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PROFILE: Diana Antwi Hamilton

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Diana Hamilton, a powerful, multi-octave and gifted artiste is leading the way to the new generation of Africa gospel music.

About Diana Hamilton

Gospel music in Africa is currently led by Diana Hamilton, who is a gifted artist winning the “Best Artiste Europe at the Africa Gospel Awards” in 2011.

Diana is the third of eight children and was born to Apostle Felix Antwi and Mrs Comfort Antwi who was heading the Church of Pentecost in the Takoradi area. Attending the Morning Star School in Accra, she continued her studies in Ghana National College Cape Coast completing her higher education.

Diana took interest in nursing to be a part of selfless social service and help people in distress. Six years ago she married Dr. Joseph Hamilton and she recently gave birth to twins.

Diana believes that reaching out to people in the name of God will help her lead them through their difficult times and inculcate spiritual intimacy into their minds; it will help them realize the awe-inspiring presence of God.

She is of the opinion that as a musician who is spreading the gospels of Christianity, people should be able to recognize her role as someone who can take the common citizen closer to the supreme power.

Songs by Diana Hamilton urge us to keep faith on the Almighty as he is the one who will guide us to ultimate success and happiness. In addition to this, she would also like to set inspiration for other gospel musicians so that in future her works can be taken as a reference point and build a constructive narrative which will blend religion and music.

It not only will make people aware of the teachings of Church but make them understand the value of humanity in years to come.

Music Journey

Born in Kumasi, Ghana, she started off in mainstream music working as a backing vocalist with Francis Agyei in most of his albums and live shows with Reverend Jesse Dickson. Being extremely talented with a unique style of musical rendition, she had the privilege to work with the leading musicians across the world.

Diana Hamilton songs please our soul as soon as we hear them. She hosted the OHTV (SKY 199) “Africa Rising” program and has been performing on Christian Networks.

She was the music director of ‘Vibrations’, which was a band from the Kumasi Nursing Training College. Diana Hamilton has also worked as the Music director of Royal Priesthood.

She once served as a resident of Pentecost Church in the UK where she was in the Choir. A sensitive and powerful voice, blended with unique lyrics, Diana Hamilton took the Ghana music industry by storm with her debut album, ‘Osoro bekasa’.

The album was nominated for the Gospel Song of the year and for the Best Female Vocal Performance in the Ghana Music Awards, 2008.

Carrying on with her success, the second album ‘Ensi Wo Yie’ gave her further recognition and became one of the prominent faces in the Ghana music industry.

The single ‘Ensi Wo Yie’ was nominated for the Gospel song of the year 2010 at the Ghana Music Awards. She herself was nominated for Best Female artiste at the Africa Gospel Awards 2011 and this album created a niche fan base who acknowledge her success even today.

Diana enjoys designing and cooking. Along with this, she mentors a lot of gospel musicians as well as spends time in church, helping local youths to learn and develop a passion for music.

She is also looking to start a charity for the underprivileged kids in Africa and reach closer to divinity by helping the deprived across the continent.

Songs by Diana Hamilton

Work in progress

Eye Woa Worship Medley

Yehowah Behwe

Papa Reigns

Overwhelmed

Wani Ku Me Ho

It’s All About You

Ayeyie Nwom

Most High God

Edin/the Name Worship

Otumfour Nyankopon

Onyame Ye

I’ve Got This Chance

I’m So Proud

Le Bonheur

Back To The Island Intro

Woye

Ensi Wo Yie

Osoro Bekasa

I Believe

Mo Ne Yo

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PHOTOS: Gospel Musician Lady Prempeh goes blonde with her new short hair

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Award-winning Ghanaian gospel songstress, Lady Prempeh after disappearing from the music scene for years released a single titled ‘Aseda’ on the 25th November 2018 and set to release a new one with a different look which has got the attention of music lovers.

The 2005 VGMA New Gospel Artiste of the Year is currently trending on social media with fans complaining about her looks in her yet to be released video titled ‘enka ho da’

The single ‘enka ho da ’ produced by Peewezel of Cue studios has fans talking about it already.

According to sources, and videos shared by Lady Prempeh on her official social media platforms recently, fans and music lovers were shocked she could dress that way, most especially her hair

The ‘Odo yi Wohe’ hitmaker has her hair dyed white.

Lady Prempeh looks poised to take her place again in the ever-changing Ghanaian gospel music fraternity with a list of refreshing new songs on her yet to be released album.

CHECK OUT HER NEW PICTURES.

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Meet Ghanaian-German gospel artiste Annisstar

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How will you describe your self to a fan? Annisstar is a young music minister who is passionate about what she does. I always put God First and I never rush anything. I believe that what is meant to be is going to be. It is very important to trust God and the process tell me about your early life? I was born in Germany where I spent most of my adolescent life.

While living in Germany my parents and I frequently travelled to Ghana where my love for African rhythms was established. How did music start for you?I have been writing since the age of six and professionally singing since the age of fifteen.

I was a worship leader in Kenya at Nairobi Chapel under the leadership of Pastor Nikko Ochieng from 2013 to 2016. I am currently a worship leader at Freedom Church in Philadelphia.Was it your dream to be a musician?My dream as a musician is to continue to make an impact every time I Minister. I want to continue to put God’s agenda before my own.

How has the journey been since you stepped in? I have been blessed on my journey to have met many legendary musicians and music ministers who have made themselves available for me to seek advice and mentorship.

What are you planning to change in the music scene? My prayer is to get proper training to young talented people in Africa who have a passion for Christ.

Ministering Gospel Music globally on different platforms to win souls for Christ.What has been your memorable time in the studio?

My memorable times in the Studio always happen when everyone in the room gets connected to the song and it becomes a Worship encounter. How many songs do you have and who produced it? I have nine songs released, the first six songs on my first album produced in Kenya by Jaaz Odongo. Josiah Morgan produced one song from my first album. I was featured on  two songs with Nairobi Chapel Quest “Sifa” album produced by Gideon Kimanzi.“Calling You “ was co-produced with Johnson Omoninje.“Rise up” was produced by Noah Mauymar

Who do you look up to in the music scene?I look up to musicians from the past and present. 

All the Legendary female musicians have inspired me in many ways with their professional and personal lives. What inspires your song? I have the ability to sit down and write a song if I get the inspiration, but most of my songs come to me with all of the sounds put together through the Holy Spirit.  What I receive is what I deliver to the people of God.

In five years where do you want to be? I should complete my Masters Degree and ready to be in ministry full time. I want to start working with young people in Africa who have gifts and talents with a passion for Christ.

Who is your competition in the music scene? And why? I don’t do what I do to compete with anyone. When the message that God gave me to minister is delivered and people receive it and live it God is honoured.

As a music minister I am all about winning souls for Christ and not competing with anyone. There should be no competition in Kingdom business, we are all on the same team. #teamJesus

What advice will you give to anyone who looks up to you? I would advise to seek a relationship with God for answers when they find themselves in difficult situations.

Never give up on your dreams, keep working hard to perfect your craft and leave the rest to God. What is your new song about about“Rise Up” is a song about the power of God’s Love.

Whether it’s traumatic experiences, abuse, mental health issues PTSD , you can always invite Jesus into any situation, and rise up.  ? is for the people oppressed, and people on the path of Redemption which isn’t a clear cut road. This is for those dealing with depression, dealing with anxiety and dealing with pain of the past.

This is for those living in Fear. For the people battling addiction or PTSD. This is for the victors of abuse and traumatic experiences.

This is for the flawed humans who have dealt with or are still dealing with Mental Health issues.

Invite God into any situation. Freedom is yours through Christ Jesus. We go through different seasons in our lives; when we experience pain, set back, regret, or stress. During these seasons our state of mind may shift into dark spaces.  The Great news is you never have to be alone, we can rely on God to comfort and protect us in any season/ transition in our lives. Through God’s love, we will #RiseUp!


RISE UP

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Artistes shouldn’t manage other artistes – Nacee

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Popular sound engineer, Nana Kwaku Osei, known in showbiz circles as Nacee is a man of many parts. Apart from being a beat maker, he is also a singer, producer and sometimes manager, having formed the No Tribe Band and the Skulfuo group.

And it is perhaps from his experiences that he says artistes should not be managing their fellow artistes.

According to Nacee, there are so many things that go wrong when artistes manage their colleagues and a number of examples attest to this.

“First, there will be competition among the manager and his signees. Imagine Richie of Lynx Entertainment was still singing and making hits all over, how would he have been able to get KiDi, Kuami Eugene and MzVee to where they are?

“When there are gigs to be played, the top artiste will think of his interest first before his signee because they are competing,” he said.

He explained that unless the manager puts his music career on hold and focuses on just managing it will be difficult for his signees to become successful.

“I don’t want to mention names but most A-List musicians who signed other artistes failed them and the best solution is for them to stop managing them,” Nacee stated.

Known for songs such as Yewo Nyame Yewo Adze, Efatawo, Elavanyo, E Be God, Fire Burn You and Time With Go, the award-winning sound engineer has been around for more than a decade giving Ghanaians good music.

He has produced and featured most of the A-list musicians in Ghana including Ohemaa Mercy, SP Sarpong, Ernest Opoku, Joe Mettle, OJ, Ceccy Twum, Cwesi Oteng, Guru among others.

Nacee who has been off the music radar for some time now released a new single Afehyia Pa which he describes as his Christmas gift to Ghanaians on Wednesday, December 5.

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I’m dangerously wealthy, receives booty from no government – Oyedepo boasts

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The Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners Chapel, Dr David Oyedepo has said that he has never received or shared any booty from any government in Nigeria.

He boasted of God’s blessings on his life and that he has a clear conscience.

“I don’t share any booty from any government. I have a clear conscience; I am dangerously wealthy. I am rich, whatever I want, comes. That’s what they call wealth,” the Bishop said.

Oyedepo stated this at the opening session of Shiloh 2018, the annual gathering of the members of the Living Faith Church tagged “Dominion” at its International Headquarters, Canaan Land, Ota in Ogun State.

The Bishop warned those he called ‘political gladiators’ to understand that authority is now domiciled in the church, saying, “If the church says you are going nowhere, there is nothing you can do.”

Speaking on “Heralding the Dominion Era of the Church,” he declared that the authority that enthroned the church was from heaven and not man-made. “It is not something that we organise; it is by the hand of God. You can be upset, it won’t change anything,” he added.

He told the congregation, which included 4,512 delegates from 43 nations of the world that God would be confirming in these last days that heavens rules in the affairs of men. “If the church comes against any arrogant, puffing fellows, they shall be messed up,” he affirmed.

Oyedepo noted that for anyone to dominate his world, he has to first dominate the issues of his life. “Until one is rescued, he cannot rescue others. We must remove the beam in our eyes before we can remove the mote in other people’s eyes,” he urged.

The event, which will end with a thanksgiving service on Sunday, December 9, 2018, is the 20th edition of the annual programme that features prayers, special ministrations, instant testimonies and encounter nights.

 

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Lord Kenya celebrates 8 years of being born again

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When Lord Kenya became born-again at the height of his career, many were those who thought it was going to be a nine-day wonder but he has proven his critics wrong and held on strongly all these years.

This month is exactly eight years since he gave his life to Christ and the Man of God says it’s been a very humbling experience for him.

“It hasn’t been easy, every week there is something new coming up. It has never been smooth but God has been with me and that makes it humbling,” he told Showbiz on Tuesday, October 16.

According to Lord Kenya, there are always going to be challenges but after all is said and done, God has been very faithful.

“When you are born-again, your spirit is born-again but your soul is not born-again and that comes with its own challenges but in all of this we give thanks to God,” he said.

To celebrate his eighth anniversary, Lord Kenya has put together a programme dubbed, “Eight Years in Eight Days” and it kicks off on Saturday, October 20 with a float through the principal streets of Kumasi in the morning.

The anniversary will be officially launched on Sunday, October 21 during church service at the Face of Grace Covenant Temple, near Ahodwo Melcom, Kumasi.

The youth will not be left out of the celebration as there will be a Youth Inter-Community Quiz on Monday, October 22, among the churches in the area at the Face of Grace Convenant Temple at 5pm.

Women Fellowship Day comes off at the church’s premises on Tuesday, October 23 at 5pm, then there is Word Explosion on Wednesday and Thursday at 5pm sharp.

Grace Praise with Prayer, which is an all night service will take place on Friday, October 26 from 9pm to 4am. On Sunday, October 28, there will be church service at 8am and the climax in the evening at 5pm.

Speakers at the event will be Bishop O.A. Bernard of the Praise Valley Temple from Holland, Pastor Lawyer William Kusi of Dominion Chambers and the host, Reverend Evangelist Lord Kenya.

There will be song ministration from the likes of Cindy Thompson, Noble Nketsia, Jack Alolome, Paa Boateng, Reverend Enoch Akwaboah, Face of Grace Minstrels among others.

Lord Kenya encouraged everyone to be part of the celebration. “I urge everyone to be part of this blessing-filled celebration, nobody should be left out, come and be blessed.”

 

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GPCC Honours Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah

Opoku Onyinah

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has organised a special ceremony in Accra to honour the immediate past President, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah (Retd.).

The ceremony which coincided with the induction of the new President, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso, the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ghana, took place last Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the Roman Ridge Assemblies of God Church. It was attended by government officials, heads of churches, and para-church organisations.

Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah who assumed leadership of the GPCC seven years ago (2011-2018), has transformed the council through his management prowess.

In a testimony, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the GPCC, described Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah as “a true man of God and real gem who is a blessing to the body of Christ.”

According to the NEC, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah is an embodiment of selfless and faithful Christian steward that the current generation and generation yet unborn will forever boast and learn from.

“[He is] a disciplinarian, a man of integrity, and a caring father. He is a very versatile man filled with the wisdom of God, always ready to let the will of God prevail and defend the church and body of Christ rather than to please man.

“Apostle Opoku Onyinah served the Lord and Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) with delight, tirelessness, faithfulness, and with great passion for the growth of the organisation.

“We love this man of God for his humility and servant leadership style as well as his passion for missions,” it said.

It further stated: “Your [Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah] investment in the member churches under GPCC has truly made a difference; you offered hope and inspiration to many.

The GPCC NEC admired the music ministry of the outgone President, saying, “One thing you can’t take away from the Apostle is his love for the spirit filled Pentecostal songs.”

“As you go on retirement, we pray that God will give you strength and enjoy the fruit of your labour. May God keep you from wicked men. May God protect you, and may you continue to be a blessing to the body of Christ,” it concluded.

 

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Diana Hamilton dazzles at ‘iBelieve’ album launch concert in London

Diana Antwi Hamilton

UK based Ghanaian Gospel songstress Diana Hamilton launched her latest album ‘iBelieve’ at her ‘Experience with Diana Hamilton’ concert at the ultra-modern City Gates auditorium in London on Saturday the 29th of September 2018, and it was a night that lived up to all expectations.

The event had been talked about for weeks across various social media networks, but the reality of the evening exceeded the hype. All indications were that the Diana Hamilton team had meticulously prepared for the evening with military precision and delivered what had been promised.

Diana Hamilton fans travelled from far afield as Leeds, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Belgium and USA to support the Artiste and were not disappointed.

Like a flight that had been delayed due to a technical hitch, the slight technical delay was easily forgiven by the audiences the moment the DH band struck their first chord.

The band (under the directorship of Stephen Asamoah-Duah of the “Compozers” Band) supported the DH worship team who lead the audiences in a time of intimate worship with various members of the team taking turns to lead.

This was followed by Charlotte Appiah who took things to a crescendo with a medley of local praise songs which got the crowd singing and dancing. Niiella then infused the spiritual atmosphere with an eclectic selection of worship songs with her impeccable vocals.

Diana arrived on stage and sent the crowd into a frenzy, belting out a selection of her old hits and music from her brand new ‘iBelieve’ album, including ‘Mo Ne Yo’ which is currently number 3 on the AstepFwd UK Gospel charts (the video to the song currently has about 1.3 million views on YouTube since its release 8 weeks ago).

The night was interrupted for a few minutes to allow Diana to launch the album with various invited pastors praying over the album, and for a video presentation of the activities of Diana Hamilton Foundation to be screened.

The audience then queued up to purchase the first copies of the album Diana mounted the stage for her second set, belting out hit after hit. Fans were not disappointed as the night was ended with another Diana Hamilton favourite, ‘Work in Progress’.

VIP ticket holders were then ushered to the ‘VIP Lounge’ for refreshments and a meet-and-Greet session with Diana who personally thanked and had a photo session with them.

Diana’s current album ‘iBelieve’ is available via her website www.dianahamiton.com and all digital download stores including iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and Deezer. You can also stream via Spotify.

 

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NEW MUSIC: Patience Nyarko ft. Lord Bondzie – Follow Me

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Gospel artiste, Patience Nyarko has released another  hit track titled ‘Follow Me‘.

Her song ‘Obi Nyani Me’, for almost a year has topped charts and is undoubtedly the most played gospel song in the country.

Patience Nyarko who is amazed at the pace at which God keeps showering blessings on her is optimistic that her new banger ‘Follow Me‘ will  enjoy same massive airplay across the country.

Follow Me’ is a danceable tune that talks about how Christians should follow God closely and He will provide the needs of His followers, showering them with blessings. The song can be enjoyed by all at any given time, especially when used during Praises hour in churches.

Patience Nyarko featured Lord Bondzie, a member of the Soul Winners groups.

Enjoy Patience Nyarko’s ‘Follow Me’ ft. Lord Bondzie.

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Rev Prof. Frimpong-Manso takes over from Aps Prof. Onyinah as new President of GPCC

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The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso has been elected as the new President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC).

At the delegates conference held at the Royal House Chapel in Accra, Rev. Prof. Frimpong-Manso was overwhelmingly endorsed by 200 delegates to replace Apostle Onyinah whose seven-year tenure is ending this year.

The General Secretary of the council, Rev Emmanuel T. Barrigah who announced Rev Prof Frimpong-Manso’s nomination described him as an effective communicator, proactive and pragmatic leader, who was leading his church to do great things, especially an expansion drive.

In his acceptance speech, Rev Prof Frimpong-Manso said he was humbled by the confidence reposed in him.

“What I want from you is your prayer, support and encouragement. If we are united, we can move mountains,” he stated.

A date is yet to be set for the investiture of the new President.

From four members at its inception in 1969, the Council now boasts of more than 200 member churches.

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) is a Faith Based Organisation and an the umbrella body of over 200 Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian church denominations and para-church organisations in Ghana, established since 1969 but registered and recognised as a legal entity in 1971 to pursue the unity of the body of Christ to propagate the gospel and to meet the spiritual and socio-economic needs of its members and Ghanaians in general.

The founding members of the council are The Christ Apostolic Church, the Apostolic Church, Church of Pentecost and the Assemblies of God Church.

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