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DJ Vyrusky Shuts Accra Down With His ‘Vac With Vyrusky’ Concert



Picking an adjective to describe a throng of students from 15 to 18 years, raving to their favorite artistes while making friends and being reminded of the fact that they need to do their best to stay in school, is one of the most difficult task but the phrase, ‘the Vyrus is Spreading’ pretty much explains it.

Returning to the school that made him, Kofi Amoako, popularly known as DJ Vyrusky decided to go in a fashion characteristic of the career he has built for himself; bring on the jam. Together with a cast of 40 artistes that ranged from his label mates at Lynx (Kuame Eugene, Kidi and MzVee) to Shatta Wale to EL to Captain Planet to Kwesi Arthur to La Meme to Sister Afia to King Promise, as well as get Joey B and Pappy Kojo to turn the crowd up together after a long while. The list was more than impressive and one that ticked every single box of the students who came to St. Thomas Aquinas last Friday.

Making sure the stage never sees a dull moment, each of the artistes didn’t only bring on their A-game but move through the motions, getting the fans to sing along at some points, dance, jump and interact with the over 7,000 students who had gathered there from different schools. The event lived up to its billing and attained the rare state of a day party that only a handful of events have in Ghana.

If one thing was clear from the event, it was the fact that to win DJ of the Year for two years in a role, it takes more than just playing the jams of the time and certainly more than just tickling fans fantasies, it is about the interaction, the engagement and an understanding of what will make a fan excited as much as party along throughout.

With High School Clique as the organizers and Orijin Zero on board, Vac with Vyrusky, in the end, managed to convert fans, reestablish Vyrusky claim as the undisputable, rephrase what homecoming is supposed to be and reintroduce high schoolers to the possibilities of school opening the door to their best lives.

Watch snippets of the event below:

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In Photos: Blankets & Wine’s 10 Year Anniversary Festival In Kenya



The popular Kenyan festival celebrates its 10 year anniversary with a star-studded line-up.

On Sunday, Blankets & Wine teamed up with Red Bull Music to throw one of the biggest parties in Nairobi this year.

The dazzling line-up featured the best of Kenya’s mainstream and alternative scenes with artists like Muthoni Drummer Queen, Blinky Bill, SURAJ, Sauti Sol, Elani and Nyashinski.

As expected, the festival attracted all the fashionable, creative and well-known personalities of the city. Check out some photos of how it all went down below.

All Photography by Brian Bett.


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Okyeame Kwame Thrills At Made In Ghana Fair



It was an electrifying atmosphere when Okyeame Kwame mounted the stage at the Made in Ghana Fair to perform.

The programme which was held on Saturday November 3, 2018 at the Junction Mall in Accra had in attendance thousands of revelers who thronged the place to witness rich display of Made in Ghana products.

Okyeame Kwame exuded much energy on stage as he performed back to back hits for about one and half hours.

He was supported by backing vocalists and female dancers buoyancy fit perfectly into the energetic ambiance.

One of the high moments was when a gentleman he picked randomly from the audience joined him on stage to perform ‘Mesan Aba’.

Awed by the sparkling performance of the guy, Okyeame gifted him a Made in Ghana t-shirt and his expensive gold chain.

Kwame who was adorned in white fugu and a pair of trousers together with his dancers, also performed his ‘Made in Ghana’ song which is already helping to push the Made in Ghana agenda on all fronts.

The third edition of the Made in Ghana Fair was organised by Multimedia Group of Companies.

It saw the display of rich Ghanaian culture as some staff of the company strutted their stuff on the runway in their Ghanaian costumes.

Okyeame Kwame, who was currently made ‘Made in Ghana’ Ambassador by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, is bent on preaching the Made in Ghana agenda through music and other arts related projects.

While preparing to release his ‘Made in Ghana’ album in December, he is busily engaging in other activities to help preserve Ghanaian heritage.

The album features Kuami Eugene, Kurl Songs, Wiyaala, Afriyie Wutah, Atongo Simba and Fancy Gadam.

The rest are Kidi, Wulomei, Feli Nuna, Yaa Yaa, Kwan Pa band.

The songs represent the 10 regions and their cultures, bringing varied Ghanaian rhythms together through music, videos and paraphernalia.

Listen to ‘Made in Ghana’ by Okyeame Kwame in the link below:

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Maccasio Pulls Over 4,000 Fans At Bukom Boxing Arena



Multiple award-winning Ghanaian rapper, Macassio, on Sunday, October 28, shut down the Bukom Boxing Arena with his ‘Total Shutdown Concert’.

The “Dagomba Girl” hitmaker rocked over 4,000 fans at the boxing arena for hours.

Maccasio, alongside some up and coming and mainstream musicians, thrilled fans to the fullest on the night with his highly patronised concert.

Tuba, Yblaq, Choggu Boys, Gaffachi, One9ra, Wumbei and Wizchild, who are highly known in the northern region of Ghana, took over the stage to deliver some sterling performances.

From the southern part of Ghana came Miyaki, ‘Hipop Alhaji’ FaReed and Medikal who proved their worth, delivering pure class and showmanship on the night.

AMG Business’ Medikal introduced Maccasio on stage but little did the fans know about the biggest surprise on the night.

Halfway through Maccasio’s performance, the fans were taken by surprise, when NKZ Music label frontman Guru popped up to throw his support behind the Zola Music label frontman.

Guru dropped a couple of hits from his catalogue and left the stage for Maccasio to finish what he started.

After dropping hits after hits, Macassio ended his stellar performance with Fancy Gadam’s hit song “Total Cheat” – a sign that he has no qualms with his fellow musician.

Overall, Maccasio proved why he has a major following in the industry and this is just one of the proofs.

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Standing Ovation As Okyeame Kwame Stuns At Ghana-South Africa Cultural Seasons



Ghana’s ‘Best Rapper Alive,’ Okyeame Kwame staged a stellar performance at a Ghana-South African cultural exchange programme on Monday.

The week-long programme dubbed ‘Africa Cultural Seasons’ opened at the Marriott Hotel in Accra on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Okyeame Kwame, clad in typical Ghanaian cloth, with a pair of sneakers to match, dazzled the audience with rap music woven over indigenous Ghanaian highlife rhythm.

He performed some of his classic compositions to palm wine highlife rhythm provided by the Kwan Pa band.

Okyeame Kwame was the last to perform after South African artiste Berita.

He first did a rendition of the Ghana National Anthem, took them back to some of his old hits and finally got them into the yet to be released album ‘Made In Ghana.’

In the course of the performance, Okyeame also told the history of highlife music, Ghana’s music heritage.

He gave a chronological account of how highlife has evolved over time.

The highlight of the event was when he performed his latest song ‘Made in Ghana.’

Barely a month after its release, it was surprising that patrons could sing along.

Okyeame Kwame ended his performance with the popular Marian Makeeba song ‘Pata Pata.’

Patrons of the event including the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Catherine Afeku and the South African High Commissioner Her Excellency Lulu Xingwana took to the dance floor and jammed to the spectacular performance.

At the programme, Okyeame, as a tourism ambassador took the opportunity to project Ghana’s culture through music, fashion and arts.

This ropes into his ‘Made in Ghana’ project which is aimed at marketing Ghana’s culture through music tourism and arts.

The South African programme which starts from October 15-20, hosts South Africa’s cultural season as part of efforts to promote regional integration and to support efforts towards the expansion of trade of Africa’s cultural goods and services.

It would be celebrated through music, dance, fashion and design, exhibition, craft, mural and other cultural expressions.

South African artiste like Berita, Chef Citron Khumalo, Zwai Bala, Mafikizolo, Mbuso Khoza and Brenda Mtambo are in Ghana to show their country’s artistic talents and to create an inter-cultural and inter-generational dialogue between Ghana and South Africa.

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