He’s one of the most successful Ghanaian entertainers yet when it comes to the music business in Ghana. An example of America’s P. Diddy and most comparisons bring up the same name. Hate him or love him, he’s been a major success. He’s won awards in the music industry an artist, a record label, his signed producer Dj Breezy won the coveted Vgma producer award before, his first artist Joey B won Best New Act at the Vgma’s, he’s made history being the first Ghanaian rapper to be nominated As Best African Act at the prestigious BET Awards, he’s the only Ghanaian Act with the coveted Channel O Award, he’s won awards in the movie industry for his 2015 Produced movie ‘Why Should I Get Married’ and the hospitality industry for his night club ‘Club Onyx. Let’s face it, D-Black knows his stuff.
In under 10 years, the 32-year-old has achieved enviable feats as an artist and as an entrepreneur. Want a breakdown? Here we go.
The Artist ~ Shows / Performances
D-Black has performed extensively around Ghana and the world and kicked off his career by headlining his own Nationwide Tour ‘The Yes Boss Tour’ in 2011 a year after his first and second single releases ‘Somebody ft. Kwabena Kwabena’ and ‘Get on da Dancefloor ft. Dr. Cryme’. He hit the road touching all 10 regions of Ghana with upcoming acts and rising stars back then including Sarkodie, Efya, Yaa Pono, Trigmatic, Nana Boroo, Ruff & Smooth, Stay Jay and more back in 2011. He’s collaborated with artists from all over the continent including Nigeria’s Davido, Seyi Shay, Phyno, M.I, Ice Prince, MoCheddah, South Africa’s Casper Nyovest, Bucie , Mi Casa, Stanley Enow from Cameroon, Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania, Buffalo Souljah from Zimbabwe and some of Ghana’s greats including Sarkodie, Bisa Kdei, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Efya, VVIP, Castro and more with 3 albums under his belt.
D-Black has performed to audiences around the world in London / Coventry (UK), Holland, Italy, Sweden, Capetown / Johannesburg (South Africa), Dubai (UAE), New York /Washington DC / Atlanta (U.S.A), Toronto /Ottawa / Montreal / Edmonton (Canada), Lagos (Nigeria) and more.
He’s performed in Ghana at numerous concerts/events including The Rick Ross Live In Ghana Concert, The Chris Brown Live Concert, Busta Rhymes Live Concert, The Jay Z Live Concert, Miss Malaika, Ghana Meets Naija, Ghana Rocks, Night Train Beach Jam, Miss Ghana Beauty Pageant, Night With The Stars and more.
With 3 albums, one mixtape and a number of hit songs and collaborations around the continent, 20 + award wins under his belt and over 70 award nominations, the Ghana Bwouy has definitely cashed in via his music as well as achieving the feats of being the first Ghanaian rapper to be nominated at the BET Awards in 2011 and the only Ghanaian to win a Channel o Music Video Award which he snagged in 2012. He’s been nominated twice for Artist of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards.
D-Black releases his 4th studio album after an almost 3-year hiatus this year titled ‘Loyalty’ this year. His first single ‘Dat Ting’ ft. Joey b is currently making rounds on tv and radio.
D-Black has represented the following brands below
Endorsements / Brand Ambassador
Rlg Phones (2013-2014),
Ciroc Vodka (2014-2016),
Belaire LUC (2017- 2018)
Black Avenue Muzik (Record Label) ~ the music mogul kicked off his label in 2010 after he and Kwaku T separated as a group that same year signing only himself to his imprint and immediately snagged a BET Award nomination for Best African Act of the year in 2011, a string of Channel O nominations and a win for Best West African Act beating the likes of Wizkid , P Square and Sarkodie in 2012. After a successful nationwide tour ‘The Yes Boss Tour’ that saw D-Black hit the road with artists like Sarkodie, Efya, D Cryme, Ruff n Smooth, Stay Jay, Yaa Pono, Flowking Stone, Nana Boroo and more in 2011 . Sold out shows at the Tamale Sports Stadium, CNC Auditorium in Sunyani, Prempeh Assembly Hall in Kumasi and more saw D-Black cash in Big time. D-Black also signed award-winning producer and DJ, DJ Breezy in 2013 and made him Head A&R and The Director of Music at the label in 2016. In 2013 award-winning Afrobeats act Joey B was as well signed to his Black Avenue Muzik Label. With 2 states of the art music studios and a production outfit, D-Black also makes revenue from the use of his studios located in his office building in North Kaneshie, Awudome Estates. He recently signed 6 new artists to the Black Avenue Muzik imprint including Ekikimi hitmaker Wisa Greid and new upcoming acts Sefa, Dahlin Gage, Freda Rhymz, Kobla Jnr, Nina Ricchie and Osayo and added music producer Rony Turn Me Up as well to the huge family.
Livewire Events ~
Livewire Events have been a force to reckon with since their 2014 inception. D-Black is the CEO of Livewire Events and majority shareholder of the firm. They’ve put together sold out concerts including the 2018 Bhim Fill the Dome Concert with Stonebwoy, the 2018 Kundum Festival with the Ministry of Tourism, The Night train Beach Jam with Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, D-Black, Bisa Kdei , Joey B and more , the annual Celebrity Soccer event which has seen three editions of which Dancehall King Shatta Wale has snagged two and the Bhim general winning the most recent edition. Livewire Events also put together that Joy Dadi Bitters sponsored Bukom Banku Vs Ayittey Powers Rematch Fight in Kumasi on Boxing Day to rave reviews pulling in over 20,000 people to the Kumasi Sports Stadium. Livewire Events has also produced events for Ciroc, Moet & Chandon Champagne, Belaire LUC, Remy Martin, Jack Daniels Whisky, Forewin Ghana Ltd. and more.
Black Avenue Works / Volcano
Now named Volcano, the Celebrity Advertising & Marketing firm which boasts work campaigns /ads/content provision for clients including :
Global Media Alliance
Black Sun Energy Drink
Black Avenue Works has been in inception since 2011 and has shot commercials for clients in Ghana and South Africa, documentaries, media buying and developed marketing strategies for some of the companies/brands listed above. Now named Volcano, the firm is located in the Black Avenue Office Complex.
Club Onyx ~
D-Black is the sole proprietor / Ceo of Club Onyx, a plush nightclub located in the heart of Cantonments, 3 mins away from the Flagstaff House. Club Onyx is Accra’s newest addition to nightlife in Accra and boasts an amazing interior decor setup and celebrity clientele. D-Black frequents his nightclub most weekends when he is in Accra.
Oasis Lounge ~ D-Black is the sole proprietor/owner of Oasis Pool Lounge also located in Cantonments next to Club Onyx. With a cool serene environ, Oasis Lounge is open Thursdays – Sundays every week from 5 pm.
Black Avenue Clothing ~
D-Black owns fully his Clothing brand ‘Black Avenue Clothing launched in 2014. The brand sold out its first designs (t-shirts, hoodies, caps) by 2015 and are yet to see its second season.
Black Avenue TV / Black Avenue Films ~
The Ghana Bwoy cashed in after his first produced and directed movie ‘Why Should I Get Married’ hit cinemas in 2015 starring superstar actors, comedians and musicians John Dumelo, Prince David Osei, Efya, E.L, Maria Nepembe, Reggie Rockstone, Princess Shyngle, Funny Face and more. Three Premieres in Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast saw a huge turn out at all 3 venues.
Black Avenue Tv / Films produced the Peace Hyde hosted ‘The EFGH Show’ that aired on GhOne TV, ETV and 4Syte TV to rave reviews in 2014.
D-Black is also a philanthropist and has over the years donated to over 9 charities in Ghana and supported the education of numerous children and young adults. He’s supported the Korle Bu Children’s Ward, Teshie Orphanage and more and is set to create a foundation to support creative arts students reach their full potential after financing the tertiary educations of 15 students last year via social media.
He is also a venture capitalist.
His new album after a three-year hiatus is scheduled to be released this year titled ‘Loyalty’.
How much do you think the Ghana Bwoy is worth?
Ghana Gets A New Media Powerhouse: Salt TV/Radio To Kick Start Broadcast In July!
Business mogul, Ohene Kwame Frimpong is ready to launch a new media outfit that would operate a television station, radio and online company by end July 2019.
The newly official Salt Media Ghana Ltd will work with Ghana’s finest radio and television personalities to bring optimum entertainment, information, and educational experiences to a wide range of its targeted audience across the continent.
Salt Media Ghana will offer hosts of Ghanaian-focused contents to diverse audiences across the continent. “We pride ourselves in our heritage and that’s what we want to propagate to the rest of Africa — that ‘adepa aba fie’ being our slogan would guide our brand focus in all business units” — Kwame Frimpong, CEO of Salt Media Ghana explained.
Salt TV will soon be available on free to air basis to viewers through digital transmission with content focus on entertainment, current affairs, sports, kids, news, movies, and documentaries. New management is currently being vetted for operations to begin at the Salt Media head office at Asante Akyent Agogo.
“Our ultra modern studios are ready for Salt 95.9 FM to begin transmission live from Agogo. We urge all to tune in for a new broadcast experience made in Ghana for Africa” — Kwame Frimpong stated.
The head office at Asante Akyem Agogo would also oversee its a digital unit which is aimed to be pacesetters in the new technological media evolution.
Management of Salt 95.9 FM has planned to use the launch of the radio business unit to embark on massive social intervention projects in the region. As part of the corporate social objective of the station, a number of charity events and donations will take place as part of the launch.
“This is embedded in our brand and can’t be said to be successful without taking care of the people and communities” — Mr. Kwame Frimpong stressed.
Salt TV will broadcast crystal clear feeds to Kumasi, Kwahu, Afram Plains, parts of Brong Ahafo and Eastern Region including Linda Door near Koforidua junction.
Ghanaians in the diaspora can also listen to Salt 95.9 FM live via TuneIn or www.saltfmonline.com
Get connected with the business units of Salt Media Ghana on social media via; Facebook.com/SaltMediaGH
I Blame The Media For The Influx Of Slay Queen Syndrome : Ama K. Abebrese Reveals
Ghanaian actress and TV personality, Ama K. Abebrese, is blaming the media for contributing to creating the slay queen phenomena.
According to her, most of these slay queens have become popular because the media gives them attention.
“Most of the names I hear on social media are as a result of the media giving these slay queens attention on their platforms. There is no way I would have heard of such names if it were not for the media,” she told Showbiz recently.
According to Ama K. Abebrese, the media giving attention to these slay queens has influenced many other young girls who all want to be there because they know they will be famous when the media gives them the mileage.
Her advice to social media users is to be careful about what they put out there, “what you put on social media is for the world to see and you should, therefore, be careful what goes out there.
She added, “you can be having fun today but in some years to come when you want to take up a job, that is when your videos or whatever you did will be played back to you. Do whatever you are comfortable with but be careful what goes out there,” she said.
Ama K, as she is popularly known, also revealed that a lot of people were living fake lifestyles on social media. I know some ladies who borrow shoes and clothes to take pictures on social media and return them when they are done with what they wanted to use them for,” she said.
Away from the social media stuff, Ama K. Abebrese spoke about the movie industry and indicated that although things were not how they used to be, they could be better.
She has started her new TV show, Champions of Society, on Kwesé TV. The show tackles social and health issues and involves Ama K. talking directly to the people whose lives they affect.
Ama K. Abebrese started hosting TV shows in her teens on YCTV in London. She went on to present on BBC2, OBE TV, Viasat 1, TV3, Ebonylife TV and many others.
I’m Not Going To Quit Black Avenue Muzik : Sefa
Sefa, a signee of D-Black’s Black Avenue Muzik (BAM), has opened up about her label mates who have exited the BAM label, saying she has no cause to worry.
According to Sefa, she is currently happy at the label and has no plan of quitting the record label.
The talented songstress, who joined BAM over a year ago, and another young talent Mz Forson are currently the only artistes left at BAM.
This was after four artistes‒ including Wisa Greid, DahLin Gage and Freda Rhymes‒ announced their exit from the record label weeks ago.
The artistes didn’t state their reasons for the exit, but D-Black said at a press conference on Friday that it’s a mutual decision to part ways with the four artistes.
According to Sefa, everyone has the right in life to follow which direction they deem fit. There is, therefore, no absolute reason she should be worried when other signees decide to pursue different paths.
“My ex-label mates are very strong people and I know they have a passion for me. Wherever they go you can see the music in them. I don’t know the reason why they left and I am sure they have their own reasons, but as long as I know they are not giving up their dreams that is what makes me happy because they really have amazing talents. It’s their passion; they eat and breathe music. So, that’s my main concern,” she explained.
“I don’t where God wants me to be the next two years or one year but then anything that happens God knows best,” she added.
Sefa now has a song with Jupiter titled ‘Marry Me’, ‘Pepper’ featuring Bisa K Dei, ‘Odo Yewu’ and ‘Shuga’ featuring Dope Nation which she released a video not long ago.
Talking about her passion for music and what she wishes to become in the near future, she said:
“I actually wanted to do music and I also have thought of becoming an air hostess. But when I was growing up, I was really big, so somebody told me that I am too fat to be an air hostess. So, I changed my mind to do business until when my mother started pushing me to start singing in front of the congregation,” she stated.
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