Afro-soul singer and winner of Best Vocalist at the Ghana Music Awards, Adina Thembi continues to etch her shrill and lusty voice on not just the fans but carefully coxing her way into the heart of MTN Hitmaker star, Kidi. Celebrity journalists have described the two ‘lovebirds’ as inseparable as they coupled to produce one of the best songs I’ve previewed so far.
Being an experienced producer with one of Africa’s top urban music house, Lynx Entertainment, Kidi is seen as a talented young singer with a promising future on the African music scene. This year has been great for young upcoming musicians especially Afrobeat artistes as their records get encouraging on-air rotation across Africa and some parts of Europe.
‘Timeless love’ – The song
Something soothing about a young, innocent girl’s delivery on a love song, but Adina isn’t; not arguable. Timeless love was originally sung by Spanish singer and songwriter, Enrique Iglesias – a chart-topping soundtrack ‘Cuando me enamoro’ for the award winning Telenovela ‘Timeless love’. Adina’s voice delivery is just prolific. Key attention to the amazing works on the keyboard as Kidi enters with his doting verse….‘walking to the stars to bring Adina the twilights” Dude got lines.
Adina joins in swearing her hearts out to do anything for Kidi. This is a song for love. In this love song you definitely find fondness of two young people delighted about their feelings for each other and openly expressing it.
If this is just a song, they shouldn’t let it be. I entreat Adina and Kidi to make it real.
Get a taste of the theme song of GHOne TV’s new Telenovela ‘Timeless love’ performed by Adina and Kidi below, and don’t miss this award winning, captivating love story this October on GHOne TV.
Listen to the song below and enjoy!
Ayissi Nga Joseph- Marie, aka “JJ DU STYLE”, a French/Cameroonian fashion designer whose focus is creating very chic street wear has recently released a new collection called “Ova Tété” which you would fall in love with.
This collection is inspired by a Cameroonian slang ‘ova’ which means bigger and noble person. And Tété which refers to chic and bourgeois.
In addition, the word chic here describes the amazing and modern appearance of the clothing. Therefore those who have good taste and know how to well dress are characterized as chic.
Noble and quality materials were used in this collection, including first choice wax (African print) from Senegal or Mali.
He considers this collection as decent, a 10 year advancement in the fashion industry or shameless 5 years in advance. Considering how he prefers to make his designs appear ahead of time due to the constant evolution in the industry.
Check out the collection in the pictures below.
The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) for 2017 (covering the performance year of 2016, I believe) was held on 8 April, 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre. As an avowed old duade who has over the years drifted away from the path of current music trends and the new school genres, some of which I don’t understand and many of whose artistes I don’t know, I do not have the habit of staying up to watch the usually long program that runs into the early hours of the following day, usually not starting on time.
The best I do, in the past years, have been to ‘watch’ the program on Facebook (mostly) and Twitter, following the posts of dedicated members of CAG – Couch Analysts of Ghana, whose witty commentaries from the red carpet moments to the moment when the top award – Artiste of the Year – is awarded, makes for better entertainment than the program instead. Notable members of CAG are Kwame Gyan, Kofi Obirikorang, Andre Jnr, Francis Doku (he is normally off duty on VGMA days as he attends in person and could be relied upon for inside information), Nuerki Ata-Bedu, Lawrencia Elikem Zigah, Prosper Afuti, Kofi Yankey and Ayimadu theDukeofGH.
I was planning to follow the same path this year. Until I checked a WhatsApp message from my friend Kwabena Poku, which indicated that the show would be telecast live on DSTV, which meant Kapokyikyiwofaase the Old Duade could also watch from Amalaman and show fellow Duades like the MP of Facebook South, Hon. Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng, that duades move by sizes.
Predictably, during the build-up to the show, old duades like Rodney and Prof HKP were asking what VGMA meant. Rodney said it stood for ‘Very Good Men Abound’ and Matthew Ayiku wondered if it was a contraceptive. Well, you now know who influenced the new way of pronouncing VGMA. Vagima, is it? These Old Duades will kill me shy! See, the best pitch you can make to an Old Duade, when helping him to understand what the VGMA stands for, is to tell him that it is the ECRAG Awards. ECRAG stands for the Entertainment Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana. At one point, it was ACRAG. More on that later.
For the red carpet session, what first hit me was the Red Sea dress. Then I saw a train, actually lots of trains. Frankly, the trains had it. My humble view was the red train of the Red Sea should have on wheels and a barricade put around it for safety purposes. I loved the fact that most of those questioned on whom they were wearing (apart from themselves) mentioned designers (the old duade terms are tailors and seamstresses) in Kumasi et al. A good showcase of our pride in our own. My best red carpet moment was when Nana Ama McBrown appeared. She comes across to me as so real, someone who takes life easy and makes the most of it, enjoying every moment.
As Elikem the Tailor (shouldn’t it be Designer, as in current-speak or is it bespoke-speak?) and Mundi (yeah, forget that it was my first time of seeing her name) rounded up the red carpet session, it occurred to me that I hadn’t actually seen any red carpet. Many of the CAG members put my intrigue to rest: they indicated that this year, it was decided that one of the red carpet hosts would wear the red carpet.
Then we were cued in for the program itself to start. And, I got my first major disappointment. We lost the feed. For a couple of hours. What a missed opportunity to showcase Ghanaian music to the entire continent and to show we have also arrived. I lost a lot of vim due to that, but how for do? As we waited, the CAG members went back to their previous red carpet posts and expanded them. We needed to keep busy.
Fortunately, the feed was restored and I got back onto my sebitical couch. As you would see as you read on, I didn’t attempt to do a critical assessment of songs and genres and awards. It is clear that I am not qualified. There is a limit to which a duade can act as ‘youthe’ (apologies to the Katanga folks). So I will share a few thoughts of the performances and some reflections from the past, as to how we can improve the industry.
First of all, the program ran for too long. Far too long. Did I hear that this year’s was to be quite efficient? It must have run for at least five hours. We should improve that.
The performances are not well-rounded. These are shows and must be choreographed. The big stage was not fully utilized and many of the performers looked isolated on stage. After the first two or three acts, I admitted, reluctantly, to myself that my time had indeed passed. I couldn’t even catch the words of the songs. Then Becca performed. At least I knew her songs. Then Kinaata got me with his Tadi Fanti. There is something just exotic about Tadi Fanti in song. Naadze naadze. Reason why I still miss TH 4 Kwagees. Okay, you got the duadeness vibe, forgive me.
Charles Amoah and Naa Amanua lifted the game for me. It was clear Charles Amoah rehearsed with the band. Even the band came to live! What energy! Performance! You know what they say about old wine and taste, right? But, in there, I wondered how come our highlife stars seem to have “better” longevity compared to our hiplife stars. Many of our hiplife and new stars just come to pass, as it were.
Stonebwoy was good. Even before I started listening to him, just from his appearance, it was evident Stonebwoy had scripted and rehearsed his act. That’s performance. Even though I didn’t get any of the words he didn’t sing in Ga. Sarkodie was great and I was gladdened by the young ones he sang with; more on that later. My revelation of the evening was the young Kwame Eugene.
From many of the performances, it seemed to me that many of these new artistes sing only in the studios and do not do any further voice training and practice. It shows when they sing outside studios. And they felt uncomfortable or out of sorts on the performance stage. Mastery of the stage is not learnt on big stages. It is learnt on the circuit, and even off stage. Many of our young artistes need to work on their craft. Work it!
On the production itself and the telecast, the visuals and sounds were not synchronized. Felt like an 80s Chinese movie. Was the theme for the stage design inspired by some science fiction cum space travel sort of thing?
The moment when the deceased actors and actresses were remembered was touching. May the departed stars rest in peace.
Charterhouse, the event organisers, seemed to have briefed the presenters of the awards to say “…and the nominees are…” and then the video rolls. They should be told that when you use such a leader in a statement, the subsequent sentence must flow and make sense. Well, the video starts with “…the Vodafone…blah blah…” Not kosher. Next time, if using the same style for videos, the presenters should rather be briefed to ask for the video of nominees to roll, for example, “…shall we now get to know the nominees?”
I stayed up paa, I did. But, in the end, the duadeness of a man cannot be hidden under the bushel. I fell asleep two awards from the ultimate. I woke up about 20 minutes later and made a post of congratulations to Joe Mettle, who made history by being named Artiste of the Year, the first one in the gospel genre.
After all, I could always blame my delayed post on the epileptic nature of Amalaman networks and the dry-season-tv-ness of DSTV.
So I said I would not say anything about the classification of awards but just allow an old duade this one. After all, old age must be respected, no? My friend Andre Jnr brought my mind to the classification of Kinaata’s Confession as highlife. I was confused too, but I took it that the definition of highlife has changed when I wasn’t paying attention. If I were thinking the same as the ‘youthe’ Andre, then perhaps I can safely brag to Hon. Rodney that there are duades and then there are High Duades, anaa?
Back to how old duades would relate to the VGMAs and how we used to experience music awards in the days when we were we, my mind again went to ECRAG and I wondered, again, why we are unable to sustain some of the brilliant nurturing and apprenticeship programs we had in the past. For instance, I am attempting a review by this write-up. In the days of yore, one could rely on the reports of professional critics who had gone through mentoring and training. Indeed, the critics and reviewers were the ones who organised the awards. I remember stalwarts like Uncle Nanabanyin Dadson, under whose tutelage Francis Doku developed. What happened to ECRAG? For sure, we have entertainment writers now but do we have critics and reviewers?
On the subject of apprenticeship, and on my disappointment with the quality of performances, I thought again of how the highlife legends we have today were nurtured by those before them. For instance, Akwasi Ampofo Adjei aka Mr. AAA, Dada Thick, the Shining Star, who passed away in 2004 and is acknowledged as one of the biggest names in Ghana’s highlife genre, trained and mentored similarly big names in Ghana’s music industry today such as Abrantie Amakye Dede, the founder and leader of Apollo High Kings International, Ali Baba of Mahu Odo Anya Shock fame, K. K. Kabobo and Cudjoe, popularly called Papa Shee, who was one of his dancers. Just an example. Nana Ampadu had in his stable many young singers who grew up into their own. The young learnt from the old and then detached to develop their own nests. I am gratified to know that Sarkodie has under his wings some young artistes like Strongman, whose punchline “Mi rap ɛgyina Circle sɛ ashawo” got me blinking twice! This morning, my friend Kobby Blay sent me a link for the Trumpet song and I learnt that Sarkodie featured Medikal, Strongman, Koo Ntakra, Donzy and Pappy Kojo. We need more of those. Apprenticeship of the young under the old.
We must build an industry with collaboration and not beefs, whatever that means.
From my sebitical couch in Amalaman, this has been Kapokyikyiwofaase reporting for the Sikaman News Agency.
Nana Awere Damoah
Co-Founder, DAkpabli & Associates (Publishers)
Tel: +233264339066 (WhatsApp & Voice)
We chanced upon one awesome contemporary Ghanaian fashion brand , Groomincence which focuses on the production of fashion items for men. In an interview with the CEO of the brand, Solomon Boadi , a young graduate of the University of Ghana who is so passionate about fashion he gives us details of what the brand is about and what the world should expect from his brand. Also check out the recently released Groomincence products you would love.
VVGH: What is the Groomincence brand?
GC: It is a clothing company that makes men’s shoes, wallets and clutches.
VVGH : What makes the brand stand out ?
GC: Aside the comeliness and the nth quality of our products, we seek to incite greatness in every one of our clients hence the addition of a pocket-sized card filled with motivational and uplifting inscriptions to steer our clients towards success in their endeavours.
VVGH : What inspired the brand?
GC: Basically, it’s just the love and passion God put in my heart from birth is what sparked the existence of this brand. We’re here on this planet for a reason and not a contingency. So I asked myself in what way could I also make myself relevant to mother earth? Then I realised it is through fashion.
VVGH: What about fashion fascinates you?
GC: Hunger to create and ingenuity are the two things that fascinates me. I enjoy the adventure of having to creatively express your thoughts on a piece of fabric or leather and the hunger to want to bring your creative abilities to enhance the looks of humanity.
VVGH : Which fashion designers do you look up to? Any mentors?
GC: In this social media dispensation of ours, one could have a lot of mentors however I do look up to a couple of people. His royal blackness KKD, Kanye West, KOD, KBA (Brommon) just to mention a few. Also, Kalrya and Akua Kessie are fashion enthusiasts who inspire me.
VVGH: When did you begin designing and why?
GC: I began designing at age 14 right after my junior high school education. I design because I’m passionate about clothing and I’d like to contribute my quota towards the betterment of humanity and I believe my quota can be better expressed through clothing.
VVGH: What is the production process?
GC: From the generation of the idea to its implementation is an adventure on its own. We come up with the idea and put it on paper, get into deliberations and then hit the ‘’oven’’ workshop where the idea on the paper is going to be dressed in a piece of fabric, leather or whatever. Every single product of ours is handcrafted.
VVGH: Target Market?
GC: The average fresher in university is whom we have on our radar as our target. Or goal is to groom them not only in their looks but also in their character hence the positive inscriptions on the card that comes with every product of ours.
VVGH: What are the short term and long term goals?
GC: In order to achieve our long term goals they have been fragmented into short term goals which is to be known in the continent of Africa as the most impactful brand and later in the universe as the most impactful clothing brand.
VVGH: What have the challenges been so far?
GC: The challenge so far has been financial assistance. We need financial assistance to express ourselves on this same nth quality we express on but on a broader scale. However, as we cruise on the shoulders of God, we will get there.
VVGH: What keeps you and the brand going?
GC: God is the one that fuels the brand and keeps it going. I like to think of myself as a machine which is dependent on ‘’fuel’’ God to operate and so far so good. God has blessed us with creativity, wisdom and strength so we are grateful for keeping the fire of the brand and we hope our dream of impacting the universe positively will be realized.
VVGH: What new thing should Ghana and the world expect from Groomincence?
GC: The universe should fix its gaze on groomincence because we are about to flood the universe with new trends which will positively affect humanity.
By : Kalira
Facebook: Josephine Kalira Tanlongo
The fiery brand is a Ghanaian fashion brand which conveys the message ‘Energy’ across its target market being the youth.
Fiery is different, it is a lifestyle, a movement, and it has been created not only to serve the world with breathtaking fashion apparels but also to instill passion consciousness in us as a people.
With regards to why they chose to create these amazing baseball caps, they are of the believe that head wears particularly baseball caps have become trendy among Ghanaians and also they thought it is a good start for the brand as a way to gear and launch the brand into the fashion industry.
The inspiration behind the brand is embedded in the motto of the brand “passion driven” . What inspires the brand is based on the fact that “we believe in the ability to let your passion drive you towards greatness”, said Sathish Shankar one of the two partners of the brand. He further said following one’s passion would enable that person relate better to the brand.
The fashion brands they look up to are the 1957 brand by KOD, VIRGIL ABLORH (OFFWHITE ), Vans and Supreme.
What fascinates the creators of the brand about fashion is the fact ” what we wear not only covers us up, but has immense effect on our psychology , what we wear can actually give us some amount of confidence, and this goes a long way to influence how we relate to people or even how they respond to us” .
Your choice of clothes affects your self image.
Designing for the Fiery brand all begun in March and launched was launched in May, with the motive of introducing something different and special into the Ghanaian and African fashion industry. So far we have succeeded in creating some amazing handmade baseball caps which you should definitely have in your closet.
The major challenge they have encountered so far has to do with the delivery of items to clientele since they do not have a shop yet, reaching customers who are out of their delivery radius proves very difficult. They are however employing measures to overcome this challenge.
Creators of the brand believe strongly that God keeps them going as well as their amazing clients.
Meanwhile expect new stuff from Fiery, it is not just about baseball caps. They want the world to know that they are for uniqueness and so expect more from them.
Creators of the brand are Sathish Shankar and Nana Kwame Ofori.
Watch fiery closely .