Ghanaian crowned first 'Miss Africa Continent'

Johannesburg (AFP) - Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned the first 'Miss Africa Continent'.

The 24-year-old dental hygienist beat 11 finalists drawn from an original list of 40 contestants from across the continent in the inaugural pageant at Johannesburg's Gold Reef City casino on Saturday night.

Runner-up was Michelo Malambo of Zambia, while South Africa's Jemimah Kandimiri was placed third.

The swimsuit contest was also a departure from the beauty contest norm, with contestants wearing black t-shirts and tight shorts while dancing barefoot to music such as "Africa" by Mali's legendary afro-pop musician Salif Keita.

The pageant is the brain child of South African film producer Neo Mashishi, who says it aims to empower young African women.

"This is the first ever Miss Africa Continent," said Mashishi, adding that it had been five years in the making.

"This is about Africa, we are selling Africa to the world, and we are proud to be Africa".

"The way everything was done was African, we didn't emulate anything from Miss Universe, or Miss World," he said.

Asamoah, who wore braids, entered the stage in a traditional Ghanaian Ashanti gold-coloured beaded crown and then returned in a evening dress made from the country's trademark kente cloth.

She walked away with a grant to study business management at Monash university in Johannesburg.

Runner up in the 2015 Miss Ghana competition, Asamoah said she wanted to see young people help uplift the continent.

"There are a lot of things to be fixed in Africa -- water, education, environmental issues," she told AFP.

"My main concern is the empowerment of youths... so we can work hand in hand and put our continent in the best place it should be."

In the weeks running up to the event, the 12 finalists embarked on a series of pre-pageant activities, including showing off their culinary skills in cooking traditional meals from their native countries.

Ultimately, the organisers hope to involve the continental body, the African Union, "so our winner can play a role in uplifting Africa"and spearhead campaigns to fight Africa's woes such as malaria, poverty and xenophobia.

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Prince death: Search warrant issued at musician's home

A search warrant was obtained in relation to the home of Prince shortly after he died, court documents show.

The musician's Minneapolis home and recording studio, Paisley Park, was searched on 21 April, the day he died.

But authorities won a court order on Thursday to keep the warrant sealed, arguing that making it public would hamper their work.

Prescription painkillers were in the singer's possession following his sudden death, officials tell US media.

But it is unclear what role, if any, those drugs may have played.

Carver County Deputy Sheriff Jason Kamerud said reports that the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA) had been called in were not accurate.

A post-mortem last week discounted suicide - but a medical examiner said full results could take several weeks.

Prince, 57, was found dead in a lift on his Paisley Park estate.

Paisley Park

Mourners gathered at Paisley Park

There was no sign of trauma on the body, Sheriff Jim Olson said, suggesting the singer had died alone.

There have been suggestions the star was addicted to the painkiller Percocet, which he had been taking since 2009 to relieve hip pain.

His former percussionist, Sheila E, told the news agency Prince had suffered the effects of years of jumping off speakers on stage while wearing high heels.

However, claims of drug dependency have been refuted by the singer's long-time lawyer, L Londell McMillan.

Although Mr McMillan admitted that Prince may have taken pills to manage pain, he said the musician was "not on any drugs that would be any cause for concern".

Prince had been rushed to hospital in Illinois six days prior to his death, while flying home from a concert in Georgia, but was treated and released a few hours later.

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Prince 'did not leave will', sister Tyka Nelson tells court

Pop star Prince did not leave a will, his sister has revealed in court documents.

The papers, filed in state court in Minnesota, show Tyka Nelson has petitioned for a special administrator to oversee the star's estate.

The rock legend was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound in a suburb of the American city last Thursday at the age of 57.

The size of Prince's fortune is unclear but includes $27m (£18m) in property.

Nelson is Prince's only surviving full sibling and stated in the papers that immediate action was necessary to manage her brother's business interests.

Prince is on course to dominate the UK charts this week, as mourning fans rush to buy his music, while the Hollywood Reporter claimed over three million of his songs and albums had been bought in the US since his death.

A private memorial service was held for the rock star on Saturday, attended by about 20 of his closest friends and family.

Following the service, drummer and frequent Prince collaborator Sheila E confirmed there were plans to turn Paisley Park into a museum, akin to Elvis's Graceland.

Thousands of fans have flocked to Paisley Park, the First Avenue nightclub, and other sites made famous by Prince since his death, while tributes have come from Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake and President Obama, amongst others.

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Prince, singer and superstar, dies aged 57 at Paisley Park

The hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57.

Police were summoned to his Paisley Park estate early on Thursday and found his body in a lift. An investigation has been opened.

Prince became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times.

No cause of death has been stated. A post-mortem investigation will take place on Friday.

His innovative music spanned rock, funk and jazz. He sold more than 100 million records during his career.

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died," his spokeswoman said.

In a statement, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said his deputies responded to a medical call at about 09:43 local time (14:43 GMT) and later found an unresponsive adult male in an elevator at Paisley Park Studios.

First responders tried to revive him with CPR but he was pronounced dead at 10:07.

Hundreds of fans gathered outside Paisley Park. US President Barack Obama said the world had lost a "creative icon".

'A visionary' - Madonna

Born in 1958, Prince was a prolific writer and performer from a young age - reportedly writing his first song when he was seven.

A singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Prince recorded more than 30 albums. His best known hits include Let's Go Crazy and When Doves Cry.


'A joy to watch': By Mark Savage, BBC entertainment reporter

A musical prodigy from a broken home, Prince famously wrote, arranged, produced and played almost all of his hit records.

But the Purple man's purple patch really came with his first band The Revolution.

With them by his side, he wrote more than two dozen rock classics in a five-year flurry.

Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette, 1999, Raspberry Beret, When Doves Cry, Kiss... At the same time, he dashed off Manic Monday for The Bangles and Nothing Compares 2U, made famous by Sinead O'Connor.

In the studio, he was unstoppable. But the magic really happened on stage. He would vamp, preen and tease an audience into a frenzy, then slay them with a quiet moment of crystalline beauty. He was a joy to watch.

Prince the magician - Sometimes It Snows In April


He also wrote music for several artists - Sinead O'Connor's version of Nothing Compares 2U became a worldwide smash in 1990.

In 1984, he won an Oscar for the score to Purple Rain, a film in which he also starred.

Throughout his career he had a reputation for secrecy and eccentricity, once changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol.

In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which said he "rewrote the rulebook".

He had a mercurial relationship with technology. In 2000, he released singles via the pioneering music-sharing service Napster, but he later declared the internet "completely over" and refused to allow his music on major streaming platforms.

Prince's latest album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was released last year and he had been touring as recently as last week.

On 15 April he was taken to hospital after his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. It happened just hours after he had performed on stage in Georgia. He was treated and released after a few hours.

Tributes have been pouring in from artists young and old, across the musical spectrum.

  • Madonna, who dated Prince briefly, described him as a "visionary who changed the world"
  • Chic guitarist Nile Rogers said there were "tears and love on our tour bus"
  • Singer Justin Timberlake: "Numb. Stunned. This can't be real"
  • Guitarist Slash said Prince was "one of the greatest musical talents of my lifetime. Maybe of the 20th century"
  • Boy George: "Today is the worst day ever. Prince RIP I am crying!"
  • "I can't believe it, I'm in total shock. So many wonderful memories," wrote Lionel Richie
  • Musician and actor Wyclef Jean: "RIP to the King Prince thank u for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people"
  • Mick Jagger said Prince's talent was "limitless", calling him a "revolutionary artist, a great musician, a wonderful lyricist"

"It's such a blow. It's really surreal. It's just kind of unbelievable," Aretha Franklin told MSNBC. "He was definitely an original and a one of a kind. Truly there was only one Prince."

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Quata talks ‘One Life to Live’ video being in South African video charts.

Musician Jacob Kwame Etroo better known by his music name Quata Budukusu has stated that his comeback at this time is the opportune period to hug the limelight having been away for 6 years.

“I attended to other things within the quiet period. Running my recording studio and tattoo parlor so although I wasn’t in the limelight being the music man that I am, I continued to write and record music at my studio.

“Getting signed onto Bakus Entertainment 6 months ago was most opportune as I needed such a large and diverse team to help elevate my music” the bearded artiste posited.

Although coy about the duration of the contract and how much money he is guaranteed, Quata Budukusu submitted “it’s a standard contract and I can say it’s one of the biggest deals I have appended my signature to.”

According to Quata, he is delighted with the performance of his two videos adding “‘One Life to Live’ is currently part of the top 15 videos enjoying airplay in South Africa thanks to my publicists over there. The performance of the song and video has led to collaborative efforts with Mafikizolo, Black Uhuru and a couple of others.”

The man with 4 albums including ‘Bonie’, ‘Concert’ and ‘Independence Day’ recounted to blakkpepper.com how fortunate he’s been in working with production houses who believed in his dream and availed their platforms to nourish such dreams.

On his aspirations for the year, Quata pledged that he shall mount some of the grandest stages in Ghana and beyond indicating that because he is uniquely different his fans have missed him given the void his absence had created.

Describing himself as a diverse artiste with abilities to sing, rap, ragga and tongue-twist, the artiste who broke through the ranks in 2004 says because he can predict music trends, some released singles he recorded four years ago sound fresh and relevant today mentioning that with engineers Kelis Beatz, Ragoon Beatz, King Joe and Diaz Qlasik responsible for some of his tunes, quality is assured.

“I love to work at home since I own my own recording studio so I can get time for my music since music production requires refinement till the perfect brew is achieved. I do however have respect for noted engineers like Appietus, Kill Beatz and Kaywa and I shall be engaging them in a bit” the Aggrey Memorial alumnus declared.

He stressed: “After my second album, I set up my Audio Farm studio believing as an artiste I needed a studio to easily record when new material comes to me. While others were busy buying cars I invested in equipment. Indeed my studio has hosted Tinny, Tony Harmony, Mzbel and a couple of others who produced music there. It’s a commercial studio although I have been changing residence from East Legon, Dzorwulu through to my current base at Block Factory in the West Hill area but plans are afoot to reopen it to the pubic soon.”

According to Quata Budukusu, he’s delighted with the rise of Sarkodie intimating that he’s built on the foundation laid by his good-self and colleagues. He praised Kinaata for his incisive lyrics, Mzvee for her lyrics, brand, singing and dancehall offerings as well as Stonebwoy for not letting down hopes people had in him even from the ‘Kasahari’ days at Adom FM with Dr Duncan. “Stonebwoy’s lyrical composition is immense. He certainly has more to offer and I can say in 10 years’ time, Stonebwoy will carry Ghanaian music in his talons” he predicted.

Growing up Quata mentions Nas, Buster Rhymes, Ghostface Killer, Twister as well as good old Bob as persons whose music he fed on adding that he’s got a huge music appetite including ballet and salsa since “music is a universal language which speaks to the soul.”

Born and bred in Cantonments Accra, the man whose formal education ended at the Senior High School level explained “education involves utilizing the mind to its full potential and securing basic education is most critical and having discovered my passion for music I have self-taught myself to advance in my chosen field.”

Hailing from Asseibu in the Central region, the entertainer with 8 siblings stated he’s lost his dad to eternity but still has his mother around explaining although his brother Ebibidro also did music for a while he’s veered into other things now.

Having rolled with his wife for 6 years and officially sealing their union 12 months ago, a delighted Quata disclosed his better half has taken seed but would not disclose her name or how their paths crossed. He however offered this: “When a man needs to settle down, he needs a level headed lady he can elevate with. My wife is such a lady. She is a corporate lady who combines work and home duties beautifully and the journey has been most enjoyable.”

A lover of beautiful things, Quata acknowledged that he is encountered a varied damsels in his life given the fame and all but when pressed for numbers stated he doesn’t keep a count but was delighted with his life partner as she caters for his manly needs.

On his faith, the ‘Baby’ singer noted that God is the focal point in his life adding he often interacts with the Supreme Divine although as a member of the Legion of Mary society of the Christ the King Catholic Church his church visitations have not been as frequent as desired.

The ‘neat freak’ stated his style is urban wear and when it looks cool on him he’s good to go. On his love for tattoos Mr. Etroo posited “people are addicted to alcohol, women or drugs. I love tattoos on my body and I give tattoos to others as well since I am a tattooist. I have clients who pay GH¢ 2,000 for a design.”

Although videos for his two singles are making the rounds (Wind N Go low and One Life to Live) , Quata who says ‘Budukusu’ means don declared he’s offered 7 singles in the system disclosing while hibernating he churned out about 500 songs he is gradually offering for public consumption.

“After ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘Wind N Go low’ videos, ‘Paper’, ‘Kudi’ as well as ‘Pum Pum Shots’ videos are set to follow. You know I am the signature for rap and tongue twisting so I shan’t disappoint the eager fans.”

According to Don Quata, he sees riches and success as having good health, good living, peace of mind and having good communication channel with God, the rest are all world perceptions people hold.

“I am comfortable. I am not hungry, I live well and dress good so I am good” he stressed.

Fufu and any soup involving goat meat sets the rapper in a good mood while whisky on ice, wine and Champaign suits him well.

“I am naturally hyper so I don’t need stimulants be it drugs or alcohol before mounting a stage. Truth is you can’t even be tipsy desiring to offer a good show.”

Quata Budukusu expressed thanks to Natures’ Crew, Lowdown Records/OM Studio, Saddick, Kojo Antwi, the Original Gadons Family comprising Palas, Buba, Oloch and Mohammed for their love and care.

Blakkpepper.com can only hope the partnership with Mr. Ernest Annoh-Dompreh of Bakus Entertainment and personal manager Mr. Tengol Kplemani can continue to yield immense dividend for all concerned.

Enjoy ‘One Life to Live’ from Quata Budukusu:

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I used to be paid with t- shirts and toffees – Sarkodie

Listening to the lyrics of almost all the songs from the Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife recording artist from Tema, Michael Owusu Addo, known by his stage name Sarkodie, one cannot deny the fact that all was not rosy from his beginning.

He always drums it into the minds of his fans that, he went through tough times before getting to where he is today.

According to the one time BET award winner, at the grass roots of his career, organizers of event did not see the need to pay him cash, and instead they paid with t- shirts and toffees.

“I played many shows for many organizers and they always paid me with t-shirts and toffees.”

All this did not stop him from chasing his dream, believing in himself and putting in his best in whatever he finds doing.

“I still held on to the dream though at a point I nearly stopped rapping. I am not sure I would be here if I listened to people’s opinion.”

Sarkodie is often named as one of Africa’s greatest Hip hop artists. MTV ranked him number 6 on their list of the Hottest African MC’s in 2014.

In 2013, Lynx TV ranked him number 1 on their list of the “Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers Of All Time”.

In 2015, AfricaRanking.com ranked him number 3 on their list of the “Top 10 African Rappers Of 2015”. In the same year, Sarkodie was named by The Guardian as one of the top five hip hop acts on the African continent.

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Quata says radio DJ's killed his inspiration for music.

Self-acclaimed originator of tongue-twisting rap in Ghana, Quata Budukusu known in real life as Jacob Kwame Etroo is blaming Ghanaian DJ's for his loss of inspiration to make music in the past six years.

Speaking on Adom TV’s Bisa Nwom music request show, he said “I lost inspiration for doing music in Ghana because Ghanaian DJ’s have created the impression if you don’t sing a particular style there’s no way they will play that song.”

Quata said he is tired because the Ghana music industry does not allow artistes to be creative and do new things.

The former tongue-twister said he does not understand why radio DJs have pushed Ghanaian musicians into a corner where they are forced to sing songs with the same style and tempo.

He however revealed that after spending six years in hibernation, Ghanaians should expect nothing but the best from him because his comeback is to change Ghanaian music.

He is currently promoting his two new singles “Wind N Go low” and “One life to live.” Watch Wind N Go Low video below.

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Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert over 'anti-gay' law

Bruce Springsteen has cancelled a concert in North Carolina, joining business groups in condemning a state law that rolls back protection for gay and transgender people.

The law invalidated several local anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people.

It also requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates.

Major companies like Apple and Bank of America have criticised the law.

"Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them," Springsteen said in a statement.

"It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards."

Springsteen and his band were scheduled to perform in Greensboro on Sunday.

People protest outside the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh

The new law in North Carolina has led to protests

Springsteen's cancellation is the latest fallout from the law.

On Tuesday, tech company Pay Pal dropped plans to expand in the state, pulling out about 400 jobs.

A television series for the streaming service Hulu decided to film in Canada rather than North Carolina because of the law.

There have also been calls to move major sporting events out of the state including the NBA All-Star Game.

Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican, defended the law calling it "common sense". He said news reports about the law and the backlash were "smearing our state in an inaccurate way".

Some supporters of the law said allowing transgender people to choose their restroom could lead to women and children being attacked.

They said they feared that men could pose as transgender people and use legal protections as a cover.

North Carolina is one of a number of states in the southern US that have recently considered or enacted legislation that many deem anti-gay.

Protesters hold up signs as the dome of the Capitol stands in the background during a rally against a contentious

Georgia's governor vetoed a religious freedom bill amid concerns from business groups

Last June, a US Supreme Court ruling made gay marriage legal nationwide. In response, conservatives have sought to enact protections for religious people who believe marriage should only be between a man and woman.

Last year, Indiana made changes to a "religious freedom" law after business groups and others threatened to boycott the state. The updated law included language that prohibited discrimination of any kind.

This week, Mississippi passed a religious freedom law. That measure, however, specifically allows people to refuse service to gay people on religious grounds.

Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a similar bill in March after pressure from prominent firms including Coca-Cola and the Walt Disney Co.

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'Most Award Schemes Kill Creativity in Music' - Nuru

Young Ghanaian Rapper, Nuru has stated that he doubts the credibility of most music award schemes. Nuru raised several objections on twitter hitting specifically at Charter House's 'Vodafone Ghana Music Awards'. Most people in the entertainment industry get excited when their names pop up in events which are meant to award them but the question will always remain; 'Do they really deserve to be commended?'
 
Ghana's biggest music event, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards remains a major discourse on many Showbiz platforms. From Radio, online media, newspapers to TV, analysts are discussing the event. Awards has always had its criticism from the nomination phase to award winners and people from all walks of life get the opportunity to talk, rant and dissect it with different mind-set to suit their individual understanding. In most cases, board members of these schemes lack independence from the organisers. Event organisers should not influence the award scheme and have to just make sure the necessary logistics and process are set in place.
 
It is also believed that, people who take a negative stance on these schemes get rewarded in subsequent editions. But does personal feuds and vendetta play a role in who gets listed or not? Needless to say, where's there’s money and public acclaim involved, we should not be surprised that the competitive nature of the industry trips over itself. In a series of tweets, Nuru described award schemes as creativity killers. The rapper tweeted;
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unfortunately, we cannot count everyone in our industry to play with originality and produce just good music. However, it says more about the artist than the industry. Awards are a good thing in any industry but we need to win it for all the right reasons.
 
By: Dickson Maloon Kombiok
 
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Quata Budukusu out with “Wind N Go Low” Video

The much awaited video of the Bakus Records lover boy, Quata Budukusu, is out. The video which was premiered on the most widely watched TV in Ghana, TV3, was directed by ace film maker, Pascal AKA. Speaking impeccably in an interview on TV3’s spotlight, Quata noted he has always put in his all during all his performances regardless the size of the platform big or small. He empasized he had performed every song like it was his last time in order to satisfy his fans. He called on his fans to expect nothing but the best from him as he's back for good. This is the second video Quata and his management have released in 2016. The first was a video for his hip-life song, “One Life to Live”, which was directed by another top-notch director, Nana Asihene.

Even though the lyrics of the song, “Wind N Go Low”, is thought to be secular in nature, this video is without obscene scenes which is the characteristics of most recent videos. But for the lyrics, one would even think it's a gospel music video. According to the director of the video, he wanted to stay away from the normal music videos in the Ghanaian market which have of late been severely lambasted  for featuring ladies who've been seen showing much of their “naked” body to woe people into following them. However, he wanted to portray certain modest qualities of the Ghanaian lady. Quata looked good in the video and those lovely ladies and gentlemen added a nice touch to the video.  This video will surely gain Quata the much needed fame for his comeback. Truly, Quata is back to stay and he is leaving no stone unturned. Watch the video below and provide any comment.

 

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Angolan rapper Luaty Beirao jailed for rebellion

A prominent Angolan rapper has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for planning a rebellion against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Luaty Beirao was sentenced by a court in the capital, Luanda, along with 16 other activists who were given jail terms of between two and eight years.

Amnesty International said they had been sentenced by a "kangaroo court".

The 17 were arrested in June after discussing a book about non-violent resistance at their book club.

Mr dos Santos has ruled oil-rich Angola since 1979.

Beirao, also known by his stage name Ikonoklasta, has been an outspoken critic of the government, calling for a fairer distribution of the southern African state's oil wealth.

He embarked on a five-week hunger strike in September in protest at his detention.

The judge convicted him of "rebellion against the president of the republic, criminal association and falsifying documents", AFP news agency reports.

The trial had prompted global outrage, with rights groups saying it showed that Mr dos Santos' government was becoming increasingly repressive in its attempts to remain in power.

Human Rights Watch said the verdict was "a ridiculous scandal", while Amnesty International described the defendants on Twitter as "prisoners of conscience" who had been subjected to a "kangaroo court trial [which] violated international standards".

Prosecutors defended the arrests, arguing that the 17 were planning an uprising among students and workers "with incalculable consequences".

The jailed activists, who belonged to a youth movement, had previously held demonstrations demanding the resignation of Mr dos Santos, who has been in power for 36 years.

Their book club had discussed the 1993 book by Gene Sharp called From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation.

Angola is Africa's second-largest oil producer, and has witnessed an economic boom since the end of a civil war in 2002.

However, critics of the elected government say the wealth has only benefited a small elite.


Who is Gene Sharp?

Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp is a US academic who researches non-violent revolution.

He is credited with the strategy which led to the toppling of Egypt's long-time leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

His most translated and distributed work, From Dictatorship to Democracy, was written for the Burmese democratic movement in 1993, after the imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Gene Sharp: Author of the nonviolent revolution rulebook

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Quata Budukusu to release “Wind N Go Low' Visuals

Quata Budukusu to release “Wind N Go Low' Visuals

The originator of tongue - twisting rap, Quata Budukusu, is warming up to unleash the visuals for his latest single 'Wind N Go Low'.

The talented musician who won the souls of music lovers when he released video for “One Life to Live” will definitely do it again.

With the video shot and directed by ace film maker, Pascal AKA, “Wind n Go Low” is definitely going to gain some international recognition for its quality and content.

The video also feature some beautiful Ghanaian ladies doing energetic dance.

The video will officially be premiered on TV3 Network on Friday, April 1, 2016

Take a look at some photos taken during the video shoot and listen to the song below as well.

 

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Lyrical Wars Did Not Do Me Any Good – Quata

Undoubtedly, Quata Budukusu is one of the few names that will always come to mind when artistes with the records of throwing derogative punch lines to other artistes, but after bouncing back from his hibernation he has noted in an interview with Flex newspaper that all those lyrical wars or attacking other artistes did not help him.
We can all bear witness to the fact that beefing or better still lyrical fights are very rampant in our entertainment industry nowadays.
According to Quata who believes that he has been in hot waters and he knows how hot it was for him to engage in lyrical fight or step on people’s toes, he says some DJs in Ghana who always put his songs on replay stopped playing them.
“I will never like to see any colleague of mine toe the same line. Take it or leave it, we are still here in the game because of the mercies of God and the talent,” he stated. He said his new brand has now earned him some love from DJs and that they have started playing his new songs like Ohia, Kudi, One Life to Live, Pumpum Shot, Wind and Go
Low and more my only hope is that they will keep it up. I am a brother and also I am here to keep it clean. Fans of Quata and the whole Ghana should watch out for the greatest comeback concert which will happen at the Independence Square and Quata is charged up to set the record straight with this concert.
One surprising thing is that Quata will be the only act to entertain folks who will make it to the event back to back with hit songs that will blow your mind.

Listen to Pumpum Sshots by Quata below;

Source: Flex newspaper

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Oscars diversity debate: Academy appoints 'diverse voices'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, has added "diverse voices" to its board after a row about ethnic diversity.

Three new governors have been appointed, including African-American producer Reginald Hudlin and Korean-born director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

The move comes after several Hollywood figures boycotted this year's Oscars.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said the board now had "much more of a diversity to it".

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith were among those who objected to there being no non-white nominees in the acting categories and the row saw the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trending for several days after the nominations were announced.

The Academy has also appointed six new committee members, which include Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal and African-American producers Effie Brown and Stephanie Allain.

'Very sorry'

Boone Isaacs said: "We set out, even a few years ago, to have more inclusion and certainly have stepped it up.

"We just want to keep this process going, and so were really happy that were able to announce these additions."

Other changes announced include limiting Oscar voting rights to those active in the movie business.

The Academy also apologised after criticism from some Asian academy members who were offended by a skit during the Oscars show in February.

Activists accused host Chris Rock of perpetuating racial stereotypes when he introduced a group of accountants, who turned out to be three Asian children in suits. One of the children was also given a Jewish surname.

Rock then said: "If anybody is upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone, which was also made by these kids."

Boone Isaacs said she was "very sorry" people had been offended, adding: "I can understand the feelings and we are setting up a meeting to discuss, because as you well know, no one sets out to be offensive.

"I think so much is achieved with dialogue, so much is achieved. And that is what we'll continue to do: have dialogue, listen and just keep fixing.''

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SHATTA WALE INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED MY COME BACK – SAYS SHEGEE STYLA

Ghana music industry is structured in such away that when an artiste fades off the scene, it takes lot of effort and motivations to comeback.

If an artiste does bounce back, regaining the general public acceptance and acknowledgement of success is not easy. Some artistes have made great come-back after re-branding and succeeded entering into the scenes again.

Mildred Mark- Hansen who is popularly known as Shegee Styla aka “The Godmother of Ghana Dancehall” has also path her way back into the music scenes.

She spends some years in obscurity,and after successful comeback she shares her story in biography video. In the new trending video she said Shatta Wale has been her greatest motivation and inspiration.

The ‘Let’s Go’ hitmaker said, she was challenged by the successful comeback of Shatta Wale (Bandana) who also spent close to ten years in obscurity.

She ended the year 2015 on a good note with hit singles like “Let’s Go” and “Survival” which qualifies for Vodafone Ghana Music Awards this year. If nominated for the Awards, she will be in the same categories with Stonebwoy, Samini, Iwan and likely Shatta Wale.

Since the beginning of the year she has released a single titled “Knock Out“. The song was produced by a Ugandan producer called Analytical Alz & Nase. Look forward for her latest single yet to be release with Shatta Wale.

Watch the bio video below!!!

Source: fredericknoamesi.com

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QUATA BUDUKUSU IS BACK TO TAKE HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE

Quata Budukusu, the originator of tongue- twisting rap in Ghana has evolved and poised to take back his rightful position in the music scene.  He said, he is back and ready to take his place.

Following his quick comeback into the music scene after spending close to six years in hibernation, Quata urged Ghanaians to expect the best from him.

The tongue twisting rapper who disclosed to Frederick Noamesi in an exclusive interview, said, the kind of music he is coming out with has never been done in the whole world.

“I am an element of surprises and the level of music I am bringing right now is different from what everybody is doing. I am actually bringing hundred percent intellects into music now. Basically from the onset of Ghanaian music, it has been basic till now. Nothing innovative, nothing educative, you can’t listen to a song and actually researches about it before you understand.”

The rapper further mentioned some academia disciplines which he has fused into his music, noting that Ghanaians should get ready to do a lot of research before they understand his music.

“You need to research on some of the topics before you understand my music. It got science, it got chemistry, it got physics, it got Geography, it got psychology, it got native Twi language and English.”

“My music is also informative, educative and good for business. I am urging my fans to expect the best from me.”

The ‘Baby’ hit- maker who is currently under the management of Bakus Entertainment has released four singles, namely; ‘Wind N Go Low’ and ‘One Life to Live’ produced by Diaz Qlasik, ‘Pum Pum Shots’ produced by Vegas Ace and ‘Ohia’ produced by King Joe.

Rounding up, Quata has stated categorically that he is back and poised to take his right place. He mentioned that he will be doing some collaborations with some artistes as well.

Source: fredericknoamesi.com

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Loko - Mr Confident Prod By LokoBeatz

The Song Addresses CONFIDENCE something that No one Could Do without.

Without Confidence one could Never Achieve Anything In Life

This is One Good Motivational Song , A Hit for 2016 and Beyond


Loko - Mr Confident Prod By LokoBeatz

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Mixtape: Dj Baddo BabaNla Finally PickUp Mix

World Famous Multiple Award Winning Pro Disk Jockey "Dj Baddo" Return With Another Dope Hot Mixtape Tittle “BabaNla Finally Pickup”
Another Hot mixtape, Dj Baddo known for his mind blowing, creative and deep sense of
music makes him distinctive among other DJs, Enjoy,Download & Share
 
TRACK LIST
 
1. Adekunle Gold - Pick Up
2. Wizkid - Final Baba Nla
3. Olamide - Eyan May Weather 
4. Sarkodie ft Castro - Adonai Rmx
5. Dj jimmy jatt ft Wizkid - Feeling The Beat
6. Masterkraft Ft Flavour & Sarkidie - Finally
7. Kiss Daniel X Wizkid - Good Time (DjBaddo Remix)
8. Wizkid - Good Time
9. Mc Galaxy ft stonebwoy - Go Gaga
10.Victor ft lil kesh - skibi dat
11.Reekado banks - Oluwa ni
12.Humble smith ft davido - osinachi 
13.Runtown - walahi
14.Lilkesh- Ibile
15.Dj Baddo Ft Skales - Finally 
16.Flavour Ft Psquare - Sexy Rosey
17.Lamboginny ft Chidinma, Clayy - I A Winner 
18.Olamide - Don't Stop  
19.Orezi Ft Wizkid - Ogede
20.Olalakeside- Collectti 
21.Patoranking - make am
22.Reekadobanks- Conner 
23.Davido Ft Olamide - The Money 
24.Flexy - So Happy
25.Terry G - Nonesense 
26.Dj Baddo Ft SmallDoctor- Kelegbe 
27.Lilkesh- Ft Patoranking- Is It Because I Love You
28.2t Boiz - Customer Dada
29.Terry G - Totori
30.CDQ Ft Wizkid - Nawo E Soke
31.HarrySongz ft Olamide,Kcee,Iyanya, - Reggae Blues
32.Skales - Mujo
33.Tekno- Duro Remix
34.Pepenazi Ft Olamide - Illega 
35.Phyno- Connect 
36.Timaya - I Concur 
37.Tekno- Wash
38.SmallDoctor Ft Olamide - You Know
39.Ege - Ajansare 
40.SmallDoctor - Gbera
41.Dj Baddo Ft Olumix - Samba Dance 
42.Lilkesh Ft Ycee - Cause Trouble 
43.Ycee Ft Olamide - Jagaban Remix
 
 
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Mahama congratulates young actor Abraham Attah

President John Mahama has joined the long list of Ghanaians and other well wishers abroad commending and encouraging young Ghanaian actor Abraham Attah, for his strides in the global film industry.

Attah has recently featured prominently on various global awards stages and picked some nominations and awards including the best male lead at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the Venice film festival.

The icing on the cake perhaps was the opportunity to present an award at the Oscars.

He wore a customized pair of TOM shoes to the event and in return, the company will donate 10,000 pairs to needy children in Ghana.

The move has attracted applause from a cross section of Ghanaians and President Mahama was also impressed.

The President said on Twitter, “Congrats @AttahNii. Such a positive positioning of the Ghana Brand. We can do with many more Abraham Attah’s. #BeastsOfNoNation”

The 15-year old, who was assisting his mother by selling on the street with no acting background, shot to fame after getting a role in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ a movie shot in Ghana by Netflix.

Attah acted alongside celebrated Hollywood Actor, Idris Elba. The movie has since won several awards both in Ghana and Europe.

Attah and Idris Elba have picked several individual awards. Over the weekend, the two picked up another award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Attah also had the rare privilege of being at the Oscars where he was selected to present an award.

Awards so far

Attah has won the prestigious Venice International Film Festival’s Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award, the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and the Black Film Critics Rising Star Award.

He also picked up two awards at the Ghana Movie Awards, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.

More important for Attah however, is the fact that he has secured himself another movie role via American director Shane Carruth’s adventure film, “The Modern Ocean” where he will be starring alongside Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield and Jeff Goldblum.

He will also star in a short film titled “Out of the Village,” by a first time director called Jonathan Stein.


Source: citifmonline.com

The 15-year old, who was assisting his mother by selling on the street with no acting background, shot to fame after getting a role in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ a movie shot in Ghana by Netflix.

Attah acted alongside celebrated Hollywood Actor, Idris Elba. The movie has since won several awards both in Ghana and Europe.

Attah and Idris Elba have picked several individual awards. Over the weekend, the two picked up another award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Attah also had the rare privilege of being at the Oscars where he was selected to present an award.

Awards so far

Attah has won the prestigious Venice International Film Festival’s Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award, the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and the Black Film Critics Rising Star Award.

He also picked up two awards at the Ghana Movie Awards, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.

More important for Attah however, is the fact that he has secured himself another movie role via American director Shane Carruth’s adventure film, “The Modern Ocean” where he will be starring alongside Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield and Jeff Goldblum.

He will also star in a short film titled “Out of the Village,” by a first time director called Jonathan Stein.

- See more at: http://citifmonline.com/2016/03/01/mahama-congratulates-young-actor-abraham-attah/#sthash.eGWJfHiC.dpuf

 

The Breakthrough
The Breakthrough
The Breakthrough

President John Mahama has joined the long list of Ghanaians and other well wishers abroad commending and encouraging young Ghanaian actor Abraham Attah, for his strides in the global film industry.

Attah has recently featured prominently on various global awards stages and picked some nominations and awards including the best male lead at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the Venice film festival.

The icing on the cake perhaps was the opportunity to present an award at the Oscars.

He wore a customized pair of TOM shoes to the event and in return, the company will donate 10,000 pairs to needy children in Ghana.

- See more at: http://citifmonline.com/2016/03/01/mahama-congratulates-young-actor-abraham-attah/#sthash.eGWJfHiC.dpuf
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Quata out with “One Life to Live” Visuals

Bakus Entertainment artiste Quata Budukusu has released his brand new music video for "One Life to Live", a single from his forthcoming "Quantum Album". To view the video clip from the ladies favorite, visit his official YouTube channel, quatabudukusu. After being out of the public for almost a decade, Quata is out with visuals from his single “One Life to Live” as a comeback. In the video, you will see Quata being himself and performing under the direction of Nana Asihene. The video is one of the best videos to hit the markets of Ghana as the director, Nana Asihene, transition Quata from one life to another level of life.

The song which was written years ago has emerged as one of the fans’ favorite. “One Life to Live" was directed by Award-Winning filmmaker, Nana Asihene of the NKACC fame. The energetic and up-tempo song fits the vibrant and fun colors of the video. The video is also inspired by the use of colors and interesting compositions as well as special effects. The song does however feature a bit of an edge and to accompany that, an open space was chosen to allow for more creativity and movement as seen in the video.

In the past, Quata has had quite a few storyline videos; videos that made people engage with the concept through questions and figuring them out. This video by far has less to figure out, and he opted to convey and communicate a feeling, rather than an explicit message.  “This video doesn't tell an explicit story through storyline, but rather tells an implicit story through color and composition” (Quata, 2016).

"One Life to Live" showcases a great cast of performers and other choreographers all looking for their big star moment. With a simple story line, the video is filmed from various directions. First, a giant body builder is seen carrying the world on his back. Attention is then focused on Quata as a king. A sword wielding lady emerges and an enemy is seen spilling what looks like blood. Clad in white, Quata is finally seen pulling the enemy who is in shackles, which is an indication of victory.

People would have expected a musician who had been out for a while to look very bad in appearance, but, one can tell from the video, even though Quata was out of the music scene, he had something better going and he took very good care of himself. One cannot tell from his look whether he was just in Ghana or out of the country. His costume was on point likewise his personal appearance throughout the video. Quata looked great and with his colorful body arts, this video will be worth watching. One can tell he is back to stay in the game he started and to continue from where he left off.

In a phone interview with Quata, he stated that, even though he was out of the music scene for a while, he kept up with the modern trend as he was just taking a leave and he is now ready to take his rightful place. He emphasized that, the modern trend is a continuation of where he left off and he is not new to the trend and he is in no competition with anyone. He is willing to give off his best for his numerous fans as he is aware of what they want.  If you’re a lover of good music, then you have to listen to this song by watching the video.

 

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CARTOON COMEDY FROM GHANA - Enam's Search

The Icandy Factory set to release a new animated cartoon entitled "Enam's Search" which evolves around a character that keeps looking for why he was sent on earth.

He keeps looking without refrain for his purpose but always gets arrested in a way or another by his arch enemy called : COTI

This series has 10 episodes per season and will start showing on youtube from Wednesday 24th February

Be sure to not miss any episode as it really gets catchy and funny at the same time.

Source: Xplusx Ghana
 

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Rihanna cancels Sunderland and Cardiff tour dates

Rihanna has cancelled some dates of her UK stadium tour.

So far, Sunderland's Stadium of Light and Cardiff's Principality Stadium both been pulled from the Anti tour.

But her Coventry date at Ricoh Arena will still go ahead although it has been rescheduled from 14 June to 25 June.

It's all down to "logistical reasons beyond the tours control" according to a statement and refunds will be available.

A statement from Sunderland AFC which reads: Due to logistical reasons beyond the tours control a number of shows on Rihanna's forthcoming Anti World Tour have been cancelled. The concert scheduled for Sunderland's Stadium of Light is one of those affected and the show will no longer go ahead.

It's thought this announcement will affect as many as 100,000 fans.

The Anti tour will help promote her new album which has already gone platinum.

Ricoh Arena has apologised to fans and says they will refund those who are unable to make the new date.

Fans attending the gig at Cardiff also received a similar email from Ticketmaster, although it said that date was cancelled.

Cardiff have offered a refund or a swap to an alternative city.

It appears the gigs at London's Wembley Stadium, Glasgow's Hampden Park and Manchester's Old Trafford won't be affected by the changes.

Rihanna has also cancelled performances in America.

It's after she pulled out of the Grammy Awards due to illness.

The Anti tour was supposed to begin in San Jose, California on 26 February.

The tour will now begin on 12 March in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Brit Awards, where Rihanna is due to perform next week, say there is no change and Rihanna's performance slot is still going ahead.

For more stories like this one you can now download the BBC Newsbeat app straight to your device. For iPhone go here. For Android go here.

Source: bbc.com

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GOAT AND CHICKEN EPISODE

The First Ghanaian Cartoon Series Goat and Chicken Crew  are Back Again, The

Icandy Cartoon Factory is at it again and This Time FRD

The Animator Goes A little Further to showcase Goat and Chicken in a different

manner

Episode 3 is here check it out the Valentine Special

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Oscars 2016: Sylvester Stallone considered boycott

Sylvester Stallone says he thought about boycotting the Oscars ceremony because of this year's diversity row.

The 69-year-old actor has a best supporting actor nod for his role as Rocky Balboa in boxing drama Creed.

At the annual Oscar nominees' lunch in Los Angeles, Stallone revealed he'd consulted Creed director Ryan Coogler about attending the awards.

"I said, 'if you want me to go, I'll go, if you don't, I won't'," Stallone said.

"He said, 'Just go there and try to represent the film.'"

Neither Coogler nor Creed's star Michael B Jordan, who are both black, were nominated.

Stallone added: "I do believe things will change and it's a matter of time and all talent will rise to the top but it's a matter of getting a new paradigm, a new way of thinking."

Oscars co-producer David Hill told Variety at Monday's lunch event that this year's Oscar show "will be the most diverse ever".

Several top industry figures, including Will Smith and Spike Lee, have said they will not attend the ceremony after no black or minority actors were nominated in the four Oscars acting categories for the second year running.

Stallone was last nominated for an Oscar in 1977 for his lead performance in the original Rocky.

He said: "I never thought I would be able to cross this threshold again. As you get older miracles begin to diminish, I couldn't be more thrilled. My daughters look at me now as an actor rather than a bad golfer.

"I tell them I used to do this but they won't look at my videos."

The Oscar nominees lunch, at the Beverly Hilton hotel, brought together more than 150 nominees for a "class photo" ahead of the Oscars on 28 February.

British star Eddie Redmayne said he was trying to enjoy the "extraordinary ride" of his second best actor nomination in two years.

Redmayne won the best actor Oscar last year for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. This year he is shortlisted for his portrayal of transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.

His co-star Alicia Vikander has a best supporting actress nod for her role as Elbe's wife Gerda.

Asked if the acting nominees had discussed the diversity issue, Redmayne told the Press Association: "We haven't all met together until this occasion but it's on everyone minds and the way it has been handled seems to be a positive step."

Source: bbc.com

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LOKO out with MONEY THIS YEAR

Look is here again after giving us a good song of all standards by

The way of African lady he promises to give us more so here we have it

A new song titles money this year. Check out the tune.

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Quata charged up for Wa concert

Arguably Quata Budukusu is one of the best rappers and energetic stage performers of our time. After missing from the stage for some time and also for the fact that the fans have missed his magical stage craft, he is set to put up a come back stage performance during the Rush Energy street carnival at Wa, the capital city of the Upper West Region in the northern part of Ghana on Wednesday, 10th February, 2016 at the Nima Street. Also on the bill to perform is Akyerekyerefo and Kwame Seseben and a number of artiste from the northern part of the country for the Rush Energy Wa Activation. The following will also be on the bill; Raphius, G.Kliff, Ras Badingu, Kawute, B.M.B, Wuchare, PH 1, Sumaya, and T.I.P.

According to Quata’s management, they are not doing this only for the people of Wa because it is a nationwide tour so obviously from Wa, Quata Budukusu will be storming other regions. They are therefore urging all the fans in the various regions of Ghana to keep their fingers crossed because Quata will soon be at their doorsteps. In a reaction to a question on the motive behind the choice of Wa, spokesperson and the personal manager for Quata Budukusu, Mr. Tengol Kplemani stated “well, honestly speaking after serious deliberations by the team we ended on Wa for the reason being that Wa is the starting point of Ghana so we decided to begin from there and then later end in Accra’.

The concert, Rush Energy Wa Activation, is sponsored by one of the best energy drinks in the country, Rush Energy Drink in collaboration with Bakus Entertainment, the management of Quata Budukusu and Akyerekyerefo. The producers of the Rush energy drink maintained they took a critical note of Quata’s previous performances and the kind of energy he exhibits on the stage hence the decision to support his nationwide tour. Meanwhile, they also had a thought that if such an energetic person like Quata will perform to satisfy his fans then he needs a drink that will provide the energy and that is Rush Energy drink. “We call on everyone in the Wa Township to come out and support Quata and friends as they thrill fans with the best of performances and remember, it is going down on Wednesday, 10th February, 2016 at Nima Street from 6pm till you drop” a closing remark from Rush Energy drink management team.

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MUSIGA to announce minimum wage standards for the Music Industry

The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) says it is working on announcing minimum wage standards for the music industry. To this end, MUSIGA will engage with the various stakeholders in the music industry to arrive at the minimum wage standards.  The Union is also working on an insurance and pension plan for its members. These were some of the issues considered at the annual retreat organized by MUSIGA for its national executives and directors.

The President of MUSIGA, Bice Osei Kuffour tasked the newly appointed Directors to work assiduously to ensure that the interests and needs of the various genres and departments they represent are adequately catered for over the four year term of the National Executive Committee.

The meeting reviewed the annual plan of the Union which covers the entire operations of the Union from the national to regional levels as well as the functioning of the various Directors of the genres and departments.

Present at the retreat were the 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents Bessa Simons and Rev. Dr. Thomas Yawson; National Organizer, Chizzy Wailer; National Treasurer, Samuel Agyeman and National Welfare Officer, Benedict Kolan. Directors present were Talent Discovery and Development Director, AppiahDanquah aka Appietus; Highlife Director, Smart Nkansah; Reggae Director, KwabenaOfeiNyarko aka Root I; Gospel Director and assistant, Rev Dr Mary Ghansah and Dan Agyin Goldman and the Director of Traditional Music and his assistant Emmanuel and DelaBoutri.

Also present were the Special Projects and Communications Director, AhumaBOscoOcansey and the Administrator, Rev Fiifi Khan Agyarkwah.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

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“I ORIGINATED TONGUE TWISTING STYLE IN GHANA” - QUATA

Many knew him by his official stage name Quata but others call him Ghana’s twister. In case you are one of the persons who had the perception that Quata Budukusu is done with his musical career because he went on hibernation for some time then, you have to read this piece.

In a live radio interview with Sammy Flex during the Friday’s edition of the am Pluzz show on Pluzz 89.9 FM, Quata accepted the fact that he was lost from the scene saying “yes I went on hibernation for almost six years but truth be told it is always good because as a musician it makes you follow the dynamisms in the game so you don’t fall behind”. Lamenting on the inception of the tongue twisting style of rap in Ghana, Quata told the host, Sammy Flex,

“I am the originator of tongue twisting in Ghana and nobody can beat the speed at which I can tongue twist. Everybody, both the youth and the old folks, will attest to this fact. But to be honest, I am very happy seeing other rappers doing what I introduced. Obviously the intention wasn’t to keep it to myself but to channel it to others, meanwhile I must stress on the fact that, I am not in competition with anybody because an originator is different from emulators”.

According to the baby hit maker, with the help of his management, Bakus Entertainment headed by Mr. Ernest Annoh-Dompreh - founder & C.E.O., and Mr. Tengol - his personal manager, and also based on the kind of hard work from the camp, he believes Ghana, Africa and the world at large should expect nothing but the best from him and his management as they are preparing to climax his come back with a concert and an album launch.

To prove the seriousness in his comeback, Budukusu is already out with four singles; “Wind N Go low” and “One Life to Live” produced by Diaz Qlasik, Pum Pum Shots produced by Vegas Ace, and finally, “Ohia” produced by King Joe. Expect nothing but the best from Quata and his team as he is back to stay in the game and to take his rightful place.

Enjoy his new tunes below:

https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp

https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp/wind-n-go-low

https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp/quata-budukusu-one-life-to-live

https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp/quata-pum-pum-shots

https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp/ohia

 

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Ghana: Sian Blake partner 'to return to UK voluntarily' after Ghanaian court hearing

The partner of an ex-EastEnders actress who was found dead with her two sons in a London garden, has told a Ghanaian court he will return to the UK.

Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, appeared at an extradition hearing in Accra.

He said he voluntarily submitted and would have returned to the UK previously had he not been arrested.

He left the UK on 19 December following the deaths of his former partner Ms Blake, 43, and their two young sons, Zachary, eight, and four year-old Amon.

Zachary, eight, and four year old Amon

Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon were last seen on 13 December with their mother

During the hearing he told the court he had not travelled to Ghana to run away and was not fleeing justice.

He was arrested at a Ghanaian beach resort on 9 January.

Ms Blake, who had motor neurone disease, and her sons died from neck and head injuries, post-mortem tests found.

She played Frankie Pierre in 56 episodes of EastEnders between 1996 and 1997.

The Metropolitan Police launched a murder investigation after Ms Blake, who was last seen in public on 13 December, was found buried in the garden of the family home in Erith, with the two children, on 5 January.

The Met has been criticised over delays in its investigation which the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, is investigating.

Source: bbc.com

 

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My Fans Say I Deserve Artiste Of The Year - Bisa Kdei

Even before the nomination list of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is announced, highlife artiste, Bisa Kdei, has revealed his fans believe he deserves the Artiste of the Year award at this year’s event.

According to the Azonto Ghost hitmaker, he shares the views of his huge following on social media who believe he deserves to take home Artiste of the Year, because he worked hard in the year under review.

“I agree with what my fans are saying because I really worked last year. I can confidently say that I am the only artiste who had two great songs blazing at the same time. Mansa and Brother Brother are testimonies of my hard work ” he told Showbiz.

When it was pointed out to him that he could not be the only artiste whose works ruled the airwaves in the year under review, Bisa Kdei said “yes, the likes of Stonebwoy, R2Bees, E.L Shatta Wale, did very well last year, but I stand tall among them all’’.

Asked if he would be disappointed if he does not emerge Artiste of the Year 2015, Bisa said he would not be disappointed at all because he has been able to make a huge impact with his two songs—Mansa and Brother Brother.

“Having both the young and old loving my songs is beyond expectation, and that alone is an award to me. I know that I really worked hard last year, but I will be very cool with whoever wins the ultimate award at the VGMA” he said.

Touching on his plans for this year, Bisa, who is also known for songs such as Metanfo, Odo Carpenter, Give It To Baba and Over, said Ghanaians will be taken by storm with what he has in store this year.

“I don’t want to give too much away but I have loads of surprises for my fans. I have featured great artistes on my album which I intend to release at the end of the year, and I know Ghanaians will love it” he said.

Source: Daily Graphic

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Stonebwoy, Guru, Quata, others at Onua FM launch

TV3’s sister radio station, Onua FM, was officially launched over the weekend.

The event was climaxed with a musical concert at Kasoa Odupong-Kpehe Park where artistes including Stonebwoy, Guru, Joyce Blessing, Patience Nyarko and Quata treated patrons to amazing performances.

After quite a long absence from the music scene, rapper Quata proved that he was still a force to reckon with. He performed some of his old tracks which the crowd sang along and later dropped his new joint. His tongue-twisting style won him the hearts of patrons.

The most exciting moment was when Stonebwoy came on stage unannounced. The response from the crowd was one which is inexpressible. The audience broke the barricade between them and the stage in an attempt to catch a clear glimpse of the performance. The situation was however, brought under control with the help of the security and Stonebwoy who pleaded with his fans to go back if they want him to continue.

With a huge audience, tight security [police, ambulance, and fire service], good sound, lightening among others, one could conclude that the event was highly successful.

Source: pulse.com.gh

 

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Rapper Mos Def ordered to leave South Africa in passport row

The American rapper best known as Mos Def has been ordered to leave South Africa within 14 days after being arrested for breaking immigration laws.

Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, was held at Cape Town International Airport on Thursday after trying to leave the country with unrecognised papers.

The Department of Home Affairs said the 42-year-old produced what he called a "world passport".

It said the singer had overstayed his tourist visa, obtained in 2013.

Born Dante Smith in New York, Mr Bey is now banned from South Africa for five years, but has been allowed to appeal. He had been living in Cape Town since May 2013, South African media said.

"Further investigation into the matter revealed that Mr Smith's wife, mother and four children had overstayed and were sojourning in the country illegally," a statement by the Department of Home Affairs said.

As well as being nominated for six Grammy Awards, he has appeared in a number of films, including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Be Kind Rewind and The Italian Job.

Source: bbc.com

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Quata out with “Take U Home” featuring Sarkodie

Barely a week after he released his first single in 2016, "One Life to Live", Quata is out again with another mind blowing and dope song. He calls it “Take U Home” which features the best rapper in Africa, Sarkodie. The tune is made up of fast paced rap and tongue twisting that Ghana has never experienced. It comes with some heavy weight flows and extreme twists making it very unique in today’s modern showbiz.

Singer, songwriter and rapper Quata Budukusu is a maverick in the hip-life music world. He defies any easy pigeonholing where rap music in Ghana is concerned.

By turns, Quata sings a witty song about modern life of a man trying to “con” a lady with added melody on the guitar which reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled girl’s world. Sarkodie tops it all off with a great rap verse, all skillfully blended into a seamless flow.

Design for Take U Home

One female fan who listened to this tune produced by Ragoon Beatz before its release said, “It is a song that hits you right between the eyes and the added melody on the guitar alone produces a soulful expression of soothingness.”

It is not just a wealth of musical styles, but the blend of his smooth and expressive voice that makes Quata such a fine artiste who was missed during his absence in Ghana music. His songs, which range from thoughtful to trivial, with poetic expression show that he knows his way around the Ghanaian culture just as well as his mastery of music engineering and what his fans and Ghanaians want.

Sit back, download, listen, enjoy and share with family and friends. Don’t forget to let them know Quata Budukusu, the only tongue twister in Ghana, is back with great tunes.

 

Quata ft Sarkodie - Take U Home https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp/quata-ft-sarkodie-take-u-home

 

Below are links to other songs announcing his comeback:

 

Quata - One life to live

Quata - Pum Pum Shots

Quata - Ohia

Quata - Wind N Go Low

 

By: www.bakusradio.com, USA

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Sian Blake: Partner held in Ghana over EastEnders actress's murder

The partner of a former EastEnders actress who was murdered alongside her two young sons has been arrested in Ghana.

Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, was detained earlier, two days after the Ghanaian police began their hunt for him.

The bodies of Sian Blake, 43, Zachary, eight, and Amon, four, were discovered in the garden of their London home on Tuesday.

The family had been reported missing on 16 December.

Sian Blake

The Met Police said it had been "made aware of an arrest in Ghana" and was "working alongside the Ghanaian authorities but is not in a position to discuss further at this time".

BBC correspondent Alastair Leithead, who is in Ghana, said Mr Simpson-Kent was arrested in a coastal area popular with tourists.

"Around 10 police officers went down to the beach where he was spotted hiding amongst some rocks and the police, who were all armed, called out to him," he said.

Mr Simpson-Kent, the children's father, arrived in Ghana on 19 December, with the country's police force becoming involved in the hunt for him on Thursday.

Ghanaian Police had initially been sent to the Cape Coast in the south of the country - where the extended Simpson family is from - as well as to other parts of the Atlantic shoreline.

Ms Blake and the couple's sons had not been not seen at their south-east London home since 13 December and a missing persons inquiry launched on 16 December, after the NSPCC had raised concerns about their welfare.

Timeline

  • 13 December: Sian Blake is last seen in Waltham Forest, east London, with her sons Zachary, eight, and Amon, four.
  • 16 December: Police visit her home in Erith and speak to Mr Simpson-Kent. This is the last time he is seen.
  • 3 January: Miss Blake's car is found in Bethnal Green, east London
  • 5 January: Bodies found at her home in Erith, south east London
  • 6 January: Police announce Mr Simpson-Kent is thought to have travelled to Ghana
  • 8 January: Sian Blake and her two sons are confirmed dead

The Met Police spoke to Mr Simpson-Kent on 16 December, but that was the last time he was seen.

A subsequent search of the family home in Erith, south east London, on 5 January uncovered three bodies in the garden.

The actress and her two sons had died from neck and head injuries, post-mortem tests revealed.

Ms Blake's sister Ava Blake spoke last week about how she believed the actress had wanted to leave her boyfriend.

She said: "It's my nephews more than anything. My brother is angry. My cousins are angry.

"They are angry about Sian, but the boys have devastated us. We have lost a generation. We can never replace them."

She said her sister had been "a lot more quiet" over the past year and had asked to move back home.

"In our opinion the relationship had already come to an end but she hadn't quite made that break or that decision to leave Arthur," she said.

Ms Blake, who had motor neurone disease, had played Frankie Pierre in 56 episodes of EastEnders between 1996 and 1997.

The Met has been criticised over delays in its investigation and is being investigated by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Justin Bieber sets UK singles chart record

Justin Bieber has pulled off another chart coup by occupying the number one, two and three spots with his songs - a feat never accomplished before.

The Canadian singer remains in pole position in this week's singles chart with Love Yourself and also stays put at two with Sorry.

Bieber's former number one track What Do You Mean?, meanwhile, climbs one place to three.

In the album chart, Adele's 25 is number one for a seventh straight week.

Her third solo record again triumphed over Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream, her closest rival, on what would have been the legendary singer's 81st birthday.

The ubiquitous Bieber sits one place behind them with Purpose, just ahead of Jess Glynne's I Cry When I Laugh at four and James Bay's Chaos and the Calm at five.

A campaign to send Motorhead's Ace of Spades into the Top 40 following the death of lead singer Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister sees the track re-enter the singles chart at 13.

The song's previous highest position came when it was first released in 1980, when it reached 15th place.

Further down the chart, at number 33, Craig David scores his first top 40 hit in eight years with When the Bassline Drops.

UK singles chart top five
1. Justin Bieber Love Yourself
2. Justin Bieber Sorry
3. Justin Bieber What Do You Mean
4. Shawn Mendes Stitches
5. Adele Hello

 

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EastEnders' actress Sian Blake and her children confirmed dead

Three bodies found in the garden of former actress Sian Blake are those of the former EastEnders star and her two children, police have confirmed.

The remains of Sian Blake, 43, and her children Zachary Bilal Kent-Blake, eight, and Amon Ben George Kent-Blake, four, were found at the family's south-east London home on 6 January.

A police spokesperson said they had died from "head and neck injuries".

Ms Blake's partner is being sought by police over the deaths.

However, the BBC understands Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, left the UK and may be in Ghana.

Sian Blake and the couple's sons had not been seen since 13 December. They were reported missing three days later.

Police said a missing persons' investigation had been launched on 16 December after officers attended the family's home in Erith.

This was undertaken following information from the children's charity, the NSPCC, over concerns about Ms Blake's health, police said.

Profile of former EastEnders actress

Sian Blake was born in East London in 1972 - but she adopted the stage name Syan Blake when she became an actress.

She was an East Ender born and bred. Born in Walthamstow, Blake grew up in Leyton and Walthamstow and remained living in the area all her life, even following her success in EastEnders.

She was the youngest of three children in a large close-knit family. Her parents divorced when she was six and her Jamaican father died suddenly of a heart attack when she was 18, which she said was a period of immense heartache for her whole family.

"In the space of about 18 months, someone in my family died every month. My uncle had already died by then, to be followed by other uncles, aunties and cousins," she told the Daily Mirror in 1997.

Then her uncle in Jamaica was murdered by a robber in his shop. "Mum has been through a lot of suffering in her life - each death would be a blow to her health," she said.

Blake discovered she had a talent for acting at primary school.

"I used to round up the kids in the playground and get them to put on adaptations of musicals," she told the paper.

She appeared in local plays and had acting classes from the age of 11 and went on to study acting for three years at Guilford School of Acting.

Soon after college she landed a role in a Christmas special of Casualty.

"I was playing a young bulimic girl. It was a very big role. I was treated like a star. After that I just knew I had to make it on TV," she said.

Her time on EastEnders

In the run-up to landing her role in EastEnders she worked as a telephone receptionist for a doctor's emergency phone line.

She went to audition for a small role as a nurse on the soap as part of a plotline involving Kathy Mitchell's baby and a meningitis scare. But she was asked to audition for another role as a soul singer.

Despite saying she didn't think she could sing well she performed for the shows producers and won the part, playing the role of soul singer Frankie Pierre for 56 episodes between 1996 and 1997.

The actress said when she walked on to the set of EastEnders for the first time and "saw all those famous faces, I was terrified".

The role of Frankie was a home wrecker - she seduced happily married Alan Jackson, only to dump him when he left his wife Carol for him. She then seduced gay character Tony Hills, who had a boyfriend at the time.

Blake revealed to the Daily Mirror she received hate mail and even a death threat while on the soap.

"One woman wrote to me telling me that her marriage had almost been ruined when someone like Frankie went after her husband," she said.

"It was a really vicious letter, she threatened to kill me and warned me to watch out. It was very frightening.

"She started the letter: 'Dear Syan, stay away from Alan,' which worried me because she was obviously deluded and thought that I really am Frankie."

Other credits

Blake appeared in Casualty for a second time in 2003.

She also appeared in The Bill, The Last Detective, Whose Baby is it Anyway, Doctors and played an interpreter in the 2009 series of Skins.

And she had roles in the films The Death of Klinghoffer (2003) and Siberia (1998).

Her theatre work included productions of Joe Guy, The Walworth Farce, After Mrs Rochester, 100, Love's Labours Lost, The Three Birds, Twelfth Night and Tamagotchi Heaven.

Blake also directed several plays, including Oxford Street at the Soho Theatre and The Burial at the Almeida.

Her last credited work was voice acting in the video game Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, as the character Yugiri in 2015.

Life outside acting

Blake was a registered TSLI: Trainee Sign Language Interpreter.

She used her sign language skills in a 2007 episode of The Last Detective starring Peter Davison.

She was diagnosed with the progressive neurological illness Motor Neurone Disease, and was said to have been "very frail" at the time of her disappearance.

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Bill Cosby: Judge delays wife's deposition

Bill Cosby's wife will not have to give evidence on Wednesday in a defamation case filed by seven women accusing the comedian of sexual assault.

Last week a judge rejected Camille Cosby's attempts to avoid testifying, after she claimed she was protected by a marital disqualification law.

But on Tuesday, he agreed to a postponement, saying it would be unfair to deny her the right to appeal.

However, if the appeal fails, a hearing should happen soon after, he added.

A lawyer for the women said he expected to eventually be allowed to question Mrs Cosby, who has been married to the comedian for more than 50 years is also his business partner.

Mr Cosby's accusers' legal claim alleges he and his representatives sought to tarnish their reputations after they went public with their claims of sexual misconduct.

The star has filed a counter legal claim, contending the women are "engaged in a campaign to assassinate" his reputation and character.

The 78-year-old is also seeking unspecified monetary damages and said the women inflicted emotional distress.

He has denied the accusations.

Last week, prosecutors in Pennsylvania charged the comedian with an alleged sexual assault in 2004. It is the first time Mr Cosby has been charged with any offence after months of accusations by dozens of women.

He is currently on $1m (£675,000) bail.

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Fast Tongue Twisting Rapper Quata Releases “One Life To Live” – Download & Listen

When it comes to tongue twisting rap, rapper Quata cannot be forgotten since he has been crowned as the best in that arena. For some years now, Quata has been silent in the music industry but he is back with a great song.

For 2016 and beyond, the rapper known in real life as Jacob Kwame Etroo has released “One Life To Live” which shows his rap dexterity. Before Quata Budukusu  released this new one “One Life to Live”, he gave his fans “Ohia“, “Pum Pum Shots” and “Wind n Go low” in 2015 when he made a major comeback into the industry.

Quata is currently signed to Bakus Entertainment, after six years break from active music. Over hundred songs recorded for his new release comes in all genres. It is the most versatile masterpiece yet to hit the world.

In Twi, English and Jamaican Patois, Quata brings words to life with his rhymes, rhythms, melodies and tongue twisting rap skill and deep composition, the one word for Quata is MUSIC

Download and listen to Quata’s 2016 newly released “One Life To Live” below:

http://bit.ly/1mvLnV7

Source: zionfelix.com

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Singer Chris Brown investigated for alleged battery

US singer Chris Brown is being investigated by Las Vegas police over an allegation of battery.

Officers were contacted at 10:30 local time (18:30 GMT) on Saturday about the alleged incident at the Palms Casino resort, according to Lt Jeff Goodwin.

A police statement said an altercation took place in a room when a woman went to take a picture of Brown and was struck by him before he took her phone.

His publicist Nicole Perna called the woman’s charges “unequivocally untrue”.

Police officers were unable to speak to Brown at his hotel room as he had left before they arrived.

They said a crime report has been taken, listing Brown for for misdemeanour theft and misdemeanour battery.

Ms Perna said the woman’s allegations were “a complete fabrication”.

Grammy winner Brown, whose hits include Run It! and Kiss Kiss, had performed on Friday at a Las Vegas nightclub where he appears regularly.


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Bill Cosby sexual assault charges 'politically motivated

Bill Cosby's defence lawyer has called the sexual assault charges brought against the comedian "politically motivated".

Monique Pressley told ABC's Good Morning America that the prosecutor in the case is not seeking justice, but making good on a campaign promise.

Over 50 women have accused Mr Cosby of plying them with drugs and alcohol and then sexually assaulting them.

On Wednesday, he was charged criminally for the first time in Pennsylvania.

Mr Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations against him, saying the sex with the women was consensual.

The accusations span decades, and most of the cases cannot be tried in court because too much time has passed.

In the Pennsylvania case, Mr Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004 at his home near Philadelphia. The charges were filed one day before the legal deadline.

Prosecutor Kevin Steele was elected in November. He campaigned against former prosecutor Bruce Castor who had declined to bring charges against Mr Cosby when Ms Constand first reported the assault in 2005.

That decision became a major issue in the campaign and the subject of advertisements. However Mr Steele never said publicly how he would handle the case.

On Wednesday, Mr Steele said his office had reopened the Constand case after "new information came to light".

After Mr Castor declined to charge Mr Cosby in 2005, Ms Constand sued Mr Cosby and settled the case out of court for an undisclosed sum.

Testimony in that civil case was made public in 2015, much of it unflattering to Mr Cosby.

Mr Cosby admitted in court that he had given women sedatives over the years, but he maintained that they had taken the drugs willingly.

A successful actor and comedian for decades, Mr Cosby shot to stardom in the 1980s with the sitcom The Cosby Show.

Since many of his accusers began to go public in early 2014, media companies and other institutions have sought to distance themselves from the once-beloved celebrity.

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Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault

Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have filed the first sexual assault charges against US comedian Bill Cosby.

Mr Cosby, 78, has been charged with aggravated indecent assault over an alleged incident in 2004 involving a former local university employee.

He has previously said under