FULL LIST: 2015 4syte TV Music Awards Nominations

FULL LIST: 2015 4syte TV Music Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 2015 4syte TV Music Awards were announced on Friday night.
 Here is the full list of nominations
Best Collaboration Video
Edem ft. MI – Delilah
Stonebwoy ft Mzvee – Come over
Shatta Wale ft Patoranking – Romantic
Stonebwoy ft Patoranking – Pull Up rmx
Pappy kojo ft Joey B – Realer no
R2Bees ft Davido – Gboza
Sarkodie ft Aka, Burna Boy – Special Someone
Best Directed Video
D Black – Setewa
EL- Shelele
Stonebwoy – Pull Up rmx
4X4 – Roses
Edem – Delilah
C-Real – Shine
Fuse ODG – Only
Sarkodie – Special Someone
Best Male Video
Edem ft Raquel – Girlfriend EL – Shelele
KK Fosu – Panin De panin
M.anifest – Forget them
Guru – Pooley Swag
Omar Sterling – Nineteen ninety
Flowking Stone – Too Strong
Samini – Money biz
Bisa Kdei – Mansa
Best Female Video
Tiffany – Forgive
Mzvee ft. Efya – Abofra
Efya – Forgetting Me
Becca – Steady
AK Songstress – Holiday Kaakie – Kumcha
Mzbel – Legelege
Sister Debby – Borla
Eazzy – Burning Love
Best Group Video
VVIP – Skolom
R2Bees – Makoma
Kwamz & Flava – Wo onane no
Keche – Diabetes
Gallaxy – Holla at me
4X4 – Kpagam
Ruff’N’Smooth – Liberian Girl
Best Choreography video
4X4 – Kpagam
VVIP – Skolom
EL – Shelele
Kwamz and Flava – Wo onane no Fuse ODG – Only
Okyeame Kwame – Mere Twen wo
Ruff’N’Smooth – Liberian Girl
Best Special Effect video
Dee Money – Enigma
Chase – Fire
Episode – Avatar
EL – K.W.A.C
C-Real – Shine Sarkodie – Mewu
Best Hiphop Video
Omar Sterling – Nineteen Ninety
Manifest – Forget Them
C-Real – Shine
Criss Waddle – Forgetti Obia
Eno – The Best
Sarkodie – New Guy
EL – K.W.A.C
Kwaw Kese – Yakubu
Edem ft. MI – Delilah
Pappy kojo ft Joey B – Realer no
Best Reggae/Dancehall Video
Shatta Wale – Romantic
Jupitar – Enemies
Episode – Avatar
AK Songstress – Holiday
Stonebwoy – Pull up rmx
Samini – Money biz
Vybrant Faya – Mampi
Best Hiplife Video
4X4 – Kpagam
VVIP – Skolom
Kwaw Kese – Swerdru
Guru – Pooley Swagg
Obrafour – Pimpinaa
Tic Tac – Don’t let your baby go
Tinny – Tiokor
Yaa Pono – Like That
Keche – Diabetes
Best Discovery Video
Kwamz & Flava – Wo onane no
Vybrant Faya – Mampi
Kells – Pokyii
Jeed Rogers – Relate
Pappy Kojo – Realer no
Church why – Jah Jah
Abena Akuaba – Libilibi
Best African Act Video
Iyanya – Oreo
Wizkid – Ojuealegba
Patoranking – My Woman
Kiss Daniel –Woju rmx
Stanley Enow – Johnny
Korede Bello – Godwin
Nico & Vinz – Am I wrong
Best Story Line Video
Tic Tac – Don’t let your baby go
Episode – Avatar
Criss Waddle – P3p33p3
Edem ft. Raquel – Girlfriend
Jupitar – Enemies
Okyeame Kwame – Mere Twen Wo
D Black – Setewaa
C-Real – Shine
Best Edited Video
Sarkodie – New Guy
EL – K.W.A.C
R2Bees – Makoma
VVIP – Skolom
Stonebwoy ft. Mzvee – Come Over
C-Real – Shine
Episode – Avatar
Best Gospel video
Kings Kid – Halleluyah
John Winner – Call Him
Minister Rapture – Baba
Joyce Blessing – Heavy Price
Obaa Christy – Hye Bre Sisafo
Francis Amo – Ngooba Preachers –
Best Hi-Life Video
Bisa Kdei – Mansa
Ephraim – Lom nava
KK Fosu – Panin De panin
Criss Waddle – P3p33p3
R2bees – Lobi
Cartel Big J – Mafiwo
Choir Master – Obsession
Muzic Super
Most Popular Video
Sarkodie – New Guy
4X4 – Roses
R2Bees – Makoma
VVIP – Skolom
EL – Shelele
Criss Waddle – Forgetti Obia
Gasmilla – Telemo
Vybrant Faya – Mampi
Stonebwoy – Pull Up rmx
Jupitar – Enemies
Pappy Kojo – Ay3 Late
Kwaw Kese – Yakubu
Guru – Pooley Swag
Best Photograghy Video
R2bees – Lobi
EL – K.W.A.C
Shatta Wale ft. Patoranking – Romantic
Stonebwoy ft Mzvee – Come Over
D Black – Setewa
Sarkodie ft. Aka – Special Someone
Fuse ODG – Only
M.anifest – Forget them
Most Influential Artiste
Fuse ODG EL
Guru
Vvip
Sarkodie
Shatta Wale
R2Bees
Stonebwoy
Full Nomination list for the 2015 Ghana Underground Music Awards

Full Nomination list for the 2015 Ghana Underground Music Awards

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– King Of Accra
– Capasta
– Frank Guy
– Kingzkid
– DI Green
– 1 cedi
– King Jerry

BEST HIP POP ARTIST
– 1 Cedi
– Kenzie
– King Of Accra
– Mingle
– Venny
– YRS JERZY
– Kofi Lil
– Mista Mac
– G. Ranks
– Warnin Gee
– Knuckles
– Kobby
– Zerben

BEST RnB / POP ARTIST
– Queiku Knicklez
– Teddy Made It
– Krizick

LYRICIST OF THE YEAR
– Dee West
– G. Ranks
– Kenzie
– Warnin Gee
– Zerben

BEST SONG WRITER
– VoizOut
– BiQo Music
– Frank Guy

BEST DANCEHALL ARTIST
– Rhymes Beenie
– Frank Guy
– Sly Ganyo
– Nana Ranking
– kwalisa
– Seek Jah
– Rapogeez

BEST RAPPER
– Kobby
– Jay B
– Kenzie
– Warnin Gee
– G Ranks
– F.K
– Mingle
– Tenkorang
– M.I.C
– D.Drizz
– Zerben

BEST HIP LIFE ARTIST
– Vilawoe
– Fullpage
– Nii Funny
– Freezoo
– King Jerry
– Black Kat
– D.Drizz
– Akan
– Phame
– Alan Cash
– N.A
– Joe Creme

BEST REGGAE ARTIST
– Frank Guy
– Shanna
– JahReal
– Kay Tee
– DI Green

BEST CHISTIAN HIP HOP / RAP ARTIST
– Dee West
– Patrick Asofo
– Kingzkid

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
– itz CJ
– King One
– Dee Switch
– Wenzy
– King Of Accra
– Jaylush
– Dze Boss Tunez
– Pynsche Onez
– Short
– Get Busy Ent.

BEST UNDERGROUND MUSIC PROMOTER
– Dj Von
– Alfred Aborga
– Dj Burn Da HitMaker
– Big Nash Promotions
– CD Thompson
– Elorm Beenie

BEST DJ
– Dj Stora
– Dj Axzy
– Dj Von
– Dj Naughty Fingers
– Dj Phlech

BEST WEBSITE FOR UNDERGROUND ARTIST
– Loud Sound Gh
– Awo Ghana
– Gh Entertainers
– Show Time Ghana
– Mframa.com
– Owia Music
– GOA Live
– Afia English
– Urban Roll
– Gh Xclusive
– GhNdwom
– Vlixs
– Gh Joy
– Ordio App
– NanaKesse.com
– Tunez Gh

Is Hakeem Lyon the son of Jay-Z in real life???

Is Hakeem Lyon the son of Jay-Z in real life???

Hakeem or Hakeem Lyon as we know him from the hit television series Empire that most Ghanaian youth seems to love so much is allegedly the biological son of Jay-Z also known as Sean Carter.

 

There has been reports that DNA analysis have been released confirming that Hakeem Lyon Bryshere Y. Gray who plays Hakeem Lyon in the famous hit show Empire is actually the biological son of rap mogul Jay-Z.

The news didn’t feature as too much of a surprise to many as the rapper’s dalliances are well accounted for. However, it does raise the suspicion as whether or not Bryshere will inherit “The Rock” from his estranged father.

Jay-Z also proudly acknowledged on a radio interview that he is infact ‘Hakeem’s’ father saying: “Yea that’s Blue Ivy’s big brother, can’t you tell that’s my genes that gave him his skills. I am proud of my son I might sign him to Roc Nation if it makes sense.”

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Bryshere’s mother “Donut” Shannon Bryshere was among Jay-Z’s “ghetto flowers” back in the day when he was selling drug to make it in his musical career.

The two separated after “Donut” took the fall for Jay-Z for a drug charge to keep him from going to jail. Little did Shannon know that at the time she was pregnant with Jay-Z’s child.
What a coincidence, Bryshere’s biological parents’ story is just similar to “Hakeem’s” parent’s background story in Empire.
This news may come as a shock to many but true or not!!! In the meantime we are gonna enjoy our Empire season 2. #Lol

Yofi Wood//vivaghana

Top 10 Ghanaian Musicians Who Changed Their Name & What Happened after

Top 10 Ghanaian Musicians Who Changed Their Name & What Happened after

Change is the only constant in life and we can’t run away from it.

There’s a saying that you can’t do the same things and expect different results so obviously if something isn’t going well, you have to change it.

There are times we also change things about us because we do not believe in them again or because our philosophy has changed.

These musicians started off with a stage name and over time, decided to re-brand by changing their name. For whatever reason they gave, they were at a certain point in their careers be it good or bad and we look at the impact their name change has had on them after they did it.

Therefore without further ado, below are 10 Ghanaian musicians who changed their names and it’s effect on their careers.

Batman to Batman Samini to Samini

He started off with Batman and later changed to Batman Samini until he finally settled on Samini. For the Batman his reason was that people were calling him Batty and that name means something different in Jamaica which he doesn’t want associated with him. He further said he decided on Samini because it’s his name and he wants to be different. After his name change, he’s done well, he’s stayed relevant, won awards, played high profile shows, opened his own pub and club and he seems to be winning.

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Ayibge Edem to Edem

He started off with Ayigbe Edem and after his first album, decided to change to Edem. His reason was that the word ayigbe is derogatory. He is still doing well in the game though his dominance isn’t the same as when he dropped his first album.

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Jane Awindor/Jane to Efya

Efya was known as Jane Awindor or Jane when she came out of the Stars of The Future talent show. She later changed her name to Efya and she’s been winning since. She’s achieved more, not only with her music but with her brand as well.

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Lazzy to Zeal

For years we’ve known him as Lazzy of VIP. We are not sure what motivated the name change but he decided to drop Lazzy for Zeal. Now with VVIP and they are still standing tall.

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Bandana to Shatta Wale

Bandana was his name when he joined mainstream music. After his first album, he went underground and later emerged as Shatta Wale. He didn’t only change the name but his demeanor as well. Bandana was a calm, respective, humble person whiles Shatta Wale is an arrogant, no-nonsense, abusive person. He’s  done more with Shatta Wale than with Bandana so we can say that the name change has helped him.

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Christiana Love to Obaapa Christy

She was known as Christiana Love but after her divorce from her then husband, she changed to Obaapa Christy. It was understandable because LOVE is her husbands name. Her career hasn’t been the same after her divorce and her name change hasn’t done much to help her either.

obaapa christy

Gogomi to Mugeez

He was known as Gogomi when he started. He was featured on Samini’s first album and was with Samini for a while before joining forces with his cousin Paedae to start R2Bees. He then started using his real name Mugeez which has paid off. Mugeez is now a brand that we all associate with. He’s done and won it all after changing his name and joining R2Bees.

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Old Solja to Asa Khalifa

He was known as Old Solja and he wasn’t like the biggest artiste out there. His name change is just a reflection of his real name, Abu-Bakr Saadiq Abdul Karim Khalifa which he has abbreviated to Asa Khalifa. According to him, he didn’t change his name for showbiz. We wait to see how his name change affects his brand and dominance.

old solja

Papa Virus/PV – Wutah Afriyie – Afriyie

He was part of the group WUTAH. They made so much progress and were one of the biggest acts in their time. For some reason, they decided to go their separate ways. After their separation, he became known as Wutah Afriyie, obviously to associate with the brand and gain grounds. He later dropped the Wutah and became simply known as Afriyie.

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Tiffany to Itz Tiffany

She was known as Tiffany but along the line decided to add Itz to the name, making it Itz Tiffany. According to her, she changed or added the Itz to her name because Tiffany wasn’t internet friendly. It makes a lot of sense though, however, she hasn’t been that dominating as she was before the name change. If anything at all, she’s been in one controversy or the other after the name change.

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Credit: OMGGhana

5 things Ghanaians love about Nigerians

5 things Ghanaians love about Nigerians

Despite the fact that Ghanaians in general have been fighting with Nigerians at every given chance, there are some thing, despite very few, that we love about our not-so-friendly neighbours.

Sure Nigerians would claim to have the better version of jollof, a fallacy totally disproved, and even be deluded that they play better football (another fallacy as proved by the latest FIFA ranking) but there are some things we as Ghanaians undoubtedly love about Nigerians.

Here are 5 of the few things Ghanaians love about Nigerians.

1. NIGERIAN MUSIC

Ghana-Meets-NaijaIf there’s anything that will bring together Ghanaians and Nigerians in a peaceful setting, it has to be the music. Whereas our Nigerian brothers have for years shown love to VIP (now VVIP) etc, Ghanaians have uncontrollably accepted Nigerian music wholeheartedly for years, even to a point of sidelining the locals acts.

READ : 6 Ghanaian Music Collaborations That Always Work Better

Trust me, I know some people who prefer Davido or any of the Mavins over D Black any day. (To be fair, that’s not much of a comparison).

2. NIGERIAN FOOD

To be totally frank and make it clear, Ghanaians hate Nigerian Jollof just as anyone who understands the sacred nature of the meal should (and we have good reasons to); but there are some native Nigerian foods that we do appreciate.

Eba, Party Rice, Ankara, the banga soup and ewa are a few of these.

3. NIGERIAN DANCE

We all know that Nigerians did copy the Azonto dance and rebranded it as Alingo. But you can’t hate them for that when they have done a better job at it.

Nigerian dance may not totally be unique but it is a really good and invigorating one. And who doesn’t like some good exercise

4. NIGERIAN COMEDY

loud1Another classic case where Ghanaians totally abandon local comics for Nigerian counterparts. MTN Ghana started this when they decided to headline consecutive editions of the “A Night Of…Laughs & Music” with Nigerian comedians like Basketmouth, Bovi etc.

And to be fair and honest, Nigerian comics are way better than the Ghanaian ones.

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5. NIGERIAN WRITERS

Need I say more? Haven’t you as a Ghanaian student been forced to read Things Fall Apart byChinua Achebe?

READ  6 Ghanaian Music Collaborations That Always Work Better

Or you didn’t love any of Chimamanda Adichie’s book? For a country boasting of a Nobel Laureate, Man Booker Prize and Women’s Prize for Fiction winners, and more Caine Prize recipients than any other African countries – Nigerians are truly masters of the written word.


 

Did I miss anything essential? Use the comment box below to let me know. Also do share with your friends to let them know what to appreciate Nigerians for as they celebrate 55 years of independence.

credit: Sena Quashie/ iGhanaian.com

Balancing the controversies; An open letter to Sarkodie

Balancing the controversies; An open letter to Sarkodie

Dear Michael Owusu Addo, I write you this open letter as your mentee from afar with mixed feelings in order to balance the controversies at hand surrounding your music life. Recent media reports concerning your conducts have got the streets talking about your way of life as the most shinning star of Ghana music which mostly augur badly for your public reputation. And it is a great honour to present to you a fair, balanced and accurate argument which is intended to help you forge ahead with your plans to go higher in rap music. However, as the saying goes “rumour is a great traveller,” Sarkodie’s perceived real life is practically influenced by rumours which are sometimes frivolous in nature.

Also, Sarkodie being the CEO of Sarkcess Music who is still fresh as paint, graceful as a swan and green as grass has steadily ascended the hierarchy of rap music in Ghana and Africa at large in less than a decade. So it is very usual in our Ghanaian setting to hear and see people trying to pull him down (PhD) in diverse ways either out of envy or mischief. Oh my goodness, rash remarks being made about the Rapperholic by both fans and critics are premised on the belief that he is becoming arrogant! Well, everyone is entitled to his or her opinions but facts rule the game of controversy all the time.

Mr. Sarkodie, I personally perceive you as an affable young man who remains the human who inspires me most today; so you can’t afford to allow such issues to drag your passion for rap music to a low ebb. But please remember that there is an iota of truth in every rumour and you are just a mortal. Again, I urge you to remain resolute in a striking line from your infamous “Free Press” track which goes: “… All I have is my fans and the flows on the beat…” But to be fair enough, I believe you have certain shortcomings which need to be addressed consciously.

Big bro, you are getting bigger than your real being which sometimes compel you to reject painful advice given you by ordinary mortals. Yes, you are not above pruning as the great tree of our evolving Hiplife music. Again, I charge you to work towards earning an incorruptible title in our Ghanaian society by championing any worthy cause in society on purpose which you would be entirely credited with. Obidiponbidi, grabbing a Grammy is an absolute possibility as long as you operate in the grace of God!

Allan Buah/vivaghana.com