July 2012


EL to perform at Love Afrobeats Festival

EL to perform alongside P-Square, Wande Coal, May D, Fuse ODG and more at Love Afrobeats Festival at London’s HMV Apollo

Ghana’s most iconic rapper EL joins the likes of P-Square and Wande Coal to perform to a demanding audience this summer for the Love Afrobeats Festival

Carnival weekend sees Nigerian music heavy weights P-Square headline the most anticipated and most talked about show at the London HMV Hammersmith Apollo on 26th August 2012. The duo will be bringing their outstanding live performance to the UK once more and will join a stellar line up of African artists.

The Love Afrobeats Festival which is a cultural celebration of African music is organised by the biggest African promoters, Cokobar, SMADE and Phoenix Global Media. The festival is set to take over the 5000 capacity venue with performances from the biggest musical forces including Mavin’s Wande Coal, Square Record’s Mr MayD and Ghana’s finest E.L and Azonto sensation Fuse ODG as well as two of the most promising upcoming UK-based Afrobeat artist DL and Ezi Emela who will be bringing the summer back with their anticipated performances.

The founder of Cokobar, Ropo Akin states: “Our aim each year is to exceed and be better; and to provide entertainment that encompasses what African music is about, what Afrobeat stands for”

With the rapid rise of Afrobeats in the UK and around the world, the genre has been widely accepted within other genres of music with collaborations from hip-hop’s leading man Rick Ross and P-Square to Fuse ODG and funky house veteran Donaeo.

Following the success of the Afrobeats Festival last year, this year is set to be bigger and better with the addition of Ghanaian artists and a few surprises.

The Love Afrobeats will be hosted by comedian Elenu. Tickets are now available via www.cokobar.com

Ghanaians at LONDON2012

BOXING: Results

 

Ghana’s 1st athlete, Isaac Dogboe competes in

Boxing – Men’s Bantam (56kg)

Satoshi Shimizu (JAPAN) DEF Isaac Dogboe (GHANA)

Round 1 – Ghana wins 4:3
Round 2 – Ghana wins 3:2
Round 3 – Japan wins 5: 2

JAPAN wins 10:9

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Ghanaians at LONDON2012‏

So the Olympics are finally here! We at MeFiri Ghana will be keeping you informed on all the latest action and Ghanaians competing at the London 2012 Olympics so make sure you regularly check the blog for all updates!

Boxing

 

1st GHANAIAN competing at London2012  SATURDAY:

Boxing Men’s Bantam (56kg) 

round of 32:
Isaac Dogboe (GHANA) v. Satoshi Shimizu (JAPAN)

time:
8:45pm UK time 
7:45pm Ghana time
3:45p eastern/Toronto

GO GHANA GO

By Marfioso

The Pride of Ghana

THE BLACK STAR SHINES IN THE FACE OF DEATH

 

When we at MeFiri Ghana dedicated this month’s articles to “change” in Ghana, this was hardly the kind of change we hoped to be writing about. Now with grief in our hearts and flags flying at half mast, a nation and its entire people from both ends of the political divide mourn.

That a nation should lose its leader only a couple of months to a general election is a clear recipe for political chaos and unrest. The demise of sitting presidents across our continent has almost always thrown nations into a state of commotion. Constitutions end up in the trash bin and either the military takes over or the nation is hijacked by cronies of the deceased leader. Our neighbours to the east can testify to that. When Eyadéma died on February 5, 2005, his son, Faure Gnassingbé, was immediately installed as President with support from the army. The people of Gabon had a similar experience. After Bongo’s death in June 2009, his son Ali Bongo—who had long been assigned key ministerial responsibilities by his father—was elected to succeed him in August 2009. And in Guinea, just six hours after Conte’s death on 22 December 2008, a statement was read on television announcing a military coup d’état!

So undoubtedly, the western media had their cameras trained on our beloved nation, wishing for something sensational to occur. But once again, we proved them wrong and redirected their attention back to Syria. Hours after the announcement of the demise of the president, the military did not take over and neither did his son or compadres squabble over power. We followed the dictates of the constitution and duly swore in the vice president as the new president. And this news has not made the headlines for only one reason; it is not the usual African story of bloodshed and hunger accompanied with gruesome images that sells so well. For all the sensationalists, Ghana is no news at all.

Even though we mourn and grief, we can hold our heads high with pride. In death we are still a shining example to all. Rest in peace John Evans Atta Mills and God bless the family you left behind and the nation you led.

Ghana at the Olympics!

Emmanuel Nartey to make history at London 2012

 

Ghana has produced a number of great athletes over the years. Most notably footballers and Boxers such as the Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah, Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey who have achieved great things in their careers. So could a new name be about to join that illustrious list of Ghanaian sportsmen?

Well let me introduce you to Emmanuel Nartey; Ghana’s first ever Judo competitor at the Olympics. A Ghanaian doing judo! I hear you ask. That’s right. Nartey will be competing in the 73kg discipline in London. A former BBC cleaner and current member of the British Army, Emmanuel has been training full time at Bath University, he goes in to the Games having secured a bronze medal at the European Cup in Istanbul.

Emmanuel started judo in 1992. In June 2010 Emmanuel represented Ghana and achieved a bronze medal in the U73kg at the Judo World Cup at Margarita Island, Venezuela.

In February 2011 Emmanuel secured a seventh place finish for Ghana at the Budapest World Cup.

Nartey won his opening three preliminary round contests in the under-73kg competition before losing to Japan’s Yasuhiro Awano, who went on to win bronze. That put Nartey through to the repechage, where he lost to Petro Kuzmin.

Three of Ghana’s four Olympic medals have come in boxing (the other one in football), but Nartey is hoping his performances will pave the way for more Ghanaian judo players to take to the mats.

In a recent interview with talksport radio he said; “It will be a proud moment and a big achievement for me to compete at the Olympics,” he said.

“It’s not just about me; it’s about opening doors for future generations coming through.”

As mentioned before Emmanuel is a soldier with the British Army but he is also studying for a criminology degree at Bath University.

A man of many talents we wish him well for London 2012. Though no matter how well he does he has already made history as Ghana’s first Judoka at the Olympics.

Emmanuel Nartey, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

By Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)

Banger for the summer!

Capo – I Believe (Official Video)

 

Here’s the new hot summer track from the inform up and coming UK Rap Star CAPO.

Capo’s new track along with the video allows him to express his emotions and the reality of his life and surroundings. Motivated by the urge and desire to succeed, “I Believe” is an uplifting track and an honest representation of how he feels.

Capo is currently working on his new mixtape “My Pain Your Entertainment”. Stay on the lookout for Capo as he continues to progress.

What do you think? Hot or not? Check the video out below

Twitter: @paulydacapo 

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Ghana in a state of mourning

President John Atta Mills dead at 68

 

Ghana is a nation in shock after learning that President John Atta Mills, who was allegedly suffering from throat cancer, has died in hospital in the capital, Accra. This is the first time that a president has died while in office in Ghana. Although there had been persistent rumours of the president’s ill health his sudden death has taken many people by surprise.

A statement from the president’s office read; “ it is with a heavy heart… that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana,”

Hours after the death of Atta Mills an emergency session of Parliament was held.  John Dramani Mahama, his vice-president, has been sworn in as his replacement in a ceremony in the capital. All flags were flown at half mast as Ghana began a national period of mourning.

US President Barack Obama who historically visited Ghana in 2009 paid tribute to the President, praising Mr Atta Mills as a “strong advocate for human rights and for the fair treatment of all Ghanaians”, according to a White House statement. Other tributes came in from the Presidents of Kenya and Liberia.

Ghana is hailed as a solid democracy in Africa, so Atta Mills’ sudden death should not spark a political crisis but will certainly test the country’s democratic institutions. As Vice-President John Dramani Mahama steps in as interim head of state, the question people are asking in the Ghana is: “Who is going to run for president with the ruling NDC party in December?” The obvious choice would be Mahama but who knows.

Now I have to admit I have not been a supporter and the NDC. However it is a sad day when your head of state passes. Ghanaians should use his death as a catalyst for increased unity especially in light of the upcoming elections at the end of year.

Thus the best tribute Ghana can give to Atta Mills is peaceful elections in December. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the late president.

Any comments and condolence messages will be welcomed. God bless our homeland Ghana

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)

Ghana Football News: Weekly Update

I apologize to all my loyal followers, I had to deal with a family emergency. Now I’m back to give you your weekly fix on Ghanaian footballers worldwide.

 

1. Nyantakyi named to FIFA Olympic committee for London 2012

2. Ghana – China PR Confirmed

3.  K. Asamoah signs w/ Juventus

4. Acquah signs w/ Parma F.C. on Loan

5.  Boakye-Yiadom signs w/ Juventus

6.  Canadian based Ghanaian scores 2nd goal of the season

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1.  Ghana Football association president, Kwesi Nyantakyi has been named to be a part of the FIFA Organizing Committee for the 2012 summer Olympics. The GFA boss will supervise the way men and women’s matches are put together and will be based in Coventry, West Midlands, UK

In his 3 week absence, Hearts Of Oak CEO, Fred Crentsil will take over his acting duties.

“The Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world and offers a lot of benefits,”

“It offers a lot of training and benefit to whoever has the opportunity to be a part of it.”

“I believe that when I go the experience I gain will impact positively on my return on football in this country.”
-Kwesi Nyantakyi Ghana FA, president

2. Ghana v China PR friendly confirmed

The Ghana Football Assoocation President, Kwesi Nyantakyi has confirmed that the Blackstars of will face the Lóng Zhī Duì  aka Team Dragon of China in A FIFA International friendly on Wednesday August 15, 2012 in Beijing, China.

This match will be used a tune tune up ahead of the 2013 African Cup qualifier in September versus Malawi.

“The Black Stars will play China in a friendly match on 15 August to prepare the team for the game against Malawi,”
-Kwesi Nyantakyi, GFA President

3. Congrats to Ghana international, Kwadwo Asamoah who signed a three year contract with Juventus worth €9 million ($11 million US).

4. Ghana international, Afriyie Acquah has secured a season long loan from Palermo to Parma F.C.

“Parma FC announce that they have acquired midfielder Afriyie Acquah from Palermo. The Ghanaian player arrives on loan with the right of redemption by half and he is already at Levico Terme and available to coach Donadoni.”

5. Congrats to Ghana U-20 international, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom has inked a 4-yr deal with Italian champions, Juventus.

The midfielder inked the deal at $5 million US from Serie A side, Genoa. Boakye-Yiadom becomes the third Ghanaian in Juventus history to be signed

1. Stepehen Appiah – 2003, €6 million (8 million US)
2. Kwadwo Asamoah – 2012, €9 million  ($11 million US)
3. Richmond Boakye-Yiadom – 2012, €3 million ($5 million US)

6.  S/O to Canada based player, Gershon Koffie who scored the opener in the 18′ for the Vancouver Whitecaps to give the Ghanaian midfielder his second on the season.

The Whitecaps added a another in the 27′ but unfortunately, they could not hold the L.A. Galaxy as they saw the back on the net twice in the 81′ & 87′ to salvage a draw.

Ghanaian Midfielder, Gershon Koffie scores in the 18′ versus the LA Galaxy on 07.18.12

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Not just pretty faces…

Ghana’s Top female movie stars look for more than just film-making!

 

The two most talked about actresses in Africa have starred in movies for years, and they keep getting better and better. But there seems to be a trend setting – they want more than just the acting and drama.

It is reported Jackie Appiah is busily working on her single in one of the reigning recording studios in the capital which will be released on the music market very soon. Similarly Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim also ventures into music and signs with Nigerian based music groups called Kentro World.

So this change with our Ghanaian actresses, well let’s not say change but our women seem more empowered, determined and feel they can do anything however high or unreachable.

Young Ghanaians girls should see this as a message, no matter what you want to do where you want to go you can achieve it.

By CLOUDIA

It’s a celebration!!

Regeneration Celebration – Bob Marley Way – London

 

Date: Sunday 29th July 2012

Time: Event: 13:00 – 18:00

Location: Area surrounding Bob Marley Way, Brixton, South London, SE24

Tickets: Free to residents and available to the public via facebook.com/marleysmellowmood & twitter: @mellowmooduk

Appearance: Cedella Marley (Bob Marley’s daughter) 

Host: Ras Kwame with Orange Hill 

Performances:

Very Special Guest Headliner / Devlin / Gappy Ranks / Sway / Crazy Cousins / Soul II Soul Sound System / Trojan Sound System / Amplify Dot / Rascals / Lady Leshurr / Aruba Red / 2morrows Victory / Jacob Banks / Kyra / White Powder Gold

ALL AGES FREE FAMLY EVENT

The Regeneration Celebration is a free, community focused, music-led initiative that celebrates 50 years of Jamaican Independence and British Jamaican culture all in the name Jamaica’s most famous son, Bob Marley. The socially aware event brings music and the arts directly to the people of Bob Marley Way in Lambeth, South London and will be attended by Bob Marley’s Daughter Cedella Marley.  This social regeneration project is backed by the relaxation drink, Marley’s Mellow Mood working alongside innovative music organisation Small Green Shoots.

Statement from Cedella Marley on behalf of the Marley family:

‘We are delighted about the Bob Marley Way celebrations on July 29th. Dad enjoyed many happy times in South London, so I’m pleased Marley’s Mellow Mood is working with this community to create an event that will both entertain and leave a legacy. I’m especially excited that our charitable platform 1Love.Org will be on-site to share news on its on-going mission to promote youth, planet and peace.’

Fusing a mixture of contemporary and heritage music, the Regeneration Celebration will feature a diverse programme of Jamaican and urban music acts, including commercially successful artists and DJs, as well as local and up-and-coming performers. The music programme will be supported by a range of workshops, live arts and spoken word from local and national community organisations. The Regeneration Celebration will create an opportunity for local residents to celebrate their heritage and community, have direct access to a variety of art forms and community groups and strengthen community pride.

Social regeneration will be driven by the shared values of Marley’s Mellow Mood and 1Love.Org – youth, planet, peace.  The Regeneration Celebration team will liaise with local residents and work with a variety of local and national dance, performance and arts groups, alongside regional community groups and businesses. The event will also provide further opportunities for the community by offering a selection of paid, voluntary and work experience roles to local residents, who are looking to gain experience in live events and project management.  Youth workshops will take place across the day that will continue after the event and there will be a donation to the local community centre instead of site fees for local traders attending the event

This family friendly event is aimed at audiences of all ages, encouraging participation from all generations of the community and will feature two music stages, an arts village, children’s area, food and beverage market (no alcohol will be sold) and a film tent in association with Universal Pictures. It will leave a lasting legacy in the area, not only in spirit but also in a physical form – such as a new street sign for Bob Marley Way.

Claire Davies, Event Manager at Small Green Shoots comments, “Benefiting communities is at the heart of our organisation and we work hard to leave a lasting legacy with each of our events and projects. Without the support of Marley’s Mellow Mood we would not be able to put on an event such as this. Together we are creating an event that is not only a fantastic celebration of Jamaican culture, but also gives back to the local community of Bob Marley Way.”

Hosted by Ras Kwame with Orange Hill the day will feature an exciting mix of contemporary and heritage artists as part of Marley Mellow Mood’s ongoing music strand.

This is a strictly all ticketed event with the vast majority of tickets being distributed to residents with a limited number of tickets available through facebook.com/marleysmellowmood & twitter: @mellowmooduk.

For more event information please visit www.marleyway.com