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Kwame Dadzie Writes: 5 Reasons Shatta Wale Could Not Fill the Fantasy Dome at 2019 Reign Concert

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The fact that Shatta Wale is the artiste with the biggest fan base in Ghana is no gainsaying.

This has been evident in shows he has organized in the past and the responsiveness to his call by his fans even on social media.

Last year, Shatta Wale made a big statement in the history of music in Ghana; he filled the auditorium of the biggest Dome in Ghana at the moment (15,000 capacity), the Fantasy to the gills.

Aside from that, there were scores of people outside the auditorium who had either not had access to the Dome or just passed through to enjoy the ambience.

This year, however, the numbers were lower; the auditorium was half empty (you can say “half-full”) and the people outside were not as many as last year’s.

I had not expected to see such an attendance.

While at it, I decided to do some brainstorming to find out what could have contributed to the low patronage.

1. Low Publicity: The publicity for the event was not as intense as last year’s. The ‘Reign Album’ came with a lot of promotional strategies including the logos and paraphernalia. Up till now, these regalia are selling on the market. ‘Wonder Boy’ did not enjoy that.

2. The Maiden Edition: Last year’s Reign Concert was not the first time Shatta Wale had organized a show for his audience but it was the first time he put together a paid-for show in such a huge auditorium. It was also the launch of his ‘Reign Album’, an album that has been giving so much hype as ‘unprecedented’ in the history of Ghanaian music.

3. The Shatta-Stone Rivalry: It appears the peace between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy has quenched the razzmatazz that comes with activities involving the two acts. Last year, there was a euphoria with whether Shatta could fill the Fantasy Dome, just to prove a point to Stonebwoy. Since the beef was squashed there seems to have been no motivation for events organized by the two acts. There was no suspense for this year’s Reign Concert.

4. The Rate: Last year, the tickets for Regular attendees was GHc 20 and VIP, GHc 50. This enabled most of Shatta Wale’s core fans to get access to the show. This year, the rate was pegged at 50gh regular and 100gh VIP.

5. The NAM 1 Factor: Shatta Wale was blessed while with Zylofon Music record label, a company that is owned by Nana Appiah Mensah aka NAM1. Obviously, he had financial support from the record label last year. This year, however, Zylofon Music which is owned by NAM1 whose gold dealership company had been closed by the Securities and Exchange Commission for not having the right documents has been inactive. Aside from that, it had been announced that Shatta’s contract with the company had expired. This means he may not have had enough financial resources to promote this year’s Reign Concert.

Source: Ghana Weekend

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Asiwome Writes born Asiwome Tei-Mati is the Chief Writer at www.asiwomewrites.com, a blog for all credible and At the Moment Entertainment News. A blog designed for all Showbiz News, Interviews and Reviews in the Creative Arts industry in Ghana. Asi Wome is an entertainment enthusiast and journalist, a Communication Strategist and a radio and TV Entertainment, pundit.

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Prophecy: COVID-19 Will Be Defeated In 10 Days from Today – Apostle Evans Tawiah

COVID-19 will be defeated in 10 Days – Apostle Evans Yaw Tawiah

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Prophecy: COVID-19 Will Be Defeated In 10 Days from Today – Apostle Evans Tawiah

As the world grapples with managing and finding a lasting solution to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Evans Yaw Tawiah has prophesied the defeat of the virus in ten (10) days.

The Apostle of Souls for Heaven Ministry, based in Koforidua in the Eastern Region revealed yesterday in a Facebook post, that the novel COVID-19 will be a thing of the past in 10 days.

“God has answered our prayers. In 10 days, COVID-19 will be a thing of the past. Keep on trusting God,” he posted.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Singapore Set Aside S$1.6 million For Arts And Culture

The Apostle of the gospel, who also doubles as the owner of the Koforidua based radio station, Emak 97.7 Fm in an exclusive interview with www.asiwomewrites.com further stated that the defeat of COVID-19 which is in 10 days, starts from today, Monday, March 23, 2020.

“The Lord told me (Apostle Evans Yaw Tawiah), in 10 days, starting from today, COVID-19 will be defeated.”

He, however, cautioned that times are evil and called on all to come to Christ because we are in the end-time.

READ ALSO: Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

Apostle Tawiah urged every Ghanaians to partake in the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo’s call for the nation to fast and pray on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

He also appealed to the general public to take all precautionary measures and the directives given by the Ghana Health Service and the president respectively.

 

Source: www.asiwomewrites.com | Ghana

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COVID-19: Singapore Set Aside S$1.6 million For Arts And Culture

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COVID-19: Singapore Set Aside S$1.6 million For Arts And Culture

SINGAPORE: About S$1.6 million will be set aside for the arts and culture sector as part of support for the community amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and to prepare the sector for “post-disease recovery”, announced Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng on Friday (Mar 6).

“We want cultural performances to continue during this time as the arts inspire us and lift our spirits, as long as necessary precautions are in place. This is what MCCY (Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth) agencies and institutions – including NAC (National Arts Council), NHB (National Heritage Board) and PA (People’s Association) – will commit to, where possible,” he said in his Committee of Supply speech.

“We also want to encourage arts and culture practitioners to take this opportunity to develop their capabilities and better position themselves for the future.”

READ ALSO: Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

Part of the S$1.6 million will include a subsidy of 30 percent for venue rental and associated costs for arts and culture activities from Mar 7 to Jun 30.

This will be applicable at national cultural institutions such as the Esplanade, Arts House Limited venues, and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

In addition, the National Arts Council will provide a one-time, enhanced capability development grant for individuals and arts organizations.

The aim of this grant, which will open to applications from Mar 16, is to promote upskilling and organizational capability development, said Mr. Baey.

These two initiatives are part of the Stabilisation and Support Package announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat during his Budget speech. The package was introduced to help stabilize the economy amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

READ ALSO: MUSIC: Lord of War – Ps Bennywood

“Arts groups and practitioners, including those who enjoy subsidized rentals under NAC’s arts housing scheme, can benefit from both initiatives,” said Mr. Baey.

The Package includes a training support scheme for self-employed persons, who will be paid S$7.50 per hour as training allowance when attending eligible programs.

NAC will continue working with SkillsFuture Singapore to curate arts and culture courses for arts freelancers to complement existing initiatives like the Arts Resource Hub.

“We encourage all eligible arts and culture professionals to tap on the available measures, including subscribing to the Arts Resource Hub, which is free, and prepare themselves for the post-COVID-19 upturn … We encourage arts practitioners to support one another during this time,” Mr. Baey said.

Source: Channel News Asia

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Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

The annual Kwahu Easter and all other activities associated with it has been called off by the Kwahu Traditional Area

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Following the directives from Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana on the novel Coronavirus – COVID -19 outbreak, the Kwahu Traditional Area has called off the annual Kwahu Easter celebrations.

READ ALSO: Sandra Badu-Boateng Featured in Forbes’ List of Awesome Black Women

In a release dated March 16, 2020, and signed by Samuel Tuffour, registrar of the Kwahu Traditional Area, one week, forty days observation and funerals in Kwahu must be on hold indefinitely.

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Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

 

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