SHATTA WALE’S COLLABO WITH BEYONCE WAS A GREAT MOVE FOR GHANA MUSIC BUT WE KILLED IT OUR POLITICS– Kojo Antwi

Ghanaian Highlife legend, Kojo Antwi has shared his honest opinion about the collaboration between dancehall giant Shatta Wale and Beyonce over two years ago.

According to Kojo Antwi in an interview on Asaase radio, stakeholders of the entertainment fraternity in Ghana saw the collaboration between Shatta Wale and Beyoncé as an advantage only for Shatta and not the entire Ghanaian music industry, and never bothered to take advantage of it.

He posited during the interview that the country failed to gain optimally from it and mentioned that those in charge of Ghana’s music industry should have had the foresight to envisage the opportunity that availed itself for Ghana because of that collaboration.

“Beyoncé’s team chose Shatta to do a collabo and took three songs, if I’m not mistaken, from guilty beats. That was a great move for Ghana not just for Shatta and guilty beats. Our attitude was like, is it not just Shatta who has got the opportunity to make money for himself?

“The policymakers should have seen that this is a move that has created a crucial opening to push other musicians onto the global scene. We keep getting these channels coming our way but sometimes we kill it with politics.”

He, however, entreated his fellow artists to value the voice they have and leverage on it to create something meaningful.

“The importance of the platform that we are given. The number of people that listen to me; the number of people that listen to different artists to combine those forces and make it into something positive.”

Using Nigerians as an example, Kojo Antwi pointed out that they are breaking frontiers because they get the needed support.

“Check the Nigerian artistes. They are collaborating with the top artists from the US. Where do they get the funding from? They are trying to overtake the US entertainment scene.

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TAX FOREIGNERS DOING BUSINESS IN GHANA, SPARE GHANAIANS – Kojo Antwi To Gov’t

Legendary Highlife musician, Kojo Antwi has vehemently disapproved of the E-Levy bill being introduced by the Ghanaian government.

The legendary Afro-pop, Highlife, and Reggae musical artiste, also known as ‘Mr Music Man’, argues that the timing for the introduction of the E-Levy bill is not right and it will be a big blow to some Ghanaians if it is implemented.

In an interview seen by this reporter, he advised the government to find different ways of raising revenue to develop the country.

According to him, the government should rather tax foreigners who are doing businesses in Ghana with huge profits but are not paying taxes. “We pay a lot of taxes. I think the government must find ways of taxing a whole lot of different things,” he said.

He continued that “do you know how many Togolese are here working on buildings? … you know we love building houses…we now have Nigerians here doing designs on buildings [but] we don’t tax them…”

ECOWAS protocols allow them to be here and work there’s nothing wrong with it but how do we tax them? Find a way to tax them because they charge huge amounts, he added.

During the conversation with Kent Mensah on Asaase Radio’s Sunday night show, he elaborated that “E-Levy is a bit of a big blow to some of us. I say so because I have been following the debate that is going on and I think at this time with what we’ve gone through as a people with COVID … and right after that E-Levy? I think the time is not right.”

Kojo Antwi now joins the likes of Lydia Forson, Kwaw Kese, Sarkodie, Joselyn Dumas, Serwaa Amihere, Nana Aba Anamoah, Dope Nation, YawTog among other Ghanaian celebrities are against the introduction of the controversial E-Levy bill.

KOJO ANTWI OPENS HIS NEW FILLING STATION IN KASOA

Legendary Ghanaian musician Kojo Antwi has unveiled his biggest investment yet, a fuel filling station located at Kasoa.

Whilst some veteran showbiz personalities wasted their primes and depend on charity to survive when old, Kojo Antwi is making strong moves to remain financially independent forever.

Antwi took to social media Friday, March 4th to announce his huge new venture.

Sharing a photo taken at the station, he wrote: “FINALLY!! We are blasting off. The battle has been fierce but through God, victory is finally here. Stop by Torrid Fueling Station, Kasoa Krispo City along the Accra to Cape Coast Road for the lowest petrol and diesel prices and a selfie. GLORY BE TO THE MOST HIGH,”

One of the greatest Ghanaian musicians of all time, Kojo Antwi was part of the generation of golden highlife singers.

KOJO ANTWI SACKS MANAGER THROUGH WHATSAPP MESSAGE AFTER 11 YEARS OF WORKING TOGETHER

Celebrated Veteran Ghanaian musician, Kojo Antwi has reportedly fired his manager, Ransford Antwi after eleven years of working together.

This was made known by Ransford in a Facebook post he shared as he included pictures of himself and the prolific songwriter.

According to him, the singer, Kojo Antwi sent him a WhatsApp message that he wants to take his music career to a different dimension hence has to end their working relationship.

The manager who has been with the musician for over a decade however noted that he has accepted the message in good faith and wished him the best in his all endeavors.

He however expressed his gratitude for what they’ve achieved during their time together.

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KOJO ANTWI HONOURED IN BURKINA FASO

Multiple award-winning Musician The Maestro Kojo Antwi, also known as Mr Music Man, has been honoured in Burkina Faso.

The first-ever Ghanaian honoree at the BET Awards who has also received the Kora Award was honoured at the Marley D’or 18 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on Friday 11th May, 2018.

The date marked 37 years since the death of Reggae Music legend Bob Marley. In commemoration of the legacy of Bob Marley, the positivity of his lyrics, the potency of his social, cultural and political commentary, the beauty of his music and the worldwide promotion he gave the Reggae music genre, organizers honoured Reggae musicians of African heritage who continue to bear the torch.

The Marley D’or celebrates Reggae music icons whose craft helps identify African music in a world now mostly fixated with pop and its quick imitation for commerce.

Whilst imitating or drawing inspiration from hit songs and recent commercial successes from different parts of the world to create substitution for imported genres, it is vital to the cultures of Africa and her sons and daughters in the diaspora, the Caribbean included, that some skilled and creative artistes identify with a decidedly African sound, record, perform and promote to showcase the uniqueness of our cultural products from others.

Alpha Blondy, Kojo Antwi and Lucky Dube are outstanding performers of Reggae music who have inspired and influenced many in Africa from the 80s to date. It is thus not surprising that this honour was conferred on one of them at this year’s event.

The singer-songwriter and outstanding live performer’s honour was for his notable contribution to Reggae music and its promotion of culture and tourism.

“Believing in our art and maintaining our difference, like Bob Marley did, are what make African musicians and creatives like Mr. Music Man KOJO ANTWI unique and timeless”, said the organizers.

Celebrated reggae artistes at the Marley D’or 18 event included Ishmael Isaacs (Ivory Coast) Solo Koko Dembele (Mali) Oscibi Johan (Burkina Faso) Hah Hunt (Ivory Coast and Kwamy Mensah (Spain).

The Marley D’or 2018 adds to The Maestro Kojo Antwi’s many national and international honours. He has over 130 songs to his credit, many of them Reggae, Highlife or Afro Pop.

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By: Eugene Osafo-Nkansah

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 

SARKODIE IS AFRAID TO COLLABORATE WITH ME – Quata

For two years now, Rapper Quata Budukusu says he has invited almost all the best rappers in Ghana for a feature but none has been bold enough to honour his invitation because they are afraid of him.

Real name, Jacob Kwame Etroo, Quata Budukusu told Showbiz he feels he stands tall among all the rappers hence their refusal to accept to feature on his songs.

“I have reached out to almost all the A-list rappers in Ghana including Sarkodie, Flowkingstone just to mention a few and none has accepted to feature. I think it is fear because they know my lyrical prowess and how good I am. The only way you can know one rapper is better than the other is when both of them are on one song and that I believe is what they are preventing,” he said.

According to him, “these rappers would only feature weaker artistes they can always dominate and run away from me when I call them.”

He added that he literally pleads with musicians for a feature and yet still his offer is turned down. “This issue is not about rappers alone. I have reached out to Stonebwoy and a couple of others and all I hear is one story or the other,” he said.

The Baby hit-maker said he helped these artistes during his heyday but now he has to beg them to get a feature.

“For two years now, I have been begging Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Flowkingstone and others and they keep tossing me and giving me flimsy excuses. However, the sad thing is that these same rappers are always featuring on songs of other artistes,” he lamented.

In his glorious days, Quata Budukusu worked with artistes such as Kojo Antwi, George Jarrah, KK Fosu, Tinny, Reggie Rockstone, VVIP, Sarkodie, Trigmatic, Kwaw Kese and Okra Tom Dawaud and that, he said, is due to his credentials as an artiste.

“For the record, I brought tongue twisting to Ghana and no artiste can dispute that. I have hit songs like Baby, Onie, Pretty Face, Atwere and I wonder why any artiste would think I am not good hence their refusal to feature on my song,” he stated.

He also expressed concern about the situation where DJs close their doors on old artistes working hard to bounce back by refusing to play their music.

“What is happening on our music scene is that radio presenters and artiste managers have their favourite musicians and once you don’t belong to their camp, then you are out of the game,” he said.

He used the opportunity to tell his fans to watch out for him. Currently Quata has two songs – Ginger, featuring South Africa’s Uhuru, and Hallelujah, which he says will take Ghana by storm.

Source: Graphic Showbiz

OBOUR, KOJO ANTWI, REX OMAR, BANDEX, OTHERS VISIT AMAKYE DEDE

Obour, Kojo Antwi, Bandex others visit AmakyeSome leaders in the music industry have visited ace Highlife Singer Amakye Dede on his sick bed at the Korlr-bu Teaching Hospital in Accra today Sunday January 3, 2016.

The delegation was made up of Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) President Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour, Chairman of Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) Kojo Antwi, Highlife Musician Rex Omar, Music/Movie Producer Bendex, veteran Highlife Singer Obuoba J.A. Adofo among others.

After seeing the ‘Seeerious’ man who is still dealing his injuries sustained from the accident and the unfortunate death of his manager Isaac Yeboah, the delegation have revealed that Amakye is recovering sturdily.

MUSIGA President Obour shared this on social media: “Visited Amakye Dede with other Giants in the Music Industry. He is recovering. We thank God in all things we give him praise. He knows best”.

Legendary highlife musician-Amakye Dede escaped death this Saturday morning December 2, 2016 when a car he was in with his manager was involved in a fatal accident—that killed the manager on the spot.

The manager – Isaac Yeboah has been the Editor for Ghana’s popular newspaper – P&P for many years—and he was a regular contributor to several showbiz radio programmes in Ghana, including Peace FM’s “Entertainment Review”.

According to reports, the gory accident took place at Bonsu Junction, a few meters away from Paradise resort. A vehicle is said to have crashed into a parked car Amakye Dede, his manager and bodyguard were in—with the manager dying on the spot and the two sustaining serious injuries.

Currently, Amakye Dede and the bodyguard are receiving medical care at a hospital.

Source: NKONKONSA.com