June 2012


New music from Phootprintz

Phootprintz – Famame

 

After a successful release of their hot single “Rock My World” which featured Ghana’s best and fastest rapper Sarkodie, PhootPrintz, an upcoming Tema based Ghanaian afrobeats/hiphop duo finally unleashes their much anticipated fast tempo club banging single titled “Famame”, which also features one of Ghana’s finest icons Mugeez of R2bees and produced by KemenyaTvee, one of Ghana’s newest and sickest beatmaker and also brought to you by Walter-Strict Entertainment. According to sources this single is currently enjoying heavy rotation across Ghana.

What do you think? Hot or not? Check it out below:

 

 

Black Star Kwadwo Asamoah

Asamoah sees his stock rise

 

I remember when Kwadwo Asamoah burst into the Ghanaian first team squad in 2010. I went round telling anybody who would listen what an exceptional talent he is. Two years on and he is realising his potential and attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Initially thrust into the first team as a replacement for an injured Michael Essien at the 2010 African Cup of Nations, his performances as playmaker in midfield soon caught the eye. A combative midfielder with a great passing range and a wand of a left foot, he soon became a firm favourite with fans and players alike.

Asamoah started his professional career in 2006 with Liberty Professionals in Ghana until he joined Torino in Italy. He was subsequently loaned to Udinese in 2008, where he made such an impression there that they decided to make the move permanent a year later. This later earned him a call up to Ghana national team in the same year. He has had three successful seasons since at Udinese helping them to qualify for the Champions League twice. Gradually he has become one of Udinese’s star players along with international striker Antonio Di Natale.

On the international stage as mentioned 2010 was his breakthrough year. Having being tasked with the job of replacing Michael Essien at the beginning of the year he obliged by helping the Black Stars reach the final of CAN 2010 where they lost a close game to Egypt 1-0. Later in the year Essien was hardly missed as Ghana reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time. Although players such as Asamoah Gyan got most of the plaudits, Kwadwo Asamoah was influential in the heart of Ghana’s midfield alongside Anthony Annan.

Since the World Cup he has established himself as one of the Black Stars most trusted players. He played every game of CAN 2012 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in what turned out to be a disappointing campaign as Ghana failed to reach the final.

Now with reported interest from Manchester United, Inter Milan and Juventus this summer, it seems Asamoah is in line for big money with newly crowned champions the favourite to land him. At 23, his best years are still ahead of him and is ready to take his career to the next level. Thus playing at the highest level will only serve to make him a better player which is not only good for him but good for Ghana’s chances of qualifying for the next World Cup in Brazil.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)

Itz Tiffany drops new video!

Itz Tiffany – Akyee Wo! (Caught Up)

 

It’s finally here! The long awaited video to Itz Tiffany’s hot single ‘Akyee Wo!’ (Caught Up) has finally dropped! Ghana’s hottest female MC as usual is looking on point in this fun and colourful video directed by Star Entertainment. ‘Akyee Wo!’ is the first single taken from the upcoming debut EP ‘Itz Tiffany’ soon to drop. The video also features cameos from Ghana’s finest Killbeatz, Efya and Castro.

If you want to see Itz Tiffany do the azonto then check the video out below! What do you think? Hot or not?

By Yaa Nyarko

 

Dr Cryme on the gospel radar…

DR CRYME REPENTS, MANAGER DISCLOSES

 

Dr Cryme is one of the fastest growing new celebrities in Ghana whose specialization including singing, rapping, acting and more. He was outdoored through the biggest exposure party in Ghana’s showbiz history by E-Jam Records in June 2010, which almost led to a stampede at Bacardis Night Club and Sports Bar and further led to the closure of the pub for a minimum of six months for rehabilitation.

He further embarked on numerous socially active projects including being a UN volunteer for climate change, which further facilitated a clean-up exercise at “Chokor” in Accra. He further launched his “Finally Finally” album in 2011 and performed on numerous platforms in Ghana. He won the Most Influential Artiste for 2010/2011 music calendar at the High School Honours, Golden Heart Award in UK, became an Ambassador for Kids and Traffic Campaign, won Best Hiplife Song at Ghana Music Awards and further became the Samsung brand ambassador, joining Didier Drogba, Beyonce Knowles etc on the same platform.

It is not surprising that his gospel song “It’s You” produced by Mix Masta Garzy and video shoot and edited by Nana Asihene had nomination at the 2011/2012 Ghana Gospel Awards. Dr Cryme’s song “It’s You” has been nominated for Best Alternative Gospel Song (text 6DC to 1739) and Best Alternative Video (Text 7DC to 1739). He is poised to win both awards since the song and video are both on various charts and doing well abroad.

The manager of E-Jam Records, Mr. Korsah-Brown disclosed that the video was officially shoot in the UK after the Miss Ghana UK event somewhere in the third quarter of 2011. The video was however changed due to the concept and other issues with the offshore shoots. Korsah-Brown added that it always feels good to be nominated for an alternative award since the song and video was created not for awards but to express an appreciation by the artiste to his maker. He added that D Cryme’s “More Fans” video will go commercial in July.

 

Future of Ghanaian Music…

‘Wanlov the Kubolor’

 

‘Wonlov the Kubolor’ uncovered!

Do you know who he is?

Do you know where he hailed from?

‘Do you know Wanlov the Kubolor’?

Why the name, what does Kubolor mean?

I was quite confused with the name myself however found out that Kubolor is a Ga word and its means a vagabond.

The man himself was born as Emmanuel Owusu-Bonsu.

The Romanian born was born to an Ashanti man and a Romanian woman; he is the brother of Ghanaian model and TV show host Deborah Vanessa Owusu-Bonsu, Kubolor was born into fame.


Emmanuel Owusu-Bonsu is fluent in Twi, English, Romanian, and Pidgin. He began rapping his favourite lyrics with high school friends and performing the local circuit in Cape Coast & Takoradi in Ghana while attending Adisadel College.

Kubolor also known as Spooky, was very much known for his performances which mainly was influenced by artists such as Busta Rhymes and Snoop dogg.

His talent, charisma, and lyrical skill landed him in the United States of America (to pursue higher education), and whilst there, he proved his skills in the freestyle circuit of the south.

In just two years of residence in Temple, Texas, Wanlov won citizens of the local emcees in the Central Texas area.

Wanlov’s widely acclaimed versatility is heard on his debut album “Green Card”, released in 2007 on his return to Ghana after a 7-year stay in the States. Being nominated at the 2008 Ghana Music Awards for “Discovery of The Year”, “Record of The Year”, “Video of The Year” & “Hip Hop Song of The Year”, shows that Kubolor’s contribution has made a strong impression on his people. Already being referred to as a classic in less than a year since its release, Kubolor’s debut album went on to capture the hearts and minds of the people all over the world.

Wanlov has collaborated and shared stages with Femi Kuti, The Gorillaz, Nneka, Bashy, Zwai Balas, Reggie Rockstone, Little Brother and more. He has been featured on BBC 1XTRA, BBC World, BBC Network Africa and Al Jazeera’s “Playlist”. He is also part of an Afropop duo known as the FOKN Bois, made up of himself and M3nsa. Together the FOKN Bois wrote and star in the world’s first Pidgen Musical Film titled “Coz Ov Moni” which is touring cinemas and film festivals around the world.

To Catch With The Kubolor Himself,

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At the last year GUBA Awards, Kubolor attended the event barefooted in an Afro-Printed Wrap. In regards to his style of music, I actually found his genre quite different compared to hiplife – it is more like old school hip hop, intertwined into hiplife, I guess you will need to check out his music yourself.

MeFiRi GHANA Would like to say a BIG thank you to Kubolor for stripping the success within him, and shining what he has to offer to GHANA and the world.

We wish you all the best.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/wanlov

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/wanlov

FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wanlov-the-Kubolor/38082860831

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/wanlov

By Trey’ C

 

 

 

 

Development in Ghana

Tamale International Airport to cost US$174 million

 

The need for another International Airport in Ghana to complement that of the Kotoka International Airport, Accra is long overdue. This is because of the high investment of the country’s airspace. With the drilling of oil in commercial quantities and increase in the economy, more foreign direct investments are increasing on a daily basis.

In addition, Ghanaian pilgrims to Mecca who are mostly from the Northern regions always experience such terrible journeys  as every year as a majority of them do not have relatives in Accra and are have no choice but  to sleep at the airport for weeks before they actually departure . Luckily a Hajj Village has been built near the El-Wak Sports Stadium, where they are accommodated and fed before boarding on this Holy Pilgrimage.

It is stated that, Ghana’s flying and air travel industry stand out as one of the fastest developing and most competitive in the sub-region underscored by the fact that the number of commercial and cargo carriers plying in and out of Ghana has almost doubled from 15 in 2000 to 30 in 2010.

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) made it a campaign promise prior to the 2008 elections that, when voted into power they would build a second International Airport in Tamale to transform the savanna regions of Ghana with the view of bridging the development gap between the North and South of the country.

During a visit to Brazil by Vice President John Mahama, he appealed to the Government of Brazil to help attain this noble course. This request was agreed and the Brazilian Infrastructure Development Company, Queiroz Galvao, is prepared for the construction of the airport which is to be financed by Brazil’s national EXIM bank, BNDES.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has since been signed by Queiroz Galvao with the Ministry of Transport, and completed the necessary designs and phasing for the works.

Vice President Mahama explained that the project will start with the expansion of the runway to accommodate large body Aircrafts and also the construction of an international standard terminal building. The next phase will be the provision of ancillary services including hangers, maintenance area, catering and ground handling. The last phase will be the construction of a cargo village targeting fresh fruit farmers that are setting up camp in the Savanna regions and the various processing companies being set up in the area.

The project according to him is estimated to cost US$174 million.

Source: http://ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=24174

By Cloudia

Ghanaian becomes Harrow’s first black deputy mayor

‘I hope to make God proud’ says history making deputy mayor

 

AFTER MAKING history by becoming north London borough Harrow’s first deputy mayor of African heritage, a Ghanaian-born councillor says she hopes to use her position to make God proud.

Nana Asante, who has been a councillor since 2002, and her new deputy Mayoress Awula Serwah, (a ceremonial role) recently received their medallions of office at Harrow Council’s annual meeting, held at Harrow Civic Centre.

Proud

“I thank you for the honour you have given me,” Asante said whilst receiving her medallion. “As a Christian, my example is the Servant King, so I hope I will do Him proud by following His example in serving this borough.”

She continued: “It is a real privilege to become the deputy mayor of Harrow. It is an opportunity for somebody from the African continent to represent the people, and serve the people for a year. So I’m looking forward to my year in office.”

She added: “Our borough’s motto is ‘Salus populi suprema lex’, the welfare of the people is the highest law, and I hope that with your help, I will support our Mayor Cllr Nizam Ismail in his year of service to the people of Harrow.”

Asante, who’s a Labour councillor for Edgware, and the Caribbean-born Conservative councillor for Pinner Lurline Champagnie OBE, (who has been a councillor since 1986 and elected Mayor in 2004) are the only elected representatives of African heritage in Harrow Council.

Source: http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/%E2%80%98i-hope-make-god-proud%E2%80%99-says-history-making-deputy-mayor

Review: The Future of Ghana Debate

The Future of Ghana Debate

Were you there?

 

As Ghanaians, do we have an obligation to keep our culture relevant within the Diaspora?

 From your perspective, what is the role of the Ghana High Commission in the UK?

 To what extent are the conditions of roads in Ghana an issue for the nation’s development?

With the above three questions put to an audience of people passionate about the development of Mother Ghana the stage was set for a lively debate.

It was incredibly encouraging to witness people (Ghanaian & non Ghanaian alike) turn out in their numbers to support this topical debate.

Upon arrival we were handed a schedule detailing the night’s events in addition to an overview of the panellists.

We had a mixture of young & mature Ghanaians among the distinguished panellists:

Twi Teacher, who has created a platform enabling Ghanaians the world over to communicate. This platform is aptly named ‘Twi Teacher’.

Mr Kobla Mensa-Kuma’ an architect by profession & Chief Executive of Kuma Environmental Design Limited.

Yaa Nyarko, the online editor and blogger the Me Firi Ghana team and host of the debate.

Ben Anim-Antwi, an aspiring writer / journalist extraordinaire.

Between the four of them they helped to field all sorts of questions from the audience whilst offering their invaluable insight into matters surrounding the Ghanaian community.

 

As Ghanaians, do we have an obligation to keep our culture relevant within the Diaspora?

The first question, regarding the obligation to keep the Ghanaian culture relevant as anticipated, created a buzz around the building. It was refreshing to hear young British born Ghanaians admit to the fact that some of them knew very little about the culture or the language but were keen to soak up as much knowledge as possible.

We touched on a common thread which was that for British born Ghanaians of a certain age who were not exposed to the mother tongue or culture that we were assimilated into a British way of life because our parents did not deem it essential for us to know Twi or Ga etc.

This not only created a language barrier between us & our parents as one person put it “We viewed our parents as being Ghanaian but regarded ourselves as being British

So suggestions were made as to how best we could combat this. The emergence of the Cultural Group CIC founded by Ben & Naomi Fletcher has helped to fill this void.

 

From your perspective, what is the role of the Ghana High Commission in the UK?

The second question brought about a very colourful dialogue between members of the audience & the panellists themselves.

It is clear that the High Commission are in need of raising their profile within the Ghanaian community, as only being familiar with them for their work with visa’s & passports is not enough.

On a more positive note, solutions were given as to how the High Commission, our gateway to Ghana could be improved. A member of the audience suggested that the High Commission send out a weekly or monthly newsletter to inform the Ghanaian community of events & work surrounding the Commission.

 

To what extent are the conditions of roads in Ghana an issue for the nation’s development?

Pot holes, failure to adhere to road traffic laws, vehicles that are not road worthy or the refusal by drivers to wear seat belts were all issues that I could see affected just about everyone who attended the debate on some level.

If you have ever been to Ghana, this would be an everyday occurrence.

Without the use of good roads it is increasingly difficult for lorry drivers to transport goods throughout the country. However, lorry drivers themselves have fallen foul of over loaded vehicles this coupled with bad roads leads to lorries breaking down on a regular basis.

With no real equivalent to the AA or the RAC, it is hard to get ‘said’ Lorries back on the road again so that the drivers can deliver their goods. All too often collisions usually involving more than one vehicle are regarded as a common sight on Ghana’s roads.

 

So how do we counter these problems?

Here are selections of the most common answers from the audience:

Lower the speed limit on the roads & motorways; a 100 mph speed limit on Ghana’s motorways is quite simply unnecessary not to mention highly dangerous.

Better road safety campaigns / education for drivers & pedestrians alike.

Here is a novel idea…Instead of the Ghanaian Government pouring money into new initiatives that seemingly never seem to reach their conclusion perhaps pouring some this public money into improving pre-existing roads would be a better idea.

The people of Ghana have a right to feel safe out there on the roads.

Full credit to the Me Firi team for providing assurances that they would take our concerns to the ‘Powers that be’ at the High Commission to bring about change.

Ben Fletcher kindly spoke to us about the Cultural Group, an organisation which enables individuals to learn the Twi, Fante or Ga language.

With closing words, evaluation forms & an opportunity to network Me Firi Ghana’s debut debate went down a storm.

Mahatma Gandhi famously said “Be the change you want to see”.

I believe this is happening with the Me Firi Ghana movement. The eagerly anticipated next debate will only serve to help us to grow & move in one direction together.

Nkonsonkonson – In Unity Lies Strength

By Caroline N. Mensah

A strong partnership…

STRCCI teams up with its counterpart in Trinidad!!

 

The Sekondi-Takoradi Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also known as (STRCCI) is establishing links with the Energy Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tabago to enable it assist its members to take advantage of the Oil and Gas Local Content Bill when it is passed into law.

Mr. Ato Van-Ess, Chairman of the STRCCI stated this at the chamber’s third bi-monthly meeting at Takoradi on Thursday.

He said the link would allow the STRCCI to benefit from the experience of the Energy Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago in the energy sector.

Mr. Van-Ess said the STRCCI is thinking seriously about the establishment of an enterprise development centre to equip and prepare its members with skills to take advantage of business opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

He claimed there was also the need for a Skills Development Centre to train manpower for the energy sector.

Mr. Van-Ess advised members to involve the chamber in negotiations with investors in order to protect and safeguard them from fraudsters.

Mr. Cadmond Dadzie, Treasurer of the STRCCI, appealed for the speedy passage of the Local Content Bill into law, adding that it was essential that the bill is passed into law so that institutions that would be mandated to implement the law could do so.

I have to say I’m loving the partnership, working together and movement towards a better and brighter future of Ghana as well as Africa as a whole continent.

Let us move forward YENKO!!

By CLOUDIA

In GH music news…

Dr. Cryme to concentrate on City and Offshore Performances for Third quarter

 

Over the past months there have been numerous calls to the CEO of E-Jam Records to quickly hold the D-Cryme’s Hinterland Tour to enable the artiste perform at various concerts in the city and abroad. The Artiste who was signed to Samsung as a brand Ambassador in 2011 for a year and finally saw the mobile company leading sales in Ghana shifted attention to performances in towns and villages outside the city to be close to his fans. He is took the pain to reduce various performances and endorsements which will opt people asking for more in the city, to enable him to concentrate on the folks in the hinterlands.

He has successfully completed various tours in WA, Preastea, Oda, Winneba and more, and is poised for a stunning comeback. Chemphe, his label mate who has been holding the fort in his absence was impressed with the sacrifice by Dr Cryme and added that the hit single called Number One which features Dr Cryme has been on the number one spot for the past two weeks on the GH and Beyond Music Video count down. Dr Cryme’s new single “1 Step @ Back” will be released mid June 2012.