Joe Mettle To Tour the U.S and Canada starting this July.

The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artist of the year, Joe Mettle has been busy away from the award celebrations. He was seen shortly after the awards ceremony, performing in Takoradi at the Thanksgiving Concert organised annually by PRAISE TV. He then moved on to perform at the Africa Gospel Music awards in London where he received an award for the best gospel act in the West African Sub-region.

Joe Mettle has announced he will be touring the United States and Canada from the first week of July till Second week August, 2017. Apart from the tour, Joe’s 2017 through 2018 calendar is open for booking.

His annual Praise and worship event, PRAISE RELOADED is also slated for the 25th of June, 2017 at the Accra International Conference center. Make it a point to be there.

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

 

Poetry and Spoken-word Event to Rock Accra Soon

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Crabbita Media Consult has today announced their first ever maiden event dubbed “Spit Bars and Poetry” – scheduled to come off in Accra at a location near you.

With so much free give-aways including free eye check-up, hair cut and grooming, cocktails and other mouth watering surprises for  attendees, you cannot afford to miss out on this one.

The organizer of this year’s “Spit Bars and Poetry” event has adopted #BeBoldForchange – the campaign theme for 2017 International Women’s Day (IWD), as part of efforts to celebrate women and accentuate issues affecting them using poetry and spoken word.

Performers would couch and recite poems on major religious, social and cultural topical issues affecting women and the girl-child including Child Rape, Trokosi, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Early Childhood Marriage, Violence Against Women, Women Empowerment among others.

This event promises to be one of Ghana’s biggest platforms solely for some of the country’s most acclaimed poets and spoken word artistes – who have vowed to mesmerize their followers and event attendees.

Lovers of choreography, live-painting and portraits, love poems, choral and contemporary gospel music would also be kept spellbound through out the program.

“Spit Bars and Poetry” event is powered by Crabbita Media Consult, a full-service Press Agent, Brands Management and Arts outfit with support Sent from my iPhone

Crabbe Nathaniel – Press Agent

 

PRINCE HAKEEM TO UNITE GHANA WITH MAIDEN SINGLE

As Ghana heads to one of its most crucial election, renowned Ghanaian guitarist Prince Matthews popularly known as Hakeem is set to release his new single ‘We are One’.

Speaking in an interview Prince indicated that the only sure way to sustainable development is first, a peaceful environment and a people with a common goal to make it happen. The message of peace and unity is not only needed during election periods but as a nation there is so much we can achieve in a peaceful environment. He also believes that music plays a very significant role in spreading the message of peace.

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The song emphasizes peace with string and vocal expressions. The song is a perfect blend of his unique style on the guitar and passion for music. He is one of the best, if not the best on the strings in Ghana. Gifted with exceptional musical talent Prince has played with musicians including Donnie McClurkin, Vashawn Mitchell, Kwame Yeboah,Isaac Aryee,Nii Okai, Cwesi Oteng, Joe Mettle, Pastor Helen Yawson,Joyfulway Inc, Eugene Zuta,KODA, No tribe, Uche Agu, Irene Logan, Sarkodie,Mary ghansah, Marvin winans, Deitrick Haddon, Michelle Hammond,Micah Stampley and many others.

“We are One” promises to be a binding chorus as Ghana heads to the polls this December.

OPOKU SANAA NOMINATED FOR 2016 BEFFTA AWARDS

Ghanaian renowned bass player and musician Opoku Sanaa has received nomination for the 2016 edition of international award ceremony, Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television & Arts (BEFFTA) Awards.

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The BEFFTA Awards is Europe’s biggest award ceremony celebrating black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

The eighth edition of the award ceremony which celebrates under one roof film directors, actors, actresses beauty pageants, musicians, fashion designers, journalists, authors, DJs, models, radio personalities, TV personalities, sports personalities and many others was hosted by legendary Hollywood actor, Dr. Winston George Ellis, and BEFFTA CEO, Dr Pauline Long.

Opoku Sanaa was nominated in the Best Musician Category, while he also competes with Ben Audu, ShekuKanneh-Mason, SaxAngel Gabriel, Mike Aremu, Peter OlatundeAdeshile, NiranObasa, Kelvin Aromana, Martin Chims, Ben Saxxy, Patrick White, Jerry Brown, LekanShobiyi andTerron Murray.

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Sanaa has worked with a lot of musicians within Ghana and beyond aside his Bass Solo career.

He launched his maiden album titled, Sound Optics earlier this year at the Accra Mall which received one of the biggest patronage ever. The album launch had wonderful and renowned Musicians, Producers gracing the occasion including CwesiOteng, Trigmatic, Adomaa, FiifiFolson, Kingzkid, AkesseBrempong, Yaw Boakye, Six Strings, PL Crew and many others.

Sound Optics, the 10-track album, all written and composed by Opoku Sanaa features different artistes and producers from Ghana and beyond. It contains diverse music genres ranging from solemn classical ballads, fusion to Afro-pop which appeal to every kind of music fan. Some of the artistes who lent their skills to the album include Nollywood actress and musician, Stella Damasus and her husband, Daniel Ademinokan, CwesiOteng, Joe Mettle, Giovanni and Trigmatic.

Opoku Sanaa is also the founder and President of PL Crew(African Gospel Music Awards Nominee) and the CEO of Bass Phactory Music Consultancy which organizes the annual Bass Clinic Music Festival in Ghana, one of the biggest music festivals in Africa.

It’s hard to imagine anyone that embraces the joy of music more than him.
Story: Eddy Koomson

E’mPraise to release Extended Play ahead of July 3 Absolute Worship

In 2014, the Ghanaian Contemporary Gospel industry woke up to the birthing of great Christian compositions produced by one of the finest Contemporary Gospel Groups in Ghana, the E’mPraise Incorporated.

The 2014 album titled, Absolute Worship, which had E’mPraise’s most traveled song, “Oguamma” and other songs was hugely accepted by many Gospel Music lovers across the length and breadth of the country and beyond for its level of dexterity.

The choir since 2014 has been engaged in organizing outreach programmes in Senior High Schools which has been dubbed “Bra Fie” and its annual Worship Concert, Absolute Worship.

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After the release of their first album in 2014, many thought that the Group would be coming out with Albums year after year however the group has remained quiet over the past years with little heard from them.

Speaking to the Music Director of the Ministry, Martinson Gyimah he said “It’s been two years since we released our first album which has been a blessing to the church in Ghana and overseas as a whole so this year we decided to bless God’s body with more inspired music ….but this time we are adding videos.”

The Extended Play, EP, is expected to feature songs such as “Odo yi” (this love), “Me som Wo (I will serve you), “He’s Moving” “Odo mmoroso (Abundant Love)” and a French composition, “J’ai besoin de toi” (I need You).

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The songs were arranged and produced by E’mPraise Inc. Similarly the songs were led by E’mPraise’s lead icons, Eugene Zuta, Eld. Quesie Boate, Kobby Mantey, Rhema Body and others. It is anticipated that the Christian music community will warmly accept these tracks. The EP also features, Lord Listowell on Drums, Prince Senah on Bass, Prince Hakeem on Guitars, Charlie Keyz and Martinson Gyimah on Keyboards.

The Organizing Head of E’mPraise Inc. Kobby Mantey said “this EP will bring to finality the long posed question on when E’mPraise Inc. will come out with its own videos.”

Ahead of the group’s July 3 concert, the EP release is expected to warm contemporary Gospel music lovers into what to expect during this year’s Absolute Worship coming off at the Qodesh, North Kaneshie under the theme “One God One Nation.”

The MD of the group, Martinson Gyimah said “you will definitely love the originality, creativity, and ingenuity when you listen to this Extended Play. We trust that you will be impacted tremendously when you listen to it.

MUSIC: MINISTER NEGAR UNCOVERED

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Talk about her tone, her stage presence, her composure, her confidence all put in one urn, you have Minister Negar.  You should remember her from Denzel’s annual concert “Touching God’s Heart” where she led “YES YOU ARE THE LORD” with Minister Danny Nettey two years ago. Although she’s very young,  Negar was actively involved in the birth of contemporary gospel music in Ghana having closely worked with the likes of Rev. Tom Bright-Davies and being a lead singer of Global Gospel Inspirers(GGI),  a group that emanated from Tesano Baptist Church  one of Ghana’s foremost contemporary choirs, made up of young talents.

Growing up she loved singing not really knowing what plans were set for her in the future. Negar began singing in secondary school as a soloist where she sung at Scripture Union programs and at the International Central Gospel Church, Akosombo. She was discovered by a group of young men and women who encouraged her and with the help of the pastor, became a regular minister at the church services of I.C.G.C, Akosombo.

Evolving into a praise and worship leader, she has graciously stood on the platforms of many churches leading God’s people in praise and worship.

She has graced the platforms of GPCC, Heartbeat Music, God’s Family Music Ministry along side other ministers as Alvin Slaughter, Patrick Duncan, No Tribe, Uncle Ato, Denzel Agyemang-Prempeh, Naa Mercy and a host of others.

Desire to Worship, the flagship worship Service of Nissi Music Incorporated, a ministry she started and leads, is held every year. This she has done with some of the finest of GH gospel  musicians:  Eugene Zuta, Joe Mettle, Quesie Boate, Denzel Agyemang-Prempeh, Naa Mercy, Uncle Ato and the PL Crew. Talking about this year’s concert, she says it is unprecedented. She calls it “GRACE EDITION” and its happening live at the Tesano Baptist Church next month June.

Negar Wujangi is also the music director of Tesano Baptist Church.

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

 

KOBBY MANTEY SET FOR DOUBLE RELEASE

In the midst of copious song debuting, Gospel music artist Kobby Mantey is set to make first appearances of two songs come the 17th of May, 2016. Being passionate about delivering excellence in production together with touching messages, Kobby said he has waited for almost four years to outdoor these songs when God gave them to him.

The songs titled JESUS and HALLELUYA is being released on the same day and happens to be the first of its kind in the Gospel music industry in Ghana. A double release seems almost impossible in our system considering the manner our industry is shaped here in Ghana. This is what Kobby has to say about the double release and also what influenced writing of the songs:

WHY A DOUBLE RELEASE

I believe God is leading me to do this, it is the usual in Ghana to release a single but I know God wants me to do something different in the Gospel industry in Ghana And I am convinced that God has a purpose for these two songs considering the Genres and the way there have been produced……..

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HALLELUYA

It is a worship song inspired by the Holy Spirit one morning while I was having my quiet time. The song dropped in my spirit while I was reading Revelation chapter 4 where John on the desert saw a vision of Jesus in Heaven, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to the verse 8 where it says “ Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come.” Immediately in that moment I started singing in my local language ( Kronkron kronkron ni yen Awurade, Kronkron kronkron ni wo asofo yehowa Halleluya halleluya osoro abofo to hwum se kronkron)

 

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One afternoon I was thinking about the name Jesus and the power He carries, so I decided to write a song that will focus on the man Jesus: my focus in writing this song is to introduce Christ to the young men and women who don’t know Him and also to some of us Christians who are yet to experience Christ and the power in His name. Philippians 2:10-11 says “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”. This song is a fusion of Pop, Hip-hop and a bit of Rock; my target is the youth and anyone who loves these genre of music

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Kobby said by the grace of God he was blessed to have worked with some awesome musicians on his project. These people include: Charley Keyz, Martinson Gyimah, Alfred Wiafe, Prince Hakeem, Evans Kornor, Lord Listowell, Naa Kwaley, Eunice Raguel, Esther Goodwyll, Emmanuel Bludo, Enoch Owuraku.

Niiella,Eunice Coffie and Kingzkid. The two songs were mixed and mastered by Shadrack Yawson (SHA) of WAVEBOX Studios. His project is managed by MAKARIOS MUSIC a new Record label in Ghana.

Tye Tribbett Gets New Show on BET

Gospel recording artist, Tye Tribbett is headed to BET!!!  Tye Tribett will now add TV host to his long list of accomplishments, BET has named the Gospel music sensation as host of its new show “Joyful Noise!”

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The new one hour show will feature today’s gospel super stars, rising new artists, powerful personal testimonies and a brief sermon from some of the nation’s top Pastors.

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From BET:

“JOYFUL NOISE” is the gospel music hour that delivers the perfect blend of performances from today’s gospel super stars, rising new artists, powerful personal testimonies and insightful man-on-the-street interviews with the inspirational Willie Moore Jr. Hosted by one of gospel music’s most gifted artists, Tye Tribbett, this series is sure to strengthen the genre’s appeal with younger audiences, while honoring the core values of its rich traditions. In addition to a variety of musical performances, each show will also feature a power-filled sermonette by one of the nation’s leading pastors, setting the tone for a more compelling worship experience. Finally, “JOYFUL NOISE” will showcase amazing local churches from around the nation, giving viewers the opportunity to get their hometown church featured on the show. “JOYFUL NOISE” is guaranteed to deliver the kind of entertainment that feeds the spirit and uplifts the soul.

KOBBY MANTEY – Gospel Music’s Kept Secret

Kobby Mantey is one of Ghana’s best gospel music secrets. A singer, songwriter, composer and producer, Kobby is a little over thirty-year-old. He is passionate about delivering the excellence in production together with touching messages. Remember him for his rendition of the “BIGGER” song which he wrote his own verses to. The song went viral after he performed it at Joe Mettle’s LOVE GIFT concert. His humility and respect for the things of God speak volume of him from afar. After the release of the “BIGGER” single, Kobby moved on to live and minister in South Africa for a while where he took time to nurture his gospel music career. Moving back into Ghana as directed by God, he still remains a great treasure yet to be discovered by many.

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Born Samuel Kwabena Mantey, Kobby Mantey as he is mostly called is a Contemporary Christian and gospel artist who first was driven to express himself through music as a youngster when he was discovered by his Sunday school teacher in his early years at church. He then went on developing the music gift the Lord has blessed him with through various means such as listening to songs and practicing on his own and with his local church’s choir. He was highly focused, mentally disciplined and was consistent with his ways to mastery. Kobby has over the years contributed to the development of contemporary gospel music in Ghana. He was highly instrumental in the formation of Ghana’s sensational gospel music group; E’mpraise Inc which he still plays a major role.

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After his debut single- ” BIGGER”, Kobby has to his credit two more hit tunes namely “THE CALL” and “MY HEART” respectively. Out of our heavenly commission to preach the gospel, he coined “THE CALL”, a song which has been a major evangelism tool amongst communities. Testimonies from the impact of this song have been phenomenal. Lives has been touched, souls have been won for the kingdom of God and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit embedded in the song. “MY HEART”, an afro beat gospel song which he featured Nigerian gospel artist, Minister Igwe has also been on radio rotation for a very long time and still remains one of the most trending afro beat gospel in the country. This song contains praise lyrics expressing gratitude and joy unto the Almighty God for His kindness, love, mercy and grace over his life.

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Kobby has worked with so many gospel artists in and around Ghana. Some of this artists include; Joe mettle, No-Tribe, Eugene Zuta, Danny Nettey, Cindy Thompson, and Patheka Booi of South Africa. He has also performed on the same stage with award winning American Gospel artist Fred Hammond.

Keep following him via his social media handles. I am sure he’s got something up his sleeves coming out soon. FACEBOOK: Kobby Mantey, TWITTER: @kobbymantey, INSTAGRAM: @kobbymantey, YOUTUBE: Kobby Mantey