Ghanaian musicians dying like dogs – Nana Quame
Highlife musician Nana Quame has lamented how most players in the arts and entertainment industry in Ghana struggle to make ends meet at the later stages of their careers.
Speaking to Nii Arday Clegg Snr. On the Morning Starr, Nana Quame stated that entertainers are dying like dogs in Ghana.
“I hold a British passport which guarantees me good medical care in London but musicians are dying like dogs here in Ghana.
“I was supposed to be one of the richest musicians in this country but our structures are poor… in Ghana, entertainers are dying like dogs. It’s the truth! Some musicians can’t even afford three square meals a day”.
Nana Quame, therefore called for the shutdown of the Musician Union of Ghana [MUSIGA] and the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), adding that the unions have done little to support musicians.
“I think we should close down the various music unions and get private companies to run them as proper businesses, To be honest, this country doesn’t have the solutions, the only thing is to keep making hit tracks.
“I was paid just GHC400 as my royalty for 7 years. We talk too much as a people. We hate the truth and you’re blacklisted for telling the truth as a musician. If you do not make hit songs, no one will invite you for shows. I don’t know how things are going to change with regards to the art industry, to me, MUSIGA should be privatized; things will work better if we do”.
The ‘Atia Donko’ hitmaker however stated that the only person who cared and still cares about musicians who aren’t stars is the CEO of EIB Network, Bola Ray.
I will vote for Nana Addo – Kwaw Kese
Kwaw kese in recent press statement has said that, he decided to join the voice for change by declaring his support for the Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo.
The hiplife / hiphop musician together with his colleague musicians like wisa,kwabena kwabena and others would like to support the campaign of the NPP in order to help bring the much needed change.
Wizkid and Linda Ikeji at war again
NIGERIAN superstar, Ayo Balogun, aka Wizkid, will be going against sensational blogger, Linda Ikeji in the lifestyle category, Personality of the Year, at the forthcoming MTV Africa Music Awards. Other contenders in the category are Pearl Thusi, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), and middle distance runner and Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya.
Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, AKA and Sauti Sol lead the pack in the first round of nominations with an impressive nine nominations between them.
Fifty MAMA nominees including artists and achievers from 18 countries were revealed in nine key music and lifestyle award categories by Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) at a star-studded reception at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa.
At the front of the field is Nigerian star Wizkid with three nominations including nods in Best Male, Best Collaboration and Personality of the Year. Next in line with two nominations each are AKA (South Africa),Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) and Sauti Sol (Kenya).
The keenly contested Best Hip Hop category sees MAMA nominations for Emtee and Riky Rick of South Africa, who’ll be going head to head against Nigeria’s Olamide and Ycee, and Kiff No Beat (Ivory Coast).
An epic battle of the bands is in store in the Best Group category where Ghana’s R2bees face off against Kenya’sSauti Sol, South Africa’s Mi Casa, Navy Kenzo from Tanzania and Togolese duo, Toofan.
Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa stated; “MAMA celebrates Africa’s incredible young musicians and trailblazers by breaking down barriers, driving engagement, and highlighting the continent’s rich and abundant talent.”
The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 is sponsored to by Joburg Tourism in partnership with Absolut Vodka and Google and in association with MTN and DStv.
This is what Sarkodie says about Stonebwoy recording with Trey Songz
When Hip-hop meets Dancehall, it’s definitely a problem. Global champion, Stonebwoy is currently in Kenya working on a record with Coke Studio Africa.
Guess what? The BET award-winner is recording with Nana hitmaker, Trey Songz.
This is certainly a big feat for him and his ‘brother’ Sarkodie can’t just help it but to take to his Twitter handle and tweet photo of Stonebwoy together with Trey Songz with fire emojis.
Stonebwoy, R2bees nominated for #MTVMAMA2016
Ghanaian artistes, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, and R2Bees have been nominated in various categories at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards.
Stonebwoy got ‘Best Live Act’ nomination, R2Bees will be competing for the ‘Best Group’ Award, and Sarkodie’s collaboration with Nigerian Dancehall act, Patoranking ‘No Kissing Baby’ is up for a ‘Best Collaboration’ Award.
The second set of nominations will be announced in Lagos, Nigeria on October 2.
This year’s event will be hosted by South African Comedian Trevor Noah and will feature performances from the likes of Alikiba, Babes Woduma, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Ycee, and Yemi Alade,
It will be held at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa on October 22. Here are the nominations:
BEST HIP HOP
Kiff No Beat(Ivory Coast)
Ricky Rich(South Africa)
Black Coffee(South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
BEST LIVE ACT
Cassper Nyovest(South Africa)
PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Navy Kenzo (Tanzania)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
Patoranking ft. Sarkodie – No Kissing
Sauti Sol ft. Alikiba – Unconditionally Bae
AkA ft. Burna Boy,Khuli Chana & Yanga – Baddest
Dj Maphorsia ft. Wizkid & Dj Buckz – Soweto Baby
Nasty c ft. Davido & Cassper Nyovest – Juice Back Remix
EL and his girlfriend show off their tattoos
Nothing shows dedication and adoration like you and your girlfriend getting a tattoo.
Well, VGMAs award-winner has finally decided to show off his girlfriend to the world.
The ‘Portey dey be’ hitmaker took to his Instagram handle and posted photos of him with his girlfriend holding their hands.
He posted the photo and captioned it, “His and hers. My Main #Elien”
EL later took the photo off his platform but I managed to get the photo before he took it off.
So now you know, EL is now hooked up. See the photo below.
Becca lists her top 5 Ghanaian artistes
Award-winning performing artist, Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong known widely as Becca has was on YFM‘s Dryve of Ur Lyfe with J.O.E.L and shared her top five acts with listeners.
“The first artist that will come to mind is M.anifest.” He is just a unique artist. You can tell his style is indigenous. He is presenting Africa to the world. He sounds African but modern and you can relate to it.
“Number two will be Bisa KDei. He revived Highlife. He has makes great and sends the music around the world. I go to London and I hear his music and the whites also vibe to it.
“The third will be Efya. She is a force to reckon with. She is in her own league. She stands out and not deterred. Her vocal ability is great.
“Kofi Kinaata is also so unique. I like authentic Ghanaian music and that’s why I gravitate towards these artists.
“The last one will be Wiyaala. She brought back Angelique Kidjoe. When I watch her on TV, I feel Angelique Kidjoe has been revived but this time coming from the Northern part of Ghana.
“Right now these are the ones selling Ghana to the world.”Singer Becca announced some few months back on Y FM that her 7-track EP will drop next year. The EP, “Odo Nsor” is scheduled to coincide with her 10th anniversary in the Ghana music industry.
Don’t Depend On Men For My Expensive Lifestyle – Kenpong’s Ex
Socialite, Hajia 4Real, says her carefree, galavanting days are over! Motherhood has ushered her into a more somber, careful lifestyle and she is ready to steer clear of controversies. According to the 24-year old whose real name is Mona Faiz Montrage, she is tired of the controversies and bad press and does not want to expose her daughter to such negative stories about her when she is of age.
She said the birth of her first child, Neila, has given her a more deeper understanding of life and could therefore not take things for granted and keep to her ‘high life’ status.
Hajia 4Real who spoke to Showbiz in an interview when she visited its offices last Monday said, “I don’t enjoy controversial stories about me because that is not the real me. I’m a free spirited person but surprisingly, I am a shy person but because of the kind of pictures I post on Instagram, people have wrongly labelled me.
“Motherhood has changed a lot about me and I don’t want people to brand me that way anymore. I want my daughter to grow up to be proud of a mother like me and not one that attracts unnecessary criticisms,” the rather shy Hajia 4Real said.
Though she confessed that she sometimes enjoyed the attention from the media, she has gotten to a point where her daughter, Neila is her number one priority in every decision she takes.
“I have come to find out that, life is no more about me so I quickly had to adapt to my new status and change to meet the status quo society has set for mothers ”, she stated.
Born and bred in the Northern regional capital, Tamale, Hajia 4 Real said the inspiration she derived from motherhood has influenced a humanitarian project where she would occasionally donate to orphanages to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged.
That isn’t all, she will personally finance the capacity building and skills training of of some less privileged children in society. “Every year, I would finance five needy children from a selected community as my way of contributing to the development of my country,” she stated.
To prove how serious she is with her project to help the needy in society, yesterday, the Instagram celebrity spent her Founder’s Day holiday with children at the Teshie Children’s Home and also feted 200 children at James Town.
Hajia 4Real shot to fame when her relationship with business man, Kennedy Agyapong popularly known as Kenpong made headlines in mainstream media. The relationship fell on rocks when news of Hajia 4Real dating another wealthy man flooded social media.
But she was quick to dispel the perception that she funds her perceived lifestyle from doing “men game”.
According to the graduate of the School of Fashion, New York, “I’m a very hard working young lady who does not depend on men for my expensive lifestyle. “ You know, some people are also jealous of me and would take the least opportunity to spread false information about me. People who know little about you form their own impressions but I’m happy with the support I have enjoyed from my family because they know the real Mona and not the one on social media and Ghanaians have created,” she stated.
Currently, she’s the C.E.O of LVC Entertainment in New York City, an event company which organises shows, parties and entertainment related activities.
She also hinted on the introduction of her own lipstick and eyelash line as well as opening a beauty centre by close of the year.