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Who do our young people consider their black heroes?

 Following the success of last year’s inaugural Made By History essay-writing competition, The Voice is proud to launch the second series of its Black History Month contest.

Made By History is a month-long competition open to 9-14 year-olds asking for them to share in an essay there thoughts on a theme set by The Voice. Last year, students were asked to share what black history means to them.

The response was overwhelming, with entries coming from a culturally diverse cross-section of students from 11 schools in London. From Rosa Parks’ defiance to Marcus Garvey’s leadership and Mandela’s bravery, pupils displayed a strong and passionate knowledge of black heroes from the past.

The Voice opened up the pool of winners to include the Best Essay from each age category and a special commendation for the most inspirational essay.

“The Voice really wanted to do something to engage with its younger readers and ensure it celebrated Black History Month with something meaningful for children,” The Voice director Paulette Simpson said. “There is so much talent in our community and this was a brilliant way to motivate and encourage them.”

Do you know any young people aged between 9-14 years old that would like to take part?

HOW TO ENTER:

We are asking students to share in 500 words who they see as their black hero.
The winning entry will be published in The Voice with a picture of the author and they will receive a gift voucher to the value of £50. The winner will be selected by an independent panel from the community.

Email your entries to: madebyhistory@gvmedia.co.uk or post them to: The Voice, Made By History Competition, Unit 236 Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, London, SE1 6TE.

DEADLINE: November 2, 2016 by 12 noon.
Please provide your full name, age and school. Students should also include their parent/s full name and telephone number.

Stonebwoy, E.L and Amakye Dede to Headline Ghana Music Week UK

Ghanaian reggae and dancehall star, and BET award winner Stonebwoy will be headlining the first ever Ghana Music Week UK. Joining Stonebwoy on the bill is Capital Xtra’s veteran broadcaster and Afrobeat tastemaker Abrantee, who has been confirmed as the event’s host and UK ambassador.

The multiple award-winning Stonebwoy returns to the UK for his very first headline performance since being crowned ‘Best International Act’ at the 2015 BET Awards, where he beat the likes of Wizkid, Sarkodie and Yemi Alade to the coveted award. With hits such as ‘Go Higher’, ‘Mightylele’ and ‘Pull Up’, Stonebwoy is one of Africa’s most popular music exports.

Also headlining Ghana Music Week UK at the Indigo at the O2 is veteran Ghanaian musician and king of highlife Amakye Dede. With a vibrant career spanning over four decades, and over 20 albums under his belt, Dede is a legend in world music, with many of his hits including ‘Iron Boy’ and ‘Dabi Dabi’ standing the test of time and still shutting down parties all over the world in 2016.

The 2016 Vodafone Music Awards ‘Artist of the Year’ and prolific Ghanaian rapper and producer E.L wil be joining the pair to headline at Ghana Music Week UK. E.L recently performed alongside Lauren Hill at her sold out concert ‘Diaspora Calling’. E.L’s hits include ‘Shelele’, ‘Mi Naa Bo Po’ and ‘Koko’, and with more acts and a few very special guests to be announced in the coming days, this event is not to be missed.

Already a staple fixture in Ghana’s music calendar, where it is now going into its fifth year, Ghana Music Week UK is one of the biggest music festivals and conferences in Africa, and is fast becoming the biggest platform for music industry leaders, tastemakers and stakeholders of Ghanaian descent, not just in Ghana but also in the diaspora, and across the world.

Having launched Ghana Music Week US in October last year with a sold out concert festival at the legendary BB Kings in New York, the Musicians Union of Ghana, in collaboration with the Ghana Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, and Fantasy Entertainment, have teamed up with the Ghana High Commission in London, to present the hugely anticipated Ghana Music Week UK.

Tickets for Ghana Music Week are available right now via here or call 0800 177 7721

An invite to the longest food table on UN World Food Day

Food for All Ghana programme in partnership with Go for Hope Foundation under the auspices of the Ghana Tourism Federation and the Food and Beverage Association of Ghana is inviting you for this year’s Food for All Ghana UN world food day advocacy program.

The main objective of the Food4All UN World Food day is to recognize and advocate for the UN declaration on human right to food and ensure that the spotlight is put on the inefficiencies within our food supply chain that creates food wastage and hunger in Ghana.

The 2016 edition is scheduled to take place on the Saturday 15th October, 2016 within  La Dade-Kotopon municipality under the theme: Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”. An attempt will be made to break the current Guinness world for longest table while 5,000 vulnerable children and the elderly will be fed, inspired and supported. Through this project the public will be educated on the environmental and economic impact of food wastage in Ghana.

Food for All Ghana is a shared social responsibility. Hope to see you there!

A NIGHT WITH THE COMPOZERS 4 – December 2016

Their ascent has been rapid; the waves made over the course of the last few years imperious in magnitude. Having exploded onto the scene in 2013, this eclectic team of four incredibly-talented young Ghanaian musicians have become the standard in urban music live acoustics and instrumentalism. Charlie, Nana, Stephen and David have supported Nigerian music behemoth Wizkid and Ghana’s finest rapper Sarkodie, as well as regularly collaborating with Fuze ODG to name a few. In 2016 alone they have had the pleasure of performing on the same ticket as rap royalty Lauryn Hill and have rubbed shoulders with legitimate royalty in Prince Harry.

Regardless of where they perform and who they perform with, there is one jewel in the Compozer/Decadence Entertainment crown which gleams bigger and brighter with every passing year – one hallmark event at which their swelling number of fans can congregate to vibe, dance, sing along and get hyped as the Compozers come home to do what they do best. That event is A Night With The Compozers.

The first ANWTC in North London was an incredible event and each year the Compozers have slammed into their home event with increasing ferocity, ingenuity, creativity and vibrancy – proving that their finger never leaves the pulse of the musical landscape as they manage to put their inimitable spin on music from all eras. The fourth iteration of ANWTC promises to be the best yet!

Taking place at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on December 19th, ANWTC4 will be a show-stopping experience that will guarantee an amazing show for all in attendance. From a psychedelic stage and on-screen visuals, to bombastic tunes which will not fail to get you moving, you will not be disappointed!

Tickets for ANWTC sell out notoriously quickly so if you are going to be in London in December, you are advised to get your tickets now for what promises to be THE musical event of the Christmas season!

Date: Monday 19th December 2016 – 7PM

Venue: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12 8TT

Tickets go on general sale from 9am on Friday 9th September 2016

By Dr. Jermaine Bamfo

Introducing: Talented Ghanaian Musician Sofie – Touch My Soul

Here at Me Firi Ghana we’re keen to showcase and promote emerging young creative talent. Within the Music scene we’ve seen the continual rise to fame of artists like Fuse ODG, Ed Sheeran, Sarkodie and Justin Bieber, but what we may not have seen is their journey in realising their dream!

I remember standing with Ed Sheeran at Tinie Tempah’s first London concert during the release of his album Discovery some years back. As we all looked at him perform I remember Ed staring in awe saying, ‘wow, this guy is really talented’; Ed is now doing world wide tours selling out stadiums! We also remember how Justin entered the music scene, doing MJ and Usher covers on YouTube, using the platform to showcase his diverse creativity in music. Well, he now has the ability to ask fans to stop buying his records so others can be number one in the charts as he did last Christmas for the Lewisham NHS Choir!

All came from humble beginnings in pursuit of their dream, so when we heard Sofie’s recent song Touch My Soul and saw her pursuing her dream sharing her journey on YouTube and then we found out she was Ghanaian, charlie, we had to support, share and interview her to find out more…

 

What’s the story behind your new single?

How the whole song came about is actually kind of peculiar but interesting at the same time. I was in bed, had just woken up but was in one of the half awake, half asleep states. I remember I kept singing this melody to myself consciously and subconsciously at the same time… It was so strange. But after that happened I immediately threw my duvet off and grabbed my guitar and recorded it on voice notes on my phone because I knew it had the potential to be a really good chorus for a song. That’s how ‘Touch My Soul’ was born. After I had worked out the chords I wanted to use for the song, my lyrics and the rest of the melody flowed pretty quickly. The first lyrics of the chorus are ‘Touch my soul then you might get permission to touch my body.’ Those lyrics literally just flowed out of me so quickly, it was all so organic. A lot of young people today get together in some random club with whomever whenever without even getting to know the name of the person and without even connecting with them first or getting to know them. That’s not my style. That’s basically what the song is about.

 

nu7a0216_29190677672_oHow would you describe your style?

I’m a singer/songwriter and I would say that my style is kind of acoustic pop but there are also some jazz/rap elements that are portrayed in my music. I really dislike putting myself into a genre. I’ve listened to so much music from many different genres over the eighteen years of my lifetime and I feel like they’ve all influenced what my debut single ‘Touch My Soul’ and the rest of my unreleased music sounds like. My music style is going to change and evolve into so many different things as I change and evolve as a person and I think that’s one of the things I’m most excited about; hearing the music I’m going to make in about 5 years time.

 

We’ve seen your social media countdown for the new single, how’s the campaign and song preview been received so far?

Yeah I’ve really enjoyed doing the social media countdown! It’s been so fun involving my friends as well on Instagram. It’s been received really well and people seem excited to hear ‘Touch My Soul’ so I’m really hyped to share it with the world.

 

What do you do for fun when you’re not working on music?

I really love playing most sports but especially football and I love watching football too and playing Fifa. I’m also really into photography and film-making, I’m studying Photography ‘A’ level at the moment as well as English and Classics.

 

nu7a0274_28676298174_oIf you could collab with 3 artists, who would they be and why?

This is so ridiculously hard to choose but I’m just going to give you 3 artists that I love. Logic because he’s one of my favourite rappers and he carries a great message. Lianne La Havas because her music is so beautiful and she also seems like such a lovely person and lastly Alessia Cara because I can relate to her music so much and I feel like we could make such epic music together and we’d probably get on so well.

 

Which musicians are you most influenced by?

Tracy Chapman

Lauryn Hill

Bob Marley

Ed Sheeran

The 1975

Alicia Keys

Justin Bieber

Chance The Rapper

Lianne La Havas

Drake

Jack Johnson

Cody Simpson

Amy Winehouse

Raury

There are so so many more but this is what I can think of off the top of my head.

 

What can we expect to see next from Sofie?

More music very, very soon! 🙂

 

 

Sofie SvanikierAfter listening to her new single and some of Sofie’s covers on YouTube, we can say she is defiantly a talented cool artist following her passion who knows how to write a catchy tune that we can all relate to! We look forward to hearing more from Sofie…

You can listen to the new single by Sofie Touch My Soul now on soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/sofie-svanikier/touch-my-soul

UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce Launches Investment Tour in Accra for British Businesses

The UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) will host a multi-sector business trip to Accra for British companies, investors, exporters, importers and SMEs, in October 2016.

The five-day Ghana Investment Tour (GIT) will focus on showcasing collaborative and investment opportunities in Ghana’s technology, tourism and agriculture sectors, and provide a platform for UK firms, SMEs and investors to communicate with key regulators, potential local partners, and leading private sector players in the country.

The UKGCC, officially launching in Accra on 1st September 2016, is set up to facilitate and YlQZH9wrpromote trade and commercial relations between the UK and Ghana, and act as the voice for British businesses looking to access and engage with the Ghanaian market, whilst providing assistance to Ghanaian companies investing in the UK.

UKGCC’s CEO Tony Burkson, based in Accra, says: ‘Ghana remains an exciting prospect for British companies due to its historic trading relationships with the UK. British expertise and innovation is highly sought after in Ghana and the wider West Africa region. The Ghana Investment Tour is an opportunity for British companies to meet decision makers, regulators and potential business partners in Ghana. The UKGCC is excited to welcome British businesses to Accra in October for the Ghana Investment Tour.’

The UK is one of the largest foreign investors in Ghana, and several British brands already operate in the West African country, including Barclays, Standard Chartered, Vodafone, Tullow, Blue Skies, British Airways, G4S, Prudential, GlaxoSmithKline, and Diageo. Ghana is also a favoured choice for SME’s making their first steps exporting into Africa, with benefits such as skilled and trainable labour, immediate access to all the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) markets, and a large consumer base with a growing middle class.

GIT aims to give new, business-focused entrants to Ghana a packaged opportunity to research and act-upon their business and investment interests in the country, alongside a friendly team of UK and Ghanaian experts and professionals.

The tour is supported by the Development of International Trade (DIT) in Ghana (formerly UKTI) and is organised in partnership with AB2020, a British company that connects and highlights investors, businesses, projects and entrepreneurs operating in Ghana, and sub-Saharan Africa.

AB2020 Creator and UK-born Ghanaian Akosua Annobil, based in London, says: ‘From traditional investors and angel networks, to tech start-ups and the Africa Diaspora, we’ve seen a healthy rise in appetite to do business in Ghana over the past year. However, we’ve also found that due to misconceptions, lack of connections, and perhaps a limited understanding of the diverse opportunities and cultures in the country, many are unsure of how to start and where to navigate.

‘As a UK-based company with a Ghana focus we aim to ease those anxieties, which is why we’re excited to be partnering with the UKGCC on a series of Ghana Investment Tours for the British business community in October this year, and in to 2017.’

ECOWAS-LogoGhana is one of the largest economies within ECOWAS, and in terms of investment is currently ranked 70th out of 189 countries in the latest World Bank’s Doing Business Rankings, placing the country as the fifth most favourable place to conduct business in Africa after Mauritius (28th), South Africa (43rd), Rwanda (46th), Tunisia (60th), and the first in West Africa above countries such as Cote d’Ivoire (147th), Togo (149th), Benin (151st), Burkina Faso (167th) and Nigeria (170th).

With a shared history and cultural links, Ghana and the UK have a strong bilateral trade relationship, strengthened by a steady stream of ministerial and diplomatic visits from high profile figures in recent years, including HRH Prince Edward and Adam Afriyie, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.

The Ghana Investment Tour (GIT) is running from Monday 17th to Friday 21st October 2016 in Ghana’s capital city Accra. Limited spaces are currently available for UK-based delegates who can register their interest via the UKGCC website http://ukgcc.com.gh or AB2020 http://africabusiness2020.com

An Afrobeats Poem- Wake Us Up!

Copyright(c) 2016 Adwoa Asiedu

 

Can you hear the sound of the African drum?

Beating ever so loud, dying to be heard.

Can you feel the rhythm of the night?

The old has gone, new melodies have come.

New songs will be sung,

Can you see people being set free?

Thy sweet romance finally breaking out.

And will spread like flames of fire.

Once we were kept in the dark,

Today is a different story, we’re now in the light.

Leading the way for others to come.

Wake us up!

For we have been sleeping for too long.

Wake us up!

Consume us so we can take our positions.

As Kings and Queens.

By Adwoa Asiedu (@AdwoaAsiedu777)

 

Gogglesprogs needs you!

Studio Lambert, the makers of the Bafta award-winning Gogglebox are back to see what our children have to say when they’re watching the telly.

Gogglesprogs is an exciting series for Channel 4 that will feature groups of children from around the UK watching and reviewing a selection of television programmes.  Whether its groups of siblings, cousins or friends, we are looking for kids from all over the UK who have something to say.
If you think you know the next generation of sofa critics or you’re interested in finding out a bit more please contact us on gogglesprogs@studiolambert.com

Ineffective and incompetent leadership in Ghana, result in a weak, non-performing institutions

All the leaders who have ruled Ghana, apart from the military dictators, had university degrees. All of them either lived or studied abroad. The current president, John Dramani Mahama, for example, attended Achimota College and Ghana Secondary School in Tamale where he obtained the Ordinary and Advanced level certificates respectively. He continued to the University of Ghana where he got his first degree in History. He further did a post-graduate course in Communications at the School of Communication Studies at the University of Ghana. He travelled to Moscow where he pursued a post-graduate degree in Social Psychology. I have taken time to describe the prestigious education of our president and his travel experience. He is not alone in this. All our former leaders had similar experiences and education abroad. They all returned to Ghana with certificates to commit crime and corruption against the state, while rendering the ordinary Ghanaians poor, unemployed and miserable.

 

galamseyAll the leaders that have come and gone and the present government are guilty for not attending to the problem of illegal mining. This appalling and condemnable practice has gone on for many years. Illegal miners and people around the mining areas dig up holes and search through the sand to gather gold and sell. “Gather them and sell” gradually became known as “Galamsey.” There are serious problems connected with galamsey which call for the government’s attention. Either due to deliberate lack of interest or pure, active and selfish interests and gains in the galamsey business, the government has either chosen to keep quiet or done little to stop the offenders. The reason for my argument is that, any serious government can easily relegate galamsey into the abyss of forgetfulness, by sending the military into all the areas where galamsey is taking place, chasing them out and seizing their machines. This action must continue for only a month and galamsey will die a natural death. What is happening is that this illegal mining is destroying water bodies which the people living in the surrounding villages depend on as a source of drinking water.

The situation has worsened with the influx of Chinese into the country who are getting actively 4249901896446_5495566304152involved in the illegal mining business. Apart from the destruction and contamination of water bodies that serve as sources of drinking water, there are other problems connected with galamsey. The gaping holes have become traps killing children and adults alike. The Chinese brought complex machines to the forest and destroyed cocoa farms in the areas they operated. Many farmlands belonging to the residents were taken away and sold to the Chinese for galamsey purposes. Foodstuffs and cash crops are being destroyed at random. Despite protests and demonstrations, no leadership in government has ever planned and released a permanent solution to the problem. If a solution was found, the farmers would congratulate the government rather than the daily wailing and moaning.

 

Due to lack of control, measures and unwillingness to wipe out galamsey from the system, the illegal mining has moved to another dangerous level. In Konongo in the Ashanti Region, the residents believe that many houses have been built in areas where they assume the ground is rich in gold. You will not believe this: galamsey has now moved to houses. Many halls and bedrooms of houses in Konongo have been dug and dynamited, all because they want to gather gold and sell. Neighbours are horrified by the noise created by these dynamites. The local authority look on helpless and unconcerned with no desire or power to abate the nuisance. The leadership of this country can easily stop galamsey, but will they?

Many commissions and organisations that are supposed to be agents for change, development and industrialisation have all become white elephants. This is all because our governments are not eager to implement the results of research by certain institutions and organisations in order to speed up development and progress. In Finland for example, the use of bicycles during summer is an obsession. One out of five persons you meet has a bicycle. These bicycles are parked in hundreds in the cities especially near underground stations. Very often many of them are stolen. This created a serious problem for the citizens. A Master’s degree student took upon himself and wrote his thesis on how the government and the municipal authorities could provide bicycles near subway stations describing in detail how this system could work. The government and the metropolitan authorities studied the thesis and approved it. Today you don’t need to have your own bicycle. You only slot your travel card and a bicycle is ready for your use. Alarm will sound very hectically if after three hours the bicycle is not returned to the nearest subway station. This is what I call positive and unselfish thought by leadership to the masses. This system can also be found in many cities in Europe who have also researched into the benefits. What are our leaders doing with all the research works that are gathering dust in archives of forgetfulness? The cost of research is expensive and time consuming and therefore due to government’s unwillingness to implement these research findings and results, many research-proven academicians like engineers, medical officers, lawyers, statisticians and pharmacists have given up and many have found their way into parliament where the salary is much better.

 

Council_for_Scientific_and_Industrial_Research_–_Ghana_logoThe Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a science and technology research centre which has several institutes operating under its umbrella. The most important of them is Food Research Institute (FRI). The main task of this institute is to provide technical, analytical services, contract research and consultancy services to governmental agencies, micro-medium and multinational agro-food processing industries and international development agencies. Yet we don’t see Ghanaian food products, but West Indian bananas and coconut, Kenyan tea and cashew nuts flood American, Canadian and European supermarkets. Is the institute interested in research that could increase the lifespan of our farm products in order to make them attractive for export and is the government even interested in funding a research like this? FRI intends to engage in research that give rise to increased food products with healthy and long life-span and attractive to international markets. When this is done, it will go a long way to strengthening the institute’s goal for providing income security for farmers. There will also be food security and foreign exchange earnings. The institute has good motives but will support for their various research works come soon? Indeed the institute has very nice and heart-warming strategies and plans but when are CSIR or FRI ever going to put any of their research into action for all Ghanaians to see and applaud?

When Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah assumed power as the first president of Ghana, his main vision was to make sure Ghana is powered by atomic energy because he foresaw the dangers that could be posed by the water level of the Akosombo Dam, thereby causing interruption in electricity supply. At least that was one of the reasons he put forward but it became known later that he had secret nuclear technology agenda too. He created a commission to regulate the Ghanaian Atomic energy programme. With Nkrumah’s vision and drive, Ghana had massive nuclear plant_1confidence of bringing the atomic energy Project to a victorious end. Nkrumah always thought ahead and in one of his addresses in 1964, he revealed his intention of going into nuclear technology. He explained that with the erratic supply of energy from hydro and thermal sources, the country must focus on a more reliable means of power generation. To prove his seriousness he put Robert Sogbadji, an expert in charge of nuclear and alternative energy at Ghana’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. This man had high hopes for the Project because he knew that when it was completed, it was going to be so cheap that we wouldn’t need to pay so much for electricity. The Americans became suspicious of Nkrumah’s nuclear technology plan and all these fine ambitions of 1960 were stalled when Nkrumah was overthrown.

 

After Nkrumah’s exit, none of the leaders who came after him even talked about atomic or nuclear energy as an alternative source for the erratic power supply that has hung permanently on our heads like the sword of Damocles. Those leaders who talked about atomic energy could not do anything about their plans. The atomic energy commission is no longer remembered or considered by any Ghanaian leader as a potential source of energy. Sadly enough such an important monumental centre is now used to denote a junction: Atomic Junction. Are our children learning anything? If it is the intention of governments to break every institution including Atomic energy commission, no matter what they do, Ghana will continue to remain in Dumsor.

 

made-in-ghanaPresident Mahama, in one of his addresses, announced that it is both important and necessary for Ghana’s industrial growth, if we patronised “made in Ghana goods.” To show how serious he was with the campaign, he began to wear Ghanaian traditional jumpers and boubou and admonished his ministers to do the same. He revived the shoe factory in Kumasi and promised that made in Ghana boots would be made for soldiers and the police and even school children would get their shoes. It was everyone’s wish that the president will continue this noble agenda. It turned out to be wishful thinking, a nine day wonder and a mere propaganda! Ghanaians woke up one day to find out that the president had bypassed local industries and carpenters and ordered for parliament seats from China, costing more than 1.5 million dollars. Interestingly those seats began to sag in and anyone who sat in could not easily be seen by the Speaker. The seats had to be replaced and despite public outcry and protests, the president had no regrets and ordered new furniture from the same source.

 

As if to add salt to the injury of Ghanaians he gave a contract to a Burkinabe to build a wall 1.8867529around a plot Ghana has purchased in Burkina Faso and got himself entangled in a scandal dating back to 2012. The president is reported to have received a gift which is undeniably a bribe, of a vehicle costing several thousands of dollars from a Burkinabe contractor. In return Mahama offered him the contract valued at more than 600,000 dollars. A job which a Ghanaian mason or building contractor could have taken less than a tenth of the amount? In the case of the bus branding, the contract had to go to a foreign Company. WHY?

Our leaders have made the job of being a  president so cheap, no doubt illiterates like Akua Donkor and Kumchacha are also vying for similar positions in Ghana. God help Ghana! Our institutions will continue to die and research works will continue to gather dust if our leaders continue to show interest in foreign products.

By Stephen Atta Owusu
Author: Dark Faces at Crossroads

Me Firi Ghana presents: The Afrobeats Music Festival Experience

‘The Party Just Never Stops’ Me Firi Ghana Representative Adwoa Asiedu tells us her thoughts on the Afrobeats Festival

Envision a lovely ambiance where people are not afraid to smile at strangers, or loudly sing at their top of their lungs when their favourite tunes come on.

Welcome to my world.

The party began as soon as you entered the 02 building. The anticipation of the event could not be20160730_210740 hidden as I watched how people hurried to get their last minute tickets.  Many dressed to impress, and moreover there was a powerful sense of solidarity amongst the crowd.  The majority that came to the event were of African heritage, but it didn’t matter who we were or who we represented.  It wasn’t about us.  It was about the Arts of Afrobeats and being immersed in the Afrobeats culture.

Credits to the Artists, Dancers, Presenters, DJ’s and the wonderful crowd for making it into delightful night. The show began with superb dancers who brought great energy to the show.   It was the perfect way to launch the festival as it got us into the festival spirit. DJ Abrantee never failed to disappoint with his infectious sense of humour. The crowd were magical.  I stood next to two talented guys whose moves I greatly admired. They didn’t care who was watching and it was beautiful to see. In that moment I thought:  ‘‘That’s what sets Afrobeats music festival apart from other festivals. The party just never stops.’’  There were no boundaries and I have to commend the entertaining crowd for keeping the party going.

20160730_221803My appreciations to DJ Fifi, DJ Sean and DJ Bills who gave us great tunes to dance to throughout the night. The Artists that came to perform were brilliant. Well done to R2bees, The Composers, Moelogo, Mista Silva, May7ven and Jaij Hollands with additional support by rising stars K.Weezy, Ray & Double A. Each act brought their gift to the stage, however there were a few acts that I thoroughly enjoyed watching because I connected to their musical style, rhythm and lyrics. They were R2bees, Moelogo and Miss Banks.

Multi Award Winners & BET Nominated R2bees were so captivating to watch on stage as they sang some of their biggest hits such as ‘Ajei’. When they opened the show with this song, the crowd fell in love and it was as if it was a brand new song all over again. It was evident to see that they have truly connected with the crowd because at one stage, all one could hear was the crowd singing joyfully in unity.

Moelogo had presence. He proved that he is not a regular artist. I enjoyed watching him sing his 20160730_211652iconic Tune ‘Baddest’ and it was nonetheless a breath-taking performance.

Miss Banks was a true dynamite. She performed her songs with swerve, charm and passion. She’s definitely one to look out for in the music scene.

I came to the festival with high expectations but I was not in the slightest disappointed.  If anything I was deeply touched by the gorgeous harmony between the crowd and the moving performances.

Me Firi Ghana would like to stress that The Afrobeats Music Festival was an unforgettable night. Thank you to all the event organisers who turned this glorious vision to reality on the 30th July 2016.

By Adwoa Asiedu @AdwoaAsiedu777