Saturday, 25 August 2012

BACK IN THE DAYS Concert on September 21st

The 90’s witnessed a vibrant renaissance in the Ghanaian music industry with the advent of the Hiplife music genre, and with it came a pulsating youth culture that caught a silent nation by storm.

As with most music genres however, as the years went by, the sound evolved, the music changed and the musicians of the Golden Era either changed with the music or faded away with the years.

More than a decade down the line however, Empire Entertainment ,led by ace entertainment personality, Bola Ray, - himself a major player during the golden era of Hiplife- in collaboration with MediaGH, are bringing back the “good ol days” with the “BACK IN THE DAYS” Concert.

Set for the 21st of September,2012 at the DOME of the Accra International Conference Centre, the “BACK IN THE DAYS” concert is going to be an annual affair which seeks to bring back to life and celebrate the great music of the past decades and the artistes and sound engineers who made it possible.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Crazy Moments @ Glitz Africa Fashion Week

Events come and go with the itch to recollect, 'what did I miss out?'
I was at the Glitz Africa Fashion Week which was held at the Accra International Conference Centre from the 17th to 19th August. It was glamorous and fun. There were crazy moments on that stage and these I bring to you.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Nadia Buari is human and not spirit

My dear Nadia,

I guess last week Friday, the 3rd of August, at the Holiday Inn Hotel in the heart of Accra, will be noted in your dairy as ‘bad Friday’, where you were invited as the maiden recipient of the Showbiz Honours to share your experience with us.

Nadia, I love you, Ghanaians love you, and the world at large loves you. I cannot forget how you premiered on Ghanaian national television with the TV series Games People Play in late 2005, then your first major film Mummy's Daughter followed, after which you stunned us with a beautiful performance in Beyonce.

You are an exceptional actress, an incomparable lady who understands the business of acting, so I will praise your prowess. I am not going to cast a stone at you for just being nervous on a big stage where your colleagues in the acting world from Yvonne Okoro, Kwaku Sintim Misa, Pascaline Edwards, Ekow Smith Asante, and the invited guest from Nigeria, et al, were all present. The journalists were watching, but that’s okay.

Before I give a tip of what happened on that night, I must note that stage fright is one scenario I will not even want to wish my greatest enemy to go through. Also, I must advise that proper rehearsals on speech delivery should be done by whosoever will be called upon to share a glimpse of what he or she has done before. Nadia Buari fell short of the night when she was asked to come up on stage and deliver a short speech in appraisal to what she benefited from her past reign; then all hell let loosed when our own dearest ‘Beyonce’ got tensed and fumbled. She started on a good note, and then a blip ended her speech.

I sometimes get nervous and comport myself, but my dear Nadia Buari failed to apply comportment, leaving all the faces in the building stunned as to what might have come over the same ‘star’ actress they see rattle lines in top notch movies. Then from where I was sitting, I must confess that I almost concluded that her ability in get this far may have been a fluke; but who am I to judge knowing full well that acting is certainly not the same as standing in front of live audience? We all fall short on the way and sometimes on bigger platform, but our ability to get up and continue the journey which she did, matters a lot. At least somehow she finished reading and then managed to find her way back to her seat.

What happened inside the hall was glaring, but what happened in the washroom wasn’t; here is what happened, out of disappointment, went to the washroom to shed tears. Then your manager tried consoling you before Pascaline Edward joined in the consolation. My dear, you are human so sobbing like the wailing wailers, to ease the pain of disappointing your fans, is just normal.

I will not want to say that the College who stood their grounds in awarding you last year did harm, because you have impressed us for over five years, you have had that public appeal, you are a great personality who has acquired the needed star power. Your professional nominations, awards and achievements both locally and internationally are a sign of your professionalism, dynamism and skill.

Before I drop, I will want to appeal to you, and all other celebrities that to overcome anxiety in public speaking, you must write out your speech word for word only if you think you need to; speak from the outline rather than reading the speech word for word. Practice! Practice! Practice! Please Nadia and other celebrities, practice your speech ahead of time, because we noticed that you had not rehearsed. Tolerate, and learn to live with, some degree of nervousness. Look just above your audience members’ heads. If making direct eye contact with your audience heightens your level of anxiety, then don’t do it. It’s as simple as ABC.

I have chosen to go this conventional in talking to you, telling the world of the ‘super star’ you are. So anyone who has not been nervous before, should throw the first stone, therefore, I feel they should understand that you are human and not spirit, so mistakes can occur. I will say kudos to Emklan Entertainment for the initiative of successfully putting up the second edition of the annual Showbiz Honours Festival, and as well for passing the baton to Stephen Appiah. ***

How bad do celebrities want stardom in GhanaB?

Baby Blanche posed nak** in Socrate Sarfo's AMEN
One popular song has a segment of its lines as, ‘how much do you want it the fame, the money and the ice?’, and permit me to use this lines as we go down together in resolving this menace that is eating deep like cankerworm into the hearts of our movie directors and budding acts - that’s NUDITY for stardom!

Well, it is an undeniable fact that nudity now is watched on our televisions week in, week out. Seduction isn’t a faraway art that most of our budding acts apply to get roles in movies, and this saddens my heart. Let me chip in this, that a woman is first and foremost valuable because she is made in God’s image; and her unfading beauty comes from a gentle and quiet spirit; so the question arises, why must these budding acts evoke destruction?

I have spoken a lot, I have fought, and I guess my clarion call is falling on blurred ears. I am not writing this piece to either create a stunt for whoever is sitting in his or her Jacuzzi, probably relaxing and counting his blessings as a director, either am I going to lambaste and lampoon acts which seem obnoxious, put up by any budding star in the making who cannot protect his or her ego in this industry; pardon me for my grammar, I no be Hon. Patrick Obahiagbong.

I will not hide my disgust feelings at what has been making news across Ghana in the past few days. I may be lashed over names calling, but who cares, se no be me get my mouth to talk? If these acts were discreet I wouldn’t have the guts to bitterly talk about them. Pardon me to open an old can of worm, whilst I make this clear and brief as possible, there was a point when it was all about Raquel and her ‘free show’, which came, saw and did it conquer? Then Angela Tabiri, who exposed everything gbagaaam, shifting blames on her boyfriend, then all sorts of flimsy stories crept out.

Now, let me touch on the recent ‘Socrate Sarfo’s Syndrome’, which he builds publicity through nudity. Oga me which levels na? Must you stoop so low in punching your artistic abilities via ridiculing the integrity of these budding acts? I have seen the trailer of your new piece, AMEN, and then I got to see some of your still photographs, permit me to ask you this again, Oga me which levels na?

If I am clear on this, Socrate Sarfo allegedly went to the extent of wanting to bribe a journalist from making the nude photographs public, se na wo soro die amansan be kan? Then I ask again, ‘how much do you want it the fame, the money and the ice?’ For how much did George Berthou and Baby Blanche had to go ‘gaga’ on the set on AMEN? How much do you intend to gain from this blasphemy?

Our celebrities, especially the female once in Ghana, Africa and the world, must know that the vision of bringing back the vision of womanhood is a glorious one. In a world that frowns on femininity, that minimizes motherhood, and that belittles the beauty of being a true lady, then the ball is in your court to uphold the purity, contentment enthusiasm and heritage of bliss.

And to Socrate Sarfo, how much do you want the fame, the money and the ice? At what price and sacrifice would you pay the cost to be the boss of luring ‘na├»ve’ actors and actresses to stardom? ***

Becca uses Twitter to ask for Fan's assistance

Becca's tweet

Becca is set to release her second album titled, TIME 4 ME.

With already buzzing songs to her credit, the songstress is set for another hit album with songs like Naked I Came, Chuku-Chuka, African woman, Etisen, Odo Wai, No Away ft M.I, Masukomo, Forever, Da Ke Da, Bad man Bad girl ft Tuface, Fire (remix version) ft Samini, Follow the Leader, and Bump it up, among others.

But one problem that is standing tall is the choice of which album cover should be used for Rebecca Acheampong.

Via her twitter account @beccafrica, the EKB signee has expressed that she will like to get some help from her numerous fans on which art work to use.

Below are the different covers which have been bugging the beautiful sister, so you can join in choosing. Send all your choices to @beccafrica or

 The ball is in your court now, let's go choosing...!