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Ghana’s Premier Hip Hop Platform, Yoyo Tinz Returns This October.



After a successful debut last November, the hip hop festival is coming back, between the 9th and the 13th of October 2019, with a specific focus on dance. This is in line with yoyo tinz’ mission to draw attention to the often underrepresented elements of the hip hop culture.

The 2019 festival poster is a nod to the theme: the now recognizable GOAT mascot imagined by Ghanaian artist Bright Ackwerh returns, captured in the middle of a break-dancing move. The mascot is also seen wearing an iconic Black Stars jersey of the legendary Abedi Pele – another nod to the GOAT – Greatest of All Times – allusions.

Yoyo tinz’s decision to host the festival on Terra Alta’s grounds for this edition of the festival is befitting as the organization is home to Accra Theatre Workshop; an initiative with dance as one of it’s primary artistic interests. Terra Alta founder, Elizabeth Sutherland, commented on the aptness of this collaboration, saying; “We love what yoyo tinz has been doing, and we’re happy to support this year’s festival. Terra Alta is all about providing space to artists who are committed to their form and this team does exactly that.”

On the decision to focus on dance this year, yoyo tinz founder and creative director, Selorm Jay, said: “When people hear the words ‘hip hop’ they immediately think rap music and not the other art forms of the culture. In order for us to educate and shine a light on the other elements of hip hop, we will focus each year’s festival on a relevant discipline within the culture, while still celebrating our love for all things hip hop on a smaller scale. This year our focus will be on dance. Selorm Jay added: “Hip hop englobes a wide variety of elements and we look forward to presenting this to fans and curious minds in this year and the years that follow.”

This edition of the festival will feature several dance-focused activities, a photographic exhibition on Wednesday 9th October, an evening of short movies screenings and panel discussions on Thursday 10th, a special screening of Coz Ov Moni Friday 11th.Saturday (12th) and Sunday (13th) will be jam-packed with graffiti, kids area, video games, skateboarding, dance showcases, dance classes, and some musical performances, much like last year.

This second edition of yoyo tinz festival is being put together with the help and partnership of Institut Français Ghana, RPC, Alliance Française Accra, YFM, Visiter l’Afrique, Yobbings, Fokn Bois, Afrodistrict, and Terra Alta.

Festival details
Dates: Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th October 2019
Venues: Alliance Française Accra and Terra Alta, Abelemkpe Junction, Dzorwulu, Accra
Tickets: Free under 12 years old/ half price for students with ID/ 10GHS for the film screening CoZ of Moni /30GHS for one day (Saturday or Sunday)/ 50GHS weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday) / 100GHS GOAT ticket (weekend pass + merch + surprises)/ Wednesday and Thursday events are free to attend



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DJ Neizer & Kojo Manuel Inspire Kumasi With Music At Road To Detty Rave Concert



The Road To Detty Rave show in Kumasi, was headlined by Sarkodie, Joey B, King Promise, Shaker , Kojo Cue, Fameye, Tulenkey and many more but one of the big highlights of the night was DJ Neizer’s spiritual yet inspirational session with Kojo Manuel.As an accomplished and working engineer plus DJ, Neizer has combined two very tough lives and is excelling at both, a point the MC for the Road To Detty Rave Concert, Kojo Manuel expressed and used to inspire the students on being whoever they want to be, because they can.

With the lights off and the thousands of students had their phone lights on, DJ Neizer proceeded to play prayerful songs including Kwesi Arthur’s Pray for Me which had everybody singing along with emotion before switching to an energetic back-to-back jams that had the thousands of fans jumping and screaming all night.The 2017 Campus DJ of the Year definitely has the Midas touch

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“I’m The Only Serious, Business Minded Artiste In Ghana. – Shatta Wale



Award-winning dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, has explained that his constant criticism of his fellow artistes and for that matter, the Ghanaian music industry is because of his desire to see the industry thrive on the global stage.

According to him, the attitude and mentality of his colleagues do not depict people who are serious-minded and business-focused. In a television interview on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana programme, Shatta Wale said although his criticisms are hurtful, they are the hard truth.

“My criticism is for change in the industry; change of attitude and mentality towards our work. I believe most of them are not serious when it comes to music. People have sung since time immemorial and have made people see musicians as band boys and so we are not taken seriously.

“I’ve taken music seriously so when I see some artistes pretending that life is good for them, it makes me feel that pain. Osibisa was one of the successful groups globally. When it comes to my colleagues, we have not taken music serious,” he said.

Explaining further, Shatta Wale, known in real life as Charles Nii Armah Mensah blamed the media for compounding the problems in the music industry. According to him, the media has over hyped musicians and have created the impression that “they’ve made it.”

“Presenters make them feel swollen-headed even with a single song and so when they move out there they move with some hype and they think they’ve made it. I’ve been there before. When I came out as Bandana, that was the same thing I went through. But I was living in a single room and I wasn’t making money,” he said.

According to him, what hurts him most is that some of these musicians who are seen playing on the international stage are paid as low as £100 and £200.

“Some of these artistes are paid £100, £200. You’ll see this person is travelling and I go like, when you went there how much money did you make? Do not lie to the next generation. Do not let them feel like travelling and meeting people out there is the business. The business is how much money are you putting in your pocket? How much are you saving? Cos we are all growing…it’s a seasonal thing.

“I’ll grow one day and see that at this age I have to stop doing music so when I stop what am I going to do? So, I’ve started now, doing businesses here and there. If you think that this is going to be forever… that is why you find old musicians coming out and complaining and it makes me feel sad,” he lamented.

In 2018, Shatta Wale was billed to perform at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards held at the Accra International Conference Centre but he failed to turn up.

Explaining why he did not perform at the awards, he said he had no contract with CAF and that he wanted to prove to them that “I’m a very serious artiste who takes his business seriously.”

“CAF didn’t sign a contract with me. They didn’t link any of my management team so when that whole thing came up I was a bit surprise that how come they would want to pay me some money without contract.

“It wasn’t because they paid my Nigerian counterparts more than they offered me. It wasn’t because of the Nigerians. I wanted to show them that this is a serious artiste who takes his business serious. If you wanna put me on a show there are procedures that you have to go through,” he explained.

In his opinion he is the only serious musician in Ghana and it was evident from his collaboration with American singer, Beyonce

“I’m very, very serious,” he said.

Asked if there was no other person in the industry he would consider serious, Shatta had this to say: “I don’t know who to mention. I can’t mention any.”

“What I’m saying now is the truth and it’s the hard truth. They will find it difficult to understand. All those names you are mentioning they are names that I have spoken to and I have educated them on how we should move this music thing,” he explained.

According to him, a serious artiste does not “chase” foreign artistes for collaborations.

“All those artistes you are mentioning are chasing Nigerian artistes. I don’t go chasing Nigerian artistes. They come to me. They love me for the work I do so they come to me with a good heart. It’s not just about talent. I take my business serious.

“When you know what you have, you’ll always sit down and wait for the right time. Like I waited for Beyonce’s collaboration to happen,” he added.


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“There Are No Greener Pastures Anywhere. — Wiyaala



International Ghanaian Afro-pop singer Wiyaala, popularly known as the Lioness of Africa has advised young  people to stay home, seek opportunities and work hard at home rather than go abroad.

She thinks that, being optimistic and putting the same effort into working back at home can equally lead you to achieving greater heights. She said, ‘Europe, USA and even Accra are not all that they are made out to be. I’ve seen many young Africans struggling to survive. It’s a myth to think of these places outside as the promised land.’

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with the host of 3FM Drive, Giovani Caleb, she said that ‘‘ young people, especially females who seem to face more problems than the boys, need to work harder and realise that the same energy you use in the big city or going outside you could also use in your regions and towns. There are huge opportunities coming in farming and tourism’

The Lioness also related how the Wiyaala Gala Concert in the UK raised significant funds for Teach2Teach, an NGO which trains unemployed SHS leavers to teach basic education to children in deprived communities in Northern Ghana. This helps reduce youth unemployment and improve primary school education in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.

(Source: Nancy Hatie Nwadei)

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