TV3 announces Mentor X

Leading Ghanaian television stationTV3 Network has this week announced the return of its popular music reality show, Mentor. This year’s edition, which is dubbed Mentor X, will mark the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the show on Ghanaian television.

According to the organizers, they are seeking to break into Africa with this year’s edition of the show. Mentor X will provide a life-changing opportunity for several youth around the continent to unearth talents.

The General Manager of MG Television, Francis Doku indicated that TV3 for the last ten years has created a platform for young people to develop their talents and prepare themselves for mainstream music success.

“By participating in a well-structured reality show like Mentor, young talents get to mingle with a lot of people, this helps them to change and develop their basic characteristics. In addition to helping work on their craft, they learn the rudiments of the trade. With Mentor X, we are giving other African nationals living in Ghana the opportunity to show their talent”, he added.

Auditions for Mentor X commences this week in Tamale on 17th September 2021 at Radach Hotel, Kumasi on 19th September 2021 at Miklin Hotel, then in Takoradi on 21st September 2021 at Akroma Plaza Hotel. The final auditions will be held in Accra on 24th and 25th September 2021 at TV3, Adesa We.


NEWS FEATURE: ‘Pure iReport ” on Pure FM-Kumasi

The Pure FM morning crew consisting of the ‘Legend’ Kwame Adinkra, ‘The Voice Of The Voiceless” Kojo Marfo, Eunice Attakora Manu Akoto Mansah, Evans Osei Bonsu and other production magnets on the Morning Drive (Dr. Otchere Addai Mensah and Dr. Amakye Boateng) have all done well by bringing something new and refreshing to their breakfast show in Kumasi and beyond.

It is Kumasi and beyond because their breakfast show is not only heard or listened to on the 95.7 frequency but also streamed live via the station’s website online.

Since hitting the airwaves from early this year, the question was once again asked as to whether Ghana and for that matter Kumasi, needs another radio station.

This question crops up every now and then due to the nature of the copy and pasting mechanism of both content and programming of many radio stations doing the same thing again and again.

However, with the emergence of Pure FM, there is a segment within the breakfast show that is gathering and garnering plaudits and momentum with some audience, and that is the ‘I-Report’ segment.

Arguably, the purpose and reasons of the existence of a radio station is to impart and impact the society. It serves through the collection, collating and reporting of news and in other senses, it is used as a vehicle of communication, companionship and relaxation.

The sticking point of Pure FM as a radio station, unique without equal, is the fact that, it allows it audience and listeners to partake in the news delivery, by ‘reporting’ into the breakfast show with their versions of news from their own perspective and locations.
It looks and sounds very unique and powerful because it involves the listeners. And that makes it compelling, engaging and interesting.

But the multi billion Dollar question is that, with professional journalists, there is the probability of Check, Check and Check again, before any news story makes it on to the airwaves, as journalism and news reporting demands. And that is if in any doubt of a particular news story.

So, if that be the case, how are some listeners going to be trusted with their news stories and contributions. And how is the veracity and authenticity of their news stories going to be gauged.

Aside this worry, the Drive Time of DJ Slim and Koo Sebor ‘The Emotional Tiger’ are also doing a great job by driving their listeners purely to their various destinations, while DJ Aroma ‘grills and drills’ his fans live with ‘PURE FUN’.

As the station heads towards its first anniversary somewhere early next year, will Kwame Adinkra at the helm of affairs as the Chief Operations Officer move the station further up the ladder or some notches lower?

Do not forget that from ‘Angel In The Morning’, Kwame Adinkra was heard of in the capital Accra at Atinka as Abusua came knocking and calling just for Pure FM to sign him back into the folds of Angel Broadcasting Network (ABN).

For now, cross your fingers as a listener or a radio enthusiast while you enjoy what comes up next for Kwame Adinkra and his radio personalities as you listen to Pure FM in Kumasi and beyond.



Gospel Musicians of Today are Too Lazy – Mary Yab

Gospel artiste Mary Yab is worried about gospel musicians of today not making emphasis on the spiritual impact and messages their songs are suppose to convey. Lyrics are hurriedly composed without musicians paying attention to God.

The Kumasi based gospel musician made this statement in an exclusive interview on Sunday with the award-winning host of Angel Church bells on Angel 96.1FM, Alex Nana Opoku popularly known in media fraternity as Alexis De God’s Son.

According the singer, most of gospel songs of today lack powerful messages as we used to hear during the the days of Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Stella Dugan, Mama Esther etc. These songs were auspicious, transcendental, sublime, preach renunciation and edify the soul.

To her, most of the lyrics in gospel songs of today cannot be described as powerful because most of gospel musicians of today are too lazy to wait upon the name of the Lord Almighty as to be able write powerful gospel lyrics. One listens to the so called gospel songs and all that you hear are; Halleiuja, Halleiuja,Halleiuja, Halleiuja in the songs and nothing else.

According to her, most of these gospel musicians of today do not have any messages to churn out through their music and most times refuse to sing songs of their own but rather sings songs of the old gospel artistes when invited to gospel programmes.

Mary Yab released a new single titled “JESUS” in December 2017.

Listen to the interview below (Audio)


Source: Evans Ofori/