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REVIEW: 3Music Awards 2019.

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Last year, the 3 Music Awards came under fire for a relative dearth of female winners and performers onstage and, furthermore. But women in music doing superlative work is no new phenomenon. Before delivering criticisms of a show that is in many ways continuing a long-term slide, it’s worth noting that the ceremony itself stepped up this year.

The second edition of the annual 3Music Awards was slatted for 30th March, 2019 at an estimated 20,000 capacity, Fantasy Dome, Labadi Accra. Even though the show recorded poor patronage and also commencing 4 hours late to the initial time. The event had Lexis Bill and Cookie as hosts and Hitz 103.9 FM’s Andy Dosty was behind the turntables.

In an invigorating one-two punch early in the night, multiple awards winning reggae/dancehall delivered top notch performance that served to justify his spot among the night’s top nominees; he carefully and cautiously descended from the sky with the help of his 2017 hit single dubbed ”Ayoo” which was massively sang amongst the patrons present on the nigh of awards.

The whole night was full of emerging stars every bit as exciting. Wendy Shay(using an apparent lip-sync to her advantage, focusing more fully on her showmanship) and rising star Dope Nation owned their moments on the stage, lending the refreshing feeling of stars being cemented or first established, rather than just burnished.

Apart from Shatta Wale, the event witnessed performances from young chap, Cina Soul gave out an overwhelming live band music performance, Kofi Mole, who won the Next rated act of the year lived beyound expectation, Bethel Revival Choir, Medikal. Nigeria’s Victor AD who won Africa Act of Year, La Meme Gang, Joey B, Legendary Rocky Dawuni got slot to deliver their artistic prowess.

Akwaboah with his piano music teamed up Adina Thembi give out inerasable memories on the minds of patrons. Adina’s soul soothing voice melted the hearts of music fanatics on the night. Legendary Reggae/Dancehall King, Samini climaxed the event with excellent performance, not to forget his much talked about freestyle which some entertainment critique have deciphered that, it was a shade towards organizers and board members of the music awards.

The show handled the optics problem around gender elegantly and well, by giving real time and attention to women artists who deserved the space, and who might never have been given the shine if not for the “step up” scandal. But recent years have not been easy on the 3Music Awards on several fronts.

Apart from being the first to perform, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, Shatta Wale became the first artiste to win an award this year. His ‘Gringo’ song was adjudged the ‘Viral Song of the Year’. The floodgates were opened after that and the dancehall act’s awards sweep fest begun.

The ‘My Level’ hit singer went on to bag ‘Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year’, ‘Reggae/Dancehall Act of the Year’, ‘Digital Act of the Year’, ‘Video of the Year’ with his ‘Gringo’ smash hit doing the magic trick for him on all occasions. His strong unflinching fan base – Shatta Movement – was adjudged ‘Fan Army of the Year’ while his smash hit, ‘My Level’ picked up the award for ‘Song of the Year’.

The 2019 edition of the 3Music Awards, which was live on Joy Prime and was in partnership with The Multimedia Group – Joy FM, Hitz FM, Joy Prime and other brands, saw other deserving artistes walk home with awards.

Stonebwoy, perhaps one act many were looking forward to slugging it out with Shatta Wale for who reigns supreme on the night, won three awards on the night. The dancehall act, who was not present at the Awards, was no match for Shatta Wale. At the end of hostilities, the Ashaiman-based act won ‘Afrobeats Song of the Year’ for ‘Bawasaaba’, ‘Album of the Year’, for ‘Epistles of Mama’ and ‘Most Streamed Artiste on Boomplay’ award.

Bethel Revival Choir took home three awards on the night. The group won ‘Gospel Song of the Year’, ‘Gospel Act of the Year’ and ‘Group of the Year’. Gospel group Bethel Revival Choir won the hearts of many. Apart from their beautiful blend of traditional and modern melodies, the group was duly rewarded for their exploits. Talented young act Kuami Eugene was adjudged ‘Highlife Act of the Year’ while his smash hit ‘Wish Me Well’ won ‘Highlife Song of the Year’.

The most touching award on the night went to legendary gospel musician Prof. Kofi Abraham. His Legendary Award was very crucial considering the fact that he has been doing music since the 1970s and with over 30 albums to his credit, this is first award/recognition. Veteran highlife musician Obuoba J.A. Adofo and music producer Mark Okraku Mantey also received Honorary Awards.

It’s weird that awards shows still exist. Back in the day before social media, before stars were a tap away on a mobile device we keep in close proximity to us at all times, awards shows were a time to catch up on our favs. Now that the artists we look up to have the ability to reflect what they want us to see through a one-way mirror on the daily, there’s much anticipation. The 2nd annual 3Music Awards lived up to the hype.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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REIGN CONCERT’19: Shatta Wale Perform Wonders At The Launch Of Wonderboy Album.

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As at 9:00 in the PM, technicians dealing with acoustics for a broadcast or musical performance; sound engineers employed to control and normalize the sound and enhance its beauty at the second annual edition of the Reign Concert and Wonder Boy Album launch were still at post fixing sub woofers and line arrays. Maybe, they know what the output will sound like, because immediately the event commenced and through to the to the end, the venue was soaked with good output that has no obstruction that is capable of impeding the success of the show.

I can't omit the stage laser lighting, in perspective, craft of lighting as it applies to the production of theater, dance, opera, and other  performance arts was so on point. From the switch control and choice of colors. The equipment the technicians used for stage lighting (e.g., cabling, dimmers, lighting instruments, controllers) helped made everything visible.

The event, Reign Concert 2019 and the launch of Charles Nii-Armah Mensah's fourth professional studio album titled, The Wonder Boy was scheduled to start at 8.00 pm but witnessed a 2 hour late start (Officially). The eleven-track album has songs such as Halfcast, California, By All Means, and Melissa, which is already gaining massive airplay.

The concert began with opening performances from budding (Up and Coming) musicians who dished out some tunes to prove their worth, as up and coming, in the industry. There is this unique characteristics of Shatta Wale having a great thirst for helping sensational musicians, because of the struggles in the industry. It also witnessed performances from a long list of Ghanaian artistes including Keche, Criss Waddle, Medikal, Kuame Eugene, Fameye, Wendy Shay and Fantana.

Some lucky fans of Shatta Wale who attended his Reign Concert at the Fantasy Dome went home beaming with smiles. The Infinix brand ambassador stopped midway through his performance to gift some lucky fans Infinix phones and other products.

According to the Shatta Movement boss who pointed out the lucky fans at random, he was directed by the Holy Spirit to perform the act as a way of showing appreciation to his fans who have proven their loyalty by supporting him through thick and thin. Whiles thanking his fans, he entreated them to keep working on themselves as a way to better their living conditions and not depend on government. He also asked his fans to connect with each other and help uplift one another.

Shatta Wale mounted stage at 3 AM after a significant intro was done by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EIB Network, Ghanaian media personality, Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi Bola Ray, and Comedian DKB. A poet also played a role in introducing Ghana's most celebrated Reggae/Dancehall musician. Its amazing how the fans of Shatta Movement are abreast with the lyrics of every song from their president. How did he achieve that?

Shatta Wale tried to change the stereotyped narration of, he, finding it difficult to play along with the band. Well, he tried. He performed three hit songs, Mahama Paper, Chop Kiss with the Patch Bay band. Even though his performance wasn't really encouraging with the band, he pulled some strings after he switched his style of performance. Shatta Movement fans are just music enthusiasts, the only forgiveness they understand is giving them more music and as the artiste is good to go. The attendance wasn't really encouraging because we know Shatta Wale do interms of amassing fanatics. He didn't pull his usual patrons, but the few that represented made the night quite interesting.

The event was geared towards launching the Wonder Boy Album, but other happenings at the event took the shine off the main objective of the album, even though Charles Nii-Armah Mensah performed 5 songs, including Jata Bi, Bad Man off the project. The Reign Concert and Wonder Boy Album launch last till 6:30 am.

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HERO CONCERT: Kuami Eugene Restores Highlife Music On The Event Night.

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As at some point in time, within the Ghanaian entertainment ecosystem, the indigenous Ghanaian genre of music, that is, the highlife music suffered a heavy blow as competing genres such as reggae-dancehall, afrobeat, hip hop, hip life etc. has become more appealing to the Ghanaian entertainment patrons, or fanatics. But the narrative has been changed for the better as sensational musician, Kuami Eugene's timely intervention salvaged the highlife genre of music from it competitors.

On the 4th of October, 2019, christened Eugene Kwame Marfo hosted legendary highlife musician, Rex Omar and highlife music fanatics, including a section of the traditional mass communication media, writers, and social media commentators to stage the maiden edition of an annual two hour highlife music concert dubbed, "Hero Concert" at the +233 Jazz Bar & Grill, in Accra. The event also garnered the presence of notable Ghanaian personalities, including Okyeame Kwame, Richie Mensah, Stephanie Benson etc.

The event, powered by SLIP Entertainment, in partnership with talent hub, recording and distribution label, Lynx Entertainment witnessed patrons from both the local front and the diaspora who amassed in an overwhelming numbers to be served accordingly. The "Hero Concert" primitively began with an introductory performance from the High School Band who watered the grounds with their artistry prowess and dexterity.

Revelers at the show grooved their sweat off when the Ghanaian celebrated performing act took to stage as he gave a splendid performance on backed by an electrifying and live band music which was virtually enjoyed by all patrons who trooped in to witness the highlife artiste. Kuami Eugene and his band started off from the outset with songs popular here and the crowd was ruptured in ecstasy.  His performance on the night compelled the European folks, to adjust to flamy environment created by the indigenous fans of the music star, as he performed most songs on his album.

The event came in three folds, the indigenous highlife section, contemporary highlife and borga highlife section. Kuami mounted the stage to deliver the first set of highlife music. He performed tunes from some Ghanaian highlife musicians such as, "Damebi", "Wo da nda", "Sisi Maame", "Theresa", Kwan Kwan eee", "Highlife time", "Osobokyere". His performance was really accurate and intense as patrons were all up, grinding and grooving to the tunes. His vocal dexterity was in synchronization with the environment that cause an uproar on the night.

"Kwani Kwani", "Ohemaa", No More", "Baby Girl", "Walahi", were his own composed songs that were dished out from his catalogue. His performance created cool ambiance for most of the reserved fans to jam along. Kuami Eugene's craft lived up to expectation irrespective of the short minutes he was on stage.

Legendary, Rex Omar was up on was on stage to continue to kindle the burning flames that was lit up by Kuami Eugene. Rex Omar served the audience with some evergreen tunes. The concert goers became excited when the veteran higlife musician performed his "Abiba" tune. The event got thrilling when Eugene joined Rex Omar to perform his "Angela" tune. Well Rex Omar didn't disappoint though. He was laying the lyrics of the tune according to.

Sensational highlife artiste, Kidi’s presence was felt amidst the ostentatious Hero musical concert. He performed a host of songs with the Rock Star. The show got intensified when Kuami took patrons to church by singing some public domain Gospel Music. That moment left some undying memories on the event goers' mind. Ghanaian music fans are a forgiving lot. Annoy them all you want for, as long as you deliver what was promised in the first agreement, they will turn up in droves and party until drop, as witnessed at the concert

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Fuse ODG Defines Africa At The Launch Of His “New Africa Nation” Album In Ghana.

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Ghanaian UK-based Fuse ODG started off with a song off his "New Africa Nation" Album succeeded by his club banger “Million Pound Girl” before a catalogue of his popular hits including "Boa Me" featuring R2bees and Ed Sheeran, "Anteena".

Ghanaian music fans are a forgiving lot. Annoy them all you want for as long as you deliver what was promised in the first agreement, they will turn up in droves and party until drop, as witnessed at the launch of “New Africa Nation” album concert show, Thursday night, hosted at the +233 Jazz Bar & Grill, in Accra and headlined by Ghanaian award-winning Afrobeats icon, Fuse ODG.

The event accumulated the presence of some well defined Ghanaian personalities including, Legendary Highlife musician, Gyedu Blay Ambulley, who collaborated with the Afrobeats performer, Fuse ODG to unleash an escalating performance, leaving an eternal memory on their minds.

Multiple awards winning Ghanaian rap genre of music artiste, Sarkodie's presence was felt amidst the launch of the ostentatious album, "New Africa Nation". He eulogised the Ghanaian UK-based for leading a temerarious and audacious heed to avert the brainwashed African diasporas, conniving it with a suprise performance of the "Down On One" tune.

The show primitively commenced with some distinctive words of poetry from a talented young Nigerian Ghanaian-based Writer/poet, Yom Nfojoh popularly known as Yom The Poet. Yom gave a magnificent taste of true african rich tales and great wise sayings, made to become something spectacular you have neither seen nor heard before.

Musician, Kojo Taylor also got a slot to deliver his artistry prowess, as he kept the atmosphere on a circle while patrons were waiting for the main act, Fuse ODG to mount stage.
Revelers at the show grooved their sweat off when the Ghanaian celebrated performing act took to stage at exactly 22:00 hours as he gave a splendid performance on stage backed by an electrifying and live band music which was virtually enjoyed by all patrons who trooped in to witness the Afro fusion and  African artiste. Fuse ODG and his band started off from the outset with songs popular here and the crowd was ruptured in ecstasy. 

The 31 year old Ghanaian singer's dancers burst onto the stage with such unmatched energy, demonstrating that versatility which has made dancing an essential and remarkable act on the minds of Africans.

Fuse' performance on the night compelled the European folks, including the British nationals to adjust to flamy environment created by the indigenous fans of the music star, as he performed most songs on his new album.

Fuse ODG was on a mission to pacify the storm he caused and one way of endearing himself to his indigenous fans. He educated the patrons on religion, urging them to entrust in themselves to achieve a successful life, as he noted that there is God in every human.

Although the musical accomplishments of Afrobeat pioneer, the Grammy and MOBO award-winning star's special assignment is much bigger than his music. Now a global star, he is using his platform to rebuild the image of Africa, both within the continent and throughout the world.

Amidst his performance at the launch of the "New Nation Album", he explained that, the album’s concept was to provide a platform to showcase Africa in a positive light, to develop a love for Africa, and also develop self-love for Africans and how to take Africa beyond aid and “mobilize the sleeping giant of the Diaspora”.

Fuse elaborates on the need for more events like TINA, explaining that, their mission is to develop a love for the continent, so people don’t just give them handouts, but rather they come and enjoy themselves, they come and see an investment opportunity.

Fuse ODG’s New Africa Nation album artworkAfrobeats musician Fuse ODG released his sophomore projected, titled “New Africa Nation” on Friday, March 8, with Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s Independence Day declaration inspired artwork.

Full of afrobeats sounds, the album features top local and international artistes including rapper and BET award-winner Sarkodie, singer Mugeez, Grammy award-winner Ed Sheeran, reggae superstar Damian “JR GONG” Marley and Jamaican-UK star Sheflon Don.

Click here to stream the full album.

https://itunes.apple.com/gh/album/new-africa-nation/1440774073

By: Gerrard-Israel GB

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UCC Gets A Colourful Experience With Kojo Manuel

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The event which was hosted by Kojo Manuel, brought students out as early as 7am on a Saturday morning to jam in colour and party with the La Meme Gang! With music provided by the iPhone DJ, the music was top notch! The Azonto Twins were also present with their energetic moves.Social media was taken over with various colourful pictures and videos from the event which ended at10:30 am as students hailed Rexona for an awesome event.

The most intriguing aspect of the event was when Kojo Manuel had the crowd all jumping with splashes
of colour all round, staining the white shirt everyone had on but no one seemed to care as they jumped
in complete ecstasy and euphoria! This further cements Kojo Manuel as the best party MC so far!

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