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Stop promoting bad songs on air-AK Songstress

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Ghanaian Reggae and dancehall diva, AK Songstress known in real life as Akosua Kwakye has chided Disc Jockeys (DJs) and other industrial players for promoting bad songs to the public.

According to her, key industrial players have created artistes who craft terrible songs that could not be transported outside the country.

She said some of the artistes were staining the nation’s name and expressed regret that the industry had soft spot for promoting terrible arts to the neglect of real talents that could lift high the nation’s flag internationally.

In an exclusive interview with degraftpr.co.uk in Accra on Sunday, the songstress lamented that the industry had no data to give an investor who wants to invest in quality talent of the country, stressing that each media house has its own chat.

She noted that, local chats that DJs and Presenters give out to the citizenry had no authentic database and described it as ‘payola’ based music chat.

The dancehall goddess called on industry players to be up to task and embrace artistes who have quality talents without sidelining their music.

“DJs are killing good songs in the country simply because talented artistes cannot pay bribes for their music to be played while they and other promoters have imposed some songs and specific artistes on Ghanaians,” she added.

She explained that the industry is not excelling due to the fact that artistes who have quality talents are not recognised in the country but are left to struggle with their fate.

She urged the media to show keen interest in promoting good arts without switching to artistes that the industry had created for the public in the country.

Touching on her VGMA nominations, she observed that women over the years have been sidelined in the secular music arena and called on all women to rally round her to win the award by voting for her.

AK stated that the industry was a male dominated one and would have loved it if there had been category for female reggae dancehall artistes to recognise the few women who have been working hard to compete with their male counterparts.

She pushed forward the agenda that being the only female rubbing shoulders with the men in the reggae dancehall artiste category, by default, makes her the best choice artiste and stressed the need for her to win the award.

By Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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Ghanaians don’t patronise Reggae/Dancehall music-Ak Songstress claims

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Music lovers in the country barely patronise reggae and dancehall tunes, the vibrant female reggae and dancehall goddess, Ak Songstress has claimed.

She insisted that they only loved the idea of reggae and dancehall music as a genre but did not have any heart for the art.

According to her, that has compelled many dancehall artistes like Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini and Epixode to embrace the Afro pop genre in order to respond to the changing demands of the Ghanaian music industry.

The songstress responding to the sidelines of the reggae and dancehall tunes to degraftpr.co.uk in Accra on Friday noted that the genre in reality was relegated to the background as many music lovers did not actually understand the language and the music.

She maintained that the language barrier made the consumers loss interest in the dancehall music, thus compelled her to promote her reggae and dancehall music in the foreign countries.

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The dancehall diva lamented that radio stations and Disc jockeys (Djs) in the country arranged their play list in such a way that only fix afro beat tracks and not dancehall tunes, adding that “so you will mostly hear them playing my new afro beat track ware me, operation feed yourself, secret admirer among others.”

She indicated that she was breaking crowds with reggae and dancehall genre across the globe and has released uncountable reggae dance hall tracks this year for which she was nominated for international awards.

“My dancehall tracks get more attention in foreign countries but it is opposite in the country, slow it down has been nominated for United Kingdom (UK) Ghana music award as reggae dancehall song of the year,” she said.

The latest reggae/dancehall song from Ak

The sensational versatile songstress expressed commitment to make the industry very vibrant, starting off she said she has released a tribute song for lucky Dube titled “It is not easy” ahead of her upcoming Extended Play (EP).

Chipping the site in her mini album, Ak reiterated that the EP is dubbed “Final burial of critics” which would be released in October and promised that it would be “the mother of all dancehall music ever produced in the country.”

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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Engage ‘our’ aged people in movies-Vincent McCauley calls on movie producers

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One of the celebrated Ghanaian actors, Vincent McCauley has expressed displeasure about the rate movie producers sidelined aged people in movies.

According to him, the act has shifted attention of movie consumers in the country to Nollywood movies, lamenting that it has crippled the growth of the industry.

Speaking exclusively to degraftpr.co.uk in Accra on Thursday, the talented actor bemoaned that the industry was not competitive enough for other producers to present something new thus they all geared towards same direction, repeating same mistakes.

He said the country was endowed with talented elderly women and men with lots of  veteran actors and actresses who could be featured to play the role of grandmothers, mothers, in-laws and other elderly roles to showcase the talents of adults.

That, the ace actor intimated was not what people see in the industry and called on producers to desist from using renowned young actors and actresses to play the role of aged in movies.

He stressed that movie depicted real life story and the content narrated to watchers would back how important the story was if the cast play their role well and right people were used to make watchers have the natural feel.

For the film industry to grow, Vincent McCauley suggested that producers should imitate Nollywood, Bollywood and other great industries to work on the way they cast their movies and urged the citizenry to also embrace new talents when they are introduced in movies.

“Sometimes the producers are also scared that people might not like the new talent introduced, that is why they keep repeating the same people to act the roles,” he said.

The actor underscored the need for the industry to produce contents that would target kids to help curb promiscuity among them.

“It is sad that the industry is saturated with adults movies with little act for kids to watch, kids deserve to have something that will empower them to unleash their talent,” the actor stated.

He indicated that kids were endowed with talents and was time for producers to make stars out of them and also cautioned parents to monitor their wards from watching movies that could destroy their moral upbringing.

Known for his maiden TV series things we do for love, he also stared in Adams Apple and has played major role in lots of Ghallywood movies.

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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Benemma Poetry Network Presents Vibes Under Moon On UCC Campus

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Vibes under moon is a poetry event which is being organized by Benemma Poetry Network and is scheduled to take place on 20th September, 2019 at the forecourt of University of Cape Coast Senior Club House between 5:30pm and 9: 30pm.
The aim of the event is to demonstrate to the Ghanaian community the richness and impactful nature of poetry.

Students of the University of Cape Coast and the entire populace of the Cape Coast municipality will be exhilarated by stunning poetry performances as one of Ghana’s finest poets; Nana Asaase prepares to perform at the maiden edition of Vibes Under moon. Philip Boakye Dua Oyinka, popularly known as Nana Asaase, is one of the sought-after figures in the Ghanaian art industry owing to his established credentials as arguably the best poet the country has had over the past decade.

Nana Asaase (Poet)

He performed at the 2018 edition of the Ghana UK based Achievement Awards and was even presented with an honorary award at the maiden edition of the Ghana Writer’s award in 2016. Nana Asaase is a member of the National Folklore Board and the CEO of Asaase Inscriptions, Ghana’s First Literary Coaching Agency.
His presence will certainly light up the event which is being organized by Benemma Poetry Network, a poetry network in Cape Coast with the aim of igniting the interest in poetry.

There will be other performing artistes at the event including: Soul musician Nene Narh, poets:Enaa de poet Cobbold, Kweku Dallah, Jay Dee, Emstabos, Fritz D Poet, Folivi, Scortia, Rick d biggerMan, Xarxas, D poet, Alexandra Koka, Jason Appiatu, Christmal and Kweku Anamon Taylor.


Nene Narh (Soul Musician)

The rate for the event is GHc5.00 and interested persons can contact 0540260305/ 0554162825 to purchase an advance ticket.
Brands interested in sponsoring the event can as well contact the aforementioned numbers.

Source: Benemma Poetry Network

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