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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

Review: Sarkodie / Amakye Dede Live in London – 24/8/2014

The Highlife legend and the “Rapperholic” set the Dominion Theatre Ablaze!

Bank Holiday Sunday saw the much-anticipated joint live concert of multiple award winners Sarkodie & Amakye Dede take place at the Dominion Centre in London’s Wood Green.

Hosted by the hilarious Simply Andy & the sublime Ohemaa Ghana, this was an unmissable event which was to showcase two of the grandest and greatest artists of Ghana’s past and present. Ghana national coach Kwesi Appiah took his seat amongst the capacity crowd in anticipation of what was to be an incredible night.

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And the concert did not disappoint. Sarkodie showed himself to be already a true giant of the Ghanaian music scene at just 29 years of age, brooding with effortless confidence as the crowd rapped and sung along to every hit tune – even then, it was impossible at times to keep up with his blistering rap speed! A particularly comedic moment showcased Sarkodie’s stunning skills of improvisation and quick thought as a security guard came onto the stage to pick up cash which had been thrown upon the artist and Sarkodie told him that he didn’t mind if the guard failed to collect all the notes as for him ‘money no be prablem!’ It’s fair to say most of the raucous crowd was slayed by that line!

Sarkodie’s powerhouse performance was dotted with some special guest appearances. Popular actor John Dumelo & international football star Emmanuel Adebayor jumped onto the stage with Sarkodie to display their azonto skills, while a rendition of ‘Down on One’ triggered a special surprise appearance by UK’s very own Fuse ODG.

However it was undeniable who truly owned the Dominion Centre stage. This was Sarkodie’s night, and he had the crowd eating out of his hand with every move and every lyric. There was no greater example of this than when the super smash hit ‘Adonai’ finally dropped, and all composure was lost amongst the crowd in the arena. Obia nto ne collection! It was a particularly poignant performance in light of recent events concerning the co-artist of this remix track, but Obidi Pon Bidi powered through with sheer heart & talent to deliver an unforgettable rendition which sealed off an outstanding set.

Ghana’s premier urban artist then gave way to one of the greatest legends of Ghanaian music, the incomparable ‘Iron Boy’ Amakye Dede! Backed by an awesome live band, the ‘Abrantie’ himself fizzed and crackled with electric energy, which transmitted across the capacity crowd. Jumping across stage and along the aisles with more vim than men half his age, Dede produced a masterclass of a live performance which would put many artists of today to shame. If he could bottle what runs through his veins and sell it to the masses, he would be even richer than most!

images83SBMQTJ Only the dead would have been able to keep completely still as Mr. Dede rolled back the clock and got the audience dancing to his irrepressible highlife. Some female fans couldn’t help themselves and even breached the stage to shower Amakye Dede with cash and compliments! You couldn’t fail to be manipulated and moved by the breathtaking vibrancy and colour of Amakye Dede and his live band. As far as legends go, there aren’t many out there greater than this giant of an artist, and he didn’t disappoint here at the Dominion Centre.

As the night drew to a close and the curtain finally fell upon the Dominion Centre stage, you couldn’t deny this had been an awesome & successful event. Ghana came to London this night. On this late-summer’s evening, a stunning live meeting saw two phenomenal Black Stars of Ghanaian Music shine brighter than ever in the capital.

Dr. Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Ghana Music Awards Europe

MUSIGA Endorses Ghana Music Awards Europe

 

The Ghana Music Awards Europe (GMAEU) ceremony has been going on since 2003. It used to be known as Ghana Music Awards UK but has been changed to cover all of Europe. However, this year’s edition is the first of its kind to have a collaboration with the Musicians Union of Ghana, MUSIGA.

An official signing of this collaboration was held this morning at the Head Office of MUSIGA in Accra. Ace Radio Presenter, Kwesi Aboagye was on hand as a representative of the GMA Europe Board and Bice Osei Kuffour, the President of MUSIGA signed on behalf of MUSIGA.

For his welcome note, Bice Osei Kuffour expressed his support for the GMA Europe and also mentioned that it is an avenue for Ghanaian music to be showcased to not just Ghanaians living abroad but also to foreigners. Kwesi Aboagye, who represented the GMA Europe in Ghana expressed his joy at the marriage between the two unions and hoped that it will progress to greater heights.

The short ceremony was graced with the presence of some of the National Executives of MUSIGA as well as some of the nominees for this year’s GMA Europe.

The actual event will come off on the 24th of November in Sync London and is expected to be hosted by Kwami Sefa Kayi.

This collaboration means MUSIGA endorses the event and will contribute to the event in its entirety. It is in line with the objective of MUSIGA to promote Ghanaian music worldwide. As part of the agreement, a special category is to be created to recognize the MUSIGA Outstanding Artiste of the Year.

There are a total of 10 public voting categories and 3 honours award. This year’s ‘Life Time Achievement’ with a convincing select committee votes, will go to the Ghanaian internationally acclaimed musician Daniel Amakye Dede for effortlessly combining the guitar hi life style of playing and his unique talent.

Invited performers include Tiffany, Asem, Amakye Dede, Charles Amoah, George Darko, Fuse ODG, Tinchy Strider, Mista Silva, Sway plus UK’s best DJs in rotation playing the best in Azonto, Hiplife, Hilife, RnB, Funky House, and Soul Full Garage for the after party.

Source: Ghanaweb