August 2012


Chemphe does good deeds

CHEMPHE WEEPS AT ANTI POVERTY AND PEACE CAMPAIGN

 

Ghana’s King of RnB Chemphe, after a successful launch of his double P (campaign for Peace and Against Poverty) project in Accra a month ago, was in the central region, specifically “Nankasedo” and “Hasuodi”, both villages close to Saltpond, for the third session of his Double P project.  The musician was very instrumental in educating the populace on anger management mechanism and resource management to curb the poverty issue.

The village does not have basic utilities like water and light and it was an emotional moment for the artiste, who pledged to help them in acquiring them in the shortest possible time since it will in a long run help their business.

Chemphe added that though the project is funded by his record label (E-Jam Records), he won’t hesitate to accept corporate bodies and media who want to join the campaign since there is a lot to be done. He added that the campaign is a global one and will achieve a collective goal when other celebrities and corporate bodies embark on similar projects. Chemphe wept as a result of the rate of vulnerability of the village. Apart from providing them with basic amenities, he intends supporting them to build a KVIP.

He mentioned that though the “Global Citizen” song is getting good airplay in Norway where it was released last year, Ghana is about to experience the real outcome from the lyrics of the song. He mentioned that the project song’s video will be launched this year though the radio stations are permitted to start giving it a very good airplay to promote the project. Korsah-Brown (CEO, E-Jam Records), Mr Ebo Taylor (Ace Ghanaian Musicians), Sam Genesis (E-Jam and Waz up GH), Robert Abban (E-Jam Records) and other key people made up the research and sensitization team for the village mentioned above.

New talk show in town…

Ama K brings the celebrities to your doorstep

 

Ghanaian actress, TV presenter and TV producer, Ama K Abebrese is set to host her first major TV show in Ghana. Ama will host the new lifestyle/chat show, ‘A Day in The Life’ on Viasat1 starting from Sunday, September 2.

The series will see Ama K spending a day with different celebrities and personalities, recording and documenting their interesting lifestyles and activities.

She comments, “It is not your average lifestyle/talk show as the show gives an insight into the guests. You get to see them from the morning to the evening and see what an average day is like in their lives”.

Ama K. Abebrese who began her TV career in the UK, is no stranger to interviewing top personalities.

She has interviewed UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, rocker Mick Jagger, football legend Kevin Keegan, Akon, Ziggy Marley, Idris Elba, Harrison Ford, Rihanna and several international super stars.

Since her return to Ghana, Ama has been concentrating on her acting career which has seen her win several awards including the 2011 African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in A Leading for ‘Sinking Sands’. She is also the Head of Local Productions at Viasat 1 Ghana.

‘A Day in The Life’ airs every Sunday evening on Viasat1 at 8pm.

Source: Ghanaweb

Biggest African Music Festival in London

Sarkodie and R2Bees to perform at ‘Africa Unplugged’

 

The biggest African music festival in Europe ever is set to take place in London at Wembley Arena on August 27th. Celebrating Africa through music, dance and comedy, the festival will also highlight issues affecting Africa and will be raising funds to support two charities – WarChildUK and SaveTheCongo.

With an exclusive artist line-up coming together on stage to support real African issues, this is a concert that cannot be missed! The festival will more than cater to all African music tastes, so come along with your friends to enjoy yourself and help raise money for a good cause!

CONFIRMED LINE UP

HOST: the fantastic Eddie Kadie with co host Jazzie Phizzle

DJ: DJ EDU, #Afroboss (‘Destination Africa’ BBC 1Xtra) ‘if you don’t know his show, you’ve been missing out!’

ARTISTS
Cabo Snoop (Angola)
Chameleon (Uganda)
Dj Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Fally Ipupa (Congo)
Femi Kuti (Nigeria)
Flavour (Nigeria)
Iyanya (Nigeria)
Mad Traxx (Kenya)
Mic Inity (Zimbabwe)
R2Bees (Ghana)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Tuface (Nigeria)
Winky D (Zimbabwe)
Zahara (South Africa)
Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)

CONFIRMED UNSIGNED ACTS
Mr Silva (UK)
Skobs (UK/Ghana)
Noeva (UK/Zambia)

Africa Unplugged will educate, motivate and inspire all by shedding light on the plight of Mother Africa and the daily issues she faces. This includes Genocide, Poverty, Corruption, War, HIV, Water Shortage and Malaria. We will celebrate the spirit of Africa through music, comedy and dance. For each ticket sold, £2.50 will go towards our Partner Charities War Child and Save The Congo.

WE WANT TO PARTY WITH YOU THERE, Africa needs you there… so get your tickets now HERE

LONDON 2012- Lessons Learnt

LONDON 2012- Lessons Learnt

 

Ghana’s first appearance at the Olympics was in 1952 at the Helsinki Games, where we were represented by a seven-man team. Our first medal did not come until the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where Clement Quartey boxed his way onto the podium to receive a silver medal. Eddie Blay followed with a bronze medal in boxing at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games and at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games, Prince Amartey also took bronze in the middleweight division. We did not go near the medals podium until some 20 years later when the Black Meteors reached the semi finals at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games where they lost to the host nation Spain. They however beat Australia in the play-off for bronze.

That is our Olympics record as a nation, not very glamorous. So we came to the London Olympics not expecting to go back home with bags of medals. But every Ghanaian was hoping we would at least make a good impression. The games have ended and not very much was heard about Team GH. And frankly, this was not surprising. Lack of funding had forced the team to break camp months before the games. The nation’s economic woes would not allow for much funding to be pumped into sports. It’s a tricky balancing act for the government and various sports authorities. How to achieve the best possible results with the meagre funds available?

It does not take much research to notice our successes as a nation- at the Olympics and all other sporting competitions have come from two disciplines- boxing and football. Our greatest sports men and women are footballers and boxers. Those are the two things we are naturally good at and have infrastructure already in place to train and nurture our young talents. It will therefore be the sensible option to concentrate our resources and attention on these two sports if we are to make any headlines in Rio.

One of the most impressive nations at the games apart from the host nation, for me, was Jamaica. They bagged 4 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals and their athletes grab the big headlines. And all of these medals came from athletics- 3 of the gold medals were from Bolt and 2 of the silver medals from Blake. They have found a sport they are naturally good at as a nation and perfected their act! Now there is surely a lesson in there for us as Ghanaians if we are to win any medals at the next Olympics. So like the Jamaicans who are well known for their sprinters, Kenyans for their long distance runners, lets be known for our footballers and boxers. We are not China or the USA, who do not just have the financial resources to back their sports men and women, but also have large populations to choose from. Let’s start preparing our boxers and footballers now if the former Gold Coast is to win any gold in Rio.

By Maclean Arthur

Calling all Ghanaians…

World’s Top Ten Young People

 

 

Bobby Kensah (left)

 

Ghanaian corporate lawyer, Bobby Kensah, has been selected as the UK’s representative and shortlisted in the Top 20 in the Junior Chamber International T.O.Y.P. (Ten Outstanding Young Persons) of the World Award.

We are calling on everyone to support Bobby Kensah who has in the past and continues to be a contributor to the Ghana community as a whole.

With your support, Bobby can make it to the World Top 10 in the competition.

JCI T.O.Y.P. serves to formally recognize young people who excel in their chosen fields and create positive change. By recognizing these young people, JCI raises the status of socially responsible leaders in this world. The honourees motivate their peers to seek excellence and serve others. Their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity inspire young people to be better leaders and create better societies.

About Bobby Kensah

Bobby was born on an aeroplane, so it is no surprise that he is now a high flying junior city lawyer. However, things have not been so clear cut for Bobby who came to the UK at age 12 unable to speak English and was predicted very low grades for his GCSEs.

Bobby could have been easily distracted by various experiences during his upbringing, but, he has shown that with focus, determination and hard work anyone can make their dream a reality whilst making a difference in their community and giving back. Bobby has in the past won awards for Promising Young Lawyer having previously won the ‘Best All Round Student’, the ‘Law Society’s Pro bono champion’, ‘Best Achievement Through Education’, the LawWorks ‘Best Contribution to Law’ and ‘Square Mile’s Young City Lawyer of the Year.

How to vote

Please click on www.jci.cc/toypvote , then click on Bobby’s picture and the like button at the bottom of the page to support him.

P Man drops new joint

P Man – ‘Meet My Mother’

 

P Man is back with his new joint ‘Meet My Mother’, and this time the Ghanaian/UK artist has enlisted the production talent of Fuse ODG of ODG Music. The title of the track pretty much sums up the song – we get P Man waxing lyrical about bringing a girl home to meet his mother, something I’m sure a lot of you guys can relate to!

With a banging beat and easy to relate to relate to lyrics, this song definitely gets a thumbs up from me. What do you think of the track? Hot or not?

By Yaa Nyarko

GH’s performance at 2012 Olympics

Team Ghana flatter to deceive at London 2012

 

So the Olympics have come to an end with Team Ghana coming away from the event with no medals and a disappointing dent on our sporting reputation following the highs of the World cup in 2010. Ghana has yet to win a gold medal at the Olympics. The last time Ghana won a medal, was a bronze, in 1992 in Barcelona, by the U-23 soccer team. If I am totally honest other than Ignatius Gaisah who I gave an outside chance of a medal in the long jump, I did not expect Ghana to pick up a medal with only 9 athletes participating in the games. However it is extremely disappointing to see how many Ghanaian athletes were eliminated in the preliminary and first rounds of competitions or pulling out injured.

 

Ghanaian heptathlete Margaret Simpson

I mean if we’re not even going to be competitive then what hope have we got of actually getting on the medal podium? I know you cannot compensate for injuries but it’s very rare that athletes pull out with injuries as serious as an “acute kidney infection” on the eve of the start of their competition, as was the case of heptathlete Margaret Simpson, but could this not have been detected before?  After her race in the 200m women’s first round, Ghanaian sprinter Vida Anim said and I quote “I am injured and therefore I cannot produce miracles” so you have ask yourself what she was  doing running in the first place? If we athletes are injured would it not be better to leave them behind instead of bringing them along just to put in disappointing performances or not even be able to compete. Then you have someone like Ignatius Gaisah who has won medals at World Championships and Commonwealth Games who failed to qualify from more than thirty jumpers in the preliminary round. The same can be said of our boxers who put in poor performances.

Whilst most people were disappointed by the number of athletes in the team, I was surprised to hear there were twelve officials accompanying the athletes. If you have 9 athletes competing in 4 sports why is there twelve officials? To my mind there only needs to be head of GOA (Ghana Olympic Association), Head coach of Ghana Athletics, a boxing representative, a judo representative (I doubt we even have one), and a weightlifting representing. So I make that 5 and even if you throw in a couple of coaches if you want to call them “officials” that should not total twelve! I don’t want sound cynical but I can only assume there were people in the party that did not need to be there, but were just there for a free ride and for all the benefits that come with being part of the “Olympic family”.

Long jumper Ignatius Gaisah

What is more worrying though is that there is no injection of new blood coming through. If we are going to make our mark we need more than nine athletes. Too many times we are relying on the same athletes to carry us every year; the Vida Anims and Margaret Simpsons and before them the lone figure of Abdul Zakari in the 100m. Once upon a time we had sprint relay squads in both male and female competitions, where are they all now? It was only two years ago that our women’s 4x100m relay team won a bronze at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi yet they were not in London.  I can only assume they did not meet the qualifying standard and if that’s the case then that is very disappointing. Meanwhile Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and the Dominican Republic churning out young athletes at a steady rate with Yohan Blake (Jamaica) and Kirani James (Grenada) the latest stars to emerge.

We have seen firsthand how sporting achievement can raise the profile of a country both economically and socially during the Blackstars run in the football World Cup 2010. Thus we can conclude that is important Ghana represents itself in a respectable manner on international sporting stage and there is no bigger stage than the Olympics. The slogan for London 2012 was to “inspire a generation” into getting involved in sport in the UK and on this evidence Ghana really need to do the same.

There is no doubt there is significant room for improvement. So the question is what should the Ghanaian sporting authorities be doing to ensure Ghana can achieve success on the sporting stage?

Please leave your comments below.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (KwesiTheAuthor on twitter)

An unforgettable summer…

The Make Up Show Live

 

Amongst the 12,000 plus events taking place in the capital during the Olympic Games this season, Funmi Odegbami,  CEO of Mink London, which is the UK’s leading make-up school specialising in make-up for women of colour launches the MAKE UP SHOW LIVE on the 26th August 2012 – an event dedicated to makeup and beauty.

The Makeup Show Live 2012 is the only event of its kind, focused on giving the consumer, the latest and best beauty and makeup advice, exclusive show discounts on leading cosmetics products, hands-on workshops that will teach you how to use your new beauty goodies for maximum results and VIP treatment all the way.

Stop stocking your dressing tables with products that you don’t use or don’t use correctly and let us show you how to maximise the results of your beauty regime. Whether you want to know what products work best with your skin type; how to choose and apply foundation correctly; what to do with all of those eye-shadows; there is something for everyone at the Makeup Show Live 26th August 2012 at The Cumberland, Cumberland Place, London W1H 7DL.

On the day you can expect:   Live Education and Entertainment on the main stage – With Performances by The Queen of Afrobeats May7ven and Project G Dance Crew (Got 2 Dance).   Join Natalya Nair, celebrity makeup artist for the X-Factor and This Morning, and her friends as they unravel the art of makeup and beauty for “real” women in an entertaining and engaging way.

Enjoy stunning catwalk shows and musical performances from the world of music and fashion.  Shop til you drop. Bring your purse and indulge in the ultimate shopping experience with some of the leading brands in fashion and beauty and take advantage of their exclusive show discounts. Take part in a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to apply your makeup like a pro and find out all about the secret products and techniques only normally available to the very rich and famous.

Indulge in the free pampering and makeover sessions courtesy of the shows many exhibitors and partners and go home feeling totally spoilt. Buy a VIP ticket and get an exclusive show goodie bag, access to workshops, access to the VIP Lounge and reserved seating at the main stage events.   At the Makeup Show Live 2012, there is something for everyone!

WATCH THE VIDEO LINK:


 

Afrobeats hits the US shores…

ABRANTEE ON TMZ!

 

It goes without saying that Choice FM DJ Abrantee has had an incredible year with his HIT Afrobeats Radio Show, Prime time radio Show, SOLD-OUT events, tours, concerts and so much more; however, nothing had prepared his fans and the British media for his surprise appearance on the popular U.S. TMZ Site and TV Show on Friday 3rd August 2012.

Hollywood based TMZ is one of the most cited celebrity Entertainment, Gossip and News sources in the U.S; renowned  for breaking the biggest news and stories in entertainment including the death of Michael Jackson, The break up of Britney Spears and Kevin Ferdiline, The Tiger Woods affair and so much more….so when DJ ABRANTEE POPPED UP on the screen talking about Afrobeats, it was fair to say the meteoric rise of DJ Abrantee and the AFROBEATS movement has travelled across the great shores.

Whilst it is virtually impossible to rip video stock from the TMZ site, we managed to capture this 30 second clip of DJ Abrantee’s debut appearance on TMZ below-ENJOY!

WATCH HERE:

ALSO

CHECK OUT….This great review of DJ Abrantee’s AFROBEATS @ Somerset House in the Guardian Newspaper

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jul/17/dj-abrantee-afrobeats-review

The Great British media love an incredible success story!

 

IN MORE AFROBEATS NEWS…

DJ Abrantee hosts D’Banj Live @ HMV Apollo 27th AUGUST!!!

To round off the summer of Afrobeats, on 27th August 2012DJ Abrantee will host the ‘Oliver Twist’ superstar and UK Top 10 Artist D’Banj.

Nigerian Afrobeat sensation D’banj will be joined by the biggest rising stars in music (hot properties) from Nigeria and Ghana. The line up consisting of Super talent, David O, The Legendary Naeto C, Queen of Afrobeats May7ven, Afrobeats Group Vibe Squad plus many more live on stage

Kanye dropped by at the 2011 Dbanj Koko concert also held at the HMV Apollo; will it be more of the same? Will the other Good music acts be supporting their label mate? (John Legend, Big Sean, Kid Cudi to name a few…..Whatever the case, it’ll be a show not to be missed!

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE: www.ticketmaster.co.uk  http://www.hmvtickets.com/events/6563

or contact 07535 560 225

For more information and to keep up-to-date with DJ Abrantee and his dynamic super team:

FOLLOW @djabrantee @mylzb @afrobeatuk @dlaworldwide

Visit his website: www.abrantee.com

A star in the making?

Richmond Yiadom Boakye

 

Many Ghanaian observers and fans alike have been crying out for a quality striker to partner Asamoah Gyan and ease the burden of goals on him.  Could Richmond Yiadom Boakye be that man? The Ghanaian U20 international has yet to receive a call up to the senior squad but that is surely only a matter of time. He has been turning many heads in Italy including that of Italian champions Juventus who signed him on a co-ownership basis after terms were agreed with Genoa. There were also rumours Manchester United were interested in the teenager.

Boakye signed a five-year deal with Juventus last month and joins his compatriot Kwadwo Asamoah at the club after his arrival from Udinese earlier in July. Boakye began his career with Bechem United of Ghana.He eventually moved to DC United (Ghana), and remained there until 2008 after being scouted by Genoa C.F.C. following a tournament in Vicenza, Italy.

Following a transfer to Genoa in 2009, Boakye spent the 2009–10 Serie A season, playing in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera for the Ligurian club. In April 2010, Boakye made his Serie A debut for Genoa, in a match against Livorno. He came off the bench as a substitute in the 13th minute and scored the opening goal, but the match ended in a 1–1 draw.

In June 2011, Boakye officially joined Serie B outfit U.S. Sassuolo Calcio on a one-year loan deal. The loan deal proved very successful for the Ghanaian, as he scored 12 goals in 34 appearances for the club that missed promotion to Serie A via a promotion play-off loss on aggregate to U.C. Sampdoria.

His performances for Sassuolo Calcio did not go unnoticed with Juventus moving quickly for the teenager. Last season I followed Boakye’s progress and was impressed with his touch and his eye for goal. He seems like a natural finisher and with further development could be a real quality player. However we have been here before with a promising Ghanaian striker. I remember when Dominic Adiyah burst on the scene at the 2009 U20 World Cup winning the golden boot. He was tipped for greatness and a loan move to AC Milan soon followed but since then he has not lived up to his promise and failed to break into the Blackstars first team .

Boakye is still very young and learning the game. Though from what I have seen of him, I am convinced if he gets the right guidance at Juventus he could go on to become one of Ghana’s great strikers.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@KwesiTheAuthor on twitter)