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Trace Jama Launched ; Dedicated To Ghanaian Music On DStv & GOtv



Music lovers in Africa are served with a new music channel TRACE Jama launched exclusive to DStv and GOtv subscribers. This music channel dedicated to Ghanaian music, arts and urban pop culture went live on DStv and GOtv on the 3rd of March on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact & Family packages and on GOtv exclusive to GOtv MAX customers only.

TRACE Jama, since the launch last Tuesday, has been dishing out a mix of Hiplife, Afrobeats, Afropop, Reggae/Dancehall and the wider African music, on channel 333 on DStv and 160 on GOtv. Speaking at the launch event at Hiplife Grand Papa’s pub, Lanre Masha, GM, Music & Editorial at TRACE could not hide his excitement that finally Ghanaian musicians and producers now have a window to the world to showcase our creative works on Africa’s biggest pay-TV platforms DStv and GOtv.

He explained that TRACE Jama will also screen a collection of worldwide urban acts laced with exclusive specials, documentaries, Hip Hop, R&B, Afro Pop, Reggae and best video mixes for the African market.

Managing Director of MultiChoice Ghana, Cecil Sunkwa-Mills in his speech said “the addition of this will not only open a window for us to showcase the rich Music, Art, Culture and lifestyle trends from Ghana to the World, but will also cement Ghana’s position as a cultural hub in the sub region.”

Adding that “as a business, our focus is to bring the best mix of local and international content to the homes and hands of our customers” and “we will continue to find ways to ensure the best content from Ghana is distributed widely across the continent.”

Stakeholders in the Music industry who attended the launch event commended MultiChoice and TRACE for launching this channel on the heels of the successful ‘Year Of Return’ initiative. The President of the Creative Arts Council Mark Okraku Mantey urged creatives to ensure their works edify the country’s enviable positive reputation.

On his part, the CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority Akwasi Agyeman, praised MultiChoice Ghana (DStv and GOtv) for consistently promoting Ghana widely through annual Ghana Festivals Channel, adding that the launch of the TRACE Jama channel comes at a time when Ghana is seeking to attract more tourist visits as part of the ‘Beyond The Return’ campaign.

Reggie Rockstone, D Black, Sis Derbie, Elorm Beenie, KOD, Episode, Black Cedi, Kelvyn Boy, Nii Lante, Mark Okureku Mantey were amon some of the esteemed guests that graced the launch.

An after party which saw Nigerian SuperStar in attendance was held at the plush Urban Grill restaurant.

Musicians and Producers can submit their videos via this link for it to be aired on the Trace platforms .

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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



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!



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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