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Jayana Wins Female Vocalist Of The Year At 2020 GUGMA

Ghanaian gospel minstrel, Jayana was on Sunday, 26 July 2020, adjudged the Female Vocalist of the year at the second edition of Ghana Urban Gospel Music Awards [GUGMA].

The ‘Victory’ hitmaker beat competition from Efe Grace, Celestine Donkor, Alexandrah and Pastor Dzifa.

A special highlight of the night was when Jayana took to the stage to minister her current hit songs ‘I Believe’ and ‘Who You Are’.

Born Jemima Annor-Yeboah, Jayana is noted for her soul-touching ministrations, making an immense impact on followers of gospel music.

The colourful event which was held at The Radiant Place, Tesano, Accra saw awe-inspiring performances from promising urban gospel artistes.

Ghana Urban Gospel Music Awards [GUGMA] seeks to award excellence and creativity in the Urban Gospel Music Industry.

Jayana is currently promoting her new single ‘WHO YOU ARE’ which is doing so well.

Angry Panda Releases Debut Music Video ‘Shots Fired’ Featuring FRD, Kojo Linton And Q

Angry Panda Music Label, a new record label that is making big moves has released its debut music video called Shots Fired.

The video which features the label’s formidable trio FRD, Q and KOJO LINTON is also an introductory video to outdoor the talents on the label.

SHOTS FIRED is the trio’s first feature song together and the label apparently took no expense in delivering a dope and different music video with an interesting storyline and great visuals. The story sees the trio acting as themselves in the video that was shot like a feature film.

The video was shot by SYNMATION STUDIOS and directed by RICHMOND BOADI (Ichigo Al Ghoul).

You can watch the video below.

Government’s GHC50m Allocation To Creative Arts Industry Is Refreshing – Musician Mijay

Fast-rising afro-dancehall musician Mijay is elated as government has announced it will allocate GHC50 million to cushion the creative arts industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She describes the development as refreshing since government seems to have answered the persistent calls by creatives for some support since the pandemic broke.

She said “it’s refreshing to note that government is thinking about us. Personally, I just released my song ‘Sweet Vybez’ and without events, I can’t promote it and ultimately get paid for performances. All I have is online revenue.”

“I applaud government for the initiative. It gives the younger ones like us hope that the future is bright,” she added.

Industry players have since March advocated and pleaded with government to support the creative arts industry since it had adversely been affected by the Covid-19 virus.

Events, concerts, movie premieres etc were canceled by authorities as measures to curb the spread of the virus. A situation which stifled the livelihood of many entertainers.

Rapper Edem boldly took to twitter in June to say that Ghanaian musicians are broke. Even though he was trolled, some musicians took sides with him.

Minister for Finance Ken Ofori Attah, presenting the mid-year budget review on the floor of parliament Thursday, amongst other things noted that government was looking to “Increase the CapBuss Programme by GH¢150 million to, among others, facilitate credit of GH¢50 million to support the Creative Arts, the Media and the Conference of Independent Universities.”

Mijay currently released her brand new afro-dancehall love song which is already enjoying massive airplay across the country.

E. Tamak Pops Up In A Berlin Studio; Is He Set To Drop A Banger Soon?

Ace artiste and video director, Eric Tamakloe aka E. Tamak has popped up in a studio inside Berlin, Germany working on something new after a hiatus.

He is widely known as the brains behind most of the music videos of the legendary Daddy Lumba and has worked with the likes of Yaa Pono, MzVee, T-Zee, Kofi Nti and Ricchie Rich. Other acts he has shot for include Nhyriba Kojo, D-Flex, Dunsin, 5Five, NaturalFace, Old Soldja, Harry King, among others, under the name E-Tamak Films.

Currently based in Germany, he is poised to resume his career and feed his fans with a new banger which of course will be released with exotic visuals.

Anticipate as E.Tamak is back with fresh sounds and new vibes for your watching and listening pleasure.

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Rapper Yaw Grey’s AfroCan Album Dropping On 25TH July

The former Mobile boiz member Yaw Grey has announced his upcoming album ‘AfroCan’ is dropping on 25th of July 2020.

The body of work, has proudly been titled “AfroCan” simply because Africa Can.

The Rapper is particularly excited about this album since it completely highlights his growth as an artist from the Mobile boiz era to the current Yaw Grey.

AfroCan is an 12 track album that together communicates that he, Yaw Grey “believes it’s only 1 race that can have Afro on and that is the African, that the black race.”

“If other races can really do big and explore, I believe we can as Africans. And I believe as a young man or young lady from Africa, we can sell Africa in the African way, in the African voice, and this album is put together to really sell Africa through music, with the passion.”

The Album is being powered by Muse Media Networks owned TunesXmuse, a global music distribution and label services platform.

Speaking on the release George Wiredu Duah – Director of Editorial, Muse Media Networks – revealed TunesXmuse was putting it’s all into Yaw Grey’s AfroCan album.

“Aside his rap delivery, Yaw is a very talented artist. At TXM we love to work with talent and we are hopeful that the new album, AfroCan will inspire every young African to believe in him or herself and change the narrative,” he said.

“TXM is throwing everything marketing wise to push the brand Yaw Grey into new market spaces and our door is always open to talents who want to reach out into different market spaces across the globe”.

“We congratulate Yaw Grey on his upcoming album, and we know we can achieve greatness because we are AfroCans”.

Ahead of the release Yaw Grey has already received the blessing from his Godfather and originator of Hip-Life Reggie Rockstone.

Fix 25th July 2020 in your calendar and stream on all digital platforms once it hit the stores.

MASK4ALL CHARITY CONCERT HELD WITH TOP MUSIC STARS

A major COVID-19-themed music concert put together by the Coalition of Event Managers and Suppliers, an interest group of professionals in Ghana’s events ecosystem, has been held in Accra.

Featuring KiDi, Lamisi, Prince Bright, Yaw Sarpong and Asomafo, Kuami Eugene, Mr Drew and a host of others, it paid a fitting tribute to the group’s socially-progressive campaign to contribute to ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts.

Broadcast live to a global television audience, it saw in full splendour, the expertise of all the members of the group, which handed the event a solid appeal.

Prior to Saturday’s event, the Mask4All campaign had garnered support by embarking on a massive drive to mobilize face masks for distribution to the vulnerable while putting out educational material on multiple mediums to help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Organizers set out to acknowledge the collective efforts in fighting Covid-19; creating public awareness and education on preventive safety measures; mobilizing face masks for free distribution to the needy and inspiring hope in these difficult times.

The coalition include Rhythmz Africa, Pozitiv Communication, 3Music Network, Platinum Live Media, Event Factory, Virtual Limit Productions, Ritel Telecommunication Ltd, WAB Lighting Treasured Memories, Twitch House Marketing, The Oval Workshop, Kabutey my MC, The Victoria by Prop Haven, 9K Media Hub, Image Bureau, E-volution International, JH Health Connect, 16284 Public Relations, 33 Point One Nine, Valuecom Consult, Timeline Creatives and the Patch Bay Band.

The concert and Mask4All initiative was also put together with the support of the Creative Arts Council, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, and Multimedia Broadasting with Joy Prime as the lead.

Donors include Stanbic, Airtel Tigo, Erata Motors, Wear Ghana, Street and Homeless Shelter Foundation and Fidele Couture.

WatsUp TV Expands To Burkina Faso, Guinea And 40+ Countries

Pan African entertainment TV show, WatsUp TV has announced a partnership with Guinea Evasion TV and Burkina Faso’s 3 TV , to extend its content onto the Canal+ platform thereby extending their viewership to over 40 countries and 7 million homes on the satellite platform.

The shows which will be produced and aired in French for the Francophone audience will feature a Top 10 countdown show and WatsUp TV playlist.

This initiative is expected to open the WatsUp TV’s brand to a new market and presenting musicians and music promoters an opportunity to promote their content across the globe through this new platform instituted by WatsUp TV.

Commenting on this historic feat, Abdoulaye “ ABD “ Traore, CEO of WatsUp TV remarked that, the brand is growing to become a preferred platform for music artistes to promote their songs to the whole African continent.

The show will air on Evasion TV from 31st July, 2020 and will be shown on Fridays, 3pm to 5pm and Sundays late night 12:30 am to 2 am on Canal+ channel 241.

In Burkina Faso, WatsUp TV will air on Sundays 5PM to 6PM via 3 TV on Canal+ channel 254.

In Ghana, WatsUp TV currently airs daily and weekly on EBN Channel, TV7 and Max TV.

Some other programs to be featured on the show include: WatsUp TV Official Show, Its Our Time, Fans Tweet Request, Trending News and Hot Jamz.

Artistes interested in featuring on the show or submit their videos can visit www.watsup.tv to submit their videos or write to info.watsuptv@gmail.com

MultiChoice Nigeria Reveals N85m Grand Prize For BBNaija Season 5 Winner

With the countdown to the season five premiere of Africa’s popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija officially on, MultiChoice Nigeria has revealed that this season’s winner will walk away with a whopping N85m grand prize!

The grand prize which includes a N30m cash prize, makes this season’s winnings the biggest since its debut back in 2006 and highest prize for reality TV show on the continent!

Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said: “The fifth season of BBNaija marks a major milestone in the reality TV series. We are making this season significant by not only increasing the winnings, but by also implementing other creative and innovative ways to ensure the show lives up to the premium entertainment especially during the current pandemic.”

The breakdown of the grand prize for BBNaija season five includes: a N30m cash prize; a two-bedroom apartment courtesy Revolution Plus; a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors; a trip to Dublin courtesy Guinness; home appliances courtesy Scanfrost; a trip to Dubai packaged by Travelbeta; a year’s supply of Indomie noodles, Munch it and Colgate toothpaste; a year’s supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller and a trip to watch the UEFA Champions League finale; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone

Meanwhile, MultiChoice will in the coming days reveal other surprises for viewers and fans of the show.

BBNaija season 5 will be broadcast live and 24/7 on DStv channel 198 and GOtv Max and Jolli packages on channel 29. DStv viewers can also follow the drama this season with the DStv Now app on a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

DStv customers who would like to opt out of viewing the show can do so by sending “Smart card number [space] BBOUT” to 30333. While GOtv customers can do same by sending “IUC Number [space] BBOUT” to 30333. Additionally, customers can activate the parental control option on their DStv and GOtv decoders for viewers younger than 18 years.

Betway is the Headline sponsor of BBNaija season 5 and the Gold sponsor is Guinness.

Given the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, MultiChoice Nigeria has assured viewers that global best practices, precautions and preventive measures will be followed throughout the show. To find out more about this and other information on the fifth season, visit www.africamagic.tv/bigbrother.

You can also follow the official Big Brother Naija social media pages for news and updates with the hashtag #BBNaija on Twitter @bbnaija, Instagram @bigbronaija and Facebook www.facebook.com/bigbrothernaija as well as all verified social media pages of DStv Nigeria, GOtv Nigeria and Africa Magic.

BBNaija Housemates In Isolation Ahead Of Live Show

Ahead of the commencement of Season 5 of the Big Brother Naija show on Sunday, all new housemates are currently in isolation. The organisers had announced that the 2020 edition of the reality show will go live on Sunday, July 19 on GOtv.

Amid the Covid-19 crisis and the social distancing protocol, many wondered if BBNaija will hit TV screens this year. At a virtual press briefing on Thursday, MultiChoice disclosed that they were working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure the highest level of safety of housemates and the production crew. 


The organisers announced that “potential housemates are currently in isolation ahead of the July 19 premiere”. “They will be monitored whilst in isolation until they are cleared as Covid-19 free. Anyone that shows signs of ill health, will as expected not be a part of the show.”

The Big Brother House has also been disinfected and won’t be accessible to anyone till when the housemates make their way into their new abode. Channel Director, Africa Magic, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, explained that even before the current pandemic, housemates usually go through extensive health checks before entering the house.

Noting that, this protocol has been elevated due to the present circumstances, she said, “the Big Brother show lends itself to a certain level of quarantine, seamlessly integrating into the Covid-19 guidelines.”

Past winners of the show include Katung Aduwak (2006), Michael Efe Ejeba (2017), Miracle Igbokwe (2018) and Mercy Eke (2019). Fans in Ghana will be able to watch the show live 24/7 on the GOtv MAX package in Ghana.

NET Honours: Actress Juliet Ibrahim Named Most Popular Celebrity In Africa

Actress Juliet Ibrahim has been adjudged the most poplar African celebrity at the 4th edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Today Honours, Peaple’s Choice Awards.

The scheme is aimed at recognizing individuals and events that have shaped pop culture in the year under review.

Data for NET Honours is sourced from a wide database of over eight million users who have engaged with Netng, Neusroom, Orin, and 234Star platforms via the websites, social media accounts, and email newsletters within a 12-month calendar period.

Last year, Juliet won the NET Honours ‘Most Popular African Celebrity’ award even though she missed the awards presentation ceremony at the Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive).

This year, Juliet Ibrahim proves that she is definitely a fans favourite by winning over other major African stars like Sarkodie, Angelique Kidjo, Juliet Ibrahim, Nasty C, and Diamond Platnumz.

The actress took to her Instagram page to express her excitement, with the caption “or the second year running, @julietibrahim is NET Honours ‘Most Popular African Celebrity’ Congratulations! #teamjulietibrahim This one is for you guys!
Thanks @thenetng for the nomination and the efforts to keep a successful, non- biased award show! 💪💪💪 #NetHonours

About NET Honors

NET Honours, a property of marketing, media and technology company, ID Africa, is an annual recognition of top performers in the entertainment industry and public sector, based on audience data from ID Africa’s network of media channels. NET Honours focuses on recognising achievers in entertainment and related industries through a thorough analysis of global audience search, interaction and trends on ID Africa’s media channels.

Built upon audience engagement from a database of over eight million users who interacted with Netng, Neusroom, Orin and 234Star content across websites, social media and email newsletter channels between April 2019 and March 2020, the award celebrates musicians, actors, comedians and public personalities who rank high in consumers’ list of most interesting topics for the year under review.

Celebrities and public figures such as Davido, Wizkid, President Muhammadu Buhari, Juliet Ibrahim, Alibaba, Tobi Bakre and several others have won awards in previous editions of the event.