Thursday, June 28, 2018

Pastor Adom with his beloved Dr. Belinda Collins
He might not be a household name yet. His music might not be on everyone lips yet but there’s indication all that is soon to change.

Emmanuel Adom Adjei informed Blakkpepper his musical journey started in primary school when he was in the tenor section of the school choir eventually becoming the leader of the tenor group aged 10.

According to Adom, he served with many artists either as a backing vocalist or or as a bands man adding he developed himself musically such that he directs choirs while grooming other artists.

The Takoradi Technical University graduate first tested the commercial market with his debut EP ‘Unveiled in Glory’ before offering albums ‘100% African Praise Party’ and ‘Praise Overflow’ revealing “there’s a fourth album on the way from which I released the single ‘Conquerors’ which is doing so well.”

His academic journey has seen him through Labone Senior High School, Takoradi Technical University where he offered Marketing and earned a Higher National Diploma (HND), seminary schools where he earned certificate and a diploma before relocating to the US in 2012 where he earned an Associate Degree in Theology and a Second Degree in Human Resource Management. Pastor Adom recently earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theology and getting awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity.

Adom is officially engaged to US born Dr. Belinda Collins who is a daughter of a Minister of God and by training is a Finance and Education person.  Although she was based in Miami, she now resides with Pastor Adom in Houston, Texas with Adom disclosing “we became friends before we fell in love, got engaged we will marry in the year.”

But why Jesus music?

Adom rendered:

“Gospel music is the only form which has no genre like jazz. It is fluid but also it is also my calling and I am a messenger for the people. God’s word can be propagated through acting, writing and other forms but sound has no barrier so I use music as a duty to sway souls for God. Also after death, we gonna do worshipping of God, so why not start now and get used to it.”

It will be 6 years since Adom landed in the US in December, and though he noted that things have been tough, he submits that “I have a church I lead, the youngest to lead a church in my state, I also have a music ministry, publishing ministry and missionary ministry whose mandate is to impact the world.”

Already he’s released his first book and a second is due soon while he serves as a host of a radio show in addition to being a TV host on ND TV.

Although it’s been tough in America, Adom has managed to find himself in corporate America and hopes the networking will help advance his cause.

“Coming to America and being new to the system, I had to study and get grounded and juggling preaching duty, recording in the studio and taking lessons at school was tough but worth the effort,” the ebony man rendered to Blakkpepper via Whatsapp.

While in Ghana, the songwriter, artist groomer and musical director held musical concerts to bring folks under God’s umbrella for worship and in the US he’s carried on the tradition visiting states to minister.

His efforts have been noticed such that in 2017, he received the Community Impact Award for his positive strides in his community.

Among the challenges he’s faced, the pastor cum artist recalled “buying instruments for my music was tough and coming by money to invest in my music was equally challenging and it didn’t help matters that when you play with certain artists they only thank you with ‘God Bless You’ ignoring the fact that it cost money to transport yourself to the venue and prepare yourself for the performance. Some Churches also did same. Also serving people but they proving to be ingrates and bad mouthing you to others was shocking as was some paying good with evil. Also initial low attendance at my concerts was troubling but things have since picked up.”

But how would Pastor Emmanuel Adom Adjei love to be remembered?

“I would love to be remembered as an original artist, a creative whose career lasted long and was impactful across generations and as an artist who helped raise others.”

What can Ghanaians expect from this son of the soil?

“Good music, concerts, conferences or seminars, collaborations with other African acts, solid music videos and interactions with fans on social media,” the Houston based man submitted.

Pastor Adom’s music is on major music shops with CdBaby serving as distributor to digital stores Amazon MP3, Apple and iTunes as well as Ghana’s afTown music platform which sells African records.

But with what meal would Pastor Adom be at home with?

“Waakye with veggies, chicken, beef and fried fish with lots of pepper sauce or ‘shito’.”

By way of beverage, Adom is cool with any fruit beverage.

Enjoy ‘Conquerors’ by Pastor Adom from his yet to be released 4th album

By: Michael Eli Dokosi


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Nii-Tete Yartey
It has been 4 years since Nii-Tete Yartey took over as director of one of Ghana’s most prestigious artistic institutions, the National Dance Company of Ghana (Ghana Dance Ensemble).

As one of the youngest directors to hold such a position in Africa, Nii has envisioned his work in his field as a re-contextualization of traditions, with a particular focus on the development of dance theatre and contemporary Ghanaian dance.

Nii-Tete Yartey is the son of Ghana’s foremost dance choreographer and teacher, the late Professor Francis Nii-Yartey.

Over the years, Nii-Tete Yartey, has worked on Projects like ‘Diema’, ‘Aza’, Panafest, ‘Alkebulan’s awakening’ and the Ghana at 60 celebrations, where he drew from the many regional dances to beautifully express Ghana’s historic and contemporary dance traditions.

It has come as no surprise that he will be the one in the director’s positions for the National Theatre’s 25th Anniversary production, ‘Agoro’, a collaboration between, the National Theatre of Ghana and three of its prestigious resident companies, (The National Dance Company, National Symphony Orchestra and National Drama Company) and Ohio University and Azaguno, Inc. from the United States of America (creators of Diema 2015 and AZA2016).

The exciting international festival and concert dubbed ‘AGORO’ will be performed live at the National Theatre of Ghana from June 25 – 30, 2018, as part of the 25thAnniversary celebrations of the National Theatre of Ghana.

AGORO, a concert of New African Music, Dance and Drama will be an educational and transformational cultural experience for all.

According to Nii, the celebration will bring back excerpts from ‘Diema’ and ‘Aza’ to be performed by The National Dance Company, National Symphony Orchestra, National Drama Company, International Artists representing the United States and Canada in addition to several of Ghana’s own nationally and internationally recognized groups and will also feature new works by prof Paschal Younge, composer and prof Zelma Badu-Younge

AGORO will mark the third collaboration of its kind organized by the National Theatre of Ghana, Ohio University and Azaguno Inc.

As part of this program, a 3– day Symposium and Workshops focused on the theme: “ARTS, HEALTH, and WELLNESS” will also be organized on from 25th to 27th June in collaboration with the Ministry Tourism, Arts and Culture; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Youth and Sports; Ministry of and Gender, Children and Social Protectio; University of Ghana (Korlebu Teaching Hospital ) and Psychiatric Hospital.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mrs. Catherine Afeku
The Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture (MOTAC) Mrs. Catherine Afeku, has revealed that Ghana will be hosting the first ever Africa Women in Tourism Conference in 2019.

Speaking at the maiden edition of the Ghana Women in Tourism Summit in Accra on Thursday 21 June, Madam Afeku said, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and 36 African Ministers of Tourism selected Ghana to host the first ever Africa Women in Tourism Conference.

“Just about two weeks ago, 36 African Ministers of tourism met at the 61st edition on UNWTO. The commission for Africa met in Abuja and Ghana was unanimously selected to host the first ever Africa Women in Tourism Conference(WIT) which is to take place in 2019. In this regard, it is very critical that we applaud women in tourism in Ghana. I’m indeed very excited to be the Sector Minister at this point in time when the Women in Tourism conference will be hosted for the first time in the history of Africa here in Ghana,” she added.

She also mentioned that the WIT Summit seeks to identify a set of impactful programs that could be adapted to leverage tourism as a vehicle for the women’s role in the Ghanaian tourism sector.

“This we believe will be achieved through, women empowerment and leadership in all sub-sectors of tourism. The protection of women’s rights through better and quality tourism employment, building the culture of education and entrepreneurship thereby bridging the gender inequality gap,” she disclosed.

By: Joseph Nii Ankrah

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