This week has been good to the Ghanaian hip life artist Samini (Batman). After being mortified publicly by his engagement to two women, he can now relax and do what he does best, which is entertaining his fans. According to statement signed by Samini’s manager Mr. Anthony Pun, Samini apologised to both women and their families and is trying to resolve the scandal privately. I like that fact that he stood up and accepted his mistake and have taken due course to rectify them.
Back to music matters for the very talented Samini, he is the only Ghanaian that has been nominated at the 29th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). He is nominated for the Best African Entertainment category and is in competition with 2Face, F. Kuti and D’banj all from Nigeria and Amadou & Mariam of Mali. I wish him luck and hope he wins the award.
In this week, the Ghana Music Awards (GMA) received another shot from another Ghanaian musician Blakk Rasta. Blakk Rasta he is disappointed in the GMAs and thinks it should be scrapped since it no longer add real value to the art. He pointed out some errors in the “reggae song of the year” for instance the song “Mama Africa” by Black Prophet was actually released in 2006. How can it therefore be in the reggae song of the year category?
This is making some big name artist in Ghana to withdraw their work from the GMA. Kojo Antwi according Blakk Rasta said on his show that he doesn’t want his work to be included in the GMA. This comes after Kwaw Kesse spoke out about the nomination being bias, shit and fake. The GMA executives should sit up and bring the intergrity of the awards back and stop this “nonsense” because they are devaluing the GMA.
In “old skuul” news, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has revealed that his new album will feature sensational UK rap artist Sway of Ghanaian descend. The track according to him is certain to be a hit.
Osibisa band the afro caribean band of the 70s performed some of their hit songs in london last week. The band founded by Ghanain Teddy Osei performed along side the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd during their heydays in the 70s.
Although the West African influenced jazz rock music of the Osibisa band might not be mainstream anymore, they did rock the Queen Elizabeth Hall with many fans dancing their heart out. Is amazing that after 40years, Osibisa band still have all of this members and still play the same music they played in the 70s.
Lastly, the TV Diva “Dentaa” gave birth to another cute baby around 5am Friday. Now that she is through with this, I guess she will be hitting our Tv screens soon with a new definition. Congratulations to Dentaa and her family.
By Eric Anokye Asare /GhanaCelebrities.Com/ United Kingdom