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Don’t be local champions — Camidoh advises artistes

It is a good feeling for musicians to have huge support from their home country but Afrobeats artiste, Camidoh, says that is not enough for an artiste who wants to make it globally.

To Camidoh, Ghanaian musicians should not be content with just their fans in the country but also move from their comfort zone to win more fans outside by touring other countries.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz, Camidoh said “it is just right that a musician tours different countries, make themselves popular there and win more fans. That is the only way we can be heard beyond Ghana and become global artistes and I am working towards that.”

“I want to be a global icon and as we talk now, I am currently preparing to go to Nigeria and other African counties to make myself and my music popular. We will only be known in Ghana if we don’t make it a deliberate attempt to move out of our comfort zone and make ourselves popular.”

Camidoh noted that he also understands that many don’t have the support, especially on the financial front to help push their crafts beyond Ghana.

He stated that a corporate entity, for example, could team up with some artistes and support them with whatever is needed to go global.

Asked if it was difficult to be consistent as a musician, the Sugarcane hitmaker answered affirmatively and added that it is especially tough for a young musician in the industry.

“If you don’t have people investing and pushing your music out there, how can you be consistent? You will just have the best songs and it just stays with you. How can you be consistent when you play shows and you are not paid?”

“You need money to record new songs, pay for music videos and get your name out there. I am glad I have a team who sees to it that my music career reaches the topmost height. With such a solid team behind you, you are rest assured that you will go places,” he said.

Talking about how Sugarcane became a massive hit, Camidoh said the media helped in pushing the song everywhere.

“While TV and radio were busily pushing the song, TikTok Ghana was also promoting it. In all, I am grateful to Ghanaians for pushing the song. 

“Massive shout out to King Promise, Darkoo and Mayorkun from Nigeria who made the song number one in Nigeria when he featured on the remix. Mayorkun promoted the song for me and that tells how powerful collaborations can be,” he said. 

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Techno Genesis Ghana graduates first batch of trainees under BiG entrepreneurship project

The first batch of young individuals who signed onto the Believe in Ghana (BiG) project in Kumasi have graduated to venture into the creative arts and manufacturing industries.

The Believe in Ghana (BiG) project trains young aspiring entrepreneurs to take charge in the creative arts and manufacturing sectors.

Trainees are engaged in bakery and pastries, soap and bleach making, batik and tie and dye as well as beads making.

Project originator, Tony Donkor, says the employment rate of the youth in Ghana needs to be addressed through such innovations.

“The project intends to raise a generation of knowledgeable youth who can take up the manufacturing space in order to secure a brighter future for the Ghanaian youth.

“The project intends to equip illiterate, semi-literate and literate persons with the skills set to secure a better future in the absence of a salaried job” he said.

The BiG project has seen partnership with the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi who created the avenue for individuals to be trained through localized methods.

Deputy Director for Performing Arts at the Centre, Mustapha Issa, says locally-manufactured items need the necessary patronage to promote local industrialization and national culture.

According to him, “people often portray cultural products as fetish and they do not want to patronize it, but if we can reorient the definition of culture to ourselves, people can then appreciate it.”

He added that, “accepting the cultural values our products stand will bring great benefit from.”

Mr. Issa also advised that the country takes its cultural values seriously in order to preserve the rich heritage as a people.

He indicated that, “our music, movies and arts should represent our heritage, rather than degrading it.”

The first cohort of 15 trainees under the project shared their experiences on the impact.

“I work in a travel agency and we usually host events where attires are worn. I signed up to the project so I can learn how to make apparels to get the contract for myself and make some money as well,” said Doreen.

Another participant, Sumaila said “I am a musician and I wanted to add a clothing line to it, so I enrolled to learn how to make batik Tie and Dye. I can use the technique to create my own brand in addition to the music I do”.

The BiG project intends to train over 10,000 persons in the Ashanti Region and further extend to other regions of the country.

The Believe in Ghana Project is under the operation of Techno Genesis, in partnership with The Multimedia Group, Kumasi and the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi.

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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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I  respect Akufo-Addo because he is a principled man – A Plus

Political activist, Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as, A Plus, has stated that he grew up knowing Akufo-Addo as a principled man and still respects him for that reason.

A Plus explained that Akufo-Addo demonstrated proper leadership skills and principles as a politician who could help build Ghana.

“I grew up looking at Nana Akufo-Addo as a very principled person, as a great man. I still admire him a lot even though I’m not excited about his leadership, I have a lot of respect for him,” he stated.

A Plus added that he campaigned for candidate Akufo-Addo because of the potential he saw in him.

“… yes I campaigned for NPP to come to power, however, I’m not happy about everything that has happened.

“Those who don’t see anything wrong with Nana Akufo-Addo don’t know him, we know his capabilities and who he is and what he is capable of doing. We expect him not to be just an ordinary President, but we expected something different and that is why we are disappointed,” he reiterated.

The musician turned politician told Roselyn Felli on Prime Morning that, he constantly criticises Akufo-Addo because he knows him very well and believes he could have done better as President.

Mr. Kwame Asare Obeng added that the only thing that borders him, despite his admiration is that President Akufo-Addo failed to meet his expectation when he alleged that some of his appointees are corrupt.

A Plus revealed that he was happy with how the President initially reacted to his allegations thinking he (The President) would deal with such people as he always preached, but he later realised it was a setup to silence him.

“I didn’t do anything wrong, I only said somebody is corrupt and is not helping the government in any way, so we have to sit up and look at this and they said take him to the CID to conduct an investigation and I saw that there were lots of setups trying to silence me.

“Then other issues happened and those people are cleared, and I am disappointed everybody can be cleared except me,”  A Plus lamented.

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Banky W reacts as controversies trail Lagos PDP’s assembly, reps primaries

 

Banky W, the Nigerian musician-turned-politician, has reacted to the controversies trailing the Peoples Democratic (PDP) primary election in Lagos state.

 

The musician is vying to secure PDP’s ticket to represent Eti-Osa federal constituency at the house of representatives.

 

The main opposition party had scheduled its house of assembly and house of representatives primaries in Lagos to hold on Sunday.

 

It is understood that 140 aspirants are contesting for PDP tickets for the 40 seats in the Lagos house of assembly while 85 people are vying for 24 house reps seats for the state.

 

But the exercise was marred by delays and protests with some people demanding that it should be cancelled.

 

NAN reports that uncertainty and apprehension trailed the conduct of the primaries as delegates and aspirants waited at various venues in local government areas for election officers from PDP national headquarters for hours.

 

Reacting, Banky W expressed confidence that the development would not disrupt the election.

 

The ‘Strong Thing’ crooner said the delay was to enable the party to get everything right.

 

“I think that is the reason for the delay; if it takes some more time, there is no problem. As long as it takes, we will be here, we shall stay here till the process is completed,” he said.

 

He also urged those contesting for the PDP’s tickets to accept the will of the delegates.

 

“We will all align with whoever has the ticket. You need two things to win: the grace of God and the will of the people,” he added.

 

 “I am very optimistic that I have both, and at the end of the day, that will be clear for everyone to see, and we can move forward together.”

 

The state chapter of the party had urged the PDP’s national working committee (NWC) to cancel the exercise, citing alleged irregularities in ad-hoc delegates’ list.

 

At a briefing in Ikeja, Philips Aivoji, Lagos PDP chairman, alleged that the ad-hoc delegates’ list brought by the electoral committees for both primaries had been compromised.

 

He also claimed that what the electoral committee intends to do is to “cook up” a list of candidates at a venue.

 

 “The entire executive committee of Lagos State PDP and five of the six gubernatorial aspirants reject in its entirety, the ad-hoc delegates’ list brought by the electoral committee to Lagos State for the purpose of conducting the primaries,” he said.

 

“We are all shocked to see that the list does not reflect the authentic elected ad-hoc delegates as conducted by organs of the party at ward level and supervised by the DSS and INEC.

 

“It is imperative to state that copies of the ad-hoc list that emanated from the state and submitted to INEC are completely different from the one brought by the committee for the purpose of the exercise.

 

“We realised that contrary to the provision of our great party and the electoral guidelines of the party, the election committee came to the state with list of venues and already chosen electoral officers.”

 

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Kuami Eugene explains his choice of outfit at 2022 VGMA

Musician Kuami Eugene has revealed that the quest to draw attention to his upcoming EP influenced the decision to wear the ‘Rags to Riches’ suit at the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, on Monday, Kuami Eugene said that the outfit depicts his journey as a young boy in Fadama slums to the famous artiste he is now.

He told the host, Sammy Forson, that “the ambience for my EP actually inspired it. I needed to draw attention on my EP.  I needed to send a message out there that I have been through the rag side and I have now become who I am today. Even though I don’t have plenty like that, I appreciate the little I have.”

The singer added that to ensure his message got through, he had a stylist design the suit.

On the red carpet of the VGMAs, one side of his head was braided and the other combed out. His outfit also had two sides to it, one with a luxury suit and the other with a normal suit.

Kuami Eugene said that his next EP is expected to open up on the journey he has been on as an artiste.

“Riches is not all about money, it is about happiness. Wherever you find yourself, your little space being very happy there and you think you’re comfortable, I think being rich is being comfortable,” he added.

The musician has released his first single Take Away in anticipation of his Rags to Riches EP.

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Don’t belittle people because you have money, Davido advises

 

David Adeleke, the award-winning Nigerian singer better known as Davido, says money does not give people the right to disrespect others.

In a Twitter post on Saturday, the music star advised his followers to be kind to people that appear inferior to them.

 

The ‘OBO’ crooner said while having money might get people the best cars and other luxuries in life, it should not be used to belittle others.

 

“Money might get you a faster car, a bigger house or the best VIP seats but it doesn’t give you the right to treat others with less any differently. Class and decency have no price tag attached. Be Kind!!!!!!!” he wrote.

 

Davido has established himself as a prominent name in the global music industry.

 

In March, the ‘Assurance’ crooner said people thought he would not go far as a musician due to his wealthy background.

 

“Everybody just came together and I saw joy in that room…they were like this dude really beat the odds,” he had said.

 

“I was predicted to probably have one or two songs because my daddy has money. Some said ‘he’s going to do two or three songs and we’re going to push him out of the way.’

 

 “But 11 years later, I defeated them and I’m not even 30 yet. So, the experience really touched me.”

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Don’t belittle people because you have money, Davido advises

 

David Adeleke, the award-winning Nigerian singer better known as Davido, says money does not give people the right to disrespect others.

In a Twitter post on Saturday, the music star advised his followers to be kind to people that appear inferior to them.

 

The ‘OBO’ crooner said while having money might get people the best cars and other luxuries in life, it should not be used to belittle others.

 

“Money might get you a faster car, a bigger house or the best VIP seats but it doesn’t give you the right to treat others with less any differently. Class and decency have no price tag attached. Be Kind!!!!!!!” he wrote.

 

Davido has established himself as a prominent name in the global music industry.

 

In March, the ‘Assurance’ crooner said people thought he would not go far as a musician due to his wealthy background.

 

“Everybody just came together and I saw joy in that room…they were like this dude really beat the odds,” he had said.

 

“I was predicted to probably have one or two songs because my daddy has money. Some said ‘he’s going to do two or three songs and we’re going to push him out of the way.’

 

 “But 11 years later, I defeated them and I’m not even 30 yet. So, the experience really touched me.”

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A Plus and Feli Nuna trade insults over boyfriend’s role in her career

Two socialites have engaged in a heated argument over the role of a partner in a musician’s career.

Musicians A-Plus and Feli Nuna were among a panel discussing issues regarding the showbiz industry.

During the deliberation, the Off Da Ground signee was quizzed on whether her boyfriend invests in her career to which she responded in the negative.

A Plus, particularly, was among those who did not support Feli’s revelation about her significant other.

“Your boyfriend is rich but does not work in showbiz. So you’re going to look for someone to invest while your boyfriend hides his?” he quizzed on Saturday.

But Feli Nuna responded on Accra-based UTV saying; “Does what you’re saying make sense?”

She insisted that their relationship was strictly personal and had nothing to do with her showbiz interests for which reason he needs not invest in her craft.

However, the answer did not seem to go down well with the controversial socialite.

A Plus and Feli Nuna trade insults over boyfriend's role in her career
Musician Feli Nuna

“You have a rich boyfriend who is not willing to invest in your music. You went to someone else for money and the person suggested that he likes you and you get angry. Let me tell you what doesn’t make sense, it is that boyfriend you’re moving with. He is very f*#king boy,” he said.

This sent the whole panel into another frenzy and prompted the host to call for cool heads to prevail.

In response, Feli Nuna, who is currently promoting his new single ‘Towel’, indicated that she will refrain from hurling insults at A Plus’ wife because of the respect she has for him.

“I like your wife and I won’t stoop to your level to insult your partner,” she told him.

She added that her boyfriend even sponsored the shooting of one of her music videos at some point in her career.

“He is a proud poet and research scientist. He is bright and more intelligent than you. He supports me as a woman and a girlfriend but my job as a musician has nothing to do with him,” she added.

The others were artiste manager, Bulldog, pundit Mr Logic and Samuel Atuobi Baah.

For this reason, Feli Nuna been trending on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the head of her record label, Fuse ODG has reacted to the development.

According to him, the panel “has displayed how dangerous the creative industry space is for women in Ghana.”

“A man should have the right to want to have sex with the woman if the woman needs their investment? Proud of Feli for standing up & #IStandWithFeli” he tweeted on Sunday.

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‘Companies wanted to pay me less because I am an Ewe-speaking artist’ – Edem

Rapper and singer Denning Edem Hotor, known in showbiz circles as Edem, has disclosed that some companies wanted to pay him less because he is an Ewe-speaking musician.

Hailing from the Volta Region, the Nyornuviade rapper bemoaned that his region and its people are “undervalued” when it comes to closing deals.

Speaking on Daybreak Hitz, he said: “No radio person knows that, I have walked to meetings where companies want to pay me less because I am an Ewe-speaking artist.”

This comes after the rapper urged the media to pay more attention to him and what he has to offer, irrespective of his tribe and the local dialect in which he raps and sings in.

Although it may seem Edem is complaining about “lack of attention,” according to him, he just wants the media to be “fair” in working with talents from the Volta Region and other “maligned” regions in Ghana.

Speaking of being “maligned”, the VRMG artiste recalled a time when he [Edem], and Dagbon-hailing artiste, Sherifa Gunu were paid less for being the then-faces of the Glo Network, as compared to artists from the Greater Accra Region.

“And I can tell you right now, that when I closed my deal with Glo, Sherifa Gunu and I were the least paid artistes as compared to Tinny and Asem,” Edem told Andy Dosty on Hitz FM.

Furthermore, the Ma Cherie rapper went on to observe that organizers of music reality shows do not cast their nets in the Volta Region during auditions.

“It has never crossed anybody’s mind that when they are doing Stars of the Future, they never do auditions in the Volta Region,” Edem noted. “And it has never crossed your mind that I have even spoken on TV3 Mentor as to why they do not go and scout for talents from the region,” he continued.

For this reason, he believes the media “marginalize” budding talents from the region even before they go through the hurdles to becoming mainstream musicians.

On the heels of that, Edem went on to admonish the public to cross-check with facts, rather than concluding with “perception”.

His sentiments, according to him, are because he is “speaking from experience”.

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‘I will urge Cheddar to bring more tigers; it’s a good idea to boost our tourism’ – A-Plus

Social commentator, A-Plus is urging Ghanaians to encourage businessman, Freedom Jacob Caesar also known as Cheddar to bring more tigers into the country.

According to the former musician, this will help boost tourism in the country. He said the idea is good and must be encouraged.

“The idea to bring the animals here and groom them here is a good idea because we are talking about tourism, it is a very good idea just that the neighbors are not used to such things.”

“I will urge him to bring more into the country,” he added.

A-Plus made these comments on Saturday, May 21 on Accra-based UTV.

On the same show, Artist Manager, Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson also known as BullGod also asked the government to prosecute Freedom Jacob Caesar but instead find him a play to do what he wants to do.

“He should not be prosecuted, they should find an appropriate place for him to continue what he is doing.”

Already, the businessman has said he brought the animals to help boost Ghana’s tourism.

According to him, he went through the right process in bringing the animals into the country.

“First of all, it is right; I have two tigers that I bought on a bid between Ghana and Dubai. I was the representative from the private sector that initiated my interest in purchasing these two animals. But we did go through the process; the animals are seven months old, still at the very young stage.”

“I went in to buy these animals to add the value of tourism in our country. I wanted to go into the Safari World by making sure that Ghana becomes the first country in West Africa, East Africa, and Central Africa, except for South Africa that have these animals.”

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On Thursday, there were reports of some residents expressing concerns over the presence of the animals in the neighbourhood.

According to them, the presence of the animals makes them feel unsafe.

They also insisted attempts to get the owner or the management of the facility to evacuate the tigers proved futile.

Although these claims have been refuted by the owner, the Police subsequently charged the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission to remove the animals to an appropriate facility on Friday, May 20.

However, the Wildlife Division, upon visiting the estate and conducting preliminary investigations, the Division concluded that the two tigers are well protected. 

The Director of Operations at the Wildlife Division, Luri Kanton, in a media interview, those big cats pose no threat to the residents.

“We have made the visit to look at the tigers to look at their conditions, the cage they are put in, and then we want to assure the public that the tigers are well secured in this cage and our investigation also reveals that so far, their welfare too is being catered for.”

Mr. Kanton explained that the animals will be relocated after a new structure has been constructed for them. 

“The tigers are safe, healthy and well protected and relocation will be done after investigations and a new structure would’ve to be constructed at a new location before the relocation of the animals could be done”.

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I wrote most of Sister Afia’s songs but got no credit – Ayis3m

Rapper and singer, Ayis3m, has gone after musician, Sister Afia, for not crediting him with all the songs he wrote for her.

According to him, he wrote some of the songs out of his friendship with Sister Afia and did not want to talk about it, but he feels disheartened when she credits herself as the writer.

I wrote most of Sister Afia’s songs but got no credit - Ayis3m

“… I have been writing songs for Sister Afia, about five songs. I wrote Slay, Corner Corner with Kelvyn Boy, I wrote Paper with the Nigerian Artiste, I wrote Asuoden with Kuami Eugene, but not even a single call from her since”, he revealed.

Speaking with KMJ on the Showbiz Now on Thursday, he disclosed that he did not want to speak about the whole issue because of his good relationship with Sister Afia.

He recounted how he had issues with the other female artistes for writing a diss song Sister Afia used against them.

“I decided not to talk about this whole thing because I feel like she is a sister. I really like Sister Afia because of her voice, she is very powerful when it comes to singing”, he told KMJ.

The ‘Koti’ hinted at his intentions of helping her further but later changed his mind after realising the ‘Paper’ singer does not recognise and appreciate all the efforts he puts into her career.

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I wrote most of Sister Afia’s songs but got no credit – Ayis3m

Rapper and singer, Ayis3m, has gone after musician, Sister Afia, for not crediting him with all the songs he wrote for her.

According to him, he wrote some of the songs out of his friendship with Sister Afia and did not want to talk about it, but he feels disheartened when she credits herself as the writer.

I wrote most of Sister Afia’s songs but got no credit - Ayis3m

“… I have been writing songs for Sister Afia, about five songs. I wrote Slay, Corner Corner with Kelvyn Boy, I wrote Paper with the Nigerian Artiste, I wrote Asuoden with Kuami Eugene, but not even a single call from her since”, he revealed.

Speaking with KMJ on the Showbiz Now on Thursday, he disclosed that he did not want to speak about the whole issue because of his good relationship with Sister Afia.

He recounted how he had issues with the other female artistes for writing a diss song Sister Afia used against them.

“I decided not to talk about this whole thing because I feel like she is a sister. I really like Sister Afia because of her voice, she is very powerful when it comes to singing”, he told KMJ.

The ‘Koti’ hinted at his intentions of helping her further but later changed his mind after realising the ‘Paper’ singer does not recognise and appreciate all the efforts he puts into her career.

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New Music: Kuami Eugene, Wendy Shay release new singles, Lojay features Chris Brown

Musicians are treating their fans to new music ahead of the weekend.

Some artistes; including Kuami Eugene, Wendy Shay, Kwaku DMC and Pure Akan all released new songs this week.

On Friday, March 20, Kuami Eugene released ‘Take Away’ warning guys with no money to beware because there are people ready and willing to snatch their women.

Wendy Shay released Survivor also on Friday. The singer talks about surviving a heartbreak.

On Wednesday, trap artiste, Kwaku DMC, released a new album titled Road To The Jungle.

Musician, Pure Akan released a new single. Wo Kae is the artiste’s first single for the year.

Singer Gyakie was featured in a song by NBA star Serge Ibaka. The song was produced by famous American musician Diplo. In 2021, the basketball player embarked on the ART project.

The project aims to launch initiatives in favour of Africa with artistes from the continent, the Caribbean, and the Americas. When it was established, he released some songs featuring some African artistes.

Chop Daily recruited Highlife artiste, Bisa Kdei and UK-based artiste, He3B, to release the afrobeat single titled “Ohemaa”.

On the international front, Nigerian singer Lojay, popularly known for the hit song Monalisa, released a remix.

The Monalisa remix features multiple award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown.

Nigerian artiste, Omah Lay, also released a new song titled Woman.

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I spent ¢20k on ‘fake’ pastors when my mother was ill – Praye Tintin

Musician Nana Asare Koranteng, popularly known as Praye Tintin, has revealed that he spent about ¢20,000 on fake pastors some time back.

According to him, his mother had been ill, and he was desperate to get pastors to pray for her health.

Speaking in an interview on SVTV, the singer stated that he did not think these pastors were fake when he kept hiring them until his mother prompted him on her death bed.

Praye Tintin said that despite her numerous warnings cautioning him against paying pastors to pray for her, he wanted her heath and thus did not heed her advice.

However, his mother passed away shortly after despite the huge sums of money he spent on pastors for her.

I spent ¢20k on 'fake' pastors when my mother was ill - Praye Tintin
Praye Tintin and his mother

After her death, Praye Tintin said he sat down to recollect his mother’s words and reflect on the pastors he had hired to help heal her.

This, he said, influenced his decision to step away from Christianity.

Praye Tintin noted that Christians do not live the Christ-like life they claim to follow. He added that some people even call each other out and insult people in public.

But, the decision to step away from Christianity does not mean he is not religious.

Praye Tintin says he still believes in God and would pray to Him but would not associate himself with Christianity in a time to come.

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2023: No wonder everyone wants to be president – Peter Psquare on Accountant-General’s arrest

 

Peter Okoye of Psquare music group has reacted to the arrest of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

 

Recall that Idris was suspended by the Minister of Finance, budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

 

His suspension came after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arrested him for allegedly diverting funds and laundering N80billion.

 

Shocked by the news, Peter urged Nigerian leaders to have conscience.

 

According to him, siphoning of public funds seems to be the reason everyone is contesting to be the next President of Nigeria.

 

The 40-year-old musician said this via his Twitter page.

 

His tweet read: “Just one that was appointed by the President looted 80 billion! Ahhhh! No wonder everybody wants to be the PRESIDENT of Nigeria!

 

“Chisus! 80 Billion! Abeg make una dey try get conscience na!”

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2023: No wonder everyone wants to be president – Peter Psquare on Accountant-General’s arrest

 

Peter Okoye of Psquare music group has reacted to the arrest of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

 

Recall that Idris was suspended by the Minister of Finance, budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

 

His suspension came after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arrested him for allegedly diverting funds and laundering N80billion.

 

Shocked by the news, Peter urged Nigerian leaders to have conscience.

 

According to him, siphoning of public funds seems to be the reason everyone is contesting to be the next President of Nigeria.

 

The 40-year-old musician said this via his Twitter page.

 

His tweet read: “Just one that was appointed by the President looted 80 billion! Ahhhh! No wonder everybody wants to be the PRESIDENT of Nigeria!

 

“Chisus! 80 Billion! Abeg make una dey try get conscience na!”

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Techno Genesis Ghana graduates the first batch of trainees under BiG entrepreneurship project

The first batch of young individuals who signed onto the Believe in Ghana (BiG) project in Kumasi have graduated to venture into the creative arts and manufacturing industries.

The Believe in Ghana (BiG) project trains young aspiring entrepreneurs to take charge in the creative arts and manufacturing sectors.

Trainees are engaged in bakery and pastries, soap and bleach making, batik and tie and dye as well as beads making.

Techno Genesis Ghana graduates the first batch of trainees under BiG entrepreneurship project

Project originator, Tony Donkor, says the employment rate of the youth in Ghana needs to be addressed through such innovations.

“The project intends to raise a generation of knowledgeable youth who can take up the manufacturing space in order to secure a brighter future for the Ghanaian youth.

“The project intends to equip illiterate, semi-literate and literate persons with the skills set to secure a better future in the absence of a salaried job” he said.

The BiG project has seen partnership with the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi who created the avenue for individuals to be trained through localized methods.

Techno Genesis Ghana graduates the first batch of trainees under BiG entrepreneurship project

Deputy Director for Performing Arts at the Centre, Mustapha Issa, says locally-manufactured items need the necessary patronage to promote local industrialization and national culture.

According to him, “people often portray cultural products as fetish and they do not want to patronize it, but if we can reorient the definition of culture to ourselves, people can then appreciate it.”

He added that, “accepting the cultural values our products stand will bring great benefit from.”

Mr. Issa also advised that the country takes its cultural values seriously in order to preserve the rich heritage as a people.

He indicated that, “our music, movies and arts should represent our heritage, rather than degrading it.”

The first cohort of 15 trainees under the project shared their experiences on the impact.

“I work in a travel agency and we usually host events where attires are worn. I signed up to the project so I can learn how to make apparels to get the contract for myself and make some money as well,” said Doreen.

Another participant, Sumaila said “I am a musician and I wanted to add a clothing line to it, so I enrolled to learn how to make batik Tie and Dye. I can use the technique to create my own brand in addition to the music I do”.

Techno Genesis Ghana graduates the first batch of trainees under BiG entrepreneurship project

The BiG project intends to train over 10,000 persons in the Ashanti Region and further extend to other regions of the country.

The Believe in Ghana Project is under the operation of Techno Genesis, in partnership with The Multimedia Group, Kumasi and the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi.

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American rapper Dababy visits Nigeria

American rapper Dababy has visited Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria.

On Monday, May 16, the musician arrived in Nigeria with a rousing welcome.

Dababy shared some videos on his Instagram stories when he arrived.

Many fans of the rapper were seen hailing him and pushing to meet and greet the ‘Rockstar’ hitmaker.

Dababy’s visit comes nearly a year after he made the announcement.

In July 2021, at the BET Awards, he revealed that he had a song with Afrobeat star Davido.

Dababy had revealed he planned on making a trip to Nigeria so they could shoot the music video.

His travel, however, did not come to pass.

This could have been because of controversies he was at the centre of days after the award show.

DaBaby had been called out and nearly got cancelled for making homophobic and misogynistic comments at the 2021 Rolling Loud Miami concert.

Meanwhile, it is unclear why he decided to take the trip this time.

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Stonebwoy displeased with reactions to meeting with Kendrick Lamar

Reggae/Dancehall musician, Stonebwoy, has hit back at critics for their comments on the meeting he and other artistes had with rapper Kendrick Lamar.

In an interview on Asaase Radio, the singer noted that such negative comments can have a bigger impact on the industry.

He explained that many artistes were invited to the listening party Kendrick Lamar held.

He and other musicians who were available showed up for the event, hence it is unfair to call him and the other acts, “lick feet.”

“We were all invited, we hooked up with Kendrick Lamar… that’s the levels. There were other people, Sherif, Smallgod, Amaarae and others. If you came, you came. If you didn’t come, you didn’t come, don’t worry.”

“So don’t say that because your favourite didn’t come, there has to be an agenda (created) to tag all the ones there as lick feet or follow, follow,” he said.

Stonebwoy noted that many of his critics were only pained that their favourite artistes may not have been invited or failed to show up at the event.

“You cannot hate what you want to become. You cannot hate what you want your favourite to become,” he added.

This comes few days after Kendrick Lamar held a private album listening party in Accra for his new work, Mr. Morales & The Big Steppers.

He invited some music executives and Ghanaian artistes over for the event.

Black Sherif, Stonebwoy, Amaarae and Smallgod are some of the artistes that were seen with Kendrick on the night.

Following the publication of the pictures on Spotify’s official Twitter page, some Ghanaians did not welcome the initiative.

Meanwhile, Stonebwoy believes the negative agenda people purposely create on social media where artistes are involved can affect the industry.

“When foreigners chance on Twitter Ghana, they find something unpleasant,” he said.

Stonebwoy added that sometimes celebrities are forced to reply because “as the saying goes, if the wise keep mute, the fools multiply.”