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.

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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

 

HOW TO FINANCE YOUR MINISTRY-PART 1

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A major issue confronting the gospel music industry is how to finance their activities. This issue has left a lot of gospel music artists in a dilemma and has led to poor ministry doctrines, carefully planned canal methods of taking fees for ministrations and too many divisions. It has led to breakups, breakaways and caused so many artists and singing groups to emerge. This has weakened Christian testimony in the community.

This issue of finance has led many gospel music practitioners to device many ways and gimmicks of raising funds for so-called ministry work. Some of these methods include pledges/vows, levies, seed faith, borrowings, etc. I know by now you will be asking the question I am expecting you to ask: Is there a biblical correct way of raising money for the purpose of sponsoring Christian events and projects? The answer is YES!!!

This article seeks to show the biblical way of financing your singing ministry and events and can also set for us a pattern of provision for our personal living. I will start by first laying the biblical foundation for divine provisions for anyone God has called into His work. These biblical principles and practices as we will find out exemplified in the lives of those who went before us. I will treat this topic in a series of articles i will be posting every Tuesday.

The first truth we must embrace is that God is the owner of everything and everyone in heaven and earth. Angels, powers, men, women, kings, music, stage, lights, venue etc… (Psalm 24:1,Psalm 50:10-12, Haggai 2:8, Exodus 9:29, Deuteronomy 10:14, 1corinthians 10:26,28. We must understand that our God owns all things and He exercises His sovereign providence over everything. Since He owns everything and everyone,  he rules over everyone and administers everything after the counsel of His own will to fulfill His own purpose. (Daniel 4:17, 25, 32; Ephesians 1:11). He created all things for His pleasure(Rev 4:11).

The above scriptures make clear the divine ownership and authority over all creation.

PSALM 24:1 KJV-The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.

PSALM 50:10-12 KJV– For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the worldis mine, and the fulness thereof.

HAGGAI 2:8 KJV – The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts

It is important to know as a fundamental truth that God owns everything on earth and in heaven. All silver and Gold, Dollars, Pounds, Euro, Ghana cedis, Naira, CFA, all the money in a thousand bank vaults, in your wardrobe at home, your money safe in the office, just as the cattle on a thousand hills; all lands and mineral resources, every skill, competency and human aptitudes and geniuses are all His exclusively. When we embrace and live in the light of this truth, we will know how to depend on His loving providence and submit to His authority in all things. Knowing that we owe our very life on earth to His kind disposition means that all His endowments in our lives must be employed to further His own purpose on earth.

With this premises, I believe you have understood who owns your very life and the gifts you have. It is my prayer that the Holy spirit will reveal the truth in this article to you. Please keep watching this space as i post a continuation of this article here next week. God bless us all!

STORY: NICK SOLOMON
 

 

Niiella Set To Release Her Brand New Single

After months of hard work and dedication finally the super collaboration from Niiella’s camp featuring the one and only 2015 GMA award winning Joe Mettle is here. The title of the song is Obiara Nni Ho and is a simple song that can be sang by anyone. It’s sure to cut across as it’s quite worshipful and yet has a catchy beat.

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The song which simply says there is none like our God in the dialect of twi was written and composed mainly by Niiella and also by Joe who wrote the second verse and helped with the overall arrangement. Niiella says she took inspiration from how good God has been to her and how he has been the constant factor in her life in spite of everything that has happened, nothing comes in comparison to him, hence the words “there is none like you”.

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The song was recorded at Groove House Studios in Kasoa and some of Ghana’s finest musicians came together to make the piece what it is today; namely, Opoku Agyemang Sanaa of “God Can” fame, Emmanuel Bludo, Charlie Keyz and Francis Kwaku Osei the owner of Groove House himself. One of Ghana’s fast rising choirs Overflow assisted with the backing vocals and their MD David JLoopz helped with arrangements also.
The song is set to be released in a few days on the 24th of November 2015. It’s almost upon us. So tell a friend to tell a friend!

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Emmanuel Bludo Honoured At Harvest Praise 2015

Capped as Ghana’s most sessioned drummer, Emmanuel Bludo was honored at this year’s edition of Harvest Praise for his dedication and hardwork during his time as a member of the church and choir. Harvest Praise is a concert organized by Harvest Chapel, a campus based ministry in KNUST.

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Emmanuel Bludo is a member of Ghana’s finest gospel music band, The PL Crew. A Biochemist who graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with first class honors. He constantly gigs and has recorded various songs with Eugene Zuta, Joe Mettle, KODA, Tagoe Sisters, Helen Yawson, Nii Okai, Joyful Way Inc, Harbour City Mass Choir, Akesse Brempong and other great gospel musicians in the country. He has played for a lot of great gospel musicians outside the country with the likes of Lionel Peterson, Juanita Bynum, Alvin Slaughter, Ron Kenoly, Sonnie Badu, Ntokozo Mbatha, Mahalia Buchanan, Nqubeko Mbatha among others. We wish you all the best in your endeavors.

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SANAA- MUSIC PRODUCER FOR CELEBRATION OF FAITHFULNESS SPEAKS..

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For about a decade Sanaa has set a standard of excellence in music ministry through his immaculate music productions, distinctive instrumental orchestrations and his humble mentoring of aspiring musicians and worship leaders.

In recent times, Sanaa has become very relevant in the Ghana music industry using his gift to enhance Gospel music. In keeping with his mission to serve the Kingdom with excellence, Sanaa humbly accepted the invitation from KC ENTERTAINMENT  to musically produce the CELEBRATION OF FAITHFULNESS, an event to honor Gospel music legend Danny Nettey. Danny Nettey, Sanaa says has been a great source of inspiration to him and his career hence his input to a thriving event.

In an interview with Him, he mentions it’s a great honor and he is very humbled to be given the opportunity to work with all the artistes ministering on the night come the 17th of May, 2015. He also stated he’s putting all his skills and abilities together to ensure he leaves no stone unturned to make this show a memorable one.   To do this with him is the president of OVERFLOW INC, David Tagoe(Jloopz) who is in the position of the vocal director and the entire PL CREW  led by Emmanuel Bludo. Rehearsals has been successful so far and the whole band promises patrons will have a nice time on the night.

Danny Nettey took the Ghanaian music scene by storm in the late 90’s and has remained relevant till now. He has released a great deal of albums and his contribution to Gospel music is quite outstanding due to the impact and nurturing of some major Gospel recording and performing artistes.

The tall list of other musicians expected to perform Danny Nettey’s songs includes; The Next Generation Gospel Ministers, Cwesi Oteng, KODA, Kobby Mantey, Helen Yawson, Joe Mettle, Josh Laryea, Nii Okai, Eugene Zuta among others.

The event is scheduled to come off on Sunday May 17, 2015 at the Accra International Conference Centre at 3:00pm.

Story: Nick Solomon

KC ENTERTAINMENT TO HONOR DANNY NETTEY AT CELEBRATION OF FAITHFULNESS

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In the western world, legends are honored, appreciated and celebrated all the time. They are awarded in their various fields of endeavor when they are alive and active. Even when they finally give up the ghost, they still get acknowledgements and recognition.

Celebrating legends posthumously has become the order of the day in our part of the world. Legends die many years before they are celebrated or anything done in their names. KC ENTERTAINMENT, a Christian event promotion and management outfit based in Accra believes it is prudent if legends are honored and appreciated while they are alive and can relish in the accolades, praise and other benefits that come from being recognized as a legend. The company feels it is wrong to wait till a legend dies before praises and accolades are showered on them, when the same can be done whiles they are alive.

Owing to the above, an event dubbed CELEBRATION OF FAITHFULNESS has been put together by KC ENTERTAINMENT to honor a pioneer and legend of contemporary Gospel music, Danny Nettey for his immense contribution to the Gospel music industry and its evolution. The legendary Gospel musician will be the first recipient to be honored by this initiative of KC. The idea, according to information available to nicksolomonblog.com is to honor and give legends that are being celebrated a place of honor at the event together with their family and fans.

Danny Nettey’s own songs will be performed by other musicians. He will also be presented with a plaque in recognition of his hard work, success and contribution to the entertainment industry in Ghana. The celebration is also a platform to gather funds in support of the DANNY NETTEY SCHOOL PROJECT.

Danny Nettey took the Ghanaian music scene by storm in the late 90’s and has remained relevant till now. He has released a great deal of albums and his contribution to Gospel music is quite outstanding due to the impact and nurturing of some major Gospel recording and performing artistes.

The tall list of other musicians expected to perform Danny Nettey’s songs includes; the next generational Gospel Ministers, Cwesi Oteng, KODA, Kobby Mantey, Helen Yawson, Joe Mettle, Josh Laryea, Nii Okai, Eugene Zuta among others.

The event is scheduled to come off on Sunday May 17, 2015 at the International Conference Centre at 3pm.

STORY: Nick Solomon

IS THERE A FUTURE FOR THE GHANA GOSPEL MUSIC INDUSTRY?

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The Gospel Music Industry over the years has faced major challenges but before I get into that and how some of these predicaments can be rectified, let’s begin with a ride through the genealogy of Ghanaian Gospel music. It chiefly begun with people who were inspired by the great commission of Christ to evangelize through music. They translated the word of God into melodies attached with great Ghanaian rhythms heavily laden with percussion beats and Yaa  Amponsah melody ( original guitar piece that is used as the foundation for many Ghanaian music).

Pioneers of this music includes Bro. Asiamah And His ‘Som Nyame’ Gospel Band, The  Ahinsan Happy Gospel band, Esther Nyamekye, Prof. Kofi Abraham, Yaw Sarpong, Wofa Asumani, Comfort Annor, Mc Abraham, YABS, Helena Rabels, Joyful Way Incorporated just to mention a few. Then came another breed of the Genre in the early 80’s with a fusion of contemporary music through to the late 90’s. These breed included , Tagoe Sisters, Bernice Offei, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Amy Newman, Rev. Thomas Yawson, Rev. Kusi Berko, Elder Mireku, Stella Seal, Rev. Mary Ghansah, Soul winners, Danny Nettey.

In the early 2000’s The Baton was handed over to another generation of gospel musicians who fused a bit of the generic rhythms  and foreign styles to meet the rising demands of the new Ghanaian whiles the old folks were adapting to the new trend of the industry. For the past 15 years, some of these new faces have been, Christiana Love, Cindy Thompson, Esther Smith, NanaYaw Asare, Nii Okai, Evangelist Diana Asamoah, Philipa Baafi, Lady Prempeh, Uncle Ato, Joe Beechem, Ohemaa Mercy.

In recent times, the industry has witnessed a crop of Gospel musicians who have incorporated foreign styles and beats into our conventional styles, this kind they call Contemporary Gospel Music. Some of these songs has a mix of genres like RnB, Pop and ballads. In the last five years, such record producing artists include Cwesi Oteng, Joe Mettle, No Tribe, Eugene Zuta, KODA, Joyce Blessing, Sonnie Badu amongst a few other contemporary choirs.

I was surprised to find available copies of Gospel songs recorded in the 70’s by Bro. Asiamah And His Som Nyame Gospel Band and The  Ahinsan Happy Gospel band on the famous e-commerce platform, eBay. The shocker made me conduct a thorough research into the commercialization of Gospel Music in Ghana and why the current breed of Gospel musicians are struggling to breakthrough into the mainstream music scene. Speaking to a few of the successful pioneers, I discovered these were people who had a sense of direction guided by industry technocrats who helped to shape their art and brands. These industry experts knew what talents/gifts were when they came across one and in a short space could turn raw talents into valuable assets. A few names come to bare with respect to these artist managers.

Kofi Apeadu, manager of the Daughters Of Glorious Jesus, Rev Thomas Yawson, manager of Tagoe Sisters and Winfred Daniel Nii Adjaye, former manager of Sonnie Badu.

In recent times, artists managers like Kwesi Ernest, manager of Kofi Sarpong and Joyce Blessing has also taken the baton and achieved a great deal of success in the industry. Charles Sarpong, owner of Cebex Music Production and manager of artists such as Selina Boateng and Cecelia Marfo cant also be left out of the equation. These guys work hard and make huge monetary investments to put an artist out there on the market and they are major stakeholders of  the financial inclusion associated with the music industry.

In the modern Gospel music environment where artists like Joe Mettle, Koda, Danny Nettey, Denzel, Akesse Brempong, Francis Amo, Pastor Isaiah, Eugene Zuta, Cwesi Oteng and a lot more exist, the industry is been faced with great challenges. Most of these artists have no management systems. They are their own artist managers, brand managers, event managers, production managers, creative directors, publicist and what have you. They find it difficult to differentiate between business and ministry as they call it. These artists have failed to hire the services of technocrats to handle the commercialization of their art. They cry out loud on radio stations and other platforms about sabotage, fairness and indiscrimination denying themselves of the fact that the biggest part of the problem exists internally.

My question to all these contemporary gospel artist is, who will buy your product if no one knows it exists? Certainly not me. They spend all their investments on concerts rather than promoting the songs to be heard around the world as a form of evangelism. Truly if the real essence of producing Gospel music is to preach the word of God through songs then I don’t think recording songs, sharing them amongst friends, playing them on sunny fm and sweet melodies and having annual concerts is doing enough in preaching the Gospel and impacting the world at large. The annual concerts are filled by same audience that cut across every concert and that brings patrons of these environment into a very small circle with a delusion that once the songs are been sung in a few modern day churches, the songs are known. This frame of mind has influenced the actions of the contemporary Gospel artists and has deterred  potential investors from plying the industry.

Truth be told, If these artists don’t realize the dynamics in music business and adapt to standards, the industry will continue to suffer and might go worse. Apt managers must be hired for the job of pushing one’s art, music and brand to join the mainstream music industry. Success has already been achieved, no need to reinvent the wheel. It can be done because it has been done before. Gospel Artists should be willing to listen to technocrats and adjust to constructive criticisms to help shape their career and build a better industry to transcend generations.

Watch this space for an extension of this article…

STORY: Nick Solomon

GOSPEL SENSATION EUGENE ZUTA DISCLOSED!!!

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Eugene Zuta is one of Ghana’s fast rising gospel sensations within the last decade. From a very humble beginning in Dansoman as a member of Trinity Presby Church and Mount Olivet Methodist Church, Zuta has gone through the mill to become the toast of several Christians and gospel music lovers in Ghana and beyond. His latest hit ‘Wo so’ currently enjoys massive patronage in churches, Christian gatherings and on radio. It’s a simple worship song that talks about the greatness of God and extols his awesomeness. Noted for his humble and calm disposition,

Eugene Zuta is an intensely spiritual young man who believes that Gospel music should center on Christ and his message of reconciliation. “Jesus is the reason for our being. He’s the only reason why we are called Christians. It’s always an honour to sing about Jesus, for Jesus and touch lives through Him. I am a product of the grace of Jesus and all I can do to show my gratitude is to declare Him to the world through my music,” he told citifmonline.com in an interview. During the 2004/2005 academic year, Zuta served as the music Director of Echoes of Calvary, (GHAFES-UCC) and was a key leader of the University of Cape Coast Mass Choir. He led Echoes to record and release its second album, Calvary Nnwom in which he wrote and composed most of the songs on the album, including the hit track Okasa. With over ten years in music ministry and counting, the Wo so hit maker believes that more than ever, the time has come for gospel musicians to depart from the “show mentality” and proactively weave their songs and ministry to transform lives for Christ.

Zuta has two albums to his credit Woye Onyame (You are God) and Adoration on which he has the hit track Wo So (You are Great) and He reigns. He has over the years collaborated closely and ministered on several platforms with his close brothers in ministry, Nii Okai, KODA, Joe Mettle, Uncle Ato, and Minister Danny Nettey, among several others. He has also featured on the albums of choirs like, E’mPraise and the Legon Interdominational Choir (LIC). In 2012,

Zuta founded the Eugene Zuta Ministries, with a focus on reaching out to meet the needs of young people spiritually, physically and mentally. On the 19th of April this year, Eugene Zuta ministries will roll out its maiden gospel explosion dubbed Adoration 2015 at the National Theatre. The event which will feature some of Ghana’s seasoned worship ministers, according to Eugene Zuta, is going to be a platform for God’s children to come together each year to worship as a body and as a family. “God laid on my heart to annually organize the Adoration worship programme as a platform for families, work colleagues, friends, churches, students and individuals to come together and worship Him; to forget about all else and extol His majesty, to lift Him up above our troubles and focus on His greatness. So I personally believe that Ghana is set for a major divine intervention on the 19th of April as we lift up the name of Jesus.

Nobody should miss this experience for anything. The team has started preparations in earnest and very soon details will be out.” Zuta revealed. Eugene Zuta is married to Awo and they are blessed with a beautiful baby girl called Keilah.

SOURCE: Mawuli Tsikata/citifmonline.com/Ghana

KNOW YOUR SPEAKERS FOR SPIRITPRENEURSHIP 2015: Dr. Joyce Aryee

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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 March 28 at the Holiday Inn Airport Hotel in Accra and starts at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Dr. Aryee is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and the first woman to head an African Chamber of Mines and a speaker at SPIRITPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT 2015. Lets Know Her!!!!

An accomplished management and communication consultant and a professional counselor, Dr. Aryee has dedicated over forty years of her time to private and public sector services in Ghana. In particular, she served as Secretary (Minister) of Information and Education in government of the PNDC as well as a non-cabinet Minister at the National Commission for Democracy.

She is a Senior Mentor for the African Leadership Initiative and the Chairperson of the Moremi Initiative for Women in Leadership for African Development (MILEAD);both mentorship institutions for young Africans.

She serves on the Boards of diverse organisations including Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited, Central University College, Finatrade Foundation, AEL Mining Services Limited, GLICO General, Engineers and Planners, Omatek Computers, The Ark Fund and MAN Ghana Limited, to mention but a few.

She was given the Second Highest State Award, the Companion of the Order of the Volta in 2006 in recognition of her service to the nation. She is also the recipient of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana (CIMG), Marketing Woman of the Year Award for 2007 and the African Leadership on Centre for Economic Development’s African Female Business Leader of the Year Award for 2009.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mines and Technology in recognition of her immense contributions to the growth of the mining industry.

Dr. Aryee is the Founder and Executive Director of Salt & Light Ministries, a Christian para-church organisation and an avid promoter of Ghanaian classical and choral compositions.