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MUSIGA and ATWAG condemn violence at 2019 Ghana Music Awards

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More industry players continue to add their voices to the violence that occurred at Saturday night’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. The latest is the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and the Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG).

MUSIGA CONDEMNS SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOUR AT VGMA BY  SHATA WALE AND STONEBWOY

The Musicians Union of Ghana wishes to condemn in the strongest terms the unwarranted, irresponsible and shameful incidence which occurred at the 20th Anniversary edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards at the Accra International Conference Center on Saturday, 19th May 2019.

Those shameful acts  of violence did not only cause a halt in the program but also traumatized  patrons and subsequently painted a very negative image of our country Ghana to the global community as over 40 countries on the  continent and the world at large were watching through television other social media platforms.

We urge the law enforcement agencies to act with dispatch in bringing actors in this very shameful episode to book to serve as deterrent to others now and in the future. We wish to state that no individual is above the law and that must be forcefully established as we can not entertain violence and wanton lawlessness.

We condemn the provocative act of Shatta Wale and his fans for aggressively storming the stage while Stonebwoy was receiving  his award and the equally unmeasured response by Stonebwoy for brandishing the gun.

We would also like to advise musicians and  their handlers to be mindful of their behaviors at all times since they are role models for the society as a whole. Artistes should desist from unnecessary “beefs” and conflicts capable of bringing the industry to its knees and eroding all the gains we have made as a people.

MUSIGA would like to apologize on behalf of the music industry and music lovers to fans and the public for the unprofessional behavior exhibited. We would like to reiterate that the Ghanaian music industry does not promote or approve this type of behavior. We are calling on all event organizers to ensure effective screening of  fans and performers at all events. We will work swiftly with artistes the organizers and law enforcement agencies to come to a decisive and deserving resolution.

As an industry we need to come together to do more to raise the image of our motherland Ghana. We need to be shining examples and model citizens so that the millions of fans and mentees will have proper examples of patriotism. It is only in uniting, holding each other’s hands, building bridges and helping one another that we conquer the world stage.

Once again we condemn in no uncertain terms the actions of the few miscreants whose actions should not be allowed fester.

Signed

Bice Osei Kuffour   (President)          

ATWAG CONDEMNS SCUFFLE BETWEEN STONEBWOY AND SHATTA WALE AT VGMA 2019

The Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG) condemns in no uncertain terms the incident that marred the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) at the premises of the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) in the early hours of Sunday, May 19, 2019.

A scuffle that happened between the respective teams of dancehall musicians Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale led to a commotion in the auditorium and the stoppage of the show for almost an hour. ATWAG considers the incident very unfortunate, inappropriate and a dent on the arts industry.

In as much as we support healthy competition in the music industry, we condemn acts that would generate unnecessary tension and could degenerate into violence. We wish to advise Charterhouse, organisers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, to put in place better measures to forestall future occurrences of such nature.

ATWAG also urges Charterhouse to cooperate with the security services to investigate the matter and mete out the right sanctions where need be.

As significant partners in the arts and tourism value chain, ATWAG believes that acts like this would hinder the progress made by the industry and also has the tendency to mar the name Ghana carries within the international community as a peaceful nation.

We urge Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale and their fans not to inflame the issues any further through their utterances, but to rather stay calm in these times.

Kwame Dadzie (PRO, ATWAG)

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In anticipation of his forthcoming debut album, “Black Sherif” unveils his cover art

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Black Sherif has unveiled the cover art for his much anticipated debut album, titled, ‘ The Villain I Never Was’, slated for release on Thursday, October 6, 2022.

This comes off after impressive global charting year with singles like Second Sermon Remix, Kwaku The Traveller and recently, Soja.

The 20-year- old rapper is poised for action as his sound has been co-signed by several industry greats such as Timberland, DJ Khaled, Busta Ryhmes, Popcaan among others.

Black Sherif in a tweet wrote,”It took me everything to give life to this body. The one thing in my life that I gave everything up for.

There is life in this body, I hope it treats you good and speaks to you like I want it to.

My debut album, “The Villain I Never Was”, available in all stores on October 7, 2022.”

Born and raised in Konongo, a small city in the Ashanti region of Ghana, his cult following is now spreading across the globe as the local and national scenes in his hometown make headlines around the world.

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The video posted on President’s page is not what we created – Samsal on the GTA-Ayat controversy

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Samsal, the creative agency mentioned by the Ghana Tourism Authority in the midst of the controversy regarding an alleged copyright infringement, has spoken.

According to them, the video they created for the Ghana Tourism Authority is not what has been put out.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the video which the the President and the GTA have put in circulation is not the mood board we created. It contains snippets from the mood board. However, we never authorized the GTA to publish the mood board or any scenes from it. The signed MoU was explicit that our delivery obligations related to the new content which would be financed by the GTA,” they wrote in a press statement.

Samsal noted that the video reel they presented to the GTA (which contains Ayat’s video) and other shots was presented to the authority as a sample they intended to produce for them.

“We put together a video reel (“mood board”) which we showed to the GTA as inspiration and creative direction for the videos we intended to produce during the campaign. The mood board was a mash up of scenes from different videos including the video for Ayat’s “GUDA” and other videos shot by David Nicol-Sey, a fellow creative who we have worked with on several campaigns (and who directed the campaign video for Discovery Bands),” they further stated.

They mentioned that the Ghana Tourism Authority “did not finance the creation of any new work as agreed. Using our own funds, we created our own video (see enclosed) to promote Discovery Bands and submitted to the GTA. The GTA has not posted the Discovery Bands video (which also depicts lovely scenes from from Ghana and which we worked with David Nicol-Sey to shoot) nor has it fulfilled any of its content financing obligations under our MoU.”

The agency expressed surprised at the fact that the mood board they presented to the GTA had been “repurposed and put into circulation” instead of fulfilling its obligations under the MoU by providing them with logistics and budgetary support for the creation of similar content to market Ghana.

Because of this, Samsal has refuted earlier claims by the GTA that their agency authorized the GTA to use Ayat’s video.

Samsal’s name came up after Ghanaian music Kirani Ayat, called out the President, Nana Akufo-Addo and Ministry of Tourism for using elements of his ‘Guda’ video for tourism ad without his consent.

The video which was shared on the President’s social Twitter handle, has scenes from various tourist sites and locations in the country and the President’s voice-over.

After complaining about the copyright gaffe, the Ghana Tourism Authority, the institution that sanctioned the work, released a statement and later said in an interview on Asempa FM that they acquired the video legitimately from Samsal, a creative agency they outsourced the work to.

Some the issue broke a lot of people in the creative space including Sarkodie, have added their voice, pressing on government to compensate Kirani Ayat for using his video without his approval.

Ayat’s ‘Guda’ won the overall Best Video award at the 2019 4syte Music Video Awards.

By: Kwame Dadzie | Ghana Weekend

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Meet MC Desaint, The Young Celebrated Event Host Who Has Been Perking Up Events In Ghana

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The act of Mcing requires that the Master of Ceremony steers the whole affair into a nice and fruitful sequence. The young sensation, MC Desaint does just that. Let us take a peek into his career and get to understand why he is regarded amongst the best in his line of hustle in Ghana.

MC Desaint born, Isaac Kwafo Djan hails from the Eastern Region but resides in Labadi in the Greater Accra Region. He had his basic education at La Experimental School, Abeka Motorway 2 Jhs and Aquinas Senior High School for high school.

After high school, MC Desaint found it joyous to master ceremonies. He did not know how to begin with until one Mr Prince Owusu Ansah, CEO of Prinlive Fashion School, then his advisor and boss motivated him to start since he finds it in him. He then pushed him to it by giving him the opportunity to host his school’s first graduation ceremony (first gig).

MC Desaint has hosted over 600 events, both corporate and social. Amongst them is, “3 Music Abeka Homowo Festival Jam 2022” and several other big stages.

What makes MC Desaint exclusive from all other MCs in Ghana is that he is agile on the microphone, eloquent, articulate, jovial and very passionate about his craft. He makes every event he is on lit because he spits literary flames.

MC Desaint see himself in the near future as as a presidential MC and gearing towards all the big stages both locally and internationally.

Follow or book MC Desaint on the following social media fora;

Instagram: @mcdesaint

Facebook: @Isaac Djan

Facebook Page: MC Desaint

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