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HEADIES AWARDS’19: King Promise Wins “African Artiste Recognition” Category.

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Gregory Bortey Newman, sensational Ghanaian highlife and afrobeats singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name King Promise, has debuted as the only Ghanaian act to win a plaque at the 2019 edition of Headies music awards show in Nigeria.

The “As Promised” crooner’s won in the African Artiste Recognition category – a non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.

The event was cheduled to hold on October 19th, 2019. King Promise competed against noticeable entertainment, creative arts performers across the continent, including Master KG – Skeleton Moves(South Africa), Afro B – Drogba (Joanna)(Ivory Coast), Sauti Sol – Melanin (Kenya), and DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (South Africa)

Running for over a decade, the 13th Headies award will feature 23 unique categories in recognition of Africa’s finest artistes, including; Best Recording of the Year; Best Pop Single; Producer of The Year; Best Rap Album; Best R&B/ Pop Album; Best Collabo; Best Rap Single; Best Vocal Performance (Male); Best Vocal Performance (Female); Next Rated; Hip Hop World Revelation; and Lyricist on The Roll.

Others are the Best Street-Hop Artiste; Album of The Year; Artiste of The Year; Song of The Year; African Artiste Recognition; Headies’ Viewer’s Choice; Industry Brand Supporter; Best Performer; Songwriter of The Year; Rookie of The Year; Special Recognition; Hall of Fame.

When nominations were opened, 29 categories were announced. But with the announcement of nominees, only 23 categories made the cut. Categories like Best Reggae/Dancehall, Best Alternative Album, Best R&B Single, Best Songwriter and two others were cut.

The Headies is a music awards show established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry. The annual ceremony features performances by established and promising artists. It is broadcast live on HipTV to television viewers across Nigeria. The annual ceremony features performances by established and promising artists. It is broadcast live on HipTV to television viewers across Nigeria.

List of winners below;

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. – A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.

Crayon

Buju

Barry Jhay (WINNER)

Oxlade

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’

Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’

Nonso Bassey – ‘411’

Funbi – ‘Serenade’

Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’ (WINNER)

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE. – A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.

Erigga – ‘Motivation’

Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’ (WINNER)

Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’

Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’

Lyta – ‘Time’

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR. – A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.

Adekunle Gold – Ire

Patoranking – Heal D World

Brymo – Olanrewaju

Teni – Uyo Meyo (WINNER)

Burna Boy – Ye

BEST RAP SINGLE. – A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

‘Talk’ – Falz (WINNER)

‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce

‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss featuring Olamide

‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone featuring Alpha Ojini

‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG. – A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.

‘Cash’ – Lady Donli

‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems

‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille (WINNER)

‘Heya’ – Brymo

‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

BEST RAP ALBUM. – A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.

‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz (WINNER)

‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga

‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL. – A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

YCEE – ‘Balance’

Boogey – ‘Implode’

Paybac – ‘Implode’

Ghost – ‘Crown’

Tec – ‘Crown’

AQ – ‘Crown’ (WINNER)

BEST COLLABO. – A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

‘Like’ – Reekado Banks featuring Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

‘One Ticket’ – Kiss Daniel featuring Davido

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy featuring Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Killin’ Dem’ – Burna Boy featuring Zlatan (WINNER)

‘Amaka’ – 2baba featuring Peruzzi

BEST PERFORMER. – A non-voting category for the artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed in the year under review with consideration of live performances.

Falz

Tiwa Savage

Brymo

Yemi Alade (WINNER)

Adekunle Gold

BEST R&B SINGLE. – A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE

‘Serenade’ – Funbi

‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni

‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld

‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay featuring Runtown (WINNER)

BEST POP SINGLE. – A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

‘We Gain’ – Victor AD

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Case’ – Teni (WINNER)

‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

‘Baby’ – Joeboy

BEST R&B / POP ALBUM. – A category for the best r&b/pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

rare. – Odunsi (The Engine)

Outside – Burna Boy

No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel

Mayor of Lagos – Mayorkun (WINNER)

About 30 – Adekunle Gold

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE. – A voting category to award the fan’s favorite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.

Mr Eazi

Burna Boy

Teni (WINNER)

Fireboy DML

Rema

Joe Boy

Wizkid

Davido

BEST MUSIC VIDEO. – A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.

‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters (WINNER)

‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters

‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films

‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy

‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION. – A voting category for the best new artiste with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.

Odunsi

Mayorkun (WINNER)

Wurld

Humblesmith

ALBUM OF THE YEAR. – A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).

About 30 – Adekunle Gold

Outside – Burna Boy

Moral Instruction – Falz (WINNER)

No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR. – An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

Phantom – ‘Ye’ b Burna Boy

Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema

Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni

Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy featuring Duncan Mighty and Wizkid (WINNER)

Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy featuring Zlatan

NEXT RATED. – This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.

Rema (WINNER)

Joeboy

Fireboy DML

Victor AD

Lyta

Zlatan

SONG OF THE YEAR. – A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy (WINNER)

‘Dumebi’ – Rema

‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Case’ – Teni

‘Leg work’ – Zlatan

‘Baby’ – Joeboy

‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR. – Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.

Burna Boy (WINNER)

Wizkid

Davido

Tiwa Savage

Falz

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE) – A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’

Waje – ‘Udue’

Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’ (WINNER)

Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’

Falana – ‘Repeat’

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION. – A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.

Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)

Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)

Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)

King Promise – CCTV (GHANA) (WINNER)

DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

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DJ Switch Adjudged The Best Disc Jockey At The Global Child Prodigy Awards

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DELHI, INDIA (www.georgebritton.com) - Erica Armah Bra-Bulu Tandoh known by the stage name DJ Switch, a young Ghanaian female disk jockey and a multi talented entertainer has been recognized by the Top 100 Global Child Prodigy after winning in the Category of DJ/Entertainment at the just ended Global Child Prodigy Awards/2020

The 2019 Ghana DJ Awards "Best DJ of the Year" award winner was named in the Top 100 at the maiden edition of the child prodigy award event; Global Child Prodigy Awards held in Delhi, India. Recognised for her outstanding contribution and achievement, the young DJ will be featured in a book about the world’s best child prodigies.

Global Child Prodigy award is unique initiative to recognise and appreciate kids upto age 15. The award recipients at this year’s Global Top 100 Prodigy Awards are expected to be influencers or speakers at several significant international event and have the privilege to acquire global exposure while meeting eminent leaders.

The 100 Global Child Prodigy Award is a platform to celebrate kids talent and power in different categories such as dancing, music, arts, writing, acting, modelling, science, innovation, sports etc. The awards are supported by the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation and Oscar award winning music producer AR Rahman to name a few.

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DJ Switch, is the second child and the only girl among five siblings.She lives in Dadieso in the Western Region of Ghana and attends Talented Royals International School at Weija in Accra. Her career took off when she was seven years of age. She says she is adept at switching people's moods from sad to happy, hence the name DJ Switch.

In June 2018, Erica became the youngest person to win Ghana's annual DJ award. In 2019 Roc Nation, Jay-Z's entertainment company, acknowledged her skills and featured her on their social media for Black History Month. Her dream is to be a gynecologist,so she can enhance the process of childbirth for women in her community.

In September 2018, she opened the Bill and Melinda Gates' Foundation's annual Goalkeepers event in New York City, as the warm up act to French President Emmanuel Macron. In May 2019, she was in New York to perform at the NGO ''Room to Read''s gala with Wyclef Jean also on the bill. In June 2019, she performed at the World Bank Africa Society Symposium at the World Bank office in Washington. She performed at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in February 2019.

After DJ Switch won the TV3 Talent Kidz 2018, she was interviewed by many media houses and she kept repeating she would like to use some of the monies she gets from playing at events and her DJ Switch Foundation to support the less privileged in society. In October 2019, she made some donations of 50 desks, 4 sets of tables and chairs to the students and teachers of A.M.E Zion Junior High School at Brafoyaw in Cape Coast, Ghana. The donations were received by the DCE Hon. Aba Hagan of Abora Asebu Kwanman Kese on behalf of the school.

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GOLDEN GLOBES/20: Leonardo DiCaprio Nicknamed, Fleabag Movie Wins Big

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It was a night of stratospherically high star-wattage – Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Elton John, the list goes on – and big wins for British productions at the 77th Golden Globes, a night overstuffed with largely unsurprising awards, host Ricky Gervais’s apathy toward award shows, and calls to vote in 2020.

Top of the British victory wave was 1917, Sam Mendes’s technically audacious film following two British soldiers in the first world war, which won for best picture – drama and best director. Best actor – drama, meanwhile, went to Joaquin Phoenix for Joker, who gave a rambling speech frequently obscured with network bleeps. Renee Zellweger won best actress in a drama for Judy. On the comedy/musical side, the night tipped in favor of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and its supporting actor star Brad Pitt, as well as Brit Taron Egerton for his portrayal of Sir Elton John in Rocketman.

Sam Mendes, director of 1917, won Golden Globes for best picture – drama and best director. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

It was also a night of historic firsts with The Farewell star Awkwafina becoming the first Asian-American woman to win for best actress in a musical or comedy (“If I fall on hard times, I can sell this,” joked the first-time Golden Globes attendee) and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir winning best score for Joker, becoming the first woman to win solo in the category.

On the television side, the Globes extended the Emmys’ British invasion with numerous wins for stars from across the pond – Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued her awards season roll with best actress and best comedy for Fleabag, Olivia Colman ruled again for her takeover of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, and Brian Cox triumphed as best actor in a drama for Succession, whose British creator Jesse Armstrong picked up a win for best drama series. Uncharacteristically for the Globes, the television wins largely tracked with critical acclaim or consensus; besides wins for the much-lauded Fleabag and Succession, awards went to the well-reviewed Chernobyl and its star Stellan Skarsgaard for supporting actor in a limited series, and what could be seen as a “best new artist” award to Ramy Youssef for his role in Hulu’s small but mighty series Ramy.

Olivia Colman accepts an award for best actress in The Crown. Photograph: Christian Monterrosa/EPA

The over-three hour telecast kicked off with a typically caustic routine from five-time host Ricky Gervais, who took aim at Hollywood’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein (“I know he’s your friend, but I don’t care”), film and TV executives who are “all terrified of Ronan Farrow,” and The Morning Show’s theme of morality, “which is rich coming from a company [Apple] that runs sweat shops in Asia”.

Blasting stars’ enthusiasm to work for massive streaming companies, Gervais told the crowd to not use their speeches “as a platform to make a political speech”, and instead “come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and God, and fuck off”.

Several of the winners pointedly ignored Gervais’s advice; the night’s two most rousing speeches belonged to veteran speech-givers Patricia Arquette and Michelle Williams. Arquette, accepting for a repeat win as best supporting actress in a limited series for The Act, urged viewers to look past the pomp toward real issues. “While I love my kids so much, I beg of us all to give them a better world,” she said. “For our kids and their kids we have to vote in 2020 and we have to get – beg and plead for everyone we know to vote in 2020.”

Williams, accepting for best actress in limited series for Fosse/Verdon, built on her memorable Emmys speech on giving space for women to do their best work with a moving call for women’s right to choose. “I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making and not just a series of events that happened to me, but one that I can stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over,” she said – choices not possible without her right, as a woman, to “choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives, knowing, as all mothers know, the scales must and will tip towards our children”. She concluded by calling on women “18 to 118”, to vote in their self-interest, because “it’s what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them – but don’t forget we are the largest voting body in this country. Let’s make it look more like us.”

Tom Hanks accepts the Cecil B DeMille award. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Associated Press

The night’s other most resonant speeches belonged to the evening’s two lifetime honorees: Ellen Degeneres, accepting the Carol Burnett award for achievement in television from Kate McKinnon, who described the impact the comedian’s coming out had on her as a young woman, and America’s great everyman, Tom Hanks, introduced for the Cecil B DeMille by Charlize Theron as, simply, a man who “makes the world a better place”.

Phoenix also took a political, if slightly less coherent than Arquette and Williams, stance in his speech. “It’s really nice that so many people have sent their well wishes to Australia but we have to do more than that,” he said, referencing the country’s devastating bush fires. “I have not always been a virtuous man. So many of you in this room have given me so many opportunities to get it right … Together, hopefully we can be unified and make some changes,” such as, he added, not taking a private jet to Palm Springs.

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The climate change-fueled disaster in Australia received much attention throughout the night; best supporting actor in a limited series Russell Crowe wasn’t in attendance due to the fires, sending word instead to take climate action seriously, while Aussie native Cate Blanchett thanked well-wishers and urged for donations to first responders and those affected by the raging bushfires, because “when one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster”.

Even Gervais had to agree, ending the night with a call to “get drunk, take your drugs, and also: donate to Australia.”

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Dance-hall Heavyweight, Stonebwoy Secures Nomination At SoundCity MVP Awards

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LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA (www.georgebritton.com) - Three times (2015, 2018 & 2019) All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla, popularly christened as Stonebwoy has been nominated in the category of "Listeners Choice" at the yet to be staged SoundCity MVP Festival awards - 2020.

The most prestigious award extravaganza returns on the 11th of January, 2020 at the Eko ConventionCentre, in Lagos, Nigeria. Kpo Keke’, which got the nomination an Afropop song which features, Medikal and Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes and Kelvyn Boy received a significant amount of airplay both on the local and international media space since it’s release and has become very popular for that matter.

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The song will be competiting against Baby – Joeboy (NG), Dumebi – Rema (NG), Fetch your Life – Prince Kaybee x Msaki (SA), Jealous – Fireboy (NG), Jama – DJ Micsmith x Patoranking x Shaker (GH), Kainama – Harmonize x Burna Boy (TZ), Killin Dem – Burna Box x Zlatan (NG), Kpo K3K3 – Stonebwoy x Medikal x Kelvynboy x Kwesi Arthur x Darkovibes (GH), and Oil & Gas – Olamide (NG)

‘Kpo Keke’ which is also the name for an alcoholic beverage currently being sold on the Ghanaian market has received quite some hype from the media due to their association with the entertainment industry and popular musicians Stonebwoy,Medikal and Kwesi Arthur. The drink was currently featured in the hit movie ‘Away Bus’ which drew a huge crowd to the Silverbird Cinemas at its premiere in Accra.

The Soundcity MVP Awards Festival ("TheMVPs" or "MVP") is an event presented by Soundcity TV which awards plaques to musicians and performers across Africa. Since 2007, the winners are chosen by the viewers and fans by visiting #TheMVPs' website. and a select committee of the industry stakeholder. The first MVPs ceremony will hold on the 29th of December in Lagos, Nigeria.

Soundcity MVP Awards Festival 2016 Soundcity MVP Awards FestivaAwarded forCrowning the hardest working talents in Africa Presented bySoundcity TV, Soundcity Radio Network and Soundcity DigitalFirst awarded2016. The awards are presented annually and broadcast live on Soundcity TV on DStv, GOtv, TalkTalk UK, Soundcity Radio Network and Soundcity Android and iOS app as well as online on the SoundcityTV website, YouTube and other social media accounts.

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Dancehall Naa, Shatta Wale Enlisted To Perform At SoundCity Awards Festival

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LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA (www.georgebritton.com) - In build up to the biggest entertainment event this year - SoundCity MVP Awards Festival - 2020, Charle Nii-Armah Mensah, multiple awards-winning Ghanaian reggae/ragga & dance-hall artiste will be entertaining patrons at this year's edition of the most covetous awards ceremony.

The most prestigious award extravaganza returns on the 11th of January, 2020 at the Eko ConventionCentre, in Lagos, Nigeria. Popular known in the entertainment industry as Shatta Wale, the Ghanaian dance-hall art will be performing alongside other continental artiste including Diamond Platnumz, Davido, Rema, Wizkid and many more.

However, the 'Melissa' hitmaker has also secured nomination in Africa Artiste of the Year category and Viewers Choice category. He's in contention with Burna Boy (NG), Davido (NG), Diamond Platnumz (TZ), Shatta Wale (GH), Sho Madjozi (SA), Tiwa Savage (NG), Wizkid (NG) and Yemi Alade (NG) in the African Artiste of the Year category.

In the Viewers Choice category, he's been nominated against 49-99 – Tiwa Savage (NG), Able God – Chinko Ekun x Lil Kesh x Zlatan (NG), Banomoya – DJ Kaybee x Busisiwa x TNS (SA), My Level – Shatta Wale (GH), On The Low – Burna Boy (NG), Soapy – Naira Marley (NG), Tetema – Rayvanny x Diamond Platnumz (TZ) and Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)

The Soundcity MVP Awards Festival ("TheMVPs" or "MVP") is an event presented by Soundcity TV which awards plaques to musicians and performers across Africa. Since 2007, the winners are chosen by the viewers and fans by visiting #TheMVPs' website. and a select committee of the industry stakeholder. The first MVPs ceremony will hold on the 29th of December in Lagos, Nigeria.

Soundcity MVP Awards Festival 2016 Soundcity MVP Awards FestivaAwarded forCrowning the hardest working talents in Africa Presented bySoundcity TV, Soundcity Radio Network and Soundcity DigitalFirst awarded2016. The awards are presented annually and broadcast live on Soundcity TV on DStv, GOtv, TalkTalk UK, Soundcity Radio Network and Soundcity Android and iOS app as well as online on the SoundcityTV website, YouTube and other social media accounts.

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