Archives for December 6, 2019

Sena Dagadu ft. Worlasi – ‘If you no dey like me’

Ghanaian-Hungarian songstress/rapper, Sena Dagadu, has unveiled the video for her latest track ‘If you no dey like me’.

The song, off the Wings EP, featured Ghanaian multi-talented artiste Worlasi.

The music video shot in a kitchen setting is directed by The Ghalileo Effects.

Born in Accra to a Hungarian mother and a Ghanaian father, she’s been active since 2001 and is a lead vocalist of Hungarian alternative band Irie Mafia.

Sena combines influences from hip-hop, reggae, funk, rock, among others, and has released multiple critically-received albums including Lots Of Trees, Grow Slow, First One, Azdanê, Natural High, Take a Look, Only Solution Remix, Vol. 1, DA 1 YAH EP 03, and Feathers.

She has also been associated with top Ghanaian acts including hiplife grandpapa Reggie Rockstone, VVIP, FOKN Bois’ M3nsa and Wanlov, as well as the fast-rising Worlasi.

LIFESTYLE: 15 simple romantic gestures that truly say ‘I love you’

Sometimes, simply saying “I love you” is not enough.

It doesn’t always take a grandiose declaration of love to get your message across. Most of the time, it’s those little somethings and sweet nothings that help you stay connected for the long haul.

Need romantic ideas? The 15 romantic gestures below are just a few examples of everyday actions that mean the world to someone you’re in love with. You can learn how to be romantic by doing just a few of these, and showing your partner you care.

1. Help whittle down their to-do list.
Pick up her dry cleaning, stock his fridge with a week’s worth of groceries, clean her bathroom, frame the poster that’s been sitting in the corner of his living room since you met. After all, it’s tough to be romantic with all those tasks hanging over your head.

2. Slip a sweet note into their gym bag.
What better workout motivation is there than a reminder of how much you care?

3. Make them feel at home.
If you and your significant other live apart, make an effort to stock your place with specific items — food, shampoo, etc. — that he or she likes. It makes your place feel more like home.

4. Send a postcard or love letter in the mail.
Emails are easy come, easy go. Snail mail packs a punch, especially when it’s not a bill.

5. Share your feelings through music.
Make them a sweet mixtape or playlist of songs that make you crazy about them!

6. Make breakfast.
It doesn’t have to be in bed. It doesn’t even have to be anything fancy. Heart-shaped pancakes are easy!

7. Recreate your first date.
Go to the same place, order the same drinks, and so on. Reminisce about your first impressions of your partner and some of the best, most exciting things that have happened in your relationship since then.

8. Display a sentimental snapshot.
Instead of keeping an awesome photo of the two of you on your phone or Facebook wall, print a copy and frame it. Put it somewhere your partner will see it every day.

9. Make the bed.
After you spend the night together, tuck the sheets in, fluff the pillows, and make it extra neat so it’s relaxing to get back into later.

10. Help simplify their day.
Maybe he’s been using the same broken umbrella for a year, or she’s always misplacing her keys. Buy something to solve this little problem, like a top-of-the-line umbrella in his favorite color or a keychain that beeps when she whistles for it.

11. Suggest doing something they want to do.
Think of a restaurant, outing, movie — something that you know is right up his alley — and suggest it before he or she can bring it up.

12. Compliment them in front of other people.
It doesn’t just feel good for both of you — it also inspires other people.

13. Hold hands.
Even if you’re just watching TV at home. Touch is an easy and powerful gift you can give almost anywhere, in various stages of dress.

14. Make a list.
Post a list of three things you love about her on her Facebook wall, or send it out into the Twittersphere.

15. Make a vow to always greet each other in a loving way.
This is especially important after you’ve been apart. Even if it feels a little silly at first, it’ll help you and your partner keep the butterflies alive.

Ghana’s queen needs help at Miss World 2019

Rebecca Kwabi, Miss Ghana 2019 and Ghana’s representative at the ongoing 2019 Miss World pageant, needs extra push by way of votes from her home country to make Ghana proud.

The grand finale of the 69th edition of the Miss World pageant is scheduled to take place in London on December 14, 2019.

Currently, different contestants from various countries around the world, including the Ghanaian queen, have been going through various activities to help secure a place at the finale of the world’s most prestigious pageant, but they also need support from their countries via voting.

Rebecca is one of the contestants who are lagging behind with 0.12% points. She needs more votes to secure her bid to make Ghana proud.

The process to vote is quite simple. One can just visit www.missworld.com, sign up and… the person is good to vote,” the Miss Ghana Organisation announced on Instagram.

Rebecca is a student whose ambition is to open a fashion school and have her own fashion line. Her hobbies include dancing, sports, aerobics and swimming. Rebecca comes from a family of seven, and she is very close with them. The proudest moment of her life was winning a modelling contest alongside her twin sister. Rebecca’s life motto is ‘stay positive, be happy, live free’.

She believes she can bring home the Miss World crown, but with support from her county.

Meanwhile, this year Miss World has been hit by controversy over model Veronika Didusenko, who was crowned Miss Ukraine in 2018.

Four days after she won the title, the pageant officials took away her title because she is a mom, which violates the pageant’s policies. The rules of Miss World state that a contestant cannot be someone who has a child.

But on Saturday, more than a year after Didusenko was stripped of her title, the model announced on Instagram that she is taking legal action against Miss World, calling its policy prohibiting mothers from competing “discriminatory.” In an interview with the BBC published Sunday, Didusenko said she wants to “make sure the rules of Miss World move with the times” and hopes the pageant updates its rules to “reflect women’s reality today.”

I came to the industry for business and money, not awards – Shatta Wale

Award-winning dancehall musician Shatta Wale has opened up on ways that help him to make money from show business.

According to the CEO of Shatta Movement Empire, he prefers to focus on making money than receiving awards.

In an interview with Kisa Gbekle on the Business Of Entertainment Show, Shatta Wale expressed interest in making a lot of money from his music talent.

“I’m religious but when it comes to the business side, God knows that when I have to say some hard word in music, I will say it,” he disclosed.

“My society has not gotten that business path that we are on but getting to know me much better will make them understand,” he added.

The ‘Gringo’ hitmaker went on to lament about the irregularities that are hindering the outside world from knowing what Ghanaian musicians are capable of doing.

“In the industry we find ourselves, we don’t get certain facilities to explore, so we don’t get the outside world to know how good we are,” he told Kisa.

Shatta Wale, however, admitted that the music industry is lucrative, as he has made a lot of money making music.

He noted that fellow musicians have to strategize and focus on the business side of the industry to be able to make money like himself and few others are making.

Since the brand Shatta Wale surfaced in 2013, a lot of businesses have thrived using the influence of the dancehall king.

Shirts, shorts, socks and other apparels have been designed and sold using the brand of Shatta Wale.

Stars celebrate Avicii at emotional tribute concert

Stars including Rita Ora, Adam Lambert and David Guetta have played a charity tribute concert in honour of the late Swedish DJ Avicii.

Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman in April 2018, at the age of 28.

His family said at the time he was a perfectionist who struggled with stress and “could not go on any longer”.

Proceeds from the concert will go to mental health and suicide prevention charities.

It opened on an emotional note, with thousands of fans lighting up Stockholm’s Friends Arena with their phones; as Swedish singer Sandro Cavazzo performed his Avicii collaboration Without You.

The song’s poignant lyrics – “I’ve gotta learn how to love without you” – have become a eulogy for the DJ in the wake of his death; with the single returning to the top of the charts in his home country.

Embellished by mournful strings, Cavazzo’s sensitive delivery set the tone for the concert, which carefully balanced commemoration and celebration.

As the song ended, she formed her hands into a heart symbol in tribute to Avicii.

After leaving the stage, she posted a heartfelt note on Instagram, saying: “I want to thank Avicii’s family for organising this [concert] to raise awareness for mental health especially within the music industry.

“Often success can be seen as a representation that someone is also doing well mentally, however we can see here that there is sooo much more work to be done.”

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden were among the 60,000-strong audience for the show, which was streamed live on YouTube and Facebook.

A parade of Avicii’s friends and collaborators graced the stage, including Adam Lambert, Michelle Gonzalez, Agnes Carlsson, Kygo and Belgian DJ Dimitri Vegas.

Aloe Blacc, who scored a worldwide hit with Avicii on the dance-country crossover Wake Me Up, was among those paying tribute.

‘Wake-up call’

“Every generation has its icon and heroes who break convention to capture hearts and minds,” he said. “Our friend Tim Bergling was one of those bright, shining stars.

“Through his music, he shared his joy, his pain and his passion, and I witnessed his brilliance first hand.

“I trusted him and I believed in his artistic vision, and in a short time I would see the tremendous impact our collaboration would have on the world. It changed my life forever. Thank you, Tim.”

Dance producer David Guetta called Avicii’s death “a wake-up call for our community”.

Musicians, whether they’re DJs, pop stars or rock bands “push [themselves] constantly and it never stops,” he explained to Rolling Stone ahead of the concert.

“You always need to deliver constantly. It’s very difficult and the expectations, when you’ve reached the top, are huge, and so many people depend on you.”

The star said he had cut back his touring commitments after Avicii died, restricting himself to no more than 100 shows per year.

Aloe Blacc
Image captionAloe Blacc performed Wake Me Up and SOS – a posthumously-released song that addressed Avicii’s struggles
David Guetta
Image captionDavid Guetta said Avicii’s death had made him prioritise his own mental wellbeing
Fans at the Avicii tribute concert
Image captionFans lit up Stockholm’s Friends Arena to memorialise the star
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden were among the 60,000-strong audience
Image captionPrince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden were among the 60,000-strong audience

The concert ended with an extended, valedictory version of Avicii’s signature song, Levels, as the arena lit up with fireworks and laser beams. Some of the crowd danced through the sadness, others stood silently in tears.

As the club beats faded into a melancholy orchestral coda, home videos of the late DJ flashed across the screen, lingering on a final, still image before fading to black.

In a statement, Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, said the family had wanted the concert to put “the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide” on the political agenda.

“Policies and tools are needed to detect the risks and prevent suicide, especially among young people,” he added.

“We are grateful that his friends, artists and musicians with whom he worked during his career have come to Stockholm to help us realise this tribute concert.”

Thomas Cook customers face refund delays

Customers of defunct tour operator Thomas Cook have reacted angrily after learning they will face delays in getting refunds for Atol-protected package holidays.

The Civil Aviation Authority originally said all valid claims made on the first day of its refund programme would be paid within 60 days, or by this Friday.

But now it says only two-thirds will be paid on time.

It said it had asked the remaining claimants for more information.

CAA boss Richard Moriarty acknowledged many would be worried about not getting their money back before Christmas.

“We thank consumers for their ongoing patience as we continue to do all that we can to work through the UK travel industry’s largest ever refunds programme,” he said.

“I appreciate that this is a concerning time for Thomas Cook customers who are waiting for their refunds, particularly at this time of the year.”

When Thomas Cook ceased trading on 23 September, anyone who had paid for a future Thomas Cook package holiday protected under the CAA’s Atol scheme was entitled to a full refund.

From 7 October an online refund application system opened, and customers were told the Civil Aviation Authority aimed to pay out within 60 days.

The CAA said it had received 67,000 claims on the first day, and two thirds would be paid by this weekend, bringing the total amount of compensation paid to date to £160m.