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Shatta Wale didn’t measure the extent his hoax shooting incident will go – Andy Dosty

Radio host and veteran disc jockey, Andy Dosty says dancehall artiste Shatta Wale did not take into account the aftermath of the hoax shooting incident he allegedly masterminded that created panic and fear in the country.

The reason for such a position he says is due to the arrest of the Shatta Movement President and two others who assisted with the prank; Kojo Owusu Koranteng and Eric Venator.

Speaking with Evans Mensah on PM Express, he said: “I’m sure he didn’t measure or didn’t see the extent this could take him. Because where he is, at whose peril? Himself and then implicating two or three others. So for me, I think he didn’t measure the extent.

“I’m sure he thought it was one of those he could pull out there and there would be some bars around it and he will go away with it.”

But Head of Communications at Stonebwoy’s Burniton Music Group, Kwame Agyemang Berko, on the show described the stunt allegedly orchestrated by Shatta Wale as “nonsense.”

He explained that “there are instances of genius that artiste dabble in, for this same purpose of being popular or relevant. I don’t see the genius bit here, I see nonsense.

“When you read certain lines from his post, there are certain lines that impune the integrity of the police service. You are trying to confirm that the police service is almost a waste of space and that when you were prophesied to suffer something in advance, they were dormant and did not take action,” he said.

Their comments come after Shatta Wale executed a prank to throw light on the dreadful prophecies by some pastors in the country.

Two persons who work closely with the award-winning singer, Kojo Owusu Koranteng and Eric Venator on Monday took to social to announce that the “Ayoo” hitmaker, who recently turned 37 had been attacked by unknown assailants.

Reports that came from some media outlets indicated that Shatta Wale was receiving treatment at an unknown hospital.

After the police began investigations into the matter, the singer born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr told the public in a Facebook post that he was on the run.

According to him, one Bishop Stephen Akwasi had predicted that on October 18, he would suffer the same fate as South African reggae artiste, Lucky Dube, who lost his life in 2017. Lucky Dube was shot dead.

Thus, his decision to make his whereabout unknown until further notice. He bemoaned the inaction of the police service to guarantee his safety when videos of the said prophesy circulated on social media.

“This pastor said 18th October Shatta Wale will be shot, and you want to tell me you didn’t see from your cyber crime department, nor did you hear or came across anything like that online?

“I won’t wait for Ghana police to call my father and tell my father his son got shot this afternoon. I won’t wait for Ghana’s stupid media houses to spread news to my fans about me being shot because all we wish in this country is for dead people and funerals,” he stated.

Following his submission, Kojo Owusu Koranteng, Eric Venator and the Bishop in question were arrested and Shatta Wale was declared wanted for his involvement in causing fear and panic.

On Tuesday, the dancehall artiste turned himself in to the police to assist with investigations.

Meanwhile, the four arrested have been denied bail and are yet to be charged and processed for court in line with the security service’s modalities.

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Shatta Wale has not been granted bail – Police

The Ghana Police Service has dispelled rumours that dancehall musician, Shatta Wale has been granted bail.

According to the Service’s Acting Public Affairs Director, DSP Alexander Obeng, the artiste is still in their custody with two others assisting in the investigation.

This comes a day after he was arrested following his alleged fabrication of a story purporting him to have been shot by an unknown assailant on Monday night.

“The investigators are ensuring that the right procedures are followed so that nobody’s right is violated,” he said on Wednesday, October 20.

Over the past few hours, social media has been awash with speculations that the singer who was arrested for fabricating a story that he had been shot by unknown assailants had been let go.

These assertions have mostly been accompanied by amateur footage of some industry colleagues walking on the corridors of the Police station.

But speaking on The Pulse on the JoyNews channel, the Police indicated that the self-styled dancehall king, the pastor, and two others are still going through the necessary processes in custody.

DSP Obeng explained that they are expected to be charged and processed for court in line with the security service’s modalities.

He also revealed evidence available to them suggests that the musician’s charges may be pivoted around “publication of false news, usurpation of a public officer…and attempts to cause fear and panic.”

The prophecy

Born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, Shatta Wale explained that he undertook the action on the back of a prophecy by Bishop Stephen Akwasi, who predicted his death.

In a viral video, the founder and leader of New Life Kingdom Chapel International noted that Shatta Wale would lose his life on October 18, similar to that of South African reggae artiste, Lucky Dube, who was shot on October 18, 2007.

Shatta Wale stated that he felt his life was under threat, for which reason he vowed that until security agencies step up to address such threats, his whereabouts will remain unknown.

The pastor in question, Bishop Stephen Akwasi, popularly known as Jesus Ahuofe, was picked up by Police on Tuesday, October 19.

Meanwhile, the Police Service has advised citizens against publishing false information capable of disturbing the country’s peace.

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Ghanaian music already plugged into international market, the problem is discovery – Ruddy Kwakye

Executive Director of AfroNation Ghana, Ruddy Kwakye has described as erroneous the perception among Ghanaians that our music is not yet plugged into the international market.

According to him, the availability, patronage and use of digital platforms by both artistes and music lovers means music from Ghana is already on the international market.

Speaking on Showbiz A-Z on Saturday, Ruddy Kwakye said that, “there is a system that we are already part of. If you pick your phone today and download Shazam, probably 99.9% of the time you are going to find that local song you are listening to on shazam.”

“That means we have been plugged in already. When was the last time you saw a CD release from your favourite artiste? When was the last time you saw a billboard that says CDs being sold at Kantamanto, rather not listing any of the streaming platforms? So, it is untrue to say we are not plugged in,” he stated.

The music executive said despite the claims that the industry is not making progress, he believes there has been a massive growth over the years.

Ruddy Kwakye explained that what needs to be done is to find ways to get people across continents to discover Ghanaian music since it already exists on digital platforms.

He stated that on a daily basis, there are numerous contents being released by creators across the globe and thus, creators in Ghana need to do more than what others are doing to get the needed recognition.

“Nobody is getting it wrong. There are probably a billion people going after the same market. All of these people that are going after these markets actually are doing something, which means we need to do ten times more than they are doing. We also need to be able to spot when we have openings to be able to actually go in,” Ruddy Kwakye added.

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Coming up: PM Express discusses Shatta Wale’s hoax shooting incident

Tonight, JoyNews takes a look at the hoax shooting incident involving dancehall/reggae artiste, Shatta Wale.

On Monday, two persons who work closely with the award-winning singer took to social media claiming that the “My level” hitmaker had been shot by unidentified assailants.

Reports on many websites said Shatta Wale had to be rushed to an unnamed hospital’s emergency room due to the severity of his injuries.

Subsequently, the Ghana Police Service intervened to ascertain the whereabouts of Shatta Wale. Relatives and friends of the artiste were interrogated. A team was deployed to his residence, all to no avail.

Later, Shatta Wale, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, broke his silence over the matter. He explained that he went into hiding due to a prophesy from one Bishop Stephen Akwasi, who predicted his death on October 18.

Shatta Wale further revealed in a post on Facebook that his whereabouts would remain unknown until the security services take the needed steps to guarantee his safety.

This revelation led the Police to believe the singer had a hand in the stunt. The two, Kojo Owusu Koranteng and Eric Venator were apprehended for circulating false information with regards to Shatta Wale’s safety. Bishop Stephen Akwasi was also arrested for causing fear and panic.

The Service then commenced a search for Shatta Wale to aid in investigation. The dancehall/reggae artiste was later reported to have turned himself in on Tuesday, October 19.

Following the turn of events, many have wondered whether the hoax shooting incident indicates a thirst for stardom on the part of the SM President.

Host of PM Express, Evans Mensah will interact with Radio Personalities, George Quaye and Andy Dosty, Entertainment pundit, Arnold Asamoah Baidoo and Kwame Agyemang Berko, Head of Communications at Stonebwoys’ Burniton Music Group, to find out the inside story of the now confirmed prank.

The conversation starts at 9PM. Stay tuned…

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Kofi Kinaata drops visuals for Thy Grace singles

Hiplife musician, Kofi Kinaata has dropped the long-awaited visuals for his hit singles, Thy Grace, Part 1 and 2 on Wednesday, October 20.

The videos shot by Babs Direction were set at different locations in the United Arab Emirates.

The artiste, born Martin King Arthur, in the first edition of the duology captures the viewers’ attention as he lies amidst some others in the desert.

He portrays himself as a migrant who is using illegal routes to access the western world in search of greener pastures.

As a Goodwill Ambassador for Safe Migration to the International Organisation for Migration, the ‘Susuka’ hitmaker does not fail to warn the youth to desist from the illegal voyage.

Contrary to the first video, Kofi Kinaata is living the best life in the second. Adorned in fashionable clothes and cruising on a boat with some friends – living the life of every dreamer; to be rich enough to bless others.

However, the most striking scenes are video clips from his early days when he was ‘hustling’ to make it in the Ghanaian music industry.

But barely thirty seconds after showing those, Kofi Kinaata comes in again and this time while smiling, he clasps his hands as he sings “asem a me ká, I thank God oo” to wit “whatever I have achieved so far, I thank God.”

On April 15 this year, the songwriter released Thy Grace to commemorate his 31st birthday. The intriguing lyrics of the song captivated many listeners both at home and abroad.

With the resounding feedback, Kinaata took fans by surprise with the release of a sequel to Thy Grace on August 13, 2021.

Similar to the first, Fante Rap God swept listeners off their feet.

The songs succinctly expressed gratitude to God for all the successes he has chalked so far.

Many renowned people including Member of Parliament for Odododiodio, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, and former Minister for Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah have declared their undying love for the artiste.

As fans continue to get wowed by his creative craft, the four-time VGMA Songwriter of The Year awardee has made it evident that divine grace is what has brought him thus far – with two solid visuals to back it.

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Arrest of prophet who prophesied Shatta Wale’s shooting absurd – President of Concerned Clergy Association

President of the Concerned Clergy Association of Ghana, Bishop Benny Wood has described as absurd, the arrest of Bishop Stephen Akwasi, the Prophet who prophesied that Shatta Wale would be shot on October 18 this year.

According to Bishop Wood, who spoke on The Pulse on Wednesday, the prophetic ministry has always been a controversial venture, but that shouldn’t warrant the arrest of Bishop Stephen Akwasi, popularly known as Jesus Ahoufe.

He stated that, there are prophecies of bumper harvests, good health amongst others. Therefore prophecies of doom although serious, must not be treated with such high-handedness.

“The prophet made no personal attack against Shatta Wale neither does the prophet have any problem or ‘beef’ against Shatta Wale and so he could not have threatened him as he was only operating as a prophet,” he added.

Bishop Wood asserted that Jesus Ahoufe had been in touch with Shatta Wale’s mother and had prayed against the occurrence of the shooting.

”He has seen something and he wants to draw the attention of the person. He didn’t threaten him to say I am coming to do you something. He just said this is what I have seen and that if you have a pastor you can go to him to pray for you.

Subsequently, we heard that, he was contacted by the mother and they prayed about it and when he was even informed that something had happened he said; no it cannot happen because he had prayed and what God told him was that it cannot happen, so we arrest him for what?

The prophetic ministry does not only prophesy death, there are a lot of things the prophetic ministry does. So are we saying that, if a prophet prophesies that there is going to be a bumper harvest and it doesn’t happen we are going to arrest him. I think it is absurd,” the Bishop noted.

Sometime this year, Jesus Ahoufe prophesied on Accra-based Accra FM, that a popular musician named Charles, of the dancehall fraternity, would be shot on October 18, 2021 as happened to South Africa’s Lucky Dube.

On Monday October, 18, Shatta Wale was reported on social media to have been admitted in a hospital battling his life after an alleged shooting incident. However, it turned out to be a hoax.

Jesus Ahoufe, Shatta Wale and two of his aides who are said to have circulated the fake news have since been arrested and investigations are ongoing.

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Diana Hamilton announces date for new album

Gospel songstress, Diana Hamilton, has announced to her fans the date set for the release of her new album.

In an interview with KMJ on Showbiz Now, on Tuesday, she revealed that her fourth album will be launched on December 5, 2021 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

The reigning VGMA Artiste of the Year added that there will be a fundraising dinner on same day to support the Diana Hamilton Foundation.

Diana recently dropped visuals of another classic piece titled ‘Awurade Ye (Do It Lord),’ a song that has proven to her fans and music lovers that she is arguably one of Ghana’s best composers.

Her next album is expected to make global waves as far as music is concerned.

She also said: “On February 13, 2022, we’ll be experiencing Diana Hamilton. We missed it last year because of COVID`. So ‘Experience with Diana Hamilton’ is coming off 13th February in Accra and 20th February in Kumasi.”

Diana Hamilton was recently crowned the ‘Overall Artiste of the Year at the just ended KabFam Ghana Music Awards UK.

Diana beat Medikal, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Kidi, Kuami Eugene, Kofi Kinaata, Stonebwoy making it 3 artiste of the year wins for her- Ghana Music Awards UK, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Ghana Music Awards USA.

The “Adom” hitmaker was accompanied by her husband and management to receive the award.

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I no longer use a mobile phone – Kwabena Kwabena

In this day and age when most people simply cannot do without their mobile phones, it can be surprising to find someone who is willing to do without such a communication gadget.

And it is even more amazing that someone such as Highlife crooner Kwabena Kwabena has let go of his mobile phone.

His reason? He doesn’t use a phone anymore because he wants to have a peace of mind. In fact, he doesn’t want any trouble.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz recently, the Aso hitmaker stated that for the last couple of weeks, he has stopped using a phone because he wants to stay away from all the stress in the system these days.

“My sister, I don’t use a phone anymore, I need a clear head and I need a break from all the plenty ‘wahala’ (sic) around. So, anyone who wants to contact me does so through my manager, Nana Poku Ashes,” he said.

Away from that, Kwabena Kwabena stated that contrary to perceptions, he is still one of the most relevant artistes around. “I have always been relevant since I came into the industry, churning out hit after hit, if this is not relevant, tell me what is it?

He added that he is about to release his sixth studio album titled Fa Me Saa.

According to Kwabena Kwabena, Fa Me Saa is his best album yet and it features among other artistes such as Efya, Sefa, D-Black, Quamina MP, Kofi Jamar, and Shatta Wale.

Kwabena Kwabena also has international acts on the album in the persons of Orti and Passi who are both French artistes.

“Shatta Wale and I did a song titled Konkonsa, he has been talking Highlife these days so it was good to have him do a collaboration on a Highlife song,” he stated.

Kwabena Kwabena released a single off the album titled Kwadede in May this year and he says the feedback has been amazing. “Everybody loves Kwadede, it is like a household chorus now, it is really, really doing well,” he said.

Asked what his fans should expect from the album, this is what Kwabena Kwabena had to say. “It’s been a while since I gave my fans a full album, I have taken my time to put together this piece, the album is for music lovers.

“If you know what a Kwabena Kwabena album entails, I will say this is my best album recorded yet. This is my best work ever.

“You simply have to listen to the album, I keep saying that it is my best album ever and I mean it. I don’t know what the theme of my seventh album will be but I insist that Fa Me Saa is my best album yet,” he said in answer to whether the album will be like his previous albums.

Kwabena Kwabena’s first five albums are Bibini, Daakye, Ahyesi, Aso and Dabi. Some of his popular songs are Aso, Bue Kwan, Obaa, Tuamudaa, Tokro and Kyere Wo Do.

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#Shattabration trends on social media as Shatta Wale celebrates his birthday

Ghanaian regga/dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr turns 37 years today.

To celebrate the Ghanaian sensation, many have taken to social media to congratulate and extend their well wishes to the “My level” hit maker.

Twitter, which has two of its most trending subjects dedicated to Shatta Wale, has been buzzing since morning. The platform has been flooded with comments from the hashtags; #Shattabration and #LongLiveTheKing.

The rationale behind #Shattabration appears to originate from two words; Shatta Wale and Celebration. It is also not surprising Shatta Wale has been tagged as “King”.

This is because of his hit “Dancehall King” and collaboration with International singer Beyoncé on her song “Already”.

Portions of “Already” say “Long live the king, you a king, you know it. King already, already, you know it.”

Fans of Shatta Nation say their President, who recently caused a stir on social media for imprinting the initials of his colleague in the entertainment industry, Medikal, on his arm, is a teacher and a voice to the voiceless.

They prayed for long life and prosperity in all his endeavors.

Shatta Wale did not miss the opportunity to wish himself a happy birthday.

Celebrities who have showered such accolades on the dancehall artiste include Sister Deborah, Abeiku Santana.

Recently, famous Nigerian actor, Jim Iyke, described Shatta Wale, as a showbusiness savvy person.

According to him, the Ghanaian artiste’s ability to take over trends with his antics is commendable.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Cosmopolitan Mix Thursday, the actor born James Ikechukwu Esomugha said one needs to be strategically positioned to make it in the entertainment industry.

“I think Shatta just wakes up in the morning and decides what am I going to do to provoke people’s thoughts? He will go like Jim Iyke looks like me. He is going to wake up tomorrow and say; I want to be President of Ghana.

“He will not be president and we all know that, but Shatta will go there and run to be President and just get you guys to talk about him. He understands the propensity of the business,” he said.

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Easy On Me: Is Adele’s comeback single a Hit or a Miss?

Image caption, Easy On Me was co-written with Adele’s frequent collaborator Greg Kurstin

After a slow-burning PR campaign, Adele’s first new music in six years has arrived.

Easy On Me, a spare and emotional piano ballad, was released at midnight UK time, offering fans the first glimpse of her “divorce album”, entitled 30.

That will be her follow-up to massively successful albums 19, 21 and 25.

Easy On Me sees Adele explaining her decision to walk away from her marriage in 2019, while asking her son and ex-husband for understanding.

“I changed who I was to put you both first,” she sings, “but now I give up”.

That moment, so naked and unvarnished, sends shivers down your spine.

Adele’s voice is full of regret, but also resolve.

In the accompanying music video, director Xavier Dolan chooses this moment to transition from black and white to full colour. It becomes clear that this is the sound of a woman who has dismantled her entire world, realising she needn’t feel guilty for putting herself first

The chorus, “go easy on me”, is addressed to herself as much as her family – and she realises it’s too soon for them to see her point of view.

“I had good intentions / And the highest hopes / But I know, right now / It probably doesn’t even show.”

The song was apparently the first track written for Adele’s forthcoming album, and dates back to the year of her separation. The immediacy of those emotions is apparent in her vocal, simultaneously strong and vulnerable.

But there’s also a generosity to the song. Adele is reaching out to the people she’s hurt, but Easy On Me is also a big woolly blanket wrapped around the loneliness and pain of anyone who’s been through a core-shaking break-up.

Fans around the world stayed up to hear the song as soon as it premiered – with 299,000 people watching its debut live on YouTube.

It comes just five weeks before her new album – which was first teased in a global marketing campaign that saw the number 30 projected on to buildings and billboards in Brazil, Mexico, Dubai, Italy, Germany, Ireland, the US and the UK.

Fans correctly guessed the release date of 19 November when Taylor Swift moved her forthcoming album forward by a week, apparently to avoid a clash with Adele.

Asked by fans what her new album is about, Adele replied: “Divorce, babe. Divorce.”

Like her previous three albums the title is a reference to a specific age in Adele’s life.

Thirty is the age at which she married her long-term partner, Simon Konecki, and then left him.

The star has said the album was recorded to help her nine-year-old son understand their divorce the following year.

“I wanted to explain to him through this record, when he’s in his 20s or 30s, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness,” she told Vogue magazine.

“It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal,” she added.

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Now 33, the singer said she had “learned a lot of blistering home truths” about herself while writing her new music.

Writing on Twitter, she compared the record to a friend who comes over with “a bottle of wine and a takeaway” and offers a shoulder to cry on during trying times.

“That friend who snuck in and left a magazine and a face mask with some bath salts to make me feel loved while inadvertently reminding me not only what month it actually was, but that I should probably exercise some self-care!”

‘New Sounds’

While Easy On Me is very much a traditional heartbreak ballad, there have been hints that the rest of the album will showcase a more experimental side to Adele’s music.

According to Vogue, one track features her vocals “sampled and resampled over a hypnotic beat”, that is reminiscent of electro-pop act Goldfrapp.

She has also worked with London-based producer Inflo – responsible for the retro R&B sounds of Michael Kiwanuka and Little Simz – as well as the Oscar-winning composer of the Black Panther score, Ludwig Göransson.

Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley, who has been played a handful of the songs, said there are “all kinds” of sounds and genres on the album.

“There’s one that I listened to and it just made me feel incredibly sad,” she added. “She really does pour her heart out and her voice, I think, has never sounded better.

“I was really surprised by the heights that she reaches – and the power and the resonance within her voice is amazing.”

The star won five Grammy Awards for her last album, titled 25

However it sounds, 30 is certain to be a shot in the arm for the UK music industry.

Only one British album released since the start of 2020, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, has sold the 300,000 copies required to be awarded a platinum disc.

It took her 10 months to achieve that feat. By contrast, Adele’s last album, 25, went platinum in its first 24 hours.

It went on to become the UK’s 14th best-selling album of all time, with sales in excess of 3.6 million.

Embarrassment of riches

Sony, her new record label, will be hoping to match those sorts of sales heights – although the CD market has declined precipitously since 2015; and Adele’s streaming numbers don’t yet match those of her peers.

She currently has 22 million monthly listeners on Spotify, compared to Ed Sheeran’s 75 million and Taylor Swift’s 46.5 million.

New music will undoubtedly boost those figures, however, even if Adele faces stiff competition from Sheeran, Swift, Abba and Coldplay, who will all release new material in the coming weeks.

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, described the pile-up as an “embarrassment of riches” that is almost unprecedented for the music retail sector – but he predicted Adele would emerge on top.

“It would be a brave man who predicted anything other than 30 being the biggest album of this Christmas,” he told the BBC.

“And, with certifications now also reflecting streams, as well as traditional physical and download sales, it is in with a strong chance of going platinum in its first week.”