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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'
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.

Audio: Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu by Rocky Dawuni feat. Sarkodie

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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#VGMA2019: List Of Winners – 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

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#VGMA2019: List Of Winners – 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

The wait is over. You voted and the results have finally been announced. Ghanamusic.com presents to you the authentic winners of the 20th-anniversary edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Find below the list of winners and their respective categories they won in:

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Audio: Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu by Rocky Dawuni feat. Sarkodie
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Meet the hosts of the 2019 VGMA: Kwame Sefa Kayi, Berla Mundi, Giovanni & Sika

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Sika Osei. Photo Credit: Charter House

Over the years, several distinguished personalities within the Ghanaian media have graced the stages of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards as hosts of the night but the 20th edition hosts are an interesting bunch.

This year’s edition features the multiple award-winning female media personality, Berla Addardey Mundi, a Ghanaian television and radio show host, women’s advocate voice artist and recently crowned as part of the four leading women in media in Ghana by Glitz Africa Magazine.

Berla holds a first class degree in linguistics and psychology from University of Ghana. She began her media career after becoming second runner up at the 2010 Miss Maliaka beauty pageant. Berla hosts reality shows and corporate events including Africa’s first syndicated show on DSTV, Moment with MO. She was recognized as the most influential Ghanaian in 2017 by Avance Media.

Mundi is known for fighting for young women. She launched a mentoring and career guidance project in 2018. It aims to offer skills training to young women. Her mission is to create a world of possibilities especially for girls, by encouraging them to believe in themselves, pursue and achieve their goal. She establish the Berla Mundi foundation in 2015.

Next on the list is Ghana’s very own ‘Chairman General’, Kwame Sefa Kayi, another multiple award-winning Ghanaian media personality, journalist and public speaker. He is currently the host of Peace FM’s morning show popularly known as “Kokrokoo”.

Audio: Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu by Rocky Dawuni feat. Sarkodie

He completed his secondary education at the Okuapeman Secondary School and moved on to gain admission into the Ghana Institute of Journalism, where he obtained Certificate in Public Relations, Advertising & Marketing and Certificate In Advanced Communication.

He commands an enviable reputation within his field of play and is a highly esteemed personality in the Ghanaian society with several decades of experience in the media. He is the go-to person for an MC in a gathering of royals, presidents and the creme de la creme in society- a befitting personality for the 20th anniversary celebration of Ghanaian music.

For the pre-event red carpet sessions at this year’s VGMAs, guests would be welcomed by the presenting skills of 3 FM’s Giovanni Caleb who was formerly the renowned co-host of Starr Drive on Starr 103.5 FM and Duvet on GhOne TV, Giovanni Caleb.

He would be partnered by Ghanaian/Nigerian actress, producer and TV host, Sika Osei. She is widely known for her roles in popular movies such as 3 Nights Ago (2016), In Line (2017) and Sidechic Gang (2018).

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Finally; Darkovibes to release his debut album

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Finally; Darkovibes to release his debut album. Photo Credit: Darkovibes

After two active years of neo-afro pop, a rap gang and repertoire of songs, ‘Stay Woke’ artist Darkovibes is ready to release his debut album.

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