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Sarkodie, Camp Mulla, Wizkid, Mi Casa and D’Banj nominated for 2012 MTV European Music Awards

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | September 20, 2012 | Leave a Comment

D'banjMTV has unveiled the nominees for its annual MYV European Music Awards (EMA) with reigning pop princesses Rihanna and Taylor Swift topping the list with six and five nods respectively. Africa’s hottest contemporary artists could also be in the frame for an EMA award, as Sarkodie, Camp Mulla, Wizkid, Mi Casa and D’Banj fight it out for a slot in the Worldwide Act category, where they will compete against their peers in India and the Middle East (from Monday 15 October).  The final Worldwide Act nominees from each region (Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia Pacific and Africa/India/Middle East) will be announced the week of 30 October and the winner will be named at the show in Frankfurt.

Other notable EMA nominees include Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, fun., Lana Del Rey, Nicki Minaj, Jay Z and Kanye West, who are each up for three EMA nominations, while Green Day, Gotye, Pitbull, Rita Ora, Flo Rida, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White and One Direction are up for two awards. MTV will announce EMA performers and presenters at a later date.

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Africa’s Best compete for 2012 MOBO Awards

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | September 20, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Some of Africa’s finest artistes such as  Sarkodie, Amadou & Mariam , Cabo Snoop ,Camp Mulla, D’Banj , Fally Ipupa, Fatoumata Diawara, P-Square , Spoek Mathambo, and The Very Best have been nominated for Best African Act in the 17th edition of the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards slated for Saturday, 3rd November at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

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Sarkodie and Viviane Ndour collaborate with Jerry Wonda

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | September 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment

2012 BET Awards Best African Act winner, Sarkodie and Senegalese pop singer, Viviane Ndour were recently seen visiting Platinum Studios in New York in the company of Grammy winning producer, Jerry Wonda ahead of the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA). Both Sarkodie and Viviane were in the running for Best Pan-African Artist which eventually was won by Viviane, who is signed to Wonda Music.

According to inside sources, Sarkodie and Viviane, recorded a new single produced by the celebrated producer, Jerry Wonda. The song is expected to be released across Africa before the end of the year.  Jerry ‘Wonder’ Duplessis has recorded the likes of Busta Rhymes, Mary J Blige, The Fugees, Trey Songz, Akon, Olivia, Diddy and Carlos Santana.

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Jackie Appiah gives one year scholarship to two ‘Talented Kids’ finalists

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | June 11, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Ghanaian actress Jackie Appiah has offered a year’s worth of scholarship to two of the contestants in a talent hunt reality TV series, dubbed ‘Talented Kids’. She made the announcement during the finale of the contest in Accra. According to the actress, she had been watching the talent search on TV3 and had observed that those two kids were huge fans of her work. She will make an official presentation of the educational package to the selected kids later in the year. Jackie also presented gift hampers to all the finalists on the show.

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Rapper Sarkodie tops 2010 Ghana Music Awards

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | April 14, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Ghana’s fastest rapper, Sarkodie made history at the 2010 Ghana Music Awards when he became the first artiste to ever win the Artiste of the Year nod with a debut album. The most outstanding artiste of the year also topped the ceremony with 4 other awards on a night filled with excitement, anxiety, rollicking performances and some surprises.View Gallery 

The star-studded event which was hosted by Chris Attoh and Doreen Andoh saw appearances by musicians, radio, sports, film and television personalities with a streak of star performances. Among those that performed were Wande Coal (Nigeria), Jozi (South Africa), Donaeo (UK), Sarkodie, Obrafour, 4×4, Tinny, VIP, Ohemea Mercy, Ruff and Smooth, Nana Boro, Efyah, Amakye Dede, Becca and Wutah.

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Ghana’s fastest rapper tops Ghana Music Awards nominations

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | March 1, 2010 | Leave a Comment

sarkodie__06_300x188Africa has not been left out of the global surge of hip hop music and culture; and the strong presence of rap music/hip hop popularly known as hiplife in the nominations for the 11th Annual Ghana Music Awards proves the growing impact on Ghanaian music.

The nominations were announced on February 26, and Sarkodie, touted as the fastest rapper led the pack with 8 nominations including artist of the year and song of the year. Fellow hiplife artists Ayigbe Edem, 4X4, and Bradez had 6, 5 and 5 nominations respectively.

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Konvict Music Africa signs Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | February 16, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie unveiled as one of the pioneering African artists to join world class artists on Akon’s fast growing music label, Konvict Music. On Saturday January 6, Konvict Music Africa made it official by announcing the fastest rapper in Ghana as the proud new signee on a label that seeks to tap into the rich and diverse music talent that Africa has, and projecting or promoting these talents to an international audience.

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Ghana shows big love to Haiti

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | February 9, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A galaxy of Ghanaian stars lent their support in the fun-packed tribute concert dubbed ‘Ghana Loves Haiti’, for the victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster. Several thousands of Ghanaians gathered at the Accra Conference Center last Saturday to witness world class performances from the best entertainers Ghana has to offer; from music to comedy and from highlife to hiplife all in solidarity of Haiti.

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R2Bees, Ready To Blow

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | January 14, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Paedae da PralemR2Bees is best described as an urban hip-hop/hiplife collective fronted by Faisal Hakeem (Paedae da Pralem) and Rashid Mugeez (Mugeez). They started off as Camp Yard some 10 years ago, when a group of like-minded schoolmates with a common interest in the hip-hop movement of the 90s decided to test their skills against each other and ended up creating some original materials of their own. They have been on the underground since and, today, they rule Ghana’s hip-hop scene with two singles off their forthcoming debut album, ‘Da Revolution’.

The word R2Bees comes from the group’s mantra which is ‘refuse to be broke’, which has become some form of inspiration for the youth of Tema, the community where they grew up. With songs like ‘I dey Mad’ and ‘Yawa Girls’ making the rotation on Channel O, MTV Base and, soon, on Trace Africa; and the group’s desire to take on Africa, R2Bees are certainly one of the groups to watch out for in Africa this year.

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