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

exclusive photos: CELEBRITIES AT EBONY’S FUNERAL

The final funeral rites of late Dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns took place on Saturday March 24, 2018 at the forecourt of State House in Accra.

The burial followed a successful tribute Concert that took place at the Trade Fair on Friday night, March 23, 2018.

The final funeral rites of Ebony attracted high profile personalities, colleague musicians and the creative arts industry players.

Stonebwoy, Amakye Dede, Abeiku Santana, Andy, Afia Schwarzenegger, Yaw Dabo, Kwaku Manu, Wanlov, Kojo Antwi, Patapaa, Ex-Doe, Samini, Country Man Songo, Serwaa, Obour, Rex Omar, Fadda Dickson, Kennedy Osei were among the many celebrities present.

Top officials from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) including, Ibrahim Mahama, Oko, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije. Oye Lithur, among others, also showed up in their numbers to commiserate with friends and family of the late singer.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Catherine Afeku, and other government official were also present to represent the ruling NPP government.

Here are photos from the funeral:

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

SHATTA WALE, STONEBWOY, EBONY, OTHERS WIN AWARDS AT 3 MUSIC AWARDS 2018

Maiden edition of the much-anticipated 3 Music Awards came off successfully on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Fantasy Dome inside the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre in La, Accra.

The 3 Music Awards 2018 awarded musicians who have excelled in the art, considering their respective work(s) during the year under review. Some personalities and companies were also honored for their outstanding contributions that have, in diverse ways helped develop showbiz in Ghana.

Among the winners were Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Patapaa, Ebony, Stormzy, Davido, Kumi Guitar, Becca and Maccasio.

Hosted by musician D-Black as well as actress and OAP Joselyn Dumas, there were fine performances from Stonebwoy, Obibini, TeePhlow, Eno Barony, Kumi Guitar, Joe Mettle, Joyce Blessing, Jupitar and many others.

Shatta Wale won Fan Army of the year, Male act of the year, Facebook star of the year and also the ultimate award on the night, Song of the year. Sarkodie picked the album of the year, hip-hop/Hiplife act of the year, Stonebwoy also won the best dancehall/reggae act of the year, Instagram star of the year.

See below the full list of winners of 3 music awards 2018 below:

Best Ghanaian International Act of the Year 

Stormzy (UK)

AFRICAN ACT OF THE YEAR 

Davido (Nigeria)

INSTAGRAM STAR OF THE YEAR 

Stonebwoy

FACEBOOK STAR OF THE YEAR 

Shatta Wale

MOST EVENTFUL SNAPCHAT CHANNEL 

Becca

FAN ARMY OF THE YEAR 

Shatta Movement

DJ OF THE YEAR 

DJ Mic Smith

BEST TWITSTAR 

Stonebwoy

BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR 

Total Cheat by Fancy Gadam feat. Sarkodie

GOSPEL ACT OF THE YEAR 

Joe Mettle

HIGHLIFE ACT OF THE YEAR 

Kumi Guitar

HIPLIFE/HIP-HOP ACT OF THE YEAR 

Sarkodie

REGGAE/DANCEHALL ACT OF THE YEAR 

Stonebwoy

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

1. Overdose by Sarkodie feat. Jesse Jagz

VIRAL SONG OF THE YEAR 

One Corner by Patapaa

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

Highest by Sarkodie

BREAKOUT ACT OF THE YEAR 

Maccassio

GROUP OF THE YEAR 

Galaxy

FEMALE ACT OF THE YEAR 

Late Ebony Reigns

MALE ACT OF THE YEAR 

Shatta Wale

SONG OF THE YEAR 

Ayoo – Shatta Wale

 

GUBA AWARDS 2018 NOMINATIONS OPENS

Nominations for the acclaimed GUBA Awards 2018, opens online from Tuesday the 20th of March 2018 and closes midnight on Tuesday the 10th of April 2018.

For the first time ever, the awards will take place within a duration of two days, preceding with a seminar on African entrepreneurship on Friday 13th July 2018, followed by the GUBA Awards Ceremony on Saturday 14th July 2018, at InterContinental Hotel, London – The O2, SE10 0TW.

Serving as a precursor to the voting and awarding process, nominations provide the public with the ability to recognise change-makers within their communities. GUBA Awards nominees are selected by the public, shortlisted and put forward for a public vote.

This year, eleven categories are open for nominations and can be accessed via http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/nominations/ . The GUBA Awards 2018 categories are as follows:

  • Made in Ghana Award 2018
  • Efie Ne Fie Award 2018
  • Innovation & Technology Award 2018
  • Leisure & Tourism Award 2018
  • Sustainable Agriculture Award 2018
  • Humanitarian Award 2018
  • Ghanaian Association of the Year Award 2018 – Charity of the Year Award 2018
  • Rising Star Award 2018
  • Professional of the Year Award 2018
  • Student Achiever of the Year Award 2018

Speaking on the significance of nominations, the CEO of GUBA Enterprise Mrs Dentaa Amoateng MBE expressed:

“The call for nominations is a crucial part of the GUBA Awards. The process allows for the public to have their say and bring forth a wide array of talented and deserving individuals. I urge everyone to participate in this process, to bring to light the talents that go unrecognised.”

A complete list of categories can be accessed via http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/nominations/ . Nominations end on Tuesday the 10th of April 2018.

ECOM Ghana are the official Title sponsors of GUBA Awards 2018.

GUBA Awards 2018 will be an unmissable and inspirational two-day event. For sponsorship opportunities, kindly email george@gubaawards.co.uk and visit www.gubaawards.co.uk to find out more about the awards.

GUBA Enterprise consists of GUBA Awards, GUBA Expo, GUBA Foundation and GUBA Careers Fair. The GUBA Awards is a non-profit organisation that focuses on enriching the African community in the UK with the aim of empowerment and growth. It is an event dedicated to highlighting and rewarding outstanding achievers. The GUBA Expo is a platform for Small and Medium Businesses to exhibit their products/services whilst engaging with industry personnel on business growth strategies. The GUBA Foundation is a charity set up to tackle health issues within the Afro-Caribbean community in the UK and Ghana. The GUBA Careers fair is a platform to connect employers with qualified jobseekers in the UK who want to return home.  The ethos of the GUBA brand is to uplift and encourage personal and for collective growth.

 

NII OKAI HOSTS ‘HYMNS UNLIMITED’ CONCERT

Nii Okai will host his annual dubbed ‘Hymns Unlimited Concert’ at the Mount Olivet Methodist Church at Dansoman in Accra.

The event will feature other prominent gospel musicians like Eugene Zuta, Pastor Helen Yawson, TVO Lamptey, Olivet Voices, Overflow Incorporated, LIC Choir, Winneba Youth Choir and the Harbour City Mass Choir.

‘Hymns Unlimited’, which is held annually to commemorate the Easter celebrations, will treat the audience to soothing and uplifting hymns of praise and worship to God, both age-long ones and those produced locally by Ghanaian composers, including Nii Okai himself.

Nii Okai stated that the purpose of the concert is to revive the tradition of hymns and also get young people to appreciate the value and power of hymns as a form of worship and praise to God.

He said there is the need for churches to strongly hold on to hymns as a key part of their services.

Nii Okai extolled TVO Lamptey and other composers in the country, adding that the presence of God will be felt at the upcoming event. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Hymns of Everlasting Praise’.

Proceeds from the concert will be used to support Nii Okai’s Saving Hearts Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation established to raise funds to support Ghanaians who need heart surgeries.

The event is being held in partnership with the Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa).

MUSICIANS WANT TO BE PAID TO PERFORM AT EBONY’S TRIBUTE CONCERT

Manager of the deceased dancehall diva Ebony Reigns, Ricky Nana Agyemang, known in showbiz as Bullet of Ruff N Smooth has described musicians in Ghana as hypocrites who want money for Ebony’s tribute concert.

In a Facebook post, the Chief Executive Officer of Rufftown Records stated because there were so many people at Ebony’s one week observation and it was telecast live on Television, the musicians came there in their numbers, used the platform to interact with the late musicians funs but now that he is organizing a tribute concert for his late artiste, they are demanding money.

“Some of our Ghanaian artistes are very hypocrite, you came to Ebony’s one week observation because the numbers were there and again it was being telecast live on air so some of you came there to use the platform. Now you’re asking me to pay you for her tribute concert. I thought you loved her as you claimed on stage at her one week. This is pure hypocrisy. Big thanx to every artistes who has decided to support us. We are grateful” the post read further.

Ruff Town Entertainment with collaboration with the Musician Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and other entities have slated Friday, March 23, 2018, as a day that a tribute musical concert will be organised in memory of the late Ebony Reigns who died in a tragic accident on the Sunyani-Kumasi Highway.

The concert which will take place at the Trade Fair Centre in Accra is said to line up some musicians in the industry to perform in honour of the late songstress who contributed immensely to the progress of the Ghana music industry.

Some of the artistes billed for the tribute concert are Becca, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, VIP, R2Bees, Edem, Shatta Wale, Kofi Kinaata and Efya, Samini, Kwabena Kwabena, Nana Yaa, Obour, MzVee, Teephlow, Tic Tac, Barima Sidney among others.

Ebony Reigns, born Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, met her untimely death in a car accident on Thursday, February 8, 2018, together with two others; Francisca Kuri, her childhood friend, and Francis Atsu Vondee a military officer believed to be her bodyguard.

They were returning to Accra from Abesim, near Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region, where they had gone to pay a visit to Ebony’s mother.

The final funeral rites and burial service will be held on March 24 at the forecourt of the State House in Accra where Dr Lawrence Tetteh, the leader founder and leader of the World Miracle Outreach, will officiate burial service.