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University Of Professional Studies, Accra Honours Stonebwoy.

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Livingston Etse Satekla, known by stage name Stonebwoy, a Ghanaian Reggae Dancehall artist over the weekend in a ceremony organized by the University of Professional Studies, Accra Alumni got awarded for his immense contribution towards the entertainment industry.

The Burn it on music group C.E.O in his acceptance expressed gratitude for the honour made him and advised all and sundry on the benefits of getting a formal education and the need to also educate yourself outside the classroom curriculum.

Stonebwoy who was a part of the 2013 year group of the University was among the illustrious sons and daughters of the prestigious University who were invited to the 2018 alumni dinner and handing over ceremony where the newly elected executives of the association had their induction.

The event which had in attendance alumni of the University of Professional Studies who are climbing the success ladder just fine in their respective fields of endeavor had Hon. Forson Cassiel Ato, an alumni, the Member of Parliament for the Ajumako-Enyan Esiam Constituency in the central Region and a former Minister of Finance as the keynote speaker. Management of the University were also fairly represented by the Chancellor, Dr. Kinsley A. Fletcher, Prof. Goski Alabi, Dr Mustapha among others.

Stonebowy on the 28th of December will host his annual Bhim Nation concert at the Fantasy Dome – Trade Fare. It’s tipped to be the biggest Reggae Dancehall event Ghana is yet to see, do well to get tickets and support the top skanka.  

 

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“I Prefer Doing Production To Singing. – KODA

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Although Kofi Owusu Dua Anto popularly as KODA has carved a niche for himself as one of the best male voices on the Gospel music circuit, he tells Showbiz that he would rather choose production over singing if he is given a choice.

KODA is the owner of KODED Studios based in Takoradi and has over the years worked with artistes like Nii Okai, Joe Mettle, Danny Nettey, Pastor Joe Beecham, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Diana Hamilton, Calvis Hammond among others.

“If I am asked to choose between producing music for other musicians and singing, I would be producing music. The satisfaction in producing different beats for different musicians gives me joy. Sometimes I wonder how I am able to do it for all these number of years,” he told Showbiz on Sunday, July 14.

According to KODA, although singing has become part of him, the happiness in seeing artistes he has produced for succeed brings him a lot of satisfaction.

“For example I was competing with Diana Hamilton and Joe Mettle for Gospel Song of the Year at theVGMA for productions I worked on but hey I was okay Diana won because the same credit comes to me,” he said.

When Showbiz asked his view on collaborating with secular artistes, KODA, who is known for songs like HosannaNkwa AbodooAdoosoW'aye WiePoma among others, said he was not comfortable with that.

“The direction I want to go with my songs are different from that of a secular artiste so I don’t think I will be comfortable to feature any secular artiste on my song.

“I am someone who is very particular about the message I put on my songs because of where I stand. I am always careful what I put out and this is the reason most people love my songs,” he said.

KODA has five albums to his credit and is currently working on his sixth album which he says will be ready soon.

(Source: Graphic Showbiz)

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TUFF SEED: Stonebwoy’s Tune Scores 2 Major — Apple Music’s “Best Of The Week” and “New Music Fridays” on Spotify.

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This past Friday, Ghanaian afrobeats and reggae/dancehall star, Stonebwoy, dropped his follow up single “Tuff Seed,” which exclusively premiered on largeup.com.

With less than a week in rotation, “Tuff Seed” has already been featured on a number of globally major streaming platforms, including five of Apple Music’s playlists (Best of the Week, Ghana Bounce, A-List African, Future Hits, Run Things) and Spotify’s New Music Fridays.

https://youtu.be/tutLdgvpIf4

Not to mention, he graced the cover of Deezer’s Afrodisiac and Ghana’s Hottest Tracks and was also featured on their Brand New Dancehall playlist, what a week!


This comes on the heels of dropping his first single, “Shuga,” to his fourth studio album, due out next year, which features dancehall legend himself, Beenie Man a.k.a The Doctah! In only a few months, “Shuga” has garnered over 1.6M streams and 1.7M YouTube views.

At a career height, Stonebwoy delivers tunes that feed the soul all while effortlessly merging afrobeats, dancehall, and reggae culture. Priding himself on uniting his people through his music, Stonebwoy is intentional about highlighting the similarities not only between Ghana and Jamaica but the entire diaspora.

As Stonebwoy continues to celebrate the success of Epistles of Mama (2017), which peaked at #13 on the Billboard World Charts and earned him a 3Music Award for becoming the most streamed album across digital platforms from Ghana, including Africa’s top streaming service, Boomplay Music.


Stonebwoy promotes peace, love, and unity in all that he does. This can be seen in “Tuff Seed” as he dedicates the song to everyone facing struggles and reminds his listeners, we are all tough seeds that can’t be dug up. This was also seen when he became the first Ghanaian to perform at renowned Jamaican music festival, Reggae Sumfest, last summer and when he organized the largest peace concert in Ghana, Ashaiman to the World in 2018.

Go check out “Tuff Seed” now and stay up to date with all things Stonebwoy by following him on social media platforms at:
Twitter: @Stonebwoyb

Facebook:  STONEBWOY

Instagram: @Stonebwoyb

Spotify: Stonebwoy

(Source: Beenie Words)

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THE LION KING: THE GIFT: “Don’t Belittle This Unique Collaboration. – Shatta Wale Urges Ghanaian Media

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Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah popularly known to his fans as Shatta Wale has revealed that, he exhausted an estimated Seventy-Two hours(72hrs) in selecting a tool to make his music language readable amidst writing his verse on the yet to be released 'The Lion King: The Gift' music album.

According to the Afro-fusion artiste, determination to attain perfection; displaying his artistry and writing prowess, exhibiting vocal dexterity, on the 'Lion King: The Gift' music album was his hallmark, hence the need to spend at least three days to make his quota on the album a remarkable one.

This comes at the back of American singer, songwriter and actor, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, professionally known as Beyoncé featuring the Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall and Afro-Fusio artiste, Shatta Wale on her yet to be release music album project dubbed "The Lion King: The Gift".

Beyoncé revealed the tracklist for her new Lion King-inspired album The Lion King: The Gift. along with several new Beyoncé songs, the LP features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, and more. In addition, there’s a song with JAY and Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter. Some of today’s most talented and important African artists pay tribute to the iconic film while bringing the authentic sounds of African music to the world.

Speaking as a guest to Sammy Flex on Zylofon 102.1 Fm, a subsidiary company to defunct gold dealership firm, Menzgold Ghana, the 'Kpu Kpa' hit maker stated that, it was an overwhelming opportunity for his talent to be employed by the management of astute and illustrious American singer, Beyonce to bless the latter's album.

Not mentioning the particular genre he performed, Shatta Wale also revealed that, this is a memorable call to elevate Ghana's tourism, creative arts, culture and entertainment ecosystem, as he's believed to inculcate a sense of African-ism on the minds of the Ghanaian, African diaspora, adding that, this is "The Year of Return".

However, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah, Shatta Wale urged the Ghanaian traditional media and mass communication pratictioners; journalists, writers, bloggers, his colleague musicians not to belittle this opportunity but rather, promote this collaboration to the core.

The Lion King: The Gift, executive produced by Beyoncé, is out this Friday, July 19 via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The soundtrack to The Lion King arrived last week. As with The Gift, it includes Beyoncé’s new song “Spirit.” The CGI live-action remake of the The Lion King hits theaters July 18.

According to a press release, The Lion King: The Gift is a “love letter to Africa” and “features a beautiful, multi-genre symphony, steeped in African influences from various corners of the Continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora, and will be released on the 19th of July, 2019.

The Lion King: The Gift:

01 Beyoncé: “Bigger”
02 Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”
03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me”
04 Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E”
05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile”
06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva”
07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water”
08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl”
09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom”
10 Beyoncé: “Otherside”
11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already”
12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power”
13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar”
14 Beyoncé: “Spirit”

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“Our BBC Feature Is Another Level Of Inspiration. – DopeNation

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DopeNation, Ghanaian music group and Lynx Entertainment signee who recently added a new worldwide jam to our playlist have been featured on the BBC.

The “Zanku” hitmakers speaking on BBC Pidgin they spoke about their musical journey from how they had to struggle through into becoming producers and how far they have come.

The music group has also been behind the Production of great music from major mainstream artists such as Shatta Wale, Eazzy, Paddy Kojo, the Late Ebony and more.

Watch the video below.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/BzyU8Fghpm2/

(Source: Beenie Words)

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