Sarkodie delivers the long-awaited “bigger-than-Jay-Z” feature on the new version of Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” track

Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie has earned for himself a new record-breaking feature with the late legendary Bob Marley’s camp.

The most decorated African rapper has been featured on the new version of the reggae icon’s “Stir It Up” track.

The original track of the yet-to-be-released remix was done by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1973, which still remains relevant in recent times.

With the feature, the record-holding African rapper has extended his accolades to become the first African rapper to achieve that feat.

Reacting to a flier from Bob Marley’s team on social media, the “Countryside” hitmaker averred that the feature is the biggest in his life and a good way to start 2023.

“What a way to kick start this year!!! Definitely one of the highest moments in my career/Life… Big shouts to the team at island records @akosuas__ @Jaykjs and the Marley family for getting me on this amazing project by the legend #bobmarley… such a blessing to lay my vocals right next to the original vocals of the Gong…” he reacted.

The track comes out on Friday, January 20, which confirms the earlier comment from his camp about doing a feature with an artist who is bigger than American rapper Jay-Z.

Source: Modern Ghana

Sarkodie’s feature with Bob Marley is legendary; nothing beats this – Bulldog

Ghanaian artiste Manager, Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, widely known as Bulldog has reacted to rapper Sarkodie’s feature on late reggae icon, Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” remix.

The collaboration, according to the former Shatta Wale’s manager, is the best any musician can ever get in on earth.

Speaking on Accra-based Hitz FM’s Daybreak Hitz, Bulldog explained that the kind of collaboration that could be bigger than what Sarkodie has landed will be collaborating with late 2PAC and Michael Jackson.

He claimed that no living artist can match up with the achievements of the late Jamaican singer, Bob Marley.

“Sarkodie’s feature with Bob Marley is legendary. Nothing beats this. Unless Sark goes back to the 2PACs and the Michael Jacksons. No living soul comes close – whether it is JAY-Z or Beyonce,” the artist manager asserted.

The Ghanaian music landlord has earned for himself the record-breaking feature with the late legendary Bob Marley’s camp.

The most decorated African rapper has been featured on the new version of the reggae icon’s “Stir It Up” track.

The original track of the yet-to-be-released remix was done by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1973, which still remains relevant in recent times.

With the feature, the record-holding African rapper has extended his accolades to become the first African rapper to achieve that feat.

The track comes out on Friday. January 20, which confirms the earlier comment from his camp about doing a feature with an artist who is bigger than American rapper Jay-Z.

Source: Ghana Web

Such a blessing – Sarkodie reacts to his feature on the new version of Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” track

Sarkodie has termed his latest feature with the legendary late reggae icon, Bob Marley’s team as a blessing.

Reacting to a flier from Bob Marley’s team on social media, which announced the song, the “Countryside” hitmaker averred that the feature is the biggest in his life and a good way to start 2023.

“What a way to kick start this year!!! Definitely one of the highest moments in my career/Life… Big shouts to the team at island records @akosuas__ @Jaykjs and the Marley family for getting me on this amazing project by the legend #bobmarley… such a blessing to lay my vocals right next to the original vocals of the Gong…” he reacted.

Born Michael Owusu Addo, the Ghanaian music landlord has earned for himself a new record-breaking feature with the late legendary Bob Marley’s camp.

The most decorated African rapper has been featured on the new version of the reggae icon’s “Stir It Up” track.

The original track of the yet-to-be-released remix was done by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1973, which still remains relevant in recent times.

With the feature, the record-holding African rapper has extended his accolades to become the first African rapper to achieve that feat.

The track comes out on Friday. January 20, which confirms the earlier comment from his camp about doing a feature with an artist who is bigger than American rapper Jay-Z.

Source: Modern Ghana

I pray five times everyday – Akuapem Poloo

Socialite Rosemond Brown popularly known as Akuapem Poloo has stated that she has been living her life in consonance with the standards of the Muslim religion ever since she converted.

Speaking on ETV on Wednesday she indicated that she practises all the doctrines of the religion including praying five times every day.

She made the revelation when she was asked about the difference between Christianity and Islamic religion.

According to her, she believed both Muslim and Christian religions are not different.

“To me, I don’t see any difference between the two religions. It’s the same way we worship God, the same way we worship Allah. The difference is you say God and I say, Allah. You have to go neat before talking to God. We pray five times a day and I am glad I’m able to go through all that. Yeah, I pray five times a day,” she indicated.

Poloo converted from Christianity to the Muslim religion in 2022.

She cited her son as the reason for converting and not because of a man.

She said converting to Muslim has really changed her life, adding that she now covers when she is dressed. She no longer wears outfits that expose her body.

Poloo was on Etv to talk about her upcoming movie titled, Kotoka which is scheduled to premiere on Valentine’s Day February 14, 2023, at the Silverbird Cinemas in Accra.

Kotoka is a story about two women: Ruby Benson, 34, a high-class business woman and Naya Essel, a 28-year-old unemployed graduate. Both are distanced by life, separated by class but yet connected by one choice they both made. A choice that ultimately defines their destiny and that of many others. A choice that will either keep them alive or leave them dead. However, it all depends on if they can cross the boarding gate!

Source: Modern Ghana

My stepmother was against my dream – Abiana recounts journey to limelight

Ghanaian highlife, Neo Soul and soul singer Eldah Naa Abiana Dickson better known by her stage name Abiana has narrated her past struggles.

When she was trying so hard to build her career as a musician, the award-winning astute vocalist said her stepmother was against it.

Her stepmother, according to the musician, will punish her severely for going to musical practice.

Even when she is at home, her stepmother will never give her the opportunity to go.

As determined as she was, Abiana said she will always run to go for the rehearsal despite the lashes she will receive afterwards.

“I quite remember when I was young and trying to pursue my career in music, my stepmother was against my dream… When I hear the piano then I would start jumping… Anytime I wanted to go for rehearsal she would say they shouldn’t allow me to go then she would give me severe beatings because I had probably not done my house chores,” she narrated

She continued, “She(my stepmother) would punish me but would still find my way to go and sing …. I love singing, so right after SHS, I started to pursue my career … so that was where I started the reality shows and I have never given up.”

However, Abiana’s perseverance and past struggles have paid off since she debuted as a backing vocalist for Harmony Band in 2013.

She later became the lead singer of Hsykul’s band in 2014 before going solo in 2020 and signing with +233 Records.

Abiana appeared on Okyeame Kwame’s “Bolgatanga Girl,” which won record of the year at the 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, in 2019, and later released her first single, “Adun lei,” in October 2020.

Through Adun lei, Abiana gained two nominations at the 2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, in the best female vocal performance and songwriter categories.

She eventually won female vocalist of the year, beating off competition from Adina, Yaa Yaa, Cina Soul, Efe Grace, and Enuonyam.

Adun Lei was also nominated for the best photography and best special effect awards at the 2021 4Syte Music Video Awards.

The Adun Lei won the best photography award. In December 2020, her second single, Amen, was released, and her third, titled Bo N Ni, in March 2021.

Two weeks after annexing the VGMA award, Abiana released a single titled “Me and You,” a love tune that expresses the woes and extremes of love and relationships.

Source: Modern Ghana

The rapid rise of ICT use in Ghana attracts global interest

Accra, Jan. 19, GNA-Dr Michael Owusu, Chief Operating Officer of KGL Group, says Ghana’s rapid rise in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use has attracted global interest.

He said one key factor in the growth had been the Government’s efforts to promote and invest in ICT infrastructure, by implementing various initiatives to increase internet access and adoption, including establishing internet kiosks and rolling out fiber optic cables to connect rural areas.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Dr Owusu added that, “as a result, Ghana’s internet penetration rate has significantly increased, reaching over 50 per cent in 2021.”

He stated that another key factor of the growth of ICT in the country had been the expansion of internet access.

Dr Owusu said according to data from the World Bank, the percentage of the population with internet access in Ghana increased from just two per cent in 2005 to over 69 per cent in 2021.

He emphasised that this rapid boost has been fueled by several factors, including the expansion of mobile networks, the proliferation of smartphones, and the introduction of government initiatives aimed at increasing access to the internet.

“The increase in internet access has had a transformative effect on various life sectors in Ghana, including education, healthcare, and agriculture. When we talk about the importance of ICT in education, e-learning platforms have expanded, providing more flexible and accessible education options for students.

In healthcare, the use of telemedicine has improved access to medical services in remote and underserved areas. And in agriculture, using digital technologies such as precision farming and supply chain management has increased efficiency and profitability.” he stressed.

Dr Owusu said in addition to the Government’s efforts, the private sector had played a significant role in developing ICT in Ghana because the country had seen the emergence of several local tech start-ups, including e-commerce, financial technology, and renewable energy which had received funding from global investors.

He informed that the rapid rise of ICT in Ghana had attracted the attention of global companies and organisations, saying they would want to take advantage of the country’s growing digital market.

Dr. Owusu acknowledged the fact that the increasing use of ICT in Ghana had had social and economic impacts.

He said the expansion of internet access had enabled more people to participate in the digital economy, contributing to job creation and economic growth.

Dr Owusu appealed to the Government and the private sector to continue working to ensure that all segments of society had equal access to the benefits of ICT, and this would be important for the sustainable development of Ghana’s digital economy.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Pep Guardiola takes blame for Erling Haaland’s scoring blip

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has taken the blame for Erling Haaland’s recent mini-goalscoring drought.

Haaland has hit an incredible 27 goals in all competitions since joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

But he has failed to score in his last three outings and Guardiola says the supply to the striker needs to improve.

“We have our game, we have our principles but the way we played in last two games didn’t help Erling to score,” Guardiola said.

“In the build-up, you can be wider, but in the final third, you have to have players in the middle. If Erling is not there we are not going to score goals.

“In the past, we have always had incredible movements in the final third, in the small spaces. Now, in the last two games, we haven’t had it. I would say it was my fault. I didn’t make them understand the way we have to attack.

“We need runners, not just Erling. If we had just Erling he would be controlled by two or three central defenders. We need more players in those positions, definitely. We have done it. We have to do it more often.”

Manchester City are eight points behind leaders Arsenal in the title race and host Tottenham on Thursday (kick-off 20:00 GMT).

City have won the Premier League in four of the past five seasons and Guardiola says he is enjoying the chase so far this term.

“I prefer to be eight points in front but I like to handle this situation, I love it,” he added.

“I have to find something to make the team better. I’m the man responsible. When the players don’t play good, if they don’t have the desire to do it, it is because something is wrong in my decisions. We have to find it.

“People don’t think about the memories, how good we were. When I die people will talk about how good Pep was. That’s for sure.

“But since we are here, people expect us to perform well, win the games and try to find the way. Otherwise – Pep out.

“This is how our jobs work – and I want Pep in! I want to stay here, this is what I want, and for that we have to win games and be there in all the competitions.”

Source: Modern Ghana

Karisa inspires Uganda to stun ten-man Senegal

Uganda stunned ten-man Senegal 1-0 at the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knock-out stages of the competition.

Captain Milton Karisa scored the lone goal to guide the Cranes to the victory on a cold and rainy night at the 19 May 1956 Stadium in Annaba at the ongoing tournament in Algeria.

Teranga Lions will rue thier missed opportunities as Cheikh Sidibe fluffed a penalty before Karisa pounced to net what turned out to be the winner for Uganda.

Senegal’s hopes of restoring parity were dashed in the 83rd minute when substitute Libasse Ngom was sent off for a serious foul, giving Uganda the numerical advantage to hold on to secure the win against the West African giants.

The Uganda defenders were resolute since the start of the game as the Senegalese attackers launched a series of attacks on their goal area before Karisa scored against the run of play.

The Vipers forward connected to a Kenneth Semakula pass to make an impressive tap-in past Senegal goalkeeper Pape Sy to send the Ugandan camp into celebrations in the 33rd minute.

The celebrations were called for after a dramatic half-hour that saw Milutin Sredojevic’s side survive four Senegalese attempts to score that had the Ugandans on their toes soaking in all the pressure before surging forward to score.

Senegal had started the game on a high note controlling much of the ball but the Ugandans absorbed all the pressure and when in the 21st minute, Lamine Kamara got a chance to score from a freekick, his attempt went straight into the Ugandan wall.

Moussa Ndiaye was fouled in an aerial challenge by Frank Ssebufu in the penalty box and Tunisian referee Mehrez Melki pointed to the spot.

Sidibe stepped up to convert from six yards but his shot to the right corner was saved by Ugandan goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi who had quite a busy night.

Alionzi once again stood out when he blocked a freekick from five yards out as Senegal continued to waste chances in front of goal.

Geoffrey Wasswa was at fault for a needless back pass to Alionzi who was forced to touch the ball with his hand forcing a yellow card from Melki and an eventual freekick so close to the goal that the Ugandans were lucky not to concede.

Thereafter, Senegal’s Malick Mbaye sent a brilliant pass from the right to Cheikh Diouf who forced Alionzi into a one-on-one battle to come off his line but his effort went off the mark despite an empty goal.

As Senegal continued to control the momentum of the game, Uganda pounced on one chance and converted through Karisa to give the Cranes the lead.

Despite conceding, Senegal continued attacking Uganda and five minutes later Cheikh Sidibe made a quick run on the left wing but his attempt was picked up by Alionzi as Uganda continued to suck in the pressure from the Senegalese.

Six minutes into the second half, Karisa was brought down in the box and while it looked like a penalty, Melki consulted VAR and decided to wave play on.

Senegal continued to amass pressure on Uganda and eventually had 62% of the ball possession but when Libasse Ngom was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Abdu Karim Watambala, Senegal’s chances of winning started to diminish despite their spirited fight until the last minute of the game.

Uganda now sits on top of Group B with four points while Senegal are second with three points. DR Congo who drew with Côte d’Ivoire earlier in the day sit second with two points from two games while the Local Elephants sit bottom of the table.

This is Uganda’s first CHAN victory since beating Burkina Faso 2-1 at the 2014 edition in South Africa. The Cranes were winless at the 2016, 2018 and 2020 CHAN editions.

Source: Modern Ghana