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Budding Ghanaian Comedians Must Have Tough Skin – Abdul Waris Omaru

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Critics say Ghanaian comedians are not witty enough and it is not a ‘career’ worth pursuing if anybody intends to make ends meet.

Others hold the view that some of the performers only repeat common jokes or even end up stirring controversies. Few of them have, in the past, ‘taken bullets’ for jokes people considered offensive.

But that is not all. The onset of the novel corona virus has also led to somewhat ‘poor visibility’ of stage comedy shows especially in the capital city, Accra, as it was previously not the case.

In spite of this, there are still some individuals who have yet not thrown in the towel on the craft but continue to find alternative ways of lighting up the mood of their fans.

One of them is Abdul Waris Omaru, who goes by the stage name ‘Comedian Waris.’ He has gained some attention on social media and other public spaces as he continues to thrill fans who find gratification in laughing out loud.

When The Spectator caught up with him recently, he said that he did not have plans of joining the industry but eventually found himself on stage through an audition in 2016.

According to him, he took up comedy because it gave him “quick money” compared to his previous job as a producer at Top FM, an Accra-based radio station.

The former student of Odorgono Senior High School, touching on his life and experience, said he worked at a spare parts company, a cement and concrete factory, and served also in other capacities as a security man, after completing school.

He later on took up a multimedia course and had internship at some radio stations before deciding to embark on his new journey.

“I was working as a Sound Engineer and Producer at Top FM in Accra. I auditioned at one of DKB’s comedy shows and I subsequently had some coaching from him and other actors in the industry who are still coaching me,” he said.

Asked about how much income he earned, the comedian, born in Kumasi Aboabo in the Ashanti Region, explained that his standard of living had been improving since he started comedy.

“I work with time so when I perform every five minutes, I earn GH¢ 1,500.00. When I was a sound engineer I was paid GH¢ 300.00 at the end of the month.

To further prove that he was, indeed, ‘making money’, he stressed: “when I was a sound engineer I was using a ‘yam phone’. Now, I use an iPhone.”

Waris, also a content creator, said that he had been featured in a movie titled ‘Akwaaba’ with popular comedian Clemento Suarez.

Apart from stage comedy, he again works with some companies as an ‘influencer’ to attract clients and help increase patronage of goods and services of those entities.

He admitted not doing any stage comedy in the past five months but continues to post short comedy skits regularly on Instagram.

Contrary to popular views, he insisted that comedy is worth pursuing, provided the “actor branded himself or herself very well.”

“Everything you want to do pays but it depends on how you package yourself. I think I am doing it to my optimum best and I am making money although I am not yet at the top.

“It is better than working and waiting several months before you are paid,” he stated sarcastically.

Waris said “the sky remains the limit,” as he is considered among some of the top comedians in country.  He posts new funny videos frequently on his channel and interacts with fans to push his brand.

“I get good feedback from my audience and it is getting better. A lot of people started ahead of me. I started four years ago and if I am counted among the top 10 comedians I think it is a good signal,” he added.

Comedian Waris came under fire about two years ago from making comments about musician Sakordie’s little daughter, which sections of the public considered inappropriate. But he was quick to apologise and retract the unfortunate comments he made, whether knowingly or unknowingly.

He advised that budding comedians must have a tough skin, develop creative concepts to attract audience and go “a little crazy on stage.”

“I hope more people would embrace comedy, and when everything is set, I am sure we will derive the outmost benefit from our shows.”

“They (comedians) must know that jokes alone do not pay the bills but they should keep pushing,” he said.

Waris said he was on the verge of establishing a foundation to mentor young people and help them attain their goals in life through their talent.

He did not disclose his relationship status but said he had a “lot of girls” who admired him and indicated that he would soon settle down “with the one his heart decides.”

 

Source: Ernest Nutsugah

 

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Afropop singer, Yemzzy set to release debut EP “Son Of Moses”

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Afro-pop singer, Adeola Adeyemi Olamide is popularly known as Yemzzy has announced a release date for his debut project, an extended playlist titled “Son Of Moses”.

Yemzzy, who also unveiled the cover art and tracklist of the project said the ‘Son Of Moses’ EP which is dedicated to his late father will be available on streaming platforms by the end of the month. According to the singer, the seven-track EP will drop on the 28th of January 2021.

The tracks are “Amaka, How Long, Remember, Cheat & Regrets, Su’n Momi, Ije Love, and Thanksgiving, written thematically to experiment with Afrobeats flows with deep proverb meaning.

Yemzzy in the upcoming project takes music lovers on a journey singing about evolution, growth, love, and pain he went through trying to find his path. The melodious singer also gives accolades to his team to make the project a success and hope it will be accepted by his fans home and abroad.

In my happiest mood as I announce my first ever biggest project to drop on the 28th of January. Day & Night mi o kin sun and Glory to the most high for the gift of life, I dedicate this to my late father Dcn. Moses Adeola I’m sure you’re proud of your last born Dad to continue to Rest In Peace.

“The EP is about evolution, growth, love, and pain. Gratitude to everyone who worked with me on this EP; gratitude to my team, my family, and to the producers who took their time to create with me. I hope y’all feel what I felt while I was recording these songs,” he said.

‘Son Of Moses’ will be Yemzzy’s first major project since the beginning of his musical career. He also has a couple of singles and covers in his catalog.

The project is coming after Yemzzy dropped a single titled ‘Tire’ dedicated to many Nigerian youths who were protesting the current state of Nigeria during the #EndSARS saga.

The song touches on issues like ‘Police Brutality’, harassing and killings of innocent and peaceful protesters who are demanding for a better Nigeria, corruption’ and other topics affecting Nigerians.

The song was a sequel to his previously released “Remember“, “Blessings” and “Only One” which are still enjoying massive airplay.

 

 

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Nana Addo won’t finish his 4 years term if he doesn’t pay menzgold customers – Bulldog laments

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Artiste manager, Hanson Nana Asiamah alias Bulldog has in a way threatened president Akufo-Addo.

Speaking as a guest on United Showbiz on UTV, the aggrieved Menzgold customer said had it not been for Akufo-Addo’s thirst for the collapse of Ghanaian owned financial businesses, MenzGold would have been up and running and making the youth some good money to take care of themselves.

Afia Schwarzenegger who is undoubtedly an a$$ licker jumped into to defend Akufo-Addo and Security Exchange Commission (SEC).

He said; “He is only collapsing jobs and banks and has made me lose my investments with Menzgold”.

“If Nana Addo doesn’t pay the Menzgold customers, he won’t finish his 4 years term,” he stressed.

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Meet Kwame AK: The Next Promising Afropop artist

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Music is a universal language but for those that make the music, music is life. Music is the only channel they have available to express what they feel within them to the rest of the world and for US Based Ghanaian musician Kwame AK music is his everything.

Born, Kwame Akrasi, Kwame AK Spent his child in Adenta, a suburb of Accra. He had his secondary education at the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (Presec, Legon) and furthered to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where he spent just a year. He completed his education in the United States.

Having a great passion for music at a young age, his early influences were the old hip life artistes such as Reggie Rockstone, Akatakyie, Akyeame, and Samini to name a few, his most recent influences and inspirations are Stonebwoy, Wizkid, and Burna Boy, he says the works of these artists is a great motivator for him to do the music well.

He has been on and off the music scene for a decade but officially has been doing serious music for just 2 years. Kwame AK said during the time he was on and off with his music, he was dealing with a whole lot of things, from family to school and with not so trustworthy managers who were more interested in getting money than helping him grow as an artist. Under his belt, he has a whole lot of music but for when he hasn’t been very active in these 2 years he has 3 singles titled “Balawo”, “Murderer” and “Aseda” which features Fameye.

Kwame AK is set to release his first song titled “Big Poppa” off his solo EP, “Yours Now” any moment soon. Do stream his current songs on all digital streaming  platforms while you wait on the EP.

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2021 Grammys postponed

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The Grammy Awards will not be happening later this month as planned. 

The awards ceremony, which celebrates the best in music, has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a joint statement from the Recording Academy, CBS and show producers. It will now take place on Sunday, March 14, 2021, the statement said. 

The event had been set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31, with “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah acting as host.

The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do,” the statement said. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show.”

The statement was signed by Harvey Mason, Jr., chair and interim president and CEO of the Recording Academy; Jack Sussman, executive vice president of specials, music, live events and alternative programming for CBS and Grammy Awards executive producer Ben Winston.

“We want to thank all of the talented artists, the staff, our vendors and especially this year’s nominees for their understanding, patience and willingness to work with us as we navigate these unprecedented times,” the statement added.

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“Please Respect Our Craft and Help us Grow” – OB Amponsah Pleads with Bloggers and Patrons to Stop Uploading Full Sets of Comedians online for free.

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Ghanaian comedians after finally winning the fight to show the nation of how hilarious and witty they are, are now fighting a new war. Renowned Comedian and Optometrist Amponsah Obarima Akuoko popularly known as OB Amponsah has sent out a plea to patrons and bloggers to avoid recording full comedian routines and sharing it over the internet.

 

In a series of tweets, the comedian made it known how this innocent acts by patrons and bloggers is making the work for comedians very hard. He pointed out in the post that in other parts of the world, phones are not allowed at comedy shows.

 

“What bloggers and some comedy patrons fail to realize is that there is a difference between posting the art of musicians and that of comedians…comedians struggle a lot before we are able to come up with hit jokes, and the thing about jokes is that you cannot tell the same joke to the same people more than twice, it gets stale.

 

So if you decide to cover a comedian’s set and post all of it online for free without his or her consent, though he may get sine exposure, you are inadvertently depriving the comic of his livelihood. In advanced settings, phones are not even allowed at comedy specials” he said.

 

The comedian added that they [comedians] wouldn’t have an issue if the videos posted online by patrons of their craft and bloggers are ones that they [comedians] have released to the public themselves and just like musicians they [comedians] have sole ownership of the content they put out.

 

“When you visit the YouTube channels of comedians, you will find a number of videos the comedian has released himself, these video he believes are ready for the free consumption of the public. These videos we wouldn’t have issues with if anybody copied and posted them. Like musicians we also have sole ownership of our content, except otherwise stated in the contracts we sign with event organizers. So please respect our craft and help us grow as well.” He added.

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OB Amponsah Thrills Patrons with Hilarious Performance at the Just Ended “New Comedy Night Show”.

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Comedians both known and unknown thrilled patrons to a hilarious evening at what might yet be the comedy show of the year. The venue was the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge and the show was “New Year Comedy Night”.  The event had no dull moment as each performer hit every audience member with one rib cracking joke after the next.

 

One of the highlight performers of the night was OB Amponsah. The comedian who is undoubtedly the best comedian in Ghana had the moment totally blissed out patrons with his clever, witty and well prepared comedy routine.

 

His performance was one of the most anticipated by the audience it was very evident by the rousing applauds he received after he stepped on the stage. Touching on issues ranging from Politics to Covid-19, OB Amponsah had patrons gasping for breath after each joke. He is one of the best comedic performers in the country and he shows his class every time he climbs the stage to do what he enjoys. Coming off another stellar performance at the 1027 Laughs everyone expected nothing but the best from the comedian.

 

Also performing on the night were DKB, Lekzy DeComic, Comedian Waris, MjTheComedian, PJay and Ranzy. The host for the night was the versatile Clemento Suarez and he was partnered with the beautiful Matilda Hipsy. There was also music performances from Keche and Mr Drew.

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