The much-awaited ‘Made in Ghana’ album by Okyeame Kwame has been launched.
The launch which took place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at +233 Jazz Bar and Grill saw spectacular performances from Okyeame Kwame, Kuami Eugene, Kidi, Ayesem, Feli Nuna, Afriyie, Abiana, King Ralph, Trigmatic and Wiyaala.
This is the first time in the history of Ghana a musician has put together an album which is aimed at promoting local trade and nationalism by highlighting the virtues of all groups of people in Ghana across the various regions and Ghana’s heritage.
The ambience at the venue exuded great sense of national pride.
The programme started with a performance by the Nsroma Dance Group. They welcomed patrons to the venue with traditional songs and dance types that depict a variety of Ghana’s culture.
Okyeame Kwame and Feli Nuna charged the atmosphere with a performance of ‘Melowo,’ a song done in an ‘agbadza’ vein – producing a mélange of Feli’s soothing singing voice and Okyeame Kwame’s rapturous rap vibes.
He returned with Wutah Afriyie for the song, ‘Bra.’ After the duet, Afriyie did a couple of his old songs including ‘Bronya.’
This was followed by another performance with Kuami Eugene. They sang the song that represents the Eastern Region – ‘E No Be My Matter’ after which Kuami continued with some of his hits.
Representing the Upper West Region were the Lioness of Africa, Wiyaala and King Ralph who also performed ‘Dia Tina’ with Okyeame Kwame. This session saw display of awesome artistry with a lot of energy.
Atongo Zimba could not be present to do ‘Bolgatanga Girl’ because he had other engagements outside the country. However, promising vocalist, Abiana perfectly complemented Okyeame Kwame’s act on that song with her exceptional vocal delivery.
On the night, Trigmatic reaffirmed his resolve to prove to the world that he was ready to experiment with rhythms that hold prospects for the global marketability of his songs. Unlike his previous commercial and rap induced songs, he did ‘Where We Dey Go’ and other thought-provoking Afro-songs which did not only got patrons to muse over the lyrics but to also hail him for his stupendous performance.
After performances from Kidi and Ayesem, Okyeame Kwame mounted the stage again to entertain the fans with more of his new and old songs.
Kwame proved on the night that he has really honed his craft in the music trade over the years. The 43 year-old musician who was on stage over 4 hours, was able to thrill the audience, making them feel part of the show. Undoubtedly, Kwame is not just a good rapper, but one of the best performers in the country.
Other songs on the ‘Made in Ghana’ album are Yenzima ft Fancy Gadam and Nkunim ft Feli Finest & Senku, ‘1956’ ft Kurl Songs & Ayesem, ‘Kpa’ ft. Wulomei.
The songs represent the various regions in terms of concept and the artistes featured.
The programme, chaired by Kwame Baah Acheamfour was also attended by the CEO of Ohene Media, Abraham Ohene Djan and the drummer of the late Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fella Kuti, Jojo Kuo, who traveled to Ghana just to be part of the memorable event.
Jojo, joined the carpet band for the programme, Hy-Skuul Band later, to display his drumming skills.
The ‘Made in Ghana’ album comes with a chocolate, Ghana flag and a piece of kente cloth – strong statement made by Okyeame Kwame to cement the ‘Made in Ghana’ agenda.
Music lovers can now have a taste of 10 classic tracks (2 bonus songs) on the ‘Made in Ghana’ album via the various online music stores.
The ‘Made in Ghana’ album launch was sponsored by Niche Cocoa, Grand Casamora Hotel, Ahead Media and Joy prime TV.
Seagram’s Imperial Blue Debuts In Ghana, Set To Strengthen Its Presence In Sub-Saharan Africa.
Perfect blend of quality grain spirits and imported scotch malts, Seagram’s Imperial Blue whisky has been officially launched in Ghana on October 4th, 2019. On this day, a few carefully selected whisky lovers, key customers and media were invited to an exclusive launch event to sample for the first time the newest addition to the Pernod Ricard Ghana portfolio.
During the event, Gregory Leymarie, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard West Africa said: “True to Joseph Seagram’s uncompromising pursue of excellence when he created his distillery in 1857 in Canada, Seagram’s Imperial Blue was launched in 1997 in India and has become since then, not just one of the largest but also amongst the fastest growing whiskies in the world! In addition to its indisputable quality, its affordability makes it the go-to option for the young and vibrant Ghanaian whisky loving individual. This is one of the many reasons why we strongly believe in this market’s solid potential.”
Ghana is the 36th country in the world in which Imperial Blue has been launched successfully. The brand is indeed the world’s third largest selling whisky* and is also the largest volume contributor to the Pernod Ricard Group globally. It is a testament to the consumers ‘love for the brand which has kept growing throughout the two-decades of its existence: over 3500 bottles of Imperial blue are sold every minute !
Commenting on the penetration of the brand in Ghana, Mr. Kartik Mohindra, Chief Marketing officer of Pernod Ricard India, said, “Ghana has the highest per capita GDP in West Africa, which makes it one of the most critical markets for us. We are excited by the business potential & size of the market. We are proud to introduce Seagram’s Imperial Blue to the relatively young population of Ghana. This launch is hence crucial to help fulfil our ambition of becoming the leader in the mainstream spirits market among the emerging middle class within the next 5 years.”
Imperial Blue Whisky is the winner of Monde Selection Gold Award (Bruxelles) 2018 for its quality. It has also won Gold & Bronze awards at Abby’s (presented by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) for its iconic brand communication strategy.
Make sure to experience Seagram’s Imperial Blue, available soon at your neighborhood store !
About Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard is the world’s no. 2 in wines and spirits. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions. Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolio comprising of : Blenders Pride, Royal Stag, Imperial Blue, 100 Pipers, Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin and well known wines like Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of 18,500 people and operates through a decentralized organization. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.
BET Awards’19: Cardi B, Migos and Burna Boy win top prizes.
Regina Hall hosted the 19th annual BET Awards ceremony, which aired live from the Microsoft Theater on Sunday (23 June) in downtown Los Angeles across seven Viacom networks in the U.S., including BET, BET HER, MTV, MTV 2, MTV Classic, VH1 and Logo.
The show kicked off with a special performance from lead BET nominee Cardi B, who took the stage with husband Offset and a gaggle of dancers for their rendition of her hit tracks “Clout” and “Press.” with other performances including chart-toppers Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus performing their hit song “Old Town Road,” Lizzo’s rendition of “Truth Hurts,” and a medley of hits from Mary J Blige.
Cardi is nominated for 7 awards including Album of the Year, Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, and Best Collaboration category for her songs with Bruno Mars on “Please Me,” and Bad Bunny and J. Balvin on “I Like It.” She won five BET Awards in 2017 and four during the 2018 celebration.
Following Cardi’s lead is hip-hop superstar Drake, who is nominated for five awards including Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration for his track “Sicko Mode” with Travis Scott, and Best Video.
Other nominees included Beyonce, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Issa Rae, Stephen Curry, and Lizzo.Mary J. Blige was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Tyler Perry was presented with the Ultimate Icon Award.
Tyler Perry was honoured with the Ultimate Icon award, while Mary J Blige received the Lifetime Achievement Award after performing a medley of her greatest hits.
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was given a posthumous Humanitarian Award to honour his work as an entrepreneur and community activist. Nipsey Hussle, who was murdered on March 31, was remembered throughout the pre-show by heavy hitters like John Legend, Lil’ Kim, and DJ Khaled. BET even opted to use a blue carpet in honour of the slain rapper.
Burna Boy won the Best International Act, which was accepted by his mother/manager who gave a powerful acceptance speech.
See the full list of winners below:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bruno Mars (WINNER)
Chloe x Halle
Lil Baby & Gunna
“Sicko Mode,” Travis Scott ft. Drake (WINNER)
“A Lot,” 21 Savage ft. J. Cole
“Please Me,” Cardi B & Bruno Mars
“I Like It,” Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
“Could've Been,” H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller
“Taste,” Tyga ft. Offset
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Cardi B (WINNER)
Megan Thee Stallion
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Nipsey Hussle (WINNER)
Video of the Year
“This Is America,” Childish Gambino (WINNER)
“A Lot,” 21 Savage ft. J. Cole
“Money,” Cardi B
“Please Me,” Cardi B & Bruno Mars
“Nice For What,” Drake
“APES**T,” The Carters
Video Director of the Year
Karena Evans (WINNER)
Best New Artist
Lil Baby (WINNER)
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational
“Blessing Me Again,” Snoop Dogg ft. Rance Allen (WINNER)
“All Of My Life,” Erica Campbell ft. Warryn Campbell
“Tell Me Where It Hurts,” Fred Hammon
“Love Theory,” Kirk Franklin
“Never Alone,” Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin
Best International Act
Burna Boy (Nigeria) (WINNER)
AKA (South Africa)
Aya Nakamura (France)
Mr. Eazi (Nigeria)
Best New International Act
Sho Madjozi (South Africa) (WINNER)
Headie One (UK)
Regina King (WINNER)
Taraji P Henson
Michael B. Jordan (WINNER)
Marsai Martin (WINNER)
Michael Rainey Jr.
BlacKkKlansman (WINNER) Creed 2
If Beale Street Could Talk
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The Hate U Give
Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams (WINNER)
Sportsman of the Year
Stephen Curry (WINNER)
Odell Beckham Jr
Album of the Year
Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B (WINNER)
Astroworld, Travis Scott
Championships, Meek Mill
Ella Mai, Ella Mai
Everything Is Love, The Carters
Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice
“Trip,” Ella Mai (WINNER)
“I Like It,” Cardi B ft Bad Bunny & J Balvin
“This Is America,” Childish Gambino
“In My Feelings,” Drake
“Middle Child,” J. Col
“Sicko Mode,” Travis Scott ft. Drake
Event Guide Magazine: Kuami Eugene Covers April Edition, Official Unveiling Held.
Rockstar Kuami Eugene has officially been unveiled as the cover for the April edition of Event Guide Magazine.
The unveiling was done in grand style at the plush Cockpit Bar and Lounge inside the Achimota Retail Centre.
Event Guide Africa, publishers of Africa’s foremost event based magazine, event guide magazine chose the young highlife sensation to be its cover for the month of April because of the immense contribution he has made to the Ghanaian entertainment industry.
According to the magazine, Kuami Eugene has created and atmosphere and paved the way for young budding talents to have a place in the fast-growing Ghanaian music industry.
The Lynx Entertainment signee was highly elated as music lovers, fans, and industry players came to celebrate with him.
The event drew some of the big names in the entertainment industry including Andy Dosty, DJ Vyrusky, DKB, Kidi, Rosemond Brown and a host others.
Also notable among the guest were celebrity photographers and bloggers including Swag of Africa, Rob Photography, Ronnie is Everywhere, etc.
Musicians who graced the stage on the night includes Capasta, ‘Bless the Boy’ crooner Dhamie, Unyx, etc,
Watch out for the May edition of the highly-acclaimed Event Guide Magazine. And a big thanks goes out to all personalities, photographers’, bloggers and musicians who came to show support.
Mtn Ghana Names 10 Finalists For Season 5 Of Heroes Of Change.
The MTN Heroes of Change, a social enterprise by MTN Ghana that recognizes, celebrates and supports the contribution of selfless individuals who sacrifice their time and resources to help in the development of their communities as well as brighten lives, has announced the names of the 10 finalists for Season Five.
Season five aims to have focus on the following core areas; education, health, and economic empowerment, with the ultimate winner receiving a whopping GH¢100, 000, while category winners would receive GH¢30, 000.
Here are the list of shortlisted finalists end their respective categories.
1). Charles Ofori Antimpem
- Dr. Asiamah
3). Frank Abeiku Adams
1). Louisa Enyonam Ansah
2). Benjamin Akinkang
3). David Hagan
1). Diana Adjei
2). Rev Fr Akologo Dominic Azumah
3). Justice Yeleviebayire
4). Mawusi Awity
The work of the 10 shortlisted finalists will later be broadcast as part of a 13-week television series. The TV series will highlight the stories of the nominees whose selfless acts are positively impacting the lives of others.
MTN Heroes of Change was first launched in July 2013 with the aim of identifying and recognizing selfless people who continue to sacrifice their time and resources to improve their communities and brighten lives. There have been three ultimate winners since the project was initiated.
The social enterprise since inception has won several awards; 2016 IPR Best Community Relations Programme of the Year and was also awarded CSR Program of the Year 2015 by the Head of State Awards (HoSA) Scheme.