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6TH AFRIMA: Sipho Dlamini, Sarah Boulos, Yoel Kenan, Adebisi A. Adedeji, Udochi Muogilim, Obi Okwudili Casmir, Eric Bally, And Others To Speak At The Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS)

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It will be a gathering of African and International music Intellects, professionals and enthusiasts at the annual Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS) organized as part of lined-up events in celebration of the 6th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA slated for Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Fantasia Hall, Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, from 8:30a.m to 4:30p.m, where discussions on the music business in Africa will be brought to bare.

Discussions will be centered around the topic ‘Music Business in Africa: Connecting Borderless Talents’

A cross-section of leading minds from around the world will connect and interact on global musical issues and topic of trends in the music and culture industry while creating a platform for engaging and networking in an atmosphere where potentials present in the African music industry and ways to harness its socio-economic gains is critically analysed.

On the panel of discussion are some of Africa’s seasoned and accomplished men and women. They include; Sipho Dlamini, who is the Managing Director at Universal Music, South Africa. Sarah Boulos, Chairperson, Society for the Performing Arts, Nigeria. Dr. Obi Okwudili Casmir, President of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN). Seidu Idrissu, West Africa Agents, Sheer Publishing Africa, Ghana.

In addition, Adebisi A. Adedeji, Deputy Director, Development Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); Udochi Muogilim, the Lead Partner, Price Water House Coopers (PwC); Yoel Kenan, who is the Chief Executive Officer, Africori in South Africa; and Eric Bally, Associate Producer of the biggest touring company in Europe, YUMA Production.

African music artiste who will be joining the panelist to share their experience from the music perspective include; Salatiel, Ace Producer/Founder of Alpha Beta Records and 6th AFRIMA Nominee from Cameroon; DJ Moh Green, International DJ/ Producer and 6th AFRIMA Nominee from Algeria, and Kanvee Adams, renowned music artiste and 6th AFRIMA Nominee from Liberia.

Dr. Obi Okwudili Casmir, popularly known as Voombastic Uncle P, National President, (PMAN) who expressed his expectations at the summit said, “I feel honoured to be a guest panelist at the Africa Music Business Summit of the 6th AFRIMA. I will be speaking on the topic, “Music Business as relates to the GDP of Nigeria. I will shed light on how music business can be of great benefit to our nation.

I’ve been a professional in the music industry with over twenty-five years of experience. I welcome the rest of the world to join us in Lagos, Nigeria. Come and feel African culture in stylish pattern”.

Also sharing his excitement, Sipho Dlamini, Managing Director, Universal Music Group, South Africa added “In relation to the theme of the summit, I will shed light on current distribution opportunities in Africa and what the future may look like. As a professional with over twenty years of experience in the music business, from Europe, to the Middle East and Africa, I hope to share some insight that will bring value to your career and your role within the business”.

Participants will get the opportunity to engage in robust conversations on the economic viability and corporate benefits of the African music and arts industry. Participants will include music artiste/songwriters, music producers, record label owners, owners of publishing/entertainment companies, associations of music professionals, policymakers in the art and culture sector, lawyers, journalists, students and many more.

Coordinating the panels is Cameroonian French-speaking Media Personality, Pamela Happi alongside Munya Chanetsa who is Head of Licensing & New Business of Composer, Authors & Publishers, South Africa.

For interested participants, registration is now open on the AFRIMA website, https://www.afrima.org/AFRICAN-MUSIC-BUSINESS-SUMMIT/

The 6th AFRIMA tagged ‘Feel Africa’ is in partnership with the African Union Commission is committed to the stimulation of conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the potentials of the cultural and creative economy for real enterprise on the continent, contributing significantly to social cohesion and continental integration as well as sustainable economic growth and development in Africa by lending its voice to promotion of education and campaign against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.

The 6th AFRIMA is sponsored by the Pan African Bank, Ecobank and Africa’s Telecom Giant, MTN.

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Guinness And 3Music Network Hold Master Class For Young Creatives In Kumasi

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Guinness and 3Music Network held an engaging Creative Master Class for over 50 young and budding creatives in Kumasi with the aim of spurring them to growth.

The 2-hour session held at the Golden Bean Hotel in Kumasi featured Incredible Zigi, a celebrated Dance Artist and choreographer, Oheneba Yaw Boamah, a multiple award-winning Fashion Designer/Creative Director of Abrantie the Gentleman, Baba Sadiq Abdulai Abu, Founder / Managing Director of 3 Music Networks (Organizers of 3 Music Awards) and George Britton, Talent Manager / CEO of GB Records, moderated by NYDJ. The facilitators shared their success stories, challenges, and tactics of excelling in their various crafts.

The Guinness Creative Master Class follows the successful outdooring of the Pan-African Guinness campaign, Black Shines Brightest. The campaign celebrates creativity, ingenuity, and the energy that resonates when individuals come together, fizzing with optimism, creativity and potential.

Speaking at the Creative Master Class, Head of Beers (Heineken Portfolio and Guinness Trademark) at Guinness Ghana, Roland Kwasi Larbi Ofori emphasized that Guinness, through the Bright House Experience platform and the Creative Master Class, aims to drivee thought leadership and conversations about the creative arts.

“In Ghana, there have been concerns within the creative arts industry on discussing specific topics and this stifles growth. We partnered with 3 Music Network today to debunk these myths and encourage creative arts enthusiasts to believe in themselves and overcome any fears they have because indeed, Black Shines Brightest.”

The Creative Masterclass, which consists of a series of panel discussions, will move to Tamale then Takoradi and finally in the capital city, Accra. Guinness will continue to inspire creatives to be proud and confident, to look to each other for inspiration, bring their ideas to life and take on opportunities.

Speaking to the young and aspiring creatives from Kumasi, Incredible Zigi said he had worked extremely hard for several years before making waves and eventually being recognized by Guinness to headline a campaign. He encouraged the young creatives to carve a niche for themselves by nurturing their creative skills and talents.

After the Master Class, The Bright House Experience, a fundamental part of the Guinness Black Shines Brightest campaign was unveiled in Kumasi. This is a model bar which serves as a cultural space and a hub for people to connect and energize each other with creativity, inspiration and, of course, a cold bottle of Guinness.

On his part, Baba Sadiq Abdulai Abu, Chief Executive Officer of 3 Music Network said, “Platforms like Black Shines Brightest by Guinness is one that the creative industry needs at this time of our industry growth. We are grateful to Guinness for this opportunity as this helps Ghanaian creatives showcase our potential, flair and imagination to the rest of the world unique way’’.

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Ghanaian Artist Cornelius Annor is now represented in Europe by MARUANI MERCIER Gallery

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Ghanaian artist Cornelius Annor and his works will now be represented in Europe by Maruani Mercier Gallery

“We are proud to announce the European representation of Ghanaian artist Cornelius Annor. Depicting everyday Ghanaian sceneries, the emerging artist Cornelius Annor combines acrylic paint with fabric transfers to create large figurative paintings. The artist’s research revolves around family history, through family photo albums, as such exploring moments in time, from pre-colonial Ghana and Post-independent Ghana to our contemporary era,” reads part of the announcement by the company on Instagram.

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He also added;  I would like what I am creating right now to reach people of the highest stature so that they can see the positive imagery of Africa or Ghana because most of the positive images of black people focus on the African American story. I wanted to create positivity around here too so people can change their view about our beautiful continent.

Cornelius Annor was born in 1990 in Accra, Ghana. He is known as a figurative painter depicting everyday life often departing from childhood memories and family history. He completed his fine art studies at Ghanatta College of Art and Design, where fellow artists Amoako Boafo, Kwesi Botchway, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe and Emmanuel Taku also studied. From an early age, Annor developped a passion for painting, sketching his family, friends and even strangers. Annor lives and works in Ghana where he established C.Annor studio, a space dedicated to encouraging and supporting young talents and upcoming artists.

Depicting everyday Ghanaian sceneries, the emerging artist Cornelius Annor combines acrylic paint with fabric transfers to create large figurative paintings. The artist’s research revolves around family history, through family photo albums, as such exploring moments in time, from pre-colonial Ghana and Post-independent Ghana to our contemporary era. The characters in his paintings are old and young, male and female, sharing different emotions, often in the context of gathering. Incorporating objects and clothes from different periods, Annor plays with memory, history and temporality.

“For me archiving as a form has the potential to open up discussions on lost and forgotten histories and its politics. And I intend to bring into presence these past histories through my works as a way of creating a room of memory which can migrate my audience to a particular moment in time and reflect on themselves.”

Annor invites the viewer to connect with the figures in ambiguous yet completely present and familiar ways. These seemingly ordinary moments of intimacy, gathering and entertainment also set the focus on the details of his fabric transfer technique as well as his photography collages merging tradition and contemporaneity in his work. Departing from archival photographs from family albums or from the internet, he reconfigures his references using photoshop with the idea of inter-migrating cultures, identities and histories. The combination of collages with painting disrupts the depth and perspective within the painting. Through his distinctive practice Cornelius Annor attempts to change our reading of history.

Annor’s work has been exhibited throughout Africa and the U.S., including at the Ghana National Museum and the Accra Art Center.

About MARUANI MERCIER Gallery

Founded in 1995, MARUANI MERCIER now represents twenty contemporary artists alongside it’s programme of museum quality historical exhibitions whilst continuing to build on the legacy of a number of renowned estates. Showing established artists alongside young and emerging new talent, the gallery promotes an artistic dialogue between different generations. It also contributes to new scholarship across its programmes by inviting prominent art historians and curators to collaborate on its exhibition catalogues and artist texts. Many of the gallery´s artists participate in international exhibitions and are today placed in some of the most important museums and private collections around the world.

Initially MARUANI MERCIER´s primary programme focused on celebrated American artists from the 1980s who, working within the medium of painting and sculpture, sought to reflect the aesthetic and social concerns of their time. Including; Ross Bleckner, Francesco Clemente, Ron Gorchov, Peter Halley, Jonathan Lasker, and Sue Williams.

Over the years, the gallery looked to a new generation of artists who, working within different media, also addressed topical subjects relating to history, politics, the environment, and questions of identity and authorship. Amongst these, Radcliffe Bailey, Esiri Erheriene-Essi and Hank Willis Thomas examine topics surrounding Black history and culture whilst Lyle Ahston Harris looks at societal constructs of sexuality and race. Jaclyn Conley´s beautiful and nostalgic paintings present a poignant rumination on the social and political concerns of American life, whilst Tony Matelli confronts issues of isolation and impermanence with humour and irony.


In 2001, MARUANI MERCIER expanded to include an additional gallery in the historic art town Knokke followed in 2018 by a 15,000 sq ft exhibition space in Zaventem called THE WAREHOUSE. In addition to the celebrated exhibitions held there, in 2021 THE WAREHOUSE hosted Kwesi Botchway and Cornelius Annor at its artist residency. MARUANI MERCIER will remain committed to exhibiting the artist that it hosts there across its galleries.

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World Liqueur Day: Baileys Delight Celebrates World Liqueur Day with Some Cool Ghanaians

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Baileys Delight, a light and lush cream liquor with a taste of African honey with rich dairy cream, has commemorated this year’s World Liqueur Day in a playful and indulgent way.

The first of its kind to be celebrated in Ghana, World Liqueur Day is set aside to celebrate and appreciate the plethora of liqueurs across the world.

As part of the celebrations, Baileys Delight popped up in town to share the delightful experience with its patrons by gifting them a delightful box containing items such as  Baileys Delight infused chocolate bar, a branded glass and a bottle of Baileys Delight — right from the heart of Baileys.

To reiterate the celebratory moment and leave a lasting impression, the gifting came with a customized festive balloon. The goal of the gifting is to share a delightful experience with Ghanaians and rekindle the light taste of Indulgence in their lives.

Some of the patrons who benefitted from this gifting spree include Tiktok stars Wesley Kesse and Say Logan.  Others include media icon Chrystral Karyee, Nana Made in China, Asantewaa Neizer, Gisela Amponsah, Akosua Win, and a host of other inspiring figures. Beneficiaries were also delighted about the message of responsible drinking and urged that others explore the drinkiq.com platform for more

Baileys Delight remains the delectable offering of choice from the makers of Baileys Original Irish cream, and offers a flawless fusion of Cream Liqueur with an African twist to present a perfectly silky, smooth, and delicious treat. Baileys Delight is invitingly charming.

The deliciously light cream liquor ingredients are a product of meticulous craftsmanship, innovation, and delicious trendsetting that Guinness Ghana is renowned for.

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