Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has urged Ghanaian musicians to remember embattled Menzgold CEO, Nana Appiah Mensah for the change he brought to the industry.
Shatta in a post on his social media pages Monday said he will forever remain loyal to Nana Appiah (popularly known as NAM 1). The controversial musician said he really misses NAM1 who is reportedly standing trial in Dubai where he is facing a misdemeanour charge over a US$23 million deal, gone bad. "No matter the situation Ghana musicians should remember this man came to change our industry and he did ..Nana Appiah Mensah my Loyalty for you will forever remain here ??... My boss, my CEO .. #NAM1 I really miss your presence !!! #Zylofon," Shatta posted.
On January 2018, Shatta Wale signed a three-year management deal with Zylofon Music, a record label owned by NAM 1's Zylofon Media.
Although the financial details of the deal were not disclosed, unofficial sources said the deal was worth $1.5million.
Other showbiz personalities including Stonebwoy, Becca, Kumi Guitar, Joyce Blessing and actors Toosweet Annan and Benedicta Gafah were also signed by Zylofon Media.
NAM 1 is facing up to two years in Prison after a Dubai-based businessman reported Nana Appiah and eight of his business partners, to the Dubai Police for fraud in May 2018.
The exit of Hip-hop artiste, Eazzy from Lynx Entertainment, where she was known as the First Lady, was a surprise for many in the music industry.
She left quietly and has not really spoken about parting ways with the label that made her a star but on Saturday, March 23, when she appeared on Atuu, hosted by Abeiku Santana on UTV, she addressed the matter.
According to Eazzy, she left Lynx Entertainment because she was not being given the attention she felt she deserved. “It looked like all the attention was being given to Asem and I felt sidelined so we came to an amicable agreement and parted ways,” she explained.
Eazzy, real name Mildred Ashong, told Abeiku she still has a very good relationship with her former manager Richie Mensah and the guys at Lynx. “There is no bad blood, we are all very cool,” she stated.
Although she releases songs, Eazzy is not very visible on the music scene like before and she disclosed that she was now into all kinds of businesses like oil. “I have put music on hold but will certainly come back to it, at the moment I am doing all kinds of businesses and I am not doing badly at all,” she said.
One issue that came up for discussion was her stint at Big Brother Africa in 2012 and she represented Ghana with her then boyfriend, Keita Ossei.
Recounting her experience in the Big Brother House, Eazzy insisted that though they kissed and caressed on countless occasions, she and Keita never had sex.
Abeiku Santana showed her a video on his phone to prove to her that she indeed had sex in the Big Brother House but Eazzy was emphatic that as a couple, they made out and did all sorts of things but never had sex.
Rapper Medikal has reacted to rumours that he cheated on his ex-girlfriend, Sister Debbie.
The rapper announced actress Fella Makafui as his new girlfriend after ditching former girlfriend who is also a musician, Sister Debbie in what came as a surprise to many because the two had dated for years.
In a recent post-breakup interview, Sister Debbie revealed she left Medikal because he had cheated on her many times during their love journey.
But, Medikal described Sister Debbie as a “liar” insisting he never cheated on her as presumed in the public domain.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Drive Time show with Lexis Bill on Monday, Medikal said one of the factors that led to their breakup was because Sister Debbie was paying heed to rumours outside their relationship. “I never cheated on her. They were just rumours and sometimes when you listen to people too much that’s what happens. Its not something I would like to address. I am not a cheat,” Medikal noted.
Medikal is part of a tall list of entertainers to grace this weekend’s star-studded event, 3 Music Awards, happening live at the Fantasy Dome on March 30, 2018.
The Ghana music industry like any other career is relatively cold especially when you’re a ‘beautiful’ lady. For there have been several cases where ladies have been banged by some unscrupulous men in authority before given them favours.
But for some Ghanaian ladies, they won’t stoop so low or otherwise won’t fall for such baits because of favour as in the case of the above-mentioned scenario. Regardless songstress eShun has a plan on how to handle such issues whenever they come up.
According to eShun in the studios of Kuamasi-based Luv 99.5FM in a comprehensive interaction with DJ Reuben, she won’t mind dating a guy who expresses interest in sponsoring her music career but on condition. In her candid opinion, she will only fall for that if the sponsor meets her relationship standard.
She added that, she’ll take it as a guy who wants to use his money to push the career of his girlfriend so there’s nothing wrong. However, she won’t hesitate to say no if she can’t develop any affection for the sponsor.
Touching on what she looks out for before saying I do, “the someone loves me” hitmaker voiced that the person must be understanding and good looking will be a plus but she holds the former in high esteem.
As a reminder, eShun has been nominated in the Female vocalist of the year alongside Efya, Cina Soul, Adina, MzVee and Diana Hamilton in the upcoming VGMAs.
Ghanaian highlife singer eShun has described fellow musician Okyeame Kwame’s call for Ghana to use any of its local languages as a second official language as perhaps one borne out of ’emotions’ and nothing else.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with NY DJ on RYSENSHYNE, the Akyia hit maker stated the government’s intent to adopt French as a second national language is worth commending since the prospects far outweigh the few enumerated by people who have rubbished the idea. “When I heard it, I was excited. I was like this is something good we must be smiling about. I know that because when I went to Senegal, they were speaking French, Cote D’Ivoire speaks French, Burkina Faso speaks French. So many countries around us speak French. I think it’s a great way to go. it will boost our business with neigbouring countries.” she said.
She believes Okyeame Kwame’s call for the use of one of the local languages is out of emotions and that he is not thinking of the future.
Okyeame Kwame in a recent tweet described government’s intent to make French a second official language as “disrespectful to our pride and culture“. “I love Okyeame Kwame but I think I will disagree with this one. Maybe he’s not thinking about the future. If we really want to look at a great way to promote Ghana, we should consider French… If he said this like 20 years ago, I would understand but for this age and where we are headed, I think this one, he goofed. Maybe he’s being too emotional about it. because he’s pushing the Made in Ghana agenda which we all are…” eShun said.
Tinny has claimed he does not trust the credibility of the VGMAs because they gave his awards to colleague rapper Kwaw Kese sometime past.
According to him, the particular year Kwaw Kese won many of the VGMAs was supposed to be his year but he was robbed of the titles. The ‘Abodam’ hit maker won five awards at the VGMAs in 2008.
Speaking to KOD and Cookie Tee on the Starr Drive Thursday, Tinny asked upcoming artiste not to bank too much hopes in the music awards since it is not credible. “VGMA gave all my awards to Kwaw Kese . That year was my year but they gave all to him. He was sitting by me and anytime he comes back, I told him this is for you go for it,” he said.
He added: “The VGMA will make you feel you are not good.
The ‘Bubble Gum’ singer has also warned Kwaw Kese not to attempt a revenge of his attack on him since it will be disastrous.
When asked by KOD what his response will be if Kwaw Kese responded to the attack with a diss song, Tinny said: “If he tries he will regret. It’s music, we will all use our talent that God gave us and he will regret”.
It's been a decade since Hiplife artiste, D Cryme, blazed his way onto the music scene with his song, Kill Me Shy. The artiste, who called his music Twi pop, enjoyed a lot of time in the spotlight, which came with its corresponding financial benefits.
However, as he celebrates his stay in the industry for 10 years, D Cryme tells Showbiz that instead of making progress, artistes these days are reaping less even though they are investing more into their craft. “What is going on in the music industry is that you put in a lot to get your work out there but you get nothing in return or you get a little. "It takes a lot of work for an artiste to produce and shoot a video for a song; in the 2000s it was ok, music was worth pursuing but now it is not at all,” he said.
According to D Cryme, real name Darlington Kwasi Agyekum, a lot of artistes are still doing music because of the passion they have for it and not because of the financial rewards. “Most of the guys you see out there are doing this because of the passion they have for the work and not what they will get financially, I know people who have hung up their music boots because of this,” he said
Answering the question as to why he was still pursuing something that was not paying well, D Cryme said, “in the first place I will say it’s passion for me too but then again I am not one who gives up when things get rough. I love music and that is what I want to do. “I also believe that things will be better soon, someday things will be okay, there is hope for us. On the brighter side, look at the way music has opened doors for the new crop of artistes, they are doing well, producing good songs and all, so it also has its good side,” he said.
On whether he was not making money because he was no longer relevant, D Cryme said, “not at all, and who says I am not relevant or not hot? The fact that I am not out there like that doesn’t mean I am not doing anything. “I have been on shows and I’m still getting gigs but the media will not report it. If I should get into an accident right now, everyone will be on my case.” The My Bae singer also blamed globalisation and lack of proper structures as the cause