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Tema natives colorfully observe Homowo ‘Soobii.’

Residents and visitors in the Tema Central Business Area were drawn to the colourful observation of the ‘Soobii’ segment of the Ga Homowo yearly festival by cars honking and loud Ga traditional music blaring from speakers. ‘Soobii,’ which literally means “Thursday People,” is the day before the production of the festival’s unique cuisine, “Kpokpoi.”

It is a day that the natives welcome their relatives from rural communities in the traditional area and other parts of the country.

The women, dressed in matching clothes, sat at the edges of the doors of the taxi cabs, displaying and drinking from their green beer bottles as they danced in excitement.

The vehicles they were seated in moved slowly through the principal streets of Tema Community One.

The Soobii procession started from the Meridian enclave, the original settlement of the people of Tema before the creation of the harbour and their subsequent relocation to Tema Manhean.

This year’s Soobii procession had a new twist as a number of yellow painted Pragya tricycles were used in addition to the traditional taxis, and it was a day for the tricycles to visit the administrative area as their operations had been hitherto confined to Tema Newtown/Manhean areas.

At the premises of the Tema Metropolitan Authority (TMA), the women, accompanied by a few men got off their vehicles and danced Kpᾰ (a traditional dance in which they move gracefully, stamping their feet, raising their shoulders and swinging their hands) to the Kpᾰ lala (Kpa song) which is used to commend or criticise activities of people.

Mr Yohane Amarh Ashitey, the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, could not hide his excitement as the women sent the celebrations to the Assembly and joined in the singing and dancing as they placed a necklace of nyanyra leaves (Momordica Charantia) on his neck as a sign of blessings and honour from the people of Tema.

Asafoanye Naa Agbo I, a member of the Tema Traditional Council (TTC), explained to the Ghana News Agency in Tema that the observation of the Soobii originated from the olden days when they welcome back their relatives staying at far places such as Saasabi, Oyibi, and other villages, as well as those who had travelled out of the region or the country.

Asafoanye Agbo, who is also the representative of the Traditional Council at the TMA, added that they came in groups on vehicles, a depiction of what was done currently by the women, adding that the people of the town welcome them by shouting repeatedly “Soobii ebaee” to wit, Thursday People have arrived!”

She further said the night was for jubilation and merry making as the women would come together in their various clan houses to prepare the Kpokpoi, beginning from the eve of Friday.

On why the women preferred sitting on the doors of the vehicle instead of in it, she stated that it was for the fun of it adding that as a precaution the vehicles do not speed, while the organizers thought it wise to add an ambulance to the fleet to take care of any emergency.

Taking the GNA through other activities of the Homowo, she stated that ꬼmaa dumↄ (growing of corn/millet) was done during the Kplejoo Festival which ushers in the Homowo.

She added that closing of the sea for three days, and opening it with some traditional rituals, and fishing expedition by the two fishing quarters has also been done some days back.

Naa Agbo said there was also “ꬼↄↄ wala” (Life be unto you) which would be observed on Sunday morning when every native is expected to visit his or her clan home for peaceful settlement of any misunderstanding.

She indicated that the evening of the same Sunday would see people dressed in their best and visiting family and friends to dine and wish each other long life, good health, wealth, among others.

She further said a week after this, the traditional priestesses, adorned in their beautiful clothes and beads would entertain the people at the shrine of the traditional high priest with skilful dances.

She extended an invitation to residents of Tema and the public to join the natives to celebrate the Homowo as it provides a great opportunity to learn about the people hosting them in the harbour cum industrial city at the centre of the world.

source :GNA

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Nana JD Releases “Yawheh” – a New Single

Fast rising young gospel act, Nana JD is set to release another spirit-filled single titled “Yahweh”.
The song according to him points to God as the Most Supreme, Saviour and Provider. It calls on humanity to commune with God. It is a movement and a clarion call on believers to return to God.
“For me the song goes beyond rhythm and words. It is for the praying knees, wailing hearts and the ones craving for intimacy with the Most High”- he stated.
Nana JD spearheads the annual extended and spirit-filled worshipful event, “Foros Timis” (My Homage to Jesus). The event has seen massive move of God over the years.
Yahweh which features Japhet Adjetey comes at the back of other powerful singles such as  “Use me Lord” and “Great is your Name”.
Yahweh releases on Monday September 21 on aftown, iTunes, Google Play and Deezer among others.
Stay tuned!
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Obrafour, Sarkodie release single track ‘Moesha‘

Legendary Ghanaian musician, Kwabena Okyere Darko, widely known as Obrafour has featured the ‘Highest’ rapper, Sarkodie on his latest song and this time they are singing about ‘Moesha.’
In ‘Moesha,’ produced by Jam Master Jay, Obrafour expresses his regret after letting the love of his life walk out of his life.
 
In ‘Moesha,’ produced by Jam Master Jay, Obrafour expresses his regret after letting the love of his life walk out of his life. Obrafour and Sarkodie

 The experienced singer, in the song speaks about how much he misses Moesha after parting ways with her in long years. On the 4-minute track, Sarkodie also proved his mettle by rapping about his regret of ditching ‘Moesha.’ The song which is bound to be a hit, is a light mid-tempo cut that sets the perfect vibe for the oncoming cold weather. This is the duo’s latest collaboration following earlier bangers like “Hiplife,” “Hope” and more.

 

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The collaboration further dispels rumors that the two were not on good terms. They make a pretty dependable duo when it comes to delivering bangers considering their earlier offerings. Even though before the official video for ‘Moesha’ could be premiered, the song is already receiving huge attention on various social media platforms
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I have fallen totally in love with Patapaa Amisty

Actress Fella Makafui has taken to her official Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/fellamakafui/?hl=en to confess her feelings for Patapaa Amisty.
“I usually don’t do this but can’t hide it anymore ???? ???? Meet My Celebrity Crush????????…#Pataapeezyyyy for the money ???..”
This  seems so real than to be taken as a joke, not long ago, Nigerian Afro-pop singer, Goodness Amodu Ayomide, better known on stage as ‘Guudy’ revealed that she likes the  ‘One Corner’ hit-maker.
“I really like Patapaa and I have totally fallen in love with him. Patapaa is a very smart artiste who rides on controversies confronting him to elevate his music career to the next level”, she said.

Patapaa Amisty christened Justice Amoah, is an Afro-pop Ghanaian musician from Swedru who found his way into the limelight with his ‘One Corner’ song.

TEMA: Jewel Ackah is Dead

Legendary Ghanaian composer and high-life musician, Jewel Ackah, who has been battling stroke and other ailments, has died.
He died at his Tema Community 11 home Friday at about 7:00pm, his son, Francis Ogoo confirmed to 3news.com.
He was 73.
Jewel Ackah has for the last decade been battling stroke and other sicknesses which caused his face and body to bloat.
In 2016, he told Accra-based Onua FM that “I have been battling with stroke, leg pain and I mean so many things. I just give thanks to the Almighty God for even bringing me this far.
“At first, I couldn’t walk nor speak. For now, I am able to walk a little but not all that good as compared to the first,” he said

Jewel Ackah [L] with some of the country’s music legends
ut his condition later deteriorated again; a situation that caused family members to seek his discharge from the 37 Military Hospital in Accra two weeks ago.
Until his discharge, the legend whose decades of music covered highlife and gospel, was unable to speak or walk, 3news.com gathered from close family sources.
A group photo of Mr. Ackah and some of the players in the industry when they visited him a year ago.

“He was moved from the hospital last two weeks because he could not talk and his condition was not getting any better” TV3’s entertainment reporter Owusu Worae who spoke to a family source told 3news.com
Jewel Ackah was noted for composing the popular National Democratic Congress anthem, ‘Arise’.
Prior to his demise, he accused the party of neglect, claiming he had not received support from them after all the years of sacrifices.
“NDC does not give money; they neglected me even in power. After that composition, I became a typical NDC. I did the song for free, and if I were supposed to charge for it will be over billions of cedis,” he told Adom FM last year.
 
Source: 3news.com
 

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Hosting VGMA was a big honour — Berla Mundi

Media personality, Berla Mundi has disclosed that hosting this year’s edition of the Ghana Music Awards which came off last Saturday “meant the world” to her.
Berla and actor, John Dumelo, took on the hosting duties this year and she did great. In previous years, she was one of the hosts for the Red Carpet sessions of the awards scheme.
The Late Afternoon Show host told Showbiz in an interview, she is grateful that she was given the opportunity to host Ghana’s biggest music awards event.
“It meant the world. This is my biggest stage ever since I started,” an excited Berla said.
“And it just meant that Charterhouse, VGMA and Ghana at large had come to accept me as someone they could trust enough to host such an event and so it meant the world to me. I’m always grateful for that,” she added.
In the short time that Berla Mundi has been in the media space, she has grown to become one of the most sought after events hosts in the country with her bubbly personality and flawless English.
She has hosted events like the Miss Malaika pageants in the last few years and was a co-host for last year’s MTN Hitmaker talent show along with Starr FM’s Giovanni Caleb.
Berla revealed that thinking of how to make the VGMA a great show not only for herself and Ghanaians helped in her excelling on the night.
“I’ve always been a positive person, and so instead of thinking of the mistakes I could make, I was rather thinking of how I could make this the most memorable night for myself and Ghanaians as well.”
She disagreed with assertions on social media that John Dumelo performed poorly on the night saying that they “gelled really well. I think we did absolutely fantastic.”
Berla expressed her appreciation to Charterhouse, Vodafone and the Ghana Music Awards team for trusting her to host the show.
She was optimistic about doing “better” should she be asked to host the next edition in 2019.
Ebony made history as the first female to win the ultimate – ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the 19th edition of the awards scheme which was held under the theme “Our Music Beyond Borders.”
 
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Fancy Gadam given a rousing and heroic welcome to Tamale after VGMA win

Fast rising Tamale-based artiste, Ahmed Mujahid Bello popularly as Fancy Gadam who set a new record at the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was given a rousing and heroic welcome by the chiefs and people of Tamale on Monday.
Fancy Gadam who grabbed two awards at the 2018 VGMA, Hip-life Song of the Year Award and the Most Popular Song of the Year Award was ushered into Tamale from the Airport amidst heavy vehicular traffic with motorists blowing their horns.
The “Total Cheat” hit maker presented the awards to the chiefs of Tamale for their blessings and also to show appreciation of their unflinching support.
Fancy Gadam who has been described by his funs and some entertainment pundits as the “pride of Northern Ghana” later in the day posted on his social media handles acknowledging the massive love and support the chiefs and his fans showed him by voting massively for him to win the two awards.
“Tamale Gukpenaa and Tamale Dakpema! Two great Kings in our kingdom told me they personally voted for us to win!” he posted.


The talented musician who is known for pulling massive crowd at concerts rose to stardom after he won the 2017 VGMA New Artiste of the year award.
He demonstrated his consistent performance in the Music Industry this year by grabbing the Hip-life Song of the year and the most popular song of the year awards at the 2018 VGMA.
However, the Most Popular Song of the Year Award has been greeted with several controversies as Patapaa, the “One Corner” hitmaker has criticized organizers of VGMA and accused them of allegedly taking bribe from Fancy Gadam and denying him (Patapaa) the award despite the popularity of his “one corner” song.

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Praye not reunited yet – Choirmaster

It’s been five years since Hiplife group, Praye went their separate ways and despite all three; Choirmaster, Kente and Big J Cartel, performing together at the just ended Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), Choirmaster says they are not reuniting just yet.
There has been a lot of talk about the trio getting back together in recent times and that subject even led to some arguments on social media among them.
After the good show they had at the VGMA, the thinking was that they are back but Chorimaster told Showbiz yesterday morning he is still embarking on his solo project and time will tell whether the group will get back together or not.
“I have said that I don’t have any issues with my label mates. If there is the need that we come together for a project why not? I am always available,” he said.
According to Choirmaster, it felt good that all three came back on stage after five years and explained that he joined Kente and Big J Cartel on that huge platform to let Ghanaians know he did not have a problems with them.
“Our performance was one of the best on the night. The crowd really responded to us well on stage and I am glad we killed it. I think Ghanaians have been waiting for this reunion in a very long time but I want to tell them time will tell,” he said

The Prayer Trio Big J Cartel, Choirmaster and Kente

It was not all disappointment though as Choirmaster teased that Ghanaians will hear something from them soon. “We are still in talks as to when to come together and do something and very soon Ghanaians will hear from us,” he added.
In their day, Praye gave us songs like Angelina, Wodin, Shoddy, Wonkoaa and Jacket.
 
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Carrie Underwood: Still shy about showing her full face after getting 40 stitches

In publicizing the fact that she’s back to work after a scary accident in November, Carrie Underwood posted a photo herself in a recording studio to her social media accounts.
But the photo of the 35-year-old country star only showed her face in profile, People magazine noted.
In fact, Underwood has kept all selfies and photos of herself to a minimum since what she called her Nov. 10 “freak, random accident,” People added.
That’s when she fell down some steps in her Nashville, Tennessee home. In the fall, she said she sustained a broken wrist as well as injuries to her face that required 40 to 50 stitches.
People added that the “American Idol” alum hasn’t bared her full face in public since the accident.
After the fall, Underwood was confronted with what could be of the most traumatic events to strike an entertainer whose personal appearance is part of her brand.
In a letter to her fan club, she disclosed that she wasn’t “looking the same,” E! News reported in January. She added that the accident had changed her life. She said she expected to be heading back to the recording studio sometime soon and knew she would have to one day show her full face in front of a camera.
“I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different,” she wrote. “I’m hoping that, by then, the differences are minimal, but, again, I just don’t know how it’s all going to end up.”
Then again, about one month after the accident, “Below Deck” alum Adrienne Gang posted a photo of Underwood and herself after a recent gym workout. The reality TV star said she had “no clue” Underwood had been injured.

From the photo, it appeared that any difference to Underwood’s face were indeed “minimal.”