Ghana Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Awards’ 24 to celebrate aged entertainers


The 2024 Ghana Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Awards will celebrate veteran Ghanaian entertainers while raising funds to support their endeavours.

The awards ceremony to be held in Houston, USA, in November 2024 is being organised by 2Geez Entertainment LLC in partnership with the Musicians Union of Ghana.

Veteran musicians from Highlife, Gospel, and Hiplife circles as well as individuals from the film and sports industries, would be honoured for their contributions.

Additionally, media people who have favourably impacted the entertainment business would be acknowledged for their contributions.

 

Mr. Stephen Ohene Agyepong and Godfred Wiafe, founders of 2Geez Entertainment, stated that entertainers who have paid their dues in their respective fields ought to be supported and honoured, which was why they came together to create such a platform.

‘We want to use this platform to help raise funds to take care of veteran entertainers who have contributed to the growth of the arts sector.

‘We are awa
re of some of their plights, and we are willing to come to their aid with this initiative so that they feel appreciated,’ Godfred Wiafe said.

The awards ceremony, which happens to be the third edition, has in the past recognised some entertainers, including Ben Brako, Ex Doe, and Opanka, Abrewa Nana , Kofi Nti, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Lilwin releases tribute song for three-year-old accident victim


Ghanaian actor and musician Kwadwo Nkansah Lilwin has released a new song titled ’25th May’ in remembrance of Nana Yaw, the three-year old who died in an accident.

Lilwin, on Saturday, May 25, 2024, ahead of the second premiere of his ‘A Country Called Ghana,’ movie was involved in a gruesome accident that left him hospitalised together with his manager, Raymoney and the sad passing of the three-year-old child.

The versatile act in the new song, which features Kweku Flick and King Paluta, extended his condolences to the bereaved family.

Lilwin, on the motivational song, also praised God for his goodness and mercies and thanked all the fans who have supported him in these trying times.

‘I thank God first of all, and I want to also thank members of the Second Chance church and my fans.

Rest in peace to Nana Yaw, who lost his life as a result of the accident, and I pray God replenishes the family’s loss.

‘I want to thank my team at Wezzy Empire, and I love all Ghanaians,’ Lilwin said in the song. The newly
released ’25th May’ single is available across streaming platforms.

Source: Ghana News Agency

35 years of dedicated service: Isaac Annoh in ‘Final Concert’ at National Theater July 11


After 35 years of dedicated service at the National Theatre of Ghana, Mr Isaac Annoh, Director of Music, National Symphony Orchestra, is bowing out with a final musical concert slated for Thursday, July 11, 2024.

The main auditorium of the Theatre will open at 7 pm as the music connoisseur leads his team in a variety of gospel, western classical, and hip-life renditions, to officially sign off in style.

Having led in his current rank for the past 16 years, Mr Annoh reflects on his journey with satisfaction and gratitude despite the bumpy road he had to manoeuvre occasionally.

Interacting with Ghana News Agency ahead of the concert, the vibrant instructor recalled joining the National Symphony Orchestra as a cellist (a person who plays the cello-a string instrument of the violin family) before heading to the top.

With a passion for his craft and desire to grow professionally, the experienced artiste enrolled at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, where he obtained a Diploma, Bachelor’s and
Master’s degree at different periods in courses related to his career.

In 1996, young Annoh obtained a scholarship to England to polish his skills in music conducting and art administration. This was after he had led his church choir to deliver a stellar piece at a British Council event in Accra.

He returned to Ghana to continue work with the orchestra until 2003 when the opportunity came for him to conduct the group while he was still a cellist.

‘The then conductor of the orchestra retired and I was asked to step in…In 2008, the Director [of Music] position became vacant; I applied and was selected for the job and have been the Director since then,’ the father of four explained.

The role, for him, had been ‘a herculean task’ but he was bent on making a mark with the solid backing of his able staff and team members.

‘My staff and others [volunteers] who support the orchestra have been by source of inspiration and motivation…I look at them and it encourages me to keep going because if I stop, I will let t
he other people down,’ he stated.

The setbacks notwithstanding, Mr Annoh is content with his positive musical influences on other fledgling talents.

‘One of my young players held a show recently and everything was superb…I sat back and felt I was leaving the scene but my work has not been in vain,’ he noted beaming.

Apart from playing the cello, the outgoing music director has a working knowledge of other musical instruments in the orchestra. That, he said, enabled him to direct his squad accordingly.

Mr Annoh has directed the National Orchestra to a variety of well-patronised and thrilling performances in Ghana and abroad and expects to give his cherished audience a special treat at the final gig.

He expressed confidence in ‘leaving a big shoe’ for those who will come after him but said ‘self-motivation and determination’, will make them succeed as he did.

The Director of Music urges the public to place more premium on people in the performing arts since ‘they are indispensable’ like other professional
s.

‘A performance of an hour and 45 minutes takes a lot of rehearsal and energy…it is time people recognise the value of the arts because we all have our role to play.

‘When you are happy, we are there…when you are sad, we are there…when you are in between any of these moods, we are there,’ he stated giggling.

The show pegged at GHS 100.00, will feature talents like Kennedy Darkwa and Urslar Essel.

The National Symphony Orchestra is one of the three resident groups at the National Theatre established, among other mandates, to ‘develop a culture and platform for publishing and performing Afro-classical music.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

American rapper Jim Jones featured in Gambo’s ‘Drip’ remix video


Award-winning American rapper, Jim Jones has been featured in the music video of Ghanaian rap sensation Bashir Annan, popularly known as Gambo. 

The remix of Gambo’s ‘Drip’ music video has been one of the most talked about music projects considering the Ghanaian cultural value it showcases. 

Jim Jones appeared in the music video dressed in a kente costume symbolising Ghanaian royalty, accessorized with dazzling beads and a fine-looking crown.

The music, shot in the USA, saw Jim Jones costumed as a Ghanaian king, alongside Ghanaian rappers Gambo and Ayigbe Edem, and a group of white and black women dressed in exquisite Ghanaian costumes.  

Jim Jones was not only excellent in contributing to ‘Drip Remix’ lyrically, but his dress style was a perfect fit for marketing brand Ghana in America and beyond.

Social media users have lauded Gambo for taking such a commendable initiative to market Ghana’s culture and featuring a top American music star who has a massive following around the world.

The ‘Drip’ Remix i
s one of the amazing tunes on Gambo’s latest extended play (EP) titled ‘1 More Bullet’, a musical project that’s in celebration of hip-hop and featured the likes of  E.L., and Kofi Jamar.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Maiden African music and art festival in Norway to showcase diverse cultural heritage


The maiden edition of the African Music and Art festival scheduled for August 24, 2024, in Norway will showcase the rich cultural heritage of various African countries.

Organised by Envoy Underholding, the first-ever African music and art festival seeks to market Africa’s traditional culture to the world while making it attractive to all generations.

The festival to be held at the Eventtallen in Oslo is expected to bring people from various backgrounds together to witness the uniqueness of African tradition and culture .

The upcoming festival would not only project the numerous cultures of various ethnicities but also their way of dressing with various fashion exhibitions.

Some activities billed for the festival also include culture displays, live music performances , and business exhibitions, with participating countries expected to showcase their contemporary arts.

There would be various performances from numerous entertainers from Africa.

The African Music and Arts Festival is part of an initiative b
y Envoy Underholding to recognise the contribution of African culture and value of the works of black people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nacee appreciates King Paluta’s music prowess and humility


The reigning Gospel Artiste of the Year, Nacee, has complimented budding music star King Paluta and encouraged him to strive for greatness.

A viral video has appeared online showing King Paluta expressing his adoration for the renowned gospel performer..

King Paluta, who was named New Artiste of the Year at the recent Ghana Music Awards, stated in the video that he was always captivated by Nacee’s vocal prowess.

Nacee, in a social media post, was full of praise for the ‘Aseda’ hitmaker, whom he described as having amazing musical talent and urged him to push harder to achieve his career goals.

 ‘It is so intriguing to meet the younger generation and see such beautiful talent. Keep shining and never stop being you,’ Nacee wrote on social media platform X.

 King Paluta has had a stellar rise in the music circles over the past months, dropping some amazing songs including ‘Yahitte,’ ‘Aha Akye,’ and his most recent single, ‘More Money,’ featuring Sista Afia.

Source: Ghana News Agency