Kofi Kinaata Wins Songwriter Award For The Fourth Time – VGMA 2021

Congratulations are in order! Ghanaian Highlife /Hiplife artiste Martin King Arthur, known professionally as Kofi Kinaata bags home ‘Songwriter of The Year’ award for the just ended VGMA, held in Accra on Friday and Saturday.

He succeeded over tight competitors including Diana Hamilton, Joe Mettle, Adina, Abiana and Epixode with his song, “Behind the Scenes” released in April, 2020.

Kinaata first won the songwriter award at the 2016 VGMA with his hit single titled, “Susuka” which was released in the previous year, beating top-notch contestants like, Stonebwoy, Mzvee, Obrafour, Knii Lante and Rex Omar.

The following year in that same award category, he won for the second time with his song “Confession”. The 2017 VGMA night saw the “Susuka” hitmaker successfully winning three awards.

Again, he won in 2020 with his well-received, “Things Fall Apart” released in December 2019. Then the latest reign in the songwriter of the year award category for the 22nd edition of VGMA, 2021.

Celebrating the ground-breaking feat for the fourth time in the category and awards history, the Fante rap god took to his social media pages announcing to the world his success and breaking his own record from last year’s VGMA.

He wrote;

“Another One! I set a record last year.. and I’ve broken my own record this year! The only Ghanaian 🇬🇭 artiste to win the VGMA SongWriter Award for the FOURTH time! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 #VGMA22”

Kinaata is always hailed by the people of Takoradi in the Western region of Ghana. He has won the heart of Ghanaians especially residence of Takoradi with his brilliant Fante rap lyrics.

The young and old jam to his music as it’s deemed insightful and good to dance along. He’s the brain behind the famous musical and decorative concert, “Made In Tadi” which is usually organised in December.

Loved ones of the rap icon celebrated him for the massive achievement on various social media platforms. he was showered with respect and love form his families and friends as well.

Congratulations to Kofi Kinaata for such an incredible milestone!

Photo Credit: Kofi Kinaata

It’s been an exhilarating and entertaining weekend in Ghana and the African continent on the account of Ghana’s biggest music festival, under the auspices of Vodafone telecommunications network and charterhouse.

This year’s celebration unlike last year was celebrated with live audience and performances from the incredible talents emerging from Ghana and making waves across the globe.

Held at the Accra international conference Centre and the new Dome, the 22nd edition of the annual music festival ended successfully with the major prize presented to Ghanaian gospel singer, Diana Hamilton who was nominated along with well celebrated artist like Sarkodie, Kidi, Kuami Eugene, Adina and Medikal. She also won three awards making a total of four.

This year’s VGMA saw a lot of entertainers and influencers excitingly flaunting their fashionable outfits on the red-carpet session. Others advertised their designers and expressed their expectations and those they were rooting for on the awards night.

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The first night was hosted by TV3’s Giovanni Caleb and AJ Sarpong who were looking exquisite in their outfit. With electrifying live band performances from legendary rapper Okyeame Kwame and singer, Bob Pinodo who was also honoured the lifetime achievement award.

The stage was also shaken with fantastic performances from artistes like Kofi Kinaata, Kidi, Strongman, Cina Soul, Sista Afia, Fameye, Eno Barony among several others.

Performances continued as  Kuami Eugene, Diana Hamilton, joe mettle, Kwesi Arthur, Mr. Drew, MOG music among several artistes gingered the stage with their unique and excellent stage techniques.

Castro was honoured with his music performed on stage as well as paying tribute to Ghana’s well celebrated icons including  actor Bernard Nyarko and celebrity photographer Bob Pixel who passed on last year.

It was indeed a night of honouring the creative industry and the remarkable skills exhibited by musicians in the country. Nonetheless some artistes were captured in most of the award categories as they obtained more than five nominations each.

They include Adina who was nominated 11 times but won 3, Kidi 8 times and bagged home 4, Diana Hamilton, 6 times but won 4 and Kuami Eugene 9 times and won 1.

 

Below is the list of the winners of the various awards categories.

  1. Artist of the year – Diana Hamilton
  2. Gospel Song of the Year – Diana Hamilton (Adom)
  3. Gospel Artist of the Year – Diana Hamilton
  4. Vodafone most popular song of the year – Diana Hamilton (Adom)
  5. Highlife song of the year – KiDi (Enjoyment)
  6. Afrobeats/Afropop Song of the Year – KiDi (Say Cheese)
  7. Afrobeats/Afropop Artist of the Year – KiDi
  8. Ep of the year – KiDi (Blue)
  9. Record of the Year – Adina (Daddy’s Little Girl)
  • Album of the Year – Adina (Araba)
  • Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Adina (Why)
  • Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year – Epixode
  • Male Vocalist of the Year – MOG (Oguamma)
  • Female Vocalist of the Year – Abiana (Adun Lei)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Pinodo
  • Traditional Artiste of the Year – Manhyia Tete Nwomkro
  • Music for Good – Yaayaa
  • Sound Engineer of the Year – Richie Mensah
  • Producer of the Year – Richie Mensah
  • Songwriter of the Year – Kofi Kinaata
  • Vodafone Green Award – Kofi Kinaata
  • Best Rap Performance – Eno Barony
  • Best Video of the Year – MzVee (Baddest Boss)
  • International Collaboration of the Year – Kwesi Arthur FT. Joe Boy (Baajo)
  • Instrumentalist of the Year – Nana Yaw Sarfo
  • Unsung Act of the Year – Nanky
  • Best New Artist of the Year – Mr. Drew
  • Highlife Artiste of the Year – Kuami Eugene
  • Hip Hop Song of the Year – Yaw Tog (Sore)
  • Hip Hop Artist of the Year – Medikal
  • Hiplife Song of the Year Keche (No Dulling)
  • Keche – Best group of the year
  • Best African Artist – Master KG
  • Best Collaboration of the Year – Sarkodie FT. Kuami Eugene (Happy Day)

 

 

 

Multiple award winning Ghanaian hip hop artist Sarkodie has broken his silence over the VGMA 2019 Incident between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy that led to Stonebwoy pulling a gun in on stage.

So many unanswered questions like how the gun got pass security, when will the  Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy beef end?

Congratulations are in order! Sarkodie won the ‘Artist Of The Decade’ at the just ended 20th VGMA

Check out Sarkodie’s message below:

”For a long time there’s been this gap between the corporate world and the entertainment industry and it’s been my dream that the two merge cos it’s very necessary!!!

When I sit in these corporate meetings I sense how sensitive it is for them to affiliate with the industry and I understand But that doesn’t stop us from working to make our relationship better.
I have mixed feelings on VGMA since I started Rapperholic cos I got to see what it takes to put up a show in Ghana … it’s crazy but I feel Ghana music Awards is way too big to miss the basics. A lot went on this years VGMA so I know how hard it was for them to pull this off …

We (my self and Charter house) had meetings on how we wanna celebrate this years VGMA and trust me they had a lot planned for this celebration!!! A lot of activations before the main event.They really wanted to go all out but last minute a lot of sponsors pulled out … Those who made promises , broke them so Charter house had to take pressure on themselves.I felt for my brother George Quaye … He was running around each and every day trying to get sponsors on to support this years celebration but he wasn’t able to secure enough.

I think standards are very important in brand positioning … but sometimes to attain certain standards takes a lot of funds … And it’s about time those who invest in the industry understand what it takes so they know the value.From far just looking at VGMA , and since I’m doing concerts myself too, I know they need millions to achieve a certain standard… from security, artistes comfort ( which comes with a whole lot ) and more

I know companies are looking at value for money but sometimes I think they release funds based on perceptions ( and they have the right too ) but we need to change the narrative.It’s about time we merge these two worlds. I rarely do “paid” product placement in my music videos, actually I think I did it just ones ( I stand to be corrected ) “Kasapreko”… and it’s just because most of these companies don’t wanna believe we ( at least myself ) spend that much on our work.In actual fact my industry is one of the most expensive industries you could find your self in and that’s if you really wanna do it well to the best of it.

I believe in detailing so I turn to take on a lot but I’d rather choose that over trying to just get by and collapse what I’ve built in ages.Study most realty shows on TV …. their life span is very short just cos they don’t have the power to spice it up and keep it interesting… most times it’s not their fault cos they have to do it anyways …

I applaud all these companies collaborating with the industry 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾Just that I think you guys should consider what’s involved.Big shouts @VodafoneGhana @MTNGhana @Kasaprekogh @StanChartGH and a whole lot more hopefully we make more magic together.There’s a lot to be achieved when we merge.

NOW to my young ones coming up … I don’t know what your dreams are but this profession ain’t no joke … Set your priorities right to be able to position yourselves well to attract what you deserve.You can’t cheat the game.You do music so that’s your business… invest every penny back into it if you believe in you!!! That notion of “music is not a job.. what’s your real job” shouldn’t get to you …

You will get what you put in trust me …God bless us all and hopefully we make things better moving forward 🙏🏾
And Hey Thank you #SARKNATION” Sarkodie

“Let us forgive each other–only then can we live in peace.” ~Leo Tolstoy

 

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Jesus Take The Wheel! Stonebwoy pulls gun on stage leaving many to wonder how the gun got pass security.

‘What happened to ‘Music Is Love’ Music Is Life’?

To say what happened tonight at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2019 is scary is understatement. The whole situation could have gone horribly wrong.

There could have been lots of casualties due to stampede and God know what. Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy putting peoples lives at risk wasn’t cool.

The question is; What would make Stonebwoy pull out a gun in public and on stage for that matter? It just doesn’t make sense to endanger other peoples lives.

“Let us forgive each other–only then can we live in peace.” ~Leo Tolstoy

 

‘We were told Stonebwoy was scared because Shatta Wale and his fans ‘stormed them’ on the stage.  We hope both Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy will put whatever is going on to rest. sooner than later.

We love them both, however, we can’t pretend what happened tonight is acceptable on any level and pray it will not happen again.

 

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