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Joe Mettle, Niiella & more nominated for AGMMA 2018

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Joe Mettle, Niiella & more nominated for AGMMA 2018

There will be a heavy presence of Ghanaians at the 2018 African Gospel Music and Media Awards (AGMMA) as 21 Ghanaian artists have been nominated for the award scheme.

Leading with 3 nominations is 2017 VGMA Artiste of the Year Joe Mettle who bagged nominations in the Male Artiste of Excellence, Album of Excellence and the Song of Excellence categories.

Diana Hamilton and Ohemaa have also been nominated in the Female Artiste of Excellence category with Niiella, Kobby Mantey and Calvis Hammond getting nominated for the Breakthrough Artiste of Excellence category.

Below is a list of artistes and their respective AGMMA 2018 nominated categories.

Niiella Breakthrough Artiste of Excellence

Kobby Mantey – Breakthrough Artiste of Excellence

Calvis Hammond – Breakthrough Artiste of Excellence

Ohemaa Mercy – Female Artiste of Excellence

Diana Hamilton – Female Artiste of Excellence

Kings Crew – Discovery Artiste of Excellence

Hanson Asiedu – Discovery Artiste of Excellence

Maame Afon – Artiste Artiste of Excellence UK/Canada

Annisstar – Artiste of Excellence UK/Canada

Akesse Brempong – Artiste of Excellence West Africa

Jerry Bonsu – Artiste of Excellence Europe

Joe Mettle – Male Artiste of Excellence

Sonnie Badu – Male Artiste of Excellence

Kingzkid – Afro Rap Artiste of Excellence

Preachers – Afro Rap Artiste of Excellence

Harmonious Chorale – Music Group of Excellence

Overflow Inc – Music Group of Excellence

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Kofi Dua-Anto – Music Producer of Excellence

David Kyei ‘Kaywa’ – Music Producer of Excellence

Joe Mettle (God of Miracles) – Album of Excellence

Joe Mettle (Bo Noo Ni) – Song of Excellence

Nii Okai (Yesu Hi) – Song of Excellence

Cwesi Oteng (Next In Line) – Song of Excellence

Jloopz – Instrumental Musician of Excellence

To vote for the Ghanaian artistes visit http://www.africangospelmusicawards.com/vote.html. The 2018 edition of the award ceremony would be held at the Main Auditorium, East London Arts & Music (ELAM), London on Saturday 2nd June 2018.

The African Gospel Music and Media Awards (AGMMA) is the premier gospel event that recognises the immense gospel talent that exists within the African gospel music and Christian media fraternity and beyond, and honours and rewards them accordingly at its annual awards event.

The awards seek to unearth, encourage, motivate and inspire musicians and media outfits to aspire to attain excellence in their ministries and businesses and to be of better service to the kingdom.

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Medikal’s display on Tim Westwood TV an unsung piece on his ‘The Plug’ EP

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Medikal's display on Tim Westwood TV an unsung piece on his 'The Plug' EP
Medikal's display on Tim Westwood TV an unsung piece on his 'The Plug' EP. Photo Credit: TimWestwoodTV/YouTube

Fans and critics alike as well as music lovers in general have met Medikal’s viral video of his session at Tim Westwood TV with a resounding applause.

The first 30 seconds of his alleged ‘freestyling’ on the show is what granted him the overall appraisal from all and sundry due to its lyrical composition on redefining the African reputation in the eyes of the world.

However, it so happens that his delivery was an actual piece on his EP dubbed, ‘The Plug’ but probably didn’t gain the needed attention as it was rather overshadowed by his other songs with sexually suggestive phrases.

He challenged the status quo and false mindset of foreigners who simply have a negative imagery of Africa in their minds eye due to the false news stories that major news agencies such as CNN and Aljazeera normally project as the African narrative.

A mutual reaction that run through all the comments of viewers suggest that the act has proven Medikal’s artistry to not only be all about profanity, sex and money but an ability to tackle social issues and influence minds unto positivity and productivity.

What’s your take on this new side of the controversial rapper?

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VGMA 2019: When Daughters of Glorious Jesus reigned at the 2004 Ghana Music Awards

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VGMA 2019: When Daughters of Glorious Jesus reigned at the 2004 Ghana Music Awards
VGMA 2019: When Daughters of Glorious Jesus reigned at the 2004 Ghana Music Awards. Photo Credit: Daughters of Glorious Jesus/Facebook

In the days when their genre had much audience and appeal, female gospel music group the Daughters of Glorious Jesus stood out as top artists in the Ghanaian music industry.

From performing at major events, including the opening ceremony of the CAN 2008, to receiving numerous honours, the daughters of glorious Jesus are well deserving of the title legendary in our music space.

With the announcement of the 20th VGMA (Vodafone Ghana Music Awards) last weekend, we couldn’t help but recollect the feat clinched by the music group at the 2004 edition of the Ghana Music Awards.

In a year under review in which there were notable entries from VIP, Obrafour & more, the Daughters of Glorious Jesus illuminated the night when they made history by becoming the first music group to take home 5 music awards on a single night as stated in this 2004 report by GhanaMusic.com.

… Daughters of Glorious Jesus, also a trio, having swept all the gospel slots namely; Gospel Song Of The Year (Brebrebeyi), Gospel Album Of The Year (Aseda) and Gospel Artiste Of the Year, went on to grab the overall Album Of The Year (Aseda) and the Best Female Vocal Performance. That makes Daughters of Glorious Jesus the Gospel music group with the HIGHEST Ghana Music Awards honours so far.

Audio: With Everything by Cwesi Oteng feat. Nelly Nettey

That was their influence in a year that theDaughters of Glorious Jesus were celebrating their 15th year on the gospel music scene.

Comprising of Cynthia Appiadu, Monica Owusu Ansah and Edna Sarpong, the Daughters of Glorious Jesus started out in the late ‘80s at the Resurrection Power and Living Bread Ministries.

Their debut album, Anwanwa Do, was released in 1990 and they have since been one of the notable faces and voices in the Ghanaian gospel music industry whiles releasing numerous songs and albums.

Some of their songs that will easily draw some nostalgia from you are;

Mebo Wo Din Daa, Edin No, Asomdwoe Hene, Tumi Wo Mu, Fata Ayeyie, Ewurade, Yesu, Woye M’ade Nyinaa, Aseda ben, Yeyi waye, Okasa Preko, Fa wasem to Awurade Anim, Momma Yenben Awurade, Odomfo, Onakwafo Nyame, Beberee, Ahinta Bea, Wo Ntaban.

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Meet the future of Ghana’s Music: 2019 VGMA Unsung Artistes

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Meet the future of Ghana's music: 2019 VGMA Unsung Artistes. Photo Credit: Ghana Music Awards

The year under review for the 2019 VGMAs birthed out a whole new crop of incredible talents earning them nominations in the unsung categories.

The unsung is an initiative to project artistes who are doing well but have not had the exposure.

Major names now such as Kuami Eugene who has risen through the ranks to be nominated as Artiste of the Year was previously an Unsung winner two years ago.

The likes of Kelvynboy who is doing quite well now with a nomination in the New Artiste of the Year category was also last year’s Unsung winner.

Here are your 2019 VGMA Unsung artistes, their songs and the possible names to dominate the future of Ghana’s music industry:

OV got recognised after she won the 2018 MTN Hitmaker. She then signed unto BHIMNation has since gone on to release a single featuring Stonebwoy.

Kula, a rap artist, had a relatively good 2018 where he released songs, music videos whiles also performing at some entertainment events. His latest release is the music video for his rap song, Muurder.

Unyx has been on the radar of the music industry ever since she released ‘Ekpi’, a cover of Vybrant Faya’s ‘Mampi’. The Afro-Dancehall songstress started 2019 ‘Me Dat’ featuring Dopenation.

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Eye Keyz is an Afro-Pop vocalist, performer, songwriterand former beauty Queen. She joined the Zylofon Arts Club in 2018 and has since gone on to release a couple of songs and videos.

Signed unto Highly Spiritual Music, Mr Drew has been on the rise ever since he emerged out of MTN Hitmaker 7. To prove why he deserves the VGMA Unsung slot, Mr Drew has released a new song and music video.

Lycon, broke barriers when he won the 2018 CloseUp Music Challenge. The singer didn’t keep his fans waiting for long as he released a couple of works to prove his mettle.

Newly signed to AJ Records, ScripT made a comeback with a new street anthem when he featured Strongman on ‘Give Me Joy’ after taking time off to discover his true sound.

Rapper Mantse AY released a full EP in 2018 to project happenings in his world and the untold truth about the streets. Titled L.O.T.S, Manste AY put out 5 songs on the E.P including ‘Superstar’.

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