Ghanaian artistes’ absence at 2024 AfroNation Portugal disturbing – Berny Sarfo

Mr. Berny Sarfo, Chief Executive Officer of Bizzle Entertainment, says the absence of Ghanaian artistes at this year’s AfroNation Portugal, is a bad signal for the music industry. 

 This year’s AfroNation Portugal concert is being headlined by Rema, …


Mr. Berny Sarfo, Chief Executive Officer of Bizzle Entertainment, says the absence of Ghanaian artistes at this year’s AfroNation Portugal, is a bad signal for the music industry. 

 This year’s AfroNation Portugal concert is being headlined by Rema, Asake, Ninho, J Hus, Diamond Platnumz, Tyla, the Compozers and Odumodublvck.

 In past years Ghanaian artistes have been ever present at the AfroNation global shows with the likes of Black Sherif, Camidoh and Stonebwoy rocking the concert.

According to Mr Sarfo, who is a renowned Ghanaian event promoter, the absence of Ghanaian artistes at this year’s music event shows the lack of investment in our artistes and the decline of Ghana’s global music presence. 

 ‘Ghana is one of the leading nations in Afro music, and not having any artiste on the bill at this year’s AfroNation Portugal is so disturbing and also demonstrates that our artistes are not yet there.

 ‘We need massive investment in our artistes so that they can play shows outside the country because that
is one of the biggest ways of promoting Ghana. The investment can come from private individuals or even the government so as to help artists reach the international music audience,’ he said. 

 The renowned promoter also urged Ghanaian artistes to step up their game on the international stage so as to gain recognition and get booked for major international shows.

 ‘We have the talent to compete at the highest level of world music, and giving artistes all the support would prove crucial to our global music presence, and all stakeholders should work towards that. If Ghanaian music thrives globally, we all become beneficiaries,’ he said. 

 The Bizzle Entertainment CEO has over the years staged some successful shows in Europe with some Ghanaians artistes headlining the events and has helped book many of them for other shows around the world.

Source: Ghana News Agency

I am financially thriving as a solo artist – Natty Lee

A Ghanaian dancehall sensation, Mr William Addy, known by his stage moniker, ‘Natty Lee’, is joyed over the considerable improvement in his quality of life as a solo artist compared to his tenure as a member of the Shatta Movement Militants.

The form…


A Ghanaian dancehall sensation, Mr William Addy, known by his stage moniker, ‘Natty Lee’, is joyed over the considerable improvement in his quality of life as a solo artist compared to his tenure as a member of the Shatta Movement Militants.

The former militant shared with the Ghana News Agency that he was experiencing financial prosperity and had achieved notable success since going solo in his career, amidst reduced stress associated with his newfound independence.

He expressed gratitude for the valuable experience of collaborating with Shatta Wale, highlighting his diligent efforts that ultimately facilitated his departure from the group.

‘While I was associated with the Shatta Movement, financial gains were modest, but presently, I have garnered significant accomplishments, and I am thriving financially.

‘Working alongside Shatta was truly fulfilling; however, my financial situation was somewhat constrained. At present, I have the capacity to pursue various endeavours,’ he affirmed.

He disclosed that
he had established his own record label, directing his music videos with ease, engaging in extensive travel, and venturing into entrepreneurial ventures.

‘I have now launched my personal record label, oversee the production of my music videos effortlessly, embarked on frequent travels and delve into diverse business ventures.

‘I am now the master of my domain,’ he stated and rallied his teeming following to religiously support him.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Shatta Wale supports Buz Stop Boys clean-up campaign with GH?30,000

Multiple award-winning Reggae-Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has donated GH?30,000 to the ‘Buz Stop Boys,’ a group of sanitation volunteers.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, Shatta Wale participated in the group’s clean-up exercise at Alajo, Accra, and ma…


Multiple award-winning Reggae-Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has donated GH?30,000 to the ‘Buz Stop Boys,’ a group of sanitation volunteers.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, Shatta Wale participated in the group’s clean-up exercise at Alajo, Accra, and made this donation to support their environmental efforts.

In a brief remark at the presentation ceremony event, the celebrated artiste praised Buz Stop Boys for leading community mobilisation to maintain the environment clean through various sanitation efforts.

‘I came here to simply support and motivate them (the Buzz Stop Boys) in their efforts. We all know that the system is hard, so if we have people like them going to communities to make sure our environment is safe, I think they deserve support.

‘So through my foundation, I deem it right to support their campaign, and I hope they would go on in making our environment clean to promote healthy living,’ the musician said.

He also urged the youth to support the group of volunteers and hopes their various cam
paigns will make a big difference in keeping our communities clean. 

Shatta Wale has joined the list of a few musicians who have supported the sanitation initiative of the Buz Stop Boys who are contributing to mitigate sanitation issues in the country.

The Buz Stop Boys have over the past months received massive commendation for their efforts to keep Accra clean after clearing choked gutters in numerous communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Highlife music has evolved with new artists taking the genre to another level – Joe?Osei?

Ghanaian highlife composer, vocalist, and performer, Mr. Joe Osei, has shared his perspective on highlife music, saying it was not the same as now. 

He said ‘new ones have been upgraded to another level highlife legend, Mr. Osei had noted, indicating…


Ghanaian highlife composer, vocalist, and performer, Mr. Joe Osei, has shared his perspective on highlife music, saying it was not the same as now. 

He said ‘new ones have been upgraded to another level highlife legend, Mr. Osei had noted, indicating that contemporary highlife music had evolved with compositions transitioning into a more sophisticated realm’.

 

In an interview with GNA Entertainment, the renowned singer of ‘mepe wo asem’ emphasised that whilst classic highlife tunes possess timeless appeal, the current iterations have undergone refinements and advancements that distinguish them from their predecessors.

 

‘The essence of vintage highlife melodies differs significantly from the modern renditions. The genre has been elevated to a higher echelon in terms of musical sophistication.’  

He said that emerging artists had successfully revitalised highlife music, ensuring its relevance and resonance with contemporary audiences. 

‘It is imperative to acknowledge that the torch bearers of today ha
ve adeptly preserved the essence of highlife music, taking into cognisance the tastes of the present generation, ‘he added. 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Majority of Ghanaian songs lack spirituality value – Enam?

Ghanaian vocalist Enam has stated that most songs released by artists today sound plain and lack spiritual value.

Enam, who recently released her single ‘Libation’, believes that music is one of the most powerful instruments for connecting with other…


Ghanaian vocalist Enam has stated that most songs released by artists today sound plain and lack spiritual value.

Enam, who recently released her single ‘Libation’, believes that music is one of the most powerful instruments for connecting with others in a variety of ways.

‘Try watching a movie without music or sound, or attending church without hearing music. Music is intended to trigger something deep within us. Something we call spirituality, and when you tap into it, you discover methods to manipulate the world to your will. This bending emerges in a variety of ways, including the ability to impact one’s own life,’ the singer explained.

According to Enam, her genre, Afro-Spiritual, was influenced by the ‘Hadzivodushis’ (priestesses of the song) of the ‘Ye?e’ Shrine in the Volta Region.

‘Music reaches beyond the visible to impact our consciousness, and this impact can be helpful or harmful. Enam emphasised that any style of music devoid of something deep will not fulfil its intended effect on the human
soul.

‘I see music as a mediator of spiritual life. Music has become part of everyday life, and I feel most songs lack spirituality. 

‘Some artists are only concerned with the rhythmic aspect of the sound and how danceable it is, but forget the spiritual connotation,’ Enam said in an interview.

The powerful singer further stated that her purpose in pursuing the Afro-spiritual genre was to make people feel the spirituality of Ghanaian Indigenous people, which was one of her reasons for pursuing a career in music. 

‘Ghanaian music has so much depth, especially when we return to study the way sound has been used by our people, particularly within our indigenous spiritual practices. Everything has a meaning and a purpose,’ she noted.

Following the success of her six-track EP, which features award-winning Highlife artiste Akwaboah, Enam is on a mission to revive interest in the wisdom held in traditional music, and ‘Libation’ is a clear example.

Her new ‘Libation’ song is accompanied by some intriguing visua
ls that invoke a feeling of oneness with the earth and water. At the core of it, that is what spirituality is all about and the oneness in the world we live in.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Play on Gen. Gowon to be staged in Lagos Aug. 24-25

A play, ‘GOWON’, which depicts the life of retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, former Nigeria’s military head of state, is to be staged in Lagos, from Aug. 24 to Aug.25.

A statement by the Duke of Shomolu Foundation, producers of the play, said on Sunday in L…


A play, ‘GOWON’, which depicts the life of retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, former Nigeria’s military head of state, is to be staged in Lagos, from Aug. 24 to Aug.25.

A statement by the Duke of Shomolu Foundation, producers of the play, said on Sunday in Lagos that the play would focus on Gowon’s service to Nigeria and also take a ‘deep and cursory look at his tribe – Angas, in Plateau’.

‘It will run with the theme of unity and lean heavily on the Gowon era policy of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Reorientation put in place at the end of the civil war to heal wounds,’ the statement said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the statement was signed by Mrs Mofoluwake Edgar, Managing Director, Duke of Shomolu Foundation.

‘The play will seek to celebrate the ‘No Victor, No Vanquished proponent,’ the statement added.

It said that the play was written by Prof. Ahmed Yerima, who would also direct the stage proceedings.

Yerima had written equally strong historical plays on Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Emir
Muhammad Sanusi II, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.

All the plays were produced by the Duke of Shomolu Foundation.

The statement indicated that the play had been in the drawing board in the last two years ‘waiting for the most auspicious time.

‘For the first time ever on a Nigerian stage, a play will feature accomplished British actress – Tayo Elesin – who will play the role of Victoria, Gowon’s wife.

‘Tayo, who was HID Awolowo in the play ‘Awo’, staged in London, had featured in many western stage plays and many critically acclaimed movies on Netflix.

‘She will bring to bear on the production her international clout and experience,’ the statement said.

The statement disclosed that the play is being sponsored by First Bank of Nigeria, Unified Payments, Orangeline and Sonora Capital.

‘The showing will be at the Agip Recital Hall of The Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos,’ it said.

NAN reports that Gowon, who became the nation’s head of state at 32, ruled Nigeria from 1966 t
o 1975.

His regime was terminated by a military coup with the late Gen. Murtala Mohammed taking his place.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria