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Rawlings’ coup regime killed live band music – Gyedu-Blay Ambolley



There have been several calls to encourage Ghanaian artistes especially the new generation to perform live with a band.

Though there has been a slight increase in the number of artistes who perform with live band now, a greater number of the new crop of acts seem glued to miming over a record with the aid of a Disc Jockey (DJ) as compared to the 80s.

DJs have virtually dominated the entertainment arena to the extent that live band shows sometimes have DJs on standby.

If ‘live band’ music was the toast of Ghanaian music in the 80s, what must have contributed to its decline?

On Saturday, Joy FM’s entertainment analysis program, Showbiz A-Z hosted by Naa Ashorkor, tried to find out why Ghanaian music has lost its supremacy to Nigerian music.

Veteran broadcaster, Ken Addy, indicated the ubiquity of bands in Ghana and their vibrancy decades ago.

“There were plenty of bands…You could imagine the fun…Every day there was a band playing [in a hotel]…It isn’t the same now,” he said.

Legendary highlife musician, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, explained how Disc Jockeys took over the music scene during former President Jerry John Rawlings’s regime leading to the virtual collapse of live band music.

“When J.J came back for the second time, that is when the curfew became really strong. I think the curfew was on for a little over two years constantly. The musicians travelled outside.

“We work throughout the night and if by six o’clock we had to be indoors then it means no food on the table. Many of them started travelling to Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Europe,” Gyedu Blay Ambolley revealed.

“That was when the spinners [DJs] came in. When the curfew was lifted, no bands were home….Ghanaians started loving [Disc Jockeying]. They were playing music that had already been mixed.

“The sound was good and strong. The bands started coming back but didn’t have good instruments to be able to sound like the spinners’, he added.

Renowned music producer, Mark Okraku-Mantey, corroborated the views of Gyedu Blay Ambolley.

“Live band was [dominate] but because of the coup d’état era, most of our good performers were out of Ghana…Gyedu Blay was not in Ghana…Dr. Paa Bobo was in Nigeria.

“Nana Kwame Ampadu was in Nigeria for some time. Amakye Dede was in Nigeria,” Mark Okraku-Mantey revealed.

Clearly, the curfew resulting from the 1981 coup in Ghana staged by Flt. Lieutenant J. J. Rawlings drastically affected musicians in Ghana.

The long silence of musicians who performed with Live Band music led to the rapid rise of Disc Jockeying in Ghana.


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Regretful Counselor Lutterodt apologizes to Yvonne Nelson



Popular radio and television relationship counselor, Reverend George Lutterodt has issued an apology to Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson for comments attributed to him in which he heaved verbal abuses.

Lutterodt, who in an interview on TV Africa’s Breakfast Live tagged the actress as a “disgraceful born one” rendered a heartfelt apology to the movie director and producer on same show this week.

Ghanaians and industry players descended on Counselor Lutterodt over comments to the actress that have been tagged as ‘’uncalled for’’.

Speaking on TV Africa, he said: “To Yvonne Nelson, I say a very big sorry. The wording of the write-up, the conversation and video didn’t really match up, however since it has been said and has denigrated your brand, I sincerely apologize.’’

He further added that he personally has no grudge against the actress and reiterated that he makes comments based on the issues which are been discussed.

“We didn’t sit here to say we are coming to mock Yvonne Nelson or talk about Yvonne, No! But usually and constantly when the issues come up and in the quest to addressing them those things come in line. So the headline that says “Ashawo” or ‘born one” isn’t what it is. If you play the video, that’s not what it is. However, once it was derogatory to Yvonne Nelson and has hurt her brand, I will want to use this same platform that was used, to apologize to her. Yvonne Nelson, I am sorry.’’

“Every statement that has been said, even if it wasn’t what the write-up says, I retract it.” He ended.

 Source: Zionfelix

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I’m not part of Foklex Media Awards- Nhyira FM’s Kofi Asante Ennin



Morning show host of Kumasi-based Nhyira FM, Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin, has issued a disclaimer as a nominee of Foklex Media Award 2017/18 stating he is neither a nominee or an organiser.

“My attention has been drawn to a supposed presenters’ award of which I found my name to be a contestant”, he observed.

“I therefore call all my fans to disregard any of such event seeking to involve me”, he posted on his official facebook wall.

“I believe the biggest award for me is the numerous listeners that continue to be there for me always”, the host of morning political talk show “Kroyimunsem” stated.

“My Company has policy on workers participating in any event and I will advise that the next time any organization seeks to include me in an award or event prior and proper information be provided to me”, the broadcaster advised.

“Notwithstanding, I want to thank said Organizers for appreciating my good work to improve me in such event”, he added.

Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin is a Morning Show host and Senior Broadcast Journalist with Multimedia Group Limited.


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I felt embarrassed after Ebony’s video went viral- Ebony mortuary man



The mortuary man who is in the news for desecrating the corpses of late Dancehall act, Ebony Reigns and her friend, Frankie Kuri has finally broken his silence.

In the said video, which has since gone viral, the mortuary man is seen spreading his hands across the corpses of Ebony and her friend, Franky Kuri, as another stands by to video the action.

Some Ghanaians called for the mortuary man to be arrested, saying he has failed to respect the dead.

READ: PHOTOS: Ebony’s funeral cloth out

But speaking in an exclusive interview on Joy News, the mortuary man, who only gave his name as Ben said he did nothing wrong since he was acting on the orders of the police.

He said he was asked to identify some of the fractures on the body as part of his job.

“It’s never true that I fondled Ebony and it will never be true till Christ comes. I am a grown up person and will never do such a thing. I was only pointing the injury part as I was being commanded to do and there was no way I would make fun of Ebony and her friend. Ebony was a star and I respect her a lot” he told Joy News.

The mortuary man who claims to have been working for the past 20 years said he respects his profession and would not dare to damage anyone’s reputation.

Source: Abedu-Kennedy

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