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US RnB singer-songwriter James Ingram dies aged 66

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US RnB singer-songwriter James Ingram dies aged 66

US RnB singer-songwriter James Ingram dies aged 66

US RnB singer and songwriter James Ingram has died in Los Angeles at the age of 66.The Grammy winner and Oscar nominee had two number one hit songs, in 1983 and 1990.He also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s Pretty Young Things with frequent collaborator Quincy Jones.Ingram won two Grammys from 14 nominations, and was also nominated for two Academy AwardsActress and friend Debbie Allen announced his death on her Twitter page, saying she was “blessed to have been so close” to him. Entertainment news site TMZ reports Ingram had been suffering from brain cancer.

Born in Ohio in 1952, Ingram later moved to Los Angeles and began his career with the band Revelation Funk. He also played keyboards for Ray Charles before his own musical career took off.

He performed vocals on Quincy Jones’ 1981 album The Dude and won the Best Male RnB Vocal Performance Grammy for the song One Hundred Ways the following year, when he was also nominated for Best New Artist.

Jones and he would later co-write Pretty Young Things, the sixth single from Michael Jackson’s album Thriller. Ingram won his second Grammy for the song Yah Mo B There which he sang with Michael McDonald.

His first number one hit was the duet Baby, Come To Me with singer Patti Austin, and he would again top the charts with I Don’t Have The Heart.

The singer-songwriter also worked on film soundtracks. He was nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar Academy Award in 1994 and 1995 for songs from Beethoven’s 2nd and Junior, respectively.

More tributes from fans and friends have been posted on social media.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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The less you talk about Gyedu-Blay Ambolley the better – Appietus

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The less you talk about Gyedu-Blay Ambolley the better – Appietus

Reports this week had it that, Highlife legend, Gyedu Blay Ambolley on TV3’s ‘New Day’ opined that Appietus was not fit to lead the Musicians Union of Ghana.

The multiple hit factory stated that; if Appietus has any plans to lead any union, it should be that of sound engineers and not that of musicians; which is what MUSIGA represents.

Appiah Dankwah known to all as Appietus reacting in an interview on #DryveOfYourLyfe with PM on Y97.9FM in Takoradi said;

‘We shouldn’t waste time on Ambolley, the less we talk about him the better. He has contested 3 or 4 times and he has never won because of certain things’. Producers make musicians, without us there will be no musicians. We put them there and give them the opportunities, so why would you say because I’m a producer I’m not fit? We pick them when they’re nothing and groom them into something. So if there’s anyone who qualifies, it is us the producers, because we hold down the music.”

The Azonto Fiesta star added.

“So what Ambolley is saying is that, a musician qualifies but not the one who made him?”

The award-winning producer conceded that he won’t even be contesting this year because he’s embarking on a project and wants to focus that project.

Source: etvghana.com

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Most entertainment pundits are shallow – Socrates Sarfo fires

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Socrates Sarfo, the Director of Creative Arts, responsible for Programs & Projects at the National Commission on Culture (NCC), has advised entertainment talkshow hosts and their producers to engage quality pundits on their shows.

Socrates Sarfo who doubles as a movie producer appeared on Onua 95.1 FM entertainment talkshow Anigye Mmre hosted by Christian Agyei Frimpong saying, “If I have to say it as it is. I can tell you most of the pundits that appear on entertainment talk programs are shallow.”

“Most of the entertainment pundits come on radio / TV entertainment shows with nothing, sometimes some of them come with personal sentiments and streets ignorance” – he added

He therefore stressed stated that radio managers must know that, operating a radio station is not just about music, there are flagship programs they must invest to attract the audience.

Source: 3news.com

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Supporting a rising artiste not all about money – D-Black to Shatta Wale

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Supporting a rising artiste not all about money – D-Black to Shatta Wale

Desmond Kwesi Blackmore, known identified by his stage name D-Black has responded to a tweet by Shatta Wale saying money is the only means to promote budding artistes.

Reacting to the tweet from the dancehall artiste which he indirectly criticized Sarkodie’s Sarkcess Music Label for refusing to invest in the artiste he signed because he is broke, the Black Avenue Boss said he totally disagrees with Shatta Wale’s notion.

D-Black explained that there is more to managing an artiste than just the financial aspect that most people only focus on.

“I don’t agree with him. I think pushing an artiste is not just about the money. It’s about the artiste himself as well. If you don’t wake up every single morning thinking about how to promote your music. No matter how much money is pumped into you, it won’t work.” D Black said

Speaking to KOD and Cookietee on the Starr Drive on Starr 103.5Fm, the ‘Vera’ hitmaker said the artiste as an individual also needs to help the management by making it easier for his career to be promoted and recognized.

He stated that an artiste needs to involve himself as much as the manager because although the cost may not be on him, the success of his career depends on him.

“The fans want a personal connection with the musician. You can’t put money and shoot expensive videos and expect it to automatically turn into a hit record, No. Talk to the fans, connect with the fans, and engage them on social media. Do interviews and be ready to do free shows. It’s a whole package. It’s not just about the money.” D-Black added.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

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