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Ignorance Robs Musicians Of Revenue



Veteran highlife musician and educationist, Bob Pinodo, has said it is worrying that many Ghanaian artistes are unable to make appropriate financial gains from their works in spite of their amazing talents.

In an interview with Showbiz last Friday, Bob Pinodo, who has been a lecturer at the University of Education at Winneba in the Central Region for over 10 years, said lack of education about the music industry as a whole has resulted in many Ghanaian artistes earning peanuts from their hard work.

“There are many talented young people in music in Ghana but they are unable to market what they do. Many of them are only concentrating on putting songs out there but not really concerned about what structures are in place to bring them respectable income for their toil,” he said.

Bob Pinodo, also known as Show Master of Africa, told Showbiz that he would organise seminars nationwide, in collaboration with the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), to educate artistes about the business aspect of the industry.

Some of the key issues to be tackled at the seminars include how to compose hit songs, copyright and intellectual property registration and artiste marketing on the local and international fronts.

“The seminars will be held in all the regional capitals because artistes everywhere need to be educated. Many people, for instance, still do not know the basic difference between a producer and an executive producer.

“Some think a producer is someone who finances and markets your music commercially, but this is erroneous. That is the duty of the executive producer. A producer prepares the required logistics for recording and the artiste involved even has to pay the producer,” he said.

Bob Pinodo, one of Ghana’s foremost showmen in music, was honoured with the Arts Council of Ghana award in 1969 as the country’s most talented musician.

He recorded his first album in Germany in 1977 and became well-known for songs like Disco Dance, Yesu Me M’agyenkwa, Love is Love, Girl with the Guitar Shape, Come Back Love, Africa, Darling and Peep To See.

All those songs were on his Show Master of Africa album released on the Essiebons label in 1978.

The album got airplay on the BBC and won Pinodo more laurels from the Entertainment Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana (ECRAG) and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).

The experienced musician pointed out that most of the music we listen to in this country comes from only a few geographic locations such as Accra and Kumasi, but there was a wealth of talent across the country that needed to be tapped.

“We have instances of foreigners coming into this country and repackaging our indigenous music to make hits. That’s something we should be able to do easily with fair bit of education,” he said.



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You Live In A Hen Coop : Shatta Wale Roasted After Jackie Appiah’s Lavish Mansion Went Viral



Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah also known as Shatta Wale is currently trending on social media for yet another wrong reason.

The dancehall artist Shatta Wale has been heavily trolled on Twitter after the video of the plush mansion went viral on social media.

Nollywood actress Luchy Donalds paid Jackie Appiah a visit to her Accra mansion and was shocked to see the beauty of the mansion. She filmed the mansion of Jackie Appiah as she was taking her on a tour in her house.

After the video was shared online, social media users reacted to the video and tended to troll dancehall artists.

Read some comments below….

@Sharer: Jackie Appiah showing Shatta wale that he’s a poor man

@Jey: If ebe Shatta Wale wey get this Jackie Appiah en house aa like he go come door to door then insult everybody But we serve the living God,he can’t buy

@son of jacob: Jackie Appiah’s mansion makes other mansions look like chamber and hall

@Kobby: If you look closely at Jackie Appiah’s mansion, you’ll realize the likes of Shatta Wale, Medikal, and Gambo are poor men.

@Ghana yesu: Jackie Appiah’s mansion is getting more attention than Shatta Wale’s album. You people will make Nima Bob Marley stop doing music oo.

@mr President: Jackie Appiah’s Mansion dey make I dey see Shatta wale own as Hen Coop

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‘Howard Webb To Become Premier League Referees’ Chief’



Mike Riley, the head of Premier League referees, will step down from his role next season, with Howard Webb set to replace him.

It was previously reported that a host of Premier League sides were pushing for a change in command, as they believed too many mistakes were made during games in the 2021-22 season.

In a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Board, it has now been confirmed that Riley will leave his role next season – one which he had held since 2009 when he replaced Keith Hackett.

Riley’s role is set to be split after his departure with PGMOL, aiming to appoint a chief refereeing officer, in charge of developing match officials, and a chief operating officer, who will manage the organisation. 

Speaking after his departure was confirmed, Riley said: ‘I am proud of the contribution our match officials have made to the professional game and have enjoyed working with such a dedicated, professional and high-quality group at all of the levels that PGMOL manages.

‘As the Elite Referee Development Plan begins to take shape, now is the right time to plan for the future and allow the new leadership team to build on the strong foundations that we have in place. 

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Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles And More Hit Out At US Abortion Decision



Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Harry Styles have reacted in horror and outrage over US lawmakers’ decision to make abortion illegal in parts of the USA.

A backlash was sparked on Friday when the US Supreme Court voted to overturn the landmark 1973 cast Roe v Wade which had made abortion legal across America when it was originally ruled upon.

With laws on the topic of abortion now reverting to a State level, women in some States could now be prosecuted if they get an abortion.

A number of high profile stars have taken to social media to express their shock over the decision – and their fears on what this will mean for women’s freedoms and the health and safety of those who wish to terminate a pregnancy.

Taking to Twitter32-year-old Taylor wrote: “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”

Showing his support for women in the USA, Harry, 28, tweeted: “I’m absolutely devastated for the people of America today. Check on your friends. Look after each other. We’re all in this together, and the fight is just beginning. A truly dark day for America.”

Meanwhile, on InstagramKim Kardashian, 41, highlighted the ruling and expressed her own shock, writing in an Instagram Stories post: “In America, guns have more rights than women.”

TV star Sophia Bush, 39, expressed her concern women’s health will suffer in light of the ruling, tweeting: “They will never end abortion. Only safe abortion. This is not about life. It’s about control. Those motherf–kers.”

While Oscar winner Viola Davis, 56, hit out at the ruling, tweeting: “And so it goes….Gutted. Now more than ever we have to use our voice and power! WE the people.”

The overturning of Roe v. Wade has sent shockwaves around the globe – with chart topping star Billie Eilish taking time out of her Glastonbury headlining set on Friday night to address the drama.

The 20-year-old said: “The song we’re about to do is I think one of the favourites that we’ve written and it’s about the concept of power and how we need to always remember how not to abuse it.

“And today is a really, really dark day for women in the US. I’m just going to say that as I cannot bear to think about it any longer in this moment.”

While British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 58, slammed the US Supreme Court’s decision, saying: “I think it is a big step backwards.”

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