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ZIMBABWE: Permican Gospel Awards Announce Nominees – 2019.

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The nominees of the 2019 Permican Gospel Awards have been announced ahead of the event ceremony at City Sports Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, on 22 November.

The awards, which are in their fourth edition, are organised by local religious leaders Emmanuel and Ruth Makandiwa. The event was started in 2016 and seeks to honour local gospel musicians.

Janet Mayowa is nominated in the Song of the Year, Album of The Year, Video of The Year, Best Female Artist, Best Songwriter and Best Collaboration categories.

Mambo Dhuterere is nominated in the Song of the Year, Best Newcomer, Best Traditional, Best Songwriter and Best Collaboration categories.

Other nominees in different categories are Kuda Mutsvene, Joyfull Praise Choir, Bethany PasinawakoMinister Michael Mahendere, Vabati Vajehovah and Pastor G.

Fans can vote in the Song of The Year, Best Male Artist and Best Female Artist categories. To vote, send an SMS or WhatsApp message to +263 719 345 728 in this format: category followed by artist name and song/video title. e.g. Song of the Year: (name of artist) (song/video title). 

Fans can vote as many times as they wish. The rest of the award categories will be adjudicated by a panel of judges.

Below are the nominees:

Song of the Year

  • ‘Nyasha Nengoni’ – Janet Manyowa
  • ‘Salt of The Earth’ (Live) – Minister Michael Mahendere
  • ‘Ngoro Yeminana’ – Joyfull Praise Choir
  • ‘Ndozvinoita Nyasha’ – Jonah Chivasa
  • ‘Ndinonzwa Mazwi’ – Kuda Mutsvene
  • ‘Mweya Ndisesekedze’ – Mambo Dhuterere

Album of the Year

  • Classical Worship Volume 2 – Minister Michael Mahendere
  • Grateful – Janet Manyowa
  • Joyful Praise Season 2 – Joyfull Praise Choir
  • Many Shades of MJ – Marbel Jeanry (MJ)
  • Jesu Pabasa – Bethany Pasinawako
  • Ndoenda – Nyasha Mutonhori

Video of the Year

  • ‘Nyasha Nengoni’ – Janet Manyowa
  • ‘Salt of The Earth’ (Live) – Minister Michael Mahendere
  • ‘Ndozvinoita Nyasha’ – Jonah Chivasa ft. Chelsea
  • ‘Sekerera’ – Tembalami
  • ‘Ndinonzwa Mazwi’ – Kuda Mutsvene
  • ‘Fambai Naro’ – Vabati Vajehovah ft. Jah Prayzah

Best Group/Duo

  • Joyfull Praise Choir – Joyful Praise Season 2
  • Zimpraise – The New Commandment Season 11
  • Worship Culture – Zawa
  • Spirit Praise – Handei
  • Vabati Vajehovah – Fambai Naro

Best Producer

  • Nigel Nyangombe – Classical Worship Vol. 2, The Vine and Salt of The Earth
  • Mcdee Chidavaenzi – Ndozvionoita Nyasha (Jonah Chivasa)
  • Chiweddar – Many Shades of (MJ)
  • Lyton Ngolomi – Jesu Pabasa (Bethany Pasinawako)
  • Tamie Bimha – Joyful Praise Season 2
  • Joseph Madziyire – Zimpraise Live DVD
  • Andrew Baird – Grateful

Best Urban Contemporary

  • ‘Like It Here’ – Emelda Tshuma
  • ‘Brand New’ – Courtney Antipas
  • ‘Zita Rajesu’ – Pastor G.
  • ‘Sekerera’ – Tembalami
  • ‘Unconditional Love’ – Marbel Jeanry
  • ‘Good to Me’ – Sharon Manyika ft. Courtey Antipas
  • ‘God of Bethel’ – Ezekiel Paul

Best Female Artist

  • Janet Manyowa – ‘Grateful’
  • Marbel Jeanry – ‘Many Shades of MJ’
  • Bethany Pasinawako – ‘Jesu Pabasa’
  • Tafadzwa Mukaro – ‘Vanondichengeta’
  • Emelda Tshuma – ‘Like it Here’
  • Sharon Manyika – ‘Namwari’

Best Male Artist

  • Tembalami – ‘Sekerera’
  • Jonah Chivasa – ‘Ndozvinoita Nyasha’
  • Tatenda Mahachi – ‘Victory’
  • Kuda Mutsvene – ‘Ndinonzwa Mazwi’
  • Minster Michael Mahendere – ‘Salt of The Earth’ (Live)

Best Newcomer

  • Ezekiel Paul – ‘God of Bethel’
  • Joyfull Praise Choir – ‘Ngoro Yeminana’
  • Mawamba Bunjira – ‘Handidzokere’
  • Best Masinire – ‘Mikana’
  • Worship Culture – ‘Zawa’
  • Mambo Dhuterere – ‘Mweya Ndisesekedze’

Best Traditional

  • Joyfull Praise Choir – ‘Ehe Kaka’
  • Vabati Vajehovah ft. Jah Prayzah – ‘Fambai Naro’
  • Lifechanging Nechavava – ‘Ichava Nhorowondo’
  • Spirit Praise – ‘Mutsvene’
  • Mambo Dhuterere – ‘Mweya Ndisesekedze’
  • Blessing Shumba – ‘Pisarema’

Best Collaboration

  • Janet Manyowa ft. Nqubeko Mbata – ‘You Are More’
  • Michael Mahendere ft. Jimmy D Psalmist – ‘My Time Has Come’
  • Joyfull Praise Choir ft. Takesure Zamar – ‘Dururai Mweya’
  • Jonah Chivasa ft. Chelsea – ‘Ndozvinoita Nyasha’
  • Vabati Vajehovah ft. Jah Prayzah – ‘Fambai Naro’
  • Mambo Dhuterere ft. Trymore Bande – ‘Ndotenda Ishe Wangu’
  • Sharon Manyika ft. Courtney Antipas – ‘Good to Me’
  • Emelda Tshuma ft. Marbel Madondo – ‘Like It Here’

Best Songwriter

  • Janet Manyowa – Grateful
  • Minister Michael Mahendere – Salt of the Earth (Live)
  • Joyfull Praise Choir – Ngoro Yeminana
  • Zimpraise – Zvose Ndezvedu
  • Jonah Chivasa – Ndozvinoita Nyasha
  • Kuda Mutsvene – Ndinonzwa Mazwi
  • Mambo Dhuterere – Mweya Ndisesekedze

(Source: musicinafrica.net)

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RECORD BREAKING: Over 100,000 Ghanaians Storm Stonebwoy’s “Ashaiman Festival”.

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ASHAIMAN, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) - Fashionably punctual, Livingstone Etse Satekla, professionally known for his musicianship as Stonebwoy floats on stage at 1:30am on the dot to entertain patrons who trooped in to see him perform at the Saka Saka Park, Ashaiman. It’s the the Ghanaian Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall artiste 6th consecutive outdoor show, dubbed, Ashaiman To The World Festival (ATTWF), but the set-up and sound was surprisingly advanced. His name and image glistens on screen in a retro font as his full-piece band, The BHIM Band start up, and he appears, as glammed to the smitten and record breaking 100,000 crowd.

Livingstone's intro music, Hero, wasn’t chosen solely for its party-starting funkiness. Having primed us, the multiple awards winning reggae artiste immediately turns the tables and ripples through a set that highlights both his artistry spiced up with activism. In the second category, Stonebwoy has a tendency to fill the gaps between songs with rote, let’s-love-ourselves exhortations. In the first is his uncontestable talent, displayed in fluid runs and a melody, which makes him admirably suited to the playing of his songs.

Throughout the evening, a range of surprise appearances sends raptures through the crowd. BET Hip pop award winner, Sarkodie, enthralls with his street anthem "Bleeding" and Rising star of Ashaiman Larruso garners a similar reaction with Killy Killy, while Quamina MP tipped the atmosphere towards frenzy with Party, Amanfour, and Wiase Ye De, Obrafour, King Promise, Eshun, Strongman Burna blessed the atmosphere with their spectacular sets. The evening’s biggest surprise was reserved for the last stretch; Shatta Wale emerged to the pensive instrumentals of his Only One Man tune and, for a few minutes, two of the continent’s biggest stars dance together, the ecstatic crowd thrilled and stunned at the unexpected union.

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Man of the moment, Stonebwoy, interweaves old and new on Saturday night, with an epic, Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall-filled set, including two released anthems (Shuga featuring Jamaican Super Star, Beenie Man and Ololo featuring Nigeria's Teni). Invoking his distinctive onstage persona, and throughout, Stonebwoy manages to apply a newfound scale to himself and his music, and in doing so, reinforces his position as an unstoppable entity on the brink of another new, exciting chapter. This year's concert, as far as attendance, Sound, Stage Lightening and Crew are concerned, is the biggest outdoor event in Ghana, and Legendary Obrafour made similar confession on stage.

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On stage, it’s evident that Stonebwoy deserves his seat at the top of the Afrobeats, Reggae/Ragge & Dancehall scene. He’s a magnetic performer. Songs such as People Dey, Run Go, Hero and Mama Stories, underpinned by snapping drums and jittery choruses, send feet stomping through the park filled with humongous souls. Elsewhere, the crowds sway as he croons the softer, more melodic offerings of Tuff Seed. With energy at a high point, Stonebwoy brings the curtain down with Wame, the enchanting drums and biographical lyrics leading the crowd into sermon, topping a night that epitomises both his and Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall’s continued ascent into the mainstream.

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Jizzle Garners 30,000 Patrons At His Debut Album Concert In Gambia.

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Jizzle, Gambia’s number 1 makes history as he fessal stade – filled the stadium for the concert for his album, Finally. It was the most surreal moment for the Gambian music industry, no concert at the stadium from Davido to Chronixx to Movado to even Youssou Ndour has received the type of crowd that Jizzle received on Saturday, November 23rd. This is just a testament of the love and support that Jizzle has received from the beginning of his career till now. Coming from humble beginnings from the community of Bakau, Jerreh Jallow has been on his musical journey for greatness for many years. He was born with a natural musical ability and quality. He employs both exuberance and brainpower to pull off conscious, sweet songs viable in today’s pop-culture. Finally, the album was released three months ago on all digital platforms. Since its release, it has definitely proven to be the hottest album on the streets of the Gambia. There is no taxi, shop, or community that you go into that is not blasting Jizzle’s album. The country has uplifted him to the highest level and everyone is proud of him. A number of singles have been released from the album accompanied by video like Finally, Joanna, Just In Case. However, it was Turn By Turn that became number one on Apple Top 100 Gambia for five weeks. The album was also number 1 on Apple Music Gambia. Jizzle has worked very hard and has proven that his craft is ready to compete and shine on the world stage. His entrance on the stage at the Finally Concert was one in a million. Covered in a white cashmere robe, he was dressed in white with a silver face mask; the crowd went into frenzy. As happiness exuded from him, an emotional Jizzle told the crowd, “This is not my show; this show is for the Gambian music industry. All of us as artists. When one shines, we all shine. There is no competition and we must have love and support for each other. When one of us wins, we all win.” One of Jizzle’s wonders is that he sings in three major West African languages – Fula, Mandingo and Wolof – and an international language, English, making him a marketable brand, both at home and abroad. His stage presence, energy, and delivery are impeccable. He has received the highest accolades in the Gambian music industry for his singles and videos. He also did his first European tour over the summer starting with the Selam Festival in Sweden then to other European countries. He will continue to do international shows in December and throughout 2020.
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CEO of Ghana Entertainment Awards USA Grabs Top Award.

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Chief Executive Officer for the Ghana Entertainment Awards USA and Boogie down Nima Productions, Hashim Haruna has received an award titled Nima Diaspora Personality at the just ended Nima Excellence awards.

Hashim, owner of the prominent event/artiste promotions, is famous for organizing entertainment tours for celebrated artistes notable, Shatta Wale, VVIP formally known as V.I.P, Samini, Mzbel, Castro, Kwabena Kwabena, Tinny, and Ofori Ambonsah.

He also played a key role in the Nigerian music industry working with pioneers like Kennis Music, Under the Rock, Ariya Entertainment, Big Moose and many others across the continent of Africa. He played a leadership role in the organization of Ghana independence celebration since 2004.

The organization’s CSR group has created educational opportunities for individuals in zongos, particularly at Nima, a suburb in Accra. The group uses hip hop as a campaign tool.

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, a film maker, is a co-founder of Boogie Down Nima Productions, which has earned the reputation for producing the HomeGrown Life documentary, a popular worldwide film, which entails the birth and emerging trend of hip hop movement and its dynamics in Ghana.

GEA-USA is geared towards recognizing the many contributions of African Entertainers for the thriving industry. And, it is dedicated to build and bridge cultures between Ghana and the United States, especially those in the diaspora. The 4th edition of GEA-USA is slated for June 2020.

Hashim, who was nominated, along with the legendary musical group VIP’s founder, Mr. Huruna Musah, affectionately called Friction, currently plying his musical career in the Netherlands.

The rest are, Mr. Musah Trawill, Chief Executive Officer of Candy Ghana and Mr. Masshood Adam of the Succeed fame.

The category, recognizes Ghanaians living in Europe and Americas, who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavors for the communities to serve as a shining example for others to emulate.

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John Hermit Wins Best Author At Youth Excellence Awards – 2019

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John Asogonnde better known as John Hermit was announced winner of the Literal Excellence award at the just ended 2019 Youth Excellence Awards ceremony which took place at the Silver Star Towers in Accra on Saturday 16th November. The former "wee-addict" who is now touching and impacting lives across the nation won this award for the inspirational message emanating from his maiden book "Breaking Up With Mary Jane".

John Hermit was not present to pick up his award at the ceremony as he was away in the Oti Region engaging students and distributing some free copies of the books to them. The young and vibrant gentleman has a vision of transforming the youth, inspiring generations and motivating people to live a more purposeful life.

He also recently secured a deal with MTN Ghana Foundation who purchased 1,000 copies of the books to be distributed for FREE to senior high school students in the country.

Issues concerning marijuana has been circulating in the media lately with certain bodies calling for it's legalization. John Hermit believes despite the medicinal and industrial benefits of the herb, Ghana isn't ready to handle it's legalization just yet until there are stringent measures put in place to monitor and regulate production, use and sale. He also added that smoking marijuana literally eliminates one's focus, willpower and ambition.

With his book, he hopes to help people struggling with the addiction to learn from his experience and follow a guideline which could help them come out of the habit of smoking.

"Breaking Up With Mary Jane" is currently available on Amazon.com

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