Renowned Canadian Producer “crazy” over R2Bees hit song Life (Walaahi)

 

Canada based Argentine Music Producer, Maxxmillz

Canada based Argentine Music Producer, Maxxmillz

Canada based Argentine Music Producer, Maxxmillz a.k.a. Millzallah has hailed Ghana‘s unique Hiplife music genre expressing interest in working with more Hiplife Artistes.

He made this revelation in an exclusive interview with Danny Warren and DJ Marvin on the maiden edition of ‘The Freeway Hotspot’ on Accra based radio station X FM .

On his impressions about African music, he stated, “l like that little bit of African touch and beats” that is incorporated in the African Dancehall – like tunes.

Even though he has not explored so much about Hiplife, Millzallah admitted being so fascinated with R2Bees hit song ‘Life (Walaahi)’ which has been nominated for Hiplife Song of the Year in the upcoming Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

Born in Argentina and raised in Canada, Maxxmillz was influenced largely by sound and rhythm which led to his first original production at the age of 14. Since then he has produced and engineered for independent record labels from the United Kingdom, Poland, Ghana, Canada, Cuba, Argentina and the United States.

Millz distinguishes his Latin roots as affording him the privilege  of natural rhythm which grew into a unique appreciation for all varieties of quality sound.

Story by: David Apinga /XfmNewscenter

 

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EAZZY TO ROCK KUMASI IN AUGUST

 

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Ghanaian Hiplife artiste, Mildred Ashong popularly known in showbiz as Eazzy has promised to light up Kumasi in her first ever show to be staged in the Garden City after her eviction from the ongoing BBA Stargame.

She disclosed in an interview with Edem Kobby Mathias (Kobby Drill) on Focus fm that she will surprise her fans in Kumasi with sterling performances in the upcoming event dubbed ‘Girls Girls Party’ at the KNUST Poolside.

“One of the songs which I am going to perform in Kumasi which I haven’t done before will definitely be ‘Rock This Party’ which has Kwaw Kesse on it,” She added.

The ‘Go Go Wind’ hitmaker will also have a close encounter with fans and she intimated that “it’s not about the performance and leaving but spending time with them [fans] and I’m sure we are going to chill together”.

Responding to a question about the little Reggae flavour in her hit singles ‘Go Go Wind’ and ‘Rock This Party’, the former first lady of Lynx Entertainment said she believes in versatility and dynamism.

“I like to explore new things and dare myself with different genres. It is basically to show the world that Eazzy is not joking, I am learning and maturing in the music industry”.

The event is scheduled for August 18, 2012 and being organized by CH Productions.

 

Story by David Apinga, Focus fm, Kumasi

 

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GHANA MEETS NAIJA TO BE HELD IN LONDON AND NEW YORK

The Ghana Meets Naija Concert which is gradually establishing itself as one of the biggest concerts in West Africa will soon transcend the boundaries of Africa.

After successfully hosting the second edition, Empire Entertainment, the brainchild and organizers of the event have disclosed that preparations are being finalised for series of concerts which will be held this year.

The upcoming editions of Ghana Meets Naija will take place this year in London and New York on August 26 and September 1 respectively.

Chief Executive Officer of Empire Entertainment, Kwabena Anokye Adisi, popularly known as Bola Ray, disclosed this during an interview with Edem Kobby Mathias (Kobby Drill) on Focus fm and also noted that, “we [Empire Entertainment] are going full force, well prepared, they have realized the second edition has been awesome”.

Bola Ray also pointed out that Ghana and Nigeria has a lot in common and the programme is aimed at creating a common platform to unify the two countries through music.

On the issue of the GHS 10,000 paid to Kwaw Kesse for his performance at the just ended edition, the C.E.O. believes it was well deserved and any other Ghanaian artiste worth his/her field should be paid accordingly.

“we should begin to recognize talent; we should begin to appreciate talent and that is what will take them places” he counselled.

Bola Ray also revealed that his outfit will try to explore opportunities in the future that will broaden the horizon for top Francophone Artistes through Anglophone versus Francophone shows.

Story by David Apinga, Focus fm, KNUST, Kumasi

PROFANITY IS DUE TO LACK OF CREATIVITY – OKYEAME KWAME

Award winning artiste and C.E.O. of One Mic Entertainment, Okyeame Kwame has stated that the use of bad language in Ghanaian music can be attributed to the lack or inadequate ability of musicians to imagine and develop new or innovative ideas in an artistic context.

This came to light in an interview with Kwame Poku (Scientific) of Focus fm, a Kumasi based radio station Saturday July 30.

The 2009 Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the year said, “it is lack of ideas that make people sing profane songs or say unnecessary things in their music.”

The Ghanaian Rapper who graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) having completed a four-year degree programme in Akan and Sociology has declared his intentions of using his knowledge in linguistics and communication to help nation building by setting good examples for upcoming musicians to emulate.

“By putting out the effect of the degree in my songs a lot of the youth are going to sharpen their skills and follow suit,” he added.

According to the three time Channel O Music Video Award nominee, musicians must be dynamic to keep to the ever changing music industry. He believes musicians should also portray Ghanaian values and culture in their songs.

He is yet to release his newest album titled The Clinic which contains hit singles like Faithful and Holla at You. The launch is due any time soon and promises to give fans a taste of his maturity.

 

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

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Fat women are good performers – CEO, Excel Productions

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plus full figured women

The Chief Executive Officer of Excel Productions , Nana Akua Boakye  has advised  the general public to change the erroneous perception they have about plump ladies and rather encourage them to be confident and courageous.

Excel Productions are the organisers of the Miss Excel Pageant show, a reality show designed for women who are fat.

In an interview with Kwame Poku (Scientific) of Focus fm, a Kumasi based radio station Saturday July 9, Nana Akua shared the thought that, ‘plus full figured  size’ as she prefers to call it, is the stature of most African women and the pessimistic views about such women being lazy, not clever and poor performers in bed are very wrong.

“We the plus size full figured women are trying to advertise ourselves because the perception about what people think about us is very bad. They say we are lazy, not clever and cannot even perform in bed”.

“This is not true; it is a lie,” Nana Akua lamented.

According to the manageress, the reality show is not to encourage women to put on weight and be fat but rather aims at encouraging plus size women to exercise and maintain their body mass index as well as keeping a healthy beautiful physique.

“It is a reality show where they will be camped for three months because of their sizes. We want them to return home looking healthy with a nice figure,” she added.

The Executive Officer of Excel Productions is therefore calling for the empowerment of full figured women, whom she thinks have been relegated to the background to help them contribute their quota to the society.

She said she wants the full figured woman to also come up and showcase that they have something in them.

“We are clever; a look at the prominent women in society will testify to this. The wives of chiefs are all full figured and plus sized women. So we are telling people of Ghana and Africa that a plus size woman should not be under rated.”

-David Apinga, Focus fm, KNUST, Kumasi

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P Diddy ousts Jay Z to become richest hip-hop artist

P. Diddy has been crowned the wealthiest artist in hip-hop, with a fortune of $475 million.

The ‘Hello Good Morning’ rapper beat Jay-Z – who has an estimated wealth of $450 million – to claim the top spot in a list compiled by Forbes magazine.

The rapper and producer’s wealth is fuelled by his Sean John clothing brand, Bad Boy Worldwide record label and his vodka brand Ciroc – a joint venture with drinks brand Diageo – which generates his largest profit.

Diddy – who has humble roots – recently splashed out on his son, Justin, buying him a £250,000 limousine for becoming an Honours student, but insists none of his seven children are spoiled by wealth.

He said: “Justin has turned himself around so I wanted to treat him. Maybe he will use the car for special occasions like on a first date, but like all my kids, he prefers the simpler things than the expensive things. Simple tastes.”

Although Diddy has the most accumulated wealth, Jay-Z was the highest earning hip-hop star of 2010, making some $63 million – more than double the $30 million taken by Diddy.

Jay-Z’s accumulated wealth is from his 50 million album sales, tour revenue, 40/40 nightclub chain and a stake in the Basketball team New Jersey Nets.

Third on the list was producer Dr. Dre, with $125 million, although his net worth is expected to increase when he makes a comeback this year.

In joint fourth and fifth place are rapper and entrepreneur 50 Cent, and Bryan Birdman’ Williams, the founder of hip-hop label Cash Money records, who are worth some $100 million each.

Forbes Magazine’s five wealthiest artists:

1.      P. Diddy
2.      Jay-Z
3.      Dr. Dre
4.      = 50 Cent
5.      = Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams

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Grammy Awards History: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Music’s Biggest Award Show

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Since being given away at its first awards ceremony in 1958, the Grammy has been the pre-eminent prize bestowed by the US music industry, and the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, once again promises to be a gala steeped in emotion, surprises and unique performances. Accordingly, i present to you my wide-ranging Grammys guide, containing facts, factoids and factual oddities that all add up to a step-by-step history of the Grammy Awards.

 

Originally known as the Gramophone Awards, the Grammys were established in 1958, with just 22 categories.

The “Big Four” Grammy Awards are for Album, Song, Record and Best New Artist of the Year.

Besides the “general” field of the top honors, there are typically about 30 other fields each year, broken down by genre (pop, rock, country, Latin, etc.). More than 100 Grammys are awarded each year, most of them before the televised ceremony.

Song of the Year is awarded to the writer or co-writers of the year’s outstanding song. Record of the Year goes to the best song recording of the year; recipients are the performer and producers. The two can be, and often are, mutually exclusive.

Grammy voters are the members of NARAS: the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – more than 20,000 musicians, producers, engineers and other music-industry professionals based in the US.

Record companies and individual performers are welcome to submit their own recordings for consideration. A special panel of NARAS members starts the nomination process by determining whether each submission is eligible.

The release-date eligibility period for a given year’s awards can change slightly from year to year. The eligibility period for the last awards show, the 52nd annual, in January 2010, was from Oct. 1, 2008 until Aug. 31, 2009. The period covered by the current 53rd Grammy Awards is from Sept. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010.

U2 have had songs from their album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ nominated in three consecutive years (2001-’03). The ‘Beautiful Day’ single, which won three Grammys in 2001, was released in advance of the album, in September 2000. The album was released a month later, making it eligible for the 2002 Grammys (where it won four awards). The song ‘Walk On’ was nominated a year after that for the version featured on the ‘America: A Tribute to Heroes’ compilation.

There are 12 NARAS chapters in the US, in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Florida, Texas, the Northwest region and Washington, DC.

Nominees are the five biggest vote-getters in each category in the initial round of voting. NARAS members cast their ballots for the Big Four and in nine other fields, according to their areas of expertise.

On the final ballot, NARAS members vote for one nominee in each of the general (Big Four) fields and no more than eight others, according to their expertise.

Classical conductor Sir Georg Solti holds the record with 31 personal Grammy awards. Producer Quincy Jones is second with 27.

Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss has won 27 Grammy awards, the most for a female performer. After opera singer Leontyne Price’s 19 wins, Aretha Franklin is third with 18. Beyoncé has 16.

The late classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz won 25 Grammys, most for a male performer. Stevie Wonder is second with 22, the most for a pop artist. Bruce Springsteen, soundtrack composer Henry Mancini and country’s Vince Gill are tied for third with 20 apiece.

Both Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney have 13 Grammy awards, good only for ninth place on the all-time list.

Michael Jackson shares the record with Santana for most Grammy awards (eight) won in a single night.

U2 have by far the most Grammy awards of any group (22). The Beatles are tied for fourth with Santana, Metallica and Take 6, all with eight apiece.

Christopher Cross is the only artist ever to sweep the Big Four categories in a single year. No other artist has won awards in all four categories.

Santana’s ‘Supernatural’ and U2’s ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’ share the record for most Grammys won by a single album, with nine apiece.

Polka bandleader Jimmy Sturr won 18 of the 24 Best Polka Album Grammys handed out between 1985, when the award was created, and 2009, when it was discontinued.

A NARAS committee reviews proposals to change Grammy categories each year.

Quincy Jones has the most total nominations of all time, with 79. Husband-and-wife Jay-Z and Beyoncé are tied for fourth, with 42 nominations apiece.

R&B singer Brian McKnight holds the dubious record of most nominations without winning, with 16.

In 1960, comedian Bob Newhart won in both the Album of the Year and Best New Artist categories.

Elvis Presley has won just three Grammy awards, all for gospel recordings. He did, however, win a Lifetime Achievement award – at age 36.

Milli Vanilli were the only act to have a Grammy award (for Best New Artist) taken away.

Sinéad O’Connor is the only artist to refuse a Grammy.

What do the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, the Who, Neil Young, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, the Kinks and Bob Marley have in common? None won a competitive Grammy award. (Most of them have won Grammy Lifetime Achievement awards.)

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Stella Damasus Remembers Late Hubby

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Sultry actress, Stella Damasus, has described 3 December as a date she will never forget in her life. It was the day her former husband, Jaiyejeje Aboderin, bade this world goodbye. Friday last week made it exactly six years that the versatile Jaiye died of cardiac arrest while playing basketball with his friends.

However, Stella, friends and other relatives visited the deceaseds grave at the Victoria Garden Cemetery on that day to pray and also lay the wreaths. Speaking with NollywoodReel on that Friday morning, Stella confirmed that she will live to remember the day Jaiye died.

It was a day I can never forget. Jaiye was more than a husband to me; he was my brother, father and everything, Stella said, adding, Im also planing to immortalise him and that will be during his 10th memorial anniversary in 2014. The late Jaiye had two daughters, Isabel and Angela from Stella
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Justin Bieber Wins 4 American Music Awards

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Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was the leading winner at Sunday’s American Music Awards, capturing four prizes including the award for artist of the year.

The 16-year-old also won the awards for favorite pop album and breakthrough artist at the ceremony in Los Angeles. Bieber’s success continues a string of American Music Awards dominance by teenagers. American singer Taylor Swift won five awards at last year’s show, when she was 19 years old.

This year, Swift won a single award for best female country artist. The other big winners include Eminem and Usher, who each won two awards. Colombian singer Shakira was named best Latin artist. The show included performances by Bieber, Swift, Rihanna and the Black Eyed Peas.

Country music group Lady Antebellum won a single award, despite being nominated in five categories. Other winners include country singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, as well as rock group Muse.

-VOA

Wyclef Jean Preparing To Run For Haitian Presidency

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Wyclef Jean for president?

There are reports that the musician is mulling a run for the top office in Haiti. Reached by phone, Jean told CNN that talk of a campaign is a bit premature as he is still mulling it over.

“I can’t sing forever,” Jean said.

The Canadian publication Le Droit reported over the weekend that Jean would be throwing his hat into the political ring in his native homeland. But Jean told CNN that such reports reflect him being “drafted” but he hasn’t decided for sure yet.

He added that he has filled out the necessary paperwork in case he does decide to move forward with a candidacy. Jean has been an outspoken proponent of Haiti through his Yele Haiti Foundation and was one of the first celebrities to offer aid after the devastating earthquake.

“Wyclef’s commitment to his homeland and its youth is boundless, and he will remain its greatest supporter regardless of whether he is part of the government moving forward,” said a statement released by his foundation.

“At this time, Wyclef Jean has not announced his intent to run for Haitian president. If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately. Please let us know if we can help with anything else.”

-CNN

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