Massive turnout at premiere of Lilwin’s? ‘A Country Called Ghana’ movie


On Friday, May 17, 2024, the National Theatre hosted the inaugural premiere of ‘A Country Called Ghana’, a celebration of the Ghanaian culture and was attended by many people from diverse backgrounds.

The National Theatre was packed to the rafters as viewers were captivated by the excitement of one of the most highly anticipated Ghana-Nigeria film collaborations, which did not disappoint.

Tourists, musicians, politicians, and other film industry professionals gathered to the site to support famed Ghanaian actor Kwadwo Nkansah Lilwin, who portrayed one of the leads in the film.

Nigerian actors Ramsey Nouah, Charles Awurum, and Victor Osuagwu, popularly known as ‘Awilo Sharp Sharp,’ Paa George, and Sweet Mimi, were exciting characters in the movie.

The movie placed a special focus on the need for Ghanaians to preserve special artefacts that showcase our culture and not sell them out, regardless of the price being offered.

The two-hour movie also delivered some hilarious moments, with Lilwin delivering some
fascinating English language skills.

There was excitement after the premiere of the movie, with the likes of Guru, DopeNation, and Lilwin delivering a brief musical performance for the audiences.

The second premiere of ‘A Country Called Ghana’ will be at the KNUST CCB Auditorium in Kumasi on May 25, while the last premiere will happen at the Eubsett Hotel in Sunyani on June 1, 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

National Theatre pledges support for Afronita, performing arts professionals


Mrs Amy Frimpong, Executive Director of the National Theatre of Ghana, has offered the theatre’s support to dancer Afronita, who recently performed admirably at the Britain’s Got Talent auditions.

She said the Theatre, which oversees dance as one of the performing arts sectors, will provide facilities to enable the budding star to sharpen her skills and support other professionals in the field.

‘Our doors are open to as many professionals in the performing arts who are interested in our assistance to project their works. That is what the National Theatre does for Ghanaians,’ she said.

Mrs Frimpong stated this when the National Theatre and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture hosted Afronita, known officially as Danita Akosua Adoma, returned from the Britain’s Got Talent auditions.

Afronita and her protégé Abigail Adjiri made an astounding debut on the world-famous talent platform’s auditions early last week, receiving a standing ovation from the judges, including Simon Cowell, and the audience as wel
l.

Abigail, a hearing-impaired child, was able to dance her heart out with her mentor, Afronita. They waved the Ghana flag on stage while dressed colourfully in Kente-inspired clothes.

Mr Andrew Egyapa Mercer, Minister-designate for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, hosted Afronita at the Ministry offices on Friday, May 10, 2024.

He was supported by the Deputy Minister, Mr Mark Okraku Mantey, and Mrs Frimpong.

Also present at the meeting were Mansa Williams, a Board Member of the National Theatre, Dr. Fio of the National Commission on Culture (NCC) and staff of the Ministry.

Abigail had gone back to school to write her examinations at the time of the visit, but Mr Mercer said he was ready to meet her as soon as she finished.

The Minister-Designate commended Afronita on her bold decision to display her talents on the global stage with Abigail and pledged support for various stakeholders in the creative arts industry.

Afronita spoke on her experience, stating that making it to the world stage was a dream come
true for her and Abigail.

Judge Bruno on the show rated the two dancers’ choreography as ‘world-class.’

‘…You are two of the most fantastic dancers we have ever had on Britain’s Got Talent.’ Another judge, Amanda, added.

Judge Simon Cowell rated the performance as one of his ‘favourite auditions of the year.’

Afronita is a Level 300 student at the University of Ghana. She has established her own dance studio and trains young dancers.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Adopting international plays will put spotlight on local theatre, talents – Latif Abubakar


Mr. Latif Abubakar, renowned playwright and chief executive officer of Globe Productions, says his company would expand cooperation to bring more intriguing international plays to Ghanaian audiences.

He said the move would serve to highlight the Ghanaian theatre industry and showcase its outstanding talents.

Mr Abubakar was speaking after the weekend premiere of his new stage play, ‘The License,’ which drew hundreds of people to the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).

The play, produced in collaboration with the Italian Embassy, was based on an original script written by Luigi Pirandello, an Italian novelist and Nobel Prize winner.

‘The License’ was re-enacted as a mix of drama, music, and comedy to depict how some Ghanaians try to cut corners to obtain legal documents such as a driver’s license.

Audiences laughed in the aisles as the narrative of one ‘Mr Adamu’ unfolded, detailing how he obtained a fake driver’s license and eventually put himself in trouble with the law.

‘The License’ feature
d young and vibrant acts like Mark Pratt Dadzie (acting as ‘Mr Adamu’), Bright Keli Jefferson, Omar Sherif Captan, and other cast and crew members who brought the script to life.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Mr Abubakar expressed satisfaction with the turnout for the show, which aired from May 4 to May 6, 2024.

He observed that people’s interest in theatrical performances was rebounding, and he urged them to maintain it.

About the novel’s premise, he advised the public not to ‘outsmart the system,’ even though obtaining a driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, and other legal documents in Ghana could be ‘frustrating’ sometimes.

‘The License’ is basically mirroring our society and what happens. Sometimes the systems and processes are tedious to the extent that they force people to do what they are not supposed to do…We are telling people that yes, we have challenges, but you do not take the law into your hand…you will be punished for it,’ he said.

Beyond music and movies, Mr Abubakar encoura
ged the public to patronise stage plays to help boost the industry.

He said the theatre industry in Ghana was ‘very small’ and called for more collaboration.

‘Adapting international plays or scripts, for us, is a unique way because we want to put the spotlight on the Ghanaian theatre industry. We want people to see the kind of talents we have and appreciate them.

‘We have so much talent we can export and compete globally but the only way we can begin to shed light on them is when we begin these international partnerships which help improve cultural exchange and in earning foreign exchange,’ he stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Jamaica mulls audio-visual exchange with Nigeria


The Jamaican government says it intends to pursue a robust collaboration with Nigeria in the film and animation industries.

The Jamaican High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Lincoln Downer, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, in Abuja.

This is contained in a statement by the minister’s media aide, Nneka Anibeze.

Downer emphasised the strong relations between Jamaica and Nigeria, highlighting the existing creative industry exchanges and expressed enthusiasm for expanding these collaborations.

He noted that Nigeria had supported Jamaica through the technical eco-programme, which had facilitated exchanges in areas like Batik and jewelry-making.

‘There is a lot of scope for collaboration, particularly in the area of film and animation.

‘Nigeria has supported Jamaica over many years in the creative industry through the technical eco-programme, where artisans have been dispatched to Jamaica for exchanges in areas of Batik and jewelry-ma
king.

‘We are hoping that sometime in the future, these collaborations can be expanded. We also note that Nigeria and Jamaica are in very close relations when it comes to entertainment.

‘A lot of Nigerian entertainers like Burna Boy and WizKid, have come to Jamaica, and even Victor Thompson who was in Jamaica last month. We are looking forward to these sorts of exchanges between both countries and to see how we can establish a framework for deeper collaboration between the two countries.

‘On Monday, we celebrated 54 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Jamaica.

‘We are interested in future collaborations with Nigeria because we recognise Nigeria as not only the cultural hub of Africa but of the globe. We also have a rich culture so we are interested in forging a stronger alliance with Nigeria,’ he said.

Musawa welcomed the proposal, expressing interest in the audio-visual film production agreement and Jamaica’s film development initiative.

She also highlighted Nigeria’s
IDICE programme, which provides financial support to creatives.

‘There is a natural partnership between Nigeria and Jamaica especially in arts and culture.

‘I am happy about the cultural exchange being proposed by the Jamaican government and the positive values that can come out of that.

‘We are interested in the audio-visual film production agreement proposed by Jamaica. I am excited about your film development initiative which is just like Nigeria’s IDICE, which empowers creatives to flourish through financial support.

‘We are looking forward to discussing other opportunities that can support creatives in the industry,’ she said

Also, the Director of International Cultural Relations, Mrs Zainab Ali-Biu, sought Jamaica’s support for proposing an International Day for Afrobeat music to UNESCO.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Highlife artistes are capable of filling 02 Arena – KK Fosu


Ghanaian musician KK Fosu believes Highlife artistes have the capability of filling up the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom.

KK Fosu’s assertion comes in the wake of Medikal’s successful concert at the 2800-capacity O2 Indigo Arena, which was sold out and witnessed some thrilling performances.

According to KK Fosu, he was elated with the huge success of the concert, but says Highlife artistes have the potential to pull a massive crowd at the main O2 Arena.

‘Highlife music is big out there, and I believe some of our Highlife artistes can fill the 02 Arena. Sometimes we underestimate the popularity of Highlife music on the global stage.

‘I have performed all around the world, and the reception I receive performing Highlife is just amazing. I believe one day a Highlife artiste will fill up the 02 Arema,’ KK Fosu told GNA Entertainment.

KK Fosu, however, stated that there would have to be unity among Highlife musicians to fulfil this dream of filling the 02 Arena and other big arenas in the
world.

‘Highlife musicians would have to come together and support each other to make this a reality, just like what the likes of Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, and Medikal have done,’ he said.

KK Fosu has been active in 2024, dropping two singles, ‘Back to Sender’ and ‘Yaa Boatemaa,’ which are available across various digital streaming platforms.

The legendary musician is expected to host a massive concert later in the year to mark his 25 years in the Ghanaian music industry.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Massive turnout at King Paluta’s Germany and Italy concerts


Rising music sensation King Paluta delivered a masterclass performance during his recent concerts in Germany and Italy.

The New Artiste of the Year nominee at this year’s Ghana Music Awards embarked on a Europe music tour over the weekend, with fans trooping to the venues.

After his dazzling performance at the ‘Accra in Dsseldorf’ concert, the music prodigy jetted off to Italy for his second concert.  

The turnout at the Italy concert was impressive, as was the musical performance by King Paluta, who is undeniably the hottest Ghanaian musician now.

During the concert, the Kumasi-based singer and rapper thrilled music fans with some trendy songs, including ‘Yahitte,’ ‘Sika Aba Fie,’ and ‘Aha Kye.’ 

But it was the ever-banging ‘Aseda’ hit song that captured the hearts of the patrons as they sang the lyrics of the song from start to finish.

The versatile act has made significant strides in his career, headlining both local and international shows.

King Paluta, who grabbed four nominations at this year’s G
hana Music Awards, is highly tipped to win the prestigious New Artiste of the Year.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Sista Afia returns with ‘2 Things’ party anthem featuring Amerado


Award-winning songstress Sista Afia has dropped her highly anticipated single ‘2 Things,’ featuring Amerado.

The ‘2 Things’ masterpiece showcases Sista Afia’s unique vocal prowess and talent, making her one of the top female musical talents in Ghana.

Award-winning rapper Amerado, who has been in red-hot form in the music industry, drops some mind-blowing lyrics on the ‘2 Things’ track.

According to Sista Afia, the ‘2 Things’ track is one of the tracks from her upcoming album, which she plans to release later in the year.

Speaking about the song, Sista Afia disclosed that she was thrilled to feature Amerado, whom she considers a top talent.

Sista Afia stated that the song is a hypnotic blend of Highlife music and Afrobeats sounds, capturing scenes of real-life happenings, especially for the underprivileged.

This could be one of the biggest tunes of the year from the sensational vocalist, as she continues to thrill music lovers with her infectious rhythms.

The song, which was released along with a visual
izer, is already making waves on social media and has been widely streamed across various digital platforms.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Tamale to host Cultural Oneness Festival


Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, is to host this year’s edition of the Cultural Oneness Festival to champion cultural diversity and unification of the African people both home and in the diaspora.

The Cultural Oneness Festival, scheduled for November 13 – 16, will involve cultural tours to, especially tourist sites in the northern part of the country, and cultural fusing durbar with chiefs and people.

It will also feature a street carnival together with exhibition and a business forum to empower the youth in entrepreneurship, fashion show and will be climaxed with a musical concert.

It is organised by The Taste of Afrika on the theme: ‘Leveraging Our Strength for Shared Growth and Prosperity’.

This year’s event is the second in the series after the first one was held last year.

Chief Sung-Naa Martin Chris Glin, Co-Founder/Chairman, The Taste of Afrika, at a media briefing in Tamale, said the Cultural Oneness Festival sought to unite all Africans both home and the diaspora.

He said it was also to e
mpower the population, especially the youth, and inspire entrepreneurship and education to create sustainable income.

Mr Tengol Kplemani, Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer, The Taste of Afrika, urged members of the public to ‘Come out, let’s unite. Let’s build ourselves. Let’s get to know each other and let’s make our communities better for ourselves now and for future generations.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

KODA’s life in a minute


Kofi Owusu Dua Anto, born December 15, 1978, and known as KODA, is a Ghanaian gospel singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist from Takoradi.

KODA fell in love with musical instruments at a tender age, and the mother enrolled him in a music class at the age of ten, where he developed his skills to play the guitar.

He went to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he became the mass choir director of the university.

KODA was also the Music Director and Instrumentalist of the ‘Music Wing of Baptist Students Union’, ‘KNUST’s Simply Jazz Crew’, ‘God’s Instruments’ and a leading member of ‘Da Project’ which was a legendary Ghanaian contemporary gospel group.

After tertiary education, he co-wrote, mixed, mastered and produced the exceptional album, ‘Awurade Ei’ for KNUST’s ‘God’s Instruments’ at KODED studios, Takoradi, Ghana.

The album received massive recognition in the country. It had great hits such as ‘Awurade Ei (Se Woma Wonsa Soa), ‘Tumi’ and ‘Onyame Ye
D’awase’.

He also worked on Nii Okai’s ‘Moko Be’ and ‘Gye W’ayeyi’ albums which actually blew him up as a producer.

KODA has worked with many gospel artistes in and out of Ghana including the likes of Nii Okai, Pastor Joseph Gyebi, Danny Nettey, Pastor Joe Beecham, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Joyful Way Inc., Pastor Helen Yawson, Yaw Osei-Owusu, Ike Nanor, Eugene Zuta, Jesse Jenkins, Diana Hamilton, Calvis Hammond among others.

‘The Anointed’ is a music group formed by KODA and his friends based in Takoradi. The group has supported many gospel ministries in the country and overseas.

KODA currently has four vocal and two gospel jazz albums to his credit. ‘Nyame Beye’ which is the first and ‘Waye Wie’ which had hits including ‘Waye Wie’, ‘Zion’s song’, ‘Poma’, ‘Amen’ and others.

His third album ‘Black and White’ had many hits like; ‘Guide Me O’, ‘Nkwa Abodoo’, ‘Obiara Nte Se Wo’, including the controversial single, ‘Nsem Pii’. His latest project, released in 2016, is ‘OXYGEN’ containing hit songs like ‘
Adooso ‘ , ‘Yaa Pae’, ‘Chimo’.

As a music tutor, he released a two instructional DVD on bass and lead guitar and also 3 live DVDs of his major concerts; ‘KODA live 2008′, Black and White live 2013’ and ‘Oxygen Live 2016?.

KODA is married to Mrs. Ewurama Dua Anto also an anointed singer with an album to her credit. They currently have two sons and a girl.

He was reported to have died after a short illness in the early hours of Sunday, April 21, 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency