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How I overcome – The Eddy Koomson story

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Born and raised in a musical family, Eddy picked his musical senses from his dad who played the organ and led the choir in a Methodist church where he grew up. At the age of four (4), he became the first-ever drummer in the church.

Moving on to high school, Eddy became music director for the School band just in the second year ahead of his seniors. Doubling as Music Director for the Spiritual Union (SU), Editor-In-Chief for the School Magazine team, and Drama Coordinator for the WDDC. It’s safe to say arts lived in him from birth.

He switched between instruments and picked up as a bass player in 2014 under the supervision of his well-known and renowned mentor, Opoku Sanaa now in Dubai.

His love for music is a thrilling one. Music has always been the live wire of his glittering prospects. To him music and art, in general, is but a life, a spiritual facet of his being.

It’s not a surprise that his story as a young lad creates melodies. The detail, therefore, completing the package with lyrics of testimonies to share and stories to tell. He has been instrumental in the music industry as a bass guitarist and music director & worked with great artists such as E.L, Simi (Nigeria), Trigmatic, Timi Dakolo (Nigeria), King Promise, Adina, KingzKid and currently for MOGmusic.

His maiden single which features MOGmusic is set to be released; June 17 which also happens to be his birthday, an amazing piece by all standards.
He also has a gift for us in the package of an EP in July. Comprising of 5 hymns, well arranged and features some of the greatest gospel artistes in the country. Fingers crossed as we await the surprises, he has in store for us.

Working with Eddy has always been amazing. Truly a trailblazer in his field. As a resourceful person, Eddy has created that aura of results, orientation and hard work. Here are a few words testifying to that.

“A hard-working and smart young professional. Always up to the task and creative in his approach to digital marketing and brand management.” – Opoku Sanaa, music enthusiast and entrepreneur said.

“Eddy has grown steadily in his career from my time working with him back in 2014. A brilliant young lad who’s always ready and willing to learn and try new things. He takes calculated risks and ensures all projects are completed on time.” – Stephen Boadi, CEO, Enable Growth Africa said.

Eddy currently works with Samsung Electronics, West Africa as the Digital Marketing Manager for Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon & Gabon.

At just age 22, Eddy became the youngest employee at PZ Cussons GH LTD, an arm of PZ Cussons Intl. with its headquarters in Manchester, UK, he became the Assistant Digital Marketing Manager.

In 2015, he won the best Facebook page at the Ghana Blogging Awards with Cussons Baby Ghana, in the same year he earned a Google Certification to become a certified Google Partner as well as a Hootsuite Academy scholar in 2016.

February 2016, he merited a Global Excellence in Marketing Award for brand building with the brand Cussons Baby Ghana.

In 2017, Eddy joined the global media agency Dentsu Aegis Network when he managed top brands as the Digital Media Planner and Strategist for iProspect. He managed reputable brands such us, Standard Chartered Bank, Mastercard, Biersdorf (Nivea), ABInbev among others.

Source: Eddy Koomson

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Joyce Blessing loses her social media handles, YouTube

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Ghanaian gospel musician Joyce Blessing has revealed that she is currently not in possession of her various social media handles and YouTube channel.

According to her, she did not have access to her social media platforms but was finding ways of engaging her fans and followers to get them abreast of her activities online.

“I currently do not have my social media details but I am finding possible ways and means to engage my fans. That is most important to me now,” she told Halifax Ansah Addo on Okay 101.7 FM’s Best Entertainment show on Wednesday, 10 June 2020.

The ‘Unbreakable’ singer’s marriage has allegedly hit the rocks, causing her to part ways with her manager and husband, Dave Joy.

According to her, until her exit from the record label, she jointly owned Dave Joy Productions with her husband, with whom she has three children.

The ‘I Swerve You’ hitmaker, who admitted that she was facing some challenges in her marriage, said that solving her marital issues has been difficult and, thus, affected her music career due to the fact that her marriage was associated with her music business because her husband was her manager.

“We need to use the right channel to resolve the issues because it involves marriage and work at the same time,” she said.

She, however, noted that she was working on putting together a new management team of her own in order to continue her ministry.

Joyce Blessing, who is promoting her latest single, ‘Y’endanase’, stated that she had created a new YouTube channel (Joyce Blessing Unbreakable) where the new music video is available.

She also hinted at the release of her new album next month.

Source: ClassFM

 

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The entertainment industry has gone 20 years backwards – Kwesi Ernest

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Kwasi Ernest, Artiste Manager and CEO of Media Excel Production has said that the creative Industry has gone 20 years backward so if there are ways and means in reshaping the industry it must be done slowly.

Speaking as a panel member on Hitz FM ,  the newly Film Classification Committee, he said that since the industry is now coming back to its methodical position it needs to be done slowly.

According to him, he feels the way the newly Film Classification Committee is handling their affairs seems to him as at a speed rate that might not work.

He suggested that the Film Classification Committee must first educate the people and Ghanaians for people to sympathize with their office before they bring in tight measures.

“But as it stands now they are trying to change the corrupt system in one month which will not work”

He ended that At least they need 6 months or more to put systems in place if they want the affairs of the industry and issues concerning it to be done fitly.

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I hate to hear ‘divorce’ – Stella Seal as she details how she survived the stressful journey

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She prefers to use the fourth letter of the English alphabet ‘D’ instead of ‘divorce’ because it was never an easy moment when she experienced it.

Stella Aba Seal, a renowned gospel musician divorced 22 years ago but managed to keep it private for a decade because as a matter of principle, there is no need to publicise her private life.

“I was attacked by the ‘D’ word”, she responded when asked why she changed her name from Stella Dugan to Stella Aba Seal

“The first time I broke the news was on Bola Ray’s show. He said ‘awww… Stella, I’m so sorry…’ I said ‘oh Bola, it’s been 10 years’; he said ‘what!’.

The musician whose audience appeal reached a crescendo after the release of ‘Gyem Taataa’ said on ‘Restoration with Stacy’ that she recorded the song during the divorce process because she needed to seek the face of God in her difficult times.

“I recorded ‘Gyem Taataa’ during the ‘D’ process”, she said, triggering a statement from host Stacy for the sake of clarity.

“During the divorce process?” Stacy asked to which Stella responded, “During the ‘D’ process.”

She continued: “I don’t like that word because God says ‘I hate divorce’. He himself He doesn’t like it but sometimes, life pushes us and we have to make that decision.”

The silky-voiced songstress in the interview monitored by GhanaWeb intimated that it was not easy overcoming the pain associated with divorce but she eventually sailed through. What made it relatively easier for her, is her decision to cast her burden on God instead of whining.

“At that time when it was very intense, I made up my mind that I’ll never grant interviews. Secondly, I changed my phone number every 3-4 months so that people will not have access to me. I did that for some time until my emotions were stable,” she recalled.

“We have mountain top moments and we have valley moments. Any time I was going through a valley moment, I just shut the door and cried by myself. That saved me. I confronted myself just like David. David encouraged himself in the Lord. The Bible says the curse is the one who puts his trust in man.

“If I call you, what can you do? The fellow may be enjoying herself and can’t wait for you to end the call so she continues with her feast. It’s difficult to be alone but there is strength in being alone. It’s not easy but I’ve been able to manage it so you can,” she added.

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Abeiku Santana Throws Weight Behind Urban Gospel Music in Ghana

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One of Ghana’s biggest drive time radio show hosts and multiple award-winning broadcast journalist, Abeiku Santana, has declared this month of June dedicated to Ghana’s Urban Gospel Music.

As one of the genres with the least support across the board, due to its relatively young state in the music history in Ghana and also it’s a diversion from the music norm or popular culture, this gesture by the Tourism Ambassador will be recorded as a great milestone by the stakeholders of Urban Gospel.

Abeiku made this known on his Instagram page and explained his reasons as follows;

Over the years the Ghanaian gospel music scene has seen a transformation from the traditional Highlife and Reggae rhythms to the fusion of the Hip-Pop element and culture.

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Musicians who fall under this category mostly sing or rap in English with the lyrics more focused on praising God.

Since the birth of the Urban Gospel music genre in Ghana, Ghanaian Urban Gospel Rappers have been bringing their unique perspective of Rhythm and Poetry to an entirely new level.
Urban Gospel is now bagging attention and trends in Ghana as presently been acknowledged as a genre.

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In this Month of June 2020, Okay 101.7 FM’s biggest Radio Drive Time Show in Africa will throw more light on Ghanaian Urban Gospel Artistes that are currently creating a radical change with respect to Urban Gospel Music genre.

We are proud to be taking this initiative to support and push the urban Gospel Artist and give them all the publicity and attention this June.

Join me Abeiku Santana Aggrey on Okay 101.7fm every Monday-Thursday at 2pm and be part of an Unforgettable Urban Gospel Experience…. Everything is Okay

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Over the years the Ghanaian gospel music scene has seen a transformation from the traditional Highlife and Reggae rhythms to the fusion of the Hip-Pop element and culture. Musicians who fall under this category mostly sing or rap in English with the lyrics more focused on praising God. Since the birth of Urban Gospel music genre in Ghana, Ghanaian Urban Gospel Rappers have been bringing their unique perspective of Rhythm and Poetry to an entirely new level. Urban Gospel is now bagging attention and trends in Ghana as presently been acknowledged as a genre. In this Month of June 2020 , @okay101.7fm Okay 101.7fm biggest Radio Drive Time Show in Africa will throw more light on Ghanaian Urban Gospel Artistes that are currently creating a radical change with respect to Urban Gospel Music genre. We are proud to be taking this initiative to Support and push the urban Gospel Artist and give them all the publicity and attention this June. Join me Abeiku Santana Aggrey on Okay 101.7fm every Monday-Thursday at 2pm and be part of an Unforgettable Urban Gospel Experience…. Everything is Okay

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New Gospel Singer Bernice Bliss Features Kofi Kinaata On Maiden Single ‘None Compared God’

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New gospel sensation Bernice Bliss has just released her maiden single that features Ghanaian high-life artist Kofi Kinaata.

A firebrand dedicated to spreading the word of God through music, Bernice who has over the past few years nurtured her talent is out with her debut single None Compared God.

Just like the title (None Compared God), the urban pop song which features Kofi Kinaata, winner of the Hybrid Song of the Year winner at the just ended Ghana National Gospel Music Awards seeks to exalt and glorify God for his unflinching love towards humanity.

With a very catchy hook, Kofi Kinaata adds a touch of excellence with his Fante infused rap style.
Speaking to the press, Bernice Bliss explained the choice of Kofi Kinaata saying; ‘Kofi Kinaata was a perfect fit for the song hence reaching out to him and he didn’t hesitate”

None Compared God was produced by PM Beatz with video direction by Tyroon Philms.

By: Gospelhubgh

 

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Another Collabo? Yaw Sarpong Features Kofi Kinaata On The Remixed Version Of “Joseph”

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It is looking more like a season of secular artist collaboration for the legendary gospel singer Yaw Sarpong who recently released a successful single with Sarkodie titled “Ahobres3”.

Well, this time around, it’s Kofi Kinaata who he has partnered with for the upcoming remix rendition of one of his very popular hit songs ‘Joseph’.

The “Things Fall Apart” singer seemed very excited on the day of the recording as he tweeted this;

“Azaay morro we dey record the remix of Yaw Sarpong’s song “Joseph” (s3 Yehowa hyira wo aa). hope u remember that legendary song. They used to play it at dawn as we are kiddies. This one de3 I meet my meeter. E Dey gives me nightmares sef. Or u ppl say more vim?”

Kofi is catching the eyes of many gospel singers after his inspirational hit single “Things Fall Apart” with a couple of collabo’s to be dropped soon.

The new ‘Joseph’ remix will be one of the major features on Yaw Sarpong & Asomafo’s forthcoming album. Details of this album soon.

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Habits Of An Excellent Musician – Delivered By Ps Edwin Dadson And Friends

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Pastor Edwin Dadson and Friends (Niiella, Mabongi, and Ps Isaiah Fosu-Kwakye)

Excellence refers to an act beyond satisfaction, has an impact, above ordinary, builds on gift and craft to the best (both spiritually and physically) to be a whole package.

A musician goes beyond having the gift as a musician, one’s character is also key.

You tend to procrastinate when you don’t have a vision. A vision gives you a sense of urgency.

Laziness will cause you to be left behind. Music evolves, strive to learn.

Some things are needful and may not be exciting, but the results, wonderful. The process won’t be sweet, but the outcome will be great.

Habits to be built
1. Train yourself (your voice) to build on the solfas.
2. Learn to sing straight before you try to run (Not every voice can run).
3. Figure out your tone and build on it.
4. Record and listen to yourself when you sing.
5. Breathing tip; when you’re breathing in or out, keep your shoulders and chin down.

Habits to cultivate with riffs and runs
1. Whatever you sing from your mouth, let it pass through your mind first. Make sure it sounds good in your head before you sing it out.
2. Whatever sounds you produce must not be a distraction from your actual message.
3. Think before you sing.
4. Break runs down, take it slow.
5. Learn other scales as well.

Spiritual habits to be cultivated
Consistent:
1. Bible study
2. Prayer life
3. Personal worship life

When you try to deliver what you don’t have, it makes you a thief! Whatever you do on stage shouldn’t be the first time you’re doing it.

Character habits and the gift
1. The Word of God should be centered in you.
2. Don’t let the praise of men get into your head.
3. Be humble.
4. Watch your tongue.
5. Know you’re a Christian before a musician.
6. Have a personal relationship with God.
7. Self-reflection is key.

Morality and the musician
1. Have boundaries, even in your friendships.
2. Set your standards.
3. Dress decently. Your dressing represents who you are, and you’re to reflect Christ.

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Calvis Hammond ft. Xoli Mncwango – ‘We Need You” to be Released on the 2nd of June.

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Ghanaian Contemporary Gospel Singer, Calvis Hammond releases yet another uplifting single titled “We Need You”. This time teaming up with Siyanqoba Mthethwa, the former music director and producer of South Africa’s celebrated group, Joyous Celebration, to birth this beautiful, captivating, and anointed piece of art. This song also features one of South Africa’s finest and powerful voices, Xoli Mncwango.

We Need You” was co-written and composed by Emmanuel Nutsuklo, Kate Nana Esi Hammond, and Calvis Hammond. It is the daily genuine cry of our hearts to God, in a song that seeks to encourage every believer to reaffirm their faith in the leadership of our Sovereign Living God. It invokes the Peace of God amidst the many challenges and fears we encounter. It takes just one word from Him for us to find the path to solutions for the issues of life.

Especially in these uncertain times and the days beyond, may the prayer in this song push every nation and tribe to surrender all our cares, thoughts and plans to God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. No better time than now to share this gem. Be encouraged, remain steadfast in trusting God despite the situation in our world right now.

Get ready to download or stream this song on all digital music platforms from the 2nd of June.

 

 

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“We Need You” Credits

Calvis Hammond ft. Xoli Mncwango

Written & Composed by: Emmanuel Nutsuklo, Kate Nana Esi Hammond & Calvis Hammond.

Arrangement & Production: Siyanqoba Mthethwa

 

Background Vocals:

Xoli Mncwango

Luazyl

Nomandla Mfecane

Charles Pettingle

 

Piano/Keys: Siyanqoba Mthethwa

Guitars & Bass: Kofi Dua Anto(KODA)

Drums: Emmanuel Bludo (Junior)

 

Recording Studios:

Khubazitha studios, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Music Klinic, Accra, Ghana.

Koded Studios, Takoradi, Ghana.

BluPrint studios, Accra, Ghana.

 

Mix Engineer: Outluk Records, Accra, Ghana.

Mastering Engineer: Dan Shike -Tone & Volume Mastering, Nashville, TN, USA.

Hammony Music © 2020

 

 

 

 

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(OPINION) – Why do we want to have a concert? Or albums or followers?

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Sometimes those desires are put there by God. The desire to sing. To play. To minister. But we must go beyond responding to the desire to responding to the author of the desire. God himself!

It’s not actually our decision to go into ministry. It’s God who calls us into it. God calls us into service.
The world has a music system called the industry. Be careful, God did not call you into that. Your call was into ministry.

Don’t let all the industry rules to shape your ministry decisions. Your decisions should be only from obedience to the one who called you.

Of course many may sing the same songs, do the same concerts, but I can promise you not all of us are called by God into music ministry.

Some called themselves. Yes self-called but not God called. Lol. Don’t ask me who. 🤷‍♀️

Sounds funny but it’s true. Some of us are doing music because it looks nice. Or because we enjoy it. Or because we have the talent.
It has nothing to do with service unto God.

The worse part is some of us are convinced we’ve been called when the truth is we are just following our talents and passions or business dreams. That’s not bad but don’t call it ministry. Call it a business or a hobby or a career.

I know many will call this post odd and may disagree but what I tell you is true.

How do we know we are called? What’s our answer? When God calls, He calls to a people and gives a mandate. What’s
ours?

Of course sometimes it takes time to know clearly. But one true way is to keep following Jesus with or without an opportunity to sing or play.

If God called you, know that the call will involve service. It will involve sacrifice and some inconvenience.

It can’t be a call when all you do is fun and makes us feel good always. Emphasis on always. That’s not a call. It’s probably a hobby.

Big difference. A call may drive us to the cross. A call will lead us to a Goliath, a call will get us beheaded, a will cost us our families (not even managers). FYI I highly recommend you consider only Holyspirit minded managers. Let me continue….

a call will cost us our dignity. A call will sometimes be very painful.

A response to a call is a response to say Father I hear you. I will go. Father what do you want me to do?
It’s not what we want, when we want or how we want it.

Seriously, a call is more than talent. People keep using David as an example of skill or mistakes but the truth is David’s CV was very powerful too. People saw God’s hand on him.
He was far more than just a musician. So let’s not even try and think we are like David when we don’t know him. His gift didn’t just bring him before kings. He became a king. Don’t forget!

If God has called us into His ministry then at the very least our ministries should look like His. His ministry resulted in changed lives.
His ministry killed Him out of obedience.

Are you ready to die for God? Will you minister in a village with no cameras or TV shows or IG live sessions in obedience to God?

If no one ever liked your music online would you still feel called? Would you still continue? What if God showed you you’ll never make a hit song or never play for anyone famous?. Would you quit music and get a job in the bank? 😊😊

Remember God called you into ministry not an industry. Know the difference.
The principles are different. Industry trades in profit, awards, and hits. Ministry trades in souls.

I won’t keep quiet. Someone needs to hear this. We’ve been confused for too long. People with nice voices and talents in church all assume we are called and our ministry has no yielding to God unless we are on stage.

Those around us, our BVs, band, etc for several years have no growth in God. How come? How can God call us and we are so anointed yet those around us are still playing at strange gigs to promote the devil’s kingdom? Their lives bear little or no fruits. We are still sleeping around. We are still not interested in prayer meetings etc.
FYI I’m speaking about growth. That takes time. I know it’s not instantaneous.

Offstage we never talk God until it’s worship time. It’s just jokes, music, business, and everything else but never God of Scripture. Why? Isn’t that odd?
Yet We suddenly become anointed and get into the spirit when a worship song is raised.

Something is wrong!! Surely !!! This can’t be it. Can it?

Either we aren’t called or we’ve been called and we haven’t fully understood the call or we understand but we love the world too much to completely obey.

I’m not blaming anyone. I have the same issues. My band is one with no obvious prophets or preachers but I see it coming. I desire it. I see God’s call on some of them. You’ll see it manifest soon.

I challenge us. Instead of all these virtual concerts and IG sessions always how about we also invest in the souls around us. Especially the band!

How about we raise preachers from our bands and BVs. How about we believe God to raise prayer warriors from our teams.

Maybe we should Stop the concerts for a while and have bible study with our teams. They are also souls God wants. What if God allowed COVID because he was tired of the fruitless concerts and church service? Just saying!! Just what if the norm wasn’t pleasing to God. What if instead of events He wants more relationships?

We use the excuse of reaching many while in reality it’s the industry rules of staying relevant, fame, likes, and public validation that actually drives most of us.

Let’s be honest. We can go deeper. No matter how deep we are now there’s surely more.
The saddest verse I read this month was John14:12-14. It made me realize I don’t actually believe in Jesus enough. Hmmm.

Anyway, let’s Say an honest prayer to God.

Say this.  “Father May it never be about hit songs or awards or subscribers. May it be about your impact and not the ministry empire. Thank you for the gift of music.

May I be invisible so only you are seen. Help me stop the rituals of concerts and singles if you are not in it. Help me rejoice when other gospel ministers excel at Your work. May I be blind to the music industry pressures, instead may I be sensitive to Your heart.
May I be only dedicated to pleasing You. Help me deny myself to find you.”

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