Saturday, November 11, 2017

Romelu Lukaku
A confident Romelu Lukaku said he was "born for this" after a pair of goals in Belgium's draw with Mexico moved him level with the country's all-time leading goalscorers.

Manchester United striker Lukaku scored twice as Roberto Martinez's side were held 3-3 in Friday's friendly, his second salvaging the draw after Hirving Lozano's four-minute double put Mexico ahead.

The 24-year-old is now level with Paul Van Himst and Bernard Voorhoof on 30 goals for Belgium and can set a new benchmark by converting against Japan on Tuesday.

"I was born for this," Lukaku is quoted as saying by Het Laatse Nieuws. "I just want to score as many goals as possible.

"I'm glad I matched the record. I knew I'd do it. I want to break the record before 2018.
"But I really hope that this generation wins something. I want to get a trophy for this country."

Source: Opera Sports

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Marcel Desailly
Manchester United fans must remain patient with Jose Mourinho as he shapes the squad to his own liking, according to Chelsea icon Marcel Desailly.


Mourinho's side were beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to fall eight points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League title race.


The Portuguese delivered EFL Cup and Europa League glory in his first season at Old Trafford, but the devastating form of neighbours City has left United trailing in their wake in 2017-18.


And Desailly believes Mourinho should remain true to his style as the manager grapples with a playing staff not yet entirely to his satisfaction.


"He has to stay as Mourinho. He knows the capacity of his team," Desailly told Omnisport, speaking ahead of the Golden Foot Hublot Award in Monaco.


"He looks like he's not really had the team he wanted, like when you compare with [Pep] Guardiola, who really chose every player he wanted in and out. Mourinho, he's still dealing with some players that he didn't really want in his system.


"He's doing well, so I hope United will shine like they were shining at the time with [Alex] Ferguson.


"But it's tough. Every time, every game, there's big history on the shoulders of all the players and on the manager. So, let's give him time."

Source: Opera Sports

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The music industry is a tough one to enter and even those who are lucky to score hit tunes ain’t guaranteed a place for long when the hits dry up.

But for new comer; Rauf Yahaya alias Young Trixx Flowmorce, he is keen to make a living off music especially when he’s teamed up with new management Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records.
On ‘Treat Me Good’, his new offering; Young Trixx states his lady is heavily endowed and treats him good. He adds, her endowments blows the minds of desirous guys away noting she pampers him so is ready to fly her to Miami so they can have a jolly time.

This tune; produced by DJ Wayne seeks to entreat ladies to treat their partners well.
But who is Young Trixx Flowmorce?

The Bolga native now based at Mamobi in Accra informed blakkpepper that he’s been in the music landscape for 15 years beginning his music craft through school, street battles and night cub appearances before landing a deal with Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records.

The man who says he can do Hiphop, RnB, Afro Pop and Dancehall notes even his mum was amazed by his ability to mimic singers and display whiles young.

“I can do anything in the music industry,” Young Trixx pointed out.

The man born to dad; Rauf and mum Bilkis popular called Maame has five siblings and says although born and bred in Bolgatanga, he chose to purse his dreams in Accra in 2008 initially settling at Pig Farm, Nima before his current Mamobi base.

The Gowrie Senior High School graduate submitted he first went to a studio in 2006 whiles a Junior High School pupil, recording his first tune at the Fireblaze studio in Bolga produced by Selasie.
“I was amazed by the positive response from those who consumed the song and was eager to go all out,” he recalls.

A hustler, Young Trixx reckons he has over 10 singles but because he had to fund everything he was unable to offer an album.

“I am hustler who has done varied things to ern money iclding teaching adluts englis, being a dispatch rider to working with and NGO.”

‘Bamu Bari’ rendered in Hausa meaning ‘we ain’t stopping’ gave him the most positive feedback firming his decision to cool down on the hard core rap and sway towards Afro-Pop and Dancehall.
His influences include Tupac, BIG, Jay Z and in Ghana Obrafuor and Okomfuo Kwade.

“Obrafuor and Kwade’s poetry and word play is phenomenal. They render mature rap and their lyrical content is solid,” he revealed to blakkpepper.

On being recruited as a Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records signee, Young Trixx rendered:
“I have longed for likeminded people like this to work with and with this arrangement; I reckon we form a solid team. Fans can expect my Extended Play Record or EP to drop soon so they can have a collection of my works on one platform.”

According to Young Trixx, his lady; love Sayida inspired his ‘Treat Me Good’ tune adding “she is real, she’s been with me even when I had nothing, we’ve beEn through a lot and so I urge other ladies to treat their partners right.”

Flowmorce’s hobbies include watching series, listening to music and reading.  His fan base he says cuts across the geographical spectrum adding he has fans in Accra, Kumasi, Bolga, Finland and Nigeria.

On inspiration for his stage name, Young Trixx explained he loved the matrix film so much he coined something from it.

He can be reached on social media platforms using Young Trixx Flowmorce.

Enjoy ‘Treat Me Good’ from Young Trixx Flowmorce: https://soundcloud.com/michael-eli-dokosi/treat-me-good

Source: Blakkpepper 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Awal Dimazz 
For Mohammed Awal Dimas fondly called Dimazz, music is his card to the good life.

Although he is also a business man dealing in Apple products and organic produce like rice, tomatoes and oil; having found Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records, his musical gifts would be known by all.

Already, Dimazz has offered new tune ‘Just One Girl’. In the tune, Dimazz submits a female acquaintance and explained he needed to get to know her.

He adds he has his dream team comprising his good self and his lady who caters to his manly needs.

Dimazz raps and sings on this tune whiles he spits in English and his native dialect as well.

“My lady Rama never gave up on me, she believes I have a great future so keeps faith with me,” the only child of Mr. Aspaga and Madam Halimatu Sadia Haruna submitted as inspiration for the tune although he says others can pick lessons from it as well.

"Sarkodie and Reggie Rockstone had ladies who held them down so just one girl is enough," Dimazz stressed.

‘Just One Girl’ is produced by DJ Wayne with support from Ghetto Soulja who handled the management side of things.

26-year-old Dimazz attended the Armed Forces Secondary School offering Visual Arts. After his high school, he would head to the Regional Maritime University where he studied Administration.

In 2007, Dimazz together with his then mate AB going by the name Dew offered their first music but with AB leaving to serve in the US Army, he had to concentrate on his supply work to eke out a living.

But being cousins with Young Trixx Flowmorce who was friends with Mamobi based producer; DJ Wayne, offered an opportunity.

So when he heard a beat onetime and killed it, Wayne decided to take him on and groom him and with partner; Ghetto Soulja’s involvement ‘Just One Girl’ was birthed.

According to Dimazz, over 11 singles are ready to be released strategically adding: “I hope my music becomes my source of livelihood which will enable me do nothing else but tour the globe, play shows and make some good money.”

Although Jay Z, Drake, Tuface and P-Square are music notables he admires, Stonebwoy’s music journey fascinates him greatly adding: “If he could rise from the dust to where he is now, I can too.”
The Salaga and Bolga native can be reached via Facebook: Awal Dimas.
Enjoy ‘Just One Girl’ from Awal Dimazz: https://soundcloud.com/michael-eli-dokosi/just-one-girl

By: Mystic Mike

Thursday, October 19, 2017

IPhone X
Thursday October 19 will mark a month since Apple released its latest operating software for iPhones and iPads.

The new iOS 11 replaced the outgoing iOS 10 on September 19, ushering in a number of new features. Apple’s new system didn’t offer wholesale change: Those familiar with iOS 10 will find its successor largely the same in terms of layout and interface, albeit with a few useful tweaks. That does not mean, however, that there aren’t lots of new features.

Here, we take a look at some of those features, the biggest changes to the software, and some of the more surprising new tricks you might have missed.

1. This new feature of iOS 11 might keep you and others alive. A major issue around the world is people using their phones whilst driving. Apple has introduced a Do Not Disturb feature that activates when the phone’s owner is driving, turning off notifications for calls, messages, and other apps. The feature can automatically notify people that you’re driving and inform them you’ll be in touch soon.

2. Live Photos now have several new features. Users can apply a number of new effects to Live Photos, turning them in to looping GIFs, or a bounce effect similar to Instagram’s Boomerang.

3. iMessage has undergone a revamp with iOS 11, with a new, cleaner layout, making it easier to find stickers and GIFs.

4. Sticking with the topic of messaging, the way that you type on iOS 11 has also changed. The keyboard has become smarter, and suggests words you might have recently searched for on Safari, for example. Users can also easily change the keyboard to enable them to type with just one hand. To do so, simply hold down the emoji button on the keyboard and select the one-handed typing option to bring all the keys closer together.

5. The App Store has had a long-overdue facelift, making it easier to discover new apps, and simpler to navigate.

6. Siri is more human than ever, on iOS 11. Her voice is more lifelike and less robotic now, and she is able to translate in to different languages, speaking phrases out loud whilst giving you written sentences, too.

7. Notifications look a bit different now, too. Unlike iOS 10, which grouped all of your most recent notifications with your older notifications, iOS 11 groups notifications since you last opened your phone under one heading, and older notifications from earlier in the day under a different heading. These can all be accessed by swiping down on your phone.

8. Swiping up, on the other hand, shows you your control centre, which finally gives users a degree of flexibility. There are a number of default functions which can’t be changed, such as brightness, but users can now add a toggle for low-power mode, and decide where they want it to go.

9. You know when friends or family come over to your apartment and before saying hello their first question is: Can I have the Wi-Fi password? Well now, thanks to a new feature on iOS 11, you don’t have to memorise it, or go searching for it. Simply tell those friends or family to hold their device near yours, and you’ll get a request to share the password with them. And just like that, they’ll be Snapchatting away on your Wi-Fi.

10. The camera quality has been improved, and the way that photos and videos are stored has also changed, meaning that less memory is taken up on your phone.

11. Last, but certainly not least, the annoying grey box that pops up in the centre of the screen when you turn the volume up, or down, whilst watching a video is gone, replaced by a discreet volume bar in the top right hand corner. Say hello to no longer having your viewing obscured.

Source: Zawya

Monday, October 2, 2017

Anda Da Rida
UK-based Ghanaian singer Samuel Amuzu known in showbiz as Anda Da Rida has been awarded the Best Upcoming artiste at the just ended Ghana Music Awards UK 2017.

The awards which took place in the United Kingdom was attended by key Ghanaian music players based in the UK.

Speaking to the media after receiving the award, Anda Da Rida expressed his gratitude to the organisers, hoping to blossom in the coming years.

“God has been so good to me,” Anda Da Rida averred.

He noted working with some of the big names in the music industry has paid off.

“I’ve worked with most of the big Ghanaian musicians such as Castro, Bollie, Nana Ywa from Double, Guru, Paa Kwase from Double, Dr Cryme, Gassmila and many more,” he added.

Source: Starrfmonline

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar insists team trophies are more important to him than winning a first Ballon d'Or.

The Brazil international joined from Barcelona in a world-record €222million transfer last month, in a move that many considered to be motivated by a desire to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi and challenge for football's top individual prize.

Neymar's form for the Ligue 1 side has certainly added weight to any hopes of winning the award, the 25-year-old having taken his tally to five goals and five assists in as many games after inspiring PSG to a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic on Tuesday.

However, the former Santos man says his focus is on helping the team to enjoy success, rather than claiming individual accolades.

"Of course a football player wants to win the Ballon d'Or," he said after the Champions League win in Glasgow. "But I don't have to think about it. I have to think about what's better for our group, our club.

"This is a great team and, if we keep going like this, we have a big chance of doing it [winning the tournament].

"I'm very happy to start with a win. Of course, it's not only about getting goals, but that's the most important. That's what we came for. I'm very happy with this game," Neymar said .

Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were also on target, with PSG's formidable front three showing signs of developing into a fearsome trident.

Neymar, however, says they are still getting used to playing alongside one another.

"They are two great players, " he said of Cavani and Mbappe, who signed from Monaco last month. "We are getting to know each other.

"Cavani is an extraordinary striker, Kylian is a guy who likes going ahead, going for the ball. We'll get to know each other more and more.

"It's easy when you play with intelligent players. We still don't have a full understanding between us: through a look, a movement, we're still missing a little understanding, but we'll get better step by step."

Neymar had something of a running spat with Celtic defender Anthony Ralston and the pair did not shake hands after the final whistle, but the 18-year-old says there was nothing serious behind the incident.

"I was just walking by and [Marco] Verratti was there as well, it was just a moment," he said. "He said what he said and I said something back and that was it.

"To be honest, I don't care about that side of things at the end, I don't want to dwell on that too much.

"I didn't fear him at all. I knew I was coming up against him. I went out and faced him head on.

"It was a good test for me to see where I am at, what level I am at. I am my biggest critic. I'll go analyse the game and see what I can do better."

Source: Opera Sports
Timothy Karikari
Head of Shared Services at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Limited and an Alumnus of University of Ghana, Legon, Timothy Karikari has advised students to deliberately develop attitudes desired by employers to succeed at the workplace or required for entrepreneurship.

Speaking at the University of Ghana mentorship session held over the weekend, Mr. Karikari admonished students to pursue their career goals with diligence, hard work, commitment and humility.

“These attitudes are for life and whether you are an employer or an employee, they are critical to your success and growth,” he said. Timothy Karikari  bemoaned the current reports of alleged corruption in the public and private sectors of the country and encouraged participants to uphold the good old values; honesty, loyalty and integrity.

He further stressed on the need for employers to focus on attitude in recruitment and ensuring that candidates with the right attitude are employed at all times because aptitude even though important, can be attained with the right supervision but a wrong attitude is difficult to correct.

He cited many examples of great talents and intelligent individuals especially in media, entertainment and sports who failed in the long term because of the lack of acceptable attitudes.

The mentorship seminar is an annual event organized by the University of Ghana coordinating branch of the National Union of Presbyterian Students- Ghana (NUPS-G) to develop continuing students of the union.

This years’ edition was held on Saturday 9th September, 2017 with presentations on career development and mentorship. The second speaker of the seminar was Mr. Michael Okyere Asante; an Assistant Lecturer at the Philosophy and Classics Department of the University of Ghana.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Highlife musician, Kumi Guitar, says his quest to become a professional musician has cost him so many things, including the love of his life.

The ‘Break Into Two’ singer, known is in real life as Nana Yaw Kumi, is a taxi driver determined to combine both singing and commercial driving to earn a living.

Kumi Guitar shares his experiences with blogger Nii Ogbamey Tetteh.

When did you start singing?

I started singing from my secondary school days at Adisadel College in Cape Coast, between 2001 and 2003. During our first entertainment night, I noticed that everyone was doing his or her own thing, unlike in other schools where students imitated other musicians.

Everyone used to do their rap or sing their songs. On our first entertainment night in form one, I tried my first rap with a friend. It was successful, but I wasn’t so happy because someone wrote the rap for me. The next time, I wrote my rap, and it was successful.

Kumi Guitar
How was life after secondary school?

After secondary school, music became something I wanted to do. Even though I wanted to further my education after secondary school, things were not going well financially, so I had to drive a taxi to survive.

I was doing music alongside. Sometimes after work or before work, I went for my studio sessions. I started from Big F Studios and came to Sugar Tone Studio and other studios.

How many instruments do you play?

I play only the guitar for now.

Why did you choose the guitar?

I felt doing the highlife genre most of the time goes with the guitar. Besides, the guitar is easy to carry around, unlike some other instruments. I feel the guitar is also a magical instrument.

I also noticed that most Highlife artistes played the guitar more, even though they could play other instruments. The guitar also gives highlife a good rhythm, like the Amponsah rhythms among others.

Do you think highlife music has a future in Ghana?

In my opinion, highlife is the future. I feel highlife has been brought down by the other genres of music. It is vibrant and appealing. If there is a show somewhere and Amakye Dede should come around, you will see a lot of young guys getting up to dance together with the old people.

You can go to another show, and you will see a Hiplife artiste performing, but the old guys will sit and watch.

Most of the young guys are doing Hiplife now. We prefer Hiplife, Afro-pop and other genres. Highlife music is difficult to do because you need to learn. I feel that we don’t learn now.

The guitar is difficult to learn. How many young men will say I’m devoting my time to learn the guitar to enhance my highlife singing? We choose to go to the studio and let the engineer do everything, and then we sing and go away.

But if you have to go outside Ghana, and you can play an instrument and you also play your rhythm to tell where you are coming from, it shows who you are and where you are coming from.

What are some of the challenges you faced in music?

Coming this far has been a challenge. Sometimes I couldn’t pay my studio bills. There was a time my girlfriend, who I was with for more than four years, left me because I was doing music and no money, or nothing was happening. Sometimes I left for the studio and came back with no money.

Even though I was also doing this taxi thing, I had a dream for the music too. So she left me for a richer guy who could take her where she wanted to be in life. But my family has been great to me. They have all supported me. The challenges have been with my relationship and financing studio sessions.

Are you single?

No, I’m not.

How is your taxi business going?

It is not easy. My taxi broke down recently because I had an engine problem. So for a while now I haven’t been on the street.

How will you combine the fame and taxi business?

Personally, I’m working for Ghanaians and driving a taxi is also working for Ghanaians. Driving and singing are both services I’m rendering to Ghanaians. I would wish that I continue with the taxi job because it also brings in money. It is the same job that has fed me till now.

The only way I will be forced to stop driving a taxi is when my management tells me it is enough. But even with that I will make sure I get other taxis for people to drive for me.

What is new with Kumi Guitar?

I’m currently promoting my new single, titled ‘Scriptures’, which came out on Monday. I’m also working on my album. I have only 3 more songs to record.


PS: This article was written in August 16,  2014

Monday, July 10, 2017

Rebecca Asamoah
TWENTY-FIVE-year-old Ghanaian beauty queen, Rebecca Asamoah, was crowned first runner-up at the 2017 edition of Miss United Nations international pageant held in Kingston Jamaica over the weekend.

She beat several other contestants from different countries to come close to winning the ultimate crown which went to Olga Makhlevskaia from Russia.

Mexican queen, Irais Carbajal, also took the second runner-up position at the Saturday night event.

Rebecca Asamoah (left) on stage with other queens
It’s Rebecca’s third win in three years after she was earlier crowned Miss Ghana 2015 runner up and winner of Miss Africa Continent in South Africa.

She is the first Ghanaian queen to represent her country on the Miss United Nations stage.

Over 80 contestants from around the world took part in the Saturday pageant in Jamaica.

But Russia was adjudged winner at the end while Ghana and Mexico took the first and second runners-up positions respectively.

Miss United Nations is a humanitarian pageant which helps to better the lives of persons around the world. It identifies and showcases world’s best tourism cause ambassadors; those who have the skills, talents and personalities best suited to promote their respective countries in furtherance of tourism, international goodwill and cultural harmony.

Apart from a strong emphasis on goodwill tourism protection programmes and destinations promotion, the pageant also supports environmental protection via strategised programmes.

“I am compassionate not only for people with status and stature but for the underprivileged. I believe Miss United Nations pageant is to embark on humanitarian works to uplift women and to positively impart in the lives of people in our various societies and the world at large. I want to be a part of this family to contribute my quota in the world’s development,” the 25-year-old dental hygienist said about her decision to take part in the pageant ahead of the grand finale.

Rebecca remains one of Ghana’s successful queens.  She does not disappoint when she mounts the stage.  She is expected to return home on July 15.

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