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DJ Nicholas, Deitrick Haddon & Others Deliver at AIM First Fest in Jamaica

Story by: Don McDowell

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Deitrick Haddon live at AIM First Fest 

The AIM Financial Corporation sponsored AIM First Fest held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on January 2, 2017 is being hailed as a resounding success for its
organization, presentation, and coordination, with many feeling it was worth it.

AIM First Fest showcased a star segment of tier one Jamaican gospel artistes Prodigal Son,
Rondell Positive, DJ Nicholas, and Kevin Downswell alongside Preachers of LA’s Deitrick Haddon, pastor, lyricist, and singer.

Patrons experienced the effulgent Rondell Positive in full flight in tandem with the ever effervescent iWorshipp doing background vocals as he delivered More Than A Conqueror, Stick Nor Stones, Fire Medley, and closing with the high energy Keeping Me Alive.

The welcoming applause to Prodigal Son’s return to the local stage after a dearth was phenomenal. Prodigal’s entre Blessings a Run Mi Down set the crowd on fire as they sang and danced.

Prodigal Son blessed the AIM First Fest crowd with Bongo Town, Head Cyaa Hot Suh, I Wish, and God Again. In closing his set, in true prodigal fashion, Prodigal Son asked forgiveness for any hurt or pain caused previously to his fans, arising from previous controversies.

The Mr. “Turn up the Volume” DJ Nicholas musically taught his audience on Divine Mathematics, exercises at the Holy Ghost Gym, biology class on blood constituents, and also on exorcism to Move That Squatter (Satan).

After a seemingly disconnected start singing on tracks, Grammy nominee Dietrick Haddon ‘upped his game’ by calling on his Jamaican audience for 60 seconds of praise, as he moved to his 2008 hit He’s Able“. Yes “him tun up d place” creating an atmosphere of worship as the crowd sang and praised the Most High God Yahweh.

Pastor Haddon after sharing a short testimony of backsliding some time ago moved the people to repentance and rejoicing, as he, with the help of Downswell’s band segued into Well Done, Its On The Way featuring DJ Nicholas, and Love Him Like I Do. Some patrons generally felt Haddon redeemed himself and represented well eventually.

Closing the curtain, Kevin Downswell’s, brilliant performance in praise and worship stimulated fans to another level of praise as he belted out You Make Me Stronger, Goodbye World, Already Done, and was accompanied by Prodigal Son in a high energy rendering of That’s Enough and Cyaa Cold with each ministering to different sides of the audience.

The Aim First Fest package also featured Party King rides, games, giveaways, food, and a shopping village, plus professional security and police patrols.

Other artistes performing included George Nooks, Perpetual Sounds of Praise, Rev. Glen Graham among others. Mc’s were Nadine Blair, Basillia Barnaby-Cuffe, and the show’s
promoter Markland Edwards.

With its veritable list of corporate supporters including title sponsors AIM Financial Corporation, the RJR Communications Group, Grace Kennedy Money Services, and others, it may be that Action Entertainment – promoters of the event has broken through to significant corporate sponsorship of gospel events.

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Tropicalfete Announces Community Cultural Experience for Dec.18 in Brooklyn NY (@tropicalfete)

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Tropicalfete’s Steel Pan Ensemble

Tropicalfete is excited to present a community cultural event they’re calling, “A Free Musical Gift To The Community.” There will be performances by Steel Pan Ensemble, Klick Band with a brass section to give you that big band musical feeling. Mesha Steele, Sassy Ramoutar and Daria M will be blessing the audience with a few songs from their catalog. Veteran Calypsoian Dr. Witty will also be taking to the stage – he’s back again by popular demand. The live music will cover everything from pop, soul, classical, zouk, Chutney, reggae, calypso, and Steel Pan, all with a Caribbean flavor. We will also be honoring music producer, Roger Meltzer, with the Tropicalfete Award of Excellence.

The Tropicalfete team would like to thank city council member, Darlene Mealy, Citizens Committee for New York City, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s office, for the role they played in making this event possible.

December 18th 4pm Sharp Show Time 4:30pm
Brooklyn Music School Playhouse
126 St Felix St, Brooklyn, New York 11217
(Between Lafayette Ave and Hanson Pl)
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GH Artist OBIBINI Releases Unity Song Ahead Of Wednesday’s Election – Song Produced By Jamaica’s DJ Rhome (@Obibiniboafo @Dj_Rhome)

15259703_10208838346928978_1548603979804471778_oLife and peace are two of the most important things we often take for granted. Only a few people know what life is worth and even fewer people know peace is not free but priceless. Before Ghana goes to the polls again on Wednesday, December 7th, Obibini has released yet another well knitted piece of advice to Ghanaians in a song he titles, “oneness.”

Produced by DJ Rhome of Rhome records in Kingston Jamaica, “oneness” was recorded and mixed by Skinny Willis in his Amazing Studio in Accra Ghana.

Easily yet very vividly expressed, Obibini calls for oneness drawing the nation’s attention to its culture; what we eat, drink, festivals we celebrate that unite more than divide us. The song also makes a case for national unity amidst our tribal and political diversity. Deeply thoughtful, the rapper suggests the need for one to exercise his or her franchise, ensure a free and fair election, tolerate and accept the outcome of elections; and to desist from taking contracts to cause mayhem; as a means to support the electoral process and sustain peace in Ghana.

LISTEN & DOWNLOAD SONG HERE

Story by: Adokwei Addo

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Jam Link Intl. Announces Date, Location & Lineup For The 2016 Xmas Reggae Splash (@jamlinkintl)

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Head of the Jam Link International Association, Henzel Clarke, has announced the new date and location for this years’ Xmas Reggae Splash. The event will be held in the heart of Aarhus at Rodizio Lounge & Restaurant – located at Skt. Clemens Torv 15, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark – on Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

In keeping with past events, this year will also have live entertainment supported by some of the best DJs in and around Denmark. There will be an array of Reggae, Dancehall and Afro-Beat selectors, namely: DJ Black Sheep, Riddim Fex, Tiger Moth and Ruby Sound. Performing live will be versatile Nigerian artist, Kingseyes who is expected to deliver everything from roots Reggae to Soca tracks.

Entrance for this year’s staging is only 50Kr and the doors will open at 22:00. For more information persons are encouraged to join the event on facebook by clicking here.

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Bisa Kdei & Afro-Dancehall Act Patoranking Release New Song “Life”(@bisa_kdei @patorankingfire @GarzyMix)

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Prolific highlife artiste Bisa Kdei and Afro-Dancehall act Patoranking have collaborated on a new song titled Life along with very colourful visuals that will certainly appeal to fans.

The two artistes – both reigning kings of their respective genres, have surprised their fans with this unusual collab – a fusion between highlife (authentic afrobeat rhythms emanating from Ghana) and afro-dancehall which is the most popular emerging genre on the African continent and the diaspora at the moment.

The song which was produced by renowned Ghanaian producer, Mix Masta Garzy is very upbeat and is already making waves.

Life is available to buy, stream or download on all popular music channels.

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Karamanti’s Freestyle #WhaGwan Now Trending

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A couple weeks ago Karamanti shared a freestyle she did on an Afro-beat riddim produced by one of Ghana’s top beat makers, Riddim Boss. The song has since caught on and is now trending in several African countries.

Though she is known more for the substantive messages in her music, every now and again, Karamanti releases a song that shows that she can just as easily create the hype content that many crave. This is what she has done on the freestyle entitled, wah gwan. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD

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Shoggy Tosh, Fiona Yorke, GuvnaB, Faith Child, Annastasia Baker and others receive nominations at the 2016 JUMP MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, UK.

jump-youtube-bannerThe JUMP Music Video Awards is back with a splash onto the music industry calendar for Saturday 1st October at the luxury Hilton Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom with nominations for Rapper – Shoggy Tosh, Singer – Fiona Yorke, Rapper – GuvnaB, Faith Child, Annastasia Baker amongest many others. Shoggy Tosh gets his first ever JUMP music video nomination for his blockbuster music video – Pamoto (featuring Henrisoul) and directed by Femi Best Touch in the BEST UK AFRO BEAT MUSIC VIDEO category alongside Phemmoh’s Are You Ready, Derrick Maphosa’s Sovereign God, Sam Adebanjo’s I’m Available and Andrew Bello’s #SayYes.

The inaugural event, staged in 2014, was the first time that the collaborative efforts of artists and music video makers operating in the Christian and Gospel scene was recognised and rewarded. Since then the 16 winning videos have notched up 30 million viewing figures between them on YouTube alone.

Director Juliet Fletcher explains, “When we staged the first event we only had an idea that indicated a trend. Many of the artists were unknown – even to Gospel-loving audiences. The feedback we received from both the judges responsible for selecting finalists and the audience who attended the evening can be suitably described as a ‘pleasant shock and surprise’. We’ve got every good reason to support the continual growth of this segment of the independent music sector. We believe there are more good shocks and surprises to come.”

Full list of nominations (with exception of the International categories to be released between 12 – 18 September, 2016. The winners of each category will be decided by the JUMP judges and announced on the awards night ).

BEST UK SOLO FEMALE MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Sarah Teibo – Steal My Joy
Ni-Cola Witter – Breakthrough
Lurine Cato – Power
Fiona Yorke – Glory Cloud
Annastasia Baker – Fly Again

BEST UK AFRO BEAT MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Shoggy Tosh – Pamoto
Phemmoh – Are You Ready
Derick – Sovereign God
Sam Adebanjo – I’m Available
Andrew Bello – #SayYes

BEST UK PRAISE & WORSHIP MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Hannah – Overwhelming Praise
Purist – None Like You
Evans Ogobi – Shout Hallelujah
Margaret Nana Tandoh – I Turn To You
Aaron T Aaron ft Mike Abdul – I Will Sing Of Your Praise

BEST UK REGGAE/CARIBBEAN SOUND MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS
Philip Noel – Walking In My Blessing
Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Kriswontwo Remix)
Minister Taf ft Chris Da Ambassada – Bunn Badmind
Lytie – Better
Dan – Testify

BEST UK GROUP OR CHOIR MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
The Cokers – I Am Persuaded
Ekklesia – Where you Are
Muyiwa & Riversongz – Eko iLe
ZAA – Saved By Grace
Twelve24 – #Vivalawldkdz

BEST UK HIP-HOP/RAP MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Cerose – Millennium Reign
ICIE – The Becoming
S.O. – So It Ends
Faith Child ft. Da’T.R.U.T.H. – Tunnel Vision
Guvna B ft. Deitrick Haddon – Nothing But The Blood

BEST UK R’N’B/SOUL MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Sarah Téibo – Steal My Joy
T Briggs – My Identity
Olaedo Ibe – Dust With Life (Foolish)
Fiona Yorke – Glory Cloud
Theon – Your Love Reigns Perfect

BEST SOLO MALE MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Kriswontwo Remix)
Cerose (Rob Fills Network) – Tribulation – In The Name of Jesus
Theon – I Am
Evans Ogboi – Shout Hallelujah
Aaron T Aaron ft. Mike Abdul – I Will Sing Your Praise

BEST INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Kriswontwo Remix)
Lecrae – All I Need Is You
GuvnaB ft Beleaf – Buss It
Wildwood Kin – Warrior Daughter
Annastasia Baker – Fly Again

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UK SINGER RASHELLE BLUE EMPOWERS WOMEN WITH HER NEW SONG, “KWEEN” (@rashelleblue)

RASHELLE BLUE.jpgUK singer Rashelle Blue is all about women standing up for themselves, what they believe in, and in being able to achieve their goals no matter what.
Evidently, she reps it for ‘African Queens’ all around the world in her new single titled KWEENS. According to the London based singer, women are not celebrated enough especially in the Afrobeats Movement.

In a recent interview with Ludwig Junior on Ahomka Radio in London, she reiterated, “There aren’t a lot of females repping it for the girls in the afrobeats scene- especially in the diaspora. Often, we’re not given the platform to bring our contribution to the African Music Market but I believe that many of us have a lot to offer.”

This exciting new afro-pop song produced by renowned UK producer/songwriter Eaaron Quacoe, seeks to celebrate women in general, but specifically African women all around the world. It follows her single AMPA produced by West African highlife maestro Bisa Kdei. In the song she has some very uplifting words of advice for women.

KWEENS is free to listen, download and share at the link below:
https://soundcloud.com/rashelleblue/kweens

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ROAD TO LAGOS INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016

Header 2016This year’s Lagos International Jazz festival 2016 organised by Inspiro productions which coincides with the traditional April Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and 30 April International Jazz Day celebration kicked off with a series of JAM sessions tagged ‘Road to Lagos International Jazz festival 2016’ held at venues across the city of Lagos. The events were to highlight the importance of Jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April and also to publicize the festival happening between the 29th of April and 1st of May 2016. Jazz Roundtable Specials on Metro 97.7FM were also held every Sunday in April to support same.

The JAM sessions kicked off on April 1 at Hotel 1960 – Prince of Anthony – Culture Café, Anthony Village Lagos, it was followed on Friday 8 April at The Pop Up Jazz Lounge Lekki I, Lagos and then the Ayo Bankole Centre for Arts Surulere, Lagos on Saturday 15 April. The highlights of the event were performances by leading Jazz performers and attendance by enthusiasts and lovers of the genre. Present to perform at the events were Director of SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary music and foremost Jazz Musician Bright Gain, Europe based NAIJAZZ guitarist Adedeji Adetayo, classical pianist Ubong Utiah (UB4TY), Sam and the Jazz Apostles featuring Dera, the group Wired, Jazz vocalist Dapo Fasuyi, konkovibrations proponent Niyi Ige, rising Jazz saxophonist Peter Adedeji, trado-soul and jazz singer Empress and a host of others.

Various personalities attended the events and these included top promoter Wale Oluwaleimu, Emmanuel Odole of Blackdrum.TV, Yinka Oni former chairman National Bank, Demola Ogunfolu, Kunle Ogunneye – Country director – Mall of Africa, Sean B, Chairman of the Hotel 1960 group Akin Adeoya and his lovely wife, Mr. Yemi Akinbode, Jazz Pioneer in Nigeria Tunde Kuboye of the Jazz 38 and extended family fame, Muyiwa Majekodunmi of the Jazzville fame, Austin Of Luzol and a host of others. The last JAM session for April is slated for Saturday April 23 at the Shuga Lounge, Hotel 1960 Eagles Park, Ikeja, Lagos.

April is designated annually as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) Jazz Appreciation Month and its climaxes into the International Jazz Day on April 30 recognized by the UN and UNESCO. The Lagos State government led by His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is marking the International Jazz Day 2016 this year at the Lagos state house, Alausa.

The Lagos International Jazz Festival is Nigeria’s Premier Jazz Festival happening over 3 days in the Lagos Megacity. The event has a standard edition happening at the Freedom Park from the 29th to 30th of April and a Luxury edition happening at The Bay Lounge Waterfront Lekki On May 1 both events start at 6pm. The lineup of acts for the event include Mike Aremu, Sharp Band, Orliam, Herbert Kunle Ajayi, Skata Vibrations, Seun Olota, Adeh, Akeem Lasisi and a host of others.

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President John Dramani Mahama joins the Musicians Union of Ghana to promote the 2016 Ghana Music Week festival (@JDMahama)

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President Mahama at MUSIGA Grand Ball in 2015

The creative industry is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy. A highly trans formative economic instrument in terms of job creation, income generation and export earnings, the creative commerce is responsible for unlocking the potential of the creative economy; promoting the overall creativity of society, affirming the distinctive identity of people and places where it flourishes, improving the quality of life, enhancing local image, prestige and ultimately strengthening resources for diverse economic futures.

In Ghana, the government, under the leadership of his Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, realizing the enormous potential of tourism in improving economies, creating jobs, and alleviating poverty, is personally spearheading the development and promotion of Ghanaian tourism through music.To this effect, the president has added his voice to that of the Musicians Union of Ghana, in calling all Ghanaians, Africans and all people of the Diaspora, to participate in the 2016 edition of the Ghana Music Week (GMW) festival.

The event which enters its fourth year is organized by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Showbiz Africa and Fantasy Entertainment in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts (MoTCCA). The festival will be held in Ghana from March 1-7, 2016, coinciding with Ghana’s 59th Independence celebration. According to Verus Nartey, GMW Executive Coordinator, the main goal of the international launch is “to roll out an innovative package to attract a targeted 2,000 visitors/tourists to the GMW Festival in March 2016, and in the process, market Ghanaian music & tourism to the world.”

Story by: Adokwei Addo

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The show master of Africa, Bob Pinodo, makes his return at the 2015 MUSIGA GRAND BALL (@BPinodoOfficial)

2015 Grand BallSlated for Friday September 4, all is set for the 2015 edition of the Musician’s Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Grand Ball. The event will be held as usual at the Banquet Hall, State House, in Accra Ghana. The MUSIGA Grand Ball is an annual fund raiser event which started in 2011 to support the development of the music industry in the county. From the maiden edition which targeted to help set up a MUSIGA Music Development Fund (MIDF), the event has been held annually and attended by music industry moguls and state officials. Each year, funds are
raised and committed to a specific project of the Musician’s Union of Ghana. Last year, the MUSIGA GRAND BALL raised an amount of GH ¢100,000.00 for MUSIGA’s Aging Musicians Welfare Fund (AMWeF) and the MUSIGA Academy.

This year’s Grand ball promises to be exceptional as it brings back on stage one of Ghana’s greatest musicians, Bob Pinodo. Known in his days as the ‘Show master of Africa’, Bob Pinodo rose to the pinnacle of his career with the ‘Show master of Africa’ album released by Essiebons in 1978. Bob is expected to bring back the memories of Disco Dance as he makes a come back to stage performance. In the last ten years, the Disco Dance hit maker has been a research tutor, directing the dance band department of Music Education at the University of Education in
Winneba. Asked the purpose of his come back to recording and stage performance, the show master of Africa said having taught music in the university for a decade he was back to demonstrate how Ghana could transform its economy with music.

Under the auspices of his excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and his excellency former President John Agyekum Kuffour, the 2015 MUSIGA Grand Ball has the past and future of Ghana’s music industry at heart. Forty (40) companies and organizations have already reserved tables and seats for the event. Call 0272180835 or
0206436798 to book VVIP Presidential seats or tables.

Article By Adokwei Addo

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Classic Afro highlife tune Nnasonka by Rashelle Blue is out (@rashelleblue @Ephraimmusiq)

Nnasonka CoverNnasonka is the female version of ‘I love you’ in Hausa.

Rashelle Blue who was born to Ghanaian parents in Hamburg, Germany and later moved to London and then the United States hardly speaks any Ghanaian languages. She has however set out to explore her roots and discover her culture through music – hence her branching out into Afro Pop after doing R’n’B and Pop for a very long time.

She sang in 4 Ghanaian dialects – Twi, Ga, Ewe and Hausa in this beautiful song – Nnasonka which was produced by Ephraim.

Rashelle looks to fuse Ghanaian and African rhythms with her R’n’B/Pop influences to create wonderful tunes that will put African music on the map internationally and that is just what she is doing.

The London-based singer/songwriter has really challenged herself with this classic afro highlife piece which is definitely set to get people dancing and talking.

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