Entertainment of 2014-01-17

Samini, Shatta Wale takes contest to VGMA 2014

Dancehall artistes Samini and Shatta Wale have been around for almost a decade, churning out hot songs and rocking the stages of many shows around the country.

Dancehall “don dadas,” Samini and Shatta Wale, undoubtedly stole the show during the third quarter of last year when the two were engaged in what the media termed the “dancehall beef” or the battle for supremacy in the local dancehall arena.

Now, with the launch of the Ghana Music Awards, the two names have come up again as the candidates for the top award, the Artiste of the Year.

Talk about consistency and pure showmanship in the years preceding 2013 and Samini is your sure bet.

In 2013, however, Shatta Wale came on strongly after he “dropped” from hibernation and hit the music scene with a bang, releasing singles and rocking shows across the country.

Samini was obviously not caught napping as he also shook several events, leading to a heated public debate over who the best artiste was.

Charterhouse Ghana, the organisers of the 15th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, has begun preparations towards this year’s event and the question is, who will receive the highest honours?

The event seeks to reward musicians and music industry players who churned out various works within the calendar year, January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. The grand event will be held in April 2014.

A release from Charterhouse directed all artistes and record companies to submit their works for the period in question.

The deadline for submission of entries and nominations is January 31, 2014.

To keep information about the event flowing freely during the nomination period and grand finale, the organisers have elected Mr George Quaye of GHOne TV as the official information officer for the 2014 VGMA and thus all questions are to be directed to him.