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3 reasons M.anifest thinks Ghanaian music industry is trash

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Rapper M.anifest has diagnosed three major problems the Ghanaian music industry is facing.

Universal Music Group Signs Stonebwoy

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Ghanaian Afro-soul songstress, Cina Soul, was also announced as a signee with Universal Music Group.

 Universal Music Group (UMG) has signed a record label deal with Ghanaian Afro-Dancehall artiste Livingstone Etse Satekla popularly known as Stonebwoy.

"Gollywood" was Akufo-Addo's idea – Bod Smith

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The new name has, however, been received with criticisms and controversies with a couple of organisations disassociating themselves from the introduction of the name.

The Executive member of the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG), Bob Smith, has revealed that the new name for Ghana’s film industry 'Gollywood' was suggested by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Positive Vibez High Skuul Network Launched

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The initiative which will focus on talents such as music, dancing, modeling, comedy, poetry etc. will see to the grooming, production, promotion and selling of these talents in order for them to gain a meaningful life.

On the 7th of July 2018, St. Johns Grammar Senior High School witnessed a massive display of talent alongside education on drug abuse and how to manage their talent.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein (M) arrives at the 1st Precinct in Manhattan in New York, May 25, 2018. Image credit - abcnewsgo

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He was subsequently arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for alleged incidents involving two separate women, police said.

Harvey Weinstein turned himself into police in New York City this morning to face rape and sexual misconduct charges, before being released on $1 million cash bail and fitted with a GPS tracking device.

Morgan Freeman apologizes in wake of harassment accusations

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Several women alleged that he made frequent comments about their bodies, or would stare at them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable. CNN spoke to 16 people about Freeman; eight said they had experienced harassment or inappropriate behavior,

 Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman apologized on Thursday to anyone who may have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behavior, after CNN reported that multiple women have accused the A-list actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on movie sets and in other professional settings.

Harvey Weinstein to turn himself in to face criminal charges

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Weinstein has been under criminal investigation in connection with the allegations of two women, Lucia Evans and actress Paz de la Huerta.

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein will turn himself into New York City police Friday to face criminal charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, sources familiar with the case told ABC News.

Freddy Blaze drops “ADIZA”

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The hit single, Adiza, features popular Kumawood actor/musician Lil Win and Young Chorus.

Multi-talented highlife/contemporary highlife artist, Freddy Blaze, finally drops his second single track this year.

VGMA 2018: Patapaa apologizes to CharterHouse for recent outburst

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He welcomed the suggestion of collaborating with Fancy Gadam on a song though the latter had initially shot down the idea.

Hiplife artiste Justice Amoah, popularly known as Patapaa in showbiz has apologized profusely to the organizers of the 19th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Charterhouse, for his outburst at the just ended awards ceremony.

File image - Popular Northern-based act Fancy Gadam arrives home to a heroic welcome from his fans.

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He also espoused that he has the most loyal fan base in Ghana. According to him, his fans love and believe in him.

Winner of the 19th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Most Popular Song of The Year Award, Mujahid Ahmed Bello, with the stage name Fancy Gadam has watered down any possibility of collaborating on a song with 'One Corner' hitmaker, Patapaa by stating that Patapaa is not talented.

VGMA 2018: Hammer Questions Criteria For Selecting Most Popular Song Of The Year

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Hammer believes the process used to determine the winner is wrong because votes can be bought and voters can also embark on a heavy voting spree.

Music producer, Edward Nana Poku Osei, who goes by the name Hammer in showbiz circles has critically questioned the process used in awarding the most popular song of the year.

Freddy Blaze set to release another hit

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Freddy Blaze is a young talented musician Ghana should watch out for. His talent and passion is enough to conclude that he's a genius to make a mark.

Frederick Boakye, Known in the entertainment fraternity as Freddy Blaze, is set to release another hit track soon. This would be his second track this year.

2018 VGMA Awards: Patapaa alleges money exchanged hands

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In an interview with Joy News, the One Corner hitmaker asserted that awards should be given on merit and not to people who can pay for it.

Hiplife Musician, Justice Amoah, popularly known as Patapaa, has lashed out at organizers of the 19th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, by alleging that money exchanged hands in the award of the Most Popular Song of The Year.

VGMA 2018 winners; Ebony Reigns crowned Artiste of the Year

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Aside the Artiste of the Year Award, Ebony Reigns won two other awards, Album of the Year with Bonified, Afro Pop Song of the Year with Sponsor in addition to her Maame Hwe song which won her manager Bullet, the Song Writer of the Year award.

Dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns was crowned posthumously as the Artiste of the Year on the night the whole music industry in Ghana gathered to reward those who did well in 2017 and are deserving of picking awards at the 19th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

Stephanie Benson slams GH men - for intimidating female acts with hypocrisy

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Celebrated Jazz and Soul singer, Stephanie Benson, has hit out at Ghanaian men for what she describes as their hypocritical nature which forces female artistes into behaving in a certain manner.

Patapaa, who was an underground musician had his breakthrough in 2017 after he performed the ‘one corner’ song at the Akwambo Festival at Agona Swedru in the Central Region.

Swedru-based hip-life artiste, Patapaa Amisty, who shot into the limelight last year with the sensational hit song ‘one corner’, has grabbed his first-ever award in his musical career.

"Shatta Wale is a comedian" - Stonebwoy

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He stated that Shatta can take off his pants and dance at the poolside. He noted that he is not a comedian, so he cannot indulge.

Dancehall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla, aka Stonebwoy, has tagged his compatriot, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale, as a comedian.

“Shatta Wale is never lyrically good like me” - Stonebwoy

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He stated that Shatta Wale is aware that he is musically and lyrically better than him, adding: "There is no way Shatta Wale can 'murder' me".

Dancehall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla, popularly known as Stonebwoy, has drawn the battle lines against his perceived competitor, Charles Nii Armah Mensah aka Shatta Wale.

Music runs on young energy - Richie Mensah

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He stated that currently, he rarely produces beats. He revealed that he has delegated the production of beats to his protégés, Kuame Eugene and Kidi, whiles he plays the supervisory role.

The Chief Executive Officer of Lynx Entertainment, Richie Mensah, has said that producing music runs on young energy.

File image - Charles Nii Armah Mensah, also known as Shatta Wale.

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Manager of the late Ghanaian songstress Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, popularly known as Ebony, Ricky Nana Agyeman, has drawn some sharp criticism from self-acclaimed Dancehall King, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale in the showbiz industry.

Zylofon media CEO apologizes to Stonebwoy for attack

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According to him, they accosted and demanded the keys to his car from his brother. This eventually ended up with his brother being punched in the mouth.

The Chief Executive Officer of Zylofon Media, Nana Appiah Mensah, has unreservedly apologized to Dancehall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla, popularly known as Stonebwoy, for the attack on him by members of his organization at Champs Bar last Saturday.

Afia Schwarzenegger accuses Zylofon media of killing the brands of its artistes

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She questioned whether Joyce Blessing goes to worship God or evangelise at S-Concert. She also asked who was behind Joyce Blessing's accident because it has killed her career.

Comedienne and actor, Valentina Nana Agyemang, popularly known as Afia Schwarzenegger has taken a swipe at Zylofon Media for allegedly destroying the careers of artistes the company has signed on.

File image - Hon. Ursula Owusu

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She stated that Ebony was herself and did whatever she wanted to do her way. However, she thinks Ghanaians are too inhibited because they think about what people will say.

Minister for Communications and Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Hon. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has stated that late Dancehall artiste, Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, whose stage name was Ebony, lived a life worth celebrating.

Afia Schwarzenegger threatens to send wee smokers to home of anyone who prophesy about her

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In a recent Facebook post, the actress cum TV presenter accused some prophets of wee induced prophecies. She further questioned why such prophets do not see their relatives in their revelations but her.

Comedienne and media practitioner, Valentina Nana Agyemang, popularly known as Afia Schwarzenegger, has threatened to unleash wee smokers on anyone who prophesies about her.

I Will Come And Live With You In Your House If You Prophesy About Me - Mzbel

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Many in the public have questioned the authenticity or otherwise of such prophesies, saying they are the figments of the imagination of these prophets of doom.

Hiplife musician, Belinda Ekua Amoah, affectionately known in showbiz as Mzbel, has sent a stern warning to prophets that she will move into their homes to live with them should they prophesy about her.

Kwesi Nyantakyi should step down as GFA President - Akrobeto

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He stated that a recent survey conducted for the top twenty clubs in Africa did not include Ghana’s top traditional clubs: Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak. According to him, this shows that Ghana football is collapsing.

Kumawood comedian and actor, Akwesi Boadi, known in the movie industry as Akrobeto, has added his voice to that of a section of Ghanaians calling on the President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, to relinquish his seat.

Egyptian pop star sentenced for Nile water sanitation quip

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Sherine Abdel Wahab, known simply as Sherine, had apologised after being caught on tape joking with concert goers that Nile water could give them parasites.

An Egyptian court sentenced pop star Sherine to six months in prison on Tuesday for suggesting drinking from the Nile River leads to illness, although she will remain free pending an appeal.

Hiplife musician, Martin King Arthur aka Kofi Kinaata.

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Teasing his fellow musicians, Samini, Sarkodie, and Donzy, he called on them to sign the three forms he has reserved for them to join Manchester United. He added that he is not happy with the way Chelsea treats his fellow musicians because they are always in a dejected mood as a result of the club's poor performance.

Hiplife musician, Martin King Arthur, affectionately known as Kofi Kinaata in the showbiz industry, has mocked Chelsea supporters for the recent lacklustre performance of their favorite club.

Econet Media’s Kwesé and iflix Deepen Partnership

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Kwesé and iflix partner to strengthen SVOD service in sub-Saharan Africa

iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, and Econet Media’s pan-African media company, Kwesé, are thrilled to announce an expansion of their ground-breaking partnership in sub-Saharan Africa.

Edem fights for royalties for musicians

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Many industry players have complained about being denied royalties to help them seek medical assistance and also fend for their families.

 Hip hop Musician, Denning Edem Hotor, known in the music industry as Edem has called for royalties for musicians.

Ebony Reigns Will Live Forever- Bullet

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The Chief Executive Officer of Ruff Town Records and manager of the late Dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns, has assured fans of the late artiste that she will live forever.

Shatta Wale 'punches' Ghana media over Ebony's death

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According to Shatta Wale, the media never supported Ebony when she was alive, but rather condemned her for her provocative dressing style.

Outspoken Dancehall Artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., also known as Shatta Wale, has slighted the media fraternity over the death of fellow Dancehall Artiste, Priscilla Opuku-kwarteng, popularly known as Ebony Reigns.

Africa’s young artists called to ‘Give art life’ and enter 2018 L’Atelier art competition-Traditional African Art-Oil Painting: Rejeena Niaz.

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This inspiring theme of the 2018 competition reflects the idea that the prestigious L’Atelier gives African contemporary art, and the talent behind it, a platform to thrive.

For thousands of artists across Africa whose creativity is their livelihood, art gives life. Now, the continent’s flagship visual arts competition for emerging artists, L’Atelier, is asking these artists to ‘Give art life’ as it calls for entries into this year’s contest.

Guangzhou Automobile Company (GAC Motor) Secures Exclusive Rights for the Second Season of FORBES AFRICA: My Worst Day with Peace Hyde

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The show has one of the highest viewerships on the Pan-African business channel CNBC Africa.

Guangzhou Automobile Company (GAC Motor), one of the top five biggest Chinese automobile manufacturers, has secured the exclusive rights for the flagship FORBES AFRICA television show, My Worst Day with Peace Hyde.

Beverly Afaglo Baah

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The world of show business and relationships can sometimes be like oil and water; they do not blend well at all. The demands on the time of celebrities can put a strain on their relationships, a big reason why many, especially female celebrities push marriage and babies into the background.

For an industry which doesn’t favour young artistes, it’s always great to gain attention in the mainstream and Afrobeats artiste, King Promise can’t be thankful enough for the favour 2017 brought him.

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