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Hammer finally speaks out on the Obrafour-Drake legal case

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Following the uproar, Nii Mantse turned to Twitter to claim that he should have been included in the complaint since his voice was sampled. Hammer, on the other hand, claims that there is nothing to be concerned about.

Three months after Obrafour sued Canadian rapper Drake for copying his song ‘Oye Ohene’, the song’s producer, Hammer, has spoken out.

Hammer has reacted to Mantse Aryeequaye’s demands that Obrafour lead the suit on behalf of everyone who participated in the song’s creation.

Hammer told Kwame Dadzie on Joy FM’s Showbiz A-Z that if the ruling goes in favour of Obrafour, everyone involved in the production wins.

Following the uproar, Nii Mantse turned to Twitter to claim that he should have been included in the complaint since his voice was sampled.

Hammer, on the other hand, claims that there is nothing to be concerned about.

“It is everybody on the song against Drake. Obrafour is only leading the conversation. So I don’t know what the hullabaloo was about,” he said.

When asked how the writ covers all of the performers despite the absence of their names, Hammer said, “We are mentioned in the docket.” Tina, Tinny, Mantse, moi, and Obrafour are responsible for the song’s publication. Because it’s his song, Obrafour takes the lead. He is the owner of the copyright.”

Hammer also stated that Obrafour spoke with Mantse and everyone else involved before going in for the suit.

“He addressed everyone. I dialled into the conference call. We were all on the phone at the same time. “We all agreed, and Obrafour continued with the suit,” he explained.

Drake utilised the shout ‘killer cut, blood’ from Obrafour’s ‘Oye Ohene’ remix in 2003 for ‘Calling My Name’ from the ‘Honestly Nevermind’ album.

The Mantse controversy

Mantse claimed on Twitter (X) in a series of tweets addressed at Drake that he was the only proprietor of the phrase ‘Killa cut blood’ on Obrafour’s ‘Oye Ohene’ remix.

He said that he did not renounce his rights to Obrafour and Da’ Hammer, the track’s producer, and so Obrafour cannot claim sole ownership of the sample or receive sole recompense.

“I Mantse Aryeequaye maintain my intellectual property rights and claim over all my artistic works including the ‘Killer Cut’ sound you sampled off ‘Oye Ohene’ remix used on Obrafuor’s album My lawyer  Kofi Bentil Esq. of Lex Praxis Incorporated  kbentil@lexpraxis.net who is pursuing this matter has informed me of a lawsuit against you solely in the name of @IamObrafuor,’ he wrote.

“This is to confirm I [Mantse Aryeequaye]  insist that although @IamObrafuor has an interest in the matter, he is not the owner of the right, and cannot assert it, definitely not alone, or make any demands for sole compensation for its use,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Obrafour is demanding almost $10 million in damages, among other things.

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Lil Win releases video of Ramsey Nouah, Victor Osuagwu, and Charles Awurum filming on set

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The John and John actor shared the joy on his Facebook page, posting a small video of Ramsey Nouah, Victor Osuagwu, and Charles Awurum dressed as law enforcement agents on the scene. At the time of this article, the 14-second clip, captioned "A very big movie is coming," had received over 17,000 likes and 1000 comments.

Ghanaian actor. Kwadwo Nkansah, also known as Lil Win, has posted a video on social media depicting Nollywood actors Ramsey Nouah, Victor Osuagwu, and Charles Awurum at a filming site in Ghana.

The trio is part of a star-studded ensemble filming sequences for Lil Win’s highly anticipated film, “A Country Called Ghana,” in a small village in the Ashanti region.

The John and John actor shared the joy on his Facebook page, posting a small video of Ramsey Nouah, Victor Osuagwu, and Charles Awurum dressed as law enforcement agents on the scene.

At the time of this article, the 14-second clip, captioned “A very big movie is coming,” had received over 17,000 likes and 1000 comments.

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Afua Asantewaa fails to set a world record at the Sing-A-Thon

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Afua Asantewaa underwent a five-day singing marathon, beginning at midnight on Sunday, December 24 and ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 29. The young woman had been singing for five days, six hours, and 55 minutes when her record attempt ended on Friday morning.

Guinness World Records has disqualified Ghanaian event organiser Afua Asantewaa, who was attempting to set a new record for the longest singing marathon by an individual.

The evidence check had already begun when Afua requested expedited service, so they reimbursed her purchase earlier this month, according to Guinness World Records.

In a tweet on Friday, February 23, the official answer read: “Unfortunately, Afua’s Guinness World Records attempt for the longest singing marathon was unsuccessful, but we hope she will try again soon.” We’ve seen how inspiring it has been for her followers. The evidence check had already begun when Afua requested expedited service, therefore we reimbursed her purchase earlier this month. We wish Afua the best of success in his future record efforts.

Afua Asantewaa underwent a five-day singing marathon, beginning at midnight on Sunday, December 24 and ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 29.

The young woman had been singing for five days, six hours, and 55 minutes when her record attempt ended on Friday morning.

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Okyeame Kwame, Prince David Osei, and others identified as the NPP Manifesto Committee

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Others include Nana Yaw Manteaw, Yaa Pokua Baiden, Kwaku Osei Korankye Asiedu (KOKA), Festus Frimpong Gyebi, Eric Owusu Akreso, Dr. Ackah Kwame Nyameke, and Radia Adama Saani. With growing expectations from stakeholders in the cultural and creative sectors, this group would have to create goods that benefit the sector. Already, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has vowed to provide internet outlets for Ghanaian musicians if elected President. On February 7, 2024, he spoke at the University of Professional Studies in Accra on 'Ghana's Next Chapter: Selfless Leadership and Bold Solutions for the Future'.

Some of the personalities picked to draw up provisions for the New Patriotic Party’s platform include Ghanaian artist Okyeame Kwame and actor Prince David Osei.

They are members of the party’s tourism, arts, and culture sub-committee, which is led by Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante, Executive Secretary of the National Film Authority (NFA), and Akwasi Agyemang, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority.

Other members include Catherine Abelema Afeku, former Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture; Dr Ama Boafo-Arthur; Prof. Issahatu Adam; and Claudia Lumor, creator of the Glitz Style Awards.

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Others include Nana Yaw Manteaw, Yaa Pokua Baiden, Kwaku Osei Korankye Asiedu (KOKA), Festus Frimpong Gyebi, Eric Owusu Akreso, Dr. Ackah Kwame Nyameke, and Radia Adama Saani.

With growing expectations from stakeholders in the cultural and creative sectors, this group would have to create goods that benefit the sector.

Already, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has vowed to provide internet outlets for Ghanaian musicians if elected President.

On February 7, 2024, he spoke at the University of Professional Studies in Accra on ‘Ghana’s Next Chapter: Selfless Leadership and Bold Solutions for the Future’.

“We will introduce other initiatives such as digital and streaming platforms for our artists to make tourism and the creative arts a growth pole in Ghana,” he said.

The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) 2020 Manifesto for the Creative Industry made a similar commitment.

“We will build a digital platform for artists to make their products available to the global market,” the National People’s Party (NPP) said.

During his speech, Dr Bawumia vowed to expand on the Year of Return with Beyond the Return, which will take place in December in Ghana.

He went on to discuss reducing the tax burden on creatives.

“Tax incentives will also be provided for film producers and musicians,” he said.

Finally, Dr Bawumia, Ghana’s current Vice President, stated that “to boost tourism and job creation, my government will implement an e-visa policy for all international visitors to Ghana to enable visas to be obtained in minutes subject to security and criminal checks.”

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has come under fire from players in the creative industry for failing to deliver on certain pledges.

Some of the NPP’s unmet pledges include the establishment of the Creative Arts Fund to assist artists and the construction of theatres in Kumasi, Takoradi, and Tamale.

The NPP also pledged that “given that our artistes do not have the capital to set up studios, we will, as part of the entrepreneurial hub’s strategy, establish large recording studios in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, and Takoradi, in collaboration with the private sector.” Recording artists can hire space in these studios to complete their tracks.” That promise has likewise gone unfulfilled.

Finally, the development of a conference and exposition facility at the Ghana Trade Fair Company’s property in La is still ongoing.

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