Ghanaian Dancehall and Reggae artiste, Stonebwoy has signed a deal with Universal Music Group.

He becomes the second Ghana-based artiste after Singer and Songwriter, Cina Soul to be signed by one of the world’s largest music companies.

The label will market, promote and distribute the works of the ‚ÄúEnku Lenu‚ÄĚ hitmaker around the world.

The deal was announced at an event in Nigeria on Tuesday, July 17 to officially launch the company and introduce the team to manage the operations of the company in West Africa.

Veteran Music Executive, Ezegozie Eze Jnr., will head the team and will report to Sipho Dlamini, managing director of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Eze stated that the launch of the company was a ‚Äúhuge statement of belief in our local music talent‚ÄĚ and its ‚Äúambition to help our artists reach the widest global audience.‚ÄĚ

The deal adds to Stonebwoy’s career highlights in the past year.

His 2017 album ‚ÄúEpistles of Mama‚ÄĚ peaked at number 13 on the Billboard World Charts. It is the first album by a Ghana-based Ghanaian artiste to achieve that record based on sales compiled by Nielsen Music.

Stonebwoy became the second Ghanaian Grammy nominee after an album he was featured on earned a nomination at the 2018 Grammys.

Stonebwoy has been the only Ghanaian and African artiste to perform at the 2018 SummerJam, an European Reggae and Dancehall festival.

Source: GhanaWeb

Zylofon Music’s Shatta Wale has announced that his Reign album will be released this October.

The Dancehall King made this announcement via his Instagram. In a video, he posted with the¬†with the caption ‚Äúafter the storm comes ‚ÄúTHE REIGN‚ÄĚ This October ‚Ķ powered by @zylofonmusic_ and #shattamovement.‚ÄĚ

 

The Reign album will be Shatta Wale’s first major album after signing to Zylofon Music.
Shatta Wale has already teased fans with Gringo off the Album which attained great heights in the music scene.

Source: Zylofon Media

Chitungwiza based dancehall artist Ninja Kid will this weekend bring in a line up of different artists to his hometown as a celebration for his 24th birthday passa passa bash.

Some of the artists expected to perform at the event to be hosted on the 30th of June include Chitown’s very own Ricky Fire, Jahnoz, Jnr Fire and Softaz.

Its not just a dancehall event as the flyer in circulation also features hip hop acts like Briss Mbada and Beav City.

The showdown is happening on the 30th of June in Chitungwiza Unit N at Padamara and entrance is free!

 

Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, could not hold back his tears as he joined other Ghanaians at the one week memorial service held for the late musician, Ebony.

The event, which took place at the St Martin de Porres School at Dansoman in Accra, attracted several dignitaries including ministers, actors and musicians.

Shatta Wale, while at the venue for the event, is reported to have stated that God would punish all those who showed hatred to Ebony during her lifetime.

Ebony was involved in an accident on Thursday, February 8, 2018, that claimed also the lives of two others, Franky Kuri, her Personal Assistant and Lance Corporal Vondee, a military man.

The driver of the Jeep in which they were traveling is currently recuperating at the Bechem Government Hospital.

A few days after this incident, a man of God, Prophet E.K Mensah of the Christ Vision Prayer Ministry, allegedly predicted that Shatta Wale would die by July 2008, if he failed to turn over a new leaf.

This comment reportedly infuriated the dancehall musician, as well as his family and friend.

His mother Elsie Evelyn Avemegah, reportedly threatened to sue all prophets who would declare that her son would die soon.

-GhanaWeb

Ninja Kabhidha in a tell all moment on Zifm Stereo claimed that Winky D’s Vigilance Team neglected him when he jumped into a lyrical war with Seh Calaz.

Chitungwiza based Zim-dancehall artist Ronald Saliran popularly known as Ninja Kabhidha told Abisher Palmer on Zifm that his career suffered when he engaged Seh Calaz in lyrical war. Kabhidha claimed that the Vigilance Side comprising Winky D, Layaan and Banda decided to disown the youngster because of the reason which later on caused him to suffer lack of support.

You know Zimdancehall, when there are ten shows in a year, seven are in Mbare, but in Mbare they don’t want to see me and were throwing cans at me saying go back to your (vigilance) side,“* the youngster narrated the events that took place after dissing Mbare bred Seh Calaz.

When he came into the spotlight a few years ago Kabhidha was tipped as the young Ninja president following his allegiance to Winky D’s (aka Ninja Prezident) Vigilance Side camp. However, things have not turned well for the artist as most of his songs have flown unnoticed and the support he enjoyed at first started to dry out.

Winky D has long been accused by many fans for neglected other young talents. The same story can be told for Ninja Lipsy who also came into the spotlight after her song with Winky D Taitirana/First Sight took off. She was also tipped as the First Lady of the Vigilance Side, but support for her from the camp has since dried out too and her career is also on the ropes.

Both of them were also not invited to take part at Winky D’s Gombwe album launch.

Beating at Equation Studios

Kabhinda also claimed that he was buttered while working at Equation Studios but received little support from his camp at the Vigilance Side, “I was beaten and made a phone call to Layaan but the only thing I was told was, ‘have you reported to the police?'”*

You can listen to the interview below or click here.

*quotes have been edited from Shona

Music sensation Ebony Reigns (Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng) has been reported dead.

According to Graphic Online, the  explosive artiste was involved in an accident at Mankranso in the Ahafo Ano South district of Ashanti late Thursday night which claimed two other lives.

The Mankranso police confirmed the tragic news to Joy FM, and said the accident involved a Jeep she was travelling on and a VIP bus. And pictures of the gory accident has been circulating on social media.

Ebony was born 16th February, 1997, and was only a week shy of her 21st birthday.
Ebony had been tipped to sweep the best and topmost laurels on offer at any local awards following the many hits she has churned out in her short but enterprising career.

Source

It appears when you are good at it, one album cd is enough to get you a set of wheels!

Last night was the official launch for Winky’s latest offering called Gombwe. The double event which was also a birthday bash for the 35 year old dancehall Igwe was held at the HICC which was oversubscribed with fans filling to hall to capacity and more with some people resorting to stand in passage ways to get a glimpse of the action.

Many artists took to the stage as they helped the Gafa celebrate his birthday and launch. South African based Buffalo Souljah who was the guest artist did not manage to mesmerize the crowd enough as he seemed to enjoy his songs more than the crowd was.

When it came time for the Gafa to take on the mic, fans went crazy. With screams and shouts covering the 5,000 seater as excitement clearly rose within. As usual the Gafa (or is it now Gombwe) did not fail to impress.

Opening with a slew of his old hits, he later on started introducing some of his brand new tracks from the album.One such song that caught our attention was Ngirozi, which he features the Vabati VaJehova group.

Ginimbi, a popular Zimbabwe businessman later joined Winky D on stage and pledged to buy the album for $20,000 before increasing the figure to a whooping $40,000!

It was obviously all smiles for the Ninja President

 

Sadly Zimdancehall this year is only represented in two categories at the annual National Arts and Merits Awards. Dancehall lacks representation is some of the most prestigious music categories such as Artist of the Year and Album of the Year which had seen artists like Winky D and Killer T nominated in the previous years.

However, Soul Jah Love and King Shaddy are up to the rescue. King Shaddy was nominated for the best video alongside Studio Arts Pictures who shot and directed the video ‘Bhero‘. Other videos vying for the same award include Ndinokakama by Dereck Mpofu and Over Again by Vimbai Mukarati.

Pamamonya Ipapo was undoubtedly an anthem for 2017 only until Jah Prayzah‘s kinda prophetic album ‘Kutonga Kwaro‘ took the streets. Soul Jah Love has gained a nomination from the folks at Nama for the song and he faces Jah Prayzah’s ‘Ndini Ndamubata‘ and Ammara Brown‘s ‘Akiliz‘. Its definitely not going to be easy on this one as all the three songs were exchanging the top spot on our playlists through out the year.

YOU CAN CHECK THE FULL LIST BELOW:

  1. SPOKEN WORD AWARDS

Outstanding Poet

Tinashe Tafirenyika

Shingirai Manyengavana

Mercy Dhliwayo

Special Mention

Takesure Taringana

Outstanding Comedian

Tinaye Chiketa

Samantha Kureya    aka   Gonyeti

Mandlenkosi Mathe    aka  D Comedian

 

  1. LITERARY ARTS AWARDS

Outstanding First Creative Published Works

Blooming Lilies           by        Dean Murinda  [Pen Featherz Media]

Nei?                            by        Lazarus Sauti [Royalty Books]

Ndofa Ndisina Mwana by        Jesca Rushwaya-Marwiro [ZPH]

Outstanding Children’s Book

Paradise Stories             by    Eve Nyemba-Mazando

Nomvundla and the Chilli Eating Contest        by        Fortune Tazvivinga

The Magician               by       Aleck Kaposa  [Essential Books]

Outstanding Fiction

Moving On                  by        Jane Morris (editor)     [AmaBooks]

Survivors Café             by        Stanley Mushava         [Underclass Books & Films]

Live Like an Artist       by        David Mungoshi          [Bhabhu Books]

Special Mention

Tsvura Ngoko by Ishmail Penyai

 

  1. THEATRE AWARDS

Outstanding Actor

Gift Chakuvinga          in         Double Funeral

Leonard Phiri               in         Ihloka

Julian Tshuma             in         Double Funeral

Outstanding Actress

Charlene Mangweni     in         The Incident

Nomvuyiso Mabi         in         Double Funeral

Edith Masango             in         Narratives from the Dark

Outstanding Theatrical Production

The Incident ¬†¬† directed by¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Elizabeth ‚ÄėZaza‚Äô Muchemwa

Double Funeral directed by     Thulani Mbambo

Ihloka             directed by       Matesu Dube

Outstanding Director

Zaza Muchemwa         for       The Incident

Thulani Mbambo         for       Double Funeral

Matesu Dube               for       Ihloka

  

  1. DANCE AWARDS

Outstanding Female Dancer

Ndomupeishe Chipendo          in         Kutamba Zve

Melany Carruthers                   in         Southern Soul

Yeukai Zinyoro                       in         Variety

Outstanding Male Dancer

McIntosh Jerahuni       in         Fullstop

Malcom E. Chirove      in         LA Puissance

Sean Mambwere          in         Online

Outstanding Dance Group

Afro Dance

Breakthrough Productions

M & M Dance Factory

Special Mention

Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble

Outstanding Choreographer

Sean Mambwere¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Online

Melany Carruthers¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Southern Soul

Malcom E. Chirove¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† LA Puissance

 

  1. VISUAL ARTS AWARDS

Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work

Twisted Yoke Ropes    by        Webster Mubayirenyi

Iwe Neni Tine Basa     by        Calvin Chimutuwah

AU Logo Design          by        Quentine Nyoni

Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work

Dudu Manhenga          by        Josiah Chigondora

Loving Memories         by        Gift Chimufombo

Proud of my Hair         by        David White

Outstanding Mix Media Work

Recurring Success            by    Munyaradzi Mazarire

Madam Vebvoda Foni                 by    Evans T. Mutenga

Camel and Friends (Zizi)  by   Johnson Zuze

Outstanding Exhibition

Dis(colour)ed Margins             by  Thandazani Dhlakama & Fadzai Muchemwa   at   NGZ

Colour Revolution¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† by Gary Thompson¬†¬† at The ‚ÄėA‚Äô Gallery

From Line to Form       by  Helen Lieros   at   Delta Gallery

 

  1. FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS

Outstanding Actress

Kudzai Msungo           in         Muzita Rababa

Gamuchirai Dube        in         Kushata Kwemoyo

Nothando Nobengula   in         Like a Good Woman Should

Outstanding Actor

Eddingtone Hatitongwe  in       Muchaneta

Charles Muzemba          in       Kushata Kwemoyo

Zolile Makeleni              in       Wenera

Outstanding Music Video

Ndinokakama  produced by    Naxo Films     ft.  Dereck Mpofu

Bhero               produced by    Studio Art Pictures       ft. Shadrick Kwarire (aka King Shaddy)

Over Again      produced by     Vimbai Mukarati     ft.  Vimbai Mukarati

Outstanding Screen Production (Television)

Muchaneta                   directed by  Eddingtone Hatitongwe

Wenera                        directed by  Zolile Makeleni

Muzita Rababa             directed by  Shem Zemura

Outstanding Screen Production ‚Äď Short Film

Ruvimbo’s Wedding                directed by Ben Mahaka

Things We Do for Love           directed by Derby Bheta

Baba the Joys of Fatherhood   directed by Ignatious Matope

Outstanding Screen Production ‚Äď Full Length Film

Like a Good Woman Should   directed by Gilbert Mupiwa

Kushata Kwemoyo                  directed by Shem Zemura

One Woman and Her Mbira     directed by Hope Masike

 

  1. MEDIA AWARDS

Outstanding Journalist ‚Äď Radio

Nicola Ndoro¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Star FM

Lastword Musekiwa ¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Star FM

Patience Musa¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ZiFM

Special Mention

Babongile Sikhonjwa ‚Äď Skyz FM

 

Outstanding Journalist ‚Äď Print

Vasco Chaya¬†¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Daily News

Prince Mushawevato¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Sunday Mail

Stanley Mushava¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Herald

Outstanding Journalist ‚Äď TV

Regis Mhako¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ZBC

Andrew Neshamba ¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ZBC

Sifiso Mpofu¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ZBC

Outstanding Online Media

Bustop TV

Jera

Black Toe TV

 

  1. MUSIC AWARDS

Outstanding Male Musician

Enock Munhenga         aka       XQ

Trevor Dongo

Mukudzei Mukombe   aka       Jah Prayzah

Outstanding Female Musician

Ammara Brown

Janet Manyowa

Selmor Mtukudzi

Outstanding Album

Inhliziyo            by     Caleb Msipa

Beyond               by  Trevor Dongo

Kutonga Kwaro  by     Mukudzei Mukombe   aka   Jah Prayzah

Outstanding Song

Pamamonya Ipapo    by Soul Musaka      aka       Soul Jah Love

Ndini Ndamubata     by   Mukudzei Mukombe   aka   Jah Prayzah

Akiliz                        by   Ammara Brown

 

  1. SPECIAL AWARDS

Outstanding Promoter

X-MO Squad

2 Kings Entertainment

Divine Assignments

Jamaican dancehall star Charly Black who was is Zimbabwe back in 2015 for the ‘Bubbling Party‘ show which was over subscribed with shows held in Harare and also Cape Town, is calling on Zimbabwean promoters to book him again.

The “Too Blessed” singer even went a step further publishing his number on Facebook for fans “especially Kenya & Zimbabwe” to give to the right promoters. “Im doing my Africa tour this year especially (Kenya an Zimbabwe) all my fans give these numbers to the right promoters for bookings ‚Ä≠+1 (718) 313-8640‚Ĩ and ‚Ä≠+1 (876) 352-0226‚Ĩ¬†ūü§ěūüŹŅūü§ěūüŹŅūü§ěūüŹŅ#teamunstoppable” he wrote.

Zimbabwe is easily one of the best place for Jamaican artists to come and perform usually because of the way dancehall still dominates our waves. A few years back the Jamaican reggae group Morgan Heritage professed their love to perform in the country which once set foot the icon Bob Marley in 1980.

 

According to his official biography, Charly Black started singing at the age of five, winning countless singing competitions thus proving that he would be a great talent in years to come. Before he started singing professionally his first job professionally in the music business was a selector.

 

Put that mouth holding emoji! Are Jamaican artists becoming more like local artists? I mean Turbulence, the Ghetto Yuts singer has just landed somewhat quietly into the country for a show!

Shocking right, if you haven’t been following Seh Calaz on social media, we are not surprised if you didn’t know.

Turbulence arrived yesterday for Seh Calaz’s birthday bash nicknamed Sadaka. The Jamaican superstar was also in the country this year back in April for a tour that only saw a few attendees and dubbed by some as ‘a flop‘. Which shocked some who had attended his then previous show in 2013.

In 2013 Turbulence who was hosted by Red Rose entertainment caused commotion in the streets of Mbare when he made a surprise visit. Although yesterday’s landing of the dancehall/reggae icon was nothing compared to that of 2013, a few fans showed up to welcome the star.

Mumota Murikubvira remix was a result of that 2013 tour after Turbulence praised Seh Calaz for his vocals. The two ended up remixing his then hit which was well received by the fans.

Seh Calaz’s birthday bash is happening tomorrow 14 October at the Netball Complex featuring a host of others dancehall stars like Killer T, Kinnah, Soul Jah Love, Freeman, Lady Squanda, Celcious, Silent Killer and more and tickets are going for $5 (with these many artists we wonder what Turbulence’s cut looks like).