Last week, Wiyaala joined the Alyth Refugee Drop In Choir in London for a concert to raise money for the “drop in” and night shelter projects supported by the Alyth Synagogue and Golders Green Parish Church.
Wiyaala had previously met Cheryl Brodie, the drop in leader, by chance after a concert in Tamale. Wiyaala loved the idea of the “drop in”, which provides support for refugees from Africa and other parts of the world, regardless of race, religion or disability.
There was standing room only as the 250 capacity hall was fully sold out weeks before the highly anticipated event. An enthusiastic audience fully enjoyed the choral ensemble and the charismatic Ghanaian singer’s infectious enthusiasm which had young and old singing and dancing along.
The Alyth refugee choir is made up of refugee guests, volunteers and Alyth members. It aims to build confidence and is proud to welcome people from diverse and often difficult backgrounds. The choir was lead by Viv Bellos MBE.
Wiyaala is multi-award winning singer/songwriter from Ghana. She is currently on tour in Europe and scheduled to perform at many festivals and shows throughout the continent.
Watch the video here:
Source: Livefm Ghana
A$AP Rocky Continues In Swedish Custody Despite Trump’s “Personal Guarantee”.
He’s the leader of the free world, a billionaire, and offered his personal guarantee in a phone call with the Swedish prime minister. But evidently that isn’t enough from Donald Trump for Swedish officials to allow bail for rapper A$AP Rocky, who stands accused of assault charges in that country.
After a Saturday phone call, Trump optimistically tweeted about a great conversation he had with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven concerning the case, saying he had “personally vouched” for the rapper.
“Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative,” Trump tweeted.
In a second tweet, POTUS said the two sides had agreed to hold additional talks.
“Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!”
But now there are fears that Swedish prosecutors may go harder on Rocky in an effort to show they can’t be influenced by the US government.
The Grammy-nominated Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, has been jailed since July 2 after he and his entourage were accused of being involved in a street brawl in Stockholm on June 30. He was in the country to perform at a music festival.
Löfven will talk again with Trump this week, but has stressed that Rocky would not receive special treatment.
The president said he made the call because of requests from his wife and Kanye West, among others.
A$AP Rocky was taken by the police after voluntarily appearing at a police station for questioning in the incident, which was captured on video and widely shared. Rocky had claimed his group was attacked by “drug addicts.” He has not been formally charged yet. Police have until July 25 to bring charges.
StarZee features Edem on new song “Catch Fire”.
Sierra Leone Dancehall heavyweight, Star Zee, who featured Stonebwoy on a banger “Leader” is set to release another major tune dubbed “CATCH FIRE” which features the VRMG Boss Edem.
StarZee exclusively revealed to Remedi Entertainment that her yet to be released song is going to be one of the biggest tune to hit Africa and beyond.
“ It’s a song people can listen to and let the music do what it’s meant: to be steady, stay grounded and just take a minute to dance and feel good.”
CATCH FIRE is produced by StreetBeatz and serves as her first single of the year 2019.
It’ll be interesting to see how this fares on the charts given how solid the record is.
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New Music: Strongman – 21st Century [Prod By MikeMilzzOnEm]
Rapper of the moment Strongman is out with a new one titled 21st Century; Produced by MikeMilzzOnEm.
Pointing out how material things have become more prioritized than morality, Strongman takes a witty approach to the issue of money, fame and relationships in way he alone can.
Noted as the rapper who centers on content to entertain fans, He maintains his deep lyricism and craftsmanship will still fusing in some funny-filled expressions to keep the vibe still going on.
This comes off as a warmup for a tough scheduled line up of bangers and trendy songs to cloud the airwaves.
UGANDA: No Compensation For National Anthem Composer.
The Court of Appeal in Uganda has revoked a 50 million Ugandan shilling ($13 500) compensation previously awarded to the late George Wilberforce Kakoma for composing the Ugandan national anthem in 1962.
The decision to compensate Kakoma was made by high court judge Yorokamu Bamwine in 2010, after the composer had filed a case accusing the government of copyright infringement to the tune of 1 billion Ugandan shillings. Bamwine noted that the awarded amount would accrue an annual interest of 25% until the government settled the payment.
But Kakoma rejected the offer and took the case to the Court of Appeal where he sought 800 million shillings as compensation. According to NTV Uganda, justices Elizabeth Musoke, Hellen Obura and Fredrick Egonda-Ntende ruled on 15 July that the copyright to the anthem had expired in 2012, 50 years after it was composed. Kakoma died in April 2012.
The verdict also said that the anthem could now be used freely in the public domain.
A Ugandan copyright lawyer who spoke to Music in Africa on condition of anonymity said it was highly unlikely that Kakoma or his next of kin could have won the case.
“There are certain things that if you do not sort out before you pass on, then it becomes more complicated for those who might want to carry on, and this particular case is one of them,” the copyright lawyer said.
“When you are in court fighting for what you truly believe is yours, you need to explore different ways to resolve it and get your house in order before it’s too late. Kakoma was going against a state that had refused to sort out this issue since 1962 until the day he died. For it to be ignored for that long shows that the government had no sense of empathy. This is a huge lesson for Ugandans. ”
The lawyer said Kakoma’s widow, Mary Teresa Kakoma, could appeal the ruling but the case had "no political mileage" and therefore was of no interest to the government.
"The state will not pay much attention to it. The government only gives lip service to its heroes, most of whom are living in unspeakable conditions.”
Kakoma received 2 000 shillings for his composition in 1963, as a token of appreciation.
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