If Versatility was a person then Emmy Richie is it. From being a Footballer, Chef , Philanthropist , Ladies man , this energetic Nigerian was born to shine from the get go.
Emmy discovered his flare for music at a very tender age with influences from Fela Kuti, Michael Jackson , Bob Marley , and Lucky Dune, however he didn’t just jump in the studio immediately, he took his time to gradually learn more about the music business industry and harness his skills.
After dropping his debut song Merry go round , he followed it up with Zaddy, BamBam and most recently Socoso which all gained massive attention, airplay and streams .
With a very healthy social media following and knowledge Emmy Richie is set to team up with one of the biggest record Labels in Nigeria to take his musical career global. If you want to know what Label he is joining then turn on your post notifications on his social media handles @emmyrichie_ and also follow this blog.
Helloooo, Mic One, Check, Two…………..This Is Prince Benjamin
Of course, this is Prince Benjamin. And not your average chauffeur who normally drives you home and about on his ‘Class FM Limousine’.
But rather the Prince Benjamin who is rejuvenated with all the proverbial musical skills, that cut it as a singer and a songwriter. Yes, you heard it right.
This for now, is sounding like a joke through your lobes. But just wait for some few weeks till you hear the real Prince ‘B’ through your stereos. Now wake up and unwrap the present as news or the news as present. Because whether we like it or not.
Prince Benjamin is not taking it in any other way than a musician, if not a singer. Either the latter or the former, Prince Benjamin has taken to the microphone for your information.
One could fathom where all your questions are heading to: such as, is he an actual singer or a musician?
Is he not just a radio presenter? Since when did he become a songwriter?
Well folks, whether he became a musician overnight or whatever it is, he is here to stake a claim and prove a certain point. As to how many points we do not know yet.
And as to how he is going to do it he said: “Maybe long overdue. Maybe this is the best time. Whatever be the case, I am dropping an official song for the first time this month and it’s called “Psalm 91.”
“This is a freestyle I did and took seriously enough to consider as a debut. I am happy and nervous to share it with you in this month of August.
And with regards to the date of the release he said:” I shall communicate the day in good time, but I am looking at releasing it ASAP!
“I Hope you like the cover art, and you anticipate this release. It will be worthwhile!”. Some even are of the opinion as to how he is going to be balancing his radio profession aside that of his music.
And just in case, all things became equal, Prince Benjamin’s family members, fans and friends would say, it is none of our business. And that is rightfully so.
Should we take him seriously or not, given his profession as a known radio presenter. Better still, one could also give him a chance devoid of doubt. Because there are numerous others either dipping their hands in other unknown pies, to unearth their second talents or swapping professions completely.
If this is seen and witnessed in America and the world over, why not in Ghana. Andy Dosty of Hitz FM has done it before, and so did Kwame Adinkra of Pure FM and now to the Prince of Class FM.
Some musicians are acting while some actors and actresses are also singing. So, the super challenge and onus is absolutely on Prince Benjamin. Since he knows what some musicians go through given his experiences with some of them as a radio presenter.
Make a date with the Chaffeur Prince Benjamin on his Drive Time show which airs every weekday from 3pm. to 7pm. on Class91.3 FM.
Let’s get ready for the song and digest its content.
Diana Hamilton – Adom Kofi Kinaata – Behind the Scenes ————WINNER Adina – Hyedin Joe Mettle – Yesu Mo Abiana – Adun Lei Epixode – Too Much
Music for Good
Record of the Year
Be Your Own Beautiful – Adomaa Daddy’s Little Girl – Adina ————–WINNER Fancy – Amaarae Die 4 U – Cina Soul Too Much – Epixode Diplomatic Teef – Trigmatic Comot – Worlasi Mmusuo – YaaYaa
Male Vocalist of the Year
KiDi – One Man Joe Mettle – Yesu Mo Akwaboah – Posti Me MOGmusic – Oguamma ———WINNER Kyei Mensah – Take It All Kingsley Amporful – God
Female Vocalist of the Year
Abiana – Adun Lei ———–WINNER Adina – Hear Me Cina Soul – Die 4 U YaaYaa – Mmusuo Efe Grace – Lord Have Your Way Enuonyam – Fill Me
Best Group of the Year
Bethel Revival Choir DopeNation Dead Peepol Keche —————WINNER
Producer of the Year
Chris Rich Beats Yung Demz Street Beatz Richie Mensah ———-WINNER MOG Beatz Willis Beatz
Best African Artiste
Burna Boy Davido Wizkid Master KG ————WINNER Fireboy DML Omah Lay
Best Video of the Year
Why – Adina Fancy – Amaarae Adom – Diana Hamilton Cold – Joey B Open Gate – Kuami Eugene On the Street – Kweku Smoke Let Me Know – Mr Drew Baddest Boss – MzVee ————–WINNER Kpa – Okyeame Kwame Thomas Pompoyeyaw Rmx – Pappy Kojo
Sound Engineer of the year (The award goes to one who produced the song which won the Record of the Year)
Richie Mensah ————WINNER
Lifetime Achievement Award
Bob Pinodo ————-WINNER
Best Gospel Song Of The Year
Blessed – Akesse Brempong ft Joe Mettle
Flavour everywhere – Celestine ft Blessing Wanjiru
Adom – Diana Hamilton – WINNER
Jesus Over Do – Empress Gifty
Yesu mo – Joe Mettle Jesus – MOG music
Jejeli – Kobby Psalm ft Okey Sokay
Who say God no dey – Kofi Kakari
Best HighLife Song Of The Year
Posti me – Akwaboah
Play boy – Dada Hafco ft Akwaboah
Enjoyment – Kidi – WINNER
Behind the scenes – Kofi Kinaata
Open gate – Kuami Eugene
Asa bone – Lord Paper ft Bosom P Young
Later – Mr Drew ft kelvyn boy
Party – Sista Afia ft Fameye
Best HipLife Song Of The Year
Thank God – Dope Nation ft Kofi Kinaata
Enough is Enough – Eno Barony ft Wendy Shay
Long life – Fameye ft Kwesi Arthur
No Dulling – Keche ft Kuami Eugene – WINNER
Dwe Remix – Krymi X Mr Drew ft All Stars
Pilolo – Strongman ft Kelvyn boy
Happy day – Sarkodie ft Kuami Eugene
Ghetto boy – Tulenkey ft Kelvyn boy & Medikal
Best Hip-Hop Song Of The Year
Ataa Adwoa – Bosom P young
Otan Hunu – Deed people ft Rich Kent
Akobam – Joey B ft Kofi Mole & Medikal
Ekorso – Kofi Jamar ft Yaw Tog & Y Pee
Money – Kweku Flick
Live from 233 – Kwesi Arthur
Sore – Yaw Tog ft O’ Kenneth, City Boy, Reggie & Jay Bhad – WINNER
Force Dem to play nonsense – Eno Barony ft Sister Derby & Strongman
Hiplife/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Medikal – WINNER
Joey B Amerado
Best Reggae Dancehall Song Of The Year
Why – Adina – WINNER
Sheriff – Mzvee
Forever – Samini
Lonely – Jah Lead Killy
Killy Remix – Larusso ft Stonebwoy & Kwesi Arthur
Make up – Kapun ft Stonebwoy
Gye diee – Ras Kuuku ft MOG music
Mi dey up Remix – Kofi Jamar ft Stonebwoy
Best Collaboration of the Year
Sarkodie feat. Kuami Eugene – WINNER
Best EP Of The Year
KiDi -Blue EP – WINNER
Best International Collaboration Of The Year
Kwesi Arthur – Baajo ft Joeboy – WINNER
Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year
Diana Hamilton – Adom
Best AfroBeats/ AfroPop Song Of The Year
Take care of you – Adina ft Stonebwoy
Inna song – Darkovibes ft King Promise
Forever – Gyakie
Maria – Camidoh
Emergency – Wendy Shay ft Bosom P young
Sisa – King Promise
Turn on the lights – Kwesi Arthur
MoMo – Kelvyn boy ft Muggez & Darkovibes
Say cheese – Kidi – WINNER
VGMA Unsung Act
Nanky – WINNER
Adelaide The Seer
Best Rap Performance
Amerado – Best Rapper
Eno Barony – God Is a Woman – WINNER
Joey B – Cold
Medikal – Stop it
Sarkodie – Brown Paper Bag
Strongman Burner – Flawless
Best Higlife Artiste
Kuami Eugene –WINNER
Best Gospel Artiste
Diana Hamilton – WINNER
Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste
Epixode – WINNER
Best Hiplife/Hip hop Artiste
Medikal – WINNER
Best Afrobebats/Afropop Artiste
KiDi – WINNER
Album of the Year
Araba – Adina – WINNER
Kpanlogo – Darkovibes
Son of Africa – Kuami Eugene
The Truth – Medikal
Inveecible – MzVee
10AM – Strongman Burner
Blackstar – Kelvynboy
Lava Feels – Joey B
Best New Artiste
Mr. Drew – WINNER
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Green Award
Kofi Kinaata – WINNER
Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year
Atta Adwoa – Bosom P-Yung
Adom – Diana Antwi Hamilton – WINNER
No Dulling – Keche ft. Kuami Eugene
Enjoyment – KiDi
Sisa – King Promise
Ekorso – Kofi Jamar ft. Yaw Tog & YPee
Open Gate – Kuami Eugene
La Hustle Rmx – Medikal ft. Criss Waddle & Joey B
Happy Day – Sarkodie ft. Kuami Eugene
Sore – Yaw Tog ft. O’Kenneth, Reggie, Jay Bhad & City Boi
The Multimedia Group is the largest independent commercial media and entertainment company in Ghana. Founded in 1995 by a Ghanaian entrepreneur, Mr. Kwasi Twum, the company has grown from humble beginnings with 12 employees to directly employing some 700 people across its 6 radio brands, 3 online assets and Ghana’s first free multi channel television brand in over 25 years of operation.
The Multimedia Group has been a major spur for the growth in the advertising, creative arts and entertainment industries, particularly the gospel music industry.
On May 1, 1995, Joy FM, Ghana’s premier independent radio station started broadcasting.
In 1996, The Multimedia Group Launched myjoyonline.com, the first Ghana based news site streaming live radio.
In 1997, Launched Luv FM in Kumasi.
In 2001, the media network acquired Grove FM (R&B Station) and reformatted to a local language station and Re-branded the station as Adom FM.
In 2004, the Multimedia Group Limited acquired Invisible FM in Kumasi and re-launched the station as Nhyira FM.
In 2006, the group acquired Radio Hitz, a local language music station, re-formatted and re-branded as Hitz FM, music and entertainment station.
Acquired Asempa FM in 2007 and launched as Ghana’s first local all talk station with a heavy dose of sports. The first radio station in the country with a sports morning Show.
In 2007, launched Ghana’s first social networking site, www.mypaddies.com which has since been (discontinued).
Launched Ghana’s first multi-channel digital free-to-air TV, MultiTV in 2008.
The Multimedia Group – Empowering People. Prospering Together.
The art, beauty and magic of radio alongside its presenting or presentation, is to broadcast or speak to the listener without the listener seeing the studio or the one doing the presenting or hosting.
Let us not forget the fact that visually, video is to Television as audibly, audio is to Radio. So Facebook Live from a radio station’s broadcast becomes another form of television due to the video.
When watching a program on a Television, one would realise that the actions and visions of the characters change in between times in accordance with the script to capture the attention of its viewer or viewers.
In a radio scenario, it does not work out like television. This is so, because the power of radio is to capture not only the attention of the listener but their ‘IMAGINATION’ as well.
This simply and arguably means, the buck of the presenting, hosting or presentation, firstly stops with the presenter’s voice. Secondly their command and control of the program or show and lastly their uniqueness.
As and when a presenter or host is aptly able to deliver the above mentioned presentation skills and qualities on the Airwaves then, they will be able to capture the attention and imagination of the listener. In this case, listening to radio from a listener’s point of view becomes ‘The theatre Of The Mind’ relatively to that particular individual.
It is of course ‘The Theatre of The Mind’ because the listener’s mind is so busy conjuring and gesticulating with so much ‘IMAGINATIONS’ of everything the host or presenter does.
Just remember the idiomatic expression that says: “What The Eyes Don’t See, The Heart Does Not Grieve Over.” So the multi-million ample question becomes, is it better to switch on the radio station’s cameras when broadcasting, or switch it off by leaving everything to the total ‘IMAGINATIONS’ of the listener.
The important and remarkable thing about radio and its broadcasting is that, it has two major school of thoughts by its practitioners.
One school of thought is that, some radio presenters present their shows thinking of the listenership as audiences. No big deal here if so. Because they have put all of their various listeners together as one big or large audience.
Traditionally it was so, because buying a radio set then was expensive and deemed as a great luxury so was listened to in groups and droves just as Television was watched or viewed back then.
Fast forward economic evolution and modernity in the current world, where purchasing a piece of radio set, is arguably next to nothing depending on which part of the world one finds themselves and this is where, the second school of thoughts come for the listener to be treated as one ‘Individual-Listener’.
When referred to as that ‘Individual Listener’ the listener immediately feels that warmth and closeness to the host or presenter, as if they know each other.
How would a radio presenter or host know if their listener has or listeners have spoken well of them due to their radio skills and qualities? Switch on the radio station’s broadcasting cameras and ‘kill’ the listening buzz.
As a radio host or presenter do not forget the fact that ‘Familiarity Breeds Contempt’.
So in this case, when is it appropriate to ‘Switch on the Radio Station’s Broadcasting Cameras for Facebook Live?
Only when one is sure to replicate exactly what goes on when watching a Television program with regards to the actions of the characters.
In this light, the radio presenter needs or presenters need to be changing actions in order to maintain attention and attraction not to the listener anymore but the viewer, because the cameras are on as ‘Visual Radio’ or Television.
In all, Facebook Live came to enhance the medium of radio broadcasting when properly used to its fullest potential as Television.
If not used sensibly, then Facebook Live Broadcasting from a radio station nudges and dislocates all the facts, postures, structures, beauties, magic, theatrics and the other advantages of radio and what it stands for. So in comparison, which of the two preferences do one go for?