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VGMA24: Complete list of award recipients



VGMA24: Complete list of award recipients

The 24th Vodafone Ghana Music Award, VGMA, was held at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Most fans were eager to know who would win five key categories: ‘Record of the Year’, New Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year, Vodafone’s Most Popular Song and the big one, ‘Artiste Of the Year’.

See the full list below:

Highlife Song of The Year

Epixode – Atia (ft Kwabena Kwabena)

AK Songstress – My Proposal

Adina – Adi Dede

Kwesi Arthur – Adom

Kelvynboy – Down flat – WINNER

Kofi Kinaata – Have Mercy

Best Gospel Song

Celestine Donkor – Final Say

Piesie Esther – Way3 Me Yie – WINNER

Diana Hamilton – My Meditation

Joe Mettle – Kadosh

Perez Muzik – Hewale Lala

Bethel Revival Choir – Tegbe Tegbe (Edwin Dadson)

Awura Abena – This Far

MOG Music – Mala

Best Hip Hop Song

Black Sherif – Kweku The Traveller – WINNER

Amerado – Obiaa Boa

Sarkodie – Country Side (ft Black Sherif) –

Malcolm Nuna – Benzo

Kwesi Arthur – Drama

Medikal – Scarface

Best Afrobeats Song

Camidoh – Sugarcane Remix (ft King Promise & Mayokun) – WINNER

Gyakie – Something

Kidi – Champagne

D Jay – Balance it

King Promise – Ginger

FBS – Jo (ft Mr Drew)

Best Afropop Song

Stonebwoy – Therapy – WINNER

Wendy Shay – Survivor

Black Sherif – Oil in my head

Dopenation – Gboza

King Promise – Ten Toes (ft Omah Lay)

Kuami Eugene – TakeAway

Kidi – Blessed (Ft Movado)

Fameye – Thank You

Best Reggae/Dancehall Song

Konkarah Jahvybz – A Go Dey (ft Kelvyn Boy)

Ras Kuuku – 33in1

Epixode – Atia – WINNER

Black Sherif – Don’t forget me

Rocky Dawuni – Never bow down (ft Blvk H3ro)

Maccasio – Eyes on you (ft Stonebwoy)

Audio Engineer of the Year

Chops – Yaa Asantewaa (King Promise)

Qube – Beginning Again (Adomaa)

Perez Muzik – Hewale Lala (Perez Muzik)

Supa Dups – Therapy (Stonebwoy)

Possigee – Country Side (Sarkodie)

Altra Nova – Far Away (Gyakie) –WINNER

Producer of the Year


Atown TSB


Shadrach Yawson

Guilty Beatz


Liquid Beatz


Best Music Video

Black Sherif – Konongo Zongo (Babs Direction) –WINNER

Stonebwoy – Therapy (J Willz)

Piesie Esther – Way3 Me Yie (Skyward Videos)

Stonebwoy – Gidigba (Labi)

Sarkodie ft King Promise – Labadi (Coublon)

Kidi – Touch It Remix ft Tyga (Rex)

Scott Evans – Best Side (Rex)

Kwabena Kwabena – Afraid to lose you (Andrew Kumi)

Best Male Vocal Performance

Camidoh – Waiting

Kyei Mensah – Nothing is Too Hard

Perez Muzic – Hewale Lala – WINNER

Stonebwoy – Therapy

King promise – Run To You

Best Female Vocal Performance

Piesie Esther – Way3 Me Yie

Niella – Nothing’s Too Hard – WINNER

Cina Soul – Waiting

Abiana – Shika

Adomaa – Beginning Again

Best Rap Performance

Medikal – Scarface

Strongman – Goated

Amerado – Obiaa Boa – WINNER

Lyrical Joe – 5th August 5

TeePhlow – 6Feet

Best Gospel Artiste

Piesie Esther – WINNER

Joe Mettle

Perez Muzik

Diana Hamilton

Celestine Donkor

MOG Music

Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste


Ras Kuuku

Epixode – WINNER

Rocky Dawuni


Best Afrobeats/Afropop Artiste

King Promise – WINNER

Wendy Shay





Best Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste

Black Sherif – WINNER


Kwesi Arthur




Best Highlife Artiste

Kofi Kinaata – WINNER


Kuami Eugene


Songwriter of the Year

Piesie Esther – Way3 Me Yie

Fameye – Thank You

Black Sherif – Oh Paradise

Perez Muzik – Hewale Lala – WINNER

Diana Hamilton – My Meditation

Ewura Abena – This Far

Collaboration of the Year

FBS – Jo (ft Mr. Drew)

Sarkodie – Country Side (ft Black Sherif) –WINNER

Epixode – Atia (ft Kwabena Kwabena)

Amerado – Grace (ft Lasmid)

DJ Breezy – Abonten (ft Mugeez, Black Sherif, Kwesi Arthur)

Bethel Revival Choir – Tegbe Tegbe (ft Edwin Dadson)

Sarkodie – Labadi (ft King Promise)

Dj Vyrusky – Body 2 Body (ft Kidi, Camidoh)

International Collaboration of the Year

Camidoh – Sugarcane Remix (ft King Promise & Mayorkun) – WINNER

Kidi – Touch It Remix (ft Tyga)

King Promise – Ten toes (Omah Lay)

Kidi – Blessed (ft Mavado)

Mz Vee – Dumebi (ft Yemi Alade)

King Promise – Run to You (ft Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa)

Sarkodie – Better Days (ft BNXN fka Buju)

Best African Artiste

Ayra Starr


Burna Boy

Asake – WINNER

Kizz Daniel

The Therapist

Record of the Year

King Promise – Yaa Asantewaa (ft Frenna)

Adomaa – Beginning Again

Perez Muzik – Hewale Lala

Stonebwoy – Therapy

Sarkodie – Country Side (ft Black Sherif)

Gyakie – Far Away – WINNER

Album of the Year

Black Sherif – The Villain I Never Was

Sarkodie – Jamz

Gyakie – My Diary

King Promise – 5 Star – WINNER

Kwesi Arthur – Son of Jacob

Joe Mettle – The Kadosh

Best New Artiste

Lasmid – WINNER


Malcolm Nuna

Jay Bahd

Ewura Abena

Dj Azonto

Chief One

Vodafone Most Popular Song

Camidoh – Sugarcane Remix (ft King Promise & Mayorkun)

Sarkodie – Country Side (ft Black Sherif)

Black Sherif – Kweku the Traveller – WINNER

Lasmid – Friday night

Kelvynboy – Downflat

Gyakie – Something

Wendy Shay – Survivor

Kidi – Blessed (ft Mavado)

Stonebwoy – Therapy

Piesie Esther – Way3 Me Yie

Artiste of the Year




King Promise


Piesie Esther

Joe Mettle

Black Sherif – WINNER


Music royalties are at stake as GHAMRO’s operational licence is revoked




Music royalties are at stake as GHAMRO's operational licence is revoked

Artists in Ghana who are due money for the usage of their works may have to wait.

This is because the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), which is in charge of distributing royalties, has had its licence revoked.

It follows demands for the office’s closure by renowned musician Akosua Agyapong due to legal issues that have stopped the outfit from renewing its licence for some time.

On Thursday, June 1, 2023, the news was revealed at a press conference in Accra.

Rex Omar, Chairman of GHAMRO’s interim management committee, addressed the gathering and said that the royalty collection agency would be unable to release any collections.

As a result, the agency will be unable to carry out its collection mandate until the licence is renewed.

Rex indicated that GHAMRO has met all of the renewal requirements outlined in Section 24 of the Copyright Legislative Instrument.

“In 2010, GHAMRO submitted all the requisite documentation for the renewal of its license in June, 2022. This is against a campaign from notable persons like Madam Akosua Adjepong that the organization certificate has not been renewed and that Users should stop payments for the use of protected music which is regulated under law,” he stated.

Regardless, the Copyright Office has demanded that the organisation agree to postpone its legal cases, re-adopt Prof. Sutherland’s Report, and readmit the disbanded Election Committee to organise new elections in a letter dated May 17, 2023.

Rex Omar added that “it is unfortunate that after the Attorney General’s Office Roadmap has almost been completed with the exception of the apped case yet to be cleared, GHAMRO is being asked to go back to start the recommendation of the Efua Sutherland Committee.”

Rex told GHAMRO members on the sidelines of the news conference that the leadership has filed a petition to the Attorney General to express their discontent with the instruction.

He further stated that, while the organisation is prohibited from transferring royalties, it can still collect royalties and wait until its licence is renewed before delivering them to the proper owners.

Meanwhile, Rex Omar has taken strong exception to the allegation by Mrs Agyapong describing it as a “smear campaign to malign the management and Directors of the organization with misleading information to further their personal agenda.”

Akosua Agyapong has accused GHAMRO of misconduct, including failure to follow numerous suggestions incorporated in the organization’s 2021 report.

One of them, she told Graphic Showbiz, is a mandate for GHAMRO to utilise 10% of revenues for the welfare of rights holders.

Mrs. Agyapong, however, claims that this is not being done.

“From the 2021 report, those who are managing the fund are paid GHC72,000 annually; yet, members in dire need don’t get assistance,” she said.

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I’ve changed my life because I’m about to give birth – Shugatiti




I've changed my life because I'm about to give birth - Shugatiti

Shugatiti claims in a new interview that she has forged a new path to redemption, as opposed to the sultry, sexy, sassy demeanour that has reflected her brand since she became a mainstream sensation.

She explained in a YouTube interview with ZionFelix that as she grew older and became more mindful of her own personal development, she made a conscious decision to give up several behaviours and activities that were no longer in keeping with her growing self.

“I have stopped certain things because I am growing and getting older,” Shugatiti explained. Now I attend church, and I’m about to give birth, so I’m changing.” She insisted that her decision was entirely her own and that she has taken the initiative to frequently attend church.

She disclosed that, although being reared in the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) by her stepmother, she was born into the Assemblies of God church. As a result, she has opted to attend the ICGC’s Open Heavens branch in her town.

“Three weeks ago, I went (to church), two weeks ago, and last week.” I just decided to go because I need a new family…I was born into assemblies, but my stepmother took me to ICGC, so I sat down and said, “I won’t go to the assemblies, but I’d rather go to ICGC,” and I had an Open Heavens branch in my region, so I went…When I initially went there, someone noticed me and noticed the necklace, and he asked, “Are you the one?” I responded absolutely.

“I haven’t skipped a beat since I started… Nobody preached to me, nobody convinced me because where I come from, we are not unified like that, so I needed a new family that you can go to when you encounter any issues aside from worshipping God,” he continued.

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How Shatta Wale’s timely intervention spared Fella Makafui from committing suicide over a’sex tape’




How Shatta Wale's timely intervention spared Fella Makafui from committing suicide over a'sex tape'

Fella Makafui, an actress and entrepreneur, owes her life to Dancehall King Shatta Wale, whose timely intervention prevented her from committing suicide.

Fella Makafui recounted being depressed when she learned that her alleged sex tape had gone viral on social media.

Despite the fact that the identity of the X-rated model was kept hidden, Fella claimed it was linked to her since she had a similar physique to the model.

“There was this day I was having a meeting with my manager and he just called me and was like Precious I need to tell you something. He was like I know you can’t do something like this but I want you to be honest with me and I was like okay what up? And he said oh your tape and I am like what, my sex tape, Where? never,” she recounted in an interview on 3FM.

She claimed that the controversy drove her to the edge of suicide, but for a phone call from Shatta Wale, who calmed her down and explained the issue.

“Shatta saved my life. He called me and said ‘Mummy calm down’ and sent me the link and I realised it was a couple from Twitter. She had a tattoo on her back but I don’t. I knew it wasn’t me because I had not done something like that,” she said.

Fella Makafui stated that if the crucial phone call had not arrived in time, she would have taken her life that night.

Based on her experiences, she claims she has developed a thick skin and will no longer be swayed by the opinions of judgmental Ghanaians.

It’s also the reason she and her husband, Medikal, maintain such a close relationship with the Dancehall king.

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