VGMA @ 20: Mary Ghansah, Kofi Abraham & J.A. Adofo to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

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Charterhouse Production, organizers of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards will honour three Legendary artistes at the 20th edition of the award scheme.

The award scheme since its inception in 2000 will for the first time present a Lifetime Achievement Award to two gospel greats, Rev. Mary Ghansah and Prof. Kofi Abraham.

Highlife legend, J. A. Adofo will also be honoured by organizers for contribution to highlife music and the music industry as a whole in Ghana.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is adjudged by the Board as a Living Legend of Ghanaian Music whose works must have spanned generations. The artiste may not have released in the year under review.

1.Rev. Mary Ghansah

Rev. Mary Ghansah is a minister of the gospel who has inspired many through worship over the years. This year marks her 40th anniversary in music ministry with close to 20  albums to her credit in a career.

2. Prof. Kofi Abraham

Professor Kofi Abraham, has contributed immensely with regards to gospel music and the music industry as a whole in Ghana.

Kofi Abraham, who was given the title ‘Professor’ at Koforidua by a member of the Late President Hilla Limann’s administration and  had led the True Gospel Band and the Ashanti Regional Music Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), received the award after performing two of his popular songs at the Ghana Police Band Centenary celebration.

He is better known by the old folks than the younger generation, thrilled the audience at the main auditorium of the National Theatre with the lyrics of some of his old songs that perfectly tell the story about basic principles of the Christian faith.

His contribution to gospel music goes back to 1970s and the indomitable role he played in the music industry opened the doors to the growth of gospel music in the country. He is reported to have described some of the contemporary gospel music as mere noise making,

3.Obuoba J. A. Adofo

Jackson Alfred Adofo – Obuoba J. A. Adofo a.k.a. The Black Chinese a.k.a. Chairman Muo, is the Leader of the City Boys Band of Ghana. He has been such an exciting performer and entertainer with many years experience, with over 30 albums to his credit.

The great composer, song writer and performer, known in real life as Abraham Kofi Boakye, received a crystal plague at the event, held under the theme: “Impacting lives through music”. His contribution to gospel music goes back to 1970s and the indomitable role he played in the music industry opened the doors to the growth of gospel music in the country.

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Nathaniel Bassey, Denzel Prempeh and Joe Mettle set to headline worship event in Carlifonia.

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Nathaniel Bassey, Denzel Prempeh and Joe Mettle are set to minister at this years BayWorshippersArea worship service dubbed “A Night of Prevailing Worship”

Event is slated for June 15, 2019 at the HISTORICALBAL THEATRE, 14808 E 14 ST., SAN LEANDRO CA. 94578
Gates open at 5:00pm and ticketed for $30.00

Tickets can be purchased online at:

This year’s event promises to be a refreshing one in God’s Presence.

Don’t miss out!

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Diana Hamilton deserves VGMA Gospel Artist, Gospel Song of the Year, more


For the past decade and over, Diana Hamilton has been busy; continuously producing hit songs, building a core following and most importantly, shifting our attention to Christ.

Interestingly, in all her endeavours over the years, she virtually goes unnoticed and without critical mention.

All that seemed to change last year coming into this year and for the first time in her illustrious career, she is getting noticed by the entire Nation – deservedly!

Diana had such a boisterous season last year, a refreshing phenomenon that has spilled over into this year, and thus far, the most-sought-after gospel artiste is her!

It came as little wonder when she got 4 nominations in the 20th edition of the VGMA;

Gospel Song of the year

Gospel Artiste of the year

Female Vocalist of the year

Album of the year

Without any shred of cynicism, she deserves at least 3 of the awards; Gospel Song, Gospel Artiste and Female Vocalist.

Gospel Song of the Year

‘Mo Ne Yo’ is arguably the biggest gospel song in that category. Scrap the fact that the fervor of the song spilled over into 2019, making it the biggest song currently. Just stick to its influence in 2018.

The enthusiasm and the reception with which music lovers offer that song, tells of its divine impact.

Well- written, well-composed and expertly delivered: ‘Mo Ne Yo’ deserves that prize.

Gospel Artiste of the Year.

Diana Hamilton has been staging her self-produced concert, ‘Diana Hamilton Experience’ for years, a concert that takes her craft across the world, however, it was her stellar performance at the 2018 Adom Praiz that ticked the checklist for last year.

She is such a delight to watch on stage. Her composure,her interaction skill with the audience, interpretation of the songs, her eclectic vocal delivery and her ability to minister the word of God – are such exemplary virtues that almost makes her such a consummate artiste.

‘Gospel Artiste of the Year’ goes to her too.

Female Vocalist of the Year

Experience is not a criterion for winning the category but it counts if you have belted good notes and exhibited such splendid vocal skill for over a decade.

Diana’s voice comes with no confoundment; so pure, so pristine and so clear. She doesn’t overegg the pudding as singing almost is effortless to her.

She surely must take this one too!

It’s Simply Her Time!

They say Gospel artistes should not clamour for awards; that’s fine, but for her efforts in winning souls for Christ with such consistency, dedication and commitment, her reward is right here too; at the 20th edition of the awards – with 3 awards.



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Harmonious Chorale to represent Ghana at Int’l Festival of Orthodox Church Music in Poland

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Ghana’s favourite choir, Harmonious Chorale is set to leave for Poland to participate in the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music “Hajnowka” in Bialystok Poland.

Since its inception in 1982, the event has hosted over 850 choirs from six continents.

The event which is scheduled to take place from 15 May 2019 to 20 May 2019 is organized under the patronage of the President of Poland as well as the Patronage of the Polish Minister of Culture and under the Artistic Patronage of Prof. K. Penderecki and the Patronage of the President of the City of Bialystok.

The aim of the festival is to present the great artistic and spiritual values of Orthodox Church music. It also creates opportunities for discussions, meetings, exchanges of experiences and forming new relationships between participants from different backgrounds and.

With a 38 member team made up of 32 singers, four instrumentalists, one sound engineer in the person of Dominic Ansa-Asare of Mido Productions and conductor by James Varrick Armaah, Harmonious Chorale is the only choir from Africa participating in this year’s event.

According to the Founder and Executive Director of the choir James Varrick Armaah, “we are excited about the opportunity to showcase Ghana’s talents to the world”.

He added that though Orthodox Church Music is largely not performed by the Harmonious Chorale, this event will serve as an opportunity to challenge the choir to move beyond its comfort zone, and also to uphold the confidence the organizers had in the choir for extending the invitation.

“This will also promote our brand of music as well as exerting Ghana’s influence in choral music at the world stage” he added.

After the festival week, Harmonious Chorale will stopover in Amsterdam before moving to hold some concerts in Germany. On Saturday 25th May, the choir will hold a concert at the Dusseldorf Ghana SDA Church from 16:00 – 19:00.

Also performing will be the Dusseldorf SDA Church Choir, Dusseldorf SDA Youth Choir and Oberhausen SDA Church Choir. This will be hosted by Pastor Isaac Kwabena Donkor (Church Pastor, Ghanaian SDA Churches in Aachen, Dusseldorf, Oberhausen and Frankfurt).

On Sunday, May 26, 2019, the choir will be hosted by Very Rev. Charles Kwesu Gyasi as they perform at the Dusseldorf Ghana Methodist Church from 11:00 to 14:30. The guest artiste is Akua Asantewaa.

In 2018 Harmonious Chorale represented Ghana at the World Choir Games in South Africa and was Champions of the World Choir Games (Category C28). It was also won three Gold Diplomas in three other categories.

Harmonious Chorale is the resident choir of Salt and Light Music Ministry headed by Rev. Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee.

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Vodafone Ghana Music Awards this Saturday


Charterhouse, organiser of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), has promised that this year’s edition of the awards ceremony will be a memorable one for patrons and music lovers across the country.

The awards ceremony, which is the 20th edition, will take place this Saturday, May 18 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) tonight in Accra.

It is being organised to reward deserving artistes for their hard work, dedication and contribution to Ghana’s music industry.

It will witness live stage performances from music heavyweights such as Sarkodie, Samini, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale.

They will rock the stage alongside Kwame Eugene, Kwesi Arthur, Kidi, King Promise, Medikal and Diana Hamilton.

There will be surprise performances from highlife legend Abrantee Amakye Dede, hiplife artiste Barima Sydney and two others.

International acts such as Alison Amanda Hinds from Barbados, Cassper Nyovest from South Africa and Burnaboy from Nigeria have also been invited to thrill fans at the event.

The event is expected to be attended by a large number of music stakeholders, music fans, artiste managers, journalists, among others.

Tickets are selling for GH¢ 400 (platinum) and GH¢250 (gold).

The 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is supported by TV3, DSTV, GoTV, MTV Base, KPMG, Graphic Showbiz and sponsored by Vodafone.



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Akesse Brempong thrills thousands at VGMA Experience Concert


Ghana’s Gospel Reggae headliner, Akesse Brempong, on Saturday 11th May, wowed music lovers gathered at the first ever Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Experience Concert.

The event which took place at the Independence square saw in attendance, a mammoth crowd fired up for some original Ghanaian music from several topshots billed to perform.

However, the moment Akesse Brempong took to the stage with his dynamic band, Tribe of Judah, he artistically drew in the minds of the listeners with some worshipful bongo groove selection of songs.

He gradually built up momentum into his hit single, God is Working, and by the time he introduced the now trending Crazy Love Afropop Remix, the crowd couldn’t hold back their dance moves as they simultaneously swung to the music while reflecting on the lyrics of the song.

He mastered an interesting connection with the secular audience and hammered in the Gospel message as well, authenticating his attributed nickname, ‘AkesseTheLion’.

His outfit is set to release a new single titled, ‘Alright (BBF- Bibiara Beye Fine)’, on the 16th of May on all digital music stores.

The night saw other performances from the camp of Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Empress Gifty, AK Songstress, Sarkodie, among several others big names.

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VGMA Performers! Only 1 slot for gospel and it’s Diana Hamilton

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For quite a long time, gospel music was regarded as the most patronized genre of Ghanaian music in Ghana;but in the last couple of years, that unsubstantiated assertion seems to be fizzling out – has noticed!

This portal , has also observed the performance list for the VGMA in the last four years and the revelation is quite telling; that gospel, in the eyes of Charterhouse Ghana (organizers), is not really in ‘high demand’ as opined by stakeholders within the fraternity.

Diana Hamilton is the only gospel artiste that has been enlisted to perform at the main event of the 20th edition of the awards, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019.

She shares the stage with other artistes including Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, and Samini.

There’s more; Kuami Eugene, KiDi, King Promise and Kwesi Arthur, with AMG Medikal in the mix. There’s still more – as Amakye Dede and Sydney complete the list of ‘local’ performers.

Now, here’s the trend that could raise some concern among gospel aficionados;

In 2018, Joe Mettle was the only gospel artiste to mount the stage. In 2017, a Nacee-led Gospel All-Stars occupied the only slot,while in 2016, Joe Mettle was the only gospel representative in a long list of other performers.




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Gospel musician Tommy Walker in Ghana for the very first time

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With likes of Lionel Pieterson, Don Moen and other international gospel artistes, finding a home in Ghana at one point or another the Ghanaian Gospel Music scene has stayed vibrant and attracted much credence.

Tommy Walker who is an American worship leader, composer of contemporary worship music, author and recording artist behind major medleys like, “He Knows My Name”, has arrived in Ghana ahead of the Sweet Aroma Worship event.

As part of activities leading up to the event, the worship leader was at Sunny FM on Wednesday 8th May, where he interacted with Dan Peters and was interviewed.

Rev. Michael Griffiths explained that the Newsong Ministries decided to bring Tommy Walker in for Sweet Aroma, due to Bishop Dag Heward Mills’ love for the worship leader and the impact he has made across the globe.

Speaking exclusively after the interview, Tommy Walker stated that he is excited to visited Ghana, after visiting African countries like South Africa, Kenya, Egypt and Zimbabwe, as he described his Ghanaian experience as joy.

The “Will You Remember”, hitmaker asserted that he will be playing with his band from Los Angeles, at the various venues. “I’ve brought an incredible team from Los Angeles; some really gifted people, to serve and do what ever they can do. I can’t wait for Ghana to experience their great musicianship, as we worship”, Mr. Walker said.

Sweet Aroma’s line up begins from the Logos Rhema Foundation on Saturday at 6pm and continues to First Love Church on Sunday for the same time.  The events will climax with a breakfast meeting at Alisa Hotel at 8am on next Monday.


Submitted [Emmanuel Ugoh]

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I’ll ensure Ghanaian Music Practitioners are well equipped – MUSIGA 2nd Vice Aspirant

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The Second Vice Aspirant for the Musicians Union of Ghana, Abena Ruthy has assured practitioners of equipping the union when elected in the upcoming National Elections.

According to her, the structural challenges facing musicians in the country is what pushed her to run for the position to seek the betterment of music practitioners.

The musician observed that most music practitioners are not benefitting enough, therefore, her resolve to bring in ideas that will inure to their benefit and the entire MUSIGA as a union.

Speaking on Adom Fm last Friday, she said, “Sitting on the sidelines I have observed, Music practitioners are not benefiting from the Union. I will ensure practitioners are well equipped to be able to fend for themselves.”

MUSIGA’s National Election comes off on June 26 this year. The election would be held in all regional capitals in the country.

Born Ruth Benny Wood, Abena Ruthy launched his debut ‘My Thought’ album in 2013 and in 2016 with ‘Higher Praise’. She has recently released ‘Waye Ade3’ which is gaining media attention.

Abena Ruthy has worked hard to lift the image of women in gospel music. She believes with her experience she can help promote the image of MUSIGA.



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All set for the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards celebrations


It’s all systems go for the biggest celebration of Music in Ghana, the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, starting this Saturday 11th May, 2019 with the most anticipated outdoor concert ever to hit the capital Accra; the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Experience Concert!

Happening for the first time in the 20-year history of the scheme, the VGMA Experience Concert, unlike the Nominees Jam is designed to set the tone for GH Music’s Biggest Night on Saturday 18th May.

The Concert, which holds at the Independence Square, this Saturday 11th May from 7pm boasts of some of the hottest names in GH Music and will feature for the first time together on one stage in one night, Ghana’s 4S; Sarkodie, Samini, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy! Other acts scheduled to rock the big stage on the night include Adane Best, Adina, Akese Brempong, Kwesi Arthur, Tinny and a host of others.

Having put in place adequate safety and security measures for the big night, organisers are convinced that the event which will also feature some of the young and upcoming artistes in GH will live up to the hype and give patrons an experience akin to the world famous Glastonbury and Coachella festivals.
Admission is absolutely free.

Set to be aired live on TV3, DSTV Channel 196 and GOTV Channel 129, the maiden Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Experience Concert, which takes place at the Independence Square, this Saturday 11th May 2019, promises to be an unforgettable and exciting event that music lovers cannot afford to miss.

It is instructive to note however that the VGMA Experience Concert is the precursor to the main event, the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Night slated for Saturday 18th May at the Conference Centre.

The night, dubbed GH Music’s biggest Night will see performances from some of the country’s biggest and hottest acts with other performing artistes from Nigeria, South Africa, The Barbados and more.

Tickets are selling now at Nallem Stores at all the malls and Charterhouse for 400 cedis platinum and 250 cedis Gold. Patrons can enjoy a 10% discount on limited tickets purchased via Vodafone Cash.

The 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is a Charterhouse Ghana Event with support from Media General, Yfm, DSTV, GOtv, KPMG, Graphic Showbiz and proudly connected by Vodafone.



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