Tuesday, October 15, 2019

E.L Set To Host 2019 B.A.R. Concert On 14th December

Ghanaian born Afrobeats musician, rapper, singer and producer, Elorm Adablah popularly known in the entertainment sector as, E.L. has announced his intention to roll out the sixth edition of his annual Best African Rapper (B.A.R.) concert.

This year’s edition of the event is stylized as ”DecemBAR” and slated for a 14th December showdown, 6pm prompt at the Alliance Française d’Accra. E.L in the coming week(s) will also unveil the A-List cast of artistes to dazzle and party, and also support him at the upcoming concert. The concert’s lineup this year will feature some of Ghana’s best Hip-Hop artists who promise nothing but a jam till the end.

The B.A.R. concert is expected to break last year’s record attendance. Apart from the performances from the big names in music now, the concert would give hip hop artistes in Ghana a platform that they can be recognized. It is to give an opportunity to as many as possible hip hop artistes, both known and underground, to have a stage to shine.

It would be back-to-back uninterrupted performances with just a few pauses in between. It would be back-to-back just as you have a DJ spinning back-to-back sounds but this time it would be the real artistes doing it onstage.

A few weeks back, E.L also teamed up with A.I. to release a collaborative EP titled ”The Linkop” – the aim being purely for ‘good vibes’ and to give the listener a multifaceted experience from two of Africa’s most creative and dynamic music talents.

Government Is Committed To Tourism Development And Support – Barbara Oteng-Gyasi

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng -Gyasi, has described Ghana’s traditional festivals to be one of the main drivers of an initiative to grow Ghana’s tourism sector.

Hence, she reiterated government’s support to tourism development and the need for the various communities and assemblies to team up with the Tourism ministry and its agencies to identify it’s potentials to help boost the economy through tourism.

Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi stated that currently, tourism happens to be the fourth biggest foreign exchange earner for our nation therefore, with hardwork and the exploration of more avenues in the tourism sector; it can be boosted and become the second biggest foreign exchange earner of our country. This according to the Hon. Minister will boost our economy and improve most tourism sites and attractions in the country.

Honorable Barbara Oteng-Gyasi talked about the tourist sites in Ghana and urged Ghanaians to visit these sites to help boost domestic tourism. She emphasized on the See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana initiative which helps create jobs for people as we purchase and patronize our products locally to help push tourism upfront.

LARRY BOZZLZ WRITES: An Open Letter To The Ghana Entertainment Industry

Dear Ghana entertainment industry,

I want to seize this opportunity to hail you for your contributions in the country and across the globe. Indeed, your role of captivating, inspiring and amusing audience of every stripe ubiquitously cannot be underestimated. Nonetheless, there are some pressing issues I have identified that I think must be addressed.

In the first place, I think you have failed woefully in promoting your very own to the world. Particularly in the modelling industry, my keen observation is that, you are very quick to promote foreign models leaving behind the great talents of your own. This is evident in all your mega shows featuring both our very own models and their counterparts from other countries.

We see you promoting extensively the foreign models whilst feeding the audience with little or, in some instances, no contents on the great talents we have in the country. This action of yours actually keep me questioning; “what drug have you taken to make you this drowsy?” Until you find an answer to my question, I put it to you that your failure to promote your very own is one of the major setbacks facing the industry and must be addressed if you really want to put Ghana on the globe to compete.


 After months of great anticipation and a lot of buzz, Trig’s 4th studio is finally out! The 8th Element album emphasizes  Trigmatic’s passion and love for highlife music has 13 tracks laced with distinct instrumentation from iconic figures in Ghana’s highlife scenes.

The album features the likes of Prince (BukBak), Akan, Raquel, Wiyaala, Manifest & A.I; with compositions from the  likes of  Aka Blay, Dela Botri, Karina Suwalski, Sena, Nii, O.T, Cydric, Bismark, Kwame Jnr and Prince Jadon. 

For this album Trigmatic teamed up with his long time producer Genius Selections for a majority of the tracks on the album. Other producers include Apya, Doodle Beatz, Ceedi & Aik Papa. The 8th Element album was mixed by Genius & mastered by Ubeatz.  

Vote Now !!! Realpen Pencil Bags ‘Ghanaian Visual Artist Of The Year’ Nomination

Young Ghanaian visual artist, Bright Komla Kpoha who is known for his unique style of putting pen and pencil to paper has earn a nomination in this year’s Ghana Arts and Culture Awards  in the ‘Ghanaian Visual Artist of the Year’ category.

The artist who is artistically known as Realpen Pencil has a peculiar way of making arts appealing  unlike the conventional approach to drawing, Bright Kpoha ‘Realpen pencil’, dramatize his drawing process, displaying gymnastic, dancing, jumping and other skills to transform his subject onto paper.

Currently, Realpen pencil is the World’s First Gymnastic Artist, this claim was recently endorsed by Google.

In the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards category, Realpen Pencil is with five other great visual artists. To vote for Realpen Pencil click on https://eballot-web.anmgw.com/#/awards/nominees/UExBTl8wMDAwMDAwMDU%3D/SCAT_000000235 . Voting end on December 4, 2019.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Unveils Forest Of The Future At Mother Of Peace In Johannesburg

Last month, in celebration of their 100th birthday, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, together with 14 456 scholars across Gauteng, broke the record for the most number of paper planes flown at a single time. 14 456 paper planes, each containing a message from ordinary South Africans dedicated to their future selves, were launched at 15 schools across the province.

Now, the brand has taken those paper planes and used them as compost for a new ‘Forest of the Future’ initiative which has been unveiled at the Mother of Peace orphanage situated in Northriding, Johannesburg.

Planted over 2000sqm of land, this food forest will become a consistent, sustainable source of food for both the orphanage and communities in and around the Northriding rural region. As it stands, the forest will contain 270 trees, 2,818 herb shrubs and 13,550 plants.

The paper planes that were used in the record-breaking event last month were made of recycled paper. This recycled paper was subsequently turned into mulch and used as a form of compost for the garden, carrying the hopes, wishes and dreams of all those who wrote on them.

Monday, October 14, 2019

When You Think We Don’t Care

People are passionate about customer service in Ghana. Overall, the feeling is that companies do not care. The focus is just on profits and nothing else.  Take a cursory glance on social media today – Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp – and you’ll probably understand what I mean.

‘Vodafone has stolen my credit,” screamed an angry customer the other day on Twitter.

“Things are too complicated,” - said another customer to our Experience Centre agents.

In the telecommunications sector, since what we do is at the very heart of everyday life, the major brunt is borne by us. To give feedback, no matter how painful it is to hear, is to care. Customers want the best of services at all times because it is a promise we make to them when they sign up with us. Our brand promise is a proposition to stand beside the customer at all times as they make the leap into the unknown digital future.

Customer service is the first step in becoming a loved brand. It is also the reason why Vodafone is stepping up this month by celebrating the “CARE Month” to demonstrate that we are the definitive company with the customer at the heart of all we say and do.

“We want to send a bold message to our customers that you are the reason we do what we do. We will always ensure that you receive unmatched experience at all times,” said Angela, Director of Commercial & Digital Transformation, at Vodafone.

Kojo Preko Dankwa To Speak At Music Connect Workshop On October 19

Organizers of MUSIC CONNECT Workshop have announced Award winning Entertainment show host, Kojo Preko Dankwa as a speaker at the maiden edition.

The Programs Manager of Kasapa Fm was selected to speak at the workshop due to his commitment of giving up and coming artistes the chance to exhibit their talents on his Entertainment platforms [Kasapa Entertainment on Kasapa 102.5Fm and Morning Zoo on Starr 103.5Fm).

Kojo Preko Dankwa was recently crowned the Best Entertainment Show Host of the year at the 2019 RTP Awards and 2019 Ghana Actors and Entertainers Awards respectively.

The workshop focuses on motivating, grooming, mentoring and creating networking platforms for twenty (20) new artistes.

The 1st edition of the workshop comes off this Saturday, October 19 at the Accra Tourism Information Centre, opposite Afrikiko.

The main focus of this workshop is geared towards pushing Ghana music beyond the borders of Ghana and to create a platform to bring together new musicians to explore the future of the music industry.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Today's Youth Care Less About Their Dignity – Ghana Most Beautiful’s Chaana Fumes

Ghanaian model, health practitioner, actress and entrepreneur, Salma Chaana, Abul-Razak, who was the first Upper West delegate to make it to the 2010 Ghana Most Beautiful pageant on Tv3, has revealed that in her line of work her only challenge is her blessing of being beautiful.

According to Chaana, every woman is capable of climbing to higher heights and be more successful, provided she is given the requisite socialization tools both from home and the society where she finds herself.

In an interview, she said that, being pretty is a blessing and has opened loads of greater opportunities for most women but, “This same blessing has become my challenge.

Many people, especially men sometimes want to help you because you are pretty and even want to have a taste of you in exchange for favours. I am usually able to overcome all these with the help of the home-sense instilled in me by my Grandmother who raised me”

Chaana also criticised that some youth these days lack home-sense due to weak parental style adopted by the current generation of parents. This she said, “Growing up, I never saw young people talking back at their elders or evening arguing with their parents but lately this has become the new normal. Some youth these days care less about dignity; they aim at fame and riches and will do anything possible to get it without considering he source”

Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi Inspects Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi has led some officials of the Tourism Ministry to inspects the site for the construction of one of the most iconic and ambitious projects in the history of Ghana’s Tourism sector, which is estimated at 1.2 billion U.S Dollars.

This massive project is going to be a game-changer in turning the fortunes of Tourism in Ghana, thereby improving  on the country’s GDP.

The project which is dubbed the “Marine Drive Tourism and Investment Project,” is under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and the Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC) and is expected to create 36 thousand (36,000) jobs during the first phase of the project and subsequently engage about One Hundred and Fifty Thousand (150,000) both skills and unskilled personnel’s upon completion.

Hon, Barbara Oteng Gyasi, made the inspection tour at the Marine Drive project site on the 6th September 2019, in Accra.

Azali Movie Selected To Represent Ghana For 2019 Oscar Nominations

The film Azali has been selected by the Ghana Oscars Committee to represent Ghana in the nomination process for the International Feature Film category for the 2019 Oscars.

It is the first Ghana submission for nomination for the Oscars.

The film which stars Asana Alhassan in her debut role is written by Gwandellen Quartey and directed by Kwabena Gyansah, Azali is produced by Ananse Entertainment with support from Motion Revolution, both Ghanaian companies.  The film also stars Ama K. Abrebrese and Adjetey Anang.

The film is a heart wrenching story of a mother (from Northern Ghana) who in trying to escape family pressures to marry her young, school going-age daughter (Azali) to an old man, unwittingly and reluctantly gives her child away to a child trafficker – who deceitfully promises job opportunities for the girl and riches to bring home from Burkina Faso, but rather sells Azali into slavery.

She manages to escape with some of the trafficked children to Accra, where she works as a Kayaye, determined to make some money and return back home to the North to her family. Unfortunately she is forced into prostitution and also raped by a gangster, resulting in a pregnancy. When she is eventually found by an uncle, sent south to look for her and send her home, they are confronted with a heart-wrenching discovery that borders on a taboo.

Made in Ghana Project Yielding Positive Results - Okyeame Kwame

Celebrated Ghanaian musician, Okyeame Kwame, has acknowledged the positive impact his 'Made in Ghana' project has made on the Ghanaian society so far.

Kwame, who was speaking on Joy Prime's 'Showbiz Now' on Friday said so far the campaign has been able to encourage people to take pride in living the life of a Ghanaian.

"I remember that about two years ago, it would be difficult to find 'apapransa' or 'ɛtɔ' on Instagram. Today, if you post 'bɔdeɛ ampesie' or 'ɛtɔ' on Instagram you are likely to get more traction than you would have gotten two years ago," he told Ibrahim Ben Bako in the interview.

He intimated that through the project, most people have earned their sense of 'Ghanaian-ness', adding that most people would now want to marry in traditional apparel unlike previously.

Okyeame Kwame is bent on encouraging and educating Ghanaians to patronise Made in Ghana products.

As part of his project, he has released an album titled 'Made in Ghana', which seeks to mirror the culture of people living in the various parts of the country.

VIDEO: Juliet Bawuah’s Documentary Piece On 15-Year-old Bukom Boxer

In Bukom, a 15-year-old Boxer, Michael Nelson, a.k.a ‘Mayweather’ is following his passion.

With visible affection for boxing, the Ga-speaking community located within the Central Business District continues to offer an outlet for established and emerging boxing talents.

TV3’s Juliet Bawuah spent two days with the young talent, who wants to become a world champion by the age of 20. 

Watch Video After The Cut....

"The Jazmyn's Foundation' Targetted At The Marginialised In Society Launched

On Friday, October 11th, 2019, at the Silverstar Tower Incubator, Ghanaian model Jasmine Seyram outdoored her new warm-hearted child christened The Jazmyn Foundation.

The Jazmyn Foundation through its founder and leader Jasmine Seyram announced the readiness to solve and attend to most marginalized people across the length and breadth of the country.

Statistics provided by the foundation during the launch revealed staggering records of about twenty per cent of women and children suffering and subjected to tyrannizing and inhuman treatments in one way or the other on a regular basis.

Also, the increasing rate of maternal motility of 164 per 100,000 live birth, undernourishment and child trafficking have all contributed in the decision to set up the foundation to reach out to women and children in deprived areas in the big cities via mass media publication, campaign and awareness creation, those within the rural areas won’t be left out either as The Jazmyn Foundation plans to visit and provide progressive solutions.

Friday, October 11, 2019

I Introduced Electronic Dance Music To Ghana - Djsky Reveals On WatsUp TV

Ghanaian based Lebanese DJ and Electronic Dance Music Designer DJSky in an exclusive interview with WatsUp TV yesterday disclosed of his introducing of Electronic Dance Music into the Ghanaian music market.

In talks with the host Champagnee Lee aka Faisal Carter, he said: "I started this kind of music in Ghana since 5 years ago". He continued by saying "It was hard for me for the first time, people were seeing everything as strange, but I didn't give up!" 

Electronic Dance Music mostly called EDM is something new for African but it’s going far now because we started with some small shows and for now, I think the people like it and listens to it.

We can take the love of EDM music from Africa far to the world because currently, there is no one doing this.