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Rocky Dawuni dispels controversies surrounding ‘Kyen Kyen Bi Adi Mawu’

Grammy nominated global Reggae icon, Rocky Dawuni, has cleared the air on controversies surrounding the release of his latest single, ‘kyen kyen bi adi mawu’, off his recently launched ‘Beats of Zion’ album

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Rocky Dawuni dispels controversies surrounding 'Kyen Kyen Bi Adi Mawu'. Photo Credit: rockydawuni.com

Rocky Dawuni, has cleared the air on controversies surrounding the release of his latest single, ‘Kyen Kyen Bi Adi Mawu’, off his recently launched ‘Beats of Zion’ album.

The song which features renowned Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie, upon its release, had another rap artiste, Cabum- son of the songs original composer, spark up claims of Rocky not seeking the clearance to publish his version of the 1977 highlife classic by Alhaji K. Frimpong.

In his defense, Rocky, who had been silent since the inception of this issue, educated all and sundry on Hitz fm’s morning show with Andy Dosty on how he had rather done a remake of the old classic and not a sample that required copyright clearance.

He further defined a remake of a song as “picking up any song of your choice and building up upon its foundational idea to create a more refined, enhanced and personalized sound of the song” while citing and plugging in the mechanical of the rightful publishers of the song which he did and hence, needed no clearance before doing a new master of the old piece.

On the other hand Rocky, a Grammy nominated & global Reggae icon, castigated bloggers who had mistook his approach as sampling and published it across board.

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He defined sampling as clearly picking portions of an original audio recording and using it to create your own record which wasn’t the case in his latest single.

Moreover, for as far as the copyright issues is concerned, he stated that he would compensate the original songwriter with his deserved royalties and had already contacted the family of the late Highlife legend and created a fund for the family to accommodate proceeds that come out of the sales of the song.

He reiterated, “I was gifted the opportunity to record anything I wanted in the best studio in the world and I decided to do this song out of respect to and to pay homage to Alhaji K Frimpong. I saw the tweet from his son, Cabum, and it was quite unfortunate but understandable.”

He confessed that the trolling and malicious dealings with this issue was understandable because of the limited information people had.

The multiple award-winning international artiste and Grammy nominee further stood by his resolve that he did the ‘Kyen Kyen Bi Adi Mawu’ song simply to honor Highlife music and project indigenous music content from Ghana on a global platform.

The song has since gained a widespread listening and a growing love for it since its release.

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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. 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.

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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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Lady Prempeh clashes with Kuami Eugene on upcoming single

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Lady Prempeh clashes with Kuami Eugene on upcoming single. Photo Credit: @LadyPrempeh/Twitter

After a hiatus of 7 years from the Ghanaian Gospel music scene, Esther Abena Nyakoa Prempeh, popularly known as Lady Prempeh, over the weekend announced a collaboration with VGMA Artiste of the Year nominee, Kuami Eugene.

This was revealed during her promo tour of the Ashanti region where she visited 11 radio stations.

What’s new? Lady Prempeh on Hello FM and Kessben Radio announced she would be releasing a song every two months, ahead of her upcoming 4th album.

She has so far released ‘Aseda’ (ThanksGiving), ‘Enka Ho Da’ and is set to release a replica of what she did with rapper Asem and Lynxx Entertainment CEO, Richie, in 2009.

Lady Prempeh drops her third single on her birthday, April 15; a song featuring VGMA Artiste of the Year nominee, Kuami Eugene.

She had this to say when questioned on Luv 99.5 FM on the reason behind her hiatus, “I have been away focusing on family whiles studying the current industry trends, especially, today’s style of music and catching up with social media”.

She further reiterated, “I will be releasing a song every two months leading to my first major solo-headline concert where I would launch my 4th album”.

“The major concerts and album launch would be held in Kumasi on Sunday, 1st September, 2019 and in Accra on Saturday September 14th, 2019, where you will witness 4 hours of what Lady Prempeh stands for, as a servant of God”, she also hinted on Nhyira 104.5 FM.

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Lady Prempeh debuted in 2004 with the album, Onyame Ne Mekamafo (God is my Advocate), which produced two mainstream hits ‘Onyame Ka Na Waka’ and ‘Nsohwe MMa Kwa’.

This won her New Gospel Act of the Year in 2005 at the Ghana Music Awards. She topped it up in 2008 with her album, ‘Eho Ye’ (A Good Place), producing hits- ‘Odoyi Wo hen’ and ‘Ehor Ye’.

In 2012, her third album, ‘Na Ataban’ (His Wings) produced hits ‘Ne Ntaban’ and ‘Onyame Be Ye’. Her upcoming fourth album titled, ‘This is Me’ is scheduled for September 2019 release on Gooding Records/Lady Prempeh Music.

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