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GHANA: Some Events Coming Up This Festive Season.

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Now that it’s been approximated, two months to round up the year, 2019, many artistes have already started announcing their summer touring plans to climax every musical activity and business they engaged in under the year of review. To help you prepare your concert schedule, we’ve compiled a handy guide to who will be on the road throughout festive season. Just like this past year, several artistes will be saying goodbye to the road, with Stonebwoy, Edem, Sarkodie, Samini, Obrafour entering another phase of their lengthy farewell tours, whiles Fuse ODG is ready to start one, 2020.

You’ll also notice several acts have entered new phases of their careers. Others are doing something different. Kelvyn Boy, Kwesi Arthur, Medikal, Kofi Kinaata have created all-new spectacles to dazzle audiences, while the Lynx signees will perform a handful of dates with Wendy Shay. You can find the basics on these upcoming tours — the starting and ending dates, plus cities — arranged chronologically by the starting date below. More tours are being announced all the time, so keep checking back for the latest. Also note that information regarding shows can change, so check the artists’ websites for the most up-to-date details.

EDEM FEST

VOLTA REGION, GHANA – Ghanaian rap recording artist, and entertainer christened Denning Edem Hotor, who is professionally known for his musicianship as Edem (@iamedem), has revealed the date and venue for the 2019 edition of the most attended annual outdoor musical concert tagged, “Edem Fest”

Schedule to occur on 1st November, 2019 and to be hosted at the Aborigines Beach Resort, Edemfest was conceived as part of brand Edem’s Corporate Social Responsibility, as an avenue to remind Ghanaians of an illustrious heritage as a people, and a wake-up call for them to preserve the very culture that makes them unique.

This year’s edition of the festival is aimed marking the “Year Of Return” initiative by Government of Ghana, as the Volta Regime Music Group (VRMG) boss also has the objective of inculcating a sense of Pan-Africanism on the minds of the diaspora who will be touring Ghana.

PAE MU KA

After a successful launch of “Pae Mu Ka” album at 20 years, Obrafour is ready to host the biggest concert for the album after two decades. The album which is tagged as the best Hip life album of his career was celebrated like it deserved with industry stakeholders, contributors of the album and friends of Obrafour. The Pae Mu Ka at 20 concert is set for 9th of November 2019 at the Accra International Conference Center. Organizers say tickets will be out soon.

ALL WHITE PARTY

The annual ”Dj Mensah All White Party” since its inception in 2005 has been year after year a celebration never to miss. It’s been 14 solid years of bringing all the stars and fans to one venue dressed in all white or a touch of white.

This year’s “Dj Mensah All White Party” dubbed, “Year of return”, will blow your mind with a long list of big names and faces all at one venue. The event slated for Friday 8th November will take place at Soho (Marina mall, Airport City). Guest DJs and celebrity appearances will take over the venue for a memorable “All White Experience”. It starts from 9pm till late, you do not want to miss this.

BISA FEST

The much awaited concert for fans of Bisa Kdei is set to come on this 20th of December inside Accra, East Legon. The multiple award winning Ghanaian singer announced this date and venue, confirming to his followers the maiden edition of #BisaFest 2019 will be coming on live

The event is set to take place inside Pearly Gate Gardens – East Legon on the 20th of December 2019. This comes as a good news to all Bisa Fans who have been expecting the #BisaFest for a long time. Bisa Kdei promised to visit other regions with #BisaFest after the maiden edition kicks off. Some of these regions include Kumasi, Takoradi, Sunyani, Volta, Northern Region, to mention but few.

Bisa Festival (Bisa Fest) Is an event hosted by Bisa Kdei, that will see him perform his back to back hit singles and features to both local and international patrons. Over the years Bisa Kdei has proven to be one of the strong pillars in Highlife Music and with countless hit songs, patrons are assured of a great and entertaining event

BHIM FEST

Grammy nominee and Reggae Dancehall artiste , Stonebwoy took to social media to officially announce when his annual BHIM Concert would be held. Regardless of the initial difficulty in having this year’s event due to venue, Stonebwoy has made it clear that BHIM Concert 2019 would come off on December 21, 2019.

However , the venue for the event is yet to be finalised and made public even though Stonebwoy has specified that it would be out of Accra. This year’s event would be the 4th edition and its expected to be an interesting time for Bhimnatives to have their hero Stonebwoy treat them to most of his hit songs as well as those from other artistes.

RAPPERHOLIC

Africa’s most decorated rapper, Sarkodie has confirmed the venue for his annual Rapperholic concert this year. It looks as though some patrons have complained about the size of the venue and perhaps the ugly scenes that occurred at last year’s event so the rapper is taking it to a bigger and broader place to accommodate all loyal fans (remember he said he has the most loyal fans in Ghana).

So the news is that the 2019 edition of the Rapperholic Concert will be held at the Grand Arena inside AICC on Dec. 25, same venue where Where the VGMA 2019 was held. The Rapperholic Concert is an annual event masterminded by Sarkodie whereby he holds a mega concert to thrill his fans. Other chart busters also join him to make the night a memorable one.

AFRONATION FESTIVAL

The biggest urban music beach festival in Europe aimed at celebrating all things afrobeat, hip-hop, UK rap, reggae and dancehall, is set to make its way to Ghana for the first ever African edition.

Ahead of this summer’s sold-out festival taking place in Portugal’s Algarve region, Afro Nation will bring the party to the people of Ghana for what promises to be a vibrant celebration of music and culture. 2019 Afro Nation Festival in Europe was spearheaded by the likes of King Promise, Femi Kuti, Davido, WizKid, Burna Boy, Busy Signal, Octavian and many more.

The Africa Edition of Afro Nation Festival which will take place in Ghana’s capital Accra will bring together the global African community between December 27 and 30. The announcement follows the recent news that all tickets for this August’s event in Europe remarkably sold out in the space of just 36 hours. Afro Nation will deliver live performances from some of the most exciting artistes in Afrobeats, Hip Hop, Rap, Dancehall and Reggae.

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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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Kojo Manuel Pays Homage to Abedi Pele at Cardi B In Ghana Concert

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The reigning Best MC/Hypeman in Ghana, Kojo Manuel otherwise known as Manny Yo showed his prowess last Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium, as LiveSpot Nation brought Cardi B to the motherland.The first thing you would noticed about Kojo Manuel was that he was in an old colourful version of the Ghana Black Stars jersey of Abedi Pele, the maestro! With his tagline being, “we dey come play”, he was really out to play on the same pitch Abedi Pele made history so many times!

Not only did he control the crowd, he literally embodied the spirit & energy of the 3-time African Player of the Year on stage Adding to all the spice of the Year of Return for the diaspora and beyond! He worked seemlessly with DJ Vyrusky & DJ Aroma.On a night where not everything went to plan, one of the main highlights of the show was whenever Kojo Manuel was on stage interacting with the crowd. The shouts from the crowd could be heard all the way outside the Accra Sports Stadium as Manny Yo had them chanting and turning up!

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Giants Of African Comedy

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African comedy over the last decade has showed immense growth and gained popularity, producing some of the best comedians the world has ever seen. Comedians have creatively turned normal every day happenings into artistic expressions, thereby inspiring the continent and the world at large.

1. Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah

Africa’s most famous comedian, Trevor Noah is well known for his unapologetic approach to race, apartheid and politics. Born to a Swiss father and a Xhosa mother, Trevor’s struggle to identify to a one specific stereotype makes him a genius when it comes to comedy as he both relates to his audience at the same time, sharing a unique perspective to everyday issues.

Trevor was the first South African comedian to sell out a one-man show and has continued to break records ever since. In 2015, Trevor took over as host of ABC’s “the daily show” from Jon Stewart, becoming Africa’s biggest comedy export of all time

2. Bright Okpocha - Basket Mouth

Basket Mouth

Born and raised in Abia State, Nigeria, Basket mouth (real name Bright Okpocha) is a comedian whose resume one cannot simply ignore. The first African to ever host a show at the Apollo in London, Basket mouth has continued to set trends performing at events like Lord of the Ribs, Comedy Central Presents and the Basket mouth live at the 02 arena in London.

3. Anne Kansiime

Anne Kansiime

Referred to by many as the “Queen of Africa Comedy”, Anne Kansiime is a Ugandan comedienne, entertainer and actress. She first broke into the scene with the YouTube Series, Minibuzz, in which she made fun of Ugandans’ experience in daily public transport.

Her stand-up shows have sold out arenas and auditoriums in major cities including London, Kuala Lumpur, Lilongwe, Gaborone and Harare. With more than 15 million views online and a YouTube silver play button (an award for YouTubers who hit 100,000 subscribers), Anne continues to entertain people across the continent through her online videos and stand up shows.

4. Eddie Kadi

Eddie Kadi

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and raised in the UK, Eddie Kadi’s blend of English wit and African humour has made him one of the most successful black comedians in the UK. With milestones like appearances on the BBC’s Comedy Empire, as well as leading roles in movies like Anuvahood, Shank and Gone Too Far, Eddie Kadi’s ability to entertain and be funny across multiple mediums makes him one of the most outstanding comics to ever come out the continent. Apart from comedy acts, Eddie is also a well known radio presenter, MC, and philanthropist.

5. Loyiso Gola

Loyiso Gola

Satirical, genuine and critical are some of the few words one can use to describe Loyiso’s comedy. Usually taking jabs at politicians, the stand up comedian is also the founder of South African satirical news show, Late Night News (LNN), which got an Emmy award nomination for best comedy series in 2014. Gola is also well known for his one-man show, Loyiso Gola for president, which happened adjacent to South African elections in 2007/8.

6. Ronnie Khalil

Ronnie Khalil

Egyptian-American Shaher Ronnie Khalil is a comedian who has toured the United States, headlined in four continents and whose comedy has been enjoyed by millions around the world. With features on ABC News, CNN, Al Jazeera and the Conan O’Brien show, Khalil’s “Politically incorrect” storytelling skills places have earned him a reputation as one of Africa’s biggest export to the comedy world. Khalil currently lectures around different colleges in the United States on topics such as success and motivation.

7. Celeste Ntuli

Celeste Ntuli

Known as the Queen of Zulu comedy, Celeste Ntuli will always be remembered by south Africans for her outstanding performance in the 2009 SABC 1 competition “so you think you’re funny”. After getting exposure from that show, the former bookseller has since worked with big names in comedy like Loyiso Gola and Kagiso Lediga, making appearances in shows like the Emmy Award nominated Late Night News, The Bantu Hour and Laugh out Loud. Celeste also recently entertained South Africans when she appeared as part of the sequel to the all women comedy show “Bitches Be Back”, which she performed with other comedians like Anele Mdoda, Tumi Morake, and Noko Moswete. Celeste, who also dabbles as an actress, remains one of the strongest and funniest comedians in South Africa with her topics ranging from issues like weight loss and singleness to gender and feminism.

8. Patrick Indring Aka Salvado

Patrick Indring Aka Salvado

Natural, blunt and purely hilarious is Uganda’s Patrick Indring, or as he is known on stage, Salvador. Salvado hails from “ombokolo”, a couple of kilometers outside Uganda’s capital, Kampala, a place he continually loves to make fun of in his sets.

A trained telecommunications professional, Salvado left his career after winning a comedy competition and now bears the title of “Uganda’s funniest face”. His attention to ridiculous details when narrating stories has brought him a huge fan base all across Africa, even attracting international media such as vogue, CNN among many others.

9. Helen Paul

Helen Paul

Known to many as Tatafo, Helen Paul is a Nigerian stand up comedianne whose Quirkiness, spontaneity and voice manipulation skills compare to no other. Helen, who is a graduate of the University of Lagos, broke into the comedy scene as as a Mischievous comic character on a radio program known as “Wetin Dey” on Lagos’ Radio Continental where she played “Tatafo” – a witty kid who addressed Lagos’ major problems in a childlike and satirical manner. Helen now runs the Helen Paul Academy where she trains student creative art and how it affects people’s daily lives.

10. Carl Joshua Nqube

Carl Joshua Nqube

Carl Joshua Nqube is a Zimbabwean stand-up comedian who broke into the comedy world with his one-man show, the big announcement. However, his biggest break was when he joined well-known South African comedy club, Parker’s club. He has performed all across the world from Johannesburg to Adelaide, Abuja to Nairobi alongside names such as Basket mouth, Kagiso Ladeba among many more. He currently hosts his own TV show called “Late Night With Carl.”

11. Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake

South African Comedienne Tumi Morake is definitely one of the funniest names on the continent. Her experience as a puppeteer, actress and facilitator has helped her to have an imaginable control over multiple audiences. The comedienne, who started comedy in 2005, has performed with names like David Kau, Chris Forrest among many others at big festivals such as Heavyweights Comedy. Her most recent show, Bitches Be Back, where she performed with other female South African comedians has become one of the most memorable comedy shows in South African entertainment History.

12. Daliso Chaponda

Daliso Chaponda

Daliso Chaponda is a UK based Malawian comedian well known for his versatility and “quite on the edge” jokes. A good example of how versatile of a performer Daliso can be is how he performed a “filthy set in silhouettes strip clubs in Birmingham and about two days later did a family show at the 2007 greenbelt Christian festival. Daliso has performed all across the world in cities like Cape Town, London and has made appearances on the BBC’s “The world stands up”. He annually hosts a show in his hometown of Lilongwe called “laughrica” where he invites different local and international comedians for a one-night comedy event.

13. Eric Omondi

Eric Omondi

One of the most common faces on Kenyan Television, Eric Omondi is a comedian and an activist who does not like to be called an entertainer. “ I am a doctor, I treat illnesses like stress”, once said the hilarious Omondi in an interview with a local newspaper. The comedian, who started out as a noise maker in class, made his breakthrough when he appeared on Kenya’s well known TV show, The Churchill show. It was there that Eric became a household name and a comedy power force in the region, even performing at big events such as the African Kings of Comedy Festival in Nigeria.

14. Kagiso Lediga

Kagiso Lediga

One of South Africa’s black comedy trailblazers, Kagiso Lediga is an icon when it comes to African comedy. A natural storyteller who usually narrates about what it was like growing up in the townships during the apartheid era, Kagiso has performed in comedy clubs from New York to Toronto and in different countries like Jamaica, Botswana, Swaziland and Nigeria. Kagiso, who has also performed at the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Festival, currently host a weekly TV show called the bantu hour, which he co-host with legendary Jazz musician Hugh Masekela.

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Okyeame Kwame, Solidaridad Organise Free Health Screening At Kintampo.

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Okyeame Kwame and Solidaridad in partnership with the Kintampo College of Health and the Kintampo Government Hospital, organised a free Hepatitis B screening and vaccination for the Dawadawa community near Kintampo.

Dawadawa is one of the 53 local communities where Solidaridad is implementing the Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism project (DGM), that seeks to strengthen the capacity of local communities to respond to climate change.

Okyeame Kwame, who is the Climate Change Ambassador for the DGM project, is also passionate about the elimination of Hepatitis B from Ghana by 2030. For the past 5 years, his Hepatitis ‘B’ Foundation has been offering free screening for people in various parts of the country in partnership with other institutions.

On the occasion of Solidaridad's 50 year anniversary celebration, Okyeame Kwame partnered with the civil society organization to extend Hepatitis B awareness to the DGM project community. The community also benefited from awareness of climate change impacts on health and how they can deal with the adverse effects.

Students of the Atlantic Hall of the Kintampo College of Health as well as personnel of the Kintampo Government Hospital were on hand to provide health talks and free screening to the community, who are mainly farmers.

About Solidaridad

This year, the Solidaridad global network is celebrating 50 years of working to improve the lives of farmers, miners, producers, workers and their communities. Established in 1969, Solidaridad’s work has continuously included innovations for promoting and fostering sustainable economic development in the field of international cooperation.

Now, implementing sustainable solutions around 13 global commodities through eight regional expertise centres, Solidaridad is working to transform markets to make them more inclusive and sustainable in 41 countries.

In West Africa, Solidaridad focuses on improving the wellbeing of farmers, miners and their communities through the promotion of climate-smart agriculture and partnerships. It has operations in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Through the Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism project (DGM), Solidaridad has increased awareness and deepened knowledge of local communities on climate change and ways to deal with it.

(Source: kwame dadzie)

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