Ghanaian highlife musician Dada Hafco believes that the culture and creative industries hold greater fortunes for the country than sports.
Dada Hafco, worried about the nation’s lackadaisical attitude towards the arts told Kwame Dadzie on Joy FM’s Showbiz A-Z that if more resources were pumped into the arts, Ghana would make bigger gains.
According to him, the investment made into football has not yielded the desired results.
“Look at how much money we’ve been pumping into the Black Stars. I am an avid football lover. I would love to watch football every time. But since 1982 if we haven’t won any football trophy why do we keep doing it when in recent times Ghana has become a hub for entertainment every Christmas?” he asked.
“Why are we not channeling enough energy [into the arts] because entertainment is actually putting Ghana on the map more than even football so why are not putting more energy into that?” Hafco added.
The highlife musician also remonstrated lack of a collective agenda to promote Ghanaian music as one of the nemeses of the music industry in Ghana.
According to him, if the Broadcasting Law is passed to give assent to playing more local songs than foreign songs on Ghanaian radio, a lot of songs that have been consigned to the back by some DJs will make their way into their playlists.
He also noted that even though he believes every artiste in Ghana should be free to venture into music genres of their choice, highlife should be projected to be the face of Ghana’s music.
Dada Hafco, is one half of the defunct highlife duo Mframa known for songs such as ‘Fiili Gadoochi’, ‘Ghana Lady’, ‘Meboso’, among others.
Since he went solo, he has released songs like ‘Yebewu Nti’, ‘Obarima’, ‘Our Story’, ‘Bedianko’ and ‘Friends’.
Flood victims of Mepe receive relief items from Gospel Singer Joe Mettle
Gospel Singer Joe Mettle Donates and Fellowships with Flood Victims of Mepe, Volta Region
Joe Mettle has extended his support to the victims of recent devastating floods in Mepe, Volta Region. This benevolence act, which serves as a beacon of hope in these challenging times, is part of his annual “Love Gift” initiative, where he visits communities, fellowships with them, and makes generous donations.
The renwoned gospel artiste, known for his soulful music and philanthropic efforts, donated essential relief items and spent quality time in fellowship with the affected individuals. The donation included camp tents, food items and provisions, clean water, clothing, and medical supplies, aimed at providing immediate relief to the victims who have lost their homes and belongings in the flood following the Akosombo Dam spillage.
In addition to the material aid, Mettle also spent time in fellowship with the victims, offering words of comfort and encouragement. His visit brought smiles to many faces, as he shared prayers and sang gospel songs, lifting the spirits of those present.
Mettle expressed his deep sympathy for the victims and urged others to contribute in any way they can. “It’s a difficult time for those affected by the floods,” Mettle said. “Through the ‘Love Gift’, we hope to provide some comfort and help them get through this challenging period.”
Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for the North Tongu in the Volta Region, who received the donations on behalf of the community, expressed his gratitude. “We are deeply touched by Joe Mettle’s generosity. His ‘Love Gift’ initiative is a testament to the power of community spirit and compassion. On behalf of the people of Mepe, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Joe Mettle for his kindness and support during this challenging time.”
Meanwhile, Joe Mettle is set to hold his annual Christmas concert at the Assemblies Of God, Cedar Mountain Chapel International, East Legon on Monday (December 25).
Dubbed “Christmas with Joe Mettle & The Love Gift,” the multi-award-winning Ghana-based Gospel singer and songwriter will perform renditions of songs from his extensive and renowned discography fully backed by The Love Gift band. The one-night explosive and thrilling worship experience will also feature guest performances from other acclaimed worshipper leaders.
Get tickets here: www.joemettlemusic.com or dial *725*5050#
Rising Ghanaian artiste Cee Levelz releases new single “Confused”
Rising Ghanaian musical talent Cee Levelz has released his newest single, “Confused,” produced and Mastered by Delmi Record Team.
The new Love song exemplifies Cee Levelz’s signature sound of Afrobeat, The lyrics and beat combined in a track that is sure to have you on your feet. The production of the track is bold and energetic, propelling Cee Levelz’s inspirational and Love-affirming message to the forefront.
“Confused” is a story about a guy who did something wrong to his girlfriend and the lady found it difficult to forgive him and was using silence to manipulate the guy’s feelings making him confused and didn’t know what to do to get her back.
The combination of Delmi Record Team’s production work and Cee Levelz’s catchy Loving hooks and melodies make “Confused” a must-listen Love song for those looking to get inspired and increase their Love profile. The track is sure to be an instant fan favorite.
Travis Greene announces “Celebrate Ghana” gospel concert in Accra with Joe Mettle, Phil Thompson, and Victor Thompson
Gospel powerhouse and 5x GRAMMY-nominated gospel singer Travis Greene has announced a concert in Ghana on Wednesday, December 6, at the Empowerment Worship Centre—The Prayer Factory, Dzorwulu.
Dubbed “Celebrate Ghana”, the much-anticipated concert aims to bring solace and inspiration to Ghanaians after what many have described as a challenging year while presenting Ghanaians with the opportunity to experience spiritual upliftment like never before.
Speaking ahead of the event, headliner Travis Greene said: “…. in a world filled with challenges, we firmly believe that the constancy of God’s grace and love remains unwavering. It is in this spirit that we intend to create an atmosphere of authenticity, healing, and restoration for all who join us for this worship experience.”
With over three thousand worshippers expected to gather, the night will feature the likes of Ghana’s Joe Mettle, Phil Thompson, Victor Thompson, and more, who are expected to captivate the audience with soul-stirring performances featuring some of their most celebrated songs.
Tickets for “Celebrate Ghana” are available now at Hallmark Café Dzorwulu, Achimota Shell, Mont. 19 Swaniker Street, Abelemkpe Accra, and online at celebrateghana.eventbrite.com.
Known as a raw, expressive singer and songwriter, contemporary Christian and gospel artist Travis Greene incorporates several genres into his sound. Following his emergence in 2007, Greene gained wide acclaim, topping the Billboard gospel chart with 2015’s The Hill. The album spawned several Grammy-nominated hits, including “Intentional” and “Made a Way,” the latter of which stayed at number one on the Hot Gospel Songs chart for 13 weeks.
With seven Stellar Gospel Awards to his name, Greene’s impact on the gospel music scene remains undeniable, earning him a fifth Grammy nomination for “Won’t Let Go” from 2019’s “Broken Record” and returning in 2021 with “Oil + Water.