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I was hoping to win Highlife Artiste, Collaboration of the Year at 2022 VGMA – Kuami Eugene

Musician, Kuami Eugene, has revealed he was expecting to win the Highlife Artiste of the Year and Collaboration of the Year awards at the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, on Monday, the ‘Show Body’ hitmaker said that for Collaboration of the Year, he had been featured on so many songs which were hits in the year under review.

Kuami Eugene told the host, Sammy Forson, that he was expecting at least one of the songs to win the Collaboration of the Year.

“It wasn’t even my songs. These were songs that I was featured on. Look at the songs that I was featured on, from Yeeko to Biibi Besi to Abodie, and none of those songs had an award. But then again it’s VGMA and we have limited power when it comes to VGMA.” 

For the Highlife Artiste of the Year category, the Lynx Entertainment signee explained that in the year under review he had embarked on a journey of championing Highlife.

Among other things, he released his EP Afro Highlife and also celebrated some Highlife legends including AB Crentsil.

“I have been championing Highlife for some time now, but whoever took it also deserves it because they have also been working as well,” Kuami Eugene said.

At the 2022 VGMA, D-Black’s ‘Enjoyment Minister’ featuring Stonebwoy and Quamina MP won the Collaboration of the Year Awards.

Some four songs Kuami Eugene was featured on were selected in that category as well.

They include, ‘Abodie’ by Captain Planet, ‘Yeeko’ by Okyeame Kwame, Sika Aba Fie Remix by Kwaku Darlington and Biibi Besi by Kwami Yogot.

Also, Akwaboah won the Highlife Artiste of the Year award beating competition from Cina Soul, Kuami Eugene, Fameye, Kofi Kinaata and Bisa Kdei.

Meanwhile, despite not taking home an award on May 7, when the event was held, Kuami Eugene says he was not disappointed.

“I have never been disappointed. It’s like somebody saying ‘I want to loan you money’ and they wake up and say ‘I don’t think I can loan you my money anymore.’ Somebody’s award, if he says I will give it to someone else, I can’t fault that person,” the musician explained.

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Our industry will not survive for long if there is no system to discover and maintain new talents – Isaac Quarcoo

Ghana has for a very long time been one of the toughest countries in the forefront of entertainment in Africa.

It’s not a hidden fact that most of the Afro beat we so much hail in the world today, have deep roots within our highlife genre which stands out as one of the oldest music genre’s on the continent.

Discussions over the last 2 years around discovery of new artists and maintaining them to keep the country’s entertainment in shape has intensified.

Ghanaian song writer, Isaac Quarcoo has lent his voice to the ongoing discussions.

According to the song writer and CEO of Techpreneurs Union of Ghana, “Gone are the days when we were the icing on the cake, when our artists tour the globe and other African countries with songs in our local dialect. The last batch of these world rockers were Obrafour’s, the Tiny’s and the Samini’s.

“Now, don’t get me wrong, Sarkodie , Stonebwoy, Kofi Kinaata , Shattawale and the other big shots currently are also very old in the industry and are doing marvelous. My problem is which batch again takes over from this group and how safe are the keys that are being handed over.”

“Remember, this our lack of future-thought took the entertainment wave to Nigeria. Many of our top guys became very selfish and wanted to be alone at the top but are nowhere to be found unfortunately today and very few people remember their contributions to the industry. I am not too old but I have learnt a great lesson that, the more teach, the more you know therefore how prepared are the mindsets of our musicians to face a fast expanding Nigerian and African music industry?”

He concluded that, “I know people like Richie Mensah have returned to use their experience to build the industry and must be commended for that effort, his record label is really doing well but there must be a plan, some crazy master plan to takeover strategically.

“And when it gets there we have to really apply wisdom because other countries are watching our every move. It’s also very keen that every industry player is brought on this agenda, if that can be achieved, I believe it will only be a matter of time.”

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Asamoah Gyan returns to music after long hiatus

The former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan would be making a return to the music industry years after his hiatus.

In a video that’s gone viral, he was seen with singer Kiaani and renowned producer Mix Master Garzy.

“GHANA. Are you ready for this banger. @kiaani_gh ft Babyjet 🔥🔥🔥. @mastergarzy thank you for the beat 🔥🔥🔥,” Asamoah Gyna wrote.

This would be Asamoah Gyan’s first song, eight years after the death of his friend Castro.

Asamoah Gyan, who goes by the name, ‘Baby Jet’ has about four songs under his belt.

Before Castro passed away, the two collaborated on some songs including the popular hit ‘African Girls’.

The duo also worked on ‘Do The Dance’ and ‘Odo Pa’ which also featured singer Kofi Kinaata.

This comes nearly two weeks after he released his book- LeGyandary.

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Playback: Joy SMS hosts 2022 VGMA award winners

The 23rd edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards came off on Friday and Saturday at the Grand Arena in Accra.

The first night of the event saw Fameye, Wizkid, Kweisey Pee, Stonebwoy, and MOG Beatz take home awards.

KiDi, Black Sherif, Sarkodie, Kofi Kinaata, Sefa, and many artists also took home awards on the second night.

Today on the Super Morning Show, some artists who picked awards at the event joined co-hosts Kojo Yankson and Winston Amoah for a conversation.

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KiDi crowned 2022 VGMA Artiste of the Year

And the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ Artiste of the Year goes to…KiDi.

The musician, who failed to claim the ultimate spot in 2021 after his famous ‘I’ll be back’ phrase, returned to win his first-ever Artiste of the Year Award.

He beat stiff competition from Black Sherif, King Promise, Kuami Eugene, Sarkodie and Joe Mettle to emerge winner.

KiDi also swept away some of the biggest awards on the night especially with his hit song ‘Touch It’.

They include Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year (Touch It), Vodafone Most Popular Song (Touch It), Album of the Year (The Golden Boy) and the Afrobeats Artiste of the Year.

Accepting his award on the night, KiDi said “delay is not denial, Glory be to God. I want to thank MTN hitmaker for introducing me to Ghana. To the media, my fans, my friends, to my big boy Zane, to my mother, Ghana thank you so much.”

Although Black Sherif did not grab the ultimate award on the night, he took home the Best New Artiste award and the Hip-hop Song of the Year award as well.

Joe Mettle also took home the Gospel Artiste of the Year award. Meanwhile, Kofi Kinaata won the Highlife Song of the Year award with Thy Grace.

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KiDi crowned 2022 VGMA Artiste of the Year

And the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ Artiste of the Year goes to…KiDi.

The musician, who failed to claim the ultimate spot in 2021 after his famous ‘I’ll be back’ phrase, returned to win his first-ever Artiste of the Year Award.

He beat stiff competition from Black Sherif, King Promise, Kuami Eugene, Sarkodie and Joe Mettle to emerge winner.

KiDi also swept away some of the biggest awards on the night especially with his hit song ‘Touch It’.

They include Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year (Touch It), Vodafone Most Popular Song (Touch It), Album of the Year (The Golden Boy) and the Afrobeats Artiste of the Year.

Accepting his award on the night, KiDi said “delay is not denial, Glory be to God. I want to thank MTN hitmaker for introducing me to Ghana. To the media, my fans, my friends, to my big boy Zane, to my mother, Ghana thank you so much.”

Although Black Sherif did not grab the ultimate award on the night, he took home the Best New Artiste award and the Hip-hop Song of the Year award as well.

Joe Mettle also took home the Gospel Artiste of the Year award. Meanwhile, Kofi Kinaata won the Highlife Song of the Year award with Thy Grace.

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KiDi crowned 2022 VGMA Artiste of the Year

And the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ Artiste of the Year goes to KiDi.

The musician, after failing to win the award in 2021 after his famous ‘I’ll be back’ phrase, returned to win his first-ever Artiste of the Year Award.

He beat stiff competition from Black Sherif, King Promise, Kuami Eugene, Sarkodie and Joe Mettle to emerge winner.

KiDi also swept away some of the biggest awards on the night especially with his hit song ‘Touch It’.

They include Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year (Touch It), Vodafone Most Popular Song (Touch It), Album of the Year (The Golden Boy) and the Afrobeats Artiste of the Year.

Accepting his award on the night, KiDi said “delay is not denial, Glory be to God. I want to thank MTN hitmaker for introducing me to Ghana. To the media, my fans, my friends, to my big boy Zane, to my mother, Ghana thank you so much.”

Although Black Sherif did not grab the ultimate award on the night, he took home the Best New Artiste award and the Hip-hop Song of the Year award as well.

Joe Mettle also took home the Gospel Artiste of the Year award. Meanwhile, Kofi Kinaata won the Highlife Song of the Year award with Thy Grace.

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Fameye wins Songwriter of the Year at VGMA23

Musician, Fameye born Peter Famiyeh Bozah has for the first time won the Songwriter of the Year award at the 23rd Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) ceremony.

He won the award with his song ‘Praise’.

Fameye beat competition from the four-time winner, Kofi Kinaata, Diana Hamilton, Akwaboah, Minister O.J and Abiana.

His victory in this category is topical since he broke the dominance of High life musician Kofi Kinaata who has won the category four times.

On the first night of the award scheme which was dubbed Industry, 13 awards were presented to deserving winners.

The prestigious awards scheme is expected to climax on Saturday where the Artiste of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Highlife Song, Album of the Year, and Gospel Song of the Year, among other top accolades, would be announced.

Below are some award-winners from day one:

Traditional Artiste of the Year (Non-voting Category) – Nii Tettey Tetteh

Instrumentalist of the Year – Joshua Moszi

Male Vocal Performance of the Year – Amazing God by Kwaisey Pee

Female Vocal Performance of the Year – Where You Are by Niella

Songwriter of the Year – Praise by Fameye

Best Video of the Year – Nyinya by Bosom PYung

Producer of the Year – MOGBeatz

African Artiste of the Year – WizKid

Lifetime Achievement Award – Agya Koo Nimoh

Unsung Artiste of the Year – Gambo

Music for Good – Greedy Men by Stonebwoy

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Fameye wins Songwriter of the Year at VGMA23

Musician, Fameye born Peter Famiyeh Bozah has for the first time won the Songwriter of the Year award at the 23rd Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) ceremony.

He won the award with his song ‘Praise’.

Fameye beat competition from the four-time winner, Kofi Kinaata, Diana Hamilton, Akwaboah, Minister O.J and Abiana.

His victory in this category is topical since he broke the dominance of High life musician Kofi Kinaata who has won the category four times.

On the first night of the award scheme which was dubbed Industry, 13 awards were presented to deserving winners.

The prestigious awards scheme is expected to climax on Saturday where the Artiste of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Highlife Song, Album of the Year, and Gospel Song of the Year, among other top accolades, would be announced.

Below are some award-winners from day one:

Traditional Artiste of the Year (Non-voting Category) – Nii Tettey Tetteh

Instrumentalist of the Year – Joshua Moszi

Male Vocal Performance of the Year – Amazing God by Kwaisey Pee

Female Vocal Performance of the Year – Where You Are by Niella

Songwriter of the Year – Praise by Fameye

Best Video of the Year – Nyinya by Bosom PYung

Producer of the Year – MOGBeatz

African Artiste of the Year – WizKid

Lifetime Achievement Award – Agya Koo Nimoh

Unsung Artiste of the Year – Gambo

Music for Good – Greedy Men by Stonebwoy

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I have a tough skin now — Kuami Eugene tells critics

For the short time he has been in the limelight, it seems Highlife artiste, Kuami Eugene, can qualify as one artiste who has chalked up huge successes and can also pass as having been at the receiving end of most criticisms.

He has won many awards, including the coveted Vodafone Ghana Music Awards(VGMA) Artiste of the Year in 2020, mounted international stages to perform, and headlined concerts, both home and abroad, among others.

And for the bad news, Kuami Eugene has been criticised for ‘stealing’ songs, bad fashion sense and other issues, including neglecting a man who claimed to be his father.

I have a tough skin now — Kuami Eugene tells critics

However, the Angela hitmaker says he is unfazed by the negative stuff, adding that he has a tough skin now.

“I have been in the industry for close to five years and heard things about me over and over again, but I am not moved anymore. I used to be bothered about those things some time ago, but not anymore. I was worried especially when the things said about me were not true.”

“Now, I care less whatever anyone says about me. Once I know I am doing the right thing, I am not bothered anymore” he told Graphic Showbiz in an interview.    

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Kuami Eugene (Credit: Instagram – @kuamieugene)

Asked about his future plans, the Confusion hitmaker said he had a lot ahead of him.

“Kuami Eugene is just starting. Although I have a couple of hit songs out there, I have a lot to offer Ghanaians and they will experience it soon” he stated.               

Known for other songs such as Open Gate, Ohemaa, Obiaato, Wish Me Well and Confusion, Kuami Eugene thanked his fans and Ghanaians for holding him down since he started his music career.                                          

“I am grateful for the warm reception Ghanaians have shown me since I started. The love has been great and I want to use this opportunity to thank Ghanaians for the support. I am so grateful and I want to tell everyone to expect more from me” he said

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Kuami Eugene (Credit: Instagram – @kuamieugene)

Kuami Eugene was a contestant in Season 5 of the music reality competition, MTN Hitmaker, in Ghana in 2016, where he finished third.

He was signed shortly afterwards by Lynx Entertainment and has gone on to release many hit singles.

In 2017, Angela reached one million views on YouTube, the most for any music artiste on that label at that time, and was depicted to be in rotation among the top 10 songs in Ghana.

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Kuami Eugene

He has performed on numerous stages such as Sarkodie’s Rapperholic Concert which is held every December 25, Ghana Music Honours 2017 Edition, Decemba to Rememba in 2017, 61st Ghana Independence Celebration Show at Indigo 02 in London, Oh My Festival in Amsterdam, Afrobeats to the World concert at the PlayStation Theatre in New York and Afronation in Ghana.

I have a tough skin now — Kuami Eugene tells critics
Source: KiDi via Twitter

In 2020, Kuami Eugene won VGMA Artiste of the Year, beating off competition from Sarkodie, Medikal, Kofi Kinaata and Diana Hamilton.

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It’s WorldKinaataDay; Birthdays are special days for special songs – Kofi Kinaata

In commemoration of his 32nd birthday, award-winning musician and rapper, Kofi Kinaata has released another banger dubbed “Have Mercy.”

The song chronicles the daily struggles of a hustler, thus Kinaata prays to God to “Have Mercy” and help him overcome them.

Many would wonder why the artiste took this step on a special day as his birthday.

Explaining the rationale for the release on his birthday, the artiste stated on the Super Morning Show, on Friday that, “birthdays are special days. They are days of reflection. So if you’ve been monitoring, all of my songs released on my birthday are kind of emotional, deep songs,” he said.

He recounted that songs like ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Thy Grace Part 1,’ “which tell true stories about my life were all released on my birthday.”

The ‘Things Fall Apart’ hitmaker, born, Martin King Arthur, has been the voice behind other great songs like ‘Susuka,’ ‘Wo Pre,’ ‘Adam and Eve’, etc.

As he marked his birthday, tons of his fans thronged social media to wish him a Happy Birthday.

The musician and songwriter, who hails from Takoradi, has therefore found his way on Twitter’s trend list.

With the hashtag #WorldKinaataDay trending, his fans sent well-wishes and accolades to the celebrant.

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#WorldKinaataDay trends on Twitter

Musician and songwriter hailing from Takoradi, Kofi Kinaata, has found his way on Twitter’s trend list.

This very day, April 15, Kofi Kinaata born Martin King Arthur is celebrating his 32nd birthday.

For this reason, fans of the soulful singer have thronged Twitter and flooded the space with comments.

With the hashtag #WorldKinaataDay, they are sending well-wishes and accolades to the celebrant.

Social media users have also commended his recent song “Have Mercy”.

Kofi Kinaata has won the Songwriter of the Year at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards four times.

He won his fourth award at the VGMA22 with his song ‘Behind The Scenes’. 

Kofi Kinaata beat competition from Diana Hamilton, Adina, Joe Mettle, Abiana and Epixode to win the award.

He is the first artiste to win the award four times. Kofi Kinaata first took home the award in 2016 with the song Susuka released in October 2015.

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Adom Chart Show Week 14: Black Sherif’s ‘Kwaku the Traveller’ pushes Kelvyn Boy’s ‘Down flat’ from #1 spot

Rapper Black Sherif has taken over the top spot on Adom FM’s Music Chart show with his ‘Kwaku the Traveller’ hit song.

The song, with over 2.1 million views on YouTube, has been doing wonders ever since its release on March 31, 2022. It has topped Apple Music Charts in Ghana, Nigeria and even Gambia – it has also been trending number one in over 30 countries on Audiomack.

The Kwaku the Traveller song is also the most sought-after song on global music platform, Shazam, where many music lovers are looking for who sang the song – activating many challenges on social media, especially, TikTok and Instagram.

Prior to Black Sherif’s Kwaku The Traveller, Kelvyn Boy’s ‘Down Flat’ had been the talk of the town. On week 14 the song stands at number 2.

Camidoh comes through at the third slot with ‘Sugarcane’. The Afrobeats song has been doing the magic for the young musician over the weeks.

At number 4 is King Promise with ‘Chop Life’ featuring Nigeria’s Patoranking.

Budding act Lasmid, signed onto High Spiritual Music record label, features Kuami Eugene on ‘Sika’v The song chalked the fifth slot this week.

Akwaboah, after topping the chart for weeks with ‘Obiaa’ featuring Cina Soul, is currently positioned at number 6.

Adina’s Amapiano banger ‘Shoulder’ got the singer at the 7th position this week.

Highlife singer Kofi Kinaata is still maintaining the wave as his Wo Pre got him at number 8 this week on the Adom Chart Show.

Coded made a debut this week with his viral Dada Damoase song. The song has slowly been climbing up on various music streaming services. It was number 9 this week.

Shatta Wale’s collaborative song with Medikal, Stubborn Academy, has been in the Adom Chart Show for weeks. The song at number 10.

Highlife singer Akwaboah comes through again with his latest Wo Pɛ W’adiɛ at number 11.

‘S3k3’ recorded by Mr Drew and Medikal has been part of the charts for over 10 weeks. This week, it landed at the 12th spot.

Darkovibes and Davido’s Je M’appelle was at number 13 this week.

At number 14, Smallgod comes through with Kidi and Darkoo with his Falling song. The song is steadily climbing the charts.

Celestine Donkor and Joel Lwaga’s ‘Praise Him’ attained the 15th position this week.

Lynx Entertainment signee, Kidi, comes through at number 16 with Mon Bebe.

Amerado’s Metua featuring Kuami Eugene is at number 17.

Gospel musician Empress Gifty’s 3y3 Woa song got the 18th position this week.

UK-based musician Darkoo comes through at number 19 with Always featuring Black Sherif.

At number 20, is Perez Musik with Hewale Lala.

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Celebs react to approval of E Levy

On Tuesday, March 29, Parliament approved the controversial E-Levy Bill.

The Bill was adopted at a reduced rate of 1.5% from the initial 1.75% amid a Minority walkout.

President Akufo-Addo is expected to assent to the Bill for it to become law.

Meanwhile, some celebrities have already reacted to its approval.

In a tweet, comedian DKB reechoed some promises the NPP and President Akufo-Addo made to the Ghanaian public, including insisting that the country has money and the NPP could do better in managing it.

Former #FixTheCountry convener, Efia Odo shared an old tweet from President Akufo Addo from 2013 complaining about the then government.

“Oh how power and authority changes personalities,” she wrote. Efia Odo added that she would not do a mobile money transaction again if the Bill finally becomes a law.

Comedian Warris only prayed government fulfils its promises of using the revenue gained from taxing Mobile Money transactions to develop the country and eradicate the economic challenges.

“God lead our leaders! Let their works with this E-levy reflect in the lives of Ghanaians! Let them help Ghana with the money.”

He also jokingly exchanged some banter with Hiplife sensation, Kofi Kinaata on transaction via Momo after the passage of the bill.

The comedian said after the passage of the Bill he is now ready to repay a loan he took from Kofi Kinaata. However, the musician said he is ready to run to any part of the country for the money.

Meanwhile, although they have not talked about it since its approval, some celebrities in the past vehemently opposed the Bill on numerous occasions.

Rapper Sarkodie in a tweet said he does not believe Ghanaians are kicking against the proposed Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) because it is “bad”.

According to him, many are not in support of the levy because citizens do not get to enjoy the benefits that come with paying taxes unlike their counterparts in the west.

Shatta Wale had said the leaders of the country are being insensitive to the plight of Ghanaians with the introduction of the Bill.

Lydia Forson noted that the introduction of the levy will push the country’s digitisation plan, backwards.

She indicated that there is nothing good about the levy.

In a post on Twitter, she noted that citizens are already being taxed for “nearly everything”, but they are yet to witness the benefits.

Kwesi Pee in an interview on Hitz FM said “I think it’s a little bit too much. I also think it needs to be scrapped, because it doesn’t make sense.”

Actress Yvonne Nelson had called on the government to shelve the implementation of the Electronic Transactions Levey (e-levy) because the masses are not happy about the levy.

Some Ghanaians have also reacted to the passage of the bill.

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Songwriter of the Year fixated on a few artistes – Celestine Donkor criticises VGMA board

Gospel Musician Celestine Donkor believes the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) board is doing a great disservice to new and up and coming songwriters.

According to her, in the past few years, the ‘Songwriter of the Year’ category has been flooded with the same names in the industry with little to no shine given to others.

Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, Celestine Donkor said the board failed to explore explaining that if they had done broad consultation they would have found some of the songwriters who may be even better than the nominees.

“We have people like Kinaata, Akawaboa and co, the category is fixated on them. It [the board] is not giving a chance for people who are coming up probably stronger than those names to be given a hearing. I am 100% sure that for this year’s songwriters category that some songs were not giving a proper listening.”

This comes after some section of the public expressed displeasure about some selections in the 2022 VGMA nominations list.

For the 2022 Songwriter of the Year VGMA nominations, six musicians namely Minister OJ, Fameye, Abiana, Kofi Kinaata, Akwaboah and Diana Hamilton were selected.

In 2021 three of the musicians nominated in this year’s category namely Diana Hamilton, Kofi Kinaata (winner) and Abiana secured nominations. Others were Epixode, Joe Mettle and Adina.

In 2020 Kofi Kinaata, Diana Hamilton and Epixode landed nominations in the Song of the Year category. Others were Akwaboah, Lamisi and King Promise.

Also, Kofi Kinaata is the only artistes to have won the award four times.

Meanwhile, Celestine Donkor said the VGMA board can do better.

She stated that the award scheme had similar issues in years past when it came to the female Vocalist of the Year award. 

She explained that the award was given to the likes of Efya and Becca numerous times giving barely a handful of other singers the chance.

“There was a concern that ‘are there no more female vocalists in Ghana?’ Until they started listening to the new ones and giving them a chance in that category, it was like that. I think the same thing is happening with the songwriter’s category.”

Celestine Donkor explained that it was essential the board explores beyond the few popular acts to give others an opportunity to shine.

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VGMA23: Artiste of the Year was competitive – PRO explains Kofi Kinaata, Fameye snub

PRO for Charterhouse, Robert Klah says choosing nominees for the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Artiste of the Year was a competitive process.

According to him, there was a list of artistes the board felt deserved the nomination, however, out of those names, they could only shortlist six after much deliberation on who deserves to make the list.

Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, he explained that because of the tough competition, artistes like Kofi Kinaata and Fameye did not make the final list.

“It’s not that they didn’t work, they worked. What it means is that the space is very competitive and it’s just the six that are featured in that particular space. It’s a basket of names you’ll have with different reasons, arguments to support why they deserve to be in the top six,” Mr Klah said.

His comment comes after some personalities including Abeiku Santana, Black Rasta and others questioned the VGMA nominees list.

Some questioned why Kofi Kinaata and Fameye were not on the Artiste of the Year list while others quizzed why Shatta Wale was not nominated even though Stonebwoy made his comeback into the awards scheme.

Addressing their concerns, Robert Klah explained that Shatta Wale did not show interest in joining the scheme despite the lifting of the ban placed on him and Stonebwoy in 2019.

“The scheme is in such a way that you need to be able to show interest, to be a part of the scheme, once you show interest we will work with you.”

Mr Klah stated that the interest is either in the form of filing for nomination or giving consent to the organisers to have your music nominated.

Meanwhile, Mr Klah has urged aggrieved supporters to understand the scheme cannot nominate every artiste year in year out.

He explained that just like people are voicing out their concerns, the board members also agreed and disagreed on who to make the nominations list.

But, after a long day of deliberations, they could not simply put everyone on the nomination list, he added.

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I feel the VGMA Board did not listen to ‘Only You’ carefully – Celestine Donkor on ‘Songwriter of the Year’ snub

Prolific gospel singer, Celestine Donkor, says she deserved to be included in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards ‘Songwriter of the Year’ list.

The singer believes the Board did not listen carefully to the songs they shortlisted for the aforementioned category, thus, her song, ‘Only You’ could not make the cut, although it merited a feature.

Sharing her opinion on Daybreak Hitz, she said “it’s quite surprising to me that a song like “Only You” could not make the list. I am 100% sure that there was no proper listening done by the VGMA Board,” she told Andy Dosty on Hitz FM.

Although Celestine is not trying to belittle the decision of the Board, she believes certain songs shouldn’t have been in the category.

“I listened to some of the songs that were nominated in that category, I mean if your ears are on the ground and you really listen to the songs based on lyrical content, you’d know…

“Not to say I undermine or underestimate the judgment of the Board, but I strongly feel some of the songs were not given proper listening,” she continued.

Furthermore, the “I Will Worship You” singer suggested that, some songwriters (EFYA, Kofi Kinaata, Akwaboah, etc.), are often repeated in the category, preventing other potential vocalists from getting the chance to be added to the list, even when they have more compelling lyrics.

Even though she gave her own song, “Only You”, a greater nod, she declined to replace it with any of the songs in the category.

“It is not in my place to replace it with any song. I just feel my song was not very well-listened to,” said the “Supernatural” singer.

In the instance of rebuttal, PRO of Charterhouse, Robert Klah, said that Celestine Donkor’s “Only You” was actually listened to by the Board several times. Unluckily, it just couldn’t make the list.

“I can assure Celestine Donkor that the song was listened to multiple times. But I can understand where she is coming from. She feels very strong about her work and feels it deserves to be given a great nod. It’s not like ‘Only You’ is not a great song, it is a great song,” he declared.

“For me, it’s about back to the basket – you sieve it and some are selected and others are dropped along the way. But to say we didn’t listen to it, I can 100% say we listened to it multiple times. Unfortunately, it just didn’t make the cut,” he added.

Irrespective of the numbers of times the Board claimed to have listened to “Only You” by Celestine, the singer still stood firm in challenging them to give it another hearing, believing that it might compel them to review the list.

Meanwhile, Celestine Donkor has expressed gratitude to the Board for considering her for the following categories: Best Female Vocal Performance (Only You), Gospel Artiste of the Year, and Best Gospel Song (Only You).

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Lakeside Village Celebrates Joseph Agbeko in Style

Lakeside village, one of the esteemed brands of Net 36 Vista on Saturday honoured and celebrated the Ghanaian boxer Joseph ‘Kingkong’ Agbeko with a dinner at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC).

The dinner Gala, which drew high profile personalities from the political, Diplomatic Corp, legislative, judiciary, traditional rulers, business executives entertainment, clergy and sports fraternities was specifically designed in honour of the Ghanaian professional boxing legend.

Lakeside Village Celebrates Joseph Agbeko in Style

According to the organizers, they honoured the former two-time International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Champion for his achievements as a professional boxer, his contribution to the boxing industry, and also as the brand ambassador for Lakeside Village.

Lakeside Village Celebrates Joseph Agbeko in Style

Representing President Akufo-Addo as the guest of honour was the Deputy Chief of Staff.

He lauded organizers of the event for recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the former World beater.

Lakeside Village Celebrates Joseph Agbeko in Style

After wining and dining, the celebration was climaxed with live band music played by the Military band.

Lakeside Village Celebrates Joseph Agbeko in Style
Mr Drew performing at the event

Also in attendance with great live performances for the well-organized event were Kofi Kinaata and Mr. Drew, who endeared themselves to the audience with their respective deliveries.

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Kofi Kinaata’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ to be studied in KNUST

Kofi Kinaata’s lyrics continue to be a subject of discussion in academics.

In a post online, Voice of KNUST on Twitter shared that the Hiplife artiste’s song ‘Things Fall Apart’ has been authorised for literature students.

In the paper attached to the post, parts of the song sung in Fante have all been translated to English.

The page noted that the song has been authorised to be studied by level 200s for the first semester in the 2021/2022 academic year.

They noted that the song was selected because of the literary devices and lyrical arrangements of stanzas set up in Things Fall Apart.

This is the third time in six years the English Department at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has used a body of work from Kofi Kinaata as part of course materials for students.

In 2016, the hit song Susuka was recommended, two years later in 2018, the hit Confession was a course material and four years later in 2022, Things Fall Apart the 2019 hit, joined the bunch.

All these songs have earned him the Songwriter of the Year award in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

He is the only artiste to win the coveted Songwriter of the Year award four times.

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Adom Chart Show Week 7: Camidoh chases Akwaboah Jnr with ‘Sugarcane’; Kelvyn Boy climbs with ‘Down Flat’

Singer Camidoh has inundated the music sphere over the weeks with his ‘Sugarcane’ song but it’s having a hard time taking out Akwaboah’s ‘Obiaa‘ tune which features Cina Soul in week 7 of Adom Charts Show.

This week, Akwaboah topped the list for the fourth consecutive time since he attained the first position in week 4.

Nonetheless, Camidoh’s Sugarcane follows at number 2 as he looks poised to overtake the ‘Obiaa‘ singer in the coming weeks; with the release of the colourful visuals of the ‘Sugarcane‘ song, Camidoh is set to garner more numbers.

Kidi‘s hit song ‘Mon Bebe‘ still got stuck at number 3 this week.

DarkoVibes still keeps his magic going with his ‘Je M’appelle’ song. The hit song which features Nigeria’s Davido lingers on since its inception last year.

S3k3‘ by Mr Drew and Medikal climbed up to number 5 this week.

Takoradi-based highlife musician Kofi Kinaata dropped to number 6 this week with his ‘Wo Pre’ song.

At number 7, Blakk Arm Entertainment’s Kelvyn Boy made an entry with his latest “Down Flat” song which is seriously aiming to the top.

The Afro-Highlife song is topping many streaming platforms alongside Camidoh’s Sugarcane.

In his latest interview on Daybreak Hitz, Kelvyn Boy advised Ghanaian musicians to collaborate with the Nigerian producers too since “its better to tap into what they have than compete”. “Down Flat” has become an anthem in no time.

Kwesi Arthur‘s Celebrate song with Nigeria’s Teni continues to trend at number 8 after clocking number 8 last week on the Adom Chart Show.

Meanwhile, Gospel musician Obaapa Christy attained the number 9 position this week with her “The Glory” song.

Soothing singer Adina dropped to number 10 this week with her banging Amapiano sound dubbed Shoulder.

Music duo R2Bees came through at number 11 this week. Their song, “Eboso”, continues to garner attention on streaming platforms.

Black Sherif’s ‘Second Sermon’ remix with Burna Boy remains in the chart, especially with the latest visuals of the remix topping trends worldwide. It won’t be surprising to see the song shoot up into the first five positions this week with its current number 12 position.

Sarkodie‘s ‘Non Living Thing‘ featuring Nigeria’s Oxlade made the number 13 this week on the Adom Chart Show.

Diana Hamilton‘s “Awurade Ye” attained the number 14 this week. The gospel song has since garnered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

Sista Afia‘s song with Kuami Eugene climbs up to number 15 this week. “Asuoden” is surely finding it way to the top.

This week, King Promise maintains the number 16 with his “Chop Life” song featuring Nigeria’s Patoranking.

After causing commotion with her $40,000 dollars budget on the visuals of “Eye Woa” song, Empress Gifty clocked number 17 this week.

Rapper Amerado‘s “Abotre” song which features Black Sherif clocked number 18 this week on the Adom Chart show.

At number 19, Fameye stays in the chart with his “Praise” song. The song continues to linger on many streaming platforms.

At number 20 sits Celestine Donkor with her “Praise Him” song. The visuals of the song was released 10 days ago and has since garnered over 50,000 views.

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