We live in a world where women are hardly given equal opportunities as men, but when you have a few good women who already have the platform and stretch out their hands to other women so they can also join them at the top, then you know the world isn’t bad after all.
Diamond Michelle Gbagonah a.k.a Shatta Michy has proven to the world that she believes in empowering her fellow young women. She put together a program dubbed ‘Shatta Michy Hairstyling Masterclass in collaboration with Kush By Taylar’ that gave young women the opportunity to learn a skill which they can benefit from financially for life.
On Saturday, about 20 young women converged at the Airport View hotel to attend an exclusive hair styling master class hosted by Shatta Michy. She partnered with renowned and celebrity hairstylist Kush by Taylar who is behind some of the most iconic hairstyles seen and rocked on the red carpet by celebrities like Selly Galley, Yvonne Okoro, Zynell Zuh, Serwaa Amihere, Berla Mundi and even Shatta Michy.
The hairstyling master class was divided into four segments and spanned over 7 hours.
Speaking to Kush by Taylar, he reiterated that everybody expected to be at the program was available and those targeted were the ones who were already into hairstyling but still needed guidelines and a few tips to become professionals.
She also said ‘this is something that has never really happened before, especially when it’s a good way of empowering women and helping them acquire a skill that will fetch them money. Even a 9 year old girl was there. She could style hair already, but wasn’t a professional so the program helped her acquire the needed skill to better her trade and also get her a certificate’.
Shatta Michy also gave the ladies tips on how to be successful entrepreneurs and how they could successfully run their own business.
Shatta Michy and Kush by Taylar plan to extend the hairstyling masterclass to other regions and even add other skills like ‘making up’ to it so women across Ghana can be empowered.
The event was also supported by 4Reall Beauty products.
By; Ewura Esi Adda
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THE AFROBEAT INVASION: Has The Genre From Africa Put Jamaican Dance-hall Under Pressure.
Afrobeat is the new sound of Africa, and there speculations that the genre as put dancehall under pressure, as it continues to gain popularity worldwide. Afro-beats “take inspiration from its African roots and is combined with the sounds of rap, reggae/dancehall, and even RnB.” History suggests Afrobeat began in Ghana in the early 1920s, however, the term was coined by the late Nigerian music legend, Fela Kuti in the 1960s. Fela Kuti popularized Afrobeat within and outside Nigeria. An article published in the UK Voice last year stated Afro-beat is now "rivaling or even exceeding the popularity of Jamaican dance-hall" in the international market.
“Listening to then versus dancehall now, it's called the same genre but the beats now are so much different from what they used back then. Maybe what most persons define as dancehall sounded like one drop in the very beginning, then a synthesized kind of one drop, until it moved into a version a little different from that and a phase where it seems like soca had a bigger influence on it. And now Afro-beat is borrowing from dancehall, and vice versa,” says Renowned Billboard journalist Pat Meschino. Pat further adds that the fallacy that “dancehall is thriving in mainstream markets like the US may come from that fusion of the genres, which might see some persons identifying Afro-beat as dancehall.”
According to Sean 'Contractor' Edwards, head of Contractor Music Group in Jamaica, besides its enjoyable rhythm, which makes people feel good and want to dance, Afrobeat contains cleaner lyrics and a vibe to which people are drawn than dancehall. "Afrobeat has more melody to it than regular dancehall, so it's something that people can dance to, as well as the lyrics are more radio- and party-friendly. Many of them are love songs, not violent lyrics," he said. Though Sean acknowledges Afrobeat is popular now, particularly in dancehall strongholds, he’s of the opinion that Afrobeat has not taken over from the dancehall genre.
Prominent Jamaican record label owner, Julian Jones-Griffiths disclosed in an interview with The Gleaner, that many Afrobeat artistes are on the rise and the genre is being supported by the international market. And in the case of dancehall, few dancehall artistes and songs are being shown the same love.
"Davido, Wiz Kid, Burna Boy and many more have all signed with majors recently, and there has definitely been a rush to sign hot Afrobeat artistes by major label A&Rs (artistes and repertoire). There is not that same desire to sign Jamaican dancehall artistes currently," Jones-Griffiths revealed. "One thing I do see with all the Afrobeat acts is that they are very unified. There isn't that infamous 'crab in a barrel' mentality afflicting their industry that everyone bemoans in dancehall. They are also ahead of us in terms of streaming numbers on Spotify, etc. Streaming is a real issue for us. Spotify is not available here, and it seems that dancehall fans all over don't really consume the music in these platforms. We're falling behind in an area the rest of the world is leading," he added.
As Afrobeats continues to experience tremendous growth globally, Sean and Jones-Griffiths urge Jamaican dancehall artistes to push for collabos with afrobeat singers to achieve much success on the international market. Dancehall acts like Demarco, who featured Akon on his joint, “No Wahala”, Popcaan and especially Busy signal, who has the habit of cooking joints with Afro beat rhythms - Same Way, Expensive Order, Professionally, and giving mentions to Africa in his songs (Dolla Van, That’s how we Do it) have already set the ball rolling. (Flash Africa)
THE SHATTA MOVEMENT: True Definition Of Loyalty.
In 2012, whilst on an adventure exploring Jamestown British Accra, we came across a poster of an event featuring Shatta Wale at the then Plaza Cinema Hall. Interacting with some fans of Shatta Movement at Rising Phoenix, a hangout by the beach side, we were convinced to attend that show with them. We got to Plaza at around 11 pm, and the venue was fully packed with die-hard fans waiting in anticipation for the arrival of Shatta Wale, which was scheduled at 12 midnight. However, he didn’t show up at the midnight, but rather at 2 am, and the pissed-off DJ packed his equipment and left the venue.
Nonetheless, Shatta Wale didn’t leave, neither did his fans. He performed without a microphone for almost three hours, and it was a fascinating moment to watch the fans chant excitedly verses and catchy phrases from their superstar. They were not there for the other artistes that performed that night, and the DJ’s exit didn’t break them down, they were there for only one man, Shatta Wale.
Shatta Wale’s journey to the top was not easy considering the fact that his brand was not media- friendly, and his demeanor didn’t appeal to the masses. However, Shatta Wale had an empire that was determined to see their king rise to the highest level. They have been ridiculed, tagged as illiterates, rogues, street mongers, junkies, and so on, whereas in reality his fan base expands into the corporate, political and elite society. Despite his accolades and international recognition, his critics tagged him as a local brand, interestingly, he was the only Ghanaian artiste featured on Beyoncé’s latest album, The Lion King: The Gift. His track with Queen Bey, Already is causing a global stir and the #AlreadyChallenge which has gone viral seems to have no cure.
This accomplishment is a glorious moment for Shatta Movement because they are the reason Shatta Wale reigns supreme. No matter the circumstance, they never turned their backs on their King. Shatta Movement is a true definition of loyalty, and every member must feel proud because when Shatta Wale soars higher, it’s a win for Ghana but most importantly, it belongs to the Shatta Movement - Be all in or get all out, there is no halfway, it’s a movement for life.(Flash Africa)
British Artistes And Producers Connects With African Based Hit Makers At AfroWired Producers Camp.
The first ever edition of the AfroWired Producers Camp (AP CAMP) is currently ongoing in a private residence in Ghana.
This camp is focused exclusively on gathering music makers to collectively create, learn and bond properly with each other. This edition have producers and artistes from London, Ibadan and Accra.
This is a week-long camping expected to end with lots of industry standard beats, songs and possibly few music videos as well. There's also a short documentary on the entire project containing views from all the participants, working process, fun times and even kitchen and bedroom moments.
All the finished beats and songs will be published later on AfroWired.com The current camping will end on the 6th of December.
New dates will be announced for the next edition with more information on how to join. Kindly follow AfroWired on all social media platforms and on YouTube as well for more updates.
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