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There are no professional script writers in Ghana – David Dontoh

DaviddontohhAce Ghanaian actor, David Dontoh says there are no professional script writers in Ghana.

“I don’t know of any Ghanaian who practices as a professional writer, who writes script for films, television and teleplays and makes all his living from that,” David Dontoh stated in an interview with Ibrahim Ben-Barko on the Red Carpet Show on Multi-TV.

He further said “a film starts from a script but we don’t have very good writers who really know the element of drama that makes it exciting and interesting for people to enjoy.”

Known for the roles he played in very popular movies including; The Dead (2010), Deadly Voyage (1996) and Heritage Africa (1989), David Dontoh on his part, said elsewhere you find people taking script writing as a professional job and it works for them.

He blamed theatre institutions in the country for not giving students detailed knowledge on script writing.

“The people we train at our school of performing arts and other theatre institutions in the country are only trained in stage plays.”

The popular Obra TV series actor, expressed worry about the attitude of some movie producers in the country.

“Some of the producers who are in film production now are not prepared to spend their money to buy scripts where the entire movie starts from,” he added.

He continued that “but if you really want a good script the person has to spend all the time to do solid research, write and rewrite.”

He concluded that “if the script is not good, bring Denzel Washington, the story is [still] not good.”

David Dontoh is also known for movies like Rain movie from the stables of Silver Line Film Production and Announcement directed by Evelyn Robinson.

I will marry at 72 – Shatta Wale

Shatta Wale DreadsDancehall artiste Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr aka Shatta Wale says he will only marry when he turns 72 years.

“I will get married when I am 72 because at that time my wife won’t tell me she is going to market when actually she is going to the night club to have fun; at that age my wife won’t tell me she is attending funeral when she is really going on a trek with another man…at 72 you will always come home to see us in our lazy chair”, he said.

The 30-year-old music sensation revealed his parents, other family members, as well as friends, have been mounting pressure on him to get married and settle down, that is the least on his priority list.

The dancehall artistes said he really wants to establish himself well and make more investment before he even thinks about marriage.

“Last time I went to put some money in my account and I was telling my banker that this money is plenty and he told the money is small. He [banker] said ‘you think Ghc150,000 is money, do you know the amount of money I have been counting’. Then I realized I need to get more and need to work harder” Shatta Wale said.

He insists the pressure from his parents will not influence his marital decisions.

“I have one daughter, Nhyera, who I cherished so much because she brought a lot of luck into my life, so I really want to acquire certain things. I really want to get to a level where I will see that my kid’s future is secured before I plan on settling down with a woman”, he said.

The dancehall artistes said he won’t get married just because he has to make his parents and those around him happy, instead he will do that to please him.

Kwaw Kese told Police he was a wee smoker — Witness

??????????????????????A witness in the case involving hiplife artiste Kwaw Kese has told the Kumasi Circuit Court that the accused confessed to police officers who arrested him that he was a known ‘wee’ smoker.

The Divisional Crime Officer of the Manhyia Divisional Command of the Ghana Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Otu Acheampong, said last Thursday in court that when the accused was confronted, “he boldly told us that everyone knows he is a wee smoker.”

Mr Acheampong told the court, presided over by Mr William Boampon, that on the said night, he was sitting in front of his wife’s shop, some few metres away from where Kwaw Kese and six others were sitting smoking the substance.

He said the men were passing around the substance, which he suspected to be Indian hemp.

Kwaw Kese has pleaded not guilty to the charge of publicly smoking a substance suspected to be Indian hemp without lawful authority and is currently on bail.

Led in evidence by Superintendent of Police Emmanuel Akonnor, the witness further told the court that he sought the assistance of two police officers who were on duty at a nearby checkpoint to arrest the accused.

However, he said, the accused resisted arrest and he had to call in reinforcement from Asokwa police before they were able to arrest him.

Asked by counsel for the accused, Nana Kwasi Boaitey, how he knew that the substance was narcotics, Mr Acheampong told the court that it was from experience and the thickness of the smoke that emanated.

He said he could also differentiate between the scent of ‘wee’ from that of cigarette. Besides, he said how they were passing the substance among themselves clearly indicated that it was “wee”.

Counsel further inquired from the witness why they did not arrest the others who were with Kwaw Kese.

In answer, Mr Acheampong said before the police would make any arrest, “you have to think of prosecution and conviction and in the instant case, the accused was the one holding the substance during the arrest”.

He denied the claim by counsel that the accused was targeted for arrest by the police, thus their decision to allow the other accomplices go scot free.

The case was adjourned to April 9, 2015 for continuation of the cross-examination.

Tim Westwood’s Crib VIDEO: Did Stonebwoy & Yaa Pono impress?

30138336.295Dancehall artiste StoneBwoy with Ghana’ s craziest Lyrical Rapper Yaa Pono were Guests on TimWestwood Crib Session studio with a freestyle session in London.

The two took turns with occasional backings from the other to form an easy going duo.

However, many have said that the two could have done better considering the stage offered them to announce their presence worldwide.

Watch the show below and let us know what you think:

Expect new music from Castro — Mix Masta Garzy

67337632.295Tema-based music producer, Mixx Masta Garzy has assured fans of hiplife musician, Castro, to expect new releases from their icon in the coming months.

Speaking in an interview, the CEO of 2MG Productions Limited disclosed that his record company has already scheduled the release of the music video to the single ‘Medo Wo, ‘ by Takoradi-based rapper, Piesie Kese, which features vocals of Castro.

He said fans would get the opportunity to see the new video of Castro, which was shot last year, just a few days before the musician embarked on the fateful trip to Ada with his close friend and captain of the senior national team of Ghana, Asamoah Gyan.

‘Selfie’ is a hiplife song not hiphop song – Hammer

Hammer LasttwoMusic producer and CEO of The Last Two Music Group, Edward Nana Poku Osei known as Hammer in showbiz has stated that VVIP’s ‘Selfie’ song is more of a hiplife song than a hiphop.

His comment is coming in the wake of the controversy generated by the song which was nominated in the Hiplife Song of the Year category of this year’s Ghana Music Awards.

Meanwhile VVIP and some pundits have argued that the song should have rather been nominated in the Hiphop Song of the Year category.

Explaining his stance, the record producer said in an interview with Ibrahim Ben-Bako on Hitz Entertainment News, ‘Selfie’ has hiphop elements but it’s a dance song and the hiplife genre is normally made up of dance songs. People don’t dance to real hiphop songs, they either bounce or nod to it, he said.

“The dancing part of ‘Selfie’ overwhelms the hiphop part, so I’ll actually see it as a dance song which makes it automatically fit the hiplife category. If I had my way it will make it to the Afro dance category,’ Hammer added.

He noted that, if you want a hiplife song that is closest to hiphop then that will be Joy B’s ‘Tonga’.

Comparing the two songs, Hammer said, “The emptiness of ‘Tonga’, the instruments are limited, it has a lead straight to the point, the rap dominates but you can dance to it too. So if you want a hiplife song that is closest to hiphop that will be ‘Tonga’. ‘Selfie’ went into the dance area too much to call it a hiphop song, I’ll say their hiphop element is good but the dance area overwhelms the hiphop side”.

Explaining further, he said, “I think it fits the hiplife category because even when you listen to Lazy [Zeal’s] rap, its hiplife”.

Hammer concluded that the debate also depends on how Reggie Rockstone describes hiplife but he still sees “Selfie” as a hiplife song.

Stonebwoy, MzVee together again

MzVee Stonebwoy Natural GirlFollowing their successful collaboration on Natural Girl, dancehall artistes Stonebwoy and MzVee have released yet another single, Come Over.

In Come Over, a love song, Stonebwoy and MzVee profess their love to each other and each describes the other as the “baddest there is.” They tell each other to “come over” in order to have a good time.

Stonebwoy and MzVee take turns to rap in Patois on the song, however, MzVee is the only one who sings the chorus.

Done mainly in Patois and English, Come Over has a catchy rhythm which is sure to appeal to fans of the reggae/ dancehall music genre.

In an interview with Stonebwoy on Monday, the Bhim Nation star disclosed this new collaboration was because of the positive reception their earlier song Natural Girl, received from their fans and the public at large.

“We kept getting so many calls and messages on social media, to the point where many people thought MzVee and I were dating. We are not dating, we just have good chemistry and work well together. We decided that since the public loved our first project so much why not give them another taste of what they have been asking for. Natural Girl was MzVee’s song on which I featured but Come Over is my song which features MzVee,” he said.

Stonebwoy was excited that his personal DJ, DJ Justice was crowned the Best Artiste DJ of the Year at the recently held Ghana DJ Awards. “This award shows a recognition of how much work we put in the year under review. All the shows and events I played were successful thanks to the work of my entire team.

Speaking on the forthcoming Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Stonebwoy was hopeful that he would sweep majority of the awards in the Reggae/ Dancehall category. “The award my DJ won at the Ghana DJ Awards is just the first of many to be won in 2015. Although the nominees are yet to be announced, I am certain that categories such as Artiste of the Year, Reggae/ Dancehall Song of the Year, Reggae/ Dancehall Artiste of the Year are definitely coming my way.”

Stonebwoy asked his fans to expect a number of new projects from him, including a collaboration with a number of internationally acclaimed artistes from Jamaica. “I have a song with one of the biggest Reggae artistes, Lazar Morgan as well as another with D’angel, former wife of Beenie Man who is considered the first lady of dancehall in Jamaica,” he said.

Joe Beecham returns with two new singles

PastorjoebechemAfter 17 fruitful years of ministering in word and music, Pastor Joe Beecham is set to move on to the next phase of his Ministry with the launch of Joe Beecham Ministries.

The Joe Beecham Ministries which is scheduled to be launched on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra will see the release of two singles from his upcoming sixth album which is due to be unveiled in May 2015.

There will also be the inauguration of the Ministry’s life changing projects which include the “Sound Mind Project” which is dedicated to raise funds and adequately cater to the needs of psychiatric patients in Ghana.

Pastor Joe Beecham entered Ghana’s music scene in 1998 with the release of his first album, ‘M’asem Bi’ which was an instant hit.

The Takoradi based Pastor and Musician subsequently released four more albums. The second album, ‘Egya Fa Kye hen’ which was released in 2000 had popular tracks such as; ‘Se Me Kae a’.

Two years later, a third album, ‘Mber Yi’ was released with popular songs such as; ‘Ao Yesu’, ‘Aseda Nyinaa Ye Wo Dze.’

His fourth album titled ‘Alone with God’ which had mainly hymns and reflections was released in 2006 and solely sold in the USA.

The fifth album ‘Preachers Voice’ which featured the song ‘Wo Ye Mi Nyame’ was borne out of his personal experience with God.

In the next couple of years, Pastor Beecham whose ministry and humble personality has inspired many young gospel musicians is seeking to build a formidable team of young people from every part of this nation to reach out to villages, towns, and cities with the Gospel through anointed music and biblical teachings.

The Joe Beecham Ministries aims to carry the message of hope and righteousness to humanity and to affect our generation positively through the medium of anointed music and worship.

Afia Schwarzenegger – I Will Pay Anyone Who Can Break Me

It is time people know that negative news will not break me. I am a hard nut to crack. After carrying my dead husband whom I married for 10 years, what, again can shake me?Afia Schwarzenegger at Starr Fm

Controversial TV presenter Afia Schwarzenegger despite all the controversies surrounding her seems not to be giving up as she continues to be stronger each day.

“It is time people know that negative news will not break me. I am a hard nut to crack. After carrying my dead husband whom I married for 10 years, what, again can shake me? I have said that I will give any amount to anyone who will succeed in bringing me down,” she stated.

The “Kookoko” host however expressed her gratitude to her fans for their support during her difficult times as according to her, some rich people offered to rent her a place at her own convenience as well as three people even offered to give her a house to live in when the news broke that her husband had asked her to evacuate his house in Haatso.

“I never knew Ghanaians loved me like that. I thought it was a joke when I read on my facebook page that three people wanted to offer me houses. Until I met with them to see how serious they were, I thought it was a scam,” she said.

Speaking on the issue of her marriage, Afia said that there was no truth in the reports that her husband had sacked her from the house she was living in and that the house was in her name.

Explaining how she overcomes negative stories she said most reports about her are false and that people do not find out the truth before bringing  out the information but she will not let that bring her down.

She added that her critics cannot make her kill herself and cannot bring her down; “Ok, my husband is now with his wife so should I kill myself or stop doing my programme? No way, I will continue doing what I know best”.

“People actually think I hate them that is why I talk about them on my show. I don’t hate anyone but I present the news as it is”, she added.

Has Yvonne Nelson Finally Gotten Engaged?

 

Ghanaian screen sweetheart Yvonne Nelson might just be on the way out of the single ladies’ market. And it’s not the usual suspect John Dumelo as we’d imagine.

The actress who has been in the news recently on relationship issue when John Dumelo spoke into details about his relationship with her in his Vlog on Pulse.com.gh. The actor claimed that the two were not into any sexual relationship but were just very good friends.

The actress shared the ring on her Instagram with the caption “Thanks K”. And we can’t help but wonder who this secret “K” is, but also bear in mind that every male in Ghana has got a K in their name except those born on Thursday, so the the K might just be her secret way of referring Dumelo in public.

Is that too far a theory? The actress is still busy with the production of her movie, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” which features Becca amongst others.

The actress who was at the 4Syte Music Video Awards event in a chic black attire baring almost all of her breast was seen cosy with an “unidentified” gentleman at the award event. Is this K?