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Fuse ODG Defines Africa At The Launch Of His “New Africa Nation” Album In Ghana.

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Ghanaian UK-based Fuse ODG started off with a song off his “New Africa Nation” Album succeeded by his club banger “Million Pound Girl” before a catalogue of his popular hits including “Boa Me” featuring R2bees and Ed Sheeran, “Anteena”.

Ghanaian music fans are a forgiving lot. Annoy them all you want for as long as you deliver what was promised in the first agreement, they will turn up in droves and party until drop, as witnessed at the launch of “New Africa Nation” album concert show, Thursday night, hosted at the +233 Jazz Bar & Grill, in Accra and headlined by Ghanaian award-winning Afrobeats icon, Fuse ODG.

The event accumulated the presence of some well defined Ghanaian personalities including, Legendary Highlife musician, Gyedu Blay Ambulley, who collaborated with the Afrobeats performer, Fuse ODG to unleash an escalating performance, leaving an eternal memory on their minds.

Multiple awards winning Ghanaian rap genre of music artiste, Sarkodie’s presence was felt amidst the launch of the ostentatious album, “New Africa Nation”. He eulogised the Ghanaian UK-based for leading a temerarious and audacious heed to avert the brainwashed African diasporas, conniving it with a suprise performance of the “Down On One” tune.

The show primitively commenced with some distinctive words of poetry from a talented young Nigerian Ghanaian-based Writer/poet, Yom Nfojoh popularly known as Yom The Poet. Yom gave a magnificent taste of true african rich tales and great wise sayings, made to become something spectacular you have neither seen nor heard before.

Musician, Kojo Taylor also got a slot to deliver his artistry prowess, as he kept the atmosphere on a circle while patrons were waiting for the main act, Fuse ODG to mount stage.
Revelers at the show grooved their sweat off when the Ghanaian celebrated performing act took to stage at exactly 22:00 hours as he gave a splendid performance on stage backed by an electrifying and live band music which was virtually enjoyed by all patrons who trooped in to witness the Afro fusion and  African artiste. Fuse ODG and his band started off from the outset with songs popular here and the crowd was ruptured in ecstasy. 

The 31 year old Ghanaian singer’s dancers burst onto the stage with such unmatched energy, demonstrating that versatility which has made dancing an essential and remarkable act on the minds of Africans.

Fuse’ performance on the night compelled the European folks, including the British nationals to adjust to flamy environment created by the indigenous fans of the music star, as he performed most songs on his new album.

Fuse ODG was on a mission to pacify the storm he caused and one way of endearing himself to his indigenous fans. He educated the patrons on religion, urging them to entrust in themselves to achieve a successful life, as he noted that there is God in every human.

Although the musical accomplishments of Afrobeat pioneer, the Grammy and MOBO award-winning star’s special assignment is much bigger than his music. Now a global star, he is using his platform to rebuild the image of Africa, both within the continent and throughout the world.

Amidst his performance at the launch of the “New Nation Album”, he explained that, the album’s concept was to provide a platform to showcase Africa in a positive light, to develop a love for Africa, and also develop self-love for Africans and how to take Africa beyond aid and “mobilize the sleeping giant of the Diaspora”.

Fuse elaborates on the need for more events like TINA, explaining that, their mission is to develop a love for the continent, so people don’t just give them handouts, but rather they come and enjoy themselves, they come and see an investment opportunity.

Fuse ODG’s New Africa Nation album artworkAfrobeats musician Fuse ODG released his sophomore projected, titled “New Africa Nation” on Friday, March 8, with Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s Independence Day declaration inspired artwork.

Full of afrobeats sounds, the album features top local and international artistes including rapper and BET award-winner Sarkodie, singer Mugeez, Grammy award-winner Ed Sheeran, reggae superstar Damian “JR GONG” Marley and Jamaican-UK star Sheflon Don.

Click here to stream the full album.

https://itunes.apple.com/gh/album/new-africa-nation/1440774073

By: Gerrard-Israel GB

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UCC Gets A Colourful Experience With Kojo Manuel

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The event which was hosted by Kojo Manuel, brought students out as early as 7am on a Saturday morning to jam in colour and party with the La Meme Gang! With music provided by the iPhone DJ, the music was top notch! The Azonto Twins were also present with their energetic moves.Social media was taken over with various colourful pictures and videos from the event which ended at10:30 am as students hailed Rexona for an awesome event.

The most intriguing aspect of the event was when Kojo Manuel had the crowd all jumping with splashes
of colour all round, staining the white shirt everyone had on but no one seemed to care as they jumped
in complete ecstasy and euphoria! This further cements Kojo Manuel as the best party MC so far!

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Kojo Manuel Makes a Mark at Repu 2019

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Once again, the biggest tertiary hall week celebrations came around and attracted people from all corners of the country.With events ranging from car washes, dogs shows, marathons, basketball tournaments,electrifying concerts and absolutely insane parties and raves.The most popular of these events were hosted by the phenomenal Kojo Manuel from the 15-
year old Epilogo party through Orjinal Beats jams and the Vodafone X Concert with featured Stonebwoy, Yaa Pono, La Meme Gang and Dope Nation. Also, hosted various off campus events.

Working closely with DJs like Neizer, Sleek, Aroma, iPhone DJ and others, Manny Yo further established himself as the rave master and TurnUp General as he drove the crowd through various brand activations and products to energetically jamming with the KNUST crowd. Safe to say, if you were at Repu 2019, you mostly likely jammed with Kojo Manuel at at least
one or two events.

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Offei Unveiled, Kwesi Arthur, Others Attend Event.

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Dwoods Productions, a US-based record label has officially signed and unveiled a budding musical sensation, Offei during a ceremony at Drip Lounge,Osu in Accra.

The event kicked off with a live performance from the young musician who thrilled patrons with his vocal dexterity and composed live performances.

Offei spoke to livefmghana.com after the signing, He mentioned that even though he has signed the contract he was still amazed at what God is doing in his life.

“I’m so elated that I’m filled with tears of joy. I feel so blessed and humbled to be part of such a wonderful family.”

Offei said Dwoods had come at a very crucial moment in his career when all hope was almost lost. “Most of my colleagues here would know what I am talking about,I do not want to bother you with the details, it has not been easy at all. But God being so good we’re here now.”

Mr Andrew Agyemang Woods, Chief Executive Officer of the Washington, DC based label stated that it was something unique they saw in the young lad that motivated them to bring him on board.

“Aside him having a very soothing voice and commercial vibe, Offei has a tight grip on live performances, it’s unlike anything I’ve seen in an up and coming artiste.”

He added that his team’s aim is to carve a solid brand for Ghana in the current Afrobeats craze engulfing the world.

“We want the world to know about our culture, what Ghana has got when it comes to Afro beats and get our up and coming ones across to the other side.”

Notable guests that were present at the occasion were Kwesi Arthur and his Ground Up Chaley crew, Mr Kelvin Fiifi Ampah,CEO of Ibem Ghana and partner to Dwoods Productions; Derek Amoaful, Producer , Prince Yeboah, artiste manager and Quame Duke Amihere, Offei’s PR and Brands manager all of Dwoods Productions.

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REVIEW: 3Music Awards 2019.

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Last year, the 3 Music Awards came under fire for a relative dearth of female winners and performers onstage and, furthermore. But women in music doing superlative work is no new phenomenon. Before delivering criticisms of a show that is in many ways continuing a long-term slide, it’s worth noting that the ceremony itself stepped up this year.

The second edition of the annual 3Music Awards was slatted for 30th March, 2019 at an estimated 20,000 capacity, Fantasy Dome, Labadi Accra. Even though the show recorded poor patronage and also commencing 4 hours late to the initial time. The event had Lexis Bill and Cookie as hosts and Hitz 103.9 FM's Andy Dosty was behind the turntables.

In an invigorating one-two punch early in the night, multiple awards winning reggae/dancehall delivered top notch performance that served to justify his spot among the night’s top nominees; he carefully and cautiously descended from the sky with the help of his 2017 hit single dubbed ''Ayoo'' which was massively sang amongst the patrons present on the nigh of awards.

The whole night was full of emerging stars every bit as exciting. Wendy Shay(using an apparent lip-sync to her advantage, focusing more fully on her showmanship) and rising star Dope Nation owned their moments on the stage, lending the refreshing feeling of stars being cemented or first established, rather than just burnished.

Apart from Shatta Wale, the event witnessed performances from young chap, Cina Soul gave out an overwhelming live band music performance, Kofi Mole, who won the Next rated act of the year lived beyound expectation, Bethel Revival Choir, Medikal. Nigeria's Victor AD who won Africa Act of Year, La Meme Gang, Joey B, Legendary Rocky Dawuni got slot to deliver their artistic prowess.

Akwaboah with his piano music teamed up Adina Thembi give out inerasable memories on the minds of patrons. Adina's soul soothing voice melted the hearts of music fanatics on the night. Legendary Reggae/Dancehall King, Samini climaxed the event with excellent performance, not to forget his much talked about freestyle which some entertainment critique have deciphered that, it was a shade towards organizers and board members of the music awards.

The show handled the optics problem around gender elegantly and well, by giving real time and attention to women artists who deserved the space, and who might never have been given the shine if not for the “step up” scandal. But recent years have not been easy on the 3Music Awards on several fronts.

Apart from being the first to perform, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, Shatta Wale became the first artiste to win an award this year. His ‘Gringo’ song was adjudged the ‘Viral Song of the Year’. The floodgates were opened after that and the dancehall act’s awards sweep fest begun.

The ‘My Level’ hit singer went on to bag ‘Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year’, ‘Reggae/Dancehall Act of the Year’, ‘Digital Act of the Year’, ‘Video of the Year’ with his ‘Gringo’ smash hit doing the magic trick for him on all occasions. His strong unflinching fan base - Shatta Movement - was adjudged ‘Fan Army of the Year’ while his smash hit, ‘My Level’ picked up the award for ‘Song of the Year’.

The 2019 edition of the 3Music Awards, which was live on Joy Prime and was in partnership with The Multimedia Group - Joy FM, Hitz FM, Joy Prime and other brands, saw other deserving artistes walk home with awards.

Stonebwoy, perhaps one act many were looking forward to slugging it out with Shatta Wale for who reigns supreme on the night, won three awards on the night. The dancehall act, who was not present at the Awards, was no match for Shatta Wale. At the end of hostilities, the Ashaiman-based act won ‘Afrobeats Song of the Year’ for ‘Bawasaaba’, ‘Album of the Year’, for ‘Epistles of Mama’ and ‘Most Streamed Artiste on Boomplay’ award.

Bethel Revival Choir took home three awards on the night. The group won ‘Gospel Song of the Year’, ‘Gospel Act of the Year’ and ‘Group of the Year’. Gospel group Bethel Revival Choir won the hearts of many. Apart from their beautiful blend of traditional and modern melodies, the group was duly rewarded for their exploits. Talented young act Kuami Eugene was adjudged ‘Highlife Act of the Year’ while his smash hit ‘Wish Me Well’ won ‘Highlife Song of the Year’.

The most touching award on the night went to legendary gospel musician Prof. Kofi Abraham. His Legendary Award was very crucial considering the fact that he has been doing music since the 1970s and with over 30 albums to his credit, this is first award/recognition. Veteran highlife musician Obuoba J.A. Adofo and music producer Mark Okraku Mantey also received Honorary Awards.

It’s weird that awards shows still exist. Back in the day before social media, before stars were a tap away on a mobile device we keep in close proximity to us at all times, awards shows were a time to catch up on our favs. Now that the artists we look up to have the ability to reflect what they want us to see through a one-way mirror on the daily, there’s much anticipation. The 2nd annual 3Music Awards lived up to the hype.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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