterhouse PRO stated that all is set for the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Saturday and all performing artistes are ready to thrill patrons at the Accra International Conference Center.

The 19th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards will be live on TV3 and all its social media platforms.

WHO WINS VGMAs 2018 ‘ARTISTE OF THE YEAR’?

Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock…that is the clock ticking towards 14th April 2018.

On that night the whole music industry would gather, once again, to reward those who did well in 2017 and are deserving of picking awards at the 19th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

Let me start by saying that the practice of predicting who wins what at the VGMA over the years has been more an art than a science. In my time I have got some predictions right on the money and other times I have bungled it big time.

In the years that I had the opportunity to serve on the board of the VGMA, I had held my horses and danced around the subject when the need arises to do a prediction.

In my long experience of covering the VGMA, I noticed that in some years the competition had been tougher than it was in other years. I think this year has one of the keenest competitions since the scheme started and everyone who got a nomination had to really work for it.

Take for instance the category for New Artiste of the Year. My God, that is a load of young, burgeoning stars put together to compete among themselves for the honour to be named the best.

The list includes King Promise, Kurl Songx, KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Magnom, Kwesi Arthur and B4Bonah.

There is absolutely no doubt that all these young men deserve to be nominated and there would be no surprise at all to me if any of them emerges as winner on the night. Do I have a favourite? Yes, but I am keeping my cards very close to my chest.

However, my job here today is to talk about who would likely pick the top prize at the event on the night. The top prize at the VGMA has for a while now been the Artiste of the Year award and over the years some of our greatest artistes have picked it.

This year there are five artistes nominated; Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Joe Mettle and Ebony. The big question is, which of these men and woman would emerge winner?

Sarkodie: He has a ‘trophy’ cabinet bigger and glittering than that of Arsenal Football Club, if you get the football banter. He has won so many awards in different countries and on the front of the VGMA, he probably has more awards from this scheme than any other artiste.

Indeed, with two Artiste of the Year awards he has already picked from 2010 and 2012, Sarkodie is in a position to be the only Ghanaian artiste to win that particular award more than two times.

Currently, only he and VIP have won it twice.

We have to wait for nine more days to know if King Sark, as he calls himself, would become the standard bearer of Ghanaian music (as far as the VGMA is concerned) should he manage to win his third Artiste of the Year award.

Stonebwoy:Since he landed on the big stage and especially in 2014 when his big song Baafira was the favourite of almost every DJ and concomitantly the public at almost everywhere music was played, Stonebwoy has been nominated in this and other categories many times.

At the VGMA 2015, he won this award for the first time and went on to get a nomination in the BET and also won it.

Stonebwoy is big, he had a great 2017 with performances all over the world, buoyed by some good songs. However, the VGMA is a very difficult award scheme and this category is a tough one.

You have three levels of people deciding whether the Ashaiman man and Bhim Nation boss can rub shoulders with Sarkodie and VIP in the double winners’ category.

Shasta Wale : As we all know, Stonebwoy’s Zylofon Media stable mate, Shatta Wale had been off the VGMA for about three years. First because he said he should not be nominated and then later because he denigrated the awards and the board had put any nomination of him on ice.

Many music lovers, especially Shatta Wale’s fans, believe that he would have won the last three Artiste of the Year awards if he had taken part in the 2015 to 2017 VGMAs.

However, as fate would have it he has been nominated for this year’s award and we shall have the opportunity to know if the Dancehall King would emerge the “champiooooooon” his fans say he is.

Should he win the Artiste of the Year award come April 14 or 15 (depending on the time that particular award would be presented), Shatta Wale would have joined VIP and Sarkodie as those who have won it more than once after his only time winning it in 2014.

Joe Mettle:This particular category of the VGMA had a historic winner and that was Joe Mettle.

He was the first Gospel musician to pick that award and it was a big deal for the gospel community. We have had some of them come very close, including the likes of Daughter of Glorious Jesus, Prophet Seth Frimpong, Kwaku Gyasi and many others but none could pick it.

Joe Mettle would change the narrative and become the standard bearer for the gospel sub-genre, even though some thought he did not deserve it.

His cheeky response that “we are children God and sometimes we don’t deserve the favours we get” when he was asked about it was legendary.

The big question is, can lightning strike twice? Can a gospel music artiste and for that matter Joe Mettle, do a double take? Can he be the first artiste to win a back to back Artiste of the Year award in two successive years? It will be a tough one, but children of God sometimes do wonders they may not know they can. We live to see what happens on the big night.

Ebony: I left this for the last. Ebony is no more so obviously she won’t be available to attend the show on the night she was nominated among a strong cast of male artistes.

Despite her obvious absence, there are many who not only think, but even more are convinced that there is none in this category who deserves this award more than Ebony. There have been campaigns since November to award her with this particular award and her death has not reduced the fervour and clamour.

The argument has been that she had the largest number of hit songs in the year, was all over the place performing and despite her demise she deserves it more than the rest. So would Ebony set two records as the first female to win this award and the first artiste to do so posthumously?

Here so you have it my friends: Sarkodie could make it a treble, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy and Joe Mettle could all make it double and Ebony could make it a single albeit from the grave! We shall wait to see on the night either being there physically or watching on TV3.

By: Francis Doku/Graphic Showbiz