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
The 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
UK 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.
This 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.
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.”
Slated 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.
Nnasonka 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.
While countless rumors were circulating she can’t up her game or perhaps had quit music after her hibernation, Eno has been working secretly off-stage on some upcoming projects as well as making some other connects.
After spilling seasoned cuts like “Maka”, “Love and Pain” in 2014 and the popular cover version of “Megye Wo Boy”, originally done by Sarkodie & Shatta Wale, the Ghana femcee went into ‘hibernation’ in January 2015.
According to her Manager, Moro Mustaphy, “my artiste, Eno, does not only pursue music as a carrier, music is a part of her and from my past and present experiences with her, I don’t think she will ever quit music. Not any time soon. It’s normal for critics and the media to miss the active flow of an artiste and make wild comments or delusional statements, but, nonetheless, the work has to continue. We’ve been up since day one and working. We are back with a reconnection with our fanbase and spreading our circles with Eno’s act. However, my team YSMR (Ya Swag Ma Rag) Unit and the 2mg Music group headed byMix Masta Garzy together have been working since January 2015 until the sudden demise of her (Eno’s) mum – Mrs. Rebecca NyameAdom – we had to pause a few things to attend to other critical affairs but we are back and stronger than before. May her soul rest in peace.On behalf of Eno and her family I want to say a big thank you to Lawyer Colleston Morgan,Abeiku Santana, DJ Black, Okyeame Quophi, Dr. Manfred of Joy DADI, Kabum and the OM crew, Stay Jay and everyone who was there to helped immensely during the funeral and burial ceremonies.”
Eno Is Back is the new rap twist in the streets now as we ready to drop her new cut ‘THE BEST’ Ft. Mic Flammez from Togo,(Pamobar Ent) rated the best Togolese Rapper – the joint was produced by Mix Masta Garzy. For this new joint, we would have to leave it to the public and the fans to do the talking, everyone knows what Eno can prove on the microphone, no exaggerations at all.
This new cut will new released on Friday, July 31st to close the month and enter the new month, August with a new energy as Eno storms the stages with it. An accompanying video too is set to come with it.
“I am the Grim the Seeker the Spartacus, believe me this is just the first episode of my season. Keep your eyes wide open,” Eno brags.
Highlife is a musical genre that originated from West Africa; Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Its roots can be traced back to the 1880s, to music of marching bands, sailors and palm wine drinking groups. Thought to be of reference to parties by the European upper-class, the
term ‘highlife’, was coined in the 1920s with dance orchestras playing at parties of the elite, while poor rural musicians played guitar-oriented versions at palm wine drinking places for a calabash of drink or a token of gift. The guitar-based style of music rose to prominence in the 1950s and became associated with the pre-independence sound as it incorporated elements of swing, jazz and Cuban rhythms with the emerging guitar styles of West Africa. Describing this fusion of sounds, Professor John Collins – a musicologist at the University of Ghana – wrote: “By combining…so-called high-class music with local street tunes, a totally different type of music was born – the highlife we know today.” Highlife music then became the dialogue that led to the birth of an independent nation Ghana, in 1957. A number of guitar highlife
outfits were formed, most popular being ET Mensah and “The Tempos” band, Nana Ampadu and “The African Brothers” band, Agya Koo Nimo, A.B. Crentsil, and other highlife bands as Ramblers International and the Professional Uhuru Dance Band.
The rise of Congolese music in the 1960s coupled with the overthrow of Ghana’s Premier Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1966, resulted in a decline in the popularity of highlife music. The upheaval saw many Ghanaian musicians that had flourished in the 60s emigrating. Most
moved to Nigeria, the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany among other countries. By the start of the 1970s, highlife music had been over taken by pop music and electric guitar bands. Music produced by African Americans and Europeans began to exert a heightened influence over the Ghanaian music, giving it the rather global appeal. The heightened interest in ‘World’ music in the United Kingdom and the United States saw the focus of Ghanaian music spread away from Africa. Perhaps this was the reason why some Ghanaian musicians and records made it bigger overseas than home; one such being the legendary Bob Pinodo.
Bob Pinodo is one of Ghana’s foremost musical showmen, traveling around the country with his own variety show which featured dance, music, and comedy. He was awarded the Arts Council Award as the country’s most talented musician in 1969. Bob recorded his first LP in
Germany in 1977. Better known in his days as the “show master of Africa”, Pinodo rose to the pinnacle of his career with hit songs like “Disco Dance”, “Yesu ne m’agyenkwa”, “Love is Love”, “Girl with the guitar shape”, ”come back love”, “Africa”, “Darling” and “peep to see”, all on his “show master of Africa” album (attached). The Album released by Essiebons Ltd. in 1978, had air play on the BBC, winning best album, best composition, best production, best recording and
ultimately the album of the Millennium from the Entertainment Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana (ECRAG) and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) respectively.
Having traveled the world over with his music, Bob believes that Europe, the United States of America, United Kingdom and the rest of the world have had a good share of his talent, and it was time to bring the rest home. For this reason Bob Pinodo came back home to Simpa and took to teaching at the University of Education, Winneba. Known in private life as Kwaku Idan, Bob has been teaching
• How to make hits,
• music production,
• Dance Band Directing, and
• Recording at the University, for ten (10) years.
The legendary musician is certain that having taught the art for a while, it was time to demonstrate what he has taught. To this end, Bob Pinodo has found the need to do a Ghana Regional tour. Prior to the tour, Bob will host a Music Education Magazine series on National
Television, GTV. The series will be aimed at training Ghanaian Musicians in the act of making their art attractive and marketable to global music markets. In these series, Bob will reveal the secrets to making international hits, and help many upcoming musicians improve if not perfect their act. The show master of Africa, who is also a choreographer, will then hit the Road to do a national tour with his “sonobete” dance.
Away from the fact that the best methodology in teaching is demonstration, Bob also believes that Ghana’s most precious natural resources are not buried in our soil, but the hearts of our people. Bob Pinodo intends to demonstrate this in the closing years of his career. Having traveled the world over with music, Bob has had extensive first-hand information on how music arts and entertainment has and continue to transform economies of nations. He cites the
British Invasion led then by “The Beatles”, in the 1960s, as a catalyst of transformation to the British Economy. The re-emergence of Bob Pinodo Music is so forth a “wake up call” on government and all stakeholders to demonstrate a commitment to transform the Ghanaian
Economy, through Music and the creative Arts.
International recording pop stars Nico & Vinz will be hitting the stage at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon on June 3rd. The duo is expected to perform all their hits; “in your arms,” “am I wrong,” “when the day comes” and so many more… Senegal recording artist I$$A will be one of the opening acts on the show. For tickets and show info visit http://www.wonderballroom.com/
Jamaican superstar Shaggy has entered the Billboard charts yet again! This time around it’s the track “I need your love” featuring Mohombi, Faydee and Costi that took him there. With over 4,300 weekly spins and well over 35,000,000 youtube views, both the song and video seems to be an addiction for music lovers.
The Phoenix Concert Theatre will be host to an evening of live music on Wednesday, May 6th, featuring dozens of celebrated artists that are loaning their considerable talents to the Unison Benevolent Fund.
The UNISON JAM will feature performances by Finger Eleven, I Mother Earth, Kim Mitchell, K-OS, Jason McCoy, The Trews, Tom Wilson, Matthew Good, Madison Violet and Tomi Swick, with additional surprise guests to be announced. This “ONE NIGHT ONLY” event will feature very special performances and collaborations throughout the evening. A few of the scheduled highlights include: Kim Mitchell and The Trews performing each others hits; I Mother Earth and Jason McCoy doing some “full metal country”, and Matthew Good performing acoustically. The event will be hosted by Tom Wilson, with special DJ support from Eon Sinclair of Bedouin Soundclash and K-OS.
The Unison Jam will also feature unique, and musical items up for raffle and auction, including a trip to Dublin, Ireland, courtesy of event sponsor Jameson Irish Whiskey.