• Thursday, April 19, 2018

Diamond Platnumz ‘briefly detained’

Tanzania’s top music star Diamond Platnumz was only held briefly by authorities over what they allege were “obscene” videos he allegedly posted on social media, news agency Reuters reports.

The 28-year-old singer whose birth name is Nassib Abdul was arrested on Monday.

Another artist, 26-year-old Faustina Charles who is popularly known as Nandy, was also released after being detained.

She was also accused of “indecency” for a video that was shared on WhatsApp.

A government minister has said that the two musicians are likely to face criminal charges.





Domestic violence prevalence in Ghana is a deep rooted cultural belief that, it is socially acceptable for men to discipline their wives/partners physically, economically and emotionally. Statistics shows that, one out of three women in Ghana is likely to experience domestic violence in their life time.

According to a 2011 survey conducted by Ghana Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey   (MICS), 60 percent of Ghanaian women believe that their husbands are justified in beating their wives, for a variety of reasons whilst in 2008, 38.7 percent of Ghanaian married women between the ages of 15 and 49 have experienced some form of physical, emotional or sexual violence by a husband or partner at some point in their lives.

Some of the reasons why men beat or abuse their wives or partner stated in the MICS report include; if she goes out without telling him, if she neglects the children, if she argues with him, if she refuses sex with him, if she burns the food, if she insults him, if she refuses to give him food, if she has another partner, if she steals, or if she gossips.

Revealing that, majority of these women who believe it is right for husbands to beat their wives are mostly less educated and can be found below the socioeconomic ladder.

But this is not the case of Shatta Mitchy, longtime partner of dance hall artist, Shatta Wale. Shatta Mitchy is not below the socio economic ladder neither is she uneducated.

It is alleged that the self-acclaimed “dance hall king”, Shatta Wale over the weekend mercilessly beat his baby mama and partner for reasons known to the two of them.

Over the weekend, the Shatta’s have been on trending on the various social media platforms especially Facebook where they both have been throwing jabs at each other.

In one of her posts on her facebook page, she posted a picture of herself with a message stating “someone who we think is Wale is ungrateful, a hypocrite with other unprintable words.

This message of Shatta Mitchy came to react to an earlier post by her ‘husband’ Shatta Wale, “When a woman chase you with a Knife .DAWG AM …..!!!!!! Boys be wise ….Am done… The wise will understand!!!!!!!!”

Ever since the two have been trading insults at each other.




Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com

VGMA 2018 winners; Ebony Reigns crowned Artiste of the Year

Dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns was crowned posthumously as the Artiste of the Year on the night the whole music industry in Ghana gathered to reward those who did well in 2017 and are deserving of picking awards at the 19th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

Aside the Artiste of the Year Award, Ebony Reigns won two other awards, Album of the Year with Bonified, Afro Pop Song of the Year with Sponsor in addition to her Maame Hwe song which won her manager Bullet, the Song Writer of the Year award.

Ebony’s father and mother joined Bullet and other members of RuffTown Records to receive the award.

The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful who together with the CEO of Charterhouse, Theresa Ayeoade presented the ultimate award described it as a “well deserving award” for Ebony.

Ebony is the first female to win the Artiste of the Year category.

The CEO of Charterhouse announced that next year’s event would be held in a larger venue to accommodate more patrons.

The following artistes picked up awards

  • Artiste of the Year – Ebony Reigns
  • Album of the Year – Bonyfied – Ebony
  • Song of the Year – Total Cheat (Fancy Gadam)
  • Best New Artiste of the Year – Kuame Eugene
  • Record of the Year – Teephlow (State of the Art)
  • African Artiste of the Year – Davido
  • Best Female Vocalist of the Year – Adina
  • Best Male vocalist of the Year – Joe Mettle
  • Best Music Video  – Phamous – George Gyimah (Captain Planet’s Obi agye obi girl video)
  • Best Group of the Year – Wutah
  • Best Rapper of the Year – Sarkodie
  • Best Collaboration of the Year – Shatta Wale (Taking Over)
  • Reggae/Dance Hall Artiste of the Year – Stonebwoy
  • Song Writer of the Year – Bullet (Ebony’s Maame Hwe)
  • Hiplife/Hip-pop Artiste of the Year – Sarkodie
  • Highlife Artiste of the Year – Kuame Eugene
  • Gospel Artiste of the Year – Joe Mettle
  • Highlife Song of the Year – Kidi (Odo)
  • Afro Pop Song of the Year – Ebony (Sponsor)
  • Hiplife Song of the Year – Fancy Gadam ft. Sarkodie (Total Cheat) 
  • Reggae Dancehall of the Year – Samini (My Own)
  • Hip Pop Song of the Year – Kwesi Arthur (Grind day)
  • Gospel Song of the Year –  Joe Mettle (Bo noo ni)
  • 2018 VGMA Lifetime Achievement Award – Naa Amanua Dodoo of Wulomei Group 
  • Instrumentalist of the Year – Dominic Quashie 
  • Best Traditional Music Group – Amamreso Music and Dance Ensemble


It was Nana Yaa, daughter of highlife legend, Pat Thomas and Naa Amanua Dodoo of Wulomei, 2018 VGMA Lifetime Achievement award winner, who warmed the stage for the night.

Naa Amanua who started singing at age 10 after receiving her lifetime award was joined by Nana Yaa to perform a fantastic vocal from both artistes.





VGMA Set for Tomorrow

Ghana Music Awards, Ghana’s most prestigious music awards organized by Charterhouse is here again. The music industry’s biggest award night will witness awarding many artistes who have worked tirelessly in the year under review.

Since its inception, musicians and industry stakeholders have held it in high esteem even though there have been some allegations and scandals surrounding it.

We have compiled the list of winners of the Artiste of the Year” category at Ghana Music Awards since its inception in 1999.

  • 1999: Akyeame
  • 2000: Daddy Lumba
  • 2001: Kojo Antwi
  • 2002: Lord Kenya
  • 2003: Kontihene
  • 2004: V.I.P
  • 2005: Obour
  • 2006: Ofori Amponsah
  • 2007: Samini
  • 2008: Kwaw Kese
  • 2009: Okyeame Kwame
  • 2010: Sarkodie
  • 2011: V.I.P
  • 2012: Sarkodie
  • 2013: R2Bees
  • 2014: Shatta Wale
  • 2015: Stonebwoy
  • 2016: E.L
  • 2017: Joe Mettle

With less than twenty-four hours (24) to go, who will win the ultimate “artiste of the year”, the topmost Award on the night. The ‘Artiste of the Year’ category looks tough and competitive as 2017 ‘Artiste of the Year’ Joe Mettle, BET Award winner, Sarkodie, SM Boss Shatta Wale, BHiM Nation Boss Stonebwoy and the late Ebony Reigns battle for that prestigious award.

Under the year in review, all the above top Ghanaian artistes did their best, from performing at both local and international events to releasing albums as well as hit singles (songs).



Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com


In efforts to encourage patriotism and acknowledge the contribution of citizens in their quest to ensure development and growth of the three Northern region in the country, an Award Scheme has been instituted especially to honour northers in the entertainment sector.

Over the years, the three Northern Regions in Ghana have been described as the poorest and deprived part that needs great attention to secure their socio-economic development and growth.

And against this backdrop, Smile Multimedia have deem it necessary to appreciate personalities especially in the entertainment sector who are indigene for their numerous contributions to uplift the image of these three Northern Regions.

Explaining the rationale for the Awards Scheme in an exclusive interview with wisetvonline.com, the Smile Multimedia Executive Officer, Latif Alhassan stated the scheme is to honour hard working entertainers of northern origin, noting “it is time we appreciate and support our own, we can’t expect people to support us when we don’t support and promote our entertainers.”

Believing, this Scheme will also promoted tourism since these three Northern region who h are Upper West, Upper East and the Northern region are endowed with numerous tourist sites that needs to marketed to bring in revenue for the development of these regions.

Adding, the Scheme he believes will revive the patriotism and zeal in the people especially the youth of the importance to contribute towards their socio-economic development.

When quizzed on some of the challenges encountered in organizing such an award scheme for entertainers in these three Northern Regions, Latif Alhassan explained that, sponsorship or support for such events is difficult to secure not to talk of the non willingness of the corporate industry to come on board to acknowledged these ‘heroes’ of ours.

Adding, as a country, it is relevance to identify individuals whether young or old who in their own small way is making a difference in the lives of the ordinary citizens.

Meanwhile, he called on the people of the three northern regions and northerners in general to be disciplined, indicating, “it’s only with discipline that we can get to where we desire to be as well what we desire for as people.

Opining that, it is only with discipline that “people will stop looking down at us, and  said without mincing words that, “without discipline, we as northerners can get to where we wan not to talk of developing our regions to secure the future of our young people”.

Some of the personalities that won an award is the famous northern musician,Fancy Gadam who took the overall artist of the year whilst Raphous got Upper West artist of the year.




Source: Naayirmi Dery/wisetvonline.com

Sierra Leone’s ‘bubu king’ dies

Ahmed Janka Nabay – one of Sierra Leone’s best-known musicians – has died aged 54, the music website Pitchfork reports.

Luaka Bop Records representatives confirmed his death to the website.

Nabay became known as the king of bubu music after taking traditional music of the Temne people in Sierra Leone and modernising it into an electronic dance subgenre.

He first rose to fame in Sierra Leone in the 1990s after competing in a talent contest, and later found fame in the US, where he fled after the civil war.

The cause of death was not clear.




How Ghanaian-American become Louis Vuitton new creative boss

Virgil Abloh, founder of streetwear brand Off-White den Kanye West en creative director, be di new menswear designer give French fashion label Louis Vuitton.

“I dey feel elated,” di 37-year-old talk The New York Times, he add say den di opportunity check like “goal for my wildest dreams”.

Di news site say Abloh be one of di few black designers who dey occupy position for major French fashion house.

Others like Olivier Rousteing – di creative director for Balmain, den British designer Ozwald Boateng who lead Givenchy men’s wear from 2003 to 2007.

Abloh go present en first menswear collection for Louis Vuitton around June for Paris Fashion Week.

Louis Vuitton chief executive Michael Burke praise di designer en “sensibility towards luxury den savoir-faire” wey he add say Abloh go be “instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton demma menswear into di future”.





The final funeral rites and burial service for the late Ebony Reigns will be held today, March 24 at the forecourt of the State House in Accra.

Ahead of burial service, a concert was held last night to honour her memory.  The concert was organized by her management team Ruff Town Entertainment, in collaboration with the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Kasapreko Company Limited saw many musicians in attendance to pay their tribute to the late Ebony Reigns at the Trade Fair Centre in Accra.

Born Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, Ebony, became a household name with the hit song “Dancefloor”, in December 2015.  With Bullet as her manager, Ebony released several songs like kupe, maame hwe among others.

Ebony died in a gory accident on the Sunyani-Kumasi road while returning to Accra from Sunyani. Her childhood friend and Personal Assistant, Franky Kuri and an Air Force officer, Francis Atsu Vondee, who was said to be her bodyguard also died in the car crash.




Source:Naayirima Dery/wisetvonline.com


In the wake of the zylofone media and dancehall artiste, Stonbwoy brouhaha, CEO of Zylofone Media, Nana Appiah Mensah has rendered an apology to the Dancehall  artiste.

Stonebwoy born Livingstone Etse Setekla and his management were recently attacked at Champs Bar in Accra where Stonebwoy was having a show to take back a car alleged to have been given to him by the company.

in a tweet post today, the Zylofone Media Boss, Nana Appiah, “I apologize to team @stonebwoyb and all well-wishers for the unfortunate ill incident that occurred. The transport manager exercised a discretion characterized by reflex and over exuberance. An act I vehemently condemn and discourage from our society.”

The clash between the two teams, reports suggest led to the firing of gunshots.

Meanwhile, the “go higher” crooner  has explained that he fired the gunshots to defend himself “of any gruesome attack that may have been launched on him”.

Many Ghanaians who have been following the “beef” between the artiste and his label are not happy at the turn of events.

While some have condemned Zylofone Media of being unprofessional in handling the current situation, others have also labelled the employees of the firm as incompetent and incriminating Stonebwoy due to the signing of Shatta Wale. But reacting to the issue, Nana Appiah Mensah described the incident as “unfortunate” and strongly condemned those involved.



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