Popular Ghanaian Highlife singer, King David of “Ayefe Notse” fame, is one of the numerous stars who suffered under the appalling behaviour of some security personnel at the just ended Ghana Music Awards, held at the Accra International Conference Center, last Saturday, April 10.
One of Ghana’s reggae artistes, Shasha Marley, has once again proven that he is a force to reckon with in Africa as far as reggae music is concerned.
This he did by emerging the Best African Reggae Artiste of The Year at the KORA All Africa Music Awards held in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso, on Easter Sunday.
The event, which attracted over 3,000 showbiz personalities from various African countries, was hosted by the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, at the plush Palaise De Sports in Ouagadougo.
Artistes from 24 African countries took part in the competition which was judged through a share of public and jury votes.
Ghana’s international music star Rocky Dawuni is one of the most famous Reggae stars in Africa and other parts of the world. His song and charming lyrics is undoubtedly inspiring a generation of artists and fans.
Rocky’s music and electric live performances have attracted thousands to his concerts. Superstars such as Stevie Wonder and Peter Gabriel have joined him on stage at his shows to tremendous response.
You may be wondering why we have been featuring stories and photos all week about the African Movie Academy Awards. The answer is simple; the triumph of our actresses, actors, directors and movies at the Awards has made us all proud.
It has been brought to our attention that, the “BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE” award was won by Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson and Naa Ashokor Mensa-Doku for their role in The Perfect Picture. The award was given to all the 3 actresses for their stupendous and notable performance in Shirley Frimpong Manso’s Perfect Picture. Our initial publication highlighted Jackie’s name as the ultimate winner.
Wanlov Da Kubolor and Mensa Ansah will be hitting the National Theatre on Saturday, May 15th with the first ever pidgin musical film in the world called “Coz Ov Moni”. The movie has Mensah Ansah, the acclaimed composer/rapper/producer and the “skirt wearing dreaded musician” Wanlov Da Kubolor as the main characters. These guys prefer to be called FOKN BOIS (Dont ask me why because I don’t know) and have promised to do “FOKN” things at the national theatre with this amazing movie.
Bearded Radio presenter, musician and statistician DJ ‘Abodwese’ Abio (real name Stanley Nyame) has resigned from his Dworwulu based Radio station Channel of Righteousness ‘Channel R’ after several attempts made by his employers to retain him at the station, proved futile.
Actress, Jackie Appiah continues to be on the rise following her recent ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ honours at the 2010 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for her role in ‘Perfect Picture’. Jackie, who played the role of a flustered wife battling with sexual incompatible with her new husband, has described her new achievement as exciting and a beautiful feeling.
The young and beautiful actress is not new to the AMA Awards; in 2007 she won the nod for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ for ‘Beyonce’ and was nominated the following year for ‘Best Actress in a Leading role’ for ‘Princess Tyra’. So winning the award this year brings a good sense of achievement and growth for her. “It was a beautiful feeling and I am just so happy. It shows that God is on my side and people are out there watching my works and appreciating what I do”, she comments.
GhanaCelebrities.Com is compiling questions for an exclusive interview with the Ghanaian Boxer, Ray Narh who brought smiles on the faces of many Ghanaians after Clottey’s disappointing performance against Pacquiao. Ray Narh, the former Commonwealth Gold medallist who is ready to step into the shoes of Azumah Nelson recently claimed the WBC USNBS lightweight title with his spectacular victory over Angel Hernandez.
We believe his huge fan base, admirers and Ghanaians worldwide have questions they would want him to answer. Submit your question to us by 15/04/10 and we will put it to Ray Narh in our pending interview. Click Here To Submit Your Question Now.
The just ended Ghana Music Awards 2010 confirmed once again that the awards do not follow any logic; aside the controversy, the awards encountered some lapses in respect of security, which was poor, innocent fans who had flocked the venue to catch a glimpse of their favourite artistes also suffered in the hands of the bouncers brought in from Togo who hardly speak any English; for once they forgot they were dealing with human beings.
Regardless of all this low points, the show was a success and Sarkodie deservedly emerged as the Artiste of the Year. The awards in the Dome at the Accra International Conference Centre saw the dynamic duo Bradez, track ‘Simple’ being adjudged as the Most Popular Song of the Year.
Over the last few days, some news media outlets in Ghana have been rife with speculation that the prolific, albeit controversial hiplife artist, Mzbel, had recently gotten married to a Nigerian man, known as Mr Chucks.
This unfounded rumour was first published by newly established newspaper network, Newsone. Following the publication of these unfounded allegations, various other Ghanaian media outlets also began to publish the same story, without ascertaining its credibility.
There is a new rap superstar in town- Sarkodie defeated Okyeame Kwame to be crowned ‘Artiste of the Year’ at last night’s Ghana Music Awards.
Last year’s winner of the ‘Artiste of the Year,’ ‘Hip-Hop Song of the Year,’ ‘Hip-Hop/Hiplife Artist of the Year,’ and ‘Video of the Year’ categories, Okyeame Kwame had to settle for announcing the name of the winner: “The voice of the people is the voice of God,” he declared, before announcing that Sarkodie was the new owner of his previous title- ‘Artiste of the Year.’
The new ‘Artiste of the Year’ winner was also the biggest winner of the night, taking home further trophies for ‘Hiplife/Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year,’ ‘Best Rapper of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and also ‘Discovery of the Year.’ Yet, it was his popular track ‘Baby’ featuring Muggies of R2Bees that ensured that he was crowned ‘Artiste of the Year,’ in recognition of the song’s success.
Not satisfied with the award won recently at the 18th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival by her movie ‘A Sting In A Tale’, Shirley Frimpong Manso has gone ahead to win the best director of the year for the African Movie Academy Awards.
Shirley was nominated in the same category with Leila Jewel Djansi (I sing of a well), Shemu Joyah (Seasons of a life), Jude Idada and Lucky Ejim (The Tenant) and Kunle Afolayan the director of Figurine which swept away five awards. She clinched the award with the movie, ‘The Perfect Picture’.
Her movie ‘A Sting in a Tale’ also took home the ‘Best Original Sound Track Award’. The successful Ghanaian movie producer, writer and director has already unearthed her Oscar ambitions. Shirley who is the CEO/Director of Sparrow Productions has five popular films to her credit. They are; Life And Living It, Scorned, The perfect Picture, A Sting In A Tale and Check Mate.
Jackie Appiah was crowned as the best actress . She was nominated in the category ‘Best performance by an actress in a leading role’ together with Lydia Forson and Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku for their roles in Shirley Frimpong Manso’s ‘Perfect Picture’. The three were competing with Stephanie Okereke (Nnenda), Akofa Edjeani Asiedu (I sing of a well), Flora Suya (Season of a life) and Bimbo Akintola (Freedom in Chains).
Ghanaian actress, Jackie Appiah Agyemang has been crowned as the best actress for this year’s African Movie Academy Awards. She was nominated in the category ‘Best performance by an actress in a leading role’ together with Lydia Forson and Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku for their roles in Shirley Frimpong Manso’s ‘Perfect Picture’.
The three Ghanaian were competed with their compatriot Akofa Edjeani Asiedu (I Sing Of A Well), Stephanie Okereke (Nnenda), Flora Suya (Season Of A Life) and Bimbo Akintola (Freedom In Chains). Jackie Appiah whose warm smiles and eloquence can’t stop producers from including her in their movies received two nominations for ‘Best Actress In A Leading Role’ and ‘Best Upcoming Actress’ at the AMAA 2008.
Tomorrow 10th April, 2010 at the Dome in the Accra International Conference. The whole country’s attention will be on the Ghana Music Awards 2010. Below are records and videos of artistes who have been crowned as winners in the previous editions of the Ghana Music Awards.
The overall winner was initially ‘Most Popular Song of the Year’ before it was changed to ‘Artiste of the Year’. Enjoy the videos and little information about the artistes, as we wait for who will succeed the rap doctor Okyeame Kwame.
2000: Daddy Lumba with Aben Wo Ha
In 2000, the first edition of the Ghana Music Awards, Daddy Lumba or DL known in life as Charles Kwadwo Fosu’s ‘Aben Wo Ha’ won him three awards including best album and the most popular song. He debuted on the scene in the 1980s with a massive hit “Yeeye Aka Akwantuo Mu” with Nana Acheampong. He introduced Ofori Amponsah in his ‘Wo Ho Kyere’ album in 1999.
Watch ‘Aben Wo Ha’ Video
Here we go again! Yvonne Nelson has blasted Ghanacelebrities.Com on her facebook profile. Gosh, we are deeply hurt. Hell No! Definitely, we will not be browbeaten by her blast, slur and choice of words. After all, this is not the first time we have received an open blast from a celebrity. Lydia Forson did it and we are still here. Aint we?
The blast by Yvonne Nelson who is currently believed to be holidaying in Sweden, glued to the Ghanaian football star Derek denotes that “They All Read Us”.
The ‘mad’ man Kwaw Kesse (real name Emmanuel Botwe) who was the first to trash this year’s Ghana Music Awards nomination has thrown another jab at the organizer of the event, this time describing as a ‘Yawa’ (literally meaning Bogus) Awards.
Abodam said this during an exclusive interview on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review” programme, Kwaw who is currently on holidays in America told host of the programme Kwasi Aboagye from his Washington DC base that there was too much “Kuluulu” in the nomination this year.
He also explained why he tore the nomination list on the day of the launch at Gold Tulip Hotel in Accra on February 26. “When I went through the nomination I realized that No! This is not the Ghana Music Awards I know, because the whole thing seems like a big joke to me. There are several songs which made waves in the past year but they were not nominated, so I saw that there was some bias going on”, Kwaw stated.
Hammer of the Last 2, born and named Edward Nana Poku Osei has turned ‘mere’ artistes into prolific ones. People who until meeting Hammer would have been in the musical wilderness without any hope whatsoever are sought after now.
If you didn’t know, now you know D-Black and Kwaku T are one of the best Hip Hop artiste to spring out of Ghana rapping in the queen’s language so fluently.
“Kwaku T and I are the first english spitting rappers to be nominated for Ghana Music Awards” said D-Black.
It is not strange that the pair had a nomination in the Ghana Music Awards. The duo is nominated in the HipLife/Hip Hop Song of the Year category with their track ‘Breathe’. But the nomination happens to be their first ever nominations in the GMAs.
Rather calm looking D-Black revealed to GhanaCelebrities.com “This is our first nomination, our first ever nomination, I think this year the music is changed, so definitely our nomination is a step in the right direction”.
Raging controversies surrounding the 2010 Ghana Music Awards like any other year, seem not to be unending, as Nima-based hiplife trio, VIP have just been struck out of this year’s award.
Mr. Fred Kyei Mensah (Fredyma) of Fredyma Studios and CEO of Minor Rhythms Band disclosed this on Peace FMs Entertainment Review program. According to Fredyma, who is also a member of the Planning Committee of Ghana Music Awards, VIP was taken off because the Committee realized that their album was not released within the GMA calendar year, which is from 1st November 2008 to 31st November 2009.
On Saturday 10th April, 2010, all the attention will be shifted to the Dome at the Accra International Conference Centre, where the 11th edition of the prestigious and biggest entertainment show, Ghana Music Awards will be held.
Radio presenter from X-FM, actor and host for Stars of the Future, Miss Malaika and Rhythmz TV, Chris Attoh will host the 11th edition of the Ghana Music Awards alongside host of Joy FM’s Cosmopolitan Mix and Lunch Time Rhythms, Doreen Andoh.
Artistes to perform on the night to give unforgettable experience to the audience are gospel musician Ohemaa Mercy, Abrantie Amakye Dede, Ghana’s fastest rapper Sarkodie, dynamic duos 4×4 and Wutah, Ghana Rap Osofour Obrafour, R2Bees, VIP, and international artistes such as Donae O and Wande Coal of Bumper to Bumper fame.
Don’t be left out of this experience.
Below are GhanaCelebrities.com predictions for the night. What we think will necessarily not be the outcome of the awards. Therefore we wish all the nominated artistes good luck
A. Artiste(s) Of the Year
The favourite Artistes to win this category will fall on the neck of Sarkodie, 4X4 and Bradez. The competition is straight between those three. SARKODIE will win this but I will not be surprised if Bradez pulls a surprise.
B. Most Popular Song of the Year
There are three songs I hear everyday when I go out, Simple by Bradez, Kotosa by Wutah and World Trade Centre by 4X4. 4X4 are one of my favourite but I don’t like the idea for their song. I feel it’s a mockery of 9/11. Kotosa is good but SIMPLE by BRADEZ deserves it more and will win it
The popular Ghanaian radio presenter, Osofo Mafia, in an exclusive interview with GhanaCelebrities.com has revealed that he has set his sights on becoming a “real man of God.” Popular across UK-based Ghanaian radio stations, the presenter, also known as DJ Adusie, spoke of his wish to spread good news to the world and help win souls for the Lord.
Starting off as a DJ playing at funerals and parties, he joined UK radio station WBLS in 1998, after being discovered by DJ Okoto. The experience with WBLS lasted until the station’s demise in 2000.
It was recently reported that Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson and Nollywood bad boy, Jim Iyke were engaged in a secret romance that even heaven and Earth could hardly separate the two.
According to the report, the two love birds were caught on set while shooting the movie ‘Deadly Obsession’ in Accra. Yvonne denied the rumours when she spoke to Nigeriafilms.com but confessed that they are ‘very close’. “Jim is a nice person, we are very close but I am not dating him”.
The SMG (Sputnic Music Group) studios in Atlanta, Georgia was the venue for a celebrity mini-party which included the likes of Abdul Salaam Mumuni of Venus Films Production fame, Mr Abodam aka Kwaw Kese, and Ghana’s screen idol Majid Michel, who declared, “I’m just here to spend quality time with my brothers.”
The owner of the SMG studios is a Ghanaian producer and engineer named Sputnic. Currently blowing up the producing scene in the USA hip-hop circuit, he’s not as well known in Ghana so therefore, I think it is time for a brief introduction.
Sputnic has worked with a variety of A-List music artists including the likes of Akon, Teddy Riley, T.I., Wyclef Jean, Outkast, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin and many more.
This is the final part of the article ‘Can Ghana Music Awards Be Bought’? Click here to read the part one.
Charter House must construct a suitable system to determine the inclusion of artists from other Ghanaian regions. This must be done in order to dispel the perception that the Ghana Music Awards is strictly for Accra-based music artists.
Not only would a new system avoid discrimination across the regions when it comes to nominating artists, it should also be implemented in order to ensure that the committee members have facts before selecting the nominees of a particular category in order to avoid embarrassing occurrences.
These include when Ohemaa Mercy’s producer had to be contacted in order to find out when ‘Obeye Kesse’ was released, or when Okyeame Kwame was contacted to ask about which of his brothers in the rap duo Bradez should be nominated in the ‘Best Rapper of the Year’ category.
One would assume that as committee members, they would be aware of this information already. It seems quite unbelievable that the awards have been happening for 11 years now, yet there seems to be very little progress made in terms of the system and acquiring of information.
Below are the various categories and category description. Ghana Music Awards 2010 is slated for the Accra International Conference Centre on the 10th April, 2010.
As part of the Ghana Music Awards festival, an open forum was held on April 1 for stakeholders to discuss efficient ways to utilize new trends in music marketing. The forum which was instituted in 2009, discussed the issue of musicians paying for airtime in the first year and according to Mrs. Diana Hopeson, the President o the Musician Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), plans are far advance to do further negotiations with independent broadcasters on how to reach a fair agreement concerning paying for airplay.
DUST, a new informative, interactive and free magazine has been launched. Dust is an Accra magazine, about Accra, by Accra for Accra and its set to tackle issues in Accra and around Accra says the Editor-in-Chief.
In a short corporate ceremony, Madam Hannah Tetteh, the honourable Minister for Trade and Industry after a short speech duly declared the magazine fully launched at the Novotel Hotel in Accra last Wednesday.