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Kofi Bucknor

Showbiz News

While the West was contending with the death of veteran actor, Sir Roger Charles Moore popularly known for his James Bond character on Tuesday, May 23, Ghanaians were doing same dealing with the demise of actor, Charles Kofi Bucknor on the same day.

The Osu Mantse (arrowed), Nii Kinka Dowuona VI with the Gbese Mantse (right), Nii Ayi-Bonte

Showbiz News

The Chiefs and elders of the Osu and Gbese Traditional areas have confirmed that they have given their consent and blessing to government for the commencement of the Marine Drive investment project.

Sakut Amenga-Etego making his presentation

Showbiz News

The first PechaKucha event in Ghana, last week enchanted a capacity audience with rapid- paced verbal and pictorial presentations at the Goethe-Institut in Accra.  

In a friendly atmosphere, Sakut Amenga-Etego (Writer / Journalist), Akosua Osei-Appaw (Development Planner / Photographer), Ama Asantewa Diaka (Writer / Poet) and Gifty Achira (Webster University MBA Student) among others, freely shared ideas, stories and experiences based on their lives.

From left, Kofi Amoakohene, Okyeame Kwame, Paa K. Holdbrook-Smith and MUSIGA president, Obuor were at Midem 2016

Showbiz News

Representatives from Scratch Studios and Entertainment Limited in Accra will once again be in Cannes, France from Tuesday, June 6  to  Friday, June 9 for this year’s Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale (Midem).

Kwaku Manu

Showbiz News

Popular Kumawood actor, Kwaku Manu has slammed those who look down on Kumawood and its actors just because the language of communication is a local dialect.

He believes such people should rather praise Kumawood for saving the country’s movie industry from drowning in the influx of Nigerian movies at a time when the Ghanaian film industry was still struggling.

L-R Ameyaw Debrah, Alisa Osei Asamoah, Nancy Sam Quartey and Francis Doku

Showbiz News

Until two days ago, when we returned to Ghana, we had a great time at this year’s INDABA and the post INDABA hosting by South African Tourism (SAT). I was on the team with blogger Ameyaw Debrah, President of Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA), Mrs. Nancy Sam Quartey and Treasurer of TOUGHA Mrs. Alisa Osei Asamoah.

Last year was my first “taste” of INDABA and the experience was so great I looked forward to it again. This year we have the good fortune of being invited by SAT to be part of one of the biggest travel business events on the continent and the world.

Ntelabi

Showbiz News

As part of rebranding himself, musician Augustine Ntelabi Bukari has decided to drop his Drilix moniker which he has been using for the past 10 years.

Perhaps the use of Drilix which produced songs such as ‘88 Coupes, Charged Up, I Rep Gh, We Dey Form, HipHopLives – 2015, ‘  did not give the well-built musician the needed luck hence the need to rebrand which includes changing his name.

Interestingly, no winning African act, since 2011 has ever scoffed at picking his award ‘backstage’

Showbiz News

For the past four or so years, the announcement of the nominees for the annual Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, especially that for the Best International Act- Africa, is always greeted with intense chatter.

One recurring issue of the Awards is the so-called ‘backstage’ presentation of the award to the winner of the African category.  

Mohammed Abdul-Ganiyu is a young composer, singer, rapper and performer who asserts that Hip-Hop is not a new phenomenon in this country and that its current impact here is as strong as that of Dancehall.

Gifty Osei

Showbiz News

For many Ghanaians abroad, nothing  brings the flavours of home more forcefully  than live Ghanaian music. That’s why the folks in London have been anxiously waiting  to know the venue for their turn of  the ‘Our Gratitude UK  Concerts’ involving gospel music greats Rev. Yawson, Gifty Osei, Tagoe Sisters and Noble Nketsiah supported by two United Kingdom-based artistes.

Mimi Andani, the Director of GMAA

Showbiz News

Ghana has topped the list of entries for this year’s Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA) scheduled to come off on July 8, 2017 in Accra. According to Mimi Andani, the Director of GMAA, more entries were received from Ghanaian filmmakers than from other countries.

Actress Lydia Forson

Showbiz News

Actress Lydia Forson has received a nomination in the Best Actress in Lead Role category at the 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for her role in Peter Sedufia’s Keteke.

A scene in the movie

TV/Radio

The blood-curdling screams of a young woman being circumcised at sunrise opens the film, The New Sun. From the start, the subject matter is downright emotionally disturbing, however, that is the sense the filmmaker intends to leave with the viewer.

Lekzy DeComic

TV/Radio

There is a kind of love-hate relationship between Ghanaian comedians and the entertainment media. The kind has over the years raised tempers, especially from the comedians who suspect that despite all they have done to elevate that aspect of the arts, the media still does not give them the due respect.

Before we got to this place, some people in the media had held the view that many of the comedians we had, especially the stand-up comedians, were not funny. 

At the time the leading characters were David Oscar, Foster Koobi and a few others. Those were the graduates of the Charterhouse-organised comedy reality show as part of Stars of the Future.

I must admit that some of the criticisms were too hard. Most of those criticisms were not constructive enough to give room for the budding talents of the only comedians we had to grow fully well to the point that we would enjoy what they gave us.

The reason, if one may find it, was because many consumers of comedy had been exposed to the Nigerian comedians like Gbenga Adeyinka, Gordons, Basket Mouth, Klint da Drunk and a host of others who always graced the 1000 Laugh and Music stage.

We were comparing the budding Ghanaian comedians to the very well established Nigerian comedians who has been doing this for well over a decade before these young men got into the game. But there was the need for a standard and the Nigerians came handy!

The comedians at the time did not take kindly to this tagging by the media. The most known face for comedy at the time, call him the poster boy comedy, was David Oscar and he met the critics head on. He demanded that they were shown some respect as they were doing their best.

As things would be, the comedians took things into their own hands and started organising their own events. They would go on tours to campuses and other places to have their own shows and no matter how it came off, they were living their comedic lives as they wish. Even if they were not invited to the big stage of the music and laugh series, they would brighten the corner where they were.

When he came back from the Big Brother house, DKB found a way to join this new uprising in the comedy space. He was part of the bandwagon that would go to campuses and organise comedy events at the Silverbird at the Accra Mall to hone their career.

I think the moment that changed most of this things and in the favour of the Ghanaian comedian had to be when Funny Face slayed it on the big stage in 2010 when he managed to ensure that the Ghanaian comedian would have his place among well-established Nigerian comedians.

There were then other opportunities for others on that stage over the years. There were times when they were made to act as hosts and other times appear as performers throughout the period. Meanwhile, the show was still ongoing on campuses and the small stages.

Overtime, other comedy shows came to rival the one organised by Charterhouse. There were some that couldn’t survive and the eventual output were not very great. Then also came the one organised by Nabil Alhassan and his Event Factory not too long ago.

Over time, all these shows gave opportunity to the Ghanaian comedian and gradually they were building their profile and act as well as art to sell to us their craft. 

The new breed of comedians such as DKB, Foster (who has been around through all these phases), Khemikal, OB, Jacinta Ocansey and the squad thus had the opportunity to hone their craft properly.

Sammy Fiscian, President of Ghana Actors Guild

TV/Radio

The newly elected president of the Ghana Actors Guild, Mr Sammy Fiscian says he and his team will reorganise and rebrand the guild.

The new executives were elected at a by-election held at the Centre for National Culture in Accra on Saturday. They are Sammy Fiscian, President, Van Vicker, Vice President, and Kalsoume Sinare, Welfare Officer.

Flowking Stone

Music

Rapper Flowking Stone has assured Ghanaians that Bradez music group comprising himself and brother, Kunta Kinte is still very much active.

And to show that they still have what it takes to be a force to reckon with in the music industry, Flowking Stone has told Ghanaians to expect a song from the group next month.

Tee Rhyme

Music

Tee Rhyme is one young rapper who is ready to make a mark with his craft. And to help him achieve this, he will host the ‘The Stylish’ club tour in June to build and promote his brand as an artiste.

Calibre

Music

The Hip Hop industry gets competitive by the day with the emergence of new talents. One of such talents who says he is ready to bring a different trend to the rap scene is Ato Kwamena Calibre.

M-anifest

Events

All is set for this year’s edition of the Ghana Meets Naija concert, dubbed “Conquer, Command and Control” scheduled for the Accra international Conference Centre on Saturday, May 27.

The concert has over the years, brought together music heavyweights from Ghana and Nigeria in a friendly rivalry to determine who emerges victorious. 

Artistes representing Ghana on Saturday are Shatta Wale, M.anifest while the Nigerian contingent includes Flaz, IF hitmaker, Davido and Tiwa Savage. Female rapper Eno is also expected to make an appearance as well as actor turned musician Lil Win who is expected to thrill audience with performances of his singles, Mama Boss Papa, Choices, among others. 

Also performing on the night are award-winning disc jockey, DJ Vyrusky, DJ Nii Ayi Tagoe, DJ Lord with support from Nigerian counterpart DJ OB.

Empire Entertainment, organisers of the concert have promised an electrifying event with the best of performances and stagecraft and music. 

According to Leila Banda, a  representative of Empire Entertainment, they have chosen an “election” theme for this year’s event which will see artistes engage in a “power struggle”  for individual supremacy and laurels rather than national glory. 

She said patrons have the chance to propel their favourite artiste to victory by voting to determine who sits on the throne by texting to various shortcodes. 

Ghana Meets Naija is sponsored by uniBank Smile and Mastercard, Alomo Gold, Natural Herbs and fruits, Paba Cosmetics, Tang Palace Hotel, Nasco Mobile, Kasi Express, 7Fold, Emerge Ghana and Maaha Beach Resort.

SP Kofi Sarpong

Events

All is set for SP Kofi Sarpong’s concert dubbed, SP Kofi Sarpong Live in Concert, The Night of Favour as all roads lead to the National Theatre come Sunday, May 28.

According to Ernest Kwesi Ennin, CEO of Media Excel Productions, organisers of the concert, they are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the concert goes down in history as one of the best ever to be held in the country.

Some cast of My Wife My Girlfriend

Events

The SilverBird Cinema at the Westhills Mall will host the premier of first single room movie shot in Africa, titled, My Wife My Girlfriend on Saturday, June 3. 

According to the producer/director of the movie, Clement Kofi Amoah, a single room movie is a film shot entirely in a room.

Jacinta

Celebrity

While most entertainers have faced fierce ‘oppositions’ from their parents when they expressed their desire to join the showbiz fraternity, female comedian Heiress Jacinta was actually pushed into comedy by her mother.

DJ Vyrusky

Celebrity

As a child, DJ Vyrusky was fascinated with aeroplanes and helicopter and he so much wanted to be a pilot to airlift people and cargo from one destination to another.

This dream did not become a reality but DJ Vyrusky, real name Kofi Amoako, is still able to transport people from one destination to another but this time through music from various parts of the world as a DJ and he is enjoying every bit of the journey.

Emelia Brobbey

Celebrity

Emelia Brobbey is an award-winning Ghanaian actress who has carved a niche for herself in the local film industry.