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

 

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The Maker’s House Chapel International REVEALED!!!

WOW!!!! What a feeling? What a church? What an experience? These awe-struck expressions kept darting in my mind as I sat in the loft of the MAKER’S HOUSE CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL last Sunday. No church gathering has been able to satisfy my appetence for quality until my visit to The Maker’s House Chapel. I got to the church almost an hour late(Oh come on!!! don’t judge me, I know you are guilty too) and I must be honest, this is one of the few times I have felt so bad missing praise and worship on a Sunday morning.  Just before the sermon was preached, there stood this gorgeous woman singing a hymn I have never heard but it really ministered to my soul. I immediately knew I missed out a great deal for not being present during praise and worship.

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I was there for a reason. I was there to feed my curiosity. A couple of my friends had visited the church and in sharing their experience, I’ve always believed with no atom of doubt they were exaggerating because I couldn’t bring myself to the reality that a church gathering could be that first-rate. I’ve come to accept that most of these new churches lack genuine doctrine.

Just after the focal bible verse (Psalm 23) for the sermon was read, I knew I was in for a prosperity lecture, and that obviously resonates with the setting I find myself. After approximately 10 minutes into the sermon, my perception started to change. The preacher, Dr. Michael Boadi Nyamekye is a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I have never heard the gospel of Christ preached with so much modern relevance. I have known Psalm 23 from primary school, I never thought its first verse could mean so much to my life as a Christian. I began to realize how theology has limited the power of God in so many churches today. I could literally feel life in the word of God as the man of God preached. I was so ashamed of myself and the pre-formed perception I had about the church and the man of God.

Coming from a Presbyterian background, Communion Sundays will take forever. This wasn’t the case at the maker’s house chapel. Communion took less than 6 minutes. The whole service lasted for two hours and every fragment of it was satisfying and liberating for me. The ushering department is one of the best I have seen so far. Their mode of operations are like that of the secret service in the US. Lol! YES!! Really! The music felt too good that at a point I thought they were miming over a pre-recorded song when they started to sing this old tune at the end of the service ­– “STAND UP STAND UP FOR JESUS”

God deserves the best and I see that kind of quality in the eyes of the Dr. Boadi Nyamekye. After a hardworking week, we want to come to our creator in relief. We want to leave the church on Sunday morning with hope restored, faith uplifted, mental liberation, strength to carry on to do great things and primarily re-energized to live in the consciousness of our lord Jesus Christ. Church Gatherings shouldn’t be a religious gathering or a Sunday ritual. It should be Holy Spirit filled service, bringing freedom, reconciling humans to their source and resourcing Christians for the days, weeks, months and years ahead in wait for our master who art in the heavens.  Reading their mission statement this morning: “to bring awareness about God’s existence to people of all ages and encourage them to learn their own faith”, truly confirms my experience in their gathering yesterday.

It is my prayer that the church’s congregants will truly carry their cross daily and follow Jesus even as they worship in such a cozy ambience. Dr. Boadi Nyamekye is someone I’ve come to admire and I pray his flock given to him by God will listen to his directions as he is also being directed by our father in heaven. If I had the opportunity to make a wish today, this is what it will be:  to meet Dr. Nyamekye in person over lunch and have a personal interaction with the man of God. Quite impossible I guess. These men of God can be hard to find outside Sundays.

Till I come your way again, this was my experience at the Maker House Chapel International. My advise to anyone reading this article, Don’t be too quick to judge what you haven’t experienced for yourself.

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

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

DIVINE REVELATION SUPERSEDES HUMAN CALCULATIONS- Dr Randy Osae Bediako

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According to developmental psychologist Howard Gardner P.hD (Harvard University) in his 1983 book, Frames of Mind, human Intelligence is broken down into nine different types namely; Naturalist (nature smart), Musical (sound smart), Logical-mathematical (number/reasoning smart), Existential (life smart), Interpersonal (people smart), Bodily-kinesthetic (body smart), Linguistic (word smart), Intra-personal (self smart) and Spatial (picture smart).
After reading the research finding of Gardner’s theory on multiple intelligence one thing kept me thinking and that is, his inability to discover the most important of all intelligences, the ultimate intelligence, What I call “SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE” but as I meditated on this I realised immediately that this intelligence can not be acquired from secular books or human academic institutions. It is not naturally given and so cannot be naturally discerned. This intelligence is not from this earth but from above and thus too high for the natural man to discover, comprehend or even appreciate.

This is the intelligence Adam applied when he was mandated to name ALL the livestock, ALL the birds of the sky, and ALL the wild animals on earth after creation. This same intelligence gave Job an “unschooled man” the ability to manage 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 teams of Oxen, 500 female donkeys, a great number of houses & many servants. Isn’t it amazing how Noah constructed a fully compartmentalised ark that was 137.16 m X 450 ft long, 22.86 m X 75 ft wide, and 13.716 m X 45 ft high in dimensions, a masterpiece that was able to convey two of every kind of living thing on earth long before the advent of engineering. What about Daniel who was found ten times better concerning every matter of wisdom and understanding compared to all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. Have you ever wondered how Joseph came up with the conservative strategy that saved the entire world from starvation & extinction?. Time would not permit me to talk about David, Solomon, Nehemiah, Jacob, Moses, Abel, Esther, Elijah, Elisha , Our Lord Jesus, his disciples and apostles etc.

The Fantastic News for born again believers is that we operate by Superior Spiritual Intelligence (SSI) as the Good book declares “Christ is made unto us Wisdom -Spiritual Intelligence” 1 Corinthians 3:10.

Beloved, we cannot be categorised neither can the world decipher our intelligence because it is too high for the carnal mind. Hallelujah!! you are a benefactor of SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE, Walk in it.‪#‎TongueTalkingBillionaire‬

DR. RANDY OSAE BEDIAKO

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.

THINGS GOD DIDN’T SAY

Misconceptions of God can be costly because they can be very defeating.

For example, it’s worry to me how many people think “cleanliness is next to godliness” comes from the pages of Scripture. If this is indeed a word from God, then most pastors have every right to feel guilty that their houses are not always tidy. In fact, depending on how far you carry it, people soon become more concerned about their furniture than they do their family.

And what about “God helps those who help themselves”? I’ve seen this used as a basis for many people thinking they can work their way to heaven. They therefore miss the biblical teaching that eternal life is free (Romans 6:23).

In fact, I think you’d be wiser to give one Sunday to each of these things I’ll be sharing periodically. I assure you, they are so rampant that you could easily spend a 30-minute message discussing each one. Most unfortunately of all, every single one of them in some way adversely affects our outreach to non-Christians.

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  1. If you don’t know the date you were saved, then you are not saved.

Unfortunately, evangelists have been the worst at propagating this first misconception. The fact is, there is a split second when a person goes from darkness into light. After recognizing you’re a sinner and that Christ died for you and rose again, you place your trust in Him alone as your only way to heaven.

However, just because you don’t know when that particular split second was doesn’t mean you aren’t saved. When Scripture gives assurance of salvation, it doesn’t go back to a date or a moment; it goes back to a fact.

Who are you trusting right now? If you’re trusting Christ alone as your only way to heaven, you are saved, regardless of when you crossed the line. After all, John 3:16 does not say, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, and whoever believes in Him and knows the date should not perish but have everlasting life.”

This idea is critical, because if a person buys into this misconception, it’s a tremendous hindrance to their outreach for Christ. How can I talk to someone else about their salvation if I’m not entirely certain of my own?

True, some people come to Christ from a very sudden and dramatic experience, like the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-39; he could have easily given you the date. And there’s no doubt the same thing was true of Paul the Apostle in Acts 9:1-22, 26-28; I’m sure he not only could have given the date, but he could have testified of the specific hour he trusted the Savior. But there are those whose conversion is not as dramatic. They may have been raised in a Christian environment where Christ was spoken about frequently. Certainly, at some point in time, they came to clearly understand their sinful condition and trust Christ, but they may not know exactly when the moment occurred.

Minister deeply to your people and free them by telling them that as long as they’re trusting Christ alone, they are saved, regardless of when they crossed the line…

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

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.

KNOW YOUR SPEAKERS FOR SPIRITPRENEURSHIP 2016:Linda Larbi (Mrs)

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The event dubbed, Spiritpreneurship (spiritual entrepreneurship, for short) will assemble chief executive officers, managing directors, politicians, business professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, enterprising young leaders, ministers of the gospel as well as individuals who sense the calling of God to go into the field of business and entrepreneurship. The summit will provide an opportunity to network with key Christian entrepreneurs and business leaders as well as creating exposure to groundbreaking business ideas and concepts. Delegates would also discover bible-based secrets to entrepreneurship excellence

 SPIRITPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT comes off on Saturday April 2 at the plush World Trade Center in Accra and starts at 8:30 AM.

Mrs. Linda Larbi is the Former Head of Marketing responsible for Coca-Cola Equatorial Africa. Her responsibilities includes an over sight of territory of 9 countries in West Africa, Ghana where she served the company for 9 years in roles covering marketing and operations across the region. She was recently recognized nationally as the Marketing Practitioner of the Year 2014 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG).

Linda serves on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana as well as a Director of the Oval Workshop, a boutique consulting company. She is also a director at Eagles Properties, a real estate company based in Accra. Linda studied for her O’levels at St Roses’ High school and later did her A’levels at the Achimota School in Accra with interest in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Mrs. Larbi holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Science with Biochemistry from the University University of Ghana, Legon. She holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai. Linda was selected as the Valedictorian of the class of 2012. She has also attended a number of executive programmes at Henley College UK. She is married to Dr. Derek Larbi and they are blessed with two children.