Starboy himself Wizkid announced after his performance at the VGMA's that he just singed three major Ghanian artists to Starboy Worldwide: R2Bees, Efya & Mr Eazi. This is definitely a stament! We are excited already to hear the output of this roaster!
Atlanta raised superstar Davido already proofed that he is more than just a regular artist and his rise in the international music industry continues. He just did three major moves by signing an international deal with sony music, covering the issue 102 of the Fader Magazine and announcing to be the new brand ambassador for Pepsi! We are glad and excited to hear more from Omo Baba Olowo in the near future!
Unlike other award shows such as the BET Award the Grammys do not offer categories to honor any African musicians specifically. But the past has shown already that artists from all over the continent are in the position to grab an award and take it back home. Artists such as Angélique Kidjo or Ali Farka Touré did it even more than just once. The chances are good that this circle of winners will grow again this year since the nomination list shows seven nominations in five different categories. Check the complete list of nominees below and let's hope for one or another markup.
Angélique Kidjo - Best World Music
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Best World Music
Zomba Prison Project - Best World Music
Wouter Kellerman - Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Rocky Dawuni - Best Reggae Album
Jidenna - Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Neville Diedericks - Best Gospel Performance/Song
The two Ghanian musicians Reggie 'N' Bollie made it to the finals and earned the second place for this year's edition of X Factor.
According to rumors making the round already the duo is about to sign a deal with Sony Records. The past has shown that not always only the winner of talent shows is blessed with a long career so let's hope to hear soon from the two crowd pleasers.
Watch the performances for the final show below!
Sarkodie contiues his journey and sets another milestone in his career with his interview with for the well known American hip hop radio station Hot 97. Check out the video below and see the full footage. Breaking boarders!
One of the tightest relationships found in the Ghanian music scene seems to be over. Bulldog, the head behind Bullhouse Entertainment, released a press release stating he is no longer working with the dancehall king. Against the presumption that there is a lot of hate going on now between the two parties, Bullhouse clearly show their thankfulness for being a part of Shatta Wales journey in the past few years (check the full statement below).
But on the other side Shatta Wale claims at Pluss 89.9 FM the reason for the split is that Bullhaus has done nearly nothing to help him with his career. And if the rumors are true then something much bigger is waiting for the SM general because it seems that he is joining the roaster of one of the hottest dancehall labels right now: Notnice Records.
Bests of No Nation is finally out!
The Netflix production takes place in an unnamed African country and is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala. The movie was written, shot and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (SinNombre & Jane Eyre) and features Golden Globe winning actor Idris Elba and the 14-year old boy Abraham Attah who just took the Marcello Mastroianni Award from the Venice Film Festival home to Ghana.
Check the trailer below and watch the movie on Netflix.
14 year old child straight outta Ashaiman, Ghana just won the Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The story of the young actor deserves a movie by it self since he never even acted before he was discovered to play a role in the Netflix movie Beasts of No Nation. The movie is written and directed by Cary Fukunaga and comes out on Netflix on the 16th of October.
Award winning DJ Mic Smith (Redbull Club DJ Of The Year) linked up with Yellow Moon Records president DJ Sunshine to release the Shutdown Riddim. DJ Sunshine is a hit maker from Jamaica who already worked with big shots like Vybz Kartel and Movado. This riddim is supposed to be the first Jamaican produced riddim which features an All-African, in this case even a All-Ghanian, line up.
The riddim features the hottest artist out the current Ghanian Dance Hall scene such as AK Songstress, Stonebwoy and MzVee and in my ears they all did a great job. Only flaw on this release is the fact that the instrumental has already been used by Yellow Moon Records for the Wul Dem riddim which came out last year. The good thing about: you really can tell that the Ghanian line up has not to hide at all!
Unfortunately the riddim has not officialy been released on iTunes yet but we will keep you posted as soon as there is a release date. Check out the art work and the track list below including our favorite three songs ready to listen.
AK Songstress - Bopsie
Aphecktion - Moko Kw33 Moko
Choir Master - Koseenyo
DJ Sunshine - Shutdown Riddim Instrumental
Episode - BedRoom Gun
Eye Judah - Bad Man Forever
Mighty Faya - Shut it Down
Mr Eazi - Gyal Dem Lover
MzVee - Do My Way
Shatta Rako - DuttyMind
Stonebwoy - Shell DemTrigmatic - One Eye
Vybrant Faya - Lyrical Bangerang
This years edition of the BET Awards included again an award for the Best International Act: Africa. Stonebwoy took the award to Ghana beating other top-class artists such as AKA and Sarkodie.