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2019 Social Media Week Launched In Accra

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On Friday, July 26th Interactive Media organised the Social Media Week, Accra 2019 launched it’s third edition at the Multichoice Ghana office also known as the DSTV office in Dzorwulu-Accra.

The Social Media Week campaign is a global initiative which emerged from London moving to New York and finding its way to other cities. The Social Media Week (SMW) has 65,000 participants and 20 cities marking the week.

In Ghana, the Interactive Media folks say a 3-day series of activities is in the works set for September 25 to 27 involving brand influencers impacting knowledge during master classes, equipping bloggers to creditably source information for news and generally touching on digital threats and opportunities out there.

According to Kofi Asante; General Manager at Interactive Media, by 2020, estimates suggest there would be 5 billion digital connectivity globally adding there are 5.8 million social media users in Ghana. The SMW19 he continued will avail a platform for storytelling and help in building a progressive society.

The 3-day event will see key note addresses, exhibitions and personal sharing of experiences with Mr. Asante observing Ghana’s 10.32 million online users is a fertile platform for love, business and other possibilities.

“We will bring notables for the master classes and some global experts who will take participants through the advancement of artificial intelligence and augmented reality,” Mr. Kofi revealed adding “there will be 20 keynote addresses, 18 master classes, 12 fireside sessions with each day packed with relevant content.”

Natalie Annan, the Social Media Week Project Coordinator noted this year’s SMW19 will explore various formats of storytelling spanning generic film methods, podcasting and blogging adding master classes will be held to address pertinent issues and stimulate discussions.

“On day one, we will look at news reportage for the Ghanaian media and beyond stressing on the need to be responsible with what is posted for consumption. For brand influencers, the master class will touch on getting noticed by brands and being appealing to them and touching on reach, ROI, engagement and total media value,” Natalie submitted.

Executive Director at Interactive Media; Ekow Thompson observed while the Social Media Week initiative started in 2008 in London and later got replicated in New York, Accra hosted its first SMW three years ago.

and also the aim for this year Social Media Week is to explore the various formats of sharing the Ghanaian narrative on social media through a wide range of activities spread across 3 days in Accra.

It emerged the 3-day event will have sessions at the Accra Mall, DSTV Office, Accra Digital Centre, Silver Bird Cinema. Organisers say relationships will be built with emphasis on small scale businesses using social media to promote their services and wares.

Social Media Week, Accra partners include Citi FM/TV, YFM, Silverbird Cinema, DSTV and others. Its hashtags are #SocialMediaWeekAccra, #SMWAccra and #SMWAccra19.

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VGMA 1ST NATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT – MEET YOUR SPEAKERS

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As part of the world music day celebration and as part of the activities lined up for the VGMA Musical June, Ghana’s biggest music awards scheme introduces the VGMA National Music Summit.

The summit is to use music as a tool to drive social change and is aimed at using education to empower players in the industry to help better the lot of the sector.

The summit is to be held with limited audience but shared with millions across the VGMA official social media channels. It starts at 10am and ends at 2pm.

The 4 hour event is meant to engage Musicians, Music Producers & Managers, Distributors of Music, Music Promoters, Media and Other Industry Players nationally to discuss core industry issues.

At the end of the dialogue, a communique on the insights, conclusions and recommendations collated from the discussions will be presented to the Ministry of Tourism & Creative Arts for consideration. There will be 3 panel discussions; Royalties – The Way Forward, Music Distribution in the Digital Era and Play it LIVE.

Starting off the conversation for Royalties- The way forward, are; Munyaradzi Chanetsa, A&R Manager, Sony South Africa. Rex Omar – Chairman Ghamro and Veteran Ghanaian musician. Abraham Adjetey, President of Ghamro. Trigmatic, is a Ghanaian award winning musician, composer, songwriter and Philanthropist. Last but not least, Cynthia Quarcoo, Managing Partner, CQ Legal & Consulting.

Leading the conversations in the Music distribution in the digital era are 3 distinguished industry players with in-depth practical knowledge in their respective field of endeavor. Chioma Onuchukwu is Head of Operations at TuneCore Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia & Ethiopia. Jefferson Seneadza CEO of Aftown – a digital sales platform. Munyaradzi Chanetsa, A&R Manager, Sony South Africa. Juan Gomez is the Head of African Content and Curation at Pandora Media.

CEO EKB Records a talent Management and Entertainment company and LIVE Music enthusiast Kiki Banson, will be heading the PLAY IT LIVE discussion. With support from Kwame Yeboah, a Ghanaian born, UK based multi-talented instrumentalist, producer and keyboard player and programmer and Beats Mechanic.

The event will be hosted by Rudy Kwakye – Executive Producer AfroNationGhana Festival.

The VGMA NATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT is powered by charterhouse, partnered by Tv3, GHQR, KPMG, DStv, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!

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Nanky Wins VGMA22 Unsung Initiative

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Ahead of the most prestigious music awards scheme in Ghana, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2021 slated for 25th and 26th June, Nanky has been announced winner of the Unsung Initiative.

The fast rising 28 year old Tema based Afro-Pop. R&B, Highlife singer who is currently signed on Sultan Incorporation was on Friday 18th June 2021 announced winner on TV3’s Showbiz 360 hosted by Giovani Caleb.

He won ahead of his competitors Oseikrom sikani, Adelaide the seer, Koby Tuesday, Kwame Yogot, Malcom Nuna, Queendalyn and Naana Blu.

Nanky, as the tradition has been since its inception in 2015, will get to perform at this year’s edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards which would be held on Saturday, 26th June, 2021.

The Unsung is an initiative to project underground artistes who need the platform and exposure to make it to mainstream. Previous year’s has seen winners like Lynx Entertainment artiste Kuami Eugene, Reggae/dancehall artiste KelvynBoy among others.

The Unsung Initiative is produced by Charterhouse and brought to you by Closeup Toothpaste.

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VGMA 2021 – Ghana’s biggest music weekend beckons!

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Two nights of drama, awards, and exhilarating performances from 30 chart-topping acts will be LIVE in the spotlight at the 22nd Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

From Efya, Kuame Eugene, Eno Barony, KiDi, Kwesi Arthur, Kofi Kinaata, Adina, Joe Mettle, Diana Hamilton, Medikal, Okyeame Kwame, through to Epixode, DopeNation, Mzvee, Sista Afia, Yaa Yaa, Dead Peepol, Yaw Tog, Gyakie, Fameye, Bethel Revival Choir, the VGMA will be the center of national attention next week Saturday.

Do well not to miss out on the two day event happening on the 25th & 26th June which will be live on TV3, Akwaaba Magic, Soundcity TV and on Ghana Music Awards, and MTV social media pages.

The VGMA is produced by Charterhouse with support from TV3, DSTV, GHQR Code and Vodafone.

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