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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CHECK OUT HOW BEYONCE CELEBRATED SHATTA WALE ON HIS BIRTHDAY

Celebrated American singer and entrepreneur, Beyonce celebrated Ghanaian Dancehall musician, Charles Nii Armah Mensah popularly called Shatta Wale as he turned a year older on October 17.

As we all know, the Shatta Movement boss Shatta Wale and the world’s most famous female musician, Beyonce, recently formed a bond after working together on her Lion King album.

Beyonce, who is thankful for Shatta Wale’s contribution to her album, took the time to wish him a happy birthday yesterday.

The Diva, Beyonce wished him on her official website, alongside rapper Eminem and singer Wyclef. It was very nice of her to show that kindness to him, showing she still has him in mind.

 

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THERE IS NOTHING BIGGER THAN SHATTA WALE AND BEYONCE’S COLLABORATION – Sarkodie Finally Admits

Most decorated Ghanaian artiste, Sarkodie has bitterly lamented over how Ghanaians don’t support their own and help their artistes to grow.

Sarkodie for the first time admitted that the biggest thing to have happened to Ghana as far as the music industry is concerned in the past 10 years is the collaboration between Shatta Wale and American music superstar, Beyonce.

According to him, Shatta Wale’s feature on Beyonce’s ‘The Lion King’ album is monumental yet Ghanaians did not support it but brushed it off as if it is no achievement as he claimed that Ghanaians could have maximised the collaboration to make a mark in the international market but it was not so because of the pull him down attitude among Ghanaians.

He told stories of how Nigerians choose to highlight and project only positive images of their entertainers in the media and bash them in private but its vice versa in Ghana and he urged Ghanaians to appreciate the achievements of our artists.

He said;

What is bigger than what shattawalegh did with Beyonce? We just want to let that slide? Why? Let’s appreciate the achievements of our artistes’.

‘I had to work 100x harder to get recognized in Nigeria. No matter how hard you work, Nigerians wouldn’t put you ahead of their artistes’.

 

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SHATTA WALE, MANIFEST, MR EAZI, BURNA BOY, ANGELIQUE KIDJO OTHERS IN GRAMMY 2019 NOMINATION

Wizkid, Shatta Wale and more were nominated for their work on Beyoncé’s ‘Lion King: The Gift’ while Mr Eazi earned a nod for his contribution to Bad Bunny and J. Balvin’s ‘Oasis.’

The 2020 Grammy nominations have just been announced, and it looks to be a standout year for African artist.

Burna Boy has earned his first-ever nomination in the (albeit dubious) ‘Best World Music’ category for his celebrated album African Giant which features Ghanaian Rapper Manifest among others. Speaking with Grammy.com about the vision for the album back in August, the artist said: My vision is just to…shine a light on a place and on people and a situation and everything that there hasn’t been a light on for a long time.”

In that same category is three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo for her album Celia, which pays homage to the late Afro-Cuban legend Celia Cruz. Burna and Kidjo worked together on the track “Different” from African Giant.

Also nominated for Best World Music category are Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet for their release Fanm D’ayiti (Women of Haiti), Bokanté & Metropole Orkest (conducted by Jules Buckley) and Turkish rock band Altin Gün.

Also nominated for his work on J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s Oasis is Mr Eazi. Several artists including Wizkid, Tiwa SavageYemi Alade and Shatta Wale are nominated alongside Beyoncé for their work on her The Lion King: The Gift album, which was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album amongst others.

Funnyman Trevor Noah, who recently became the first African artist to sell-out Madison Square Garden, also earned a nomination in the Best Comedy Album category for “Sticks and Stones.”

Rapper, singer and flautist Lizzo is the most nominated artist with nine to her name. While the Grammy’s are often criticised for nominating the same African artists (and lumping them into one eye roll-worthy category known as the “Best World Music”) the inclusion of African Giant and other works from African does reflect an acknowledgement of the cultural influence of contemporary African pop music.

The 2020 Grammys are scheduled to air on January 26. See the full list of nominees below:

Album of the Year

Bon Iver – i,i
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep,, Where Do We Go?
H.E.R. – I Used to Know Her
Lil Nas X – 7
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride

Record of the Year

Bon Iver – Hey Ma
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Ariana Grande – 7 rings
H.E.R. – Hard Place
Khalid – Talk
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Post Malone – Sunflower

Song of the Year

Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Brandi Carlile – Bring My Flowers Now
H.E.R. – Hard Place
Taylor Swift – Lover
Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Lizzo – Truth Hurts

Best New Artist

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank and the Bangas
Yola

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance
Beyoncé – Spirit
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Ariana Grande – 7 rings
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Ariana Grande & the Social House – Boyfriend
The Jonas Brothers – Sucker
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Post Malone – Sunflower [ft. Swae Lee]
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita

Best Pop Vocal Album
Beyoncé – The Lion King: The Gift
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project
Taylor Swift – Lover

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Andrea Bocelli – Sì
Michael Bublé – Love (Deluxe Edition)
Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now
John Legend – A Legendary Christmas
Barbra Streisand – Walls

Rap

Best Rap Album
Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III
Meek Mill – Championships
21 Savage – I Am > I Was
Tyler, the Creator – IGOR
YBN Cordae – The Lost Boy

Best Rap Song
YBN Cordae – Bad Idea [ft. Chance the Rapper]
Rick Ross – Gold Roses [ft. Drake]
21 Savage – A Lot [ft. J. Cole]
Nipsey Hussle – Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy]
DaBaby – Suge

Best Rap Performance
J. Cole – Middle Child DaBaby – Suge Dreamville – Down Bad [ft. J.I.D., Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, Young Nudy] Nipsey Hussle – Racks in the Middle [ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy] Offset – Clout [ft. Cardi B]

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
DJ Khaled – Higher [ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend]
Lil Baby and Gunna – Drip Too Hard
Lil Nas X – Panini
Mustard – Ballin [ft. Roddy Ricch]
Young Thug – The London [ft. J. Cole and Travis Scott]

Rock

Best Rock Performance
Bones UK – Pretty Waste
Gary Clark Jr. – This Land
Brittany Howard – History Repeats
Karen O & Danger Mouse – Woman
Rival Sons – Too Bad

Best Metal Performance
Candlemass – Astorolus – The Great Octopus [ft. Tony Iommi] Death Angel – Humanicide
I Prevail – Bow Down
Killswitch Engage – Unleashed
Tool – 7empest

Best Rock Song
Tool – Fear Inoculum
The 1975 – Give Yourself a Try
Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall
Brittany Howard – History Repeats
Gary Clark Jr. – This Land

Best Rock Album
Bring Me the Horizon – amo
Cage the Elephant – Social Cues
The Cranberries – In the End
I Prevail – Trauma
Rival Sons – Feral Roots

Best Alternative Music Album
Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
James Blake – Assume Form
Bon Iver – i,i
Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
Thom Yorke – Anima

R&B

Best R&B Performance
Daniel Caesar – Love Again [ft. Brandy]
H.E.R. – Could’ve Been [ft. Bryson Tiller]
Lizzo – Exactly How I Feel [ft. Gucci Mane]
Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo
Anderson .Paak – Come Home [ft. Andre 3000]

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Bj the Chicago Kid – Time Today
India.Arie- Steady Love
Lizzo – Jerome
Lucky Daye – Real Games
PJ Morton – Built for Love [ft. Jazmine Sullivan]

Best R&B Song
H.E.R. – Could’ve Been [ft. Bryson Tiller]
Emily King – Look At Me Now
Chris Brown – No Guidance [ft. Drake]
Lucky Daye – Roll Some Mo
PJ Morton – Say So [ft. JoJo]

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI
Liz – Cuz I Love You
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Overload
Nao – Saturn
Jessie Reyez – Being Human in Public

Best R&B Album
BJ the Chicago Kid – 1123
Lucy Daye – Painted
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
PJ Morton – Paul
Anderson .Paak – Ventura

Dance

Best Dance Recording
Bonobo – Linked
The Chemical Brothers – Got to Keep On
Medusa – Piece of Your Heart [ft. Goodboys]
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Underwater
Skrillex and Boys Noize – Midnight Hour [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Apparat – LP5
The Chemical Brothers – No Geography
Flume – Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace
Tyco – Weather

Comedy

Best Comedy Album
Jim Gaffigan – Quality Time
Ellen DeGeneres – Relatable
Aziz Ansari – Right Now
Trevor Noah – Son of Patricia
Dave Chapelle – Sticks and Stones

Remix

Best Remixed Recording
Madonna – I Rise (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix)
Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter (Wuki Remix)
Jorja Smith – The One (High Contrast Remix)
Mild Minds – Swim (Ford. Remix)
Maria Davidson – Work It (Soulwax Remix)

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Various Artists – The Lion King: The Songs
Various Artists – Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Various Artists – Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Alan Silvestri – Avengers: Endgame
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Chernobyl
Ramin Djawadi – Game of Thrones: Season 8
Hans Zimmer – The Lion King
Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Chris Stapleton – The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy
Dolly Parton and Linda Perry – Girl in the Movies
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)
Beyoncé – Spirit
Thom Yorke – Suspirium

Packaging

Best Recording Package
Voces Del Bullerengue – Anónimas & Resilientes
Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell
The Muddy Basin Ramblers – Hold That Tiger
Bon Iver – i,i
Intellexual – Intellexual

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Thom Yorke – Anima
David Gray – Gold in Brass Age
John Coltrane – 1963: New Directions
Wilhelm Furtwängler & Berliner Philharmoniker – The Radio Recordings 1939-1945
Various Artists – Woodstock: Back to the Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary

Best Album Notes
The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions – Judy Cantor-Navas
The Gospel According to Malaco – Robert Maravich
Pedal Steel + Four Corners – Brendan Greaves
Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Jeff Place
Stay ’68: A Memphis Story – Steve Greenberg

Producer

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
Finneas
Ricky Reed

Music Video/Film

Best Music Video
The Chemical Brothers – We’ve Got to Try
Gary Clark Jr. – This Land
FKA Twigs – Cellophane
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Official Movie)
Tove Lo – Glad He’s Gone

Best Music Film
Beyoncé – Homecoming
David Crosby – Remember My Name
Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool
Various Artists – Shangri-La
Thom Yorke – Anima

BEYONCE IS PREGNANT WITH TWINS

American Singer/Performer Beyonce has confirmed with a baby bump photo that she is pregnant–with twins.

The singer who already has a daughter-Blue Ivy with rapper husband-Jay Z made the shock announcement on Wednesday on Instagram.

She wrote: “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. -The Carters,” she added.

Beyoncé is due to headline April’s Coachella festival. Assuming the announcement has come after the traditional 12-week pregnancy waiting period, she will be at least five and a half months pregnant when she takes to the stage.

Beyoncé and husband Jay Z’s daughter Blue Ivy was born in 2012. She revealed her pregnancy with Blue Ivy on the red carpet at the MTV music awards in 2011, before showing off her bump after a performance of Love on Top.

Beyoncé, 35, is due to make an appearance at the Grammy awards on 12 February, where she is nominated in nine categories for her Lemonade album last year, the most nominations of any artist this year.

 

CELEBS ON THE RED CARPET AT MTV VMAs 2016

Jidenna-Tiwa-Savage-600x901The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards has been held at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28 in New York City.

Music’s hottest stars gathered at Madison Square Garden for a night of big-name performances, crazy antics and Moon Man winners. But first, celebs will walk the red carpet in totally wild styles.

Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Meek Mill, Drake, Rita Ora, Tiwa Savage, DJ Khaled, Jidenna, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Amber Rose, Chance the Rapper, Desiigner, 2Chainz, Heidi Klum, Nick Cannon and many more attended the award show this year.

Beyoncé and Blue Ivy were among the first to hit the red carpet in totally angelic looks, Rapper Meek Mill and girlfriend Nicki Minaj couldn’t take their hand off each other, Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian also made a grand appear on the red carpet.

Checkout some of the red carpet pictures:Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Sean Diddy Combs attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Rita Ora attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Rita Ora attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Nicki Minaj Naomi Campbell

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Rappers Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Rappers Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Rapper Fabolous attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Rapper Fabolous attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Fat Joe Future

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Heidi Klum and Nick Cannon attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Heidi Klum and Nick Cannon attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Jaden Smith attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Jaden Smith attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Recording artist Jidenna attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Recording artist Jidenna attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

DJ Khaled

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Hip hop artist Desiigner attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Hip hop artist Desiigner attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

CASSIE

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Britney Spears attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Britney Spears attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Beyonce Knowles

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Singer Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy Carter attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Singer Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy Carter attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
2 Chainz arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
2 Chainz arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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BECCA STORMS NEW YORK

Ace Afro Pop rocker and MUSIGA Pro member Becca is to perform at the Global Goals Citizens Festival in New York City on Saturday, September 26. Becca -2

The festival, headlined by Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay, will be held on the Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park, where 60,000 global citizens will gather.

Becca is among a number of African artistes including Sarkodie, Yemi Alade of Nigeria, Mafikizolo of South Africa and Sauti Sol of Kenya who feature on the African song of the Global Goals Citizens campaign, Tell Everybody.

The Global Goals Citizens campaign involves a plan to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality and reduce the impact of climate change by 2030. This agenda is championed by a group of activists led by the film-maker Richard Curtis, whose Project Everyone initiative – run in partnership with the campaign groups action/2015 and Global Citizen – aims to reach 7 billion in seven days. The whole idea is to push for the full implementation of the agenda by “making the goals famous”.

An excited Becca says, she is delighted at the opportunity to add her voice to such a worthy cause which is line with her own charitable work in Ghana.

Prior to her appearance on Saturday at the Central Park concert, Becca will join a lineup of top performers at an exclusive event for Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite Foundation which will be attended by some of the most powerful citizens on earth.

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BEYONCE SHOWS OFF HER TONED CURVES

Queen B has been enjoying some well-deserved relaxing time with her family.

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On Thursday, Beyonce in ripped denim dungarees and a plunging vest showed off her famous curves as she prepares to fly back home after sharing sweet snaps of her family vacation.

The OX singer looked happy and refreshed as she left the Galactica Star yacht in Beaulieu sur Mer before heading to the nice airport to catch a flight back home.

Accompanied by husband Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy, the 34-year-old looked absolutely sensational as she made her way along the harbour.