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Celebrating D-Black At 10 Years

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The Ghana Bwouy as he’s affectionately called celebrates his 10th year in the entertainment industry as today marks the 10 year anniversary of his debut album ‘Music, Love & Life’ that shot the musician to fame in 2010 with the singles ‘Somebody’ ft. Kwabena Kwabena and ‘Get On da dancefloor’ ft. D Cryme.
Today we celebrate D-Black, his achievements, and massive contribution to the Ghanaian music industry.
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D-Black The Biography 2020

BRIEF

Desmond Kwesi Blackmore known in showbiz circles as D-Black is a Ghanaian artist/entrepreneur who built his Black Avenue Group empire in a space of 10 years. Forbes Africa described the young mogul in their May 2019 issue as Ghana’s most successful music mogul Desmond ‘D-Black’ Blackmore. The Artist / CEO / Entrepreneur/ Philanthropist has broken boundaries in his 10 years in the entertainment industry. From releasing hit records, being nominated and winning awards, performing around the world, leading the nightlife scene with his creation ‘Club Onyx’, his revered Record Label ‘Black Avenue Muzik’, as well producing concerts across Ghana via his Livewire Events company.

THE ARTIST

The young 33-year-old has taken his craft and hip-hop- Afrobeats fusion style of music internationally and has performed overseas in London, New York, Boston, Dubai, Toronto, Johannesburg, Capetown, Amsterdam, Coventry, Lagos, Brescia, Washington DC, Atlanta, and more. He’s collaborated with some of Africa’s most prolific acts including Davido, Mayorkun, M.I, Phyno, Ice Prince, Seyi Shay from Nigeria, Cassper Nyovest, Bucie, HHP from South Africa, Stanley Enow from Cameroon, Stella Mwangi from Kenya, and Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania as well as Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, StoneBwoy, Castro, Bisa Kdei, Efya, King Promise, Kuami Eugene E.L, Kwabena Kwabena, VVIP and more from his homeland Ghana. With a number of hit records including Somebody ft. Kwabena Kwabena, Get on the dancefloor, Kotomoshi ft. Zeal, Personal Person & Seihor with Castro, Badder ft. Kuami Eugene, Vera ft. Joey B, Dat Ting, Obiba ft. Kidi, Red Card, and more D-Black have had an incredible career spanning almost a decade. Winning 25 Awards out of 64 nominations during this period the Ghana Bwoy is set to drop his 5th body of work in 2020.

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Under his Black Avenue Group of Companies, the young mogul owns Black Avenue Muzik, one of Ghana’s most renowned record labels & music studios, home to the multiple award-winning BET Best African act nominee D-Black himself, the chart-topping producer of the year at the 2015 VGMA’s DJ Breezy, the sensational Sefa and upcoming acts Ms. Forson, Osayo & Nina Ricchie. Black Avenue Muzik was also home to Tonga hitmaker and VGMA 2014 Best New Artist of the Year Joey B.

BLACK AVENUE CLOTHING

Founded in 2014 with its next line out commercially soon, Black Avenue Clothing is a design company, marketer, and importer of men and women’s apparel that D-Black owns. BAC was created with the view of designing comfortable and affordable quality street gear for the young and trendy youth who have embraced hip-hop/hiplife / afrobeats as a way of life. D-Black markets this line with influential artists/ musicians from Ghana.

LIVEWIRE EVENTS

D-Black is also the CEO of Livewire Events, an events management company founded in 2015 that produces social and corporate events. Livewire Events in 2015 produced Ghana’s biggest and most successful Boxing Fight at the Kumasi Sports Stadium between Bukom Banku vs Ayittey Powers with performances from chart-topping Ghanaian acts Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Efya, and more. Selling out over 20,000 tickets to that event alone. The Aqua Safari Island Rave, Night Train Beach Jam and more are Livewire engineered projects as well. Livewire Events flagship events include the annual Celebrity Soccer Weekend.

They have also put together festivals including the 2018 Kundum Festival Jam in Axim for the Ministry of Tourism.

BLACK AVENUE FILMS

D-Black started to wade into the waters of film and television investing in Black Avenue TV / Film Inc, producers of the award-winning ‘Why Should I Get Married’ movie starring an award-winning cast made up of John Dumelo (Ghana), Maria Nepembe (Namibia), Princess Shyngle (Gambia), Eya (Ghana), Prince David Osei (Ghana). He also executive produced ‘THE EFGH SHOW’ hosted by Peace Hyde in 2015.

HOSPITALITY (CLUB ONYX & OASIS LOUNGE)

Before hitting 30, D-Black successfully introduced Ghana and numerous of fun lovers to the plushest nightclub in the city of Accra, his creation ‘Club Onyx’. Nestled in the heart of Accra in the plush Cantonments neighborhood across the Presidential residence (Flagstaff House), Club Onyx has hosted numerous Ghanaian, Nigerian, Southern African celebrities and held some of the year’s most amazing parties.

By 2018, D-Black had also opened up ‘Oasis Lounge’ a plush pool and shisha Lounge located in Cantonments, Accra known for its ambiance Friday & Saturday Night Raves & Sunday barbecue nights next to Club Onyx.

MEDIA

In late 2018 D-Black opened up media firm Volcano located in the Black Avenue Group Office Complex in North Kaneshie, Awudome Estates. VOLCANO is an advertising agency providing full-scale marketing, advertising, design & production services. Founded with the aim to consistently garner successful outcomes for clients through high quality creative and aggressive marketing strategies through the power of celebrity.

GROWING UP

Desmond Blackmore (D-Black) attended Ridge Church School then to Pope John Secondary School & Jnr Seminary before the University of Cape Coast (B.A Economics) and University Of Ghana, Legon (BFA Theatre Arts / Music). In 2009 kicked off his career as an independent artist in the group “D-Black & Kwaku t”. In 2010 D-Black & his rap partner both went solo. With 3 albums (Music, Love and Life, The Revelation, Lightwork’ 1 E.P (Smoke and Mirrors) and 1 mixtape (Hunger & Thirst) under his belt, he’s been nominated for over 59 awards worldwide and won 23 of these awards. D-Black is a former United Nations Celebrity Ambassador and is currently Ghana’s Tourism Ambassador.

A recent Forbes Africa story on him in May 2019 tipped D-Black to be Africa’s first billionaire entertainment mogul.

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Also a philanthropist D-Black has donated to numerous orphanages as well as the Korlebu Children’s Ward, and financed the careers of a number of upcoming acts as well as financing the tertiary education of numerous students over the years.

The Desmond Blackmore Foundation is yet to be launched after a brief introduction early this year on social media.

THE FUTURE

D-Black is set to launch his Desmond Blackmore Foundation and an all-star ‘Keep Ghana Clean’ song and video to aid the awareness campaign of making Ghana a cleaner place and tackling the issue of sanitation.

After a bit of a musical hiatus, D-Black dropped three singles in 2019, ‘DatTing’ , ‘Falaa’ and ‘ObiBa’ featuring Kidi as well as ‘Heaven Or Hell ft. Sefa and Stay ft. Nigerian songbird Simi off his hip hop EP ‘Smoke & Mirrors out on all digital platforms worldwide. As he readies his next album slated for late 2020 titled ‘Loyalty’ and a joint Rap EP ‘Black & Whyte’ with new signee Nina Ricchie off which his newest smash hit single ‘Falaa’ and ‘Nothing On Me’ comes off, the reemergence of D-Black is eminent.

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Fantana Finally Reveals Why She Left Ruff Town Records

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Former Ruff Town Record signee Fantana has finally waded herself into the issues about what went on when she was signed on the label.

According to her, the pressure was too much for her to manage hence she had to leave for her peace of mind and also do things for himself.

Before the singer got signed on the label, it was speculated that Wendy Shay introduced her to Bullet who is the CEO.

Meanwhile, Fantana revealed that she met Wendy Shay when he came to Ghana to sign the record label with Bullet.

She added that she did not leave the label but her contract was terminated due to the fight within the label.

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My Parents Were Poor To The Extent That Food Was Even Hard To Get : Mzvee

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Ghanaian songstress, Mzvee has disclosed that she grew up in poverty hence has to work very hard to get to where she is now.

In the video, the singer was detailing her come-up and indicated that her parents were not particularly rich as many might think.

According to her, there were days things were hard to the extent that food was even hard for them to come by.

Mzvee noted that she was the last kid and there were times her siblings had to go hungry just to get the available food to eat.

She added that despite all the struggles her parents work hard to better their life and she also has to work her socks to get to this point.

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Shatta Wale Opens Up On Why Michy Didn’t Attend His Birthday Party

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Shatta Wale has in an interview on Zylofon FM spoke concerning Shatta Michy’s absence from his 36th birthday celebration.

Shatta Wale on October 17, threw an expensive star-studded party in celebration of his 36th birthday.

Celebrities including Medikal, D. Black, Moesha, Hajia4Reall and a host of others were all present at the party.

Notably missing in action was Shatta’s ex-fiancee and baby mama, Michelle Diamond also known as Shatta Michy, and fans questioned why she didn’t show up on Shatta’ special day.

Michelle’s response to a fan who was disappointed she did not show revealed that she was not invited.

In a comment which read, “Don’t say what you don’t know. We don’t go where we aren’t invited”, Michy insinuated that she couldn’t have shown up to Shatta’s party when she wasn’t invited.

Her comments were taken up by media outlets as stories of how Shatta rudely left Michy out of his invitees to the party went all over.

Meanwhile, Shatta has in an interview with Sammy Flex expressed that these stories were baseless because he invited his ex.

According to him, Michy’ comments were misconstrued by the media because Michy had informed him she had other engagements scheduled for the day and she wasn’t going to make it.

Meanwhile, Shatta who was in the company of an entourage of women claimed that he was about to outdoor two female acts he had signed unto his label.

Again he addressed the confusion that came up after his Asaase Clash with Stonebwoy revealing that the latter got a little emotional along the way.

He added that initially, he was not in support of the idea of choosing a winner at the end of the clash because to him it was not a competition but business.

Apparently, Stonebwoy’s team pushed for a prize for the winner and quite ironically complained when he was awarded the winner’s prize.

However, he expressed that himself and Stonebwoy were still on good terms.

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