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Pat Thomas thrills SIC Ladies at 40th anniversary dinner

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Pat Thomas

Experiences of most events are easily forgotten but not in the case of SIC Ladies Association’s 40th anniversary celebration dinner and dance party which went down last Saturday at the Police Social and Fitness Centre in Accra.

It was a night of musical explosion characterized by exciting dance moves as various artistes put up exhilarating performances to hook up dancers permanently unto the dancing floor.

The sweet aroma of delicious meals and varieties of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages was everywhere in excess begging for attention yet nobody seemed to care.

But what caught the attention and thrilled every Tom, Dick and Harry present at the event was the unique performance put up by the Ghanaian highlife legend Pat Thomas when the dancing floor was opened.

Pat Thomas, known for his ingenuity and versatility on stage, released series of melodious local highlife tunes, which kept the entire atmosphere fully charged.

Nothing on earth could prevent the ladies, leaders and their guests present from moving their dancing feet to the soothing rhythm emanating from the Y2K Band being controlled by the maestro as they could not sit or stand but were completely lost in the spirit of great joy and satisfaction.

The dinner and dance party, which climaxed the week-long activities lined up in commemoration of SICLA, saw presentation of awards to the past executive members of the association whose initiatives made it possible for its existence since inception 40 years ago.

Addressing the gathering, the President of the SICLA, Bernice Boachie, touted the achievements of the past executives, saying “it has kept us going despite the challenges we are confronted with”.

According to her, the existence of SICLA today can be attributed to the legacy left behind by her predecessors.

“They taught us how we should conduct ourselves as women in the corporate environment and to always respect and protect our organization. In addition, we have the art of giving and always come to the aid of those who are in need.”

Bernice Boachie took over the baton of leadership from her predecessors as the newly-elected President of SICLA barely six months ago.

Through dedication, hardwork and commitment with support from her colleagues, Ms Boachie has managed to change the face of the association from a less vibrant to an active one through application of right leadership measures.

Her vision for the growth of the association is to help put SIC Insurance Company first in everything, renewing the trust of the company in clients and offering excellence in customer service and helping re-orient the SIC brand to the general public.

Speaking in an interview, Ms Boachie disclosed she intends to inject some zest into the association in the coming days by organizing hosts of programmes including happy hours, female health issue educational programs, vacation trips both within and outside the country.

One of  such measures she intends to put in place that would position SICLA to become one of the best humanitarian associations within the corporate level is to see membership dues increased to an appreciable level to allow it accumulate enough funds to enable it reach out to deprived communities as well as help procure a bus for the association.

Present among the dignitaries who graced the event were some top management team of SIC Insurance Company and the past SICLA executives including some invited guests.

SIC Ladies Association (SICLA) is the first female association established 40 years ago in the country to foster bonding among women especially ladies within SIC Insurance Company Limited.

With the core mandate to build cohesive relationships among members while promoting the importance and the need for insurance, the association since its inception has donated to various orphanages and hospitals including The Royal Seed Orphanage located at Kasoa in the Central Region of Ghana.

By Joseph Kobla Wemakor|Accra

Christians to usher in Christmas with praise @ All Saint Victory Dance

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Christians in Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region will this year usher in Christmas with a musical concert that will see some of the prolific gospel musicians set the mode for the yuletide.

The event, All Saint Victory Dance 2017, is being organised by the Ashanti Crew in partnership with a subsidiary of Media General, Takoradi-based Connect 97.1FM.

The auditorium of the Holy Fire will on the eve of Christmas be on fire when Yaw Sarpong, Philipa Baafi, KODA, Nacee, S.K Frimpong and other gospel musicians mount the stage to entertain hundreds of Christians from various churches in the metropolis.

Ahead of the event, the artistes have been promising the people of Takoradi and Sekondi the best of show in the season.

Yaw Sarpong told Connect FM that he feels delighted to participate in the All Saint Victory Dance 2017 as it presents an opportunity to get closer to his fans in Takoradi and give them a great performance.

For Kofi Owusu Dua Anto popularly known as KODA, it will be a homecoming to his birth region, indicating the event would afford him the chance to get more interactive with his fans in Takoradi.

Director for the Ashanti Crew Solomon Agama told Connect FM that the programme seeks to bring together all Christians in the metropolis under one umbrella to praise the Lord for his goodness throughout the year.

He noted that celebrating Christmas is not always about going to beaches, clubs and having a fanfare but also events like the All Saint Dance which will give Christians the opportunity to make merry during the yuletide.

Mr. Agama said they have contacted the security services to provide and maintain security during the show which starts at 6:00pm on December 24.

By Victoria Nana Amoh|Connect FM|3news.com|Ghana

Nigerian artistes lavish Ghanaian DJs with money for promotion – Keche

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Andrew of Keche fame

A member of hiplife duo Keche, Andrew Kofi Cudjoe, has said most Ghanaian musicians are swerving DJs because they feel these DJs and presenters will ask them for money.

Andrew Keche, who was speaking on Accra-based Onua 95.1FM’s entertainment talk show Anigye Mmre, however, called for the need for Ghanaian musicians to appreciate DJs for what they do for them.

“I and my colleague Joshua will sometimes buy watches and other things and present it as gifts to some DJs and presenters just to appreciate what they are doing.”

Andrew, who was been interviewed by Christian Agyei Frimpong, went on to reveal that some Nigerian artistes come to Ghana to promote their songs.

“I heard they have WhatsApp groups with some of our DJs,” he revealed.

“[They] have recruited many radio DJs in Ghana, they communicate with them, come have dinner with them, appreciate them with little cash but Ghanaian artistes are not doing that. We are not doing something right and this industry is sick we need paracetamol.”

Keche has signed on GB Records as a brand new midtempo jam titled Next Level and produced by Kaywa on the instrumentation.

By Emmanuel Agyemang|3news.com|Ghana

AMA adopts Accra Symphony Orchestra to entertain Accra residents

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The Accra Metropolitan Assembly ( AMA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Accra Symphony Orchestra (ASO) to position the latter as the City’s Orchestra and cultural ambassador.

With the agreement, the orchestra is expected to be more accessible to and entertain residents Accra.

Per the MOU signed Thursday, the AMA would provide the necessary platform for the ASO to share its musical experience with residents in Accra and feature ASO in all relevant international sister city programmes.

The ASO on its part would create and implement programmes at parks and event centres within the city as well as train the youth and citizens in classical and opera music with the view to nurture and develop musical talents.

As part of its obligations, ASO will represent the city of Accra at international musical competitions, tours and recordings and to help promote the city as a hub for arts and culture in the world.

Notwithstanding both the AMA and ASO will maintain their own separate and unique mandates and missions. Also, the cooperation between them shall not be construed to mean the creation of a distinct entity.Chief Executive Officer of the AMA, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who signed the MOU on behalf of the Assembly on Wednesday, said the partnership is mutually beneficial adding that the Assembly would support the orchestra to promote the city of Accra.

He reiterated that it is the intention of the AMA to provide a unique opportunity for city dwellers to enjoy the city by not only providing green spaces for relaxation but also, good music to provide some calm within the hustle and bustle of their daily lives .

He disclosed that the Assembly will will next year construct a Central park with a theatre to serve as an entertainment centre for residents .“Next year God willing, we are going to see major transformation in the city of Accra …We are going to see a massive change in the City of Accra where we are going to have an Accra Central park with a theatre for all of us to come and play and enjoy ,” he said.

Madam Korkor Amarteifio, Executive Director of ASO, was grateful for the support and assured that the ASO would represent the city and position it as cultural metropolis of international standard and was hopeful to create new audiences and musicians.

Dr. Mensa Otabil

Dr. Mensah Otabil, founder of the Orchestra, said ASO is committed to western classical orchestra music, operatic music as well as reinterpreting African music in the orchestra style.

“We want to make the city of Accra a major center for the expression of music and we trust that this collaboration will help to make Accra a great and wonderful place to be,” he said.

By AMA|3news.com|Ghana

[Video] Promzy dares Reggie Rockstone to ‘battle’

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Promzy (L) wants the ‘battle’ to climax at the Accra Sports Stadium

Former VIP group member Promzy has posted a video challenging VVIP group member Reggie Rockstone to a battle.

It is clear Promzy isn’t entirely over on the group, especially when his departure from the group did not stall the group’s success in any way.

It is still not quite clear exactly what made him come out to challenge Reggie Rockstone to a battle.

The only way to find the reason behind this invitation, according to him, will be revealed when the stage is set.

While we wait for Reggie Rockstone to accept the open invitation or otherwise, make sure you don’t miss the Shatta Movement banner behind Promzy.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

[Video] Ebony all covered up in ‘Maame Hw3’

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Dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns has released a new video which condemns violence against women.

Titled ‘Maame Hw3’, the video shows the controversial artiste – whose real name is Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng –  all dressed up in what fans find an exact opposite of what she has been known for.

Watch the video below:

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Ayesem targets Obrafuor, Sarkodie, Manifest to boost his music career

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Ayesem

Takoradi-based artiste, Ayesem, says he hopes to collaborate with some of the industry’s heavyweights in a bid to come into the limelight.

Speaking on Connect FM’s entertainment show (Oil City Mix) Thursday, Ayesem, said he is targeting Obrafuor, Sarkodie and M.anifest and other experienced musicians to collaborate with on some of his songs.

He told host of the show, DJ Oxygen, that as a young artiste, featuring such legends would give him the needed mileage in his musical career.

The Koti hit maker is one of several musicians billed to perform at the upcoming Made in Taadi Concert scheduled for December 23, 2017.

Ayesem has since entering the scene released a number of singles including One Mic, Satan which features Singlet, Oluwa Oluwa and Fantia Na Meka

He is currently signed to Shocks Entertainment.

By Victoria Nana Amoh|Connect FM|3news.com|Ghana 

Facts about TV3’s new local telenovela, Sadia!

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A wealthy family has been living a lie for many years. Now with the passing away of the head of the home, the chickens are coming home to roost. All the secrets are about to be uncovered, yet the lies are far from over especially the VERY BIG LIE waiting to explode. Things are not going to be the same anymore with the Gibsons.

Sadia is coming home to a family she never knew — The odds are not in her favour.

Sadia chronicles the life of the protagonist, highlighting some of the challenges with migration of young people and human trafficking on the continent. This gripping drama series provides Ghanaians with an authentic local alternative to foreign telenovelas in line with Media General’s commitment to predominantly promote local content across channels.


Questions & Answers

  1. Last Friday, Media General Premiered Sadia — what many are touting to be Ghana’s first Soap Opera. Since then there has been a lot of buzz especially on Social Media about this latest introduction. What is Sadia all about?
  • Sadia is a super exciting and groundbreaking Ghanaian drama series Media General is introducing on TV3 every Monday and Tuesday effective today.
  • Sadia is a refined and authentic Ghanaian alternative to the numerous foreign telenovelas that have taken over television channels in Ghana.
  • It chronicles the life of the protagonist — telling a compelling Ghanaian story that will certainly touch the heartstrings of viewers.
  • It is a suspense filled drama series that travels from the North through to the South with lots of life lessons for every viewer.
  • Sadia is unique in the sense that it has never been done before. It is a 100 episode drama series produced by Ghanaians for Ghanaians.
  1. That sounds truly exciting but there are a lot of telenovelas on TV why Sadia? Why is Media General investing in a local drama series of this magnitude?
  • You are absolutely right about the plethora of telenovelas in Ghana. If you take a dipstick survey of the industry today, typically 4 in every 5 drama series you see on TV is foreign. From South American, Italian to Indian and that is a big problem because as we promote more foreign content, the local creative arts industry suffers.
  • Media General has always led the way in promoting local content through our channels — primarily TV3. Over the years, Ghanaians have enjoyed exciting local productions such as Efie Wura, James Town Fisherman etc.
  • With the introduction of Sadia, we are taking the promotion of local content a notch higher.
  • We are doing this because we believe in the Ghanaian creative arts industry. We are doing this because we are predominantly committed to promoting local content through our channels.
  • We are doing this because we are committed to our viewers, they told us they want a compelling and authentic Ghanaian alternative to foreign telenovelas and that is exactly what we are giving to them.
  1. Sadia is premiering today, after the news? What should viewers expect?
  • An exciting, suspense filled, authentic Ghanaian story that touches the heartstrings of viewers.
  • Sadia will tell your story and have you at the edge of your seats throughout the 100 episodes.
  1. Is there anything else viewers should expect from TV3 and Media General over the Christmas period
  • Starting this week, our 8-9PM prime time programming is being transformed with Ghanaian and African themed content. From Monday to Friday, they can enjoy the choicest African programming in Ghana.
  • In addition to that, over the Christmas holiday period, we will be delighting our viewers with delightful programming across our TV, Radio and Digital channels through our 12 Days of Giving initiative.
  • Stay tuned to TV3 for the best programming, and to our radio channels — 3FM, Onua FM, Connect FM and Akoma FM and to our digital channel 3news.co

By 3news.com|Ghana

Story of a corrupt minister captured in ‘Bigman Wahala’ film

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A corrupt cabinet minister on the run from justice from soldiers in the aftermath of a coup d’état seeks the help of a poor, struggling taxi driver to make his escape in a yet-to-be released film – Bigman Wahala.

The conversations and experiences between the two as well as the final fallout of the journey, make this a story not to miss.

Principal photography of the feature film that is filled with intriguing action drama concluded last week and it is set to hit the screens mid next year.

Filming was carried out at various locations in the Winneba area and Accra.

“It has been an incredibly hectic and rewarding time for many on this shoot, both professionally and personally” the writer and director, Daniel Adjokatcher said on the final day of the shoot.

He added: “I would like to thank our various partners, especially the Ghana Armed Forces and the University of Education, Winneba without whom this shoot would have been impossible”.

Oscar Provencal [Inspector Bediako], who plays the role of the corrupt cabinet mnister in the film, observed “It has been a great experience.

“I think this movie is going to be one of a kind when it comes out, because it speaks to corruption, class and human relationships. It is definitely one to watch,” he stated.

Starring in the film are John Tijani, Fred Amugi and Rhoda Ampene among others. The film is A Story Well Production.

Below are some of the behind the scenes photos

By 3news.com|Ghana

Hiplife generation wanted to get rid of highlife – Music professor

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A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Music of the University of Ghana, Professor Edmund John Collins, says the generation of Ghanaian musicians who brought what was later referred to as ‘hiplife’ wanted to have nothing to do with the know Ghanaian genre of highlife.

Professor Collins said the ‘hiplife’ generation was originally doing pure hiphop adopted from the West but later had to fuse in highlife when they realised they cannot do away with the traditional genre.

The ‘hiplifers’ were doing hiphop only that it was in the local language, he said.

The professor of music said what the ‘hiplifers’ referred to as rap was already a feature of Ghanaian music with the likes of Gyedu Blay Ambulley doing that.

Professor Collins, who was born and bred in Ghana, made these known on TV3’s 20 by Twenty over the weekend.

Reggie Rockstone is acclaimed as the originator of hiplife

He said there was a huge gulf between the older musicians and the new ones due to the scrapping of music as a course of study from the education curricula by the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) administration.

“The youth had no role models because music was taken from education,” he told host Winston Amoah.

He accused the ‘hiplife’ generation of wanting to break the status quo by trying to speak very fast.

“They want[ed] to be artificial,” he stressed.

But he commended the Kufuor administration for heeding to calls to re-introduce music in the school curricula, thus sustaining what Ghana has been widely known for, highlife.

Watch full interview below:

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana