Ghanaian highlife and afrobeats singer-songwriter, and Legacy Life Entertainment record Label front-liner, Gregory Bortey Newman, who performs under the stage name, King Promise has been featured as the cover personality for Tush Magazine’s Silver Jubilee issue.
Photographed by Emmanuel Boateng, King Promise discusses with entertainment, music journalist, Joey Akan on his journey so far and his determination to live up to the expectations required of him, as a new leader in African entertainment.
Born Gregory Promise Bortey Newman, the 24-year old Nungua Native is one of Ghana’s most exciting young voices redefining the soundscape of West Africa. First gaining recognition as a collaborator on The Ghanaian Vision DJ’s ‘Double Trouble, released in July 2017, Promise embraced the limelight with a string of local releases. But it wasn’t until his work on ‘Oh yeah’, a sappy romantic ballad where he began to come into his own.
Other songs such as ‘Selfish’ and ‘CCTV’ elevated him beyond Ghana to other parts of the continent, including neighbouring Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, where his music has found new homes. His stock has grown, paid performance requests have come from some of the most distant places. In 2018, he toured the USA, playing sets across venues in Washington D.C, Ohio, Philadelphia and Worcester.
In December, his headline concert in Accra, titled “Promise Land” was soldout, with supporting performances from a handful of local stars including Sarkodie, Medikal, Stonebwoy, La Meme Gang and Sister Deborah. “I’m sorry I keep mentioning King Promise’s name, he is my best artiste of the whole Ghana,” Afrobeats superstar Mr. Eazi disclosed in an interview on Hitz FM in 2018.
It’s a praise that has been echoed in many corners which promise processes as necessary inspiration rather than external pressure. “It means more motivation to keep growing because it means we are doing something great,” Promise explains. “And you know, to be acknowledged as one of the best is a big thing, so it therefore gives me inspiration to keep going because it means people love what you’re doing. So it can only get better.”
Tush Magazine is a Nigerian-based glossy full colour magazine which is released quarterly both in print and digital versions of the magazine. It targets the youth market and its contents include articles, coverage and interviews which focus on music, fashion, movie, art, technology, events, relationships, and business.
Published by Tush Kingdom Media, Tush Magazine has 24 issues, is printed in English language and is distributed all over Nigeria and on the internet. Tush Magazine also has a Meet and Greet events where personalities featured in each issue give out free autographed copies of Tush Magazine alongside other gifts.
This issue of the Magazine also features cover stories and interviews on TG Omori – the wave making video director, amazing radio personalities – Sheye Banks and Charity Owoh. Other personalities featured in the magazine also include Evans Akanmo, Bad Boy Timz, Kojo Mesante amongst other interesting articles and reviews.
Tush Magazine has built a strong relationship with several media and music related companies within and outside the shores of Nigeria, it also hosted a session at the Social Media Week where it talked about the benefits of combining digital and print publishing for publishers. So far, Tush Magazine has witnessed two Meet and Greet events featuring Emma Nyra, Endia & OD Woods and also another event featuring Praiz, Goddess of Skillz & DJ Lo.
Its digital magazine is also available for subscription and downloads across major African blogs and on Magzter – the largest digital newsstand in the world.
Tush Magazine is available for free in digital and print versions; you can download and enjoy the digital version of the Magazine at your comfort using this link – bit.ly/tmdownload25
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Ghanaian Visual Artist Showcases His Creativity On BET AiR.
Mohammed Blakk originally named Mohammed Osumanu, is a visual artist, fashion stylist and a creative entrepreneur, who envisions pushing the limits of arts, culture and creativity beyond the Ghanaian boundaries.
He was featured on the 20th week of the 2019 Series of BET AiR (Artists in Residence) – an instagram specific initiative by BET to shine the light on artistes from the diaspora.
For four days from the 26th to the 29th of November, the feature was aimed at showcasing Mohammed’s creative processes, co-creators and results, as well as everything in between.
According to Mohammed who describes this as a milestone he didn’t expect anytime soon, he deems this as a step in the right direction, considering this is his seventh year in the industry.
“We have been doing this for quite a while now, and having to score a BET feature is an appreciable milestone which only goes on to prove that, better things are going to come by. The acknowledgement is real, and I am proud of my co-creatives for how far we have come.”
Speaking about what this meant for future projects, Mohammed replied, “Well, as an artiste this gives me a boost to keep up, and a signal to focus on authenticity as me and my friends like Revy Boadu, Peach Adepa have been pursuing. As an entrepreneur who idolizes the likes of Virgil Abloh, Jean-Michel Basquiat, I see this as an added leverage, to better position my brand in a constantly evolving space as fashion”
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THE DIASPORA & AFRICA: The Year of Return in Ghana, Be inspired.
"I was lost but now, I'm found. Was blind but now i see. It was grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home". These are the sacred words of the Christian Hymn, Amazing grace. These words resonate with many Africans in the diaspora and African Americans who have made a conscious effort to rediscover their ancestral roots in Africa.
The feeling is ecstatic. So much emotion, joy, sadness and beauty to rediscover a home your ancestors left many years ago. What a journey it has been.
For many African Americans, its about a different kind of peace rediscovered. A special kind of connection with the African continent that is a dream come true. Where skin colour is not a determining factor of who you are as a person. Where young people can rediscover an identity, a culture, a serene way of life never known in the West.
The year of return definitely is a blessing in disguise for many Africans in the diaspora who have felt empty and lost in a Country they struggle to find an identity and recognition.
Africa has its challenges like all parts of the world. Africa is however a beautiful continent with so much to explore, discover and rediscover. IT gives everyone an opportunity to reassert yourself, your identity and create the world in which possibility abounds.
Visit the African continent and be inspired.
President Calls For Local Content In Media Programmes.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called for the need to have local content in media programmes in Ghana as a matter of regulation, to preserve the rich Ghanaian culture.
The President said the future of tourism rested in the rich culture of the country and it was imperative for the media to promote that culture in a well packaged manner to attract investments for the growth of the economy.
In a speech read on his behalf at the opening of the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC), by the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Marfo, the President said the Ghanaian culture was as relevant as ever, in national development and must be promoted at all cost.
He said “we cannot continue to be showing foreign telenovelas, cultures and programmes that teaches our children nothing on our national television, whiles our unique culture goes unnoticed”.
The President observed that there was so much potential in the Ghanaian culture with the unique feature of diversity, to educate our children to be responsible and create employment, livelihoods and the needed jobs for our youth.
In that direction, President Akufo-Addo indicated that NAFAC 2019 was premised on concrete achievements worth celebrating and not just an ordinary funfair, disclosing that with financial assistance from Japan, about 3,000 youth had benefited from pilot training programmes in culture and creative arts.
He noted that as contained in the 2016 NPP manifesto, government would progressively pursue the construction of Regional theatres mentioning the completion of some outstanding cultural infrastructure including those in the Eastern and Ashanti regions and plans were underway to complete the rest.
He explained that government was fashioning out ways to establish a Community Youth Cultural Centre and Craft Village at Kanda, Accra, through the private sector to provide suitable marketing avenues for art and craft producers and vendors.
He said government was also spearheading the Marine drive tourism and investments project to open up the doors of Ghana to international investment in tourism, culture and creative arts to create jobs, wealth and promote traditional craftsmanship.
Nana Kwebu Ewusi, Paramount Chief of Abeadzi Traditional area, in the Central Region and Vice President of the National House of Chiefs called for the improvement of culture education in schools, saying, “Science and Technology are only useful when embedded in the culture of the people”.
He said the Commission on National Culture was not well resourced to undertake the role and urged government to strengthen all relevant institutions mandated to preserve and develop Ghana’s culture to improve the economy.
Nana Ewusi, called on all to use the festival to strengthen the common bonding as a people even in diversity and appealed to politicians to eschew politics of insults, divisions and name calling ahead of the 2020 general elections.
Daasebre Professor Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional area, said Ghana was not economically independent and therefore must unite as people even in diversity to achieve the Ghana beyond Aid, which seeks to make Ghana a self-dependent economy.
The seven-day NAFAC underway in Koforidua is on the theme: “Empowering the Youth through Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts for Employment and Wealth creation”.
Agora Announces Aboya As Winner Of Its World Photography Competition.
“Songs of Freedom,” an arresting image of boys enjoying music by Michael Aboya, @eightman, a 24 year-old self-taught Ghanaian photographer, has been selected as “Best Photo of the Year” and awarded a grand prize of $25,000 during the official Agora Awards 2019 ceremony held in Barcelona on Wednesday.
After nine months of competition and more than 130,000 submissions from photographers all over the world, the winning image was chosen from 50 finalists.
Unlike any other contest, the #AGORAawards2019, in its third year and open to professional and amateur photographers who canjoin for free, recognizes the single most-voted photo of the year, without any photography genre categories.
For the past nine months, photographers from around the world have submitted their pictures to compete for the title of “Best Photo of the Year” and the $25,000 prize. Now the 50 finalists from more than 130,000 submissions have been announced by the organizers, the Agora Awards #AGORAawards2019.
This is the third year of the contest that recognizes the “single most-voted photo of the year, without any photography genre categories,” including amateurs and professional photographers alike who can join for free.
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