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GHAMRO’s troubles fester

The Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) has filed a suit at the Accra High Court, seeking among other things, an order to compel three of its former executives to account for GH¢429,636.00 they transferred from the organisation’s accounts in December 2013.

The plaintiff is also praying the court for an order to compel the defendants to refund a total of GH¢55,000.00 used to purchase a Toyota V8 vehicle in 2014 and GH¢63,000.00 purportedly spent on a visit to Takoradi as well as the return of the vehicle.

The three defendants are Mr Carlos Sakyi, former chairman/acting CEO of the interim board GHAMRO, Amandzeba Nat Brew and Mr Kobbena Kwakye Kabobo, both former deputy chairpersons of the organisation.
Motionpix Photography is the other defendant in the suit.

Statement

A statement of claim accompanying the suit said between May 2011 and July 2014, Mr Sakyi, Amandzeba Nat Brew and Mr Kabobo constituted the core management team of GHAMRO and collected royalties on behalf of members of the plaintiff organisation.

It said the Human Rights Division of the High Court in Accra in July 2014 removed the three defendants, among others, from acting as the management team of the plaintiff and appointed five persons as receivers/managers to run the affairs of GHAMRO.


 

According to the statement, the court-appointed receivers/managers commissioned an independent audit into the financial administration of GHAMRO during the tenure of the defendants, who between 2011 and 2014 formed the core management of the plaintiff organisation.

It said the audit into the financial matters of GHAMRO revealed very significant dissipation of funds by the defendants to the detriment of members of the plaintiff organisation.

It said all effort to get the defendants to respond to the auditor’s findings of financial malfeasance had proved futile since they had failed or refused to respond to same following numerous requests.

The statement said in December 2013, the defendants transferred the sum of GH¢429,636.00 from GHAMRO’s account into other persons’ personal accounts with no stated purpose for the transfers.

According to the statement, in February 2014 the defendants issued an Agricultural Development Bank cheque 103377 on GHAMRO’s account with face value of GH¢55,000 to buy a Toyota V8 vehicle for the organisation, but the said vehicle had not been seen, in spite of the fact that they had been removed by the High Court.

Motionpix Photography

It said in July 2014, including dates after the High Court, Accra (Human Rights Division) had removed the defendants, they paid GH¢51,650 to Motionpix Photography for so-called ID Cards/Anti-piracy documentary, which was never undertaken.

During the audit, Motionpix Photography admitted receiving the money and promised to refund same to the plaintiff, but had failed or refused to do so.
The statement said in February 2014, Mr C.K. Mann, a member of GHAMRO fell ill and the management of the organisation visited him in Takoradi, during which GH¢11,500 was withdrawn by the defendants for the visit.

It said the audit of expenses for the said visit based on the payment vouchers issued for the cheque withdrawals disclosed a total of GH¢7,500.
The difference between the cheque amount and payment vouchers was GH¢4,000 and no receipts were even provided for the expenditures of GH¢7,500 as stated on the payment voucher, it added.

It said during their tenure, the defendants illegally paid various sums of monies belonging to members of GHAMRO to themselves and other persons without any justifiable basis or any receipts or proper documentation to cover such payments and withdrawals.

Mazda car

According to the statement, during the tenure of the defendants, GHAMRO owned a Mazda car, but since they were removed from office, they had refused to surrender the car to the plaintiff.

“Unless this honourable court compels the defendants to refund the various sums, they have evinced a clear intention to deprive the plaintiff organisation of the monies belonging to its members without justification,” the statement added.

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Confidence Haugen takes stroll with new baby

Ghanaian socialite, Confidence Haugen who is well in her 40s was blessed with a baby boy not long ago in London—and the mother recently stepped out with her new baby.


The weather in London is getting better so Confidence decided to take the baby out in a pram, pushing it the London Mother style. It’s common in London to meet mothers of different status pushing their babies on and off buses, trains and around—unlike Ghana where such pushing wouldn’t be convenient because of the nature of our environment.

Confidence looks bright; obviously, she is happy with her new status—as a mother.

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I love tourism and my appointment is strictly voluntary - John Dumelo

Ghanaian actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Dumelo has disclosed he has been appointed a tourism ambassador because of his love for tourism.


 

After news of his appointment went viral, social media platforms have been flooded with dissenting views on what necessitated the move. While some argued that it was politically motivated because if his affiliation to the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), others opined he deserved it as he has been travelling across the globe and can sell the country better.

But in an interview on Hitz FM on Wednesday, John Dumelo mentioned that it was voluntary. According to him, he will not receive any gratifications for the appointment.

“The ministry decided to make me a tourism ambassador because of my love for tourism. I have been a tourism advocate for over five years. I will still continue going to tourist attractions in Ghana, put it on my social media and let people know of the wonderful places Ghana has. It’s strictly voluntary. The ministry is not paying me, neither am I getting anything from it,” he noted

Meanwhile some have sought to inquire if John Dumelo’s appointment means an earlier proposal by the ministry to make award-winning young actor, Abraham Attah a tourism ambassador will not be realised.

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I love to expose skin - Dancehall act Ebony Reigns

New dancehall act, Ebony Reigns says she is not a fan of bras adding for the most part her ‘melons’ enjoy unrestricted movement only wearing the female undergarment occasionally when it’s prudent.


 

Likened to notable female dancehall artistes in Jamaica like Spice and Lady Saw, Ebony Reigns revealed her admiration for Nigerian music sensation Cynthia Morgan and Ghana’s Kaakie as great dancehall artistes who have paid their dues.

In an interview with Kwesi Dope of Spyder Lee Entertainment, Ebony also stated that female dancehall artistes must expose some skin in executing their craft.

 

Nominated for Unsung Artiste of the Year at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), Ebony remains upbeat about securing a slot to perform on the awards night slated for May 7, 2016.

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Sizzla Kalonji set to headline ‘Reggae on the River’ festival in U.S

All signs seem to point to the reinstatement of Sizzla Kalonji’s US visa, after a number of years. The fiery reggae superstar artiste is billed to headline a festival ‘Reggae On The River’ in the United States.


 

The singjay is scheduled to headline the four-day festival at the 32nd annual Reggae On The River festival between August 4-7 at French’s Camp, Garberville, California USA.

“Sizzla performing at Reggae on The River. Well that must mean seh him get back him visa,” said Mutabaruka on his talk show on Thursday.

Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, has not held a US visa or work permit since 2008 when it was revoked. The artiste is known for his controversial statements and harsh criticism of the homosexual community.

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50 Cent and Fat Joe make peace

50 Cent and Fat Joe‘s highly publicized feud, which began as a beef that ran parallel to Fif’s issues with Ja Rule, has long been dormant. In recent years, especially at the height of 50 Cent’s reunion of G-Unit, Fif was pressed about his relationship with Fat Joe, and he admitted that it carried on for far too long.


 

As recently as this past July, he and Joe were photographed together with music video director Eif Rivera, leading many people to believe they could be working together on a forthcoming collaboration.

Recently Fat Joe unleashed a new single, “All The Way Up,” featuring fellow Bronx rappersRemy Ma and French Montana, and 50 Cent took a break from curating awesome excuses for bankruptcy court to throw his support behind Joey Crack’s new jam. It isn’t a collaboration of any sort, but it’s clear proof that any lingering bad blood between Fif and Joe are no more, which is a great thing.

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I Didn't Kiss Becca At My Album Launch - Bisa

Rumours of an amorous relationship between highlife act Bisa Kdei and songstress Becca seemed to have gone until Ghbase.com reported to spotted " Bisa Kdei in Becca’s car parked somewhere in the dark, kissing and caressing the beautiful damsel, Becca” during the launch of the former's second album, "Breakthrough" in Accra on December 18.

After 11 year standoff 50 and The Game both party at Hollywood’s Playhouse nightclub

The Game and 50 Cent’s beef has seemingly been simmering down for the past couple of weeks. Eyebrows were initially raised with the Compton rapper and posted a photo with his former G-Unit cohort Lloyd Banks last month. Things continued to inch towards amicable relations on Friday when The Game – who was likely under the influence – took to Instagram to praise 50 Cent’s effen Vodka. And now, the two were spotted partying in the same club, peacefully and without incident.

Musician Kapio sheds light on the Ghanaian experience & split from manager

Indeed Zichat Jonathan Kapio better known to music lovers simply as Kapio has not as yet scaled the music mountain but there is every indication that sooner rather later he shall claim a slice of the music pie.

For one who says he is music, a clear indication is given where the young man’s heart and mind is. For as Kapio puts it, this musical journey started a while back in Senior Secondary School but became serious when he turned professional 4 years ago while in Ghana to further his education.

“Am still pushing the Kapio brand so the recognition and the rewards can reflect in tangible ways but I am delighted with the positive vibes from both Ghana and Nigeria” he pointed out.

According to Kapio, he must single out pals Emmyli and Skinny Brizzy for dragging him to a studio to record his first tune explaining although he was good at writing lyrics for others to perform he lacked the courage to perform his own tunes till those two believed in his abilities, swayed him and since then gained the courage and the experience to hold his own musically.

A man of many parts, Kapio is pursuing further education at Sikkim Manipal University Ghana (SMU) undertaking the Business Administration course while doubling as a business man who trades in fashionable clothes and accessories.

The kaduna state born entertainer noted Ghana and Nigeria’s music landscape differs indicating that in Nigeria when an artiste secures a manager he caters for the feeding, accommodation and secures gigs for his artiste but his experience with Nana Fokzy of Out & About Entertainment has rather required he digs deep into his pockets to finance projects.

“Truly I need an executive producer with the financial muscle to cater for all other aspects of the business so I can concentrate on the core duty of generating popular tunes. In that regard I have parted ways with Out & About Entertainment” the onetime footballer stated.

The emerging entertainer mentioned MI and Ice Prince as pioneers who have paved the way for new entrants like himself to make music lovers proud.

According to Kapio he is putting in work to outdoor his first album in 2017 but videos of his ‘Fastlane’ tune ft Episode, ‘Hitting On Me’ and ‘Fiesta’ (Freestyle) are out for fans to groove with.

What stands out is Kapio’s videos. For one not yet acclaimed in Ghana nor Nigeria, Kapio’s videos are of such quality that watching his videos cannot be a bore. After all he secured the services of crack directors Prince Dovlo and Xbills Ebenezer for his visuals.

Already Kapio has managed to share the stage with the likes of Efya, J Ghartey, Okyeame Kwame and Flowking Stone sounding the alarm that things can only get better.

Kapio admires the work of Burna Boy, Mi Abaga, Wutang Clan and Kendrick Lamar. In Ghana it is Sarkodie and Dee Money for their brand, Efya for her vocals, Stonebwoy for his quality and Manifest for his deep lyrics and selling the Ghana brand.

On what his Ghanaian experience has been, the man whose got a keen sense of style opined: “The air in Ghana smells peaceful” adding he enjoys local dishes ‘waakye’, ‘okra soup and banku’ and absolutely loves the ‘Orijin’ beverage.

Kapio can be reached on Facebook: Kapio, Twitter: King Kapio, Instagram: King Kapio and YouTube: Official Kapio.

 

He could also be emailed via iamkapio@gmail.com and reached on cell line 0279587489.

I'm not in talks with James Bond movie producers - Idris Elba

British actor Idris Elba has claimed it will be the ''will of the nation'' if he plays James Bond. The 'Luther' actor has been heavily tipped to follow Daniel Craig in playing the iconic British spy, but he insists he has never had any contact with the team behind the franchise.

The Kardashians converge as Rob celebrates 29th birthday

Rob Kardashian was treated to a belated family birthday meal to celebrate him turning 29 earlier this week. All of the Kardashian and Jenner family were there apart from Khloe Kardashian and his fiance Blac Chyna.

Chief Moomen’s ‘Wogbe Jeke’ play returns in April

After 6 successful runs last year, Ghana’s epic musical theatre, ‘Wogbe Jeke: The Birth Of A Nation’, is set to return, revised and revitalized.

Wogbe Jeke is an exhilarating experience of music, dance and drama, that re-enacts the journey and settlement of major ethnic groups into the current borders of the country.

Liberian Vice President hosts John Dumelo

Broadening his horizon and perhaps sharpening his skills to tackle partisan politics, Ghanaian actor john Dumelo has been conferring with other African politicians, statesmen and other prominent individuals.

This time it was the Liberian vice president Joseph Boakai who hosted him.

 

Below is his Facebook post:

 
 
John Dumelo
on Friday

Courtesy call on the Vice President of Liberia HE Joseph Boakai. Relation between Ghana and Liberia can be greatly enhanced through multi cultural partnerships. Media, security and developmental goals were all discussed at this meeting. ‪#‎togetherletsmakeafricaabetterplace‬ ‪#‎melomoment‬

 

DJ Black is ‘Best DJ’ at Ghana DJ Awards

The Accra International Conference Centre served as venue for the 2016 edition of the Ghana DJ Awards. Deserving Dj's who had put in good work got rewarded on Friday March 18, 2016.

Shatta Wale’s wife hits back at critics who claim she is loose

Upon her disclosure on the ‘Delay’ show that she indeed made love to Charles Mensah a.k.a Shatta Wale during their first date, wife of the entertainer Shatta Michy real name Diamond Michelle Gbagonah has answered critics who reckon she is a loose girl.

Kanye West found kissing himself

The fact that Kanye West seems to have a pretty high opinion of himself is nothing new, but an Australian artist has memorialised it by painting a massive mural depicting Kanye West kissing Kayne West on the side of a wall in Sydney.

Tupac's mother seeks divorce from husband of 12 years

Afeni Shakur filed for divorce recently from her husband of 12 years, Gus Davis.

TMZ reports that Shakur, who is Tupac's mother, is fighting alimony and that the couple does not have a prenuptial agreement. She filed the divorce case in North Carolina where the court does not settle cases with a half-and-half split but analyzes each case to determine the best settlement for each couple.