The beauty of the black woman has long since been revered across all the ages of music, spanning from different perspectives to genre. Fast-rising star, Jinmi Abduls, celebrates black beauty from his own perspective on his new record titled, ‘Abena’.
The young aficionado serenades on this Ghanaian inspired pop record with melodies and vocals that compel the body to groove. The release of this single follows the announcement of his signing to The Plug Management company, Nigeria. The production of this record shows his growth behind the scenes; borrowing sounds from guitarist, Bendrix & recruiting, GMK one of Africa’s leading sound engineers.
He delivers a special summer vibe to pop to. Enjoy!
Praiz, X3M Music award-winning RnB superstar has premiered an equally uplifting music video to ‘Hustle’, featuring our very own, reggae/dancehall superstar, Stonebwoy.
The video for ‘Hustle’ depicts the everyday Lagosian working hard, singing along to the hopeful lyrics. As Praiz and Stonebwoy narrate their individual rags-to-riches stories, those who are yet to make it are captured praying to also be free from the shackles of poverty.
We also see Praiz and Stonebwoy perform their vibrant track, firstly on a rooftop and then in a studio. These shots of them in concert draw our attention to the incredible vocal performances we hear on the track. Directed by Adasa Cookey, the video for ‘Hustle’ illuminates the song’s uplifting message, really inviting listeners to meditate on the duo’s words – telling everyone to work hard and consistently in order to rise above their current socio-economic status.
Watch the video for ‘Hustle’ over here and share your views.
Praiz - Hustle (Official Video) Ft. Stonebwoy - YouTube
Regardless of last weekend’s skirmishes at the #VGMA20 occasion, Samini came through as the melting ice to restore peace and sanity with his high class live band performance, maturity, stage mastery and finesse.
Before Samini’s performance on the night, there had been previous performances from Efya, Sarkodie, Kula and others who rocked the stage as well; but Samini raised the bar very high that he’s still on the lips of many hours after the show. This followed the much publicized altercation from two of Ghana’s music icons, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, some moments earlier before Samini’s set.
As an experienced performer and a man of peace who has been in the industry for years (during his performance during the VGMA Experience Concert – the weekend before – on Saturday, May 11, at the Independence Square), Samini called on his fellow artists to allow unity reign amongst them since that is the only thing to make the industry grow.
The annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is an occasion that celebrates Ghanaian music and its crooners and this year’s was supposed to be the most exciting as it marked the 20th anniversary of the awards, but it was marred with the abrupt melee. Nonetheless, the show went on with Samini melting hearts and brought smiles to many patrons and viewers watching from home and online.
Born Emmanuel Andrews Samini, he is also referred to many as ”African Bob Marley”; Samini put in all efforts with ease and jammed the place to keep the remaining audience engaged and happy. His showmanship on the night was a perfect liaison that cemented attempts by Charterhouse to restore calm at the occasion. One thing you can’t take away from the living legend, Samini, who was enskinned few months ago is his high sense of maturity and class towards any horrid situation around him on the job, be it on stage, on interviews or in the studio with his lyrical compositions and delivery.
Samini remains a ‘scarce soul’ in Ghana’s music history and will continue to be loved and remembered not only for his craft but helping other acts hone their craft into mainstream – notable amongst the talents that went through his tutelage into mainstream are Mugeez (of R2Bees), Stonebwoy, Kaakie and Kofi Kinaata. Deon Boakye and Senario are also budding acts under his arm he supports and is helping push to the top as well. Samini has won several local and international awards of great reverence such as MOBO, MTV, Channel O, IRAWMA, just to name a few. He has won several plaques at the VGMAs and was ”Artist of the Year” in 2007. He has shared many noble stages, both home across the world with Damian ”Jr. Gong” Marley, Shaggy, Keri Hilson, Busy Signal, Mavado. Demarco, 2Face, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, just to name a few. His collaborations with Steel Pulse, Etana, Rocky Dawuni, Busy Signal and Anthony Bare some of the works he is well respected for with at least two decades of honing his craft and selling it to the world.
Samini is signed to Africa 1 Media in Ghana, since 2017; a great team he is very proud of and happy to work with anytime.
There’s nothing more exciting than getting up close and personal with a brand you love! Makeup enthusiasts especially those who use the brand, Maybelline had an eventful time over last week.
Maybelline New York hosted one of the most exciting makeup events in the country last Friday. Makeup lovers in Accra and of course music lovers as well came together at the Accra Mall Food Court to explore the Maybelline products as well as hang out with one of the biggest names in the Nigerian music industry, DJ Cuppy!
New York which is also where the Headquarters of Maybelline is, came to life at the Accra Mall. The use of yellow cab props and more gave a general New York feel which was key in getting the people comfortable with the brand. Everyone had an amazing time hanging out with DJ Cuppy and talking makeup with all who were curious about how she achieves her flawless look every time.
There were lots of Maybelline product giveaways and a lot of free drinks. It was an event to remember with DJ Cuppy lighting up the place with a much-needed DJ set.
Maybelline LLC, branded as Maybelline New York, is a major American makeup brand sold worldwide and a subsidiary of French cosmetics company, L’Oréal. Maybelline boasts of a wide range of over 200 makeup products all available in about 129 countries worldwide. Their current tagline is ”Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline”.
Afro-fusion/R&B singer and producer, Nonso Amadi taps Ghanaian rapper, Kwesi Arthur in his latest release ‘Comfortable’.
The energetic new track produced by Nonso himself combines vibrant melodies, infectious percussion, and bouncy cadences to create a unique vibe that tells the story of comfort and freedom in a relationship.
The tag team between Kwesi and Nonso displays the versatility of both artists with Nonso bringing his usual R&B flavor while Kwesi delivers a rap verse that tells a vivid story between him and his female counterpart. ‘Comfortable’ illustrates a unique mix of Nigeria and Ghana’s new wave sound and one of the many reasons why the two are becoming household names attracting global acts to engage with Afrobeat.
Listen to ‘Comfortable’ now.
Comfortable - Nonso Amadi ft. Kwesi Arthur - SoundCloud (187 secs long, 2863 plays)Play in SoundCloud
It is no news that, Queen Ayorkor has become one of the most powerful growing voices in the industry. After the success of her previous single ‘FAYA’, the singer teams up with the evergreen Adomaa to dish out a brand new song.
Titled ‘Ba Sumor Mi’ which is translated ”Come Love Me”, the upbeat love themed song is produced by the The GentleMan and talks about a one sided relationship where one loves more and gives more in a relationship than the other; and also, the quest to be loved more instead of being taken for granted.
The historic Felabration Music Festival, conceived by Yeni Kuti, daughter of the African music icon and legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, to commemorate his life and celebrate his legacy is coming to the UK on Friday, August 30, spearheaded by Fela’s daughter Shalewa Kuti and supported by DLA World.
With music being an integral aspect of African culture, Felabration is one of the longest standing, most attended and groundbreaking music festivals in Nigeria, staging over 150 of the best African artists over a one-week extravaganza at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria.
Fela’s music and influence have travelled the global music landscape. Its explosion and rise in the UK is arguably the biggest musical breakthrough in decades, which has also been responsible for the preservation of the African culture through music, fashion and arts in recent years. It is fair to say, that all Afrobeat artists are descendants of or influenced by Fela Kuti in some way and for one day, the UK will celebrate Fela Kuti and host some of the biggest names in Afrobeat, Afro-Pop and Afro-soul, who will incorporate and showcase Fela’s music, his charisma and razzmatazz on the big stage at Indigo at The O2.
The festival will foster unity and greatness and will offer a show stopping experience from psychedelic stage performances, décor recreating the ambiance of The Shrine, on-screen visuals to cultural dances and the best line up in Afrobeat!
Felabration UK 2019 takes place on Friday, August 30 at Indigo at The O2. Advanced tickets are available right now on SHOOBS, AXS or via 03003659200. Line-up announcement coming soon! #FELABRATIONUK2019 – honouring the life and music legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti with the biggest African music stars on one stage.
For more information, sponsorship enquires or media partnership, contact Felabration UK on 03003659200 | 07737901739.
As the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards approaches, the team at Culartblog, a music and entertainment blog discussed some of the categories and nominees picked for this year’s music event.
Marking it’s 20th anniversary, the event is expected to live up to the billing with great performances, deserving artists getting awarded for their work and great entertainment, not to forget the fashion that would be on display.
Culartblog’s panelists – Aubrey Mensah, Eff The DJ, Sedudzi Tsegah and Evans Kafui Ofori sat with Swayekidd to talk.
The Accra edition of Africa Communications Week (ACW) will be held on 22nd May, 2019 at 9:30 am at the Kukun Workspace, Osu and will be hosted by WaxPrint Media, one of Ghana’s leading digital marketing and PR agencies.
ACW is a week-long global campaign held in over 30 countries across Accra and Europe to empower and equip Africa focused professionals with tools and resources to change the current narratives about Africa. The interactive session for experienced communications professionals will first explore digital automation and innovation tools for the communications industry followed by a panel of experts sharing thoughts on the ACW 2019 theme, ”Can Africa Lead Disruptive Innovation in Communications?”
Venus Tawiah Director of Business Development Now Available Africa
Venus Tawiah is a business-minded creative, entrepreneur and Director of Business Development at the multi award-winning advertising agency, Now Available Africa who manages and brings people together in the new world of integrated creative, traditional and digital propositions for organisations and brands including Esteé Lauder (Micheal Kors, Clinique, Jo Malone, Bobby Brown, Mac, Donna Karen), NESCAFÉ, Nido, PZ Cussons, Tigo/Airtel Tigo, SKY GIRLS GH, Access Bank Ghana, SlydePay and GIZ (German Cooperative).
Venus is on the Ghana National Fencing Team, Board Member of Ghana Fencing Association and owner of @SunevCouture.
Makafui Ayimey is a brand and market communications professional with 13 years client and agency experience in Ghana, England and South Africa with a special focus on Digital Marketing. Makafui has worked with notable global brands including Coca Cola, DSTV, Vodafone and BMW and he is the co-founder of CMO Africa Summit, a yearly conference that connects marketing and communication professionals to impact the consumer, technology and business environment. He also co-founded Accra Goods Market, the premiere pop up market for food, fashion and music.
Jesse Ghansah specializes in Consumer Media, Digital Marketing, Public Relations and Content Publishing and is the co-founder and CEO of OMG Digital, a media company seeking to build Africa’s largest digital millennial audience with venture backing from Comcast, Y Combinator & Google.
In 2018, Jesse was ranked among 50 young Chief Executive Officers and prominent young entrepreneurs in Ghana.
Muhammida El Muhajir (Moderator) Director of Strategy WaxPrint Media
Muhammida El Muhajir is a global brand/digital marketing and media consultant, entrepreneur and filmmaker with extensive international travel/study/work experience in Europe, Asia, Latin America, The Caribbean and Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa).
She is the Director of Strategy at WaxPrint Media, a West African based media/digital marketing agency who has worked with some of the world’s most innovative brands including Nike, Apple, PepsiCo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Pernod Ricard.
”As digital marketers, we believe that Africa can’t lead disruption in communication without the necessary innovation tools to enhance how we communicate, connect and tell our stories. Africa Communications Week 2019 provides an opportunity for communications professionals and thought leaders lto come together to engage and strategize how innovation can be utilized to impact the current narrative of Africa”, says El Muhajir who also facilitates WaxPrint Media’s Marketing Decoded series which educates entrepreneurs with practical hands-on training and knowledge-sharing on the fundamentals of brand and digital marketing.
Throughout the year, Africa Communications Week hosts conferences, workshops and webinars around the world, aiming at encouraging Africa focused communications professionals to connect and impact Africa’s economic transformation through strategic communication. Space is limited for the ACW Accra event. Entrepreneurs, startups, marketing and communications professionals are invited to apply to attend the free session: www.waxprint.media/events
Urbano Hotel is the modern design inspired boutique hotel located in the heart of Osu, Accra’s most vibrant neighbourhood designed by architect, Hussein Fakhry. With its landmark ‘I LOVE ACCRA’ sign at the entrance, focus on design, attention to customer care, healthy food options, and coveted location surrounded by international quality grocery stores, casinos, sports bars, African craft market and thriving nightlife, Urbano and its sister hotel, Roots Hotel Apartment are a part of the new hospitality trend in Ghana focused on affordable luxury and improved customer service that led the country to be named one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
”When we designed Urbano Hotel, we wanted to bring the concept of ”New Africa” to life, an experience that fuses traditional African design and art with a cosmopolitan aesthetic and amenities that our guests are accustomed to when they travel to NY, London, or Paris or anywhere in the world. Urbano Hotel feels youthful and fresh yet a business traveller or family can still find comfort”, shares Fakhry, the Managing Director of Urbano’s parent company, Roots International and co-founder of Key Architectural Group who has over 22 years experience on prestigious and diversified designs and construction projects throughout the Middle East and West Africa.
It was the love and conception of urban neighbourhoods which promoted Fakhry’s team to revive and refurbish what was formerly the Penta Hotel into Urbano, a modern aesthetic piece, both internally and externally to enhance the facets of Oxford Street.
Urbano Hotel features 43 rooms ranging from standard to the luxury bi-level suite and mini-apartment, a multi-functional hall with a capacity for 60, The Arabian, an indoor open courtyard, state of the art gym, The Terrace Bar and Zaytoun Artisan Cafe featuring Middle Eastern specialities.
”Our utmost vision was to make Urbano Hotel a compelling, ”must visit” destination within Accra and we complemented this objective with the mounting of the colourful ‘I LOVE ACCRA’ installation which stretches across one side of the building to welcome every visitor to this culturally charming and vibrant neighbourhood. The millennial traveller is constantly documenting their travel experience on social media and Urbano’s facade lends itself for capturing iconic images of a visit to Ghana”, adds Fakhry.
”This year there has been a noted spike in travellers to Ghana due in part to Ghana Tourism Authority’s Year of Return initiative and several international conferences, music festivals and celebrity-driven tours scheduled to take place in the country. We are thrilled that discerning millennial travellers from around the world are travelling to Accra for both business and pleasure and finding Urbano’s eclectic style in alignment with their own sense of design, function and adventure and Osu serving as starting point to better understand the culture, dynamics and people of Ghana!”
For more information about Urbano Hotel, visit www.urbanohotel-ghana.com