Nadia Buari has been a way for a while but now she is back looking sexy, stunning and slimmer. Photos of the leading Ghanaian actress were seen on Instagram (IAmNadiaBuari) showing her recent loss weight.
In a recent interview she stated that she had lost 10k in 6 months. If you were wondering how Nadia did it, well it was a change of meals, an exercise regime that included Yoga and Pilates four times a week and evening jogging every day.
But it seems that Nadia’s new look has sparked mixed reactions as some fans are not happy or worried.
“The Nadia Buari we know has always looked healthy. But what I saw today in my opinion is not that of a healthy person”
Another fan commented saying:
“Nadia what is this? Were you forced to lose weight? Ghanaians need an explanation to this your thinness oooooo”
Despite what people think, Nadia seems to be really proud of her new look and continues to flaunt it in LA, as she is spotted heading to meetings with producers and hanging out with her brother Majeed ‘Jeed Rogers’ Buari.
Check out the pictures below and let us know what you think.
Kwame Amponsa-Yeboah who goes by the stage name of Mr Silva is a British born Ghanaian artist killing the Afrobeats scene at the moment. With Afrobeats at its peak Mr Silva alongside A-star, Flava and Kwamz took the scene to a whole different level last year when they produced a remix cover to the popular Muju Baya track by 5five. ‘Bo Wo Sem Ma Mi’ which went viral on social media attracting over 100,000 views on YouTube and was dubbed The Official Ghana In the Parks Anthem 2011.
I caught up with Mr Silva at his video shoot for his new song ‘Boom Boom Tah’ to find out more about his newly released clothing line, his recent trip to Ghana and what he has planned for Ghana 55th Independence which is fast approaching.
Me Firi Ghana: For the people who do not know who you are, tell us a bit about yourself and how started out?
Mr Silva: I started doing music seriously from the age of about 14 and was part of a crew called the Millitant soldiers which unfortunately split up after a short period of time. Then in 2008 me, C-don, Jr Silva, Zion Silva and Mikeal Silva formed an events and entertainment group called Fresh 2 Def Entertainments where we were officially known as the Silva family. Whilst holding our own events we (C-Don and I) would also perform at them, which generally got our name out there. Having the grime background we then progressed into the funky genre where we have produced tracks such as “if you are on this let me know” and “10 out of 10” which went crazy in the raves.
In 2011 I decided to venture into the Afrobeats scene and being a Ghanaian I thought why not try it out. Linking up with Flava, Kwamz and A-star, we released the “Bo Wo Sem Ma Mi” track which received a very good response and it kind of just took off from there. The Afrobeats genre is definitely an area I am looking to do big things in.
Me Firi Ghana: You have clearly made your stamp in the Afrobeats scene, so is the funky genre chapter closed or do you have plans to go back?
Mr Silva: It’s something which we still do but at the moment just trying to work on new projects. We still have a lot of people who support us from the funky circuit and often get questions on when we are going to release another funky track. There are talks of maybe putting a couple of tracks out there as it is important for us not to forget the fans, but for the mean time my main focus is certainly Afrobeats.
Me Firi Ghana: Ghanaian artist to feature….
Mr Silva: For me, the influence of the Ghanaian culture has definitely played a huge part in my music. Whenever I would write lyrics my main objective is to cater for the Ghanaian people in the UK and also connect with them by incorporating the Ghanaian language (twi). With the lingo it highlights the Ghanaian roots of many of us, as I can guarantee a large majority of British born Ghanaian youths understand the language and if they don’t they will understand certain phrases in my tracks. I also try and cater for a wider audience, the people who are not necessarily Ghanaian as I like to mix and match with the pigeon English, UK slang, and the English language so everyone can listen and fully enjoy a Mr Silva track.
Me Firi Ghana: Did you ever think you were going to blow up as big as you are now from your first Afrobeat song?
Mr Silva: It feels like hard work has paid off. I am a strong believer in God and feel that whatever you do in life you need God to be involved. He is the one that knows what you are going to do before you do it, and if you ask for his help, however long it may take, just know God would always will see you through and to be honest that is what happened with me. In my case, I have been pursuing the music career for so long and sometimes felt as if I wasn’t progressing. Even though people were like ‘you are good’ I knew I had so much more to give. It’s funny because before I released the video I prayed to God for the track to be successful, now months later I have got a second track being released this week and its all thanks to God. Also, not forgetting the rest of the guys, A-Star, Flava and Kwamz, who all played a major part and contributed to the success.
Me Firi Ghana: If Afrobeats had not taken the UK by storm last year, do you think you would have jumped on it?
Mr Silva: I always had in mind that one day I would do an Afrobeats song – I was just waiting for the right moment. If you listen to some of my funky house mixes you can occasionally hear traces of tribal sounds which are African influenced, so Afrobeats no doubt was on the cards.
Me Firi Ghana: You talk about the funky genre having influences from Africa. Of late there have been discussions on whether Afrobeats now are sounding more reggae influenced, what are your views on this?
Mr Silva: Certain artists I have to admit do give that reggae appeal but I just think bottom line all types of music are influenced from each other. However saying that, most of the big tunes, hip hop songs and simple beat patterns all originate from Africa and just to point out that the people from the Caribbean mostly derive from Africa, so Afrobeats may sometimes have that reggae influence but overall you would always hear that fundamental sound from Africa.
Me Firi Ghana: Not too long ago you came back from Ghana where you did a couple of shows, first of all how was it and how did the crowd respond to you?
Mr Silva: First of all Ghana was LIVE! Ghana is the place to be in December. I performed at Bojo beach and people out there loved it as watching foreign artists doing what they do was something new for them. For a long time the trend for Ghana artists was to act and sound either English or American, so for us to go out there and to embrace my Ghanaian culture took them by surprise but in a good way. Ghanaians showed us so much love, the vibe from the people were sick, the shows were sick, interviews on the radio were sick and was certainly a beneficial trip.
Me Firi Ghana: Coming back from Ghana can we expect anything influenced from your trip?
Mr Silva: In my new video you will definitely see a lot of influences from the dancing showing the people what is going on back home. When I was there I got to see the real thing and learn how to Azonto properly. Musically I worked with some of the Ghanaian artists such as Keche, Gasmilla, Atumpan, Stay-Jay so look out for them.
Me Firi Ghana: You have recently released a clothing line called Eybaabaa, tell us a bit more?
Mr Silva: Currently we have released the Eybaabaa brand under Black Stars who are the people who have done the Azonto t-shirts. We are in partnership with them and at the moment people can purchase their very own Eybaabaa t-shirt and jumpers.
Me Firi Ghana: What made you go down the t-shirt clothing line route, because we have got ‘Dench’, ‘Why me’ and now ‘Eybaabaa’?
Mr Silva: I did a bit of research on Twitter and there has been a demand for the Eybaabaa clothing line.
Me Firi Ghana: Yeah because I have seen on Twitter where loads of people have #Eybaabaa
Mr Silva: We have had a lot of people tweeting about it and the support from them has been phenomenon.
Me Firi Ghana: So what does Eybaabaa mean?
Mr Silva: There is no meaning to it you know (both laugh), it’s something that just came to me one time on one of my tracks and people started saying it. Not taking much notice of it, I stopped saying and then I got people who wanted me to actually say it so I thought cool let me give my fans what they want to hear.
Me Firi Ghana: With Ghanaian independence being celebrated this weekend, you will be performing at the Proud 02, what can people on the evening expect from you?
Mr Silva: A show filled with energy, passion and from the heart. I make sure once I touch the stage it’s nothing but the best so for everyone coming be prepared.
Me Firi Ghana: For 2012 what can we look forward to?
Mr Silva: Expect to see loads more videos, more collaborations, I have got my Afrobeats mix tape coming out at the end of March, my birthday celebration ‘silver bunnies’, so look out because big things are definitely going to happen.
Me Firi Ghana: If people want to follow or find out more about you, how could they do so?
Mr Silva: You can follow me on twitter @MrF2DSilva, check out the facebook Kay Silva Amponsa, you can hit me up on the Soundcloud at Fresh2Def entertainments and youtube F2D TV or Wise TV.
Make sure you check out the Exclusive freestyle below:
We can expect to see more of Donaeo this year as he has linked up with Lethal Bizzle once again to produce the hot new single ‘Not A Saint’. The duo who in 2009 released the club banger ‘Go Hard’ have this time incorporated a dubstep genre for their latest track. Donaeo says “When I produced the beat for ‘Not A Saint’ all I thought was I had to get Lethal on the riddim and being that we already did Go Hard the chemistry was instant. I had the hook melody, he had the concept”.
Also earlier this week Donaeo has released his cover of ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ by Madonna ft M.I.A and Nicki Minaj, where we see the artist incorporate the infamous Azonto dance moves. Like I’ve stated in earlier blog posts http://mefirighana.com/blog/?tag=donaeo Donaeo is not playing this year as he keeps on producing bangers after bangers.
Why not check out the video below and remember to cop your copy of ‘Not A Saint’ when released on 19th March.
Kwame Augustine a Ghanaian British actor has become the nation’s favourite cheeky chap. Augustine also known as Johnny was firstly introduced to us in a monologue where we got to see the defiant, disturbed and controversial character, clearly far from your stereotypical black boy. Under a minute Johnny left many people at the end of their seats wanting to see more.
Now with his own mini drama series on Grime Daily, the life of Johnny just gets better and better as we follow him on his journey. For every episode that takes place we get to find out more about the character and more of his life experiences on subjects that will definitely spark a reaction and get people talking.
Buzzing with questions I was able to catch up with Kwame to find out how these past couple of months have been for him and his future plans for 2012.
Me FiRi GHANA: How was the hit character ‘Johnny’ created because it doesn’t follow the conventional stereotype of a typical ‘black boy’, from the whole image to the cockney accent and even the name?
Kwame Augustine: It was an idea that I randomly thought of. I wanted to showcase my talents as an actor by doing something very different from your stereotypical urban black boy image.
Me FiRi GHANA: What is the story behind Johnny?
Kwame Augustine: He is Black British, born and raised in East London, Custom House to be specific. He was raised by a white working class family from the age of 6. He lost his biological mother at a young age. These are just some of the reasons why he behaves like he does.
Me FiRi GHANA: Did you expect Johnny to become this big, because now ‘Johnny’ is the main star on grime daily with his own mini drama series. How did this come about?
Kwame Augustine: Initially, Jonny was just a short introduction to display my acting talents. A few individuals’ within the industry warmly received it and this led to the development of the mini series.
Me FiRi GHANA: You’re often compared to Idris Elba especially with the character Luther. How does it feel to have your work compared to an A-list actor?
Kwame Augustine: (laughs) it is obviously a great compliment. Idris is a great actor and an inspiration to many. However I want to be always known as the individual Kwame Augustine the actor and hopefully emulate, if not further the success of greats like Idris Elba.
Me FiRi GHANA: Which actors do you look up to who have been the inspiration for some of your work?
Kwame Augustine: There is so many names, that I can’t begin to name. However, just a few in my mind at this very moment are Christian Bell, Heath Ledger, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, and Jason Statham. The list is endless.
Me FiRi GHANA: Do you hope to star one day in any Ghanaian films?
Kwame Augustine: Of-course. I have Ghanaian heritage and the Ghanaian culture is very influential in my life and has shaped who I am today.
Me FiRi GHANA: What can we expect from you for 2012 – Any exclusives for Me Firi Ghana?
Kwame Augustine: I believe that actions speak louder than words, so all I can say is keep posted as you will be seeing a lot more of me in 2012.
Me FiRi GHANA: If people want to follow or find out more about you, how could they do so?
This South London lad pushes all the boundaries and gives us a refreshing and unpredictable character that we can’t help but fall in love with. However as well as the legendary character of Johnny, the up and coming actor has also starred in MTV’s 2011 summer adverts and is the lead for a short film ‘Chase n Status’ which is a must watch. Augustine is a name that you should keep an eye out for this year as I have a good feeling that the next time we catch up with him it would be because of something EPIC.
Ghanaian born UK hip hop artist Kobi Onyame is a name to watch out for, as he’s been included in MTV’s long lists of artist for MTV’s Best Unsigned Act 2012. MTV are offering one unsigned band/artist the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the UK’s finest such as Jessie J, Wretch 32, Labrinth and Tinie Tempah. From now until January, 8th people would have to vote for their favourite acts to make the shortlist of 10, in order to have a chance of winning. So far Kobi Onyame has been supported immensely by the BBC as he has performed at Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Music Festival 2009 and Introducing United Nations showcase in Cardiff 2010 where he was the representative for Scotland. Kobi has also been the opening act for artists such as Kanye West, Akon, De La Soul, Jessie J, Flo Rida, Tincy Stryder, Wu Tang Clan and more. Based in Glasgow Kobi was named one of 50 Scottish artists to watch out for this year by Vic Galloway’s (BBC Radio 1 and Radio Scotland Presenter).
In April 2011 Kobi Onyame released his album Green Green Grasses which peaked at No. 29 in the ITunes UK Hip-Hop chart. It features the likes of Sway, Emeli Sande, Saukrates, Young Fathers and many more.
Since the drop of his independent album he has played at festivals such as Rockness, goNort, T In The Park and Wickerman to support the release.
Lethal Bizzle and Emmanuel Frimpong are looking DENCHHHH!
Rapper Lethal Bizzle and Arsenal player Emmanuel Frimpong have teamed up to launch their very own fashion label. The two who are second cousins started their family business in August 2011, designing T-shirts with the slogan “Dench”. The Dench T-shirt range proved to be a number one seller as within the first month 10,000 were sold. You may have already come across the brand when the Gunners’ midfielder wore a “Dench” vest top in the recent defeat to Manchester city.
The clothing line which is based on the word “Dench” is a term invented by Bizzle meaning a good or bad thing depending on the context it is being used in. It can be: ‘That girl looks dench!’ or ‘Your breath smells dench!'” explains Bizzle’s manager Nadia Khan.
The label so far has been very successful and also been very controversial. There have been speculations that the iconic British actress Judi Dench has been the inspiration behind the label.
However despite the rumours, there has been a high demand to look Dench. The pair has now expanded their T-shirt collection into designing hats, shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies.
Recently signing a deal with the Gunners, you can now purchase the garments at the Arsenal shop, on Arsenaldirect.com, or alternatively grimedaily.bigcartel.com.
This weekend British born Ghanaian designer Abenaa Pokua celebrated the 1st year anniversary of the opening of her first shop ‘Ohema Ohene’ which translates to ‘Queen and Kings’ in the Ghanaian language. To mark the occasion, there was bubbly and nibbles for all customers.
Ohema Ohene which is situated in the heart of Brixton is a fashion boutique raging with edgy and contemporary African print designs fit for any Queen or King.
Visiting the shop for the first time, I fell in love with the menswear and footwear. With a drink in my hand and drooling over the entire clothing collection, I managed to catch up with Abenaa Pokuaa and ask her a few questions.
Me FiRi GHANA: Can you tell us what today is about and what it means to you?
Abenaa Pokuaa: I am celebrating being here in the shop for a year, and also celebrating the fact that the business has been going on for three years. And for me it’s a big achievement and a blessing that we are still standing through a difficult time as it’s a recession for all retail. So overall it’s about giving thanks to God and thanks to my customers.
Me FiRi GHANA: As a fashion graduate, what made you specialise in African clothing especially with influences from the Ghanaian culture?
Abenaa Pokuaa: I’ve always wanted to specialise in the African clothing. I particularly like wearing African prints and I feel you can’t really find anything that I would like to wear out there. So before I decided to do fashion I always knew I was going to have a label that used my heritage, so for me it was just like a normal thing like drinking water.
Me FiRi GHANA: How does it feel to own your own shop and see people buy clothing you have designed?
Abenaa Pokuaa: It’s a good feeling. It’s great to see people wearing your products but it is more interesting when you see people abroad who wouldn’t wear your products. I have a lot of clients and companies who come from Dubai, Japan, Finland, and Italy who are not Africans and who have never been to Ghana before, and I love seeing that. And it’s nice sometimes when I am on the train and I spot someone wearing my designs.
Me FiRi GHANA: Where does your inspiration come from?
Abenaa Pokuaa: I am inspired by my heritage and obviously inspired by London. I live in Brixton where there’s so much happening, so just anything can inspire me, even a pencil. But I’m inspired by so many other things, but mainly my upbringing and my environment.
Me FiRi GHANA: When it comes to top British born Ghanaian designers you’re definitely amongst them, how do you stay on top of your game to ensure you cater for your customers?
Abenaa Pokuaa: For me I design for myself and people tend to like what I like. But you do have to keep your eye on the game and see what other brands are doing. I don’t really look at other designers within what I do, I look at other bigger and more established brands and see what they are doing and see why they are successful and translate that to what I do here. You just need to be innovative rather than copy. You have to have your own ideas and if you have your own ideas you will always be on top, but if you are copying you are always going to be 10 steps behind.
Me FiRi GHANA: 2012 is just round the corner, what can we look out for?
Abenaa Pokuaa: Well there is so much happening next year, mainly two additional lines to the footwear range. There is a new style called OH! Afua which is a ladies wedge and they are wicked if I do say so myself. And I have got Espadrilles style footwear which is unisex, but my focus would be more menswear because I have a lot of guys always complaining saying it’s all about the women. So expect the menswear to expand further and also the footwear range expanding.
Me FiRi GHANA: In 3 words, what makes your clothing unique?
Abenaa Pokuaa: Style, Cut, Colour.
Abenaa Pokuaa for me is no doubt at the forefront of the revolution of African clothing and I can’t wait for the new footwear range, as I will definitely be investing in a pair or maybe two.
Make sure to check out the website www.ohemaohene.com or pop into the store in Brixton – 63 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PU.
233Connect presents “The UK Chale Show” with Eddie Kadi & DJ Neptizzle on XFM 95.1
From the UK straight to the Accra-based station ‘XFM’ a new radio show called “UK Chale” is set to hit the Ghanaian airwaves.
GUBA Award winning DJ ‘Neptizzle’ and leading UK comedian ‘Eddie Kadi’ are teaming up together to provide the latest music from around the world including exclusive mixes from Neptizzle, interviews with celebrities, prank phone calls and priceless comedy by Kadi amongst his guests.
The ‘UK Chale’ show according to 233Connect, is to be aired on Saturdays between the hours of 10pm and 12am. The late night show is targeted at both male and females, aged between 16-40. Aiming to attract trendy, up-market individuals who are quite knowledgeable about the different genres of music, 233Connect hopes to keep the audience one step ahead of the music industry.
Despite the fact both presenters are not Ghanaians, Kadi who is currently a presenter at the number one urban station CHOICE FM has visited Ghana on countless occasions and has an excellent rapport with international acts.
Neptizzle on the other hand is linked to the mega growth of Afro beats in the UK and has recently been awarded for his contribution and talent.
I feel both Kadi and Neptizle couldn’t have been a more perfect match. Even from the name of the show, demonstrates their knowledge and interaction with the Ghanaian listeners. In Ghana the word ‘Chale’ is commonly used when addressing a friend and the duo has used this term to state they are friends from the UK.
The ‘UK Chale’ show is a 233Connect production, with all work handled by Paper4Life studious in the UK.
Nadia Burai and family set to launch new ‘Reality Show’
Nadia Burai who we see on our TV screens is set to hit our TV’s yet again, but this time in a new a reality show ‘The Buari Ville.’ It seems that the african/nollywood actress Nadia is not the only celebrity in her family. Her father was a former musician/producer/athlete and her brother Majeed Buari a.k.a Jeed Rogers recently released his first major single titled ‘Tell Em’ featuring Mugeez of R2bees.
According to Africa online they do not yet know what the show will be about but being a fan of reality shows myself, I am sure the ‘Buari Ville’ will be a success amongst the African nation.
Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think:
Ghanaian British Designer Adrien Sauvage is what everyone is talking about, when it comes to Men’s Fashion.
With positive media attention from the likes of GQ, Esquire, Vogue, Style.com, Financial Times and the Evening Standard, Sauvage features on CNN honoring his Ghanaian roots while embracing his English culture, for the inspiration of his designs.
At just 28 years old and born in South London, Adrien Sauvage’s is one of Ghana’s talented designers of today.
Starting up his first business as a personal shopper and stylist for both men and women, his deep knowledge of menswear came from styling to designing clothes for his male clients and realising that their sartorial needs were not being met.
In 2010 the announcement of his fashion label A.Sauvage (in partnership with his former client and Muse George Lamb) thrived in London stores such as Harrods and Matches.
To run alongside the launch of his collection, Sauvage produced a short film “This is not a Suit” which generated strong attention, landing it in the top 100 selected shots at the 2011 Sundane Film Festival.
Other publicity campaigns include Captains and Natives and the latest collection Black Volta inspired from a recent trip to Ghana.
When it comes to an A.Sauvage suit you are guaranteed clean cut, simplistic, classy, impeccable tailored and contemporary clothing with a twist of creativity.
Word on the street is that he has big plans for Ghana and we can’t wait to find out about it.