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BET HIP POP AWARDS’19: Sarkodie Nominated For The “Best International Flow” Category.

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Celebrated and multiple awards winning rap/hip pop artiste, Michael Owusu Addo, Known within the entertainment circles as, Sarkodie has been nominated for the category of the “Best International Flow” at the 2019 edition of the Black Entertainment Tv (BET) Hip Pop Awards ceremony.

Slated for October 8, 8 pm EST on BET at the Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Center after vacationing in Miami for the last two years, the Ghanaian born rapper will be competing against a host of other illustrious rappers, including Falz (Nigeria), Ghetts (U.K.), Kalash (France), Lil Simz (U.K.), Nasty C (South Africa) and Tory Lanez (Canada).

This category is the newest addition to the prestigious awards scheme, since its inception, and proven to be the most valuable African best rapper within the last one decade of the hip pop genre, Sarkodie will be expecting to beat his genre colleagues to emerge victorious as the Best International Flow.

Meanwhile, after besting his peers with eight nominations in 2018, this year, Drake slides into third place with seven, allowing Cardi B to lead the pack with double-digit honors.

After notching four wins at last year’s festivities, Cardi looks to clinch more victories this time around with her 10 nominations including MVP of the Year, hot ticket performer, hustler of the year, best collab, single of the year, made-you-look award, and two nods for the best hip-hop video, & sweet 16 categories.

Though Cardi didn’t deliver her sophomore album in 2019, she stayed busy slinging out Hot 100 bangers in “Money,” “Press” and “Please Me.”

There’s a three-way tie for second as DJ Khaled, Travis Scott and J. Cole each nab eight nominations. Despite his passing earlier this year, Nipsey Hussle pulls away with a handful of nods, netting five. As for newcomers, Megan Thee Stallion snags five, while DaBaby closes shop with four.

Check full nominations list below;

Best Hip-Hop Video

21 Savage – “A Lot” Feat. J. Cole

Cardi B – “Money”

City Girls – “Twerk” Feat. Cardi B

DaBaby – “Suge”

Meek Mill – “Going Bad” Feat. Drake

Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode” Feat. Drake

Hot Ticket Performer

Cardi B

DaBaby

Drake

Megan Thee Stallion

The Carters

Travis Scott

Album of the Year

Travis Scott – Astroworld

Meek Mill – Championships

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

DJ Khaled – Father of Asahd

Tyler, The Creator – Igor

Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers 3

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Bruno Mars, Florent Dechard

Calmatic

Dave Meyers

Eif Rivera

Travis Scott

Lyricist of the Year

2 Chainz

Drake

J. Cole

Meek Mill

Nipsey Hussle

YBN Cordae

MVP of the Year

Cardi B

DJ Khaled

Drake

J. Cole

Megan Thee Stallion

Nipsey Hussle

Producer of the Year

DJ Khaled

London On Da track

Metro Boomin’

Mustard

Swizz Beatz

Tay Keith

Best Collab, Duo or Group

21 Savage Feat. J. Cole – “A Lot”

Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Please Me

DJ Khaled Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”

Lil Baby & Gunna – “Drip Too Hard”

Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”

Travis Scott Feat. Drake – “Sicko Mode”

Single of the Year

“Act Up”  – Produced by EarlThePearll (City Girls)

“Big Ole Freak” – Produced by LilJuMadeDaBeat (Megan Thee Stallion)

“Money” – Produced by J. White Did It (Cardi B)

“Old Town Road (Remix)” – Produced by YoungKio (Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)

“Sicko Mode” – Produced by Rogét Chahayed, CuBeatz, OZ, Hit-Boy & Tay Keith (Travis Scott Feat. Drake)

“Suge” – Produced by Pooh Beatz & JetsonMade (DaBaby)                            

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Blueface

DaBaby

Lil Nas X

Megan Thee Stallion

Roddy Ricch

YBN Cordae

Best Mixtape

Jack Harlow – Loose

Kevin Gates – Luca Brasi 3

Megan Thee Stallion – Fever

Roddy Ricch – Feed Tha Streets II

Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y – 2009

YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Cordae & YBN Nahmir – YBN: The Mixtape

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

21 Savage – “Wish Wish” ( DJ Khaled Feat. Cardi B & 21 Savage)

Cardi B – “Clout” (Offset Feat. Cardi B)

Cardi B – “Twerk” (City Girls Feat. Cardi B)

J. Cole – “A Lot” (21 Savage Feat. J Cole)

Rick Ross – “Money in the Grave” (Drake Feat. Rick Ross)

Rick Ross – “What’s Free” (Meek Mill Feat.Jay-Z & Rick Ross)

Impact Track

21 Savage – “A Lot” Feat. J. Cole

DJ Khaled – “Higher” Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

J. Cole – “Middle Child”

Kap G – “A Day Without a Mexican”

Lizzo – “Tempo” Feat. Missy Elliott

Youngboy Never Broke Again – “I Am Who They Say I Am” Feat. Quando Rondo & Kevin Gates

DJ of the Year

Chase B

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco

DJ Khaled

Mustard

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

Cardi B

DJ Khaled

French Montana

Meek Mill

Rick Ross

Travis Scott

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App

All Hip-Hop

Complex

HotNewHipHop

The Shade Room

WorldStar

XXL

Hustler of the Year

Cardi B

DJ Khaled

Jay-Z

Nipsey Hussle

Rick Ross

Travis Scott

Best International Flow

Falz (Nigeria)

Ghetts (U.K.)

Kalash (France)

Lil Simz (U.K.)

Nasty C (South Africa)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Tory Lanez (Canada)

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Wiyaala Wins Artiste Of The Year At GACA.

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) – Ghanaian Afro pop singer-songwriter, Noella Wiyaala, popularly christened Wiyaala has been adjudged as the Ghanaian Artiste of the Year at the maiden edition of the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards (GACA) that was staged at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).

The awards ceremony which was scheduled for December 7, 2019 saw the Ghanaian Afropop artiste beating off stiff competition from other Ghanaian musicians who were also nominated for the Artiste Of The Year category. The award was presented by acting President of Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), H.Bessa Simons and was partnered by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts And Culture.

Ghana Arts and Culture Awards seeks to honor and appreciate the forerunners, brands and the current key players who have contributed greatly to the Arts and Culture Industry here in Ghana and beyond. And Wiyaala, through out her career, has been noted for promoting and preserving the Ghanaian cultural identity.

Accepting this remarkable recognition, Wiyaala extended her sincere gratitude to the organizers of the awards ceremony and her fans for rally their support behind her, adding that, this is a sign that she is doing something good and she will be relentless in making Ghana proud.

Wiyaala means ‘the doer’ in the Sissala dialect. She sings in her native language Sissala and Waala dialects spiced up with the English Language. She has attained public renown with her single “Make Me Dance” and her androgynous image. After making her name in reality shows in Accra, she established a solo career in 2013 with the hit single “Rock My Body”, which won her two awards at the 2014 first edition of the All Africa Music Awards, the Most Promising Artiste in Africa and Revelation of The African Continent.

Wiyaala is also associated with UNICEF Ghana and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection of Ghana in campaigns against child marriage, child poverty, health and sanitation. She headlined the 15th London African Music Festival in London.

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Ghana Makeup Award Winners Receive Government’s Support.

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently awarded three thousand (3000) entrepreneurs with funds to start and expand their businesses under the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) Business Support Programme.

The NEIP Business Support Program is an initiative by the Government of Ghana under the Ministry of Business Development aimed at assisting Ghanaian businesses with Business Advisory Services and funding to scale up and to create jobs.

After an online application process this year, 12,000 entrepreneurs were selected for training at incubation hubs across the country. The training which lasted for 30 days, equipped applicants with the needed skills to be able to run their businesses. The hubs served as an avenue to understand trainee businesses in terms of their value proposition, product or service innovation, business location, and their financial performance. After the training, the hubs recommended 3,000 entrepreneurs eligible for funding ranging between GHC 10,000 to GHC 100,000.

As part of a partnership between Makeup Ghana and the Ministry of Business Development for the 3rd Edition of the Ghana Makeup Awards, eligible winners were given an opportunity to apply for business support through this programme.

As an industry award, the Ghana Makeup Awards is aimed at fostering excellence, by rewarding and empowering practitioners, brands and retailers in the makeup and beauty industry. Therefore, each year, Makeup Ghana continues to seek partnerships and find opportunities that showcase and grow the businesses of award winners.

Among the recipients were the businesses of five winners of the Ghana Makeup Awards who availed themselves of the opportunity and met all the requirements for the funding.

  • BlackCherry Beauty Lounge – Best Editorial Makeup Artist
  • Black Secret – Makeup Brand of the Year
  • Makeup Product of the Year – Colorbox Cosmetics founded by Stephanie Adu
  • Makeup Artist of the Year – Valerie Lawson CEO of CVL Beauty
  • Makeup Retailer of the Year, 2nd Edition – Rozay International

The winners expressed sincere gratitude to the government for the support and urged Makeup Ghana to continue to push for future winners of the Ghana Makeup Awards to receive access to bigger opportunities.

About Ghana Makeup Awards
The Ghana Makeup Awards is an industry award for the makeup and beauty industry aimed at fostering excellence, by rewarding and celebrating pioneers, leading professionals and upcoming talent within the industry, as well as businesses and brands that are contributing to economic growth.

Get ready for the 4th Edition of the Ghana Makeup Awards in 2020

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RECORD BREAKING: Over 100,000 Ghanaians Storm Stonebwoy’s “Ashaiman Festival”.

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ASHAIMAN, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) - Fashionably punctual, Livingstone Etse Satekla, professionally known for his musicianship as Stonebwoy floats on stage at 1:30am on the dot to entertain patrons who trooped in to see him perform at the Saka Saka Park, Ashaiman. It’s the the Ghanaian Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall artiste 6th consecutive outdoor show, dubbed, Ashaiman To The World Festival (ATTWF), but the set-up and sound was surprisingly advanced. His name and image glistens on screen in a retro font as his full-piece band, The BHIM Band start up, and he appears, as glammed to the smitten and record breaking 100,000 crowd.

Livingstone's intro music, Hero, wasn’t chosen solely for its party-starting funkiness. Having primed us, the multiple awards winning reggae artiste immediately turns the tables and ripples through a set that highlights both his artistry spiced up with activism. In the second category, Stonebwoy has a tendency to fill the gaps between songs with rote, let’s-love-ourselves exhortations. In the first is his uncontestable talent, displayed in fluid runs and a melody, which makes him admirably suited to the playing of his songs.

Throughout the evening, a range of surprise appearances sends raptures through the crowd. BET Hip pop award winner, Sarkodie, enthralls with his street anthem "Bleeding" and Rising star of Ashaiman Larruso garners a similar reaction with Killy Killy, while Quamina MP tipped the atmosphere towards frenzy with Party, Amanfour, and Wiase Ye De, Obrafour, King Promise, Eshun, Strongman Burna blessed the atmosphere with their spectacular sets. The evening’s biggest surprise was reserved for the last stretch; Shatta Wale emerged to the pensive instrumentals of his Only One Man tune and, for a few minutes, two of the continent’s biggest stars dance together, the ecstatic crowd thrilled and stunned at the unexpected union.

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Man of the moment, Stonebwoy, interweaves old and new on Saturday night, with an epic, Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall-filled set, including two released anthems (Shuga featuring Jamaican Super Star, Beenie Man and Ololo featuring Nigeria's Teni). Invoking his distinctive onstage persona, and throughout, Stonebwoy manages to apply a newfound scale to himself and his music, and in doing so, reinforces his position as an unstoppable entity on the brink of another new, exciting chapter. This year's concert, as far as attendance, Sound, Stage Lightening and Crew are concerned, is the biggest outdoor event in Ghana, and Legendary Obrafour made similar confession on stage.

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On stage, it’s evident that Stonebwoy deserves his seat at the top of the Afrobeats, Reggae/Ragge & Dancehall scene. He’s a magnetic performer. Songs such as People Dey, Run Go, Hero and Mama Stories, underpinned by snapping drums and jittery choruses, send feet stomping through the park filled with humongous souls. Elsewhere, the crowds sway as he croons the softer, more melodic offerings of Tuff Seed. With energy at a high point, Stonebwoy brings the curtain down with Wame, the enchanting drums and biographical lyrics leading the crowd into sermon, topping a night that epitomises both his and Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall’s continued ascent into the mainstream.

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Jizzle Garners 30,000 Patrons At His Debut Album Concert In Gambia.

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Jizzle, Gambia’s number 1 makes history as he fessal stade – filled the stadium for the concert for his album, Finally. It was the most surreal moment for the Gambian music industry, no concert at the stadium from Davido to Chronixx to Movado to even Youssou Ndour has received the type of crowd that Jizzle received on Saturday, November 23rd. This is just a testament of the love and support that Jizzle has received from the beginning of his career till now. Coming from humble beginnings from the community of Bakau, Jerreh Jallow has been on his musical journey for greatness for many years. He was born with a natural musical ability and quality. He employs both exuberance and brainpower to pull off conscious, sweet songs viable in today’s pop-culture. Finally, the album was released three months ago on all digital platforms. Since its release, it has definitely proven to be the hottest album on the streets of the Gambia. There is no taxi, shop, or community that you go into that is not blasting Jizzle’s album. The country has uplifted him to the highest level and everyone is proud of him. A number of singles have been released from the album accompanied by video like Finally, Joanna, Just In Case. However, it was Turn By Turn that became number one on Apple Top 100 Gambia for five weeks. The album was also number 1 on Apple Music Gambia. Jizzle has worked very hard and has proven that his craft is ready to compete and shine on the world stage. His entrance on the stage at the Finally Concert was one in a million. Covered in a white cashmere robe, he was dressed in white with a silver face mask; the crowd went into frenzy. As happiness exuded from him, an emotional Jizzle told the crowd, “This is not my show; this show is for the Gambian music industry. All of us as artists. When one shines, we all shine. There is no competition and we must have love and support for each other. When one of us wins, we all win.” One of Jizzle’s wonders is that he sings in three major West African languages – Fula, Mandingo and Wolof – and an international language, English, making him a marketable brand, both at home and abroad. His stage presence, energy, and delivery are impeccable. He has received the highest accolades in the Gambian music industry for his singles and videos. He also did his first European tour over the summer starting with the Selam Festival in Sweden then to other European countries. He will continue to do international shows in December and throughout 2020.
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