Utrecht’s experimental festival has announced the first acts for its 2019 edition, including Dur-Dur Band, Ustad Saami, Ahmed ag Kaedy, Mélissa Laveaux, Idris Ackamoor, Ethiopian legend Ayalew Mesfin and more will join him at the Utrecht festival.
Taking place in the beautiful Dutch city of Utrecht, Le Guess Who? is dedicated to boundary-crossing music from all over the world, featuring avant-garde, jazz, hip hop, electronic, experimental, global sounds and other genres. The line-up consists of more than a hundred acts including world-exclusive live performances. A festival full of discoveries in a truly idyllic setting.
Le Guess Who? announced the exclusive European performance of legendary adept highlife singer, composer and instrumentalist, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, a show featuring the Sekondi Band, who has had successful European tours to keep the spirit and craft of Ghana’s golden age of pop alive.
The Sekondi Band is an eight member team that serves as a backing vocalist and instrumentalist to the Ghanaian highlife genre of music pioneer. It comprises of, Anim Karikari( Band Leader and Keyboardist), Philip Quacoo(Guitarist), Kwesi Arko Donkor(Bass Guitarist), Peter Mensah(Drummer), Shikome(Percussionist), Faat Colonel(Saxophonist), Kuuku Ansong(Trumpeter) and Osab(Trombonist)
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a Ghanaian highlife musician, songwriter, producer, and composer. The first musician from Ghana to formally incorporate rap forms into local highlife rhythms, Ambolley created the musical genre Simigwa.
In June 2015 Ambolley received a citation in the USA from the City Council of Philadelphia, read by Council woman ; Honorable Jannie Blackwell and Hon. Stanley J. Staughter in recognition of the musician’s contributions to Ghanaian music in the USA.
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley was rather unknown outside of West Africa until Soundway Records included his seminal Simigwa-Do, which Ambolley released in 1973, on their first anthology, Ghana Soundz. Ambolley’s sound has led many to label him the godfather of hiplife, the fusion of the hip hop and highlife idioms.
Ambolley stood aside AL Threats at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles. His song Simigua-do is considered the first rap in the world released in 1973. Ambolley, Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor are the few musicians who envisioned a future for high-life music in the late 60s and early 70s and helped transform the genre fusing high-life, funk and jazz music.
However, The festival’s curators have announced their specially curated programs, with Jenny Hval hosting Lolina, Sarah Davachi and Félicia Atkinson; The Bug hosting King Midas Sound, Godflesh and Mala; and Moon Duo hosting Nivhek, Michele Mecure and Bbymutha.
Patrick Higgins will bring Battles’ Tyondai Braxton, pianist Conrad Tao, Vicky Chow and Miranda Cuckson to the festival. The curated programs of Fatoumata Diawara and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed will be announced at a later date.
The festival will also feature special performances from Ustad Sammi, the last living master of khayál, an ancient precursor to the Islamic devotional music of qawwali, avant-jazz vocalist Asha Puthli and Ayalew Mesfin, accompanied by the Debo Band.
Notable announcements for the general lineup include Deerhunter, Nídia, Prison Religion, The Raincoats and Visible Cloaks featuring Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano.
Last April, the organisers have revealed their guest curators for this year. Grammy nominated malian artist Fatoumata Diawara, Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, The Bug, Moon Duo will curate their very own program at the festival. The curated list has not yet been announced but we’re sure it will be worth experiencing.
Le Guess Who? 2019 will take place from November 7 to November 10 at various venues across Utrecht. Day tickets for Le Guess Who? are on sale now. Tickets for the Thursday program are €43; tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are €48. 4-Day Festival Passes are available for €148. All prices include service costs. For more information, head over to the Le Guess Who? website
Rapper Yaa Pono Unveiled as the Brand Ambassador for mybet.africa
Online betting portal, mybet.africa has officially unveiled Ghanaian Rap/Hip Pop and Hiplife artiste, Yaa Pono, who has his government name as Solomon Adu Antwi, as the brand ambassador to emcompass the and represent and elevate the betting firm to its new and old patrons.
The unveiling ceremony was held at the Ange Hill Hotel, East Legon-Accra on the 24th June, 2019. The event garnered the presence of the mass communication industry, especially newspaper, television and radio; journalist and other related professionals collectively.
Earlier, Rapper Yaa Pono signed a contract with mybet.africa to become the new face of Ghana's favourite betting company. End of 2018, mybet.africa launched its new online plartform - a new dedicated platform specially tailored for the West-African punter's needs. Fast, easy to use wherever patrons find themselves.
Addressing a team of news men at the unveiling ceremony, Mr. Kwame Amoh stated that, it's imperative to have an image who will represent the face of the company, as a way of strategy customer insight that are focal to the precepts of their customers' needs.
He revealed that, the selected brand ambassador, Yaa Pono is a perfect fit to their ecosystem, as he also cut across all walks of life with his appealing songs which suit all gender in different age brackets, adding that, there many positive perception about their brand ambassador - his energy, his belief and his powerful presence that mybet.africa aims to bring to live in a most engaging way with their trusted customers.
However, mybet.africa also launched the official 2019 Total African Cup of Nations tournament, Egypt theme as ''I BET GHANA WILL SCORE''. A campaign the brand icon and the betting firm are offering Ghanaians with 5Ghs each for a goal the Black Stars of Ghana scores in each game of the AFCON tournament.
Accepting this offer as the brand ambassador of the firm, Rapper Yaa Pono expressed his joy for being appointed as the official amabassador of the firm. He added that, he is thrilled and elated to be chosen out of the enormous Ghanaian performing arts to be accredited as the representative of a well established firm.
Yaa Pono revealed that, mybet.africa is set to champion a talent haunt project to unearthen the numerous talented sporting kids who are financially challenged and exposed to difficulties at persuing their sports dreams, adding that, this and many mechanisms will be arrayed to alleviate the hardship in Ghana.
The ''Obia Wone Master'' hit maker urged his colleague industry players, the traditional and mass communication media to rally their support behing this course to achieve a sustainable development goal.
Mybet.africa is an online sports betting platform (Home of Betting) – sports, virtuals and casino for Ghana and the African sub-region. It is fast, easy and a user-friendly platform with software specifically developed, and responsive for the market needs.
KMK Entertainment Ltd, the indigenous company behind the success story of Mybet in Africa, is the leading sportsbook provider in Ghana, with its Head Office located in Accra. It has over two hundred offline shops in Ghana and surrounding African countries, with over one thousand employees in its establishment across Africa. KMK Entertainment is not only a successful gaming provider but also a "local hero" as a company.
Meet Kojo Jones, Ghana’s most eligible Bachelor.
It is no doubt that the business mogul Kojo Jones is admired by all and is gradually becoming an icon from a distance. The business mogul who is also known for his fashion style is always seen looking all sharp and dapper in and out of occasions. And certainly, we can say he has become the toast of the fashion world in Ghana.
His personality and style combined with his charisma makes him one of the most eligible bachelors in Ghana now. His love for God and humanity is simply admirable.
Truth be told, many are still wondering who that strong lucky lady backing him up might be but it appears the young entrepreneur is single and ready to tie the knot once he finds his soul mate.
So if you're one of those ladies seeking to know who that very lucky woman is, then certainly you have it.
Well that being said, Mr.Kojo Jones please don’t forget to invite us to the wedding when you find our First Lady.
BREAKING: Cardi B Indicted on Felony Charges in Connection With Strip Club Attack.
A grand jury has indicted Cardi B in connection with an alleged attack at a Queens, New York strip club in August 2018, TMZ and ABC News report.
The indictment includes two felony counts of intent to cause serious physical injury, according to TMZ and New York State court records viewed by Pitchfork.
In addition, Cardi has been indicted on six misdemeanors and six violations, according to the records. The indictment includes the previous charges of misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment.
The grand jury returned its indictment after Cardi B rejected a plea deal back in April. Court records indicate that Cardi B is due in court on Tuesday, June 25 for arraignment.
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives and attorneys for Cardi B.
The alleged incident involves two bartenders at Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York who claim that Cardi B ordered her associates to attack them with bottles and chains. In an October statement to The Associated Press, Cardi’s attorney Jeff Kern said that he is “aware of no evidence” that Cardi “caused anybody any harm.”
Black Avenue Muzik Suffers a Heavy Blow, 3 Stars Part Ways.
For far too long, Ghanaian Record Labels have been very adamant leaving young and upcoming acts with no other option than to hustle their own way out to becoming relevant in the industry, and certainly, the recent happenings in the industry won't change that fact.
The first half of the year 2019 can be concluded as unsuccessful within the camp of talent management and music recording label, Black Avenue Muzik(BAM), as the media entity has recorded series of talent terminating their contractual dealings from the firm.
Barely nine months after signing highlife artiste, Wisa Greid, Black Avenue Muzik signed five more with two being females under the umbrella of the Black Avenue Music(BAM) to cover a broad spectrum in the industry from highlife and hiplife, Jazz, contemporary Christian music, Dancehall, Reggae, Rock and so on.
Ghana’s most bankable record label Black Avenue Muzik(BAM) accumulated talents such as Sefa, Nina Richie, Kobla Jnr, Rony and Dahlin Gage, allocating and tasking different professional sound engineers to enhance their work.
However, the narative of the good news have changed, barely two years into the contract, as three, Freda Rhymz, Dahlin Gage and Wisa Greid out of the five talent signed to the music record label have part ways with the firm. This has been a heavy blow on the face of the media company.
After a year of working together, Black Avenue Muzik and rapper Freda Rhymz ended their relationship. Even though their initial contract made room for an extension, both parties have agreed not to renew their production and business management agreement.
During her stint with the label, Freda Rhymz received nominations in some awards schemes including ‘Best Female Act’ at the Ghana Entertainment Awards 2019 the USA and ‘Best Next Rated Act’ at the 2019 edition of the 3Music Awards.
Born Freda Baffour Awua, Freda Rhymz made history by emerging the winner of the sixth season of the MTN Hitmaker music reality show. She is the first female to win that reality show.
After winning the reality show, Black Avenue Muzik, Charterhouse Ghana, and MTN Ghana came into an agreement for the former to assume production and managerial role of the artiste. However, the relationship between Freda and Black Avenue Muzik is no longer extant.
Ghanaian singer, Wisa Gried born Eugene Ashie officially parted ways with D-Black’s Black Avenue Muzik a few weeks after the departure of female rapper Freda Rhymz.
Not long ago, the singer made it known that he might be leaving the record label soon even though his contract with the label has not ended.Just after a year of having a working relationship with them, the singer has decided to part ways with the label.
In a recent post he shared on Facebook, the ‘Ekiki me’ hitmaker announced his exit from the label while promoting his new single ‘Dance for me’ featuring Darkovibes and Kelvyn Boy.
Sensational afrobeat/highlife singer, Dahlin Nii Nortey Noi professionally known as, Dahlin Gage has terminated his contract with D-Black’s Black Avenue Muzik on mutual terms after working together for 2 and half years.
The ”Big Cassava” crooner is said to have been the first to request a termination of contract with the talent management organisation, which was later confirmed to patrons via a social media post he made on his handle. Dahlin Gage signed to Black Avenue Muzik 2 years ago and has to his credit couple of hit songs accompanied with music videos. He has also graced several music events throughout the nation.
Even though their initial contract made room for an extension, both parties have agreed not to renew their production and business management agreement. This comes as an unfortunate news to the label.
However, Dahlin Gage appreciated the works and supports from the team at Black Avenue Muzik(BAM), urging fans to keep the support glowing as there are more good music set to unleash.
Owned by, Music and Business Mogul, Desmond Blackmoore, known as D Black, Black Avenue Muzik is an independent record label founded in 2008 by Award winning Ghanaian Hiphop artist. Home to Young Dapper, Joey B, Ayraaba, Robby Adams, DJ Breezy, BET Award nominees, GMA Award Winners, Channel O MVA nominees, MOAMA nominees, 4Syte VMA winners, G.G.I A winners, A.M.A Award winners, Sound City Awards nominees, HSH Awards Winners.
Looking at the enormous departure of talents from the label, the picture is being painted as though the music company is redrawing from talent management. Let's hope these talents who have parted ways won't tarnish the good works of the record label, as it is believed that, the talent hub has all the necessary technical know-how to elevate Ghana music.
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