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Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Unsung Show To Air On Monday, May 3

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The heat is on! 8 unsung acts seeking to win the coveted performance slot on music’s biggest night at the 8th edition of the VGMA Unsung. Having emerged as nominees from 11,000+ nominations on social media, these talented artistes are yet to cross the last hurdle of live performance, to justify why they deserve the winning spot.

Who will be the 2021 Unsung winner?

Let’s meet the 8 nominees – Queen Yurglee Kpodo known on stage as Queendalyn Yurglee is a 35-year-old Accra based Gospel Musician who started music in church at age 13. She has released 2 singles namely ‘You Are God’ and ‘Jesus’. Queendalyn has worked as a backing vocalist for Dr Tim Godfrey, Sammie Okposo, and Sonnie Badu, and has also served as a frontline worshipper for Hillsong London.

Naana Blu, born Abigail Mensah, is a Ghanaian highlife and Afrobeats singer based in Takoradi. She sings in Fante, Twi, English, and French. Her five tracked EP ‘This Is Highlife’ includes songs like ‘Ohia’, ‘You Dey Do Yourself’, Odo Asem’, ‘Highlife Dance’ and ‘This Is Highlife’.

Malcolm Nuna, real name Malcolm Nunana Hehetror, is an 18-year-old song writer, HipHop and Afrobeats artiste based in Accra. His songs released include, ‘Party’ ft Deadpeepol and Yaw Tog, ‘Blind love’, ‘Baba’, ‘Man like Nuna’, ‘Odo Yewu’, ‘Shock you’ ft Fameye , ‘Hasta la vista’ ft Larruso, ‘Spintex life’ ft Tulenkey and ‘Scree’ ft Kofi Mole.

Oseikrom Sikanii, real name Hansford Brefo, is a Ghanaian recording artiste and performer based in Kumasi. The 26-year-old Hiphop artiste got his breakthrough when he was featured in “Yagye Sika” by Lific. He later released songs like, ‘SikaDuro’ Remix, ‘Yekoo’, ‘No Time’, ‘Never Give Up’ and ‘Dance’ ft Medikal, Kofi Mole and Ypee.

Adelaide the Seer whose real name is Adelaide Borle Bortier, is a 25-year-old gospel musician based in Accra. ‘Wire me’, her first hit single was released in May 2021 followed by ‘What a God’ which features Dopenation. Though she’s lost her sight, her unfortunate situation is her source of strength and inspiration. Diana Hamilton inspires her music.

Koby Tuesday, real name Dennis Nana Prempeh, is 20-year-old Highlife and Afrobeats singer and song writer. The Kumasi based singer joined Hitmaker 9 music reality show, where he emerged number 2. He’s released songs such as ‘Adwoa’ and ‘Odopa’.

Kwame Yogot, born Kenneth Kyeremateng is a Hiphop, Hiplife and Afrobeats artiste, who infuses comic elements into his rhymes. The Accra based artiste has worked with the likes of Medikal, Fameye, Yaa Pono and Kuami Eugene. His recent hit singles include “Bitter Sweet” ft Yaa Pono, and “Biibi Besi” ft Kuami Eugene.

Nanky, real name Haruna Buhari, is a 28-year-old R&B and Highlife singer, signed on to Sultan Incorporation. The Tema based artiste has released songs like ‘Favour’ Ft Sarkodie, ‘Lady’, ‘Quansimah’, ‘Happiness’, ‘Remedy’, ‘Rain over me’, ‘Munafiki’, ‘Innocent Girl’, ‘I do yawa’, ‘love and Confusion’ Ft Medikal.

On Monday the 3rd of May, these eight acts, in a make-or-break live performance show, will demonstrate to music lovers why they deserve the winning spot. The show will also feature VGMA 2019 Unsung Winner – Kula, and VGMA 2020 Unsung Participant- Kofi Jamar. The VGMA22 Unsung Show will be a live performance in the Music Room, hosted by Nana Kwadwo Addo. The show will air at 4pm on TV3, and streamed live on Facebook and YouTube on Ghana Music Awards pages.

Friends, family and fans can push their favorite acts to victory by voting for free at www.ghanamusicawards.com or voting via SMS on Vodafone network only, by texting code ‘UN’ to SMS Short Code 1767, and following the prompts.

The 8th edition of the VGMA Unsung is proudly brought to you by Closeup Toothpaste, and powered by Charterhouse.

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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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