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Ghanaian Legend, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley To Perform At Festival “Le Guess Who?” 2019.

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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.

Adept Highlife Pioneer, Gyedu Blay Ambuley.

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)

Band Leader & Keyboardist, Anim Karikari.

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.

Saxophonist, Colonel Faat.
Bass Guitarist, Kwesi Arko Donkor.
Percussionist, Shikome.
Trumpeter, Kuuku Ansong.

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.

Drummer, Peter Mensah.

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.

Special Curated Programs & General Line Up.

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

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MUSIC CAN BE DONE AMIDST ALL PROFESSIONS – Cash Bee

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Meet ‘CASH BEE’  a Police SWAT by profession but a Ragga-Afro Beat Artiste that calls his style the rebirth of the legendary art the late ‘TERRY BONCHAKA’ And also his talent has made him ever versatile by doing Gospel as well    Born George Kyeremateng with stage name ‘’CASH BEE’’ has relevantly been in the music industry for some time now and even before the call up to the Police Service and his great love for serving the nation as a SWAT but his massive passion and love for music as well has chalked him many successes already such as; been a nominated in the upcoming  Sunyani Music Awards with Category Hip-Life artiste of the year coupled with sharing stages with giants in the music arena like Stonebwoy, Guru, Kofi Kinata and few others.   

Cash Bee has many entertainment attributes as his hobbies like Dancing, Spoken word,song writing and football as well. Recently in an interview on Obonu Tv Cash Bee took the opportunity to announce his upcoming features and collaborations with the likes of Samini, Stonebwoy,KiDi,c/supo .Mr Kofi Sarpong and other big arts in the industry.Furthermore, he took the urge to plead with Ghanaians to support his genre of music and Ghana music as a whole    Summarily, Cash Bee And his management is about to embark on his European tour this coming December and tells his fans across countries like France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and others to expert him and come in their numbers to any event grounds his advertisement is placed.‘’Yeyew’’ the only Officer with Swag ended by saying Ghana should expert quality music and huge things from him

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Producer JMJ launches “Riddim Of The GODS” project.

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JMJ, renowned award-winning Ghanaian Music Producer has launched a compilation project with over 34 hot Ghanaian musicians listed. Named “Riddim Of The GODS”, the Riddim compilation project cuts across Afrobeats, Reggae/Dancehall and Rap circles.

“Riddim Of The GODS” project is pieces into 5 parts; the first part featuring the finest Ghanaian Rappers in a water-tight lyrical encounter on separate songs, then another features Reggae/Dancehall Heavyweights with and another also featuring the finest Afrobeats talents. Another set of two classified as “Champions League” hosts crême-de-la-crême of Ghana’s frontliners as well as a good placement for Ghana’s Female Singers dubbed “Diva’s Edition”.

 

 

Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Strongman, Samini, Teephlow, Adina, Feli Nuna, Jah Amber, Sista Afia, Jah Lead, Prince Bright, Edem, Eshun, Eno Barony, Kurl Songx, Epixode, Jupitar, among others have been listed.

“Riddim Of The GODS” was officially launched at a press briefing at Carbon Nite Club in Accra on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 with a good attendance of the media and some corporate faces.

Joy Industries Limited, producers of “Wobeti Bitters” were the headline sponsors for the project with partnership from Digicraft GHANA and Magic Hands GHANA. The launch was supported by Carbon Nite Club and BeenieWords.

JMJ, both Joshua Raphaelson says, “the project was recorded over a one year period with more than 30 artistes recorded. Focus is on Ghanaian musicians as this year also highlights the ‘Year Of Return’ activities and it also marks exactly 10 years I produced my first Riddim project with the inspiration of Elorm Beenie who played a major role in that and is one of the lead faces working on this project with me as well as my Business Manager, Henry Adjei.”

Producer JMJ however cried how challenging it was to get corporate sponsorship for this project as it was the first of its kind to happen so companies approached were quite lukewarm until Joy Industries Limited came on board and pushed for the launch of the project as well as Digicraft GHANA.

With promotions, Elorm Beenie, the PR Head for the project says, “promotional activity starts extensively from Monday, August 26, 2019 with successive releases of respective songs from the project. Focus goes first to the Rappers so fans and the media should be on the look out. The entire project will be listed on all major global and local music stores too for purchase.”

 

History holds it that JMJ produced the first Riddim Album in Ghana in 2009 called “Trigger Riddim” which was very loud; it featured Samini, Mugeez, Stonebwoy, Ghetto KB, Iwan, Lingua Kat, Jah Amber, just to name a few. It was after this first Riddim Album that encouraged other Ghanaian producers to also step forward and produce more riddims too. “Xtra Large Riddim” and “Missile Riddim” are also some of the previous Riddim albums produced by JMJ.

 

 

He has been active on the scene for over 15 years recording and signing artistes under his belt too. He produced works for multiple award winning albums cum singles by Samini, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Obrafour, 4×4, Demarco, Kaakie, Kofi Kinaata, Wendy Shay, just to list a few.

You can follow JMJ on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @jmjbabygh.
Photo Credits to @RobPhotographyGh

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BET Awards Winner, Stonebwoy Eulogizes Samini, Flays Protégés.

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Ghanaian international multiple awards-winning recording and performing Reggae/Dancehall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla, professionally and executively known as, Stonebwoy, has formally and eloquently praised the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of High Grade Family (HGF), Samini for practically contributing to the flamboyant stage of his music career.

According to the Grammy Awards nominee, Stonebwoy, Samini has been the monumental force and master minder of his music profession, stating that, he appreciates the immense contribution he received from Samini towards the success of his career, as the latter availed himself by nurturing his craft.

The 2015 Black Entertainment Tv (BET) Awards winner, Stonebwoy eulogized the High Grage Family (HGF) boss for establishing an overwhelming legacy for successive generations to employ, adding that, his humanity was his greatest composition. He acknowledged the fact that, Samini vetted most of his short musical composition with words; music for the positive impact it had on his life and patrons.

Samini

In 2009, Afro-Reggae Singer, christened Emmanuel Andrews Samini who is still sharpening his talent introduced an off-spring from his Record Label Samini Music, Stonebwoy, a freshest talent and first artiste from stable of Samini Music. He gave the reigning VGMA Reggae/Dancehall artiste of the year, Stonebwoy accurate scrutiny and coaching that has elevated his craft. Samini has also coached Rapper Kofi Kinaata, Reggae/Dancehall artiste, Kaakie, and young artiste, Deon Boakye.

Meanwhile, in an Instagram post sighted by www.georgebritton.com, the two (2) times All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year noted that, young musicians beginning their endeavor, making good progress and likely to become successful; up and coming artistes have cultivated an unethical behavior which has the potential of posing their career to unforeseen threat.

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According to him, most of these up and coming musicians disclaim knowledge on how to show unadulterated recognition and gratitude for the good qualities and minimal coaching they receive as protégé from the more experienced or influential mainstream Ghanaian entertainers within the ecosystem.

The 2019 Nickelodeon Kids Choice awards winner revealed that, it is merely the obligation of these up and coming musicians to employ certain protocols and mechanisms to help elevate their artistry prowess and dexterity to the much required feet with the little assistance they receive from their coaches.

Livingstone Etse Stekla added that, upcoming musicians these days don’t know how to show genuine appreciation and selfless honor for the least support given them, yet they expect it all, urging protégés to cultivate a heart full of genuine gratitude that will embolden mainstream musicians to dedicate their career for a better industry.

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“I Don’t Discriminate When It Comes To Ladies. – King Promise

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Since he blew up in the music industry, singer/songwriter, King Promise, has been paired with some beautiful ladies including TV personality, Serwaa Amihere and the model from his ‘Abena’ music video.

The association with these two fair ladies has, however, raised questions on his women of choice when it comes to dating.

Speaking on Drive Time on Joy FM, the ‘Bra’ hitmaker revealed he does not discriminate between women.

“Fair, short, tall, thick, dark, it does not matter to me. Anything goes as long as we have the vibe,” he told Lexis Bill, host of the show.

The artiste also disregarded rumours he was dating the model ‘Abena’ from his music video.

He stated that he, however, understands the confusion as emotions were on display in the video.

(Source: myjoyonline.com)

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