Ghanaian hiplife/hip-hop musician Guru vents his annoyance on the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards board and the organisers, Charterhouse, for handing Kwesi Arthur the “Best Rapper of the Year” award.
Kwesi Arthur beat EL, Strongman, Medikal, Sarkodie, Teephlow and Eno Barony to win this year’s VGMA “Best Rapper of the Year” award. He has been congratulated by many industry players and fans alike, but Guru says he didn’t deserve the award.
According to the “Lapaz Toyota” hitmaker, Eno Barony and Strongman were the strong contenders ahead of Kwesi Arthur.
No artiste will dare to defend Kwesi Arthur’s award. Kwesi Arthur knows this himself,” Guru – who has been denied by the VGMA board for years despite creating massive nationwide hits – told Abeiku Santana on Okay FM.
If Ghanaian musicians support each other, they would come out to speak the truth about the award scheme. They will speak the truth about who deserves what.”
“The ‘Best Rapper of the Year’ award was between Eno Barony and Strongman. Never tell me that Kwesi Arthur deserved it. If you argue the BET is won by foreign energy and one’s fluency in the English language, I would agree. But if you come out to say Kwesi Arthur rapped better and made more impact than Eno Barony and Strongman under the year in review, then I will have a problem with you.”
When asked if Medikal deserved it, he said the Sowutuom-native would have handed it over to Strongman.
“Even if the award was given to Medikal, he will hand it over to Strongman.”
He concluded: “Ghanaians simply hate the truth. If we like the truth, the musician would have come out to dispute Kwesi Arthur’s win.”
Maradona Yeboah Adjei was born May 7, 1987. He is known by his stage names Guru and Gurunkz. He is a Ghanaian rapper and fashion designer. Guru is one of the most successful hiplife artist in Ghana. He is known for his contemporary hiplife rap style that combines English and Ghanaian indigenous languages. Guru’s breakthrough was in 2011 when his hit song “Lapaz Toyota” appeared on the Ghanaian music charts. Guru’s is considered a contemporary hiplife artist, as his songs venture new ground in the Ghanaian music scene mixing hip-hop, afrobeats, highlife and dancehall sounds.
Guru recorded his first mixtape video with Ghanaian music artist Sarkodie in late 2009. His first major feature, bringing him into the national spotlight, was on Obrafour’s song “Kasiebo”, where he was named best featured artist by 4Syte TV Music Video Awards. He came out with his first studio album titled Platform, which also featured Sarkodie. Platform received six Vodafone Ghana Music Award nominations.
In 2015, Guru collaborated with Sarkodie on the song “Baggy Jeans”. At the 2015 Ghana Music Awards, he received a nomination for hiplife / hip-hop artist of the year and best hiplife song of the year for “Pooley Swag”. He was described by hip-hop artist Jidenna as one of the greatest hip-hop artist in Africa along with WizKid, Don Jazzy and Akon. In spite of several nominations for music awards, including four major categories in the 2015 4Syte Music Video Awards in 2015, Guru has yet to win any causing some to wonder if there is some inner industry turmoil.
In 2018, Guru released his album Journey of Judah featuring Harrysong, Sarkodie, Lil Shaker and Ofori Amponsah.
Did you know Stormzy is Ghanaian ?
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Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., known professionally as Stormzy, was born 26th July, 1993 and is a British rapper, singer and songwriter.
His mother is Ghanaian, and he is a cousin of rapper Nadia Rose. He grew up in South Norwood, London, with his mother, brother, and two sisters. Stormzy did not come from a particularly musical household, though he liked music. He attended Stanley Tech South Norwood. He began rapping at the age of 11 and would clash with older rappers at his local youth club.
Stormzy has said about his school years: “I was a very naughty child, on the verge of getting expelled, but I wasn’t a bad child; everything I did was for my own entertainment. But when I went into an exam I did really well. “He said he got six A*s, three As, and five Bs on his GCSEs, but then only achieved a “humbling” ABCDE on his A Levels: “For someone who would cuss in class and was on the verge of being expelled, it was A Levels that showed me that in life you need work ethic.
“He studied for an apprenticeship in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, and worked in quality assurance for two years at an oil refinery in Southampton, Hampshire.
In 2014, he gained attention on the UK underground music scene through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats.
Stormzy’s “Shut Up”, which was initially released as a freestyle on YouTube, became popular and peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart after he launched a campaign to reach Christmas number one. Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards and was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list. His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer (2017), was the first grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart and won British Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards. In 2019, Stormzy achieved his first UK number-one single with “Vossi Bop” and his headline appearance at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival was widely praised; he wore a Union Jack stab vest designed by Banksy, in light of the rise in knife crime in London. His second album, Heavy Is the Head, was released on 13 December 2019.
Known for his controversial and outspoken comments on UK politics, Stormzy endorsed Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in 2016. On 21 February 2018, he performed a freestyle at the 2018 Brit Awards, calling out Theresa May for her inaction in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire the previous year. When he performs “Vossi Bop” live – including at major events – Stormzy tends to encourage the audience to chant the lyric “Fuck the Government and fuck Boris” to him — the latter a reference to former London Mayor and now British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
His second album, Heavy Is the Head, for release on 13th December, 2019. Stormzy was recognised for both his contributions to music and his activism, landing him at number 5 in the Top 10 of the annual Powerlist in 2020, with an estimated net worth of £20 million in 2020.
Heavy is the Head was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize 2020. This was the second nomination in his career.
African Queen of Chocolate City
Victoria Kimani was born 28th, July 1985. She is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, actress and entertainer. She was previously signed to Nigerian Record Label Chocolate City and was described as the record label’s first lady. As a singer, she is popularly known for her numerous hits and sense of style. Her penetration into the African music industry has earned her a number of nominations, with her singles receiving numerous airplay across Africa. Her debut album was expected in 2016.
Kimani was born in Los Angeles, California to clergy parents. She has two older brothers. She lived in Benin City, Nigeria for 2 years, where her parents were doing missionary work. She began singing at the age of 9 and at age 16, she began performing alongside other church choir members as a back-up and writing songs for others.
Before moving back to her mother country, Kenya, she met one of her fan named Bright Chukwuma who had a life long crush on her. Rumours has it that this young man refused to date anyone else other than Victoria .She later dropped out to fully pursue a career in music. In 2010, Kimani performed a remix of Ice Prince’s hit single “OLEKU” (remixed by Nathaniel Williams Jr.), which caught the attention of Chocolate City executive Ice Prince who she dated for 2 years. In late 2012, she was the first female artiste signed by Nigeria’s music label Chocolate City. She released her first single under the label, “Mtoto”, the Swahili word for “child”, in March 2013. The video was shot in Los Angeles.
Subsequently she released several mixtapes. In 2014, she released the single “Show”, produced by singer and producer Tekno Miles. Later in 2014, she released “Prokoto”, a Congolese word that means “swagger.” She featured Tanzanian artists, Diamond Platnumz and Ommy Dimpoz.
In February 2015, Kimani joined forces with divas Cynthia Morgan and Emma Nyra and released the video “Vex”. On 23 July 2015, she released the video “Two of Dem”. In May 2015, she released her work “Loving You”, in which she collaborated with Nigerian label mate, Ice Prince. On 4 November 2015 she released “Booty Bounce”.
On 21 January 2016, Kimani released her new single “All the Way”, featuring Khuli Chana. The song pays homage to renowned artist Angelique Kidjo in her classic “Wombo Lombo”. The video was shot in Johannesburg,South Africa and was produced by Reinhard.
The singer released “Safari” the album released in December 2017, and features high profile collaborations from stars across the continent. Sarkodie, Khuli Chana, Jesse Jagz, Phyno and Ice Prince.
One of Chocolate City’s bragging credentials in the African music space rests on the fact that they have talents not just in Nigeria, but in other countries. But Kimani’s imminent exit threatened that due to the expiration of her contract.
In December 2017 the singer granted an interview with Adelle Onyango and Shaffie Weru on Breakfast with the Stars, Victoria revealed that her contract with Chocolate City had expired and it was time for her to be an independent artiste. She said, “You know like every contract has an expiry date. The contract was over and to be honest with you, most of the time I was on the label, I felt like an independent artiste anyway. I did most things by myself. So it was just time for me to step out on my own and do my own thing and not have to split money with anybody.”
Khanyi Mbau Loses Luxury Cars
South African actress and media personality Khanyi Mbau seems to have hit hard times of late. The actress is in trouble with the Standard Bank after she failed to make payments for her two luxury cars, a Porsche Carrera and a Mercedes Benz AMG.
According to the Sunday World, Standard Bank has since filed a lawsuit at the Joburg High Court to force Khanyi to return the luxury cars after defaulting on monthly installments. The papers were filed by Alexandra Pesci Martins, Weir Smith Inc Attorneys on behalf of a Standard Bank at the Johannesburg High Court last week. The bank seeks an order to cancel the installments of the former Metro FM presenter’s Porche Carrera and Mercedes-Benz AMG reads the statement. The bank is pleading with the court to force the former Muvhango and Uzalo actress to return the luxury cars.
However, Khanyi told the newspaper that the Mercedes was sold two weeks ago. She says she does not understand why the bank did not pick it up. Khanyi also expressed shock that the bank had decided to take her to court, asserting that she is quite willing to resolve the matter amicably. She added that she is only one month behind in arrears for the Porche and she expects to be up to date soon. She is willing to arrange the meeting to sort things out with the bank.
According to the Sunday World, Khanyi bought both vehicles for at least R1.5 Million each and was paying at least R28 000 a month for each vehicle. However, the Covid-19 induced national lockdown seems to have affected her adversely resulting in her skipping payments for both luxury cars in March, April, and May. She later made the outstanding payments although she is yet to pay for the month of August.
Khanyi Mbau wae born Khanyisile Mbau but known professionally as Khanyi Mbau. She is a South African actress, television host and artist. Raised in Soweto, Mbau rose to widespread prominence and became a household name as the second Doobsie in the SABC 2 soap opera Muvhango (2004-2005) as Mbali in the SABC 1 soap opera Mzansi and SABC 1’s mini-series After Nine. As of 2018, she is the host of the SABC 3 entertainment show The Scoop, The Big Secret on BET Africa and plays Tshidi on Mzansi Magic’s Abomama.
In 2004, Mbau replaced actress Lindiwe Chibi in the role of Doobsie on Muvhango after Chibi was shot by her boyfriend. A year later she was fired from the role, reportedly for spending too much time partying and appearing in the Sunday tabloids. In 2006, she joined the SABC 1 hit drama series Mzansi, in its second season, as Mbali. SABC 1 did not renew the show for a third season. Later in 2007 Mbau played the role of Zee in the SABC 1 mini-series After 9. In 2012 she was the guest judge on the second season of SABC 1’s Turn It Out. In 2013 she starred in an episode of E.tv’s anthology drama series, Ekasi: Our Stories.
She also featured in the DStv Vuzu documentary, I Am, and she portrayed Sindisiwe Sibeko on DStv’s Mzansi Magic mini-series Like Father Like Son. In 2017, Mbau began production of her third film with filmmaker and comedian Leon Schuster, Frank and Fearless, which was set for cinema release in 2018.
In November 2018, Mbau announced the launch of her own brand of gin called I Am Khanyi – Millennial Shimmer Gin.
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