Cwesi Oteng Bounces Back With Anthems

Multiple award-winning Christian recording artiste, Cwesi Oteng and his team on Friday September 15 2017 recorded an album dubbed Anthems with Cwesi & FloRiva Inc. It is the maiden album recording in a series of Anthem albums according to the artiste which he believes will take the world by storm in the same vein as greats like Hillsong have done.
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Cwesi who has been silent for the better part of the past 4 years took everyone by surprise when pictures started emerging from his twitter & instagram pages after the recording. Speaking to  Cwesi he said ” this was not our plan to even have an audience for this recording. After being silent for almost four years i did not think it wise to advertise a concert for people to gather to listen to what?. Of course we recorded entirely new songs but my heart for this project wanted to work behind the scenes and bring to my waiting fans a product they will treasure and refer to for their intimate encounters with God”.
“I have never done a project where I felt so out of control.  Everyone on the team knew that a higher hand was controlling and directing everything. The songs we recorded will extend far beyond the beautiful shores of Ghana. I call it Africa’s definition of global music. I see many nations and tribes singing these songs in large gatherings”.
Indeed, from the pictures one senses an intensity in the atmosphere that is beyond words.
Cwesi further asked all his fans and loved ones to join him on social media to help spread the news and details concerning the recording and new path with the Anthems recordings. Just share, he said.
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ADOM PRAIZ 2017 IS DISRESPECT TO GHANA MUSIC INDUSTRY

When the Multimedia Group through its daughter brand, Adom Fm introduced ADOM PRAIZ eight years ago, the whole gospel music industry was elated by the common benefits this platform was going to exude. Gospel artists, industry players, media personalities got involved and it became the talk of town.

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ADOM PRAIZ with no atom of doubt has contributed greatly to the growth of Gospel music in Ghana. It has seen to the economic growth of the music industry as a whole due to its high budget production scale. Over the years the show has been headlined by heavy weight gospel music artists mainly from the United States. These include: Kirk Franklin, Cece Winans, Israel Houghton, Hezekiah Walker and Brooklyn Tabernacle choir with the latter being the 2016 headliner.

The event has year on been beautifully produced. Unfortunately, 2017 doesn’t look good from what I have personally seen so far. To start with, I will like to address the event poster/flier. How on earth did Adom Fm come up with such a design? It is as though the design was created by a primary school student trying his/her hands on some homework assigned by a drawing teacher. I want to strongly believe that this year’s artwork didn’t go through the quality assurance office of the multimedia group before its circulation.  If it did, I call upon Kwesi Twum, group CEO of the multimedia group to review the employment of the staff in that department. The design lacks basic graphic design principles e.g.: element positioning, color harmonization, font choice amongst others.  A look at the flier sends strong signals to my brain causing a migraine!!!

Secondly, in a press release by the organisers of the concert, the headline artists for this year’s event is PREYE and STEVE, Again, another gross disrespect to our local artists. I don’t have any issue with our Nigerian colleagues, I’m a strong advocate for intra-trade of Gospel music on the African continent specifically in the sub-region and these platforms can help to do so. My problem is very simple, PREYE and STEVE are not fit to headline such a landmark gospel event in Ghana. My understanding of a headline artist is an artist who has over the years chalked remarkable success in his/her art/ministry, celebrated by the masses across the nations and has enough works in the public. Are the 2017 headline artists for ADOM PRAISE relevant in the global gospel music industry than JOE METTLE Is? The answer is a big NO!!!! Both headline artists have very few known songs and haven’t chalked a quarter of the success our current Ghanaian Artist of the Year( Joe mettle) has. Why have the organisers pushed Ghana’s current artist of the year into some corner with his name written in some dark and contrasting colors? This is gross disrespect to the Ghana Music Industry and challenges the relevance of the GHANA MUSIC AWARDS. If an artist of the year is unable to headline an event in his own country, then I’m afraid!!!! I suggest that MUSIGHA and the Ghana music awards scheme, look into these matters.

Thirdly, the sudden release of news items concerning 2017 ADOM PRAIZ seems to me as though the project manager woke up one morning and remembered that the event hasn’t occurred this year- like a father forgetting his son’s birthday a day before. It seems Adom Fm is losing grip on ADOM PRAISE and it’s threatening to the music industry. Such haphazard planning should not be encouraged in this industry. I call on all well meaning Ghanaians and all music stakeholders in this country to speak against the headlining acts for ADOM PRAIZ 2017. The headlining artist should be Ghana’s Artist of the Year JOE METTLE and no one else!!! I’m speaking to the very ethics of this industry and I hope I’m heard positively. Let’s celebrate our own Ghana!!!

Story; Nick Solomon

 

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.