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A few years ago, the were a lot of people who claimed Ghanaians and for that matter, Ghanaian comedians were not funny.

There are still some people who believe that the average Ghanaian does not have a good sense of humor.

At a time when Nigerian comedians had become the staple of comedy for the Ghanaian comedy market, it was very difficult for Ghanaian comedians to be accepted on comedy platforms.

After the slapstick comedy (the concert party type) era, some of our young comedians started doing comedy in English. We had David Oscar, Foster Romanus, DKB, Percy and a few others ploughing that turf.

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What they did was not new though; Fritz Baffour, Tommy Annan Forson, Kweku Sintim Misa (KSM) and a few others had been in that league too.

But David Oscar and his squad were not liked. They could not impress the ordinary Ghanaian who was used to Nigerian comedy.

This, however, did not discourage the Ghanaian comedians. David Oscar and his friends took up the challenge and kept organizing their shows to prove to people they could do it.

Today, Ghana can boast of having some pretty good comedy talents. Ghanaian comedians can travel to Nigeria and crack up a whole audience. Event organizers have gained some confidence in the Ghanaian comedian that they can bill them on shows and still have positive feedback.

READ ALSO: My Artists Are Too Busy To Be Bothered About VGMA And Other Awards – Enock Agyepong

In this piece, I present the top 10 comedians who are making great strides in the Ghanaian comedy industry at present. This list is premised on the general performance of the comedians, their visibility on the comedy market and the clout they wield among other peers.

 

(1). OB Amponsah:

OB Amponsah, an optometrist by training, has suddenly become the toast of the Ghanaian comedy market. He has an unparalleled wit that puts him ahead of his colleagues. His performance at the Lords of the Ribs in Nigeria in 2019 won him a lot of spurs. He has also been on shows like Decemba 2 Rememba, Night of Laughs, Easter Comedy Show, among others.

OB staged his show dubbed Voices in My Head in December 2019 and is yet to stage another one titled Political Refugee – a concept borne out of the backlash he received after he had made a joke at Decemba 2 Rememba that the name Mahama meant ‘corruption.’

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(2). Clemento Suarez

Unlike OB, Clemento Ashitey known in showbiz as Clemento Suarez does more of stage comedy. He’s a comic actor who has also earned a place for himself in that field.

Clemento Suarez professionally started comedy in 2011 after doing a lot of pro bono work. He has worked with creative directors like Latif Abubakar who brought the best out of him. Clemento has featured in Kejetia vs Makola series for TV in Ghana.

Clemento has also featured in plays such as ‘Gallery of Comedy’, ‘Thank for Idiots’, ‘Romantic Nonsense’, ‘Sweet Dreams & Nightmares’, ‘What Can Come Can Come’, ‘Flagstaff House’, ‘Mallams & Pastors’, ‘I Can’t Think Far’, among a blizzard of others (including TV commercials).

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(3). DKB

Born Derrick Kobina Bonney, DKB shot to fame after his slapping incident at Big Brother Africa in 2012. He latched onto that and soon became a household name. Even though he had also been doing stand up comedy before the BBA incident, his comedy brand got more activated later.

DKB has performed a lot of comedy shows in and outside the country. He is also a preferred choice of an MC for a lot of events,

Even though he had been named the King of Comedy by ace satirist KSM, the new whiff of comedy seems to have placed him below the afore-mentioned.

He has a monthly comedy show called Comedy Express.

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(4). Lekzy DeComic

Lekzy is another brilliant comedian Ghana can boast of at the moment. He has his comedy show called Laughline.

Lekzy was awarded the best comedian during the 2017 People’s Celebrity Awards after he had been awarded the emerging comedian of the year during the 2016 comedy choice awards.

Born Emmanuel Nkansah, the comedian is a graduate of the Takoradi Technical University

Lekzy, whose father had always wanted him to be a medical doctor, is also a graphic designer by profession.

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(5). Mmebusem

Born Justice Hymns, Mmebusem has been in the local language movie industry for a long time. His breakthrough came when he started doing skits with the Jesus character. His great sense of humor and creativity gotten people to like him.

He has so far appeared on a couple of music concerts to put up hilarious skits.

Kwame Dadzie Writes: Top 10 Comedians In Ghana At The Moment

(6). Foster Romanus

Foster Amponsah, widely known as Foster Romanus is an actor and a stand-up comedian.

He is also one of the few comedians who championed the revival of stand-up comedy during its difficult times.

He came second to David Oscar in the maiden edition of Stars of the Future reality show. He has since mounted bigger stages in Ghana and outside the country.

Also the host of Late Night Celebrity Show on eTV Ghana, Romanus runs his comedy event, Romanus Incomplete.

Kwame Dadzie Writes: Top 10 Comedians In Ghana At The Moment

(7). Jacinta

The only stand-up comedienne in Ghana. She is one of the funniest in the country and although the business is male-dominated, she has been able to get through.

Jacinta, who is of both Ghanaian and Nigerian descent started comedy when she was 19. She recounts that she was first given the platform to perform by Buchi.

Her perfect understanding of both the Ghanaian and Nigerian cultures gives her a background to her awesome performances.

Just like her male counterparts, Jacinta has mounted almost all the big comedy platforms in Ghana. She has also had some successful gigs in other countries.

Kwame Dadzie Writes: Top 10 Comedians In Ghana At The Moment

(8). Teacher Kwadwo

A teacher by profession, Teacher Kwame (real name Michael Owusu Afriyie) has been able to win the hearts of people with his funny clips on YouTube. He usually does skits that satirically tackle trending issues.

What makes him stand out is his unfettered command over the Twi language and the use of rich Akan proverbs in his presentation.

Also a rapper, Teacher Kwadwo was featured on ‘Ghana’, a song by 2Kz which also had Clemento Suarez.

He currently hosts a segment on UTV’s United Showbiz program.

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(9). Khemikal

Daniel Selase, known in the comedy world as Khemikal is arguably one of the biggest names in the stand-up comedy business.

He has hosted a lot of comedy shows – something which earned him the “Best Comedy Event Host” tag by ace comedian Kwaku Sintim-Misah.

He has performed at shows such as ‘KSM @50’, ‘A Touch Of Class’, ‘Decemba to Remember’, ‘A Night Of 1021 Laughs And Music’, ‘The Easter Comedy Show’, among others.

He has also been featured on high-profile concerts in Ghana.

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(10). Comedian Waris

Waris, although new is gradually ensconcing himself in the game. He has performed at Easter Comedy Show, Crack Ribs, Comedy Express, among others.

Kwame Dadzie Writes: Top 10 Comedians In Ghana At The Moment

Ghana is blessed with other comedians such as Augustine Dennis, Comedian Alglah, Lilwin, Akrobeto, Haugan, Afia Schwarzenegger, General Ntatea, Funny Face, Bismark The Joke, Kalybos, among others.

Even though Ghanaian comedy has not gotten to the top, the recent signs of progress should not be glossed over.

These Ghanaian comedians need to be supported, as they continually urged to hone their craft to getter better.

 

SOURCE: Ghana Weekend

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Charterhouse Must Be Punished For Negligence And Security Lapses At VGMA 2019 – FOCAP

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Charterhouse Must Be Punished For Negligence And Security Lapses At VGMA 2019 - FOCAP

Foundation of Creative Arts Professionals – FOCAP has called for the Punishment and Sanctioning of Charterhouse for the Security lapses at last years’ VGMA and their refusal to inform stakeholders of the outcome of investigations if any and what measures they have put in place to avoid any such reoccurrences in future.

VGMA was marred last year with violence and the pulling out of a gun in the auditorium putting the lives of everyone including Ministers, Ambassadors, and the majority of our superstars at risk.

Entry and exit point of the newly constructed dome was just one and even if they were more it was unknown to patrons so a stampede would have killed a lot of dignitaries just because of the NEGLIGENCE of the organizers – CharterHouse.

The big question was and still is;

HOW DID THE UNAUTHORIZED GUN GET INTO AN AUDITORIUM FULL OF IMPORTANT DIGNITARIES?

READ ALSO: Kwame Dadzie Writes: Top 10 Comedians In Ghana At The Moment

According to Charterhouse, they had metal detectors installed so the question is HOW were they able to put people’s life at such a high risk?

It was by luck that we survived that incident as a lot of people didn’t even see the gun else that alone could have triggered something else.

The sitting arrangement in the auditorium was so poor that a group of people were able to walk straight from the popular stands through the VIP, VVIP and onto the Stage without any hindrance.

In all this, Charterhouse has accepted that YES all these Security lapses were as a result of their negligence so the question is WHY WERE THEY NOT PUNISHED FOR SUCH NEGLIGENCE WHICH COULD HAVE CAUSED MAYHEM.

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The amazing thing is, Charterhouse still had the nerve and the effrontery to punish those who were able to misbehave because of their negligence.

Who then punishes the irresponsibility of CharterHouse?

Or is it because all those who are supposed to play the supervisory role are now partakers at their dinner table so they are now above reproach?

We can’t build an industry with almost everyone in a compromised position.

We remember the Minister even requesting for an investigation which for almost a year now have not materialized yet they went ahead to punish the Artists. CharterHouse has again opened nominations for the 2020 awards just because they feel Ghanaian Musicians are hungry for Awards.

READ ALSO: My Artists Are Too Busy To Be Bothered About VGMA And Other Awards – Enock Agyepong

As we said earlier, FOCAP actually doesn’t know the results of any investigations but all we know is that Charterhouse has admitted that the Security lapse was caused by them.

The crux of the matter is that whatever is good for the goose is good for the gander and him who invites the piper dances to the tune. In the same way, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy were punished, Charterhouse must also be punished.

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Government Backs Creative Arts Council To Perpetrate Fraud?

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Foundation Of Concerned Arts Professionals –  FOCAP has in its domain a Creative Industry Facility Scheme document telling Creative Arts Industry members, organisations and other individuals of the Arts industry to apply for a loan facility which has been recommended by the executives of the Creative Arts Council.

The document made references to the DRAFT CREATIVE INDUSTRY BILL before parliament saying “applicants should have been members of the council as stated in the draft creative industries bill before they become eligible to apply”.

FOCAP understands the loan facility which the executives of the creative arts council are helping the domains to apply for is coming from the Ministry of Business Development.

FOCAP is shocked why the government continues to deal with such illegality (interim creative arts council) whose mandate was to last for 3 months yet have not been able to fulfil their mandate even after 3 years of being an interim council.

FOCAP believes;

1. The council must NOT use its offices to perpetuate illegality by receiving funds into bank accounts yet to be sanctioned.

2. The Draft Bill must not be used as a basis for the loan facility. Only an Act has.

3. The illegal interim council must not be used for the loan disbursement when they don’t have a board nor an approved scope of disbursement.

4. The Creative Industry Loan Scheme can cause serious problems especially when some entities like National Seamstress Associations are not part of the domains mentioned in the bill.

5. The posture of the interim creative arts council seems politically motivated to reward members of the Creative Arts community who supported the government in the 2016 general elections.

FOCAP is calling on the government to take a re-look into this and use a legal entity and approved channel to help the industry.

The Film Classification Act of Parliament – Act 935 which equally calls for funds to set up a film fund has not received government attention. The Executive Secretary appointment to see the National Film Authority functional is still in limbo. Helping the industry is a good call but the proper channel and appropriate avenues must be used.

In conclusion, FOCAP believes that Government should focus on inaugurating the Film Authority Board and help pass the Creative Arts Bill which will take care of funding instead of facilitating questionable loans in the name of helping the Arts Industry.

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FOCAP Conveners
1. Kojo Preko Dankwa
2. Enock Agyepong
3. Mel Kwesi Davis

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Kojo Preko Dankwa Writes: THIS NONSENSE MUST STOP!

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Kojo Preko Dankwa Writes: THIS NONSENSE MUST STOP!

I have read with keen interest that music producer, Appietus on Okay Fm’s Entertainment Show, hosted by Halifax has suggested that the current minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi should be sacked by the president, Nana Akuffo Addo.

Such unfortunate comment from an industry gatekeeper from no less a person like Appietus, gets me fidget with a lot of unanswered questions when it was these same gatekeepers who got the former minister, Catherine Afeku removed on the grounds of incompetency and non-performance.

Edem Agbana, Deputy National Youth Organiser for NDC, veteran journalist, Ebo Quansah on Starr Fm’s Starr Chat and others crucified Catherine Afeku’s administration without any solid proof.

I remember in my articles dated, Friday, December 7, 2018 with the headline “Catherine Afeku will not resign as creative arts minister, she should fix our industry” was met with so many comments and backlash.  We are back again with the “Sack the Minister” crusade as our only best bet solution.

This nonsense must cease. We should be seen as criticising constructively and professing solutions way forward. Some of us know how some NPP creative arts players master-minded the Catherine Afeku coup d’etat because of their selfish interest. These same people wanted to have their own way and make things easy for themselves and pushed for a new minister. One will ask what the heck the problem is again.

We are aware certain positions have been either legally or illegally created for NPP creative art gatekeepers to change the industry story but to no avail. Some have also taken positions as board members and we are yet to ascertain their relevance?

We cannot give the same excuse of asking president Nana Akuffo Addo to sack Barbara Oteng Gyasi.  We cannot be doing the same thing all the time and expect different results. Let’s help her to fix the creative industry! And let’s stop the nonsense of today sack, tomorrow sack. The minster is trying so hard to achieve the manifesto promises which indeed needs the support of all and sundry especially the NPP creative arts players. When president Nana Akuffo Addo announced the change, what did the creative arts for change (NPP Branch) say?

We called for it, let’s help fix it and show the directions. Barbara Oteng Gyasi will stay in office and won’t move. The Sack the Minister nonsense must stop and let’s breathe.

Kojo Preko Dankwa

FOCAP CONVENER

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Top 10 Gospel Songs in 2019

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TOP 10 GOSPEL SONGS

The year 2019 has been astounding in the Ghanaian Gospel Music fraternity and one of the years where a lot of Gospel songs have been churned out with few getting the attention on radio and television.

 

In the bid to provide quality information about how songs are performing in the industry, Dan Lartey of Remedi Entertainment has released a list of TOP 10 GOSPEL SONGS which had massive airplay in the first half of the year 2019 (January 1- July 31).

 

These Top 10 Gospel Songs are songs registering on the lips of gospel music lovers, radio and television airplay in the country.

 

1. DIANA HAMILTON – NSENKYERENE NYANKOPON

 

Flourishing Ghanaian gospel artiste and host of the annual worship concert,  ‘The Experience‘, Diana Antwi Hamilton came through with this rendition of the popular ‘Nsenkyereni Nyankopon’ song.

 

The old, public domain song which is translated as ‘Miracle Working God’ has once again been revived by the award-winning UK based Ghanaian artiste during the last edition of the ‘The Experience’ concert held in Kumasi.

 

Diana supported by the PL Crew band and some members of Overflow Inc as backing vocalists gave this song such an appealing musical flavor that has become the favorite of many.

 

The song was produced by Daniel Ayittah (Outluk records) and released on April 26.

 

 

2. JOYCE BLESSING – REPENT

 

Gospel songstress Joyce Blessing after storming Africa last year with ‘I Swerve’, followed with a smash hit ‘Repent’ which was released on January 1, 2019.

 

The song produced by Danny Beatz preaches about repentance and salvation. The multiple award-winning vocalist goes on to condemn hypocrisy with this one. The song is currently one of the biggest gospel songs in the country.

 

 

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3. CELESTINE DONKOR – AGBEBOLO

 

Agbebolo (Bread of Life) is the brand new song from the camp of Celestine Donkor which features rising young gospel star Nhyiraba Gideon of Adom TV’s Nsoroma fame.

 

The song produced by Joe Amoah of Springboard Studio comes with a sweet background chant praising God for such a turnaround in her life.

 

Undoubtedly a masterpiece that receives massive airplay every day. The song was released on May 13.

 

 

4. NACEE – MPAEBO

 

Versatile Gospel musician Nacee dropped a new stunning and inspirational gospel tune dubbed ‘MPAEBO’ which means Prayer early this year.

 

‘Mpaebo’ is one of the well written and recorded songs in the year 2019. A beautiful masterpiece by all standards.

 

Production was done by Nacee and video shot by McWillies. ‘Mpaebo’ was released on March 11.

 

 

5. PIESIE ESTHER – MASEDA KESE3

 

Gospel artiste Piesie Esther has her name boldly written as one of the gospel artistes who has released a hit song this year, ‘Maseda Kese3‘ meaning Great Thanks.

 

The song happens to be the first single ever the singer has released in 2019.

 

A thanksgiving song and a masterpiece was recorded by Bempong and released on March 14.

 

 

6. JOE METTLE – MEHIA WO YESU

 

The prayerful song, which comes off his new album “Wind of Revival” pivots on man’s yearning for more of God and the need to depend on him in all situations.

 

“Mehia Wo Yesu” which translates “I need you Jesus”, comes with it a fascinating video that re-echoes the theme of the song.

 

The song was produced by KODA of Koded Studios and released on February 20.

 

 

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7. BETHEL REVIVAL CHOIR – YAWO

 

Celebrated Music group Bethel Revival Choir has a new song ‘YaWo’ ft Osborn Agbodovi & Luigi Maclean

 

‘Yawo’ produced by Henry Datsomor is doing massively well.

 

The song was released on May 14.

 

 

8. JAYANA – VICTORY

 

A new artiste signed under Dave Joy Records is likely to shake the gospel fraternity with her presence since she is the only new gospel artiste making an impact in 2019.

 

Coming back from a long after her participation in Stars of the Future, a talent discovery reality show, she is out with a banger ‘Victory’ produced by Danny Beatz featuring the award-winning gospel singer Joyce Blessing.

 

Victory was released on April 2 and its one of the songs receiving massive airplay.

 

 

9. BRUHDA FIRE – ADOM BI

 

Ashanti Region-based gospel musician Bruhda Fire’s new song ‘Adom Bi’ is one of the biggest songs receiving massive airplay in some parts of the country.

 

‘Adom bi’ is a song produced by Cemoney and released on May 11.

 

 

READ ALSO: Shatta Defied the Rules with His New Model – Hammer

 

10. AKESSE BREMPONG – CRAZY LOVE (AFRO POP REMIX)

 

Sensational gospel artiste Akesse Brempong’s song ‘Crazy Love’ Remix featuring Bernard Franklyn which was published on Feb 5, 2019, is one of the songs doing very well in the gospel space.

 

The song was produced by Richard Keys and Akesse Brempong.

 

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Fred Kyei Mensah Writes: Citi TV Voice Factory 2nd Performance

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Life Insn’t Better From My Loyalty To The NPP – Fredyma

I love people who listen to constructive criticisms and improve on their acts. It’s a sign of maturity. Citi TV, thanks for responding to some of my suggestions concerning your programs. I am not perfect but he who often tries to create straight paths doesn’t know how crooked some of the routes may be.

This week brought a lot of improvement in some of my suggestions i mentioned last week. The piano tone, SPD drum settings and the sound was generally good. The band is good!

JUDGES

They never disappoint with their judgments. Very professional and knows what they say. Okyeame Kwame, Kaywa and our beautiful lady Edinam, added spice to the program however, I was a bit not too comfortable with the comments Kaywa made on Debbie. It was too harsh for me. We know we have to keep the contestants on their toes but, we should also consider their situation. I don’t know whether they are being camped for them to go through those vigorous rehearsals required of most music reality shows. The judges can moderate their judgments without demoralizing them. Also, they should make their comments as snappy as possible. Congrats judges!

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PERFORMANCES

Araba top my list of finalists in the competition provided her votes support her. She is the eye of the competition. Very focused. Her performance was tight.

Ayjay Sam started the day on a good note but there was humming in his sound. Check cables next time my technical handlers.

KennieKings had a good performance but should watch his microphone techniques.

Debbie was cool with Jailer by Asa. She made the song her own as was ably captured by Judge Okyeame Kwame and Edinam. Kaywa was ruthless with his comments.

Charisma was the second-worst performer. He had a very nice costume but failed to deliver on his keys, pitch, microphone techniques, vocals, etc. He was screaming.

Voice Factory Contestants Unveiled

Cleck Boyson was the most disappointing contestant for me. Bad start, key down, disjointed performances and to cap it, his feminine antics on the stage. Boi! Lol! He was good last week too ooooh. Let’s see.

Oye struggled with her low notes but had an ordinary performance.

Lina had good microphone techniques. She had no dynamics in her performance and was screaming. She is beautiful ooooh. Lol!

Red’m redeemed himself from last week’s performance however he sounded nasal in his vocal delivery.

Idara was my second best performer for the night. She was my worst last week. She is beautiful too.

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STAGE

It’s getting better however, those strobe lights should be directed at the contestants not we watching at home. Can’t we have the stage background pictures from any of our landmark buildings and streets in the country rather than a night street experience from a foreign land? The marketing team can make some money from there if they use shots from certain uniquely related concepts. Eg. Stanbic Heights Building, Airport City and ask them to pay.

MARKETING

Let the few studio audience be branded in certain products T-Shirt, Polo shirts, baseball caps and call some of the performances night say, Strong energy night, beta malt night, Awake water night, etc for those non-competitive brands to Beta malt to come on board and sponsor. Watch the current Big Brother Naija how companies are rushing to sponsor. Betting companies are there looking for business ooh. Look sharp, Citi Marketing Department.

CONCLUSION

Kudos Citi TV’s Studio Manager, Jimmy Quist.

Kwame Dadzie, let your people hear this.

Bring my fair share of the common fund Samuel Attah-Mensah. Lol

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