Friday, December 15, 2017

It’s official! The Walt Disney Company has purchased 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses.

The deal includes 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000, 20th Century Fox Television, FX Productions, Fox21, FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, Fox Sports Regional Networks, Fox Networks Group International, Star India and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Sky, and Endemol Shine Group.

The deal doesn’t include the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network. Those will be spun off into a newly-listed company.

It has also been revealed that The Walt Disney Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger has agreed to continue in the position through the end of calendar year 2021.

You can read the full press release below:

The Walt Disney Company and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses, for approximately $52.4 billion in stock (subject to adjustment). Building on Disney’s commitment to deliver the highest quality branded entertainment, the acquisition of these complementary assets would allow Disney to create more appealing content, build more direct relationships with consumers around the world and deliver a more compelling entertainment experience to consumers wherever and however they choose. Immediately prior to the acquisition, 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company that will be spun off to its shareholders.

Under the terms of the agreement, shareholders of 21st Century Fox will receive 0.2745 Disney shares for each 21st Century Fox share they hold (subject to adjustment for certain tax liabilities as described below). The exchange ratio was set based on a 30-day volume weighted average price of Disney stock. Disney will also assume approximately $13.7 billion of net debt of 21st Century Fox. The acquisition price implies a total equity value of approximately $52.4 billion and a total transaction value of approximately $66.1 billion (in each case based on the stated exchange ratio assuming no adjustment) for the business to be acquired by Disney, which includes consolidated assets along with a number of equity investments.

Popular Entertainment Properties to Join Disney Family

Combining with Disney are 21st Century Fox’s critically acclaimed film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together offer diverse and compelling storytelling businesses and are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, as well as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hidden Figures, Gone Girl, The Shape of Water and The Martian—and its storied television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, which have brought The Americans, This Is Us, Modern Family, The Simpsons and so many more hit TV series to viewers across the globe. Disney will also acquire FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, Fox Sports Regional Networks, Fox Networks Group International, Star India and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Sky plc, Tata Sky and Endemol Shine Group.

“The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We’re honored and grateful that Rupert Murdoch has entrusted us with the future of businesses he spent a lifetime building, and we’re excited about this extraordinary opportunity to significantly increase our portfolio of well-loved franchises and branded content to greatly enhance our growing direct-to-consumer offerings. The deal will also substantially expand our international reach, allowing us to offer world-class storytelling and innovative distribution platforms to more consumers in key markets around the world.”

“We are extremely proud of all that we have built at 21st Century Fox, and I firmly believe that this combination with Disney will unlock even more value for shareholders as the new Disney continues to set the pace in what is an exciting and dynamic industry,” said Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox. “Furthermore, I’m convinced that this combination, under Bob Iger’s leadership, will be one of the greatest companies in the world. I’m grateful and encouraged that Bob has agreed to stay on, and is committed to succeeding with a combined team that is second to none.”

At the request of both 21st Century Fox and the Disney Board of Directors, Mr. Iger has agreed to continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company through the end of calendar year 2021.

“When considering this strategic acquisition, it was important to the Board that Bob remain as Chairman and CEO through 2021 to provide the vision and proven leadership required to successfully complete and integrate such a massive, complex undertaking,” said Orin C. Smith, Lead Independent Director of the Disney Board. “We share the belief of our counterparts at 21st Century Fox that extending his tenure is in the best interests of our company and our shareholders, and will be critical to Disney’s ability to effectively drive long-term value from this extraordinary acquisition.”

Benefits to Consumers

The acquisition will enable Disney to accelerate its use of innovative technologies, including its BAMTECH platform, to create more ways for its storytellers to entertain and connect directly with audiences while providing more choices for how they consume content. The complementary offerings of each company enhance Disney’s development of films, television programming and related products to provide consumers with a more enjoyable and immersive entertainment experience.

Bringing on board 21st Century Fox’s entertainment content and capabilities, along with its broad international footprint and a world-class team of managers and storytellers, will allow Disney to further its efforts to provide a more compelling entertainment experience through its direct-to-consumer (DTC) offerings. This transaction will enable Disney’s recently announced Disney and ESPN-branded DTC offerings, as well as Hulu, to create more appealing and engaging experiences, delivering content, entertainment and sports to consumers around the world wherever and however they want to enjoy it.

The agreement also provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love. The addition of Avatar to its family of films also promises expanded opportunities for consumers to watch and experience storytelling within these extraordinary fantasy worlds. Already, guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort can experience the magic of Pandora—The World of Avatar, a new land inspired by the Fox film franchise that opened earlier this year. And through the incredible storytelling of National Geographic—whose mission is to explore and protect our planet and inspire new generations through education initiatives and resources—Disney will be able to offer more ways than ever before to bring kids and families the world and all that is in it.

Enhancing Disney’s Worldwide Offerings

Adding 21st Century Fox’s premier international properties enhances Disney’s position as a truly global entertainment company with authentic local production and consumer services across high-growth regions, including a richer array of local, national and global sporting events that ESPN can make available to fans around the world. The transaction boosts Disney’s international revenue mix and exposure.

Disney’s international reach would greatly expand through the addition of Sky, which serves nearly 23 million households in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy; Fox Networks International, with more than 350 channels in 170 countries; and Star India, which operates 69 channels reaching 720 million viewers a month across India and more than 100 other countries.

Prior to the close of the transaction, it is anticipated that 21st Century Fox will seek to complete its planned acquisition of the 61% of Sky it doesn’t already own. Sky is one of Europe’s most successful pay television and creative enterprises with innovative and high-quality direct-to-consumer platforms, resonant brands and a strong and respected leadership team. 21st Century Fox remains fully committed to completing the current Sky offer and anticipates that, subject to the necessary regulatory consents, the transaction will close by June 30, 2018. Assuming 21st Century Fox completes its acquisition of Sky prior to closing of the transaction, The Walt Disney Company would assume full ownership of Sky, including the assumption of its outstanding debt, upon closing.

Transaction Highlights

The acquisition is expected to yield at least $2 billion in cost savings from efficiencies realized through the combination of businesses, and to be accretive to earnings before the impact of purchase accounting for the second fiscal year after the close of the transaction.

Terms of the transaction call for Disney to issue approximately 515 million new shares to 21st Century Fox shareholders, representing approximately a 25% stake in Disney on a pro forma basis. The per share consideration is subject to adjustment for certain tax liabilities arising from the spinoff and other transactions related to the acquisition. The initial exchange ratio of 0.2745 Disney shares for each 21st Century Fox share was set based on an estimate of such tax liabilities to be covered by an $8.5 billion cash dividend to 21st Century Fox from the company to be spun off. The exchange ratio will be adjusted immediately prior to closing of the acquisition based on an updated estimate of such tax liabilities. Such adjustment could increase or decrease the exchange ratio, depending upon whether the final estimate is lower or higher, respectively, than the initial estimate. However, if the final estimate of the tax liabilities is lower than the initial estimate, the first $2 billion of that adjustment will instead be made by net reduction in the amount of the cash dividend to 21st Century Fox from the company to be spun off. The amount of such tax liabilities will depend upon several factors, including tax rates in effect at the time of closing as well as the value of the company to be spun off.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and 21st Century Fox have approved the transaction, which is subject to shareholder approval by 21st Century Fox and Disney shareholders, clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, a number of other non-United States merger and other regulatory reviews, and other customary closing conditions.

Source: Comingsoon

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Justice League
Justice League has finally cracked $600 million at the global box office, despite trailing behind Coco domestically this weekend.

 In the wake of Justice League finally releasing and uniting the titans of the DC Comics, information has begun pouring in detailing how Warner Bros rushed their shared universe into production. Though the wait may seem long, it appears the studio was overeager to replicate Marvel Studios’ success with The Avengers in 2012 and scrambled to make Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel into the start of a similar franchise. Unfortunately for DC fans, the results have been mixed.

As Justice League continues to underperform at the box office, rumors have emerged that WB is upending their plans for a number of movies.

It looks as if fans can breathe a sigh of relief, however, as the DCEU film slate isn’t being restructured at the moment. CCXP in Brazil this weekend featured a plan for the universe matching the one unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, and Zack Snyder is still producing Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2. Meanwhile, Justice League has crept passed another milestone at the box office.

Variety is reporting that Justice League brought in an additional $9.6 million at the domestic box office this weekend, bringing its total to $212.1M at home. It couldn’t compete with Pixar’s Coco, however, which nabbed $18.3M and won its third weekend in a row. Luckily, the haul was enough to push the DC team-up film to $613.1M worldwide and maintain its position as the 10th biggest film of the year.

Justice League passing $600 million worldwide means its should (in theory) be profitable now, despite being the lowest-grossing DC Film to date. It’s still well behind Wonder Woman‘s domestic haul of $318M at the same point during its own run. The movie has also failed to come anywhere close to The Avenger‘s $623.3M domestic total and $1.5 billion global gross (not accounting for inflation). Justice League‘s extensive reshoots brought its production budget up to a staggering $300M, which is why it’s only now broken even at the box office.

It’s not all bad news, however, as Justice League has become DC’s biggest hit in China. The film has done well internationally, a market that has increasingly benefitted underperforming domestic blockbusters this year. It could be this silver lining that’s preventing WB from reworking its film plans, though the studio’s plans for the future of the shared universe are already undergoing some big changes.

The next DC film won’t hit theaters until December of 2018, when director James Wan’s Aquaman solo movie arrives on the scene. Wonder Woman 2 and Shazam! have confirmed release dates for 2019 and will follow after Aquaman, but the rest of the DC Film release schedule is up in the air at the moment. That includes the potential Justice League sequel, which seems unlikely to happen now (or, at least, until further notice).

Source: Screenrant

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kwame Gyan
Indeed 2017 went skrrrahh, pap, pap, ka-ka-ka. Skidiki-pap-pap, and a pu-pu-pudrrrr-boom. And before we knew it, Skya, du-du-ku-ku-dun-dun. Poom, poom, you know. Ah well, it is that time of the year again. We started this in 2014 and this is already the 4th installment. That's like JM's term in office you know! Year has been so fast. Same time last year JM was President. Now Nana Addo is President for less than a year but feels like forever eh?

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Kwame Gyan and I bring you the 2017 edition of our friendly advice and to some, warning to the many many Ghanaians who have been saving some Euros and Pounds and Dollars to come blow time in the motherland.

Here we go:

1. Please stop ordering us to wait for you at Kotoka a whole two hours before the projected touch down of your flight. You know you have been doing this almost every year, or once every two years. We don’t like it. Even if we don’t meet you have you forgotten the way to your homes? Hoh!

2. Please when you get into town, leave your jacket and winter boots in your house until you are dressing up to head back to Kotoka and away to wherever you are doing your 'any work'. We know the weather back in your abrokyire is cold. Don't be a villager to wear fur coats in our 32° weather. Eye nkurasesem paaa. And yes, it is hot here.

3. We know you are making money in obimanso. We also know that you pay plenty tax. And some of you still owe the visa contractor who did your connection for you so your cash level no shada dey up. Don't come and spend all the money you have saved buying champagne in clubs and spreading people like your father is Mugabe or Dangote. If you do the too known and go back, we won't send you kapreba. Yoooo!

4. If you bought something for someone last year and you come and you see him or her still wearing it, you don't need to shout and say "eei you are still wearing this jeans I bought from Next? Efata wo paaa ooo". Please we know you still have jeans you bought 5 years ago. We know before you left you wore clothes saaa until they were tired of alterations so stop that nonsense. You like that!

5. As we told you last year, we are not villagers like that oo. You can't buy as £2 and $5 shirts and tops and expect us to roll on the floor in excitement. We know it when what you give us is cheap. Oh we will say thank you. But don't expect us to behave as if you just gave us a Saville Row suit or an Armage cologne.

6. Please we know what the exchange rate is. We know. We don’t need the needless reminder. We also know that you know the exchange rate. Stop the too known and come and melt your Euros and Pounds and Dollars in piece. Stop that!

7. Mall Update: Kumasi Mall has come oooo. We also heard the things you heard. Leave Kumasi people alone. I have seen plenty people walk into malls to buy 90 pesewas bottled water and spend the rest of the time taking photos. You also do same when you go to those fancy shops of yours. Let us think.

8. Kyinkyinga has gained prominence again ooo my people. Right now kyinkyinga sellers can blow up fuel stations and the blast will not even affect the stones on the zinc roofing sheets placed over their grill. Massa it is not easy oo. You ask Kojo Yankson of Joy FM. He will tell you the whole story. Oh, the kyinkyinga people have not changed by the way: same price, smaller meat, bigger sticks. Don't be too disappointed.

9. Abrokyire boys, borgerfuo, do not come and spoil our girls and spoil the market for the local boys. Don't open their mouths so wide that when you leave they are not content with our fianga pockets. Play with the girls you came with, and let's play with ours. You girls too why do you always allow them to do that to you. I don't gerrit.

10. Has Ghana Police changed? For the where? They should change to what? You had better keep loose 5 cedi notes on you for the “massa we are here oooo”. If you break a traffic rule though, add some zero to the 5. And those of you who think you are home so you want to smoke that smoke, if you get caught you may have to add at least two zeros to the 5.

11. We tell you this all the time: Please don’t ask us with a frown a hundred times about how it is like to live in Ghana and how you could never do that. You asked us last year and the year before. It has gotten old. Abufusem didn’t you live here before? Or your great grandfather gave birth to your grandfather in Liverpool and he gave birthday to your father in Liverpool and your father and mother popped you in Manchester?

12. We told you about Uber last time, right? Well, it has grown and become bigger paaa. Our young gers have taken it like World Cup. Please just turn your location on and Uber yourself away. Again, if you do that your Abrokyire-Ghana comparison don't be surprised if the Uber driver gives it to you. You can give him one star rating, he would have cleared his chest anyway. Remember we also use smartphones here eh? And yes, Uber is here and once you update your location and you order an Uber, it won't be a car from West Virginia or Birmingham or Frankfurt that will show up wai. Stop that thing you do. Chances are that every small car you see in the road is an Uber. Just look for the phone holder on the dashboard.

13. Yo, we don't need YOU to tell US what the Christmas music list in Ghana is. So let's tell you who the current biggest artists are or the songs we will eat bronya with: Kuami Eugene (the guy who sang Angela), KIDI (he sang Odo Yewu and one other popular song like that), Ebony - that girl who has no more than a handkerchief-size of material on all her clothes. She also sang I will Date Your Fada, Sponsor and some songs. Of course Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy are the usual big boys on the list. Wutah have had the commonsense to realise that individually they are almost as useless as used toilet paper so they got back together and have an aptly titled sing called Bronya. Oh there is a guy called Patapaa. He has sang all the songs he will ever sing. It is called One Corner.

14. Ei! I almost forgot. After 21 tries, Captain Planet has a hit song ooo. It is called Obi agye obi girl. He has tried saaaa and mentioned every girl’s name in 20,000 songs but still chale we were not seeing him. But now he has hit the jackpot ooo. But guys, do you agree Captain Planet should have just sang the chorus and not attempted a rap on the track? The rap be some way but the chorus dey bee. Anaa?

15. Yes, Man's Not Hot started from a studio in London. But we got it on whatsapp and Facebook and Twitter the same time those of you in Antwerp, Baltimore, Alberta and Lagos did. Don't come and yell, "shiiite you guys have this song here too?". It is not as if that song is anything out of the top biaaa too. And oh Michael Dapaah, AKA Big Shaq will be doing shows in Ghana wai.

16. Please we love Mexican and Indian telenovelas paaa. UTV shows at least two of them running throughout the week. Adom TV has been showing an Indian one called Kukum Bagya for almost two years now, and from the look of things, they will be showing it for at least 5 more years. Oh, Abbi and Pragya, the leading characters even came to Ghana to break bread with their fans. The bread cost only 600 cedis moom. They even want to invite the main characters here to meet with their fans. It's not easy oo. Warning: Do not try to change the channel in any home, else you risk what you don't want to risk.

17. While you are here, remember that in Ghana, whatever the government says, the opposition must oppose, and they must not necessarily oppose with suggestions. We are not like your people. Even if government says, 'we shall stop galamsey which is spoiling our environment", the opposition will say "the government is insensitive and is denying people of working". That's how we are. We like our democracy like that.

18. Please the boys, if you meet any beautiful girl with nice fantabulous ASSets and she's korkorr please pause and ask yourself this question: is my immediate atupa worth the potential wahala of tomorrow, which may include vivid description of your totoli, the transpo you give, and how well or otherwise you do the do? Giovanni chale how be? KOD all correct? Kojo Yankson where you dey do your 'aboy' for?

19. Every year we tell you this but some of you have made your ears as hard as Francis Doku's forehead so you don't listen. We will keep saying it. Please don’t forget your malaria prophylaxis else your gluteus muscle will have to bear the pain of artemether in a G25 needle without an analgesic; your only consolation will be ” sorry 3y3 wo ya? Kafra.. Kafra.. 3b3 k) wa.

20. Herh if you haven't been told here our Facebook fights are not children ooo. If you like ask Maame Afia Akoto and Sam George or ask the High Commissioner to South Africa. When Ghana Facebook take you on, they take you on. Ask Kwame Gyan (oh that’s me eh) too. Or some guy called KOA and another one called Pope. Please don't try to logically understand some of the fights. You won't understand them if you attempt making sense of some.

21. Oh there is a new group in town called PepperDemMinistries. What do they do? Oh they fight for female and girl child rights by insulting all men and blaming men for everything including why night comes after day and why our feet face forward and not backwards when we walk. Let's just say they are taking the gender, woman rights fights a few notches lower. If you fool with them they way they will insult you and your unborn generation eh! Hmmm. For writing this, consider me fried. They will tell us how useless these series have been though the smile and laugh in their rooms.

22. Please take note that the social media space in Ghana is manned and marshalled by armies and nations whose members and leaders feel they are a nation state and so they don't play child's play. I won't say anything. I have no armies of nations to defend me when they attack so I leave it here.

23. Every year we talk about that your irritating Yankee or British accent that you bring into this town. See, lose that accent before you enter the Ghana airspace. No, in fact, lose it at the immigration of the country you are coming from before you get onto the tarmac. See, we know you ooo. We know you can speak like us pepeeepe so don't come trying to do that rubbish. What! For the last time, once again, before you come here to speak English in a way that will have us asking you "pardon, pardon, pardon". See, Kofi Annan has stayed in New York longer than you but he speaks normal English. In fact, if you start that your nonsense accent, we will insult you.

24. Please the potholes are still there. You may remember some particular pothole your taxi run into that made you spill a drink in your beautiful looking £5 dress. Well, that pothole is still there. It was filled ooo but somehow it opened again and brought along with it some friends. So please get ready. Oh but Nana Addo will sort out all those issues soon.

By: Kwame Gyan


Wiyaala
Wiyaala, Ghana’s international singing star, is to host a new weekly show on Radio Progress, the Upper West Region’s first and most popular radio station.

The 90 minute slot billed, “Time With Wiyaala”, will run every Thursday from 8pm to 9.30pm starting 23rd November.

Wiyaala’s brief is to play music by some of the Upper West’s leading talents, old and new, and to chat with artists about their careers and aspirations as musicians in the “forgotten” region.

“I’ll be trying to introduce my audience to the diverse forms of music that exist in our region.  Whilst technology is helpful to music making, I feel we are in danger of losing something of value if we don’t draw on our rich heritage when making modern music.

I’ll be encouraging the young musicians to work on their live performance skills. Artists who mime are unlikely to make it to international stages. The platform also gives me the opportunity to push the causes of children and young women”, the singer said.

Wiyaala is an officially appointed GACA (Ghana Against Child Abuse) and UNICEF Ghana influencer.

Radio Progress was brought to the airwaves by the Wa Catholic Diocese in February 1997 as an initiative to contribute to the development of the Upper West Region and aims to reach all segments of the community.

Now twenty years old, the station broadcasts in English, Dagaare, Waale, Sissali and Briffor.

The 4th edition of the Radio Progress Music Awards (PRUMAS) 2017, will take place at In Service, Wa,  on the 30th December. Wiyaala was appointed a music ambassador for PRUMAS at the first edition in 2014.

She has since gone on to win many national and international awards and is currently Ghana’s most awarded and nominated artist at AFRIMA, the African continent’s biggest awards scheme.

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

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I am a Creative Arts Writer who is also into Strategic Communications, Public Relations, Photography and IT consultancy. I am also Social media enthusiast and an alumni of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ).

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