Ghanaian Rapper, Quata Budukusu, just set a world record with a 13-track track album featured on a single riddim he’s named “Quantum Riddim”. The Reggae project embarked by the Rapper is already listed on international music stores and is distributed by VPAL Music, a sub-wing of VP Records.
Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, musically known as Quata Budukusu was born on 4th June 1981 to Mr. and Mrs, Robert Etroo, he attended Airport Police primary and JHS and proceeded to Aggrey Memorial Zion secondary school in Cape Coast. After his senior high school, Quata Budukusu took a professional course in sound engineering. He started his musical career by combining Root African vibes and native Twi and inventing a unique style of rap genre called TONGUE TWISTING – a rhythmic chain of words in the fastest way one could run a tongue with words musically with a perfected style and skill on a beat.
He is regarded as the fastest rapper in Ghana, the inventor of tongue twisting in Twi, super accomplished songwriter and the most versatile artist who does every genre of music perfectly. Quata Budukusu can rap, sing, do dancehall, pop music and much more. QuataBudukusu is very fluent in English and Twi composition that brands him as an international artist. In 2004, Quata Budukusu released his debut album, WONIE that took over Ghana with a traditional video that went viral on Channel O. He immediately became a compound name with all the hit songs he featured onwards: K.K. Fosu’s OGA, Tinny’s ALETSE and composed MAKOMA MU TOFFEE for Tinny. He also composed MzBel’s TURN ME ON, featured on Becca’s YOU LIED TO ME high life mix, as well as featuring on J.A. Adofo’s MENKOM’NIGYE.
Quata Budukusu ft Gully Bop another song being distributed by VPAL music
Quata Budukusu took a break and return with the INDEPENDENCE Album which featured hit songs like BABY, the first English and Twi pop song, and PRETTY FACE featuring VIP which became the biggest launch in the history of Hiplife music in Ghana. QuataBudukusu is the first rap artist KojoAntwi, the maestro, featured on ESUNKETSENKETSE from his SEBO album. QuataBudukusu is like a phantom presence felt to the fullest yet invisible. Quata Budukusu is currently signed to Bakus Records and Entertainment after six years break from active music.
In Twi, English and Jamaican Patois, Quata Budukusu brings words to life with his rhymes, rhythms, melodies and tongue-twisting rap skill and broad composition, the one word for Quata Budukusu is MUSIC. Quata Budukusu’s ability to combine both English and Twi Language makes him a brand name that will stand and represent any company and his flawless looks and swag can sell any product.
The current state of the music business or better still the rap game in Ghana and the whole of Africa is about to get better because the good news reaching Flex newspaper from the camp of Budukusu has it that the Ginger and Hallelujah hit maker is officially signed on to VP Records. This good news is obviously not for Quata’s fans only but to that Ghanaian music lover who anticipates the betterment of our music industry.
After years of musical break, Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, known as Quata Budukusu in the music industry has bounced back fully prepared with his latest signing on to VP Records.
According to Quata’s management, the deal is a three-year distribution deal for his yet to be released album dubbed Quantum Riddim album, and it is a 13-track album recorded with one riddim by one artiste, Quata Budukusu. The riddim was produced right here in Ghana by the finest KV Bangerz. Songs on the Quantum riddim album include ‘Jah Give I strength,’ ‘Be free,’ ‘Motivate yourself,’ ‘I don’t need a hero,’ ‘Sweetest melody,' ‘Stars, Amazing,’ “Do mi - love me,” among others. VP records will also distribute “Grateful” a song by Quata Budukusu featuring Gully Bop from Jamaica. Release date is set for 18 August, 2017.
VP Records is an independent record label located in Queens New York. The label is known for releasing music by notable artists around the globe. The label was founded in 1979; VP Records has become a successful reggae and Caribbean music label and distributor. VP Records has been awarded Billboard's "Best Independent Label" for two consecutive years 2002 and 2003 and has received the award for "Best Reggae Imprint Label" for three consecutive years. VP was also nominated for Best Independent Reggae Label at the 2003 Billboard Hip-Hop and R&B awards and has been mentioned and featured in publications such as Vibe Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc. Additionally, the label has established a presence in Toronto, Australia, and New Zealand. The label was founded by the late Vincent Randy Chin and his wife Patricia Chin, who owned the Randy's Records store in Kingston, Jamaica as well as the Studio 17 recording studios.
In the mid-1970s, the Chins moved to New York City, setting up a record store in Brooklyn called VP Records in 1975, from which they sold and distributed records. In 1979, they relocated the store to Jamaica, Queens.In 1993, the record label was formed after the success of the retail store. The name of the label is a product of the first letters in the founders' names. The label established itself as one of the first and largest independent record labels for reggae and dancehall, and with the popularity of the riddim sound of the early 2000s, the label achieved worldwide success for artists such as Sean Paul through the label's deals with Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records and Virgin Music Canada.VP Records has acquired the slogan "Miles Ahead in Reggae Music" to signify that they could be considered to be the future of music that derives from the Caribbean. In addition to reggae, VP is also known for dancehall, Soca, Afrobeats or afro-reggae music.
Undoubtedly, VP has been the success behind most of the world class musicians including Alborosie, Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Bunji Garlin, Busy Signal, Byron Lee, Carlene Davis, Christopher Martin, Dennis Brown, Dizzy Dee, Duane Stephenson, Elephant Man, Etana, Fay-Ann Lyons, Freddie McGregor, Gyptian, Jah Cure, Marcia Griffiths, among others and from Ghana, we have Stonebwoy and Quata Budukusu.
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Quata Budukusu continues the weekly bouts of hiphop lyricism. What started on a subtle note is gradually gaining attention and true hip hop would appreciate his game plan and the desire to see hiphop grow in Ghana.
Call him most hated, the rapper whose honesty and sincerity seems to make others want to see him out of the game. His desire to keep the genre active yet fun is very commendable. On the hate Quata Budukusu say’s “when you pray for the rain, you gotta deal with the mud."
Performing”Ghost Ride” on a KV Bangers trapbeat, Quata Budukusu is still in your face. Quata Budukusu is preparing to release the "Quantum Riddim" album.
Bakus Records five stars general, Quata Budukusu, is finally out with the official 2017 street ANTHEM dubbed Bombo. Bombo is a song that will keep you dancing till you forget all your worries. Quata Budukusu is well known for producing songs full of content, and obviously, Bombo is no exception. Download, listen to the lyrics in Bambo, and do not be greedy; share Bombo with your loved ones in and out of the shores of Ghana.
As Ghana mark the fifth anniversary of the death of President John Evans Atta Mills, (who died on July 24, 2012), musician Quata Budukusu is out with this new lovers rock as a tribute to late Mills. The late Prof Atta Mills was a symbol of peace to Ghana, Africa, and the rest of the world. Download, listen, and do not forget to share “Heroes Anthem” produced by Diaz Qlassiks.
Highlife legend Paapa Yankson has died, StarrFMonline.com has learnt.
The ‘Tena Me Nkyen’ hitmaker died at a hospital in Accra Friday morning, his wife confirmed to StarrFMonline.com.
The last time Paapa, as he was affectionately called, was seen in public was when he left his sick bed to perform at the Bottles and Bands Festival at the Polo Grounds in November 2016.
He was 72.
His popular songs include; Wiase Mu Nsem, Show Your Love, Wo Yere Anaa Wo Maame, and Tena Menkyen.
Benjamin Paapa Kofi Yankson was born on June 22, 1944 at Winneba in the Central region. His latent music flair was discovered at the funeral of a neighbor. He landed his first music contract during his mother’s funeral. And for more than 30 years Paapa Yankson has produced music that has brought life to many dead souls.
Even though both of his parents were musicians, they didn’t want him to take up singing. Instead, they wanted him to have a white collar job.
His father, Benjamin Akono Yankson, was a reputable trumpeter with the Apam Brass Band while his mother Akua Doma, a trader, was a member of the Christ Little Band of the Methodist Church. According to him, anytime his mother sang while doing her house chores, he sang along with her.
He was instrumental in the projection of music bands into critical national acclaim- the Western Diamond Band, The Gold Nuggets Band and the Carousel Seven Band.
He has lectured and performed in many countries around the world including the US, Canada, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Holland, Nigeria, Benin and the Ivory Coast.
Source: Starr FM online
This is one of City Alert Plus Mix titled "Africa Reloaded" CAP Mix Tape which featuring great tunes from Africa mixed by DJ Maf.
Download link: http://tindeck.com/listen/xetse
1. Madtonic ...... Nice n slow
2. Giggs ........... Lock down
Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died aged 41, LA County Coroner says.
The coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself. His body was found at a private home in the county at 09:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Thursday.
Bennington was said to be close to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May.
Formed in 1996, Linkin Park has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and has two Grammy Awards.
The band had a string of hits including Faint, In The End and Crawling, and collaborated with the rapper Jay-Z.
Its album Meteora topped the Billboard 200 chart in 2003 and is regarded as one of the biggest indie rock records of all time.
Bennington leaves a wife, and six children from two marriages.
He is said to have struggled for years with alcohol and drug abuse, and has talked in the past about suicide as a result of being a victim of abuse as a child.
Most music producers have at one point in time done some actual voicing themselves, so once in a while, they step in the booth to exhibit another side of them, very few have however left the art of “cooking” music to become mainstream performing artistes.
Kelise Vee, one of the fastest rising beat makers has released a hip-hop tune that will definitely be appreciated by lovers of the genre.
The braggadocio theme of the song is typical with hip-hop; Kelis Vee and Quata have released loads of songs as producer and artiste respectively, but this is the collaboration definitely meant to ink the name Kelise Vee in the books of Ghanaian hip-hop.
Listen & Download Mullar By KVBangers and Quata Here
Jaye’s World Entertainment (PTY) Limited and Taylor Jaye are thrilled to announce the release of her latest single Ma /Hao (Stand Together) featuring Big Star, winner of Vuzu Hustle Season One.
As a first-view to her loyal fan base, Taylor Jaye has made the track available online as a free download during the next 60 days from the following link:
Ma /Hao (Stand Together) is a Damara/Nama phrase which means let’s stand together. The song is a socially introspective Afro urban track that playfully explores the effects of pride and ego in relationships where partners are genuinely in love and are struggling to put their differences aside. Literally, Ma /Hao encourages lovers to stand together and is one of the feature songs on her soon to be released album. This latest track comes fast on the heels of previously released songs like Dashiki, African
Kings and her definitive hit song Supa Chikita, all of which are currently enjoying airplay on several of Africa’s hottest radio stations with Supa Chikita also appearing on MTV Base and Trace Africa.
The Ma /Hao video is currently being developed and fans should expect another outstanding visual feast when it’s released later this month.
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The undisputed twist King, Quata Budukusu, is out with two massive riddims “Banger’ and “Fake Loyalty” showing spectacular versatility on both tracks. “Fake Loyalty” is on The RMG riddim produced by KV Bangerz, while “Banger” is on the Banger riddim produced by Mo Beatz and Mixed by KV Bangerz. Quata Budukusu nailed the dancehall style like a real Shatta and spat fire on the Banger tune as well. Just get the feel of real soul food while you digest the IQ flows because Quata served it good.
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Quata Budukusu who early this month released his diss songs “Death to Sark” and “Twist Lessons to Sark” in response to “S.H.O.U.T,” has released another single “Ano Dey See You Seff” to complement his tunes. Quata Budukusu is back to his usual best, and there is a clear indication from the “Death to Sark” song that he is not “dead” as speculated. Quata Budukusu is still a power to reckon with in the hip-hop genre as he showed his lyrical prowess in this classic hip-hop song “Ano Dey See You Seff.” Ghanaians should brace themselves to listen to more tunes coming from the camp of Quata Budukusu. Listen to both versions (original and radio edit) of “Ano Dey See You Seff” produced by KV-Bangerz.
Source: Bakus Radio, USA (www.bakusradio.com)
Ghanaian Music Producer / Musician, Godwin Kumah Mawuli, aka, lokobeatz, continues to prove every day that he is one of the most handsome men in the Ghanaian Music Industry. Currently, The President of Lokonation, Godwin Kumah Mawuli is 29 years old, hails from the Volta Region of Ghana. Lokobeatz has produced a lot of songs for musicians in and across the borders of Ghana. He is a blogger, musician, music producer, and a songwriter as well.
Source: Xplusx Ghana
The music industry is getting interesting. Just like promised, Quata Budukusu has released his direct diss song to rapper Sarkodie titled “Death to Sark“.
He dropped the song following Sarkodie’s recent alleged diss song titled “S.H.O.U.T”.
In the 9:24 minutes long Hip-hop song produced by KV-Bangerz, Quata Budukusu dares Sarkodie to face him and stop throwing subliminal digs at him.
He further took it personal and asked him to forget about his riches and face him in a battle.
Download and listen below.
Quata Budukusu who recently released the video and audio for “Ginger” Featuring South Africa giant, Uhuru, is currently in the studios with Jamaican music giant Gully Bop. According to Quata Budukusu, the title of the song is “Grateful,” and both parties have finished putting their bars on the beat produced by Imakas and in the process of finishing it up for the final mastering. Ghanaians should also watch out for “Grateful” video shoot.
Quata Budukusu who is credited with the invention of tongue-twisting rap in Ghana is ready to release his Quantum Legacy album later this year, and he is working to make that album a success. Quata Budukusu is, therefore, leaving no stone unturned. According to Quata Budukusu and his management, after a successful collaboration with South African music giant, Uhuru, the latest collaboration is with the most sort after Dancehall artiste, Gully Bop from Jamaica.
Quata Budukusu has already released a couple of songs to include “One Life to Live,” “Kudi,” “Paper,” “Pum Pum Shot,” “U Too bad,” “Ohia,” “Versatility King,” and “Wind N Go Low.”
On January 30, Quata Budukusu released an audio for “Hallelujah” which is receiving massive airplay. Plans are also in place for Quata Budukusu to tour some major cities in the United Kingdom with Uhuru after which Bakus Records and Entertainment will arrange two big concerts in Ghana, specifically Accra and Kumasi with Uhuru.
2016 was a successful year for Quata Budukusu and his team as he made it to number 8 on the NextUp mixed tape hosted by Coast to Coast, USA and are grateful for life. For Quata Budukusu, he has a lot of songs he will be releasing in the year 2017 and urge all Ghanaians to brace themselves for great music that has been missing in the Ghana music industry for a while. Watch the 20 min Facebook live video in which Gully Bop talked about the tune, “Grateful.” The original live feed had over 3000 views and over 1500 comments.
Source: Bakus Radio, USA, www.bakusradio.com
Quata Budukusu released the video for the banger, “Ginger” on Monday, January 30, 2017. “Ginger” was composed by Quata Budukusu and Uhuru of South Africa and was recorded by, DJ Clap, a member of the South African giant Uhuru. DJ Clap is credited with the hit single “Khona” from Makifizolo which featured Uhuru. Xelimpilo together with Quata Budukusu entertained the audience to the sweet melody on “Ginger”. Director Cube from Kacube Creatives, South Africa, shot the video.
Watch the video below:
Source: Bakus Radio, USA (www.bakusradio.com)
Under his new label New Hitz Gh (NHG) Rekordz, Iysman releases this highlife joint titled Bra Fie (meaning return home). This piece of indigenous music sees Iysman combining rap and singing which is very unusual. He does this love tune for people who are missing their partners far away. Iysman mentions that the loneliness alone ain’t problem but the ridicule it comes with is what’s killing. This masterpiece will surely go down well with the old and young, looking at the selection of lyrics, beat, and more to the point how gently and logically he establishes his ideas and goes about the delivery. It’s a must download song by all standards.
UPLOADED SONG URL : http://newhitzgh.com/download/2383/
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God has been good for me, my family, friends, fans, and even our enemies and there is the need to glorify His name - Quata Budukusu. Quata Budukusu has shown his versatility in music once again by releasing a gospel-like tune, Hallelujah, after his hot single, Ginger, which featured Uhuru group from South Africa.
Quata Budukusu’s second single for 2017, Hallelujah, was produced by Ephraim Beatz. In Hallelujah, Quata Budukusu is calling on all the living souls to give praise to the creator of the universe. Quata Budukusu maintained that all living souls who made it to the year 2017 should “Join me make we sing and give Him praise” because we don’t deserve better than those that lost their lives in the year 2016 and even years before that. Quata Budukusu gave his testimony in the song because he believes he does not deserve to be here but just by the grace of the Almighty. We are all winners for making it to 2017 regardless of what must have happened in years before the year 2017.
Quata Budukusu called on God to protect and provide us with Angles stronger than “Bruce Lee” since the devil has started roaring in 2017. Take a listen to the song whiles meditating. Remember to pray, give Him the praise and adoration so far as you are still among the living soul. We are not better than the dead.
Source: Bakus Radio, USA - (www.bakusradio.com)
Ghanaian hiplife musician, Quata Budukusu, known in real life as Jacob Kwame Etroo has said, his style of rap is entirely different from his fellow musician, Sarkodie.
He was responding to a question asked him by award winning entertainment show host, Agyemang Prempeh on Rainbow Radio 87.5 Fm.
Asked to determine who is a better rapper between himself and Sarkodie, Quata Budukusu said, he cannot describe himself as better than Sarkodie or Sarkodie as better them him since they do things differently.
The artiste in 2008 released what entertainment critics described as one of the best tunes in that year. The song Baby featured Paa Dogo.
The artiste is out with a double single, ‘Ginger’ and ‘Hallelujah.'
According to him, the audio for ‘Ginger’ is already out, and the video will drop on Monday, January 30, 2017.
Quata Budukusu has four albums to his credit.
Bakus Records and Entertainment artiste, Quata Budukusu, is out with his first single of 2017. Ginger, the title of the song, features Uhuru Group from South Africa and was produced by DJ Clap of Khona fame. Quata Budukusu who was in South Africa to record Ginger shot the video which will be released on Monday, January 31, 2017. Subscribe to the YouTube channel of Quata Budukusu to have a first look at the video once released.
Tongue Twisting is truly an art; a reinvention of rap, where words flow in a rhythmic chain, linked musically in a perfect skilled beat. This is the creation of Quata Budukusu: a new and unique style within the hip-hop genre, which honors the traditional hip-life while keeping a sharp and modern beat. Since its creation, “Tongue Twisting” in Ghana has gained track, with other rappers following the lead of –the always innovative– Quata Budukusu.
Besides being the inventor of tongue twisting in Twi (an African language spoken by the Ashanti people – modern day Ghana), Quata Budukusu is considered the fastest rapper in Ghana. He is also a talented songwriter and a versatile artiste capable of delivering compelling performances in a variety of music genres. He can rap, sing, do dancehall, pop music and much more. As an international artiste from Ghana, Quata Budukusu is fluent in both English and Twi compositions. In fact, he started his musical career by combining English and Ghanaian vibe (Twi) in the hip-hop genre.
Last year, a 35-year-old Budukusu made his expected way back to the stage, signed to Bakus Records and Entertainment, after a six-year period of being away from music. His return is solid as can be. Quata Budukusu is already out with numerous singles which include; “Wind N Go low” and “One Life to Live” produced by Diaz Qlasik, “Pum Pum Shots” produced by Vegas Ace, and “Ohia” produced by King Joe just to mention a few. This is just the beginning as he has over hundred songs recorded for his new album, Quantum Legacy, to be released later this year. He also recorded with Uhuru group from South Africa last year, and he is in the process of releasing both the video and audio for the song titled “Ginger.” Ginger was recorded by DJ Clap in South Africa with the video directed by Director Cube of Kacube Creatives also from South Africa.
In this yet to be released album, a mature Quata Budukusu steers through a variety of music genres, while keeping its roots as a talented African musician and twisting tongue master. Apparently, he is showing that his hibernation period made him grow as an artiste and performant. Without a doubt, his latest job is the most versatile hip-life masterpiece yet to hit the world.
Listen to some of the works of Quata Budukusu under Bakus Records and Entertainment here.
Source: Bakus Radio, USA - www.bakusradio.com
Tongue twisting rapper, Quata has agreed with musician Mr Eazi, who received a lot of backlash for saying that Ghana’s influence on Nigerian music cannot be over emphasised.
According to Quata, some Nigerians have been sampling songs from some of Ghana’s top music producers.
On Wednesday, Mr Eazi tweeted: “Ghana's influence on present day "Naija Sound" cannot be over emphasized!!!”.
This tweet sparked a lot of controversy on social media with insults, mostly from Nigerian subscribers.
Speaking in an interview with Doreen Avio of Joy News, Quata said that Nigerians have been sampling beats from several producers like Appietus, Jay-Q and Hammer.
According to him, Nigerians have been incorporating Ghanaian music into theirs. He also added that Ghana is the apex in Africa and almost everybody took a bit from the country’s music.
“They were sampling tunes from us and were refining what we do to make theirs,” he stressed.
The rapper added that he can say for a fact that Nigerians understudied us and the likes of 2face Idibia came to Ghana secretly to record their songs.
“They only knew [we did] proper - hundred percent - recording in Ghana. That’s why most of their artistes came here secretly to record. The engineers were smart enough to do what we were doing, study it, and adapt the style. They understudied us,” he explained.
Other music artistes like Ghanaian rapper Kojo Cue, M.anifest and others have also agreed with Mr Eazi, who is a Nigerian-born artiste.
Bakus Entertainment and their Artist "Quata Budukusu" do have a lot to give to the world and they promise the fans not to relent, we want to give them back to back no resting from now till the end of next coming year Says the CEO of Bakus Entertainment Ernest Annoh-Dompreh.
Quata Budukusu has shot the video for his songs that featured Uhuru in South Africa. The video was shot and directed by a South African from KaCube Creatives. Bakus Records artiste, Quata Budukusu who has been in South Africa for a little over a week recorded songs with Uhuru, Mafikizolo and a top hip hop artiste from South Africa. Quata Budukusu who is credited with the invention of tongue-twisting rap in Ghana is ready to release his Quantum Legacy album, and he is leaving no stone unturned. His trip to South Africa enabled him to record with Uhuru and Mafikizolo which will form part of the album. Quata also featured on a song by a Namibian-born singer, Taylor Jaye.
According to Quata’s manager, Tengol who happened to be on the South Africa trip with him, the arrangement was already in place before they left the shores of Ghana. That was made possible due to the prominence Quata’s first single released under the label “One Life to live” made in South Africa. As a result, as soon as they arrived in the rainbow nation-city of Johannesburg, they rested for a couple of hours and headed to the studios of Uhuru where a member of the group, DJ Clap, produced the beat. Quata without wasting time, “layed” the chorus and the rest were “gravy.” Uhuru then added the needed hooks and other singing bars making it an instant hit in the studio.
Tengol went ahead to state that Quata recorded a second song which featured Uhuru and Mafikizolo and they are in the process of recording the third song which will be hip hop. The two Kwaito tunes have a feel of Ghanaian and the South African style with a lot of African rhythms and elements making it rich. Tengol went ahead to say that, Bakus, who is the CEO of the record label is working on getting Quata to feature a top American hip-hop artiste to be included on the album. Ghanaians should, therefore, brace themselves for the best from Quata.
DJ Clap who is credited with the group's hit single, Khona, performed by Mafikizolo, that made waves in Ghana, stated that he has worked with a myriad of artistes, but Quata’s style is unique. I am very optimistic the songs recorded will surely win the best collaboration in South Africa and Ghana as well because it is “dope” says DJ Clap.
The management of Quata Budukusu is thankful to the management of Planet Radio TV (DSTV 328) for their support. While in South Africa, Quata met with Ghanaian radio and television personality, Alex Kwesi Crassie, aka Turas, of Planet Radio TV. Quata was interviewed on the Good Morning Africa, 60 Seconds and The Request Show. Quata won the admiration of the staff and people of Planet Radio TV with his rap. Quata also had the opportunity to be interviewed by an event and promotion firm which has started promoting his previous songs and is also ready to help with the release and promotion of the video and audio once they are ready for the market. The sky is not the limit for Quata Budukusu and Bakus Records and Entertainment. Keep your fingers crossed as we bring you exclusive news about Quata and his plans for the future. Take a look at some of the pictures from the video shoot.
Source: Bakus Radio, USA
Reclining in a spacious suite in an upmarket Kensington hotel, Phil Collins is polishing off a plate of chips.
"When this is done, could you get me a glass of white wine?" he asks his publicist.
The request comes as a surprise as the singer's new autobiography, Not Dead Yet, reveals for the first time the extent of his battle with alcoholism.
"Night after night I find myself lying on the bed, staring out of a skylight at grey Swiss skies, rueing my life," Collins writes about the impact that retirement, divorce and crippling back pain had on his life.
"I'm all alone, save for my good friends Johnnie Walker and Grey Goose."
The star unflinchingly describes an 18-hour bender that begins in Switzerland and ends in New York and a spell in intensive care when he heard a doctor whisper to his family: "Is Monsieur Collins' will in order?"
"There were lots of moments of sadness like that. All of my own making," he tells the BBC.
"There were times I would just collapse. One time, I remember getting up to give the kids a cuddle and I lost my balance. I left two teeth marks in the tiles in the living room.
"Another time, I was walking upstairs too quickly and I fell down. There was a pool of blood around my head.
"There were various low moments that I'm not proud of."
According to the book, he has been sober for three years - so he notices my concern when he orders that glass of wine.
"These days, I'm quite capable of having two or three glasses and that's enough for me, thank you," he says, matter-of-factly.
Alcoholism was an aberration, he insists, caused by the "gaping void" of divorce and an empty calendar.
"I had no work and no family. I felt like I had earned myself a break - to do nothing if that was what I wanted to do. So I would turn on the TV and watch a bit of sport and, you know, you just start drinking too much.
"So I think it was just filling the hole. Now I'm back with my family, so there's a bit more normality now."
He's also back at work - having announced a series of comeback concerts next June, starting with a five-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall.
There is some work to do before then, though.
A punishing tour with Genesis in 2007 resulted in a dislocated vertebra in his neck that caused nerve damage in his hands, leaving him unable to play the drums. He had a major back operation last year, and today walks with the aid of a cane, thanks to a broken bone in his foot.
"I can still go on stage and sing," he says, "but I'm not going to be running around. I'll have other people running around for me."
He's still not satisfied with his drumming, but he's determined to play - at the very least - his iconic drum fill from In The Air Tonight.
"That's just something that, in theory, would bring the house down and also be good for my soul."
Collins is so amiable and down-to-earth (he spends a good couple of minutes explaining cheats for the PlayStation game Crash Bandicoot) that it's easy to forget how successful he was in the 1980s and 90s.
One of only three artists to sell 100 million albums both as a solo star and as part of a group, he balanced his solo career with work in Genesis, film roles, Disney soundtracks and production duties for Eric Clapton, John Martyn and Abba's Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
Raised in Hounslow by an insurance man and a theatrical agent, he is a self-described workaholic who began his career as the Artful Dodger in two West End runs of Oliver! before joining Genesis as a drummer in 1970 at the age of 19.
When Peter Gabriel quit in 1975, Collins reluctantly became the frontman. The band's commercial fortunes increased under his watch and they spent most of the next three years on the road.
Back at home, however, his wife Andrea began an affair with a decorator. Collins found out during a "particularly heated phone call" but opted to complete the tour.
By the time it ended, their marriage was over. He quit the band and followed his wife to Canada in an attempt to repair their relationship - but admitted defeat after only four months.
With Genesis on hiatus, Collins poured his heartache into a solo album, Face Value.
It was classic reinvention, reframing the singer in a florid prog rock band as a thoughtful, emotionally-charged everyman with a knack for big pop ballads. Spurred by the success of In The Air Tonight, the album went on to sell more than 25 million copies.
And, in what is perhaps the world's ultimate humblebrag, the singer claims to have discovered this statistic on Wikipedia.
"In the early days, no-one even told you these things!" he says. "And another part of it was just keeping going and not looking back.
"I'm humbled by it because I don't like a fuss."
Indeed, fuss is what seems to rankle Collins the most. His autobiography is never vindictive, but it does set the record straight on a few tabloid legends.
He did not, he insists, divorce his second wife by fax. Nor was he responsible for Led Zeppelin's ruinous Live Aid performance.
The latter gets a whole chapter. He rejects the idea that, having flown across the Atlantic from the Wembley leg of Live Aid, he was not match-fit. In fact, he claims, he was frozen out by Led Zep's other drummer, Tony Thompson of Chic, who clearly didn't want him there.
"I know the wheels are falling off from early on in the set," he writes. "I can't hear Robert [Plant] clearly, but I can hear enough to know he's not on top of his game.
"And an awful lot of the time, I can hear what Robert decries as 'knitting' - fancy drumming. And if you can find the footage, you can see me miming, playing the air, getting out of the way lest there be a train wreck."
He says the anecdote is "not meant to be spiteful" but "I was pilloried by the band for being the reason it was so messed up [when] I wasn't".
Indeed, he takes pains to praise both Thompson and Plant, stressing the autobiography is "not a 'get even' book".
It's frequently hilarious. We witness a disastrous attempt to play congas for George Harrison, and discover that - in a flagrant contravention of the rock'n'roll rulebook - Genesis liked nothing better than a good picnic.
"Often on tour, we'd pull over to a greengrocers somewhere in the middle of some vale, buy some bread and cheese, and just pull off the highway and eat in a field," he says.
"I love vacherin," he adds. "I could eat vacherin for days, unfortunately. Fondue in Switzerland, that's fantastic. And strong English cheddar, that's great as well. Good dreams."
So what did he learn about himself by writing the book?
"Well, I discovered that I'd worked an incredible amount, which is not something that I'd necessarily realised at the time," he says.
"When you're doing it, you just keep doing it, then you look back and you see this list of shows and you think, 'I had three weeks off and then I did it again?'"
While this came at the cost of three marriages, he has no-one to blame but himself.
One chapter describes a Genesis band meeting, arranged to explore a theatre production of their concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Collins leaves having agreed to a full-scale reunion tour. "I can't say no," he writes.
When I suggest "the man who can't say no" could be the book's subtitle, Collins maintains he was "obliged" to keep his commitments.
"If I was asked to revisit history, I would still say 'yes' to all those things," he says.
"If you say no, the phone may never ring again."
Quata Budukusu is in the news again as his song, One Life to Live, is included in the USA Coast 2 Coast mixtape. The #NextUp Mixtape vol. 358 released 24 August 2016 in the USA, had Quata Budukusu's tune on track 8 of 46.
Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes is the most downloaded mixtape series in the world, with over 250 volumes, all officially hosted by major artistes. Coast 2 Coast mixtapes started in 2006 and had worked with some of the biggest hip-hop and R&B celebrities in the game. They include: 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Game, Pharrell, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Wyclef, French Montana, Wale, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, LL Cool J, Fabolous, Flo Rida just to mention a few. Therefore, to have your song included on their mixtape is no mean achievement as stated by Quata Budukusu. Quata concluded by saying he is ready to bring the world to Africa, Ghana to be precise, and not the other way round.
Before leaving for South Africa for his collaboration works with some of the top South African Artistes, Quata hinted that he would be working with some top Ghanaian musicians before embarking on his journey in the coming month. He also noted that with his management behind him, all he sees is success. Quata continued by saying he is in no competition with anyone, and he is taking his time to make his music mature rather than rushing and not making any impact after his comeback. "I am triumphal with the rate at which my team is working. We are working hard every day, and I know very soon, the story will change. "Success is all I see" Quata maintained.
Take a listen and leave your comment below.
Source: Bakus Radio, USA
Barely a month ago that the management of Quata stated that he is the diversity king in Ghana music, Quata Budukusu has released his first mixtape under his new record, Bakus Records. Engineered by his personal beat maker, Kelisevee Bangers, Quata rode on the Chaka Demus and Pliers “Bam Bam” tune. Quata ended by saying “you want beef; me I want dinosaur” because he loves Dina so we should keep the saw! Take a listen and judge for yourself if there is any other diverse artiste in Ghana.
Source: Bakus Radio, USA
Idris Elba has said he feels he is "too old" to play James Bond.
The 43-year-old actor has been widely tipped by bookmakers to take over the role when Daniel Craig leaves the film series.
Elba, who is currently on the big screen in Star Trek Beyond, told ABC's Good Morning America: "I think I'm too old for that.
"Running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that? Sounds terrible."
The oldest actor in the film's history to have taken on the role of James Bond was Roger Moore, who was 45 when he appeared in his first film - 1973's Live and Let Die.
Elba, famous for his roles in Luther and The Wire, said he has not been contacted by the James Bond team about the possibility of joining the franchise.
"I keep saying if it were to happen it would be the will of a nation because there haven't been any talks between me and the studio about any of that," he said.
"But everywhere I go people want that to happen."
Elba is one of the favourites to step into Craig's shoes, with bookmakers naming him, Tom Hiddleston, Aidan Turner and James Norton as the frontrunners.
Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is currently working on other projects - including Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, which will star Jamie Bell and Annette Bening.
It is not yet known when the next James Bond film - the 25th in the franchise - will begin production.
Los Angeles police are investigating after a Playboy model publicly shared a photograph of another woman naked in a gym changing room.
Captioning it "If I can't unsee this then you can't either", Dani Mathers posted the image beside one of herself covering her mouth in mock disgust.
She later apologised, saying she thought her Snapchat post had been a private conversation.
Sharing a person's naked image without their consent is illegal in California.
If found guilty, Ms Mathers could face a fine or a short prison sentence. A sexual assault division of the LA police department is investigating and looking for the woman who was photographed.
Ms Mathers has been permanently banned from the chain of gyms, has lost her job on a radio show, and has faced widespread criticism online.
After deleting the image, Ms Mathers posted an apology on Snapchat in a series of videos, saying her actions had been "absolutely wrong".
"I have chosen to do what I do for a living because I love the female body and I know that body shaming is wrong and that's not what I'm about, it's not the type of person that I am," wrote the model, who was named Playmate of the Year in 2015.
In this week’s edition of Flex newspaper, Ghanaian musician Quata Budukusu’s management have made a remarkable statement about their artist. According to the management of the one life to live hit maker, they want the public and music pundit to now see Quata Budukusu as a diversity king of our time so far as versatility and uniqueness in music are a concern.
The management also added that after reading this piece, industrial moguls and the general public as a whole will now have the opportunity to know why he “Quata Budukusu” went into hibernation for over six years but still his space was vacant until he came back to take over. The fact is nobody should get it twisted. At bakus entertainment, we believe that no one can beat the fact that Almighty God is the diversity king over all things on earth. What we are trying to put across here is that God created us in his image, and the same God is the one who gave Quata the talent so now we as management want the general public to identify our artist as the diversity king in our music industry.
Responding to further questions, Mr.Tengol, personal manager to Quata Budukusu, disclosed to Flex newspaper that they believe in the adage "forward ever and backward never" and that Quata has just moved on to another level. The originator thing can’t be omitted from the history book. To cement the fact of him being the diversity king, Management urges everybody to pay close attention to his current works: One life to live, Ohia, Pum Pum Shots, Paper, Kudi, Wind N Go Low, U Too bad. He is yet to release new songs to include Yaa Asantewaa, Menka Masem, I'm on fire, Ano dey see you sef and much more. To prove his versatility, Forgetti Obiaa, another new tune to hit the market was produced by himself. Importantly after recording "One Life to Live" a strictly hip-pop tune to announce his comeback, Quata is now telling us in another song that there are 10000 ways to die.
Listen to his works here: http://www.hulkshare.com/bakusgrp
Source: Flex Newspaper
Barely a month after releasing his Kwaito single "U Too Bad", Quata Budukusu is out again with another single, Sallah, for his Muslim brothers and sisters. He featured the duo "True Prichez" from Nima on the track. According to Quata, his Muslim fans have been fasting all this while, and as they prepare to break their fast, there is no better way to thank them for praying for the peace of the nation and the world as a whole than to compose a song for them. He talked about the Islamic Religion, which stands for peace and the need for all other Religion to see Islam as a peaceful religion and nothing else. The track is designed for the fasting and after the celebration. It is one of its kind in the market now, and it is having an evergreen feel fused with Arabic hook and trap. Sallah was Produced and Recorded by Kelisevee Bangers and mixed and mastered by Goonbeatz, the Mic-Check CEO.
Listen to the new single from Quata and do not forget to share with your Muslim friends and family, especially as they prepare for their biggest feast. Surely, this should be the song for Sallah.
Download links: https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp/quata-ft-true-prichez-sallah
Undoubtedly one of the oldest arguments among both the youth and the old is that between our movie stars of today and music stars who have the largest fan base.
As the Flex newspaper research team took to the streets, this is what music and movie lovers had to say on the issue at hand. Generally, they think music and movie stars of today are doing very great works in terms of projecting Ghanaian values to the outside world but per the votes that we gathered, musicians dominate so far as the fan base is concerned.
To make the research representative the research team made sure that the votes are not limited but rather circled across from male to female right down to old and young folks from different locations.
ISAAC a teacher speaking from Dome Pillar2: I think the music stars of today have the highest dominance looking at the tremendous outputs. Shattawale, Stonebwoy, and Sarkodie are moving at a higher pace on their fan base, bill boards, and corporate endorsement.
TENGOL is musician Quata Budukusu’s manager: For me, our music stars of today are doing their part in terms of audience appeal but I think if it is about highest fan base then I will go straight for the movie stars because their fan base cut across, don’t forget they don’t only act in Ghana and looking at the John Dumelo’s, the Jackie Appiah’s, Yvonne Nelson’s influence on social media tells it all.
CHRISTIAN an architect from East Legon: I am not a fan of this dancehall fever in the country at the moment but I think based on the direction of the argument I will go for the music stars because they are trending more than the movie stars.
For instance, these our movie stars are not even on social media but you can just imagine how our music stars are always trending.
A former contestant on Mexico's version of The Voice TV talent show has been shot dead in Chicago, police say.
Alejandro Fuentes, 45, died on Saturday in hospital after an ambush on Thursday night. He was a Voice contestant in 2011.
His death comes 10 days after singer Christina Grimmie, who appeared on the US edition of The Voice, was shot and killed in Orlando, Florida.
The number of murders in Chicago this year is up 72% from 2015.
Mr Fuentes had been celebrating his birthday with friends on Thursday night, the local medical examiner's office said.
Fans of Mr Fuentes wept when they gathered at the school on Saturday
He was in his car on the street outside Tras Bambalinas, a performing arts school he ran for young people in south-west Chicago.
A gunman ordered him out of the car - when he refused, the gunman shot him three times in the head.
No arrests have yet been made.
Ms Grimmie, 22, was shot by a fan in Orlando as she was signing autographs after a concert. Her attacker then killed himself.
A YouTube vlog-style series, which was said to be one of the first examples of viral video, has had new material uploaded for the first time since 2009.
The video has already had thousands of views and original fans of the channel, Lonelygirl15, have expressed surprise.
The show, in the form of a confessional vlog by a teenage girl, launched in 2005 and was later revealed to have been scripted.
It attracted millions of viewers, even after the staging was announced.
The filmmakers called a press conference after a year, following increasing suspicion among fans and the media that the central character, Bree, was not a real person.
Co-creator Mesh Flinders, speaking before the new video was uploaded, told the Guardian that he did not think the project would work in today's climate.
"On YouTube now we wouldn't get away with this for 30 seconds," he said.
"People would know she's fake immediately."
One of the first Lonelygirl15 videos has had nearly six million views
The show, which ran for two years, grew a cast of characters and frequently referenced a mysterious and sinister religion. The storyline became a fight against an organisation called The Order.
It continued to run after Bree was killed off - but she is back in the new video, which includes some hidden material.
"I know, you've got a lot of questions. Questions deserve answers. It's the only thing that satisfies them and I have many..." reads the accompanying text.
Those leaving comments beneath the video seem as amazed to discover that they have been on YouTube for 10 years as they are about the new material.
There is a mixture of surprise, delight, and confusion in their reactions to the video itself, as well as some saying they think the series has had its day and should not be resurrected, while others question whether the new video is a hoax.
Actress Jessica Lee Rose, who played Bree, said that when she first discovered the role was for an internet show and not a movie, she almost pulled out.
"I instantly thought this is some scam. I really thought this was what I'd been warned about moving to Los Angeles," she said.
The man suspected of killing US singer Christina Grimmie apparently came from another city to confront her, police in Florida say.
Police chief John Mina said the gunman "travelled to Orlando to commit this crime" but did not appear to know her personally.
Ms Grimmie was shot while signing autographs after a concert in the city on Friday night, and died in hospital.
In 2014, she was a contestant on US TV programme The Voice.
Police say Ms Grimmie was shot about 22:45 local time on Friday (02:45 GMT Saturday) at The Plaza Live in Orlando.
Mr Mina said the gunman, who shot himself dead during a struggle with the singer's brother, was a 21-year-old white male and had two handguns and a hunting knife. His name has not been released.
"She was doing a meet-and-greet, just signing autographs and selling merchandise," he said.
"This white male approached her and opened fire, striking her."
The police chief praised Ms Grimmie's brother Marcus.
"Very heroic actions by Marcus Grimmie to jump in and it definitely could have prevented further loss of life," he said.
The singer had been performing with the band Before You Exit.
Up to 100 people were at the concert, but only a handful remained at the venue when the shooting happened, officials said.
Mr Mina said unarmed security guards checked bags as people entered the venue but no metal detectors were used and no body searches were made.
News of the attack spread quickly on social media, with many fans voicing their shock and anger.
When the first reports of the shooting surfaced, #PrayForChristina was the top trending hashtag on Twitter.
It changed to #RIPChristina after the death was confirmed.
Ms Grimmie first came to prominence as a teenager for her renditions of hit songs, amassing a huge following on YouTube.
In 2011, she released her debut musical recording Find Me. Her second EP - Side A - followed in February 2016.
Christina Grimmie, a singer who has competed on the US television programme The Voice, is in a critical condition after being shot following a concert in Orlando, officials in Florida say.
They say the male attacker opened fire when she was signing autographs.
The assailant - who was tackled by Ms Grimmie's brother - then shot and killed himself.
The 22-year-old singer was taken to a local hospital. The identity of the attacker was not immediately known.
‘ROMANTIC MADNESS’, is a short Comic Video Project produced by Tee Multimedia Production (TMP) in Accra, Ghana. The team has so far released four mind blowing episodes and are working for more interesting and funny videos. The most talented and influential leading characters, Nii Wonder and Oyiakwan are the most interesting characters viewers should look out for with great story lines full of humor. Ghana should indeed watch out for these rising stars as they bring to you interesting, fun and educative series in their subsequent episodes.
In this episode, Wonder and Oyiakwan faces each other playing cards. He eventually spots some cute ladies passing and offensively wakes up to chase them without excuse, driving Oyiakwan straight to the ground. She gets very angry, what do you expect? Well, check out her reaction in this video.
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You can also watct all the episodes of "Romantic Madness" on:
Source: Nii Wonder
When it comes to tongue twisting in Ghana, one name that comes to mind is Quata Budukusu. Jacob Kwame Etroo musically known as Quata Budukusu, a.k.a. Qtee, was born on June 4. In celebration of his birthday, Quata has released a song titled “U Too Bad” produced by one of the vibrant sound engineers in Ghana, Danny Beatz, for his numerous fans all over the world as his birthday gift to them. “U Too Bad” has the instrumentation of Kwaito (South African dance music) with some dancehall vibes. “U Too bad” was officially released on radio by Sammy flex on Pluzz FM and it is currently receiving massive airplay on Bakus Radio in USA. Enjoy the tune from Quata Budukusu. Sit back and enjoy. Dance to the beat!
One person has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting at a music venue in New York.
Police said the shooting happened at Irving Plaza, near Union Square, Manhattan, where hip-hop artist TI was due to perform on Wednesday evening.
No-one has been arrested and the motive for the shooting is unclear.
Witnesses reported panic inside the concert hall when the shots rang out. Police have sealed off the area around the venue.
The victims were three men, one of whom died, and a woman, the New York Times reported.
TI, whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr, was not on stage at the time. His representatives have not yet commented on the incident.
Rapper Quatta has responded to veteran Ghanaian rapper Lord Kenya’s interview with radio host Bola Ray on Star FM that Sarkodie is a braggart and for that matter Sarkodie is not the best rapper in Ghanaian.
Speaking on Joy Prime’s Countdown show last weekend, Quata said Lord Kenya is a legend but respect is reciprocal so he needs to respect and appreciate what the young ones are doing with what he himself has fought for all these years. “Sarkodie needs to be commended for taking rap music in Ghana a notch higher,” he said.
Speaking on the best rapper issue, the Wind and Go Low hit maker noted that every child thinks his or her father is the strongest man. “Every rapper thinks he is the best because yes he has a fan base and the fans think he is the best because the content of his music inspires them in a way to do positive things, so Sarkodie may be the best but in his own corner and same applies to anybody who does music.”
Johannesburg (AFP) - Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned the first 'Miss Africa Continent'.
The 24-year-old dental hygienist beat 11 finalists drawn from an original list of 40 contestants from across the continent in the inaugural pageant at Johannesburg's Gold Reef City casino on Saturday night.
Runner-up was Michelo Malambo of Zambia, while South Africa's Jemimah Kandimiri was placed third.
The swimsuit contest was also a departure from the beauty contest norm, with contestants wearing black t-shirts and tight shorts while dancing barefoot to music such as "Africa" by Mali's legendary afro-pop musician Salif Keita.
The pageant is the brain child of South African film producer Neo Mashishi, who says it aims to empower young African women.
"This is the first ever Miss Africa Continent," said Mashishi, adding that it had been five years in the making.
"This is about Africa, we are selling Africa to the world, and we are proud to be Africa".
"The way everything was done was African, we didn't emulate anything from Miss Universe, or Miss World," he said.
Asamoah, who wore braids, entered the stage in a traditional Ghanaian Ashanti gold-coloured beaded crown and then returned in a evening dress made from the country's trademark kente cloth.
She walked away with a grant to study business management at Monash university in Johannesburg.
Runner up in the 2015 Miss Ghana competition, Asamoah said she wanted to see young people help uplift the continent.
"There are a lot of things to be fixed in Africa -- water, education, environmental issues," she told AFP.
"My main concern is the empowerment of youths... so we can work hand in hand and put our continent in the best place it should be."
In the weeks running up to the event, the 12 finalists embarked on a series of pre-pageant activities, including showing off their culinary skills in cooking traditional meals from their native countries.
Ultimately, the organisers hope to involve the continental body, the African Union, "so our winner can play a role in uplifting Africa"and spearhead campaigns to fight Africa's woes such as malaria, poverty and xenophobia.
A search warrant was obtained in relation to the home of Prince shortly after he died, court documents show.
The musician's Minneapolis home and recording studio, Paisley Park, was searched on 21 April, the day he died.
But authorities won a court order on Thursday to keep the warrant sealed, arguing that making it public would hamper their work.
Prescription painkillers were in the singer's possession following his sudden death, officials tell US media.
But it is unclear what role, if any, those drugs may have played.
Carver County Deputy Sheriff Jason Kamerud said reports that the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA) had been called in were not accurate.
A post-mortem last week discounted suicide - but a medical examiner said full results could take several weeks.
Prince, 57, was found dead in a lift on his Paisley Park estate.
Mourners gathered at Paisley Park
There was no sign of trauma on the body, Sheriff Jim Olson said, suggesting the singer had died alone.
There have been suggestions the star was addicted to the painkiller Percocet, which he had been taking since 2009 to relieve hip pain.
His former percussionist, Sheila E, told the news agency Prince had suffered the effects of years of jumping off speakers on stage while wearing high heels.
However, claims of drug dependency have been refuted by the singer's long-time lawyer, L Londell McMillan.
Although Mr McMillan admitted that Prince may have taken pills to manage pain, he said the musician was "not on any drugs that would be any cause for concern".
Prince had been rushed to hospital in Illinois six days prior to his death, while flying home from a concert in Georgia, but was treated and released a few hours later.
Pop star Prince did not leave a will, his sister has revealed in court documents.
The papers, filed in state court in Minnesota, show Tyka Nelson has petitioned for a special administrator to oversee the star's estate.
The rock legend was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound in a suburb of the American city last Thursday at the age of 57.
The size of Prince's fortune is unclear but includes $27m (£18m) in property.
Nelson is Prince's only surviving full sibling and stated in the papers that immediate action was necessary to manage her brother's business interests.
Prince is on course to dominate the UK charts this week, as mourning fans rush to buy his music, while the Hollywood Reporter claimed over three million of his songs and albums had been bought in the US since his death.
A private memorial service was held for the rock star on Saturday, attended by about 20 of his closest friends and family.
Following the service, drummer and frequent Prince collaborator Sheila E confirmed there were plans to turn Paisley Park into a museum, akin to Elvis's Graceland.
Thousands of fans have flocked to Paisley Park, the First Avenue nightclub, and other sites made famous by Prince since his death, while tributes have come from Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake and President Obama, amongst others.
The hugely popular, acclaimed and influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57.
Police were summoned to his Paisley Park estate early on Thursday and found his body in a lift. An investigation has been opened.
Prince became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times.
No cause of death has been stated. A post-mortem investigation will take place on Friday.
His innovative music spanned rock, funk and jazz. He sold more than 100 million records during his career.
"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died," his spokeswoman said.
In a statement, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said his deputies responded to a medical call at about 09:43 local time (14:43 GMT) and later found an unresponsive adult male in an elevator at Paisley Park Studios.
First responders tried to revive him with CPR but he was pronounced dead at 10:07.
Hundreds of fans gathered outside Paisley Park. US President Barack Obama said the world had lost a "creative icon".
Born in 1958, Prince was a prolific writer and performer from a young age - reportedly writing his first song when he was seven.
A singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Prince recorded more than 30 albums. His best known hits include Let's Go Crazy and When Doves Cry.
A musical prodigy from a broken home, Prince famously wrote, arranged, produced and played almost all of his hit records.
But the Purple man's purple patch really came with his first band The Revolution.
With them by his side, he wrote more than two dozen rock classics in a five-year flurry.
Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette, 1999, Raspberry Beret, When Doves Cry, Kiss... At the same time, he dashed off Manic Monday for The Bangles and Nothing Compares 2U, made famous by Sinead O'Connor.
In the studio, he was unstoppable. But the magic really happened on stage. He would vamp, preen and tease an audience into a frenzy, then slay them with a quiet moment of crystalline beauty. He was a joy to watch.
He also wrote music for several artists - Sinead O'Connor's version of Nothing Compares 2U became a worldwide smash in 1990.
In 1984, he won an Oscar for the score to Purple Rain, a film in which he also starred.
Throughout his career he had a reputation for secrecy and eccentricity, once changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol.
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which said he "rewrote the rulebook".
He had a mercurial relationship with technology. In 2000, he released singles via the pioneering music-sharing service Napster, but he later declared the internet "completely over" and refused to allow his music on major streaming platforms.
Prince's latest album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was released last year and he had been touring as recently as last week.
On 15 April he was taken to hospital after his private plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. It happened just hours after he had performed on stage in Georgia. He was treated and released after a few hours.
Tributes have been pouring in from artists young and old, across the musical spectrum.
"It's such a blow. It's really surreal. It's just kind of unbelievable," Aretha Franklin told MSNBC. "He was definitely an original and a one of a kind. Truly there was only one Prince."
Musician Jacob Kwame Etroo better known by his music name Quata Budukusu has stated that his comeback at this time is the opportune period to hug the limelight having been away for 6 years.
“I attended to other things within the quiet period. Running my recording studio and tattoo parlor so although I wasn’t in the limelight being the music man that I am, I continued to write and record music at my studio.
“Getting signed onto Bakus Entertainment 6 months ago was most opportune as I needed such a large and diverse team to help elevate my music” the bearded artiste posited.
Although coy about the duration of the contract and how much money he is guaranteed, Quata Budukusu submitted “it’s a standard contract and I can say it’s one of the biggest deals I have appended my signature to.”
According to Quata, he is delighted with the performance of his two videos adding “‘One Life to Live’ is currently part of the top 15 videos enjoying airplay in South Africa thanks to my publicists over there. The performance of the song and video has led to collaborative efforts with Mafikizolo, Black Uhuru and a couple of others.”
The man with 4 albums including ‘Bonie’, ‘Concert’ and ‘Independence Day’ recounted to blakkpepper.com how fortunate he’s been in working with production houses who believed in his dream and availed their platforms to nourish such dreams.
On his aspirations for the year, Quata pledged that he shall mount some of the grandest stages in Ghana and beyond indicating that because he is uniquely different his fans have missed him given the void his absence had created.
Describing himself as a diverse artiste with abilities to sing, rap, ragga and tongue-twist, the artiste who broke through the ranks in 2004 says because he can predict music trends, some released singles he recorded four years ago sound fresh and relevant today mentioning that with engineers Kelis Beatz, Ragoon Beatz, King Joe and Diaz Qlasik responsible for some of his tunes, quality is assured.
“I love to work at home since I own my own recording studio so I can get time for my music since music production requires refinement till the perfect brew is achieved. I do however have respect for noted engineers like Appietus, Kill Beatz and Kaywa and I shall be engaging them in a bit” the Aggrey Memorial alumnus declared.
He stressed: “After my second album, I set up my Audio Farm studio believing as an artiste I needed a studio to easily record when new material comes to me. While others were busy buying cars I invested in equipment. Indeed my studio has hosted Tinny, Tony Harmony, Mzbel and a couple of others who produced music there. It’s a commercial studio although I have been changing residence from East Legon, Dzorwulu through to my current base at Block Factory in the West Hill area but plans are afoot to reopen it to the pubic soon.”
According to Quata Budukusu, he’s delighted with the rise of Sarkodie intimating that he’s built on the foundation laid by his good-self and colleagues. He praised Kinaata for his incisive lyrics, Mzvee for her lyrics, brand, singing and dancehall offerings as well as Stonebwoy for not letting down hopes people had in him even from the ‘Kasahari’ days at Adom FM with Dr Duncan. “Stonebwoy’s lyrical composition is immense. He certainly has more to offer and I can say in 10 years’ time, Stonebwoy will carry Ghanaian music in his talons” he predicted.
Growing up Quata mentions Nas, Buster Rhymes, Ghostface Killer, Twister as well as good old Bob as persons whose music he fed on adding that he’s got a huge music appetite including ballet and salsa since “music is a universal language which speaks to the soul.”
Born and bred in Cantonments Accra, the man whose formal education ended at the Senior High School level explained “education involves utilizing the mind to its full potential and securing basic education is most critical and having discovered my passion for music I have self-taught myself to advance in my chosen field.”
Hailing from Asseibu in the Central region, the entertainer with 8 siblings stated he’s lost his dad to eternity but still has his mother around explaining although his brother Ebibidro also did music for a while he’s veered into other things now.
Having rolled with his wife for 6 years and officially sealing their union 12 months ago, a delighted Quata disclosed his better half has taken seed but would not disclose her name or how their paths crossed. He however offered this: “When a man needs to settle down, he needs a level headed lady he can elevate with. My wife is such a lady. She is a corporate lady who combines work and home duties beautifully and the journey has been most enjoyable.”
A lover of beautiful things, Quata acknowledged that he is encountered a varied damsels in his life given the fame and all but when pressed for numbers stated he doesn’t keep a count but was delighted with his life partner as she caters for his manly needs.
On his faith, the ‘Baby’ singer noted that God is the focal point in his life adding he often interacts with the Supreme Divine although as a member of the Legion of Mary society of the Christ the King Catholic Church his church visitations have not been as frequent as desired.
The ‘neat freak’ stated his style is urban wear and when it looks cool on him he’s good to go. On his love for tattoos Mr. Etroo posited “people are addicted to alcohol, women or drugs. I love tattoos on my body and I give tattoos to others as well since I am a tattooist. I have clients who pay GH¢ 2,000 for a design.”
Although videos for his two singles are making the rounds (Wind N Go low and One Life to Live) , Quata who says ‘Budukusu’ means don declared he’s offered 7 singles in the system disclosing while hibernating he churned out about 500 songs he is gradually offering for public consumption.
“After ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘Wind N Go low’ videos, ‘Paper’, ‘Kudi’ as well as ‘Pum Pum Shots’ videos are set to follow. You know I am the signature for rap and tongue twisting so I shan’t disappoint the eager fans.”
According to Don Quata, he sees riches and success as having good health, good living, peace of mind and having good communication channel with God, the rest are all world perceptions people hold.
“I am comfortable. I am not hungry, I live well and dress good so I am good” he stressed.
Fufu and any soup involving goat meat sets the rapper in a good mood while whisky on ice, wine and Champaign suits him well.
“I am naturally hyper so I don’t need stimulants be it drugs or alcohol before mounting a stage. Truth is you can’t even be tipsy desiring to offer a good show.”
Quata Budukusu expressed thanks to Natures’ Crew, Lowdown Records/OM Studio, Saddick, Kojo Antwi, the Original Gadons Family comprising Palas, Buba, Oloch and Mohammed for their love and care.
Blakkpepper.com can only hope the partnership with Mr. Ernest Annoh-Dompreh of Bakus Entertainment and personal manager Mr. Tengol Kplemani can continue to yield immense dividend for all concerned.
Enjoy ‘One Life to Live’ from Quata Budukusu:
Listening to the lyrics of almost all the songs from the Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife recording artist from Tema, Michael Owusu Addo, known by his stage name Sarkodie, one cannot deny the fact that all was not rosy from his beginning.
He always drums it into the minds of his fans that, he went through tough times before getting to where he is today.
According to the one time BET award winner, at the grass roots of his career, organizers of event did not see the need to pay him cash, and instead they paid with t- shirts and toffees.
“I played many shows for many organizers and they always paid me with t-shirts and toffees.”
All this did not stop him from chasing his dream, believing in himself and putting in his best in whatever he finds doing.
“I still held on to the dream though at a point I nearly stopped rapping. I am not sure I would be here if I listened to people’s opinion.”
Sarkodie is often named as one of Africa’s greatest Hip hop artists. MTV ranked him number 6 on their list of the Hottest African MC’s in 2014.
In 2013, Lynx TV ranked him number 1 on their list of the “Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers Of All Time”.
In 2015, AfricaRanking.com ranked him number 3 on their list of the “Top 10 African Rappers Of 2015”. In the same year, Sarkodie was named by The Guardian as one of the top five hip hop acts on the African continent.
Source: Live Fm Ghana
Self-acclaimed originator of tongue-twisting rap in Ghana, Quata Budukusu known in real life as Jacob Kwame Etroo is blaming Ghanaian DJ's for his loss of inspiration to make music in the past six years.
Speaking on Adom TV’s Bisa Nwom music request show, he said “I lost inspiration for doing music in Ghana because Ghanaian DJ’s have created the impression if you don’t sing a particular style there’s no way they will play that song.”
Quata said he is tired because the Ghana music industry does not allow artistes to be creative and do new things.
The former tongue-twister said he does not understand why radio DJs have pushed Ghanaian musicians into a corner where they are forced to sing songs with the same style and tempo.
He however revealed that after spending six years in hibernation, Ghanaians should expect nothing but the best from him because his comeback is to change Ghanaian music.
He is currently promoting his two new singles “Wind N Go low” and “One life to live.” Watch Wind N Go Low video below.
Bruce Springsteen has cancelled a concert in North Carolina, joining business groups in condemning a state law that rolls back protection for gay and transgender people.
The law invalidated several local anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people.
It also requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates.
Major companies like Apple and Bank of America have criticised the law.
"Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them," Springsteen said in a statement.
"It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards."
Springsteen and his band were scheduled to perform in Greensboro on Sunday.
The new law in North Carolina has led to protests
Springsteen's cancellation is the latest fallout from the law.
On Tuesday, tech company Pay Pal dropped plans to expand in the state, pulling out about 400 jobs.
A television series for the streaming service Hulu decided to film in Canada rather than North Carolina because of the law.
There have also been calls to move major sporting events out of the state including the NBA All-Star Game.
Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican, defended the law calling it "common sense". He said news reports about the law and the backlash were "smearing our state in an inaccurate way".
Some supporters of the law said allowing transgender people to choose their restroom could lead to women and children being attacked.
They said they feared that men could pose as transgender people and use legal protections as a cover.
North Carolina is one of a number of states in the southern US that have recently considered or enacted legislation that many deem anti-gay.
Georgia's governor vetoed a religious freedom bill amid concerns from business groups
Last June, a US Supreme Court ruling made gay marriage legal nationwide. In response, conservatives have sought to enact protections for religious people who believe marriage should only be between a man and woman.
Last year, Indiana made changes to a "religious freedom" law after business groups and others threatened to boycott the state. The updated law included language that prohibited discrimination of any kind.
This week, Mississippi passed a religious freedom law. That measure, however, specifically allows people to refuse service to gay people on religious grounds.
Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a similar bill in March after pressure from prominent firms including Coca-Cola and the Walt Disney Co.
The much awaited video of the Bakus Records lover boy, Quata Budukusu, is out. The video which was premiered on the most widely watched TV in Ghana, TV3, was directed by ace film maker, Pascal AKA. Speaking impeccably in an interview on TV3’s spotlight, Quata noted he has always put in his all during all his performances regardless the size of the platform big or small. He empasized he had performed every song like it was his last time in order to satisfy his fans. He called on his fans to expect nothing but the best from him as he's back for good. This is the second video Quata and his management have released in 2016. The first was a video for his hip-life song, “One Life to Live”, which was directed by another top-notch director, Nana Asihene.
Even though the lyrics of the song, “Wind N Go Low”, is thought to be secular in nature, this video is without obscene scenes which is the characteristics of most recent videos. But for the lyrics, one would even think it's a gospel music video. According to the director of the video, he wanted to stay away from the normal music videos in the Ghanaian market which have of late been severely lambasted for featuring ladies who've been seen showing much of their “naked” body to woe people into following them. However, he wanted to portray certain modest qualities of the Ghanaian lady. Quata looked good in the video and those lovely ladies and gentlemen added a nice touch to the video. This video will surely gain Quata the much needed fame for his comeback. Truly, Quata is back to stay and he is leaving no stone unturned. Watch the video below and provide any comment.
A prominent Angolan rapper has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for planning a rebellion against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
Luaty Beirao was sentenced by a court in the capital, Luanda, along with 16 other activists who were given jail terms of between two and eight years.
Amnesty International said they had been sentenced by a "kangaroo court".
The 17 were arrested in June after discussing a book about non-violent resistance at their book club.
Mr dos Santos has ruled oil-rich Angola since 1979.
Beirao, also known by his stage name Ikonoklasta, has been an outspoken critic of the government, calling for a fairer distribution of the southern African state's oil wealth.
He embarked on a five-week hunger strike in September in protest at his detention.
The judge convicted him of "rebellion against the president of the republic, criminal association and falsifying documents", AFP news agency reports.
The trial had prompted global outrage, with rights groups saying it showed that Mr dos Santos' government was becoming increasingly repressive in its attempts to remain in power.
Human Rights Watch said the verdict was "a ridiculous scandal", while Amnesty International described the defendants on Twitter as "prisoners of conscience" who had been subjected to a "kangaroo court trial [which] violated international standards".
Prosecutors defended the arrests, arguing that the 17 were planning an uprising among students and workers "with incalculable consequences".
The jailed activists, who belonged to a youth movement, had previously held demonstrations demanding the resignation of Mr dos Santos, who has been in power for 36 years.
Their book club had discussed the 1993 book by Gene Sharp called From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation.
Angola is Africa's second-largest oil producer, and has witnessed an economic boom since the end of a civil war in 2002.
However, critics of the elected government say the wealth has only benefited a small elite.
Who is Gene Sharp?
Gene Sharp is a US academic who researches non-violent revolution.
He is credited with the strategy which led to the toppling of Egypt's long-time leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
His most translated and distributed work, From Dictatorship to Democracy, was written for the Burmese democratic movement in 1993, after the imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Quata Budukusu to release “Wind N Go Low' Visuals
The originator of tongue - twisting rap, Quata Budukusu, is warming up to unleash the visuals for his latest single 'Wind N Go Low'.
The talented musician who won the souls of music lovers when he released video for “One Life to Live” will definitely do it again.
With the video shot and directed by ace film maker, Pascal AKA, “Wind n Go Low” is definitely going to gain some international recognition for its quality and content.
The video also feature some beautiful Ghanaian ladies doing energetic dance.
The video will officially be premiered on TV3 Network on Friday, April 1, 2016
Take a look at some photos taken during the video shoot and listen to the song below as well.