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RECORD BREAKING: Over 100,000 Ghanaians Storm Stonebwoy’s “Ashaiman Festival”.

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ASHAIMAN, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) – Fashionably punctual, Livingstone Etse Satekla, professionally known for his musicianship as Stonebwoy floats on stage at 1:30am on the dot to entertain patrons who trooped in to see him perform at the Saka Saka Park, Ashaiman. It’s the the Ghanaian Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall artiste 6th consecutive outdoor show, dubbed, Ashaiman To The World Festival (ATTWF), but the set-up and sound was surprisingly advanced. His name and image glistens on screen in a retro font as his full-piece band, The BHIM Band start up, and he appears, as glammed to the smitten and record breaking 100,000 crowd.

Livingstone’s intro music, Hero, wasn’t chosen solely for its party-starting funkiness. Having primed us, the multiple awards winning reggae artiste immediately turns the tables and ripples through a set that highlights both his artistry spiced up with activism. In the second category, Stonebwoy has a tendency to fill the gaps between songs with rote, let’s-love-ourselves exhortations. In the first is his uncontestable talent, displayed in fluid runs and a melody, which makes him admirably suited to the playing of his songs.

Throughout the evening, a range of surprise appearances sends raptures through the crowd. BET Hip pop award winner, Sarkodie, enthralls with his street anthem “Bleeding” and Rising star of Ashaiman Larruso garners a similar reaction with Killy Killy, while Quamina MP tipped the atmosphere towards frenzy with Party, Amanfour, and Wiase Ye De, Obrafour, King Promise, Eshun, Strongman Burna blessed the atmosphere with their spectacular sets. The evening’s biggest surprise was reserved for the last stretch; Shatta Wale emerged to the pensive instrumentals of his Only One Man tune and, for a few minutes, two of the continent’s biggest stars dance together, the ecstatic crowd thrilled and stunned at the unexpected union.

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Man of the moment, Stonebwoy, interweaves old and new on Saturday night, with an epic, Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall-filled set, including two released anthems (Shuga featuring Jamaican Super Star, Beenie Man and Ololo featuring Nigeria’s Teni). Invoking his distinctive onstage persona, and throughout, Stonebwoy manages to apply a newfound scale to himself and his music, and in doing so, reinforces his position as an unstoppable entity on the brink of another new, exciting chapter. This year’s concert, as far as attendance, Sound, Stage Lightening and Crew are concerned, is the biggest outdoor event in Ghana, and Legendary Obrafour made similar confession on stage.

On stage, it’s evident that Stonebwoy deserves his seat at the top of the Afrobeats, Reggae/Ragge & Dancehall scene. He’s a magnetic performer. Songs such as People Dey, Run Go, Hero and Mama Stories, underpinned by snapping drums and jittery choruses, send feet stomping through the park filled with humongous souls. Elsewhere, the crowds sway as he croons the softer, more melodic offerings of Tuff Seed. With energy at a high point, Stonebwoy brings the curtain down with Wame, the enchanting drums and biographical lyrics leading the crowd into sermon, topping a night that epitomises both his and Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall’s continued ascent into the mainstream.

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Jizzle Garners 30,000 Patrons At His Debut Album Concert In Gambia.

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Jizzle, Gambia’s number 1 makes history as he fessal stade – filled the stadium for the concert for his album, Finally. It was the most surreal moment for the Gambian music industry, no concert at the stadium from Davido to Chronixx to Movado to even Youssou Ndour has received the type of crowd that Jizzle received on Saturday, November 23rd. This is just a testament of the love and support that Jizzle has received from the beginning of his career till now. Coming from humble beginnings from the community of Bakau, Jerreh Jallow has been on his musical journey for greatness for many years. He was born with a natural musical ability and quality. He employs both exuberance and brainpower to pull off conscious, sweet songs viable in today’s pop-culture. Finally, the album was released three months ago on all digital platforms. Since its release, it has definitely proven to be the hottest album on the streets of the Gambia. There is no taxi, shop, or community that you go into that is not blasting Jizzle’s album. The country has uplifted him to the highest level and everyone is proud of him. A number of singles have been released from the album accompanied by video like Finally, Joanna, Just In Case. However, it was Turn By Turn that became number one on Apple Top 100 Gambia for five weeks. The album was also number 1 on Apple Music Gambia. Jizzle has worked very hard and has proven that his craft is ready to compete and shine on the world stage. His entrance on the stage at the Finally Concert was one in a million. Covered in a white cashmere robe, he was dressed in white with a silver face mask; the crowd went into frenzy. As happiness exuded from him, an emotional Jizzle told the crowd, “This is not my show; this show is for the Gambian music industry. All of us as artists. When one shines, we all shine. There is no competition and we must have love and support for each other. When one of us wins, we all win.” One of Jizzle’s wonders is that he sings in three major West African languages – Fula, Mandingo and Wolof – and an international language, English, making him a marketable brand, both at home and abroad. His stage presence, energy, and delivery are impeccable. He has received the highest accolades in the Gambian music industry for his singles and videos. He also did his first European tour over the summer starting with the Selam Festival in Sweden then to other European countries. He will continue to do international shows in December and throughout 2020.
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Seagram’s Imperial Blue Debuts In Ghana, Set To Strengthen Its Presence In Sub-Saharan Africa.

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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.

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BET Awards’19: Cardi B, Migos and Burna Boy win top prizes.

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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


Beyoncé (WINNER)
Ella Mai​
H.E.R.
Solange
SZA
Teyana Taylor

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist


Bruno Mars (WINNER)
Anderson .Paak​
Childish Gambino​
Chris Brown
John Legend
Khalid

Best Group


Migos (WINNER)
Chloe x Halle​
City Girls
Lil Baby & Gunna​
The Carters

Best Collaboration


“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)
Kash Doll
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj​
Remy Ma

Best Male Hip Hop Artist


Nipsey Hussle (WINNER)
21 Savage
Drake
J. Cole
Meek Mill
Travis Scott

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)
Benny Boom
Colin Tilley​
Dave Meyers
Hype Williams

Best New Artist


Lil Baby (WINNER)
Blueface
City Girls
Juice WRLD​
Queen Naija

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)
Dave (UK)
Dosseh (France)
Giggs (UK)
Mr. Eazi (Nigeria)

Best New International Act


Sho Madjozi (South Africa) (WINNER)
Headie One (UK)
Jokair (France)
Nesly (France)
Octavian (UK)
Teni (Nigeria)

Best Actress


Regina King (WINNER)
Issa Rae
Regina Hall
Taraji P Henson​
Tiffany Haddish​
Viola Davis

Best Actor


Michael B. Jordan (WINNER)
Anthony Anderson
Chadwick Boseman
Denzel Washington
Mahershala Ali
Omari Hardwick​

Young Stars


Marsai Martin (WINNER)
Caleb McLaughlin
Lyrics Ross
Michael Rainey Jr.
Miles Brown

Best Movie


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)
Allyson Felix
Candace Parker
Naomi Osaka
Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year


Stephen Curry (WINNER)
Kevin Durant
LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr
Tiger Woods

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

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Event Guide Magazine: Kuami Eugene Covers April Edition, Official Unveiling Held.

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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.

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