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VGMA controversy: Charterhouse to release details this week

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Charterhouse Productions, organisers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), has pledged to publish details of the voting pattern for all the artistes that competed in the various categories of the Awards.

Head of Communications at Charterhouse, George Quaye hopes the details, which would be made public latest this Wednesday, would clear the controversy surrounding the Song of the Year category, which was won by Fancy Gadam with his ‘Total Cheat’.

Voting for the category was split into three- VGMA Academy (30%), VGMA Board (30%) and Public (40%)- with the greater share left for the voting public to decide which song was most popular during the year.

The late sensational Afropop singer, Ebony Reigns, won the Artiste of the Year, making her the first female to win the award in the 19-year history of the VGMA and the first to win it posthumously.

But Patapaa, one of the 12 artistes –including Shata Wale, Ebony Reigns, etc- whose songs contended for the Song of the Year category, is upset his popular ‘One Corner’ song whose popularity transcended the shores of Ghana, did not win the slot.

An angry Patapaa walked out of the auditorium as soon as ‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam was announced as the Song of the Year 2018.

The Swedru-based musician told JoyNews in an interview he had been robbed of the award, alleging that voting was influenced by money.

Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM Monday, George Quaye explained, one must perform well in the public votes plus a good showing in the voting of either of the remaining two -VGMA Academy or VGMA Board-  to win the tightly contested category.

He said each of the 12 songs in the category had the potential to win and urged aggrieved Patapaa to work hard next time.

“I do acknowledge where Patapaa is coming from but I will only encourage him to let it go,” Mr. Quaye told Show host, Daniel Dadzie.

George Quaye

Mr. Quaye, however, was disappointed that some of the artistes failed to publicise among their fans, the artwork designed for the various categories they were contending in.

“Even if that activity doesn’t win an award for you, it makes you very popular,” he noted.

According to him, the controversies after the awards “are always normal.” He expressed “general satisfaction” at the organisation of Saturday night’s event.

He anticipates an improved VGMA next year, the 20th since its inception, at a much spacious venue than the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), which is unable to accommodate the ever-increasing number of patrons each year.

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New Music: Stonebwoy ft Cassper Nyovest – Wame (Marry Me) ( Prod By Mr Leham )

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Wame is the collaboration performed by Ghanaian dancehall superstar, former BET Awards winning Stonebwoy and Family Tree chief Cassper Nyovest. This Song was Produce By Mr Leham

The song was made while Cassper was in Stonebwoy’s country few weeks ago. Listen to what the two African heavyweight came up with. Enjoy!

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JOSELYN DUMAS UNVEILED AS BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR JAGUAR [PHOTOS]

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On Saturday 14th April, Alliance Motors Ghana, the exclusive distributor of Land Rover and Jaguar in Ghana, presented a beachside launch for Jaguar’s new smart compact SUV, the E-PACE hosted by Joy FM’s Drive Time presenter, Lexis Bill.

The luxury auto dealership also announced the E-PACE brand ambassador, Joselyn Dumas during the event held at Sandbox Beach Club to over 150 guests which included Jaguar loyalists, media, influencers and young professionals from companies such as Barclays Bank, A&C Mall Development, Access Bank, Urban Grill/YOLO Experiences and Trasacco Homes.

During the launch, guests had the exclusive opportunity to view two Jaguar E-PACE vehicles which were strategically placed within the venue, virtually experience driving the new Jaguar E-PACE in augmented reality with the Point & Play app and pose with the luxury SUV in an interactive photo booth. Complimentary cocktails were provided by Remy Martin and electronics from EZone were on display to showcase E-PACE videos. Joselyn Dumas pulled the lucky winner of the raffle for an all expense paid trip to attend a Jaguar racing event at the Jaguar Land Rover Headquarters in South Africa.

”The E-PACE is an exciting new breed of Jaguar and we wanted the launch to reflect its fresh personality. We chose to introduce the E-PACE in a lifestyle setting rather than a traditional showroom to attract a new audience, which matches the E-PACE persona of modernity, youth, fun and elegance”, says Martin Madsen, General Manager of Alliance Motors Ghana.

”I am excited to be associated and be the face of this beautiful car. As the first person to drive and own the E-PACE in Ghana, I can confidently say that the E-PACE is here to serve the purpose of luxury, comfort and performance. This SUV is well equipped with safety and infotainment tech, has a very spacious and practical interior and it is simply fun to drive!”, adds Joselyn Dumas, an actress, media personality and brand ambassador of the Jaguar E-PACE.

The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle. Trademark Jaguar driving characteristics and stirring design put the brand’s sports car DNA in a practical design packed with advanced technologies. Every E-PACE is equipped with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission, and high-output models are also available with active driveline – a technological first for Jaguar.

The E-PACE is available with Standard, S, SE and HSE specification packs, in core or R-Dynamic body styles. Customers have a choice of two diesel engines, with outputs of 110kW and 132kW, and two petrol engines, producing 183kW and 221kW, respectively. All new Jaguar cars come with a five-year care plan: a five-year/100,000km service plan and a five-year/150,000km warranty, as standard.

”Jaguar has now launched the E-PACE in North America, Europe and sub-Sahara African markets. With the Atlantic ocean as the backdrop combined with a curated mix of local and international personalities and professionals at the Ghana launch, we created a truly unique and Ghanaian feel for the event. We are excited about the possibilities for the E-PACE and the continued growth of the Jaguar brand in this market”, adds Madsen.

Alliance Motors current in-house Jaguar promotion makes it easy to become a E-PACE owner with 40% deposit due at signing and the difference tailored over the remaining 36 months for those who qualify. Customers can customize their own Jaguar E-PACE using the online configurator on the Jaguar website.

Yes, actress Joselyn Dumas is enjoying her ambassadorial duties for car company, Alliance Motors.

She recently stepped out in her new car looking hot like a tamale, well like Mariah Carey. Check it out.

Meanwhile her JCD Foundation has installed Security Cameras as a donation to the Children’s Ward of the Korlebu Teaching Hospital to help reduce reports of the crime levels at the hospital and to protect the safety of the patients, their families and staff of the hospital.

Go girl!

 

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You’re ‘king’ but Stonebwoy is sitting on your head – David Oscar to Shatta Wale

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Comedian and musician, David Oscar has reiterated that Stonebwoy is far better than Shatta Wale musically and as such, the self-acclaimed dancehall king should respect the ‘Dirty Enemies’ hit maker.

Speaking on Daybreak Hitz, Thursday, monitored by abrantepa.com, Oscar said Shatta Wale is yet to achieve the feat Stonebwoy has.

Organizers of the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) honoured Shatta Wale on March 18, 2018 for his contributions to Reggae in Ghana and at the global level but Oscar opines that neither the recognition nor any other makes him better than Stonebwoy.

“When it comes to Reggae/dancehall, Stonebwoy has a BET; you don’t have one. You’re talking about IRAWMAs. Who doesn’t know that BET is bigger than the IRAWMAs? Let’s face facts” he argued.

The comedian known for not mincing words further jabbed Shatta Wale for overly bragging about his wealth.

“You are a king but someone is seated on you when it comes to the genre so respect that. You’re always boasting that you’re rich. If you’re rich, go buy BET” he stated.

Stonebwoy was adjudged Best International Act: Africa at the 2015 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards.

The dancehall artiste beat competition from Ghanaian counterpart Sarkodie, AKA (South Africa), Fally Ipupa (DR Congo), Sauti Sol (Kenya), The Soil (South Africa), Wizkid (Nigeria) and Yemi Alade (Nigeria).

He earned another nomination in the 2017 edition but lost.

Stonebwoy has also won the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year at the VGMAs on four consecutive occasions (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).

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