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Spotify Talks Africa launched to help drive the continent’s music industry

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Spotify Talks Africa launched to help drive the continent’s music industry

Online video series brings together music industry stakeholders

The African music industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years due to a variety of factors, including collaborations with local and international artists, music streaming, and social media. However, only a select number of artists are enjoying this success, and many talented creators are still struggling to break through. This is why Spotify has launched Spotify Talks Africa, a video series that brings the continent’s music industry stakeholders together in conversation.

Spotify Talks Africa is a forum for featured panellists to discuss the issues that the African music industry faces and the solutions needed to drive success among creatives. Central to this is how music streaming platforms like Spotify can contribute to this growth. The panelists are drawn from across the industry and include artists, producers, artist management, and Spotify Sub-Saharan Africa team members who provide insight into the role of streaming in the industry.

Slated to be released quarterly, each video episode is themed around specific issues in the industry, ranging from how music streaming is keeping legacy acts alive to the lived experiences of women in music.

The first episode is hosted by Kenyan media personality Mariam Bishar in conversation with John Katana Harrison, the band leader of the legendary group Them Mushrooms; Wangechi, a Kenyan rapper who just returned from a three-year hiatus; and Monica Kemoli-Savanne, Spotify’s Artist & Label Partnerships Manager for East Africa. Their robust discussion touches on the exportation of music to new audiences, music royalties, tools needed to grow as an artist, and the role technology plays in all of this.

Speaking on how streaming has changed the music industry, John Katana Harrison says “I think it’s a great thing, we are surprised now where people are listening to our music. It’s brought in a new avenue where music can be taken anywhere within the country and beyond.”

“That’s why you do collaborations, because then you hit the artist’s fanbase,” says Wangechi on the importance of collaborations.

“I encourage artists to tap into their backend through Spotify for Artists, and build their strategies around that data. You can see the demographic of who is listening to your music from age to gender and location,” adds Monica.

The industry is poised for even more growth and if Them Mushrooms are anything to go by, relevance and longevity can go hand in hand. Them Mushrooms’ participation in Spotify Talks is a part of a series of activities by Spotify to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary.

To watch the full conversation, go to spotifytalksafrica.byspotify.com.

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Okomfo Nana Agradaa Arrested; two TV stations showing ‘mօnᥱy-dօubling r¡tuals’ shut down [Video]

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(Okomfo) Priestess Dr Patricia Asiedu aka Nana Agradaa

(Okomfo) Priestess Dr Patricia Asiedu aka Nana Agradaa

Mօnᥱy doubler and spiritualist, Dr Patience Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa, has been arrested.

Nana Agradaa, known for her moneymaking ritual, ‘sika gari’, was arrested by a joint team of Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority on Tuesday night.

Two TV channels – Thunder TV and Ice1 TV – that allegedly broadcast money doubling content at Kasoa in the Central Region, were also shut down for operating without licenses.

The team seized two pieces of equipment each used in the alleged illegal transmission from both premises.

This was announced by the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful on her social media page on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Information available suggests the TV channels owned by the self-styled traditional priestess have been operating without authorization for years leading to their closure.

The state’s action follows recent concerns about the broadcasting of inappropriate content in the media space by persons parading themselves as spiritualists

It is on the heels of the gruesome killing of an 11-year-old boy allegedly by two teenagers for money ritual purposes.

Below is the Minister’s full post:

“At about 2200hrs on 20/04/2021, a joint team of Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority, stormed the premises of two satellite television stations, namely, Thunder TV and Ice1 TV, who were illegally transmitting without licenses, at Kasoa in the Central Region

The team arrested the offenders among which included the owner of Thunder TV, Patience Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa, and seized two (2) pieces of equipment each used in the illegal transmission from both premises. Nana Agradaa advertises her “Sika Gari” on her TV station, which she claims is her personal god that multiplies money with some rituals she makes. She has hence admitted to this illegality and is currently in custody assisting with further investigations.

The influx of unregulated television stations on air has led to the promotion of certain content which may affect public order, public morality, and the rights and reputation of others. As such, efforts are underway to rid the system of this canker and reduce overcrowding on Ghana’s airwaves.”

Credit: CitiNewsRoom

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Ghanaian movies to watch on Netflix this weekend

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Ghanaian movies to watch on Netflix this weekend

From friendship to romance, to self-love and everything in between, love comes in many different ways. This weekend, you’ll be able to enjoy the finest Ghanaian movies on Netflix, no matter what your status is, from Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Yvonne Nelson and Peter Sedufia, Leila Djansi, and others.

See what you can watch on Netflix this weekend in the list below.

Aloe Vera

40 and Single look into the life of a bridal fashion designer as she struggles against prejudice in the city of Accra where race and colorism have significant colonial roots while pursuing her dreams, goal, and finding love.

Cast: Marie Humbert, Vanessa Williams, Adjetey Anang, Emefa Tsikata, Michelle Attoh, Rama Brew, Joselyn Dumas, John Dumelo

 

In an interesting drama, an expectant couple determined to give birth in a faraway town find themselves stranded after missing their train to get there.

Cast: Adjetey Anang, Lydia Forson, Fred Amugi, Jeneral Ntatia, Clemento Suarez, Joseph Otsiman

A divorced couple who were bent on flexing their egos and scoring points decide to cohabit in their ex-matrimonial home but realized that their scheme unravels emotions and inflames old wounds.

Cast: Joselyn Dumas, Chris Attoh, Nikki Samonas, Victoria Michaels, Adjetey Anang

The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later

This is a drama sequel From Shirley Frimpong’s Perfect Picture produced some decade ago, with a pinch of twist and intrigue. this sequel talks about three friends who are saddled with more issues in their not-so-fairy-tale relationships, flawed husbands to shaky finances, and romantic exploits that test a close circle of friends who must lean on one another.

Cast: Naa Ashorkor Doku-Mensah, Jackie Agyemang Appiah, Chris Attoh, Adjetey Anang, Lydia Forson, Beverlyn Naya, Richard Mofe Damijo, Gloria Osei Sarfo, KSM

Fix Us

Fate and faith determine the life story of three young ladies ix Us tells the story of three young ladies, bound by their common dream to be movie stars, and form a tight friendship soon after their dream is realized, they find out they want something more from life.

Cast: Yvonne Nelson, Yvonne Okoro, Irene Logan, David Prince Osei, Alexandra Amon, Jessica Williams, Michelle Attoh, Belinda Dzattah

Azali

A 14-year-old girl sent away to evade an arranged marriage from Northern Ghana must endure life in the slums of Accra, and find a way to get back home.

Cast: Asana Alhassan, Adjetey Anang, Ama K. Abebrese, Akofa Edjeani Asiedu, Peter Ritchie, Mohammed Hafiz, Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye.

Like Cotton Twines

An American volunteer teaching at a remote village in Ghana tries to fight religious and social traditions to save one of his promising students from sex slavery.

Cast: Irene Adotey, Ajetey Anang, David Dontoh, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Okoro, Luckie Lawson, Mawuli Semenyo, Brimah Watara, Miranda Bailey

Side chic gang

This story directed by Peter Sedufia talks about three ladies who discovered that they can make a lot of money by exposing cheating husbands and boyfriends.

Cast: Nana Ama McBrown, Lydia Forson, Sika Osei, Aaron Adatsi, Beverly Afaglo, Stacy Afful, Akofa Aseidu, Rosemond Brown, Christabel Ekeh, Benard Nyarko

 

 

Gang

 

Sin City

A couple can’t seem to get to spend time with each other following the frequent trip of a husband, once they decided to while away and spend time together what follows is a tale of several twists, and turns that spills a can of worms and ultimately pulls each person in the emerging web of deceit.

Cast: Yvonne Nelson, Kunle Remi, Adjetey Anang, Isaac Akwesi Awonor, Kweku Elliot, Regina Van-Helvert

Esi recounts her childhood and the riotous relationship between her father, Kojo, and her uncle. Kojo goes missing on an illegal mining expedition with his uncle Kwabena, Esi embarks on a journey to rescue her father.

Cast: Joseph Otsiman, Kobina Amissah-Sam, Ama Abebrese, Cynthia Dankwa

Hopefully, the Ghanaian movie market will expand across other borders to showcase the heritage, culture, beauty, and creativity of its indigenous people.

Excite your weekend with these Ghanaian picks on Netflix.

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What sounds are hot with Ghanaian Gen Zs right now?

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What sounds are hot with Ghanaian Gen Zs right now?

Ghana’s Gen Zs are energetic and motivated. They’re also cosmopolitan, keen to better themselves, and as welcoming of international influences as local ones and those from the wider African continent.

That’s true until the end of the day, when they’re more willing to embrace their melancholy side. At least, that’s the story told by their Spotify music and podcast listening tastes.

From a local music perspective,  Tema’s very own rap and freestyle artist Kwesi Arthur rules the roost, followed by Highlife and Afrobeats singer-songwriter King Promise, with Sarkodie, Black Sherif, and Gyakie rounding out the top five most streamed local artists by Ghanaian Gen Zs.

The list of top artists meanwhile, has a much more American and Nigerian flavour with Burna Boy, Asake, Drake, and Lil Baby all claiming spots in the top five. It shouldn’t be surprising then that Burna Boy also has two songs in the list of most streamed recordings, the megahits “Last Last” and “It’s plenty”. The top song, however, belongs to local artists Agbeshie and EpiqMenz with “Downtown Guy”. Here too, though, Nigerian artists have a strong presence. Bandana by Asake and Fireboy DML and Overloading (OVERDOSE) by Ayra Starr, Boy Spyce, Crayon, LADIPOE, Magixx, and Mavins both feature in the top five most streamed tracks among Ghanaian Gen Zs.

When it comes to the most popular albums among Ghanaians aged between 18 and 25, , meanwhile, Burna Boy again tops the list with Love Damini. Fellow Nigerians Fireboy DML, with Playboy and Asake with Mr. Money With The Vibe take the next two slots in the top five. Rounding out the list of top albums are local offerings 5 star by King Promise and Son of Jacob by Kwesi Arthur.

Knowing all this, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Rap, Afropop, Nigerian pop, Azontobeats, and Pop are the most heavily favoured genres among young Ghanaians. It also shouldn’t be too surprising that the top five Spotify curated playlists in Ghana include African Heat, Hot Hits Ghana, Ghana Party, Afro Hits, and Afropop.

It’s also interesting to take a look at the mood playlists the country’s Gen Zs listen to throughout the day. During daylight hours, energy and motivation clearly play a big role.

In the early morning, for instance, their top three playlists are Morning Motivation, Wake Up Happy, and Mood Booster. The only deviation comes in the shape of the Villain Mode playlist, featuring tracks themed around heartbreak and being vengeful.

The upbeat theme picks back up later in the morning when Wake Up Happy is replaced by Confidence Boost. Energy Booster: Hip-Hop and Songs to Sing in the Shower round out the top five. In the afternoon and evening Feelin’ Myself and Happy Hits! join the party.

Things take a more melancholy tone once the day draws to a close, however. The most listened-to mood playlists in the late evening and at night, include Sad Songs, Life Sucks, Sad Guitar Instrumentals, and Lowkey. There is still space for love though, with 100 Best African Love Songs, Goosebumps, and Chilled R&B proving popular.

Moving away from music and to podcasts, things have a more spiritual feel, especially when it comes to those produced locally. The top-rated local podcast, Sincerely Accra covers life in the capital, as does number five in the top five Stay By Plan. The second-most listened to local podcast CEYC Airport City Podcast is, however, religious as are number three and four, the Mensa Otabil Audio Podcast, and Pastor Agyemang Elvis.

These are just a few of the insights that Ghana’s Gen Z listening tastes provide. One thing that should be clear is that, as their influence grows, they’ll have an exciting role to play in shaping Ghana’s future and that they’re definitely up for it.

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