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YOUNG GHANAIAN MP ASPIRANT REVEALS HIS MARIJUANA ADDICTION

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The use of marijuana has become a growing issue in the Ghanaian community with a lot of prominent people calling for legalization. Notably among them are the late UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Ghanaian Actor John Dumelo. It is however unclear whether they are championing the medicinal use of marijuana or supporting it for mere smoking purposes.
John Asogonnde otherwise known as John Hermit is a former record label executive who is currently aspiring to become one of Ghana’s youngest lawmakers in the 2020 general elections. He recently made a shocking revelation about his addiction to marijuana on his social media platforms stating that he was addicted to the drug for several years but has finally realized the terrible effects of smoking the herb leading to his decision to quit once and for all. He culled his experience together into a book titled “Breaking Up With Mary Jane” which he hopes will be able to inspire other smokers to quit as well.

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” I’ve been a chronic smoker for about six (6) years. I finally took a bold step to let go of Marijuana which in this book has been referred to as a lady named Mary Jane. I was obsessed with her, I loved her and thought she brought me so much joy and happiness. I remember swearing I was going to smoke for the rest of my life. Gratefully, it’s a different story now. Marijuana isn’t really good for our wellbeing. I hope this book is able to inspire someone and help them abandon our favorite friend and lover Mary Jane. Although quitting marijuana use may seem impossible, I wish to help people understand they can do it without necessarily compromising their contemporary litestyle.
Launching “Breaking Up With Mary Jane” on my birthday – Friday 26th April “You can follow him via his social media platforms @iamjohnhermit on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates on this great book.

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African Union Unveils The 6TH All Africa Music Awards(AFRIMA) Calender Of Events.

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The African Union Commission, AUC, has formally unveiled the 2019 All Africa Music Awards, tagged; 6TH AFRIMA, calendar of events at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday, May 13, 2019.

In a news release signed by the Acting Director, Social Affairs Department, African Union Commission, Mr. Machacha Shepande, the first activity on the continental awards event calendar is submission of entries which open globally on www.afrima.org to African music professionals either living on the continent or in the diaspora from Wednesday, May 15 and closes on Friday, August 2, 2019. Further details on entry submission guidelines are available on the AFRIMA website.

Stonebwoy, Winner, Reggae/Dancehall Artiste Of The Year, Africa at AFRIMA-Ghana

Other activities on the event calendar are; the 13-man jury adjudication process and nominees selection from August 6 to August 12. A ‘World Media Announcement of 6TH AFRIMA Nominees’ List’ will take place on August 13 to publicly unveil African artistes and/or works that have been nominated in the regional and continental categories leading to winners of the AFRIMA 23.9 carat gold plated trophy.

On August 19, ‘AFRIMA Public Voting’ process will open to academy of voters, African music fans and followers around the globe which closes 24 hours before the main awards ceremony, and would be monitored and audited by a reputable International Auditing Firm.

Fally Ipupa, Winner, Best Male Artist in Central Africa, at the 5th AFRIMA-Ghana 2018
Lyna Mahyem, Winner, Best Female Artist in Northern Africa at the AFRIMA

According to the press statement, The Main Awards Ceremony, a four-day fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism and entertainment, holds from November 6 to November 9 in the official awards Host City. It will be preceded by Welcome Soiree, AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the Africa Music Business Summit, and the exclusive Nominees Party.

Other build up activities leading up to the main awards ceremony include conferences, stakeholders meetings, festivals, speaking engagements, University Campus Concert and courtesy visits to heads of governments and leaders of institutions in corporate and government sectors across the five regions of Africa to achieve an all-round engagement with all relevant AFRIMA stakeholders.

AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union, is a music property that recognises and rewards the work and talent of a myriad of African artistes from the old to the new generation of musicians. It also stimulates conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the potential of the creative arts for real humanizing enterprise on the continent, contributing significantly to social cohesion, national, regional and continental integration as well as sustainable development in Africa. The live awards show is broadcast to over eighty countries around the world.

Wizkid, Winner, Artiste of the Year at 2017 AFRIMA Awards

The 2018 edition of AFRIMA awards ceremony was hosted by the Republic of Ghana, through the partnership of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Fans of African music globally can follow along and take part in the AFRIMA 2019 events on social media, live stream on the AFRIMA website, the AFRIMA App and by tuning to over 84 television stations which are AFRIMA partners

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Ghanaian Legend, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley To Perform At Festival “Le Guess Who?” 2019.

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Utrecht’s experimental festival has announced the first acts for its 2019 edition, including Dur-Dur Band, Ustad Saami, Ahmed ag Kaedy, Mélissa Laveaux, Idris Ackamoor, Ethiopian legend Ayalew Mesfin and more will join him at the Utrecht festival.

Taking place in the beautiful Dutch city of Utrecht, Le Guess Who? is dedicated to boundary-crossing music from all over the world, featuring avant-garde, jazz, hip hop, electronic, experimental, global sounds and other genres. The line-up consists of more than a hundred acts including world-exclusive live performances. A festival full of discoveries in a truly idyllic setting.

Le Guess Who? announced the exclusive European performance of legendary adept highlife singer, composer and instrumentalist, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, a show featuring the Sekondi Band, who has had successful European tours to keep the spirit and craft of Ghana's golden age of pop alive.

Adept Highlife Pioneer, Gyedu Blay Ambuley.

The Sekondi Band is an eight member team that serves as a backing vocalist and instrumentalist to the Ghanaian highlife genre of music pioneer. It comprises of, Anim Karikari( Band Leader and Keyboardist), Philip Quacoo(Guitarist), Kwesi Arko Donkor(Bass Guitarist), Peter Mensah(Drummer), Shikome(Percussionist), Faat Colonel(Saxophonist), Kuuku Ansong(Trumpeter) and Osab(Trombonist)

Band Leader & Keyboardist, Anim Karikari.

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a Ghanaian highlife musician, songwriter, producer, and composer. The first musician from Ghana to formally incorporate rap forms into local highlife rhythms, Ambolley created the musical genre Simigwa.

In June 2015 Ambolley received a citation in the USA from the City Council of Philadelphia, read by Council woman ; Honorable Jannie Blackwell and Hon. Stanley J. Staughter in recognition of the musician’s contributions to Ghanaian music in the USA.

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley was rather unknown outside of West Africa until Soundway Records included his seminal Simigwa-Do, which Ambolley released in 1973, on their first anthology, Ghana Soundz. Ambolley’s sound has led many to label him the godfather of hiplife, the fusion of the hip hop and highlife idioms.

Saxophonist, Colonel Faat.
Bass Guitarist, Kwesi Arko Donkor.
Percussionist, Shikome.
Trumpeter, Kuuku Ansong.

Ambolley stood aside AL Threats at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles. His song Simigua-do is considered the first rap in the world released in 1973. Ambolley, Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor are the few musicians who envisioned a future for high-life music in the late 60s and early 70s and helped transform the genre fusing high-life, funk and jazz music.

Drummer, Peter Mensah.

However, The festival’s curators have announced their specially curated programs, with Jenny Hval hosting Lolina, Sarah Davachi and Félicia Atkinson; The Bug hosting King Midas Sound, Godflesh and Mala; and Moon Duo hosting Nivhek, Michele Mecure and Bbymutha.

Patrick Higgins will bring Battles’ Tyondai Braxton, pianist Conrad Tao, Vicky Chow and Miranda Cuckson to the festival. The curated programs of Fatoumata Diawara and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed will be announced at a later date.

The festival will also feature special performances from Ustad Sammi, the last living master of khayál, an ancient precursor to the Islamic devotional music of qawwali, avant-jazz vocalist Asha Puthli and Ayalew Mesfin, accompanied by the Debo Band.

Notable announcements for the general lineup include Deerhunter, Nídia, Prison Religion, The Raincoats and Visible Cloaks featuring Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano.

Last April, the organisers have revealed their guest curators for this year. Grammy nominated malian artist Fatoumata Diawara, Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, The Bug, Moon Duo will curate their very own program at the festival. The curated list has not yet been announced but we’re sure it will be worth experiencing.

Special Curated Programs & General Line Up.

Le Guess Who? 2019 will take place from November 7 to November 10 at various venues across Utrecht. Day tickets for Le Guess Who? are on sale now. Tickets for the Thursday program are €43; tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are €48. 4-Day Festival Passes are available for €148. All prices include service costs. For more information, head over to the Le Guess Who? website

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VGMA19: Samini Reincarnated And Made The Event Sane.

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Regardless of last weekend’s skirmishes at the #VGMA20 occasion, Samini came through as the melting ice to restore peace and sanity with his high class live band performance, maturity, stage mastery and finesse.

Before Samini’s performance on the night, there had been previous performances from Efya, Sarkodie, Kula and others who rocked the stage as well; but Samini raised the bar very high that he’s still on the lips of many, hours after the show. 

This followed the much publicized altercation from 2 of Ghana’s Music Icons, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, some moments earlier before his (Samini’s) set.

The annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is an occasion that celebrates Ghanaian music and its crooners and this year’s was supposed to be the most exciting as it marked the 20th anniversary of the awards, but it was marred with the abrupt melee.

Nonetheless, the show went on with Samini melting hearts and brought smiles to many patrons and viewers watching from home and online.

As an experienced performer and a man of peace who has been in the industry for years (during his performance during the VGMA Experience Concert — the weekend before — on Saturday, May 11, at the Independence Square), Samini called on his fellow artistes to allow unity reign amongst them since that is the only thing to make the industry grow.

Born Emmanuel Andrews Samini, he is also referred to many as “African Bob Marley”; Samini put in all efforts with ease and jammed the place to keep the remaining audience engaged and happy.

His showmanship on the night was a perfect liaison that cemented attempts by Charter House to restore calm at the occasion. One thing you can’t take away from the LIVING LEGEND, Samini, who was enskinned few months ago is his high sense of maturity and class towards any horrid situation around him on the job, be it on stage, on interviews or in the studio with his lyrical compositions and delivery.

Samini remains a ‘scarce soul’ in Ghana’s music history and will continue to be loved and remembered not only for his craft but helping other acts hone their craft into mainstream – notable amongst the talents that went through his tutelage into mainstream are Mugeez (of R2Bees), Stonebwoy, Kaakie and Kofi Kinaata.

Deon Boakye and Senario are also budding acts under his arm he supports and is helping push to the top as well. Samini has won several local and international awards of great reverence such as MOBO, MTV, Channel O, IRAWMA, just to name a few. He has won several plaques at the VGMAs and was “Artiste Of The Year” at Ghana Music Awards 2007.

He has shared many noble stages, both home across the world with Damian Marley, Shaggy, Keri Hilson, Busy Signal, Mavado. Demarco, 2Face, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, just to name a few. His collaborations with Steel Pulse, Etana, Rocky Dawuni, Busy Signal and Anthony Bare some of the works he is well respected for with at least 2 decades of honing his craft and selling it to the world.

Samini is signed to Africa 1 Media in Ghana, since 2017; a great Team he is very proud of and happy to work with anytime. You can connect with Samini on social media via his connects below:


You can connect with Samini on social media via his connects below: Facebook: SAMINI

Instagram: @Samini_Dagaati

Twitter: @Samini_Dagaati

SnapChat: @Samini_Dagaati

For bookings, kindly email his Management, Africa 1 Media via [email protected]

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Edem brings hope to new artiste, Lofty, in new song “Saviour”.

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Lofty Fullpage Sparked Heavy Emotions In His Latest Single “Saviour” With Endless Lamentations Recounting The Stress And Trouble Upcoming Artistes Go Through And Gotta Endure Before Hitting Mainstream. Just When One Thought Same Energy Would Have Run Through The Song, Edem Comes On With Very Powerful And Encouraging Lyrics Like The Perfect Solution To Lofty’s Puzzled Melody.

“Saviour” Is A Contemporary Highlife Song And A Crossover Afrobeats Jam With A Clean Official Video Shot For It By Directed And Shot By Director Nii Of 1971philms.

“Saviour” is out on all global platforms; buy & stream here http://smarturl.it/LoftyFullPage_Savior

You can also listen here on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ghanamusicradio/lofty-fullpage-savior-ft-edem

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVBTZp7PXN0

Connect with Lofty on his social media handles here below:

Facebook: Lofty GH

Instagram: @Lofty_Gh

Twitter: @Lofty_Fullpage 

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