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VGMA Honours Titans Of The Music Industry On World Music Day

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21st June marks world Music day; in commemoration of the day and in furtherance of VGMA22, Charterhouse introduces the 1st ever national Music Summit. The purpose of the summit is to empower players and to help better the lot of the music sector.


The day will also see the scheme present a set of new honors dubbed “VGMA TITAN AWARDS. These honors will go to four distinguished industry stalwarts with the aim of recognizing their pivotal roles in growing music in Ghana. Meet the four awardees;

SIDIKU BUARI – For Meritorious service to the Ghana music industry as an ADMINISTRATOR


In 1980, Together with Ghanaba, Joe Mensah, Fiasal Helwani, Nana Kwame Ampadu, and others, he re-established the Musician Union we have today. He facilitated the Union’s movement to the old Passport office, organized regional congresses, produced corporate music to campaign for peaceful elections, lobbied for exemption of taxes on musical instruments for musicians, training for musicians to play live music and chaired the collective Management organization of Ghana, facilitating the building of its first office.

During his lifetime as a Musician, he carried out several music industry administrative roles as Former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (Musiga) Chairman of the Copyright Society of Ghana (Cosga) now Ghana Music Rights owners Organization (Ghamro) and Vice President of International Federation of Musicians (FIM).
 

PROFESSOR JOHN COLLINS – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as a MUSICOLOGIST

As one of Ghana’s most prolific Musicologists and composers, he chronicled most of our highlife music across the decades. He also served as a Musiga Executive in the 1970’s , now a Patron of Musiga and are an honorary life-member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) in Ghana together with Professor J.H.K. Nketia and Egya Koo Nimo, our popular folk guitarist.

He served on the Ghana National Folklore Board of Trustees and Copyright Administration for seven years and are currently the acting Chairman of the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation (BAPMAF), currently donating some of its digitized holdings to the J.H.K Nketia Archives of the Institute of African Studies.

Kenneth Kwaku Avotri Kafui – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as a MUSIC EDUCATOR

 Ken Kafui was a Ghanaian composer. He was a lecturer in music theory and composition at the music department of the University of Ghana, Legon. He composed choral works, works for choir and orchestra, symphonic works, piano and organ works, and works for traditional African instruments. He created new concepts and genres in African art music such as the Pentanata, the HD-3 form and Drumnata. He holds a Diploma in African Music and a Master’s degree in music.

He also composed for the orchestra of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation during the late 1970s. Kenneth was also a music tutor and the conductor of the Aggrey Memorial Chapel Choir at Achimota School before he moved on to the University of Ghana.

BIG BEN MUSIC PRODUCTION – For Meritorious service to the Ghana Music Industry as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR


Big Ben Music Production is a production outfit in Ghana. A gospel label, it is run by Benjamin and Theresa Mensah, and some point had the following artistes Monica Konadu, K.K. Fosu, Vine Praises, Ofori Amponsah, Kofi Nti, Sandra Oduro, Christiana Love, Lady Prempeh, and Ohemaa Mercy. The outfit is credited as helping the Ghana music industry grow. He became one of Ghana’s top Music Executive Producers and Distributors of repute in Ghana, producing and distributing music for artistes such as Christiana love (Obaapa Christy), Ofori Amponsah, A-plus, Ohemaa Mercy,  Kofi Nti, the late Daasebre Dwamena, Obrafour, and many others.

He was also the major music distributor for several of the top Industry artistes such as Batman Samini, Tic-Tac, 4×4, Daddy Lumba, Reggie Rockstone and many others.

His role as an investor in the production of music from the 80s across the decades till 2005 enabled many talented musicians get heard and were able to derive commercial gain from their talent.

The VGMA MUSIC SUMMIT is powered by Charterhouse, partnered by TV3, DStv, GHQR, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!

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Miss Malaika Ghana 21! 30 Make It To Finishing School

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‘Winning Miss Malaika, or simply just participating has changed my outlook on life drastically. One thing I took away from the experience is that in as much as outer beauty is important, the growth that happens inwardly is what will make you stand out, and that is exactly what Miss Malaika gave to me and I believe to other ladies who ever participated’ – reigning queen, Miss Jasmine Djang.

In a little over 80 days from now a new queen takes over from Jasmine Djang. But the journey to that unveil as history would have it has never been easy. From heart breaks to tears and cheers, shouts of joy to acts triggered by sour grapes and more, this pageant has seen it all; and on Saturday 17th July was no exception as more than 200 wanna-be queens thronged Tomreik Hotel in hopes of being a part of Miss Malaika Ghana 2021! 45 ladies made it to the next stage.

Prior to this very first encounter, pageant organizers Charterhouse launched the social media campaign, “Tag A Queen” which saw many Ghanaians post photos of ladies they deemed fit to wear the crown and tagging the various Charterhouse handles with the hashtag, #Malaika21. That process saw some 32 gorgeous ladies automatically graduated to the semifinal stage of auditions which will look a little past the beauty of face and figure and test for intellect and more.

Sitting in on the search panel with the task of selecting the most beautiful among the lot on Saturday 24th July were Showbiz personality, PR Practitioner and Entrepreneur, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku with award winning actor, fashion designer, Elikem Kumordzi and Miss Sharon Coffie, Miss Malaika 2012 Queen. Between the three astute judges, 30 beautiful, intelligent and charming ladies graduated to the final stage which is the FINISHING SCHOOL. According to organizers, 20 out of the 30 will enter the competition proper and would be out doored to the general public.

Miss Malaika Ghana shows this and every Sunday at 8pm on GH One TV and at 9pm on MX24 and EBN TV.

It is a Charterhouse Ghana Production brought to you by Nivea, Frytol, Royal Senchi Hotel, GTP, Malta Guinness, Kenya Airways, Tomreik Hotel, GhOne TV with support from Aspire Destinations, Lux, Geisha, Lucozade and Verna Water.

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Wild Cards Revealed! Maria and Pere Survive First BBNaija Shine Ya Eye Live Eviction Show

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Ebuka took on the first BBNaija Shine Ya Eye live eviction show Sunday night, but there were no goodbyes – just surprises!

After the ladies and gentlemen of the house settled in last Sunday, Biggie threw in the second twist of the season. He told the housemates that two from among them were Wild Cards and they had a week to figure them out. If they successfully did this, the two Wild Card housemates would be evicted immediately. Failure to do so meant they get to remain in the competition and battle it out for the grand prize.

The housemates investigated, questioned, and tried hard to figure out who they were all week long. The viewers were not left out in the guessing game until Thursday when Biggie revealed that Maria and Pere were the Wild Cards.

During their Diary Room sessions Sunday afternoon, majority of the housemates put forward Liquorose and Jaypaul as their prime suspects, to the amusement of viewers. However, the cat was let out of the bag when Ebuka asked the Wild Cards – Maria and Pere – to reveal themselves. This left the housemates surprised but impressed at how well they concealed their identities.

The game has now shifted gears as both Maria and Pere are officially in the game to win. Ebuka revealed that both of them will have exclusive nomination powers on Monday night, when the housemates exercise their nomination rights for the first time this season. Nominations will begin after the Head of House game scheduled for 6pm.

Abeg is the headline sponsor of Big Brother Naija season 6, and the associate sponsor is Patricia.

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GHANA – PERU ART CONTEST LAUNCHED, SUBMISSION OPENED TILL SEPTEMBER 28TH

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The Embassy of Peru in Ghana on Wednesday 28th July 2021 launched the Ghana – Peru Arts Contest as part of activities marking the two hundredth independence anniversary celebration of the Republic of Peru.

The event was held at Maison Française located at the University of Ghana, Legon and was attended by several dignitaries including His Excellency Abel Antonio Cárdenas Tuppia, Ambassador of Peru to Ghana, His Excellency Enrique Escorza, Mexican Ambassador to Ghana and His Excellency Pedro Luis Despaigne Gonzalez, Cuban Ambassador to Ghana.

Other guests were Mr. Sam Zacca from the Honorary Consulate of Peru in Ghana, Dr. Joanna Boampong, Director of the Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Ghana and Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See in Accra.

The Ghana – Peru Arts Contest is open to Ghanaian non-professionals between the ages of 18 and 25 years who are expected to produce artworks and literature that illustrates the theme of friendship between Ghana and Peru.

In his message, His Excellency Abel Antonio Cárdenas Tuppia, Ambassador of Peru to Ghana highlighted the need for closer collaboration between Ghana and Peru for mutual benefit. “Ghana and Peru are two countries striving for development and these times we find ourselves in have proven that everything is easier and faster when we work together. In order to cooperate effectively, you need friendship, trust and knowledge”, he added.

Commenting on the contest, Mr. Sam Zacca representing the Honorary Consul of Peru in Ghana, Hon. Ghassan Yared, said “I wish to encourage all Ghanaians who qualify to participate in the Ghana – Peru Arts Contest as it has the potential to open doors of networking. It certainly will also provide participants with a fair chance to display their works to the world. It doesn’t matter if you win the competition or not, you are already a winner and your work is seen and appreciated.”

The two categories for the contest are Artwork (painting, sculpture, drawing, pencil work, etc) and Literature (poetry, prose). The poetry entries should not be more that 200 words and prose should have a maximum of 500 words.

All entries must be original and not published materials before submission for the contest electronically via ghanaperuartcontest@gmail.com before the submission deadline, 28th September 2021. Shortlisted persons will be contacted to submit their original works to the embassy

Winners of the Ghana – Peru Arts Contest will be announced at an awards ceremony in November 2021 to be followed by an exhibition of some selected works submitted for the contest also in November 2021. The Ghana – Peru Arts Contest is sponsored by the Embassy of Peru in Ghana, Honorary Consulate of Peru in Ghana and the Centre for Latin American Studies.

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