Kenyan music lovers braved a long, cold and rainy night just to see their favourite musicians perform at the much-anticipated Tomorrow Leaders Festival.
The event which was held at the Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi on Saturday (08.09.19) went on well into the dawn of Sunday.
The much anticipated Tomorrow Leaders Festival was organized by the Grammy Award-winning Royal Reggae family from Jamaica Morgan Heritage and the line up boasted of some of the biggest names in the music industry.
These included Ghana’s dancehall superstar Stonebwoy, Nigeria’s Yemi Alade, Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, Cameroon’s Stanley Enow, Ethiopia’s Rophnan, Hawaii’s J Boog, Jamaica’s Alaine as well as Jemere Morgan.
Despite these misses at the event as a result of the heavy rains, the show was salvaged as Ghanaian based BET Award-winning artisteStonebwoy delivered an energetic performance. Stonebwoy treated audience at the event to a miscellany of popular songs of his.
Talking to Murugi Gichovi a reporter for Capital FM Kenya, he told hello-gh.com that Stonebwoy’s performance was one of a kind and it saved the night.
World acclaimed Morgan Heritage came through in a major way and took the concert to a whole other level, brothers Gramps, Mojo and Peetah alongside their band thrilled the revelers with tunes like ‘Don’t Haffi Dread’, ‘Tell me how come’ and ‘Pay Attention’.
The group called up Jemere Morgan to sing his hit track ‘International Love and perform the perfect duet of his jam ‘Try Jah Love’ alongside his father Gramps Morgan. Hawaiian J Boog famed for his song ‘Let’s Do It Again’ joined the Reggae family on stage for a brief performance.
The Tomorrow Leaders Festival is a one of a kind music festival that was created by Morgan Heritage and has been dubbed as a movement to save a generation.
Source: Jullie Jay-Kanz
Buju Banton Set To Headline NRG Wave Festival In Nairobi
NAIROBI, KENYA (www.georgebritton.com) - Buju Banton, a reggae/ragga & dance-hall recording artist widely considered as one of the most significant and well-regarded Jamaican musician will be headlining the 2020 edition of Kenya's biggest outdoor and jump-off party dubbed, NRG Wave Festival slated for 8th February, 2019.
The Jamaican juggernaut superstar, the indomitable Buju who was released from jail and inked a deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation, will be in the country for the performane believed to be an extension of Buju Banton’s ‘Long Walk To Freedom Tour’, which began on March 16 in Kingston, Jamaica. The singer was in prison for 10 years after he was arrested on drug charges.
As the name suggests, other African musical barometers will also face off on the same stage, belting out their biggest hits of the year and years past, while you stomp your feet on the floor (or is it the sandy beaches?) in seamless synchronicity. These pop bigwigs will tear the stage down for hours on end.
The event is organized and powered by newly launched Kenyan based Radio network, NRG Radio. The media house is shaping the future of Entertainment by connecting consumers with High-quality and Personalised content via Internet, Mobile, Film, Sound, Print and Cross-Media in all possible forms of distribution.
Roc Nation is an American entertainment agency founded by musician and entrepreneur Jay-Z in 2009. The partnership with Buju Banton was declared on November 22, 2019, and marked by the release of their new video for the song “Steppa.” Banton’s illustrious career, which dates back to the late 1980s, includes breaking multiple sales and chart records in Jamaica and collaborating with U.S. stars such as John Legend, DJ Khaled, and Fat Joe.
DJ Switch Adjudged The Best Disc Jockey At The Global Child Prodigy Awards
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.
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.
GOLDEN GLOBES/20: Leonardo DiCaprio Nicknamed, Fleabag Movie Wins Big
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Dance-hall Heavyweight, Stonebwoy Secures Nomination At SoundCity MVP Awards
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.
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