Elephant Man accused of defrauding Ghanaian event organizers $25,000

Elephant-Man-PromoJamaican music icon Elephant Man known as ‘Energy God’ is being trailed by two Ghanaian event promoters for refusing to return an amount of $25,000 they paid him to perform in Ghana.

Though Elephant Man did not turn up for the performance, he is reported to have refused to refund the money to the event organisers.

The Jamaican musician was supposed to perform in Accra on July 6, at the 2013 edition of Bass Awards by Rackus Productions in collaboration with Bullhaus Entertainment and Solid Multimedia.

Artiste Manager Bull Dog is in charge of Bullhaus while Sadeeq Abdulai Abu is from Solid Multimedia. Elephant Man was paid an amount of $25,000 excluding flight and accommodation, to perform.

But the dancehall musician, born O’Neil Bryan, did not show up. Well over a month after the event, the organizers are having a tough time retrieving their money from Elephant Man.

According to information available to NEWS-ONE, “All efforts to get the money from him have proven futile. He doesn’t want to pay back the money.”

Other reports from Europe allegedly captured the musician in a similar situation. It was reported he had done the same thing to other event promoters across Europe.

“Dancehall star Elephant Man is taking a beating in the German press which reports he has not shown at several reggae shows for which he was booked,” according to the Jamaican Observer.

It is also alleged retainer fees were collected on his behalf. One of the shows was the annual Chiemsee Reggae Summer Festival, one of Europe’s largest reggae shows, which takes place in the south of Germany in August.

Elephant Man was advertised to perform on August 23, at the opening night of the three-day show in Uebersee near Munich. Contacted by the Jamaica Observer, Maria Perreiter, public relations officer for Chiemsee, referred to a public announcement on the show’s website which reads:

“We regret to inform you that Elephant Man will not be appearing at the Chiemsee Reggae Summer Festival 2013. After appearing on various shows in Europe, the artiste has hastily left from Brussels towards Jamaica, apparently with a six-figure amount he received in advanced payments as retainer fees from several show promoters. With this behaviour, Elephant Man has shown that he has no regard for contracts, and even worse, for his fans.”

It is also reported that Elephant Man failed to show up for a concert at The Docks in the German city of Hamburg on August 17. It is alleged he was paid a retainer fee by promoters. The promoters were, however, not available to confirm or deny these allegations.

Elephant Man has had prior run-ins with German promoters. Scheduled tours to the country by the self-proclaimed ‘Energy God’ were cancelled in 2009 and 2012.

Contacted by the Observer, Elephant Man denied claims by organisers of the Chiemsee Reggae Summer Festival that he failed to show up. “I didn’t have any show in Germany on Friday, nor did I collect a deposit to perform.

I was in Europe for two weeks where I performed at several music festivals. If I was slated to perform on Friday I would not have left the continent on Thursday to return to Jamaica,” said Elephant Man. He added that he had another engagement in the United States last Friday.

source: ghanaweb.com

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Mi Abaga, Ice Prince, Sarkodie, 4×4, El, Efya & Others To Storm “Soundcity Exclusive Chairman/VIP Party” In September

1September edition of Soundcity Premium Party promises to be the biggest for the year as it’s featuring the biggest name in Nigeria and Ghana music industry.

The party dubbed THE EXCLUSIVE CHAIRMAN/VIP PARTY will be hosting the ChocolateCity Group from Nigeria comprises of ‘The chairman’ MI Abaga, 2013 BET award winner, Ice Price who will also be launching his VIP album in Ghana, Sexy singer Victoria Kimani, DJ Caise, Pryse and from Ghana, 2012 BET award winner Sarkodie who stole the show in the August edition of Soundcity Premium Party, incredible trio 4×4, EL, Efya, and Dee Money.

According to one of the director Hannah Acquah, the August edition of Soundicty Premium Party with Iyanya, Emma Nyra, Sarkodie, 4×4, Eazzy, and others, which people said was a great party, is just a teaser of what Soundcity have in mind in fostering relationship between African artists and creating up and close relationship with the fans who are supporting their music but only have the opportunity to watch them on television.

She concluded that Chocolate City Group artists are ready to storm Ghana for the September edition of the event to party with their fans along with top Ghanaian acts. People should expect more surprises as Soundcity’s monthly Premium Parties will be hosting the biggest names in the entertainment industry in Africa, not only Ghana and Nigeria.

The event is scheduled to be held at Bella Roma, Osu on 21st of September.

It will be an Exclusive Party where all guests will be given the VIP treatment with complimentary drinks and buffet.

Tickets for this party will range from Ghc100 to Ghc1,500 VVIP table reservation.

Limited tickets are available for students (student discount ONLY). Advance tickets will be on sale at Bella Roma, Marina Mall, and Silverbird lifestyle from September 8, 2013.

source: modernghana.com

Elikem represented Ghana very well – Bull Dog

Elikem (1)Chief Executive of Bullhaus Entertainment Bull Dog says Elikem Kumordzi’s impressive performance at the just ended Big Brother Africa; the Chase show in South Africa, has raised the bar for Ghanaians who have future plans of participating in the reality show.

Speaking to NEWS-ONE, the outspoken TV personality and artiste manager admitted that by far, Elikem was the only housemate to have really represented Ghana in the biggest reality show in Africa.

“For me, he is the only person—since Big Brother Africa started—who has represented Ghana very well. He was always saying things about his country. From day one, he has been himself and was even teaching the rest of his housemates how to do the Azonto,” Lawrence Nana Asiama Hanson, as he is known, stated.

According to him, Elikem should not be seen as a ‘third placer’ in that competition since in the end, it was a win-win situation for Ghana.

“I don’t even see him as a loser or a third placer, I see him more like a winner because it is actually the first time any Ghanaian has gone that far. For me, it is a win-win situation for Ghana and we should all see it as such,” he said.

Bull Dog therefore urged Elikem, who landed in Accra Thursday night, to use his three-month exposure and recognition gained at the BBA to transform his fashion design career.

“My advice to Elikem is that when he comes back home, he should try and channel positive things for himself. He should just move ahead and do greater things for himself because he just succeeded in getting Africa’s attention for three months.”

source: Ghanaweb.com

Roll Kall to hit Aviation Social Centre

bandana_This year’s edition of Ghana’s biggest high school event Roll Kall, will take place at the Aviation Social Centre on Saturday September 7.

The event is expected to bring together students and immediate past students of thousands of second cycle institutions across the country.

They will take part in competitions in rap and singing, as well dance choreography among other exciting side attractions.

In its third year, Roll Kall remains Ghana’s biggest outdoor programme for second cycle institutions. “This year’s event will witness very huge numbers,” Boakye Nhyira, CEO, Planet One Multimedia, organizers of the event said.

“Roll Kall has grown to become a must-attend event on the school calendar, and we can only put up a good show this year, just as we manage to do in previous editions.”

This year’s event is themed ‘No Yawa’, a campaign by three NGOs including DKT International Ghana, distributors of popular condom brands Fiesta, Kiss and new female contraceptive range Lydia.

“The project seeks to address the high unmet reproductive health needs of Ghana’s youth, via sms alerts, youth friendly clinics, DKT products, a call centre, and much more,” officials have said.

“No Yawa will be the support service where Ghanaian youth will be educated on issues regarding sex, which will then empower them to make informed sex choices.”

Artistes performing at this year’s event include Guru, Shatta Wale (Bandana), Cabum, and Gemini, among others.

SOURCE: Ghanaweb.com

EL threatened on Twitter

ELAward winning Ghanaian rapper EL born Elom Adablah has been receiving threats on social network twitter from an unknown stalker, who wants the ‘Kalu’ crooner to voluntarily quit Ghana’s music industry.

The rapper’s assailant has not given clear reasons why he or she wants the rapper out of the music scene.

However, the attacker said he or she purposely created the twitter account with handle @kobeewale to purposely deal with the rapper and his BBnZ team.

The account tweeted severally at the rapper’s @ElrepGH handle, threatening to make sure that EL and his BBnZ team who the account described as Sakawa boys never know peace in the music industry.

?@kobeewale tweets: “@ELrepGH the Ghana industry music don’t [doesn’t] need you and your group people! We shall destroy you all, think say I’m joking! Fakeraps.”

“@ELrepGH you no go Fi talk som? Why de make ur [your] people’s talk for you, fake bich fuckin maharaja guy, I go spoil you all, u think I’m joking.”

“@ELrepGH fake rapper!! You and your people i Will have time for u!! Sakawa boys,” are some of the tweets directed at EL.

EL is yet to make an official statement about his tormenter. But, he expressed shock over the attacks on twitter.

“Usually I’d chill but ooOh I can’t wait to meet this Coward, don’t know who u [you] playin [playing] with,” the Airtel ambassador also replied to one of the messages.

He also tweeted captured photos of an offensive chat he had with the person via text messages.

source: Ghanaweb.com

SEAN KINGSTON SUED FOR ALLEGED GANG RAPE

SeanKingstonSean Kingston and his bodyguard gang raped a drunk teenager in the singer’s hotel room back in 2010, according to a new lawsuit — but Sean says it’s B.S.

Carissa Capeloto — now 22 — claims she was forced to have sex with Sean, his bodyguard and a member of Sean’s band at a Seattle hotel in July, 2010, after she had smoked pot and downed 7-10 shots of vodka.

Capeloto — who has sued all 3 men — alleges she’d been invited to Kingston’s hotel room for a meet-and-greet following a Bieber concert — where Kingston had also performed — but when she showed up … Kingston was waiting naked on his bed.

Capeloto claims the bodyguard picked her up and placed her on top of Kingston, and all three of the men proceeded to gang rape her while she was “obviously intoxicated, incapable of consent.”

Capeloto says her friend later entered the room and rescued her. The police were called and Capeloto was taken to the hospital where she says she was treated for physical injuries consistent with rape.

She says her life has been ruined … she can barely sleep, has mood swings and panic attacks.  Capeloto wants $5 mil minimum.

BTW … criminal charges against Kingston were dropped in 2010 after cops concluded Capeloto wasn’t credible enough for a legit case.

Kingston has filed legal docs insisting the sex was 100% consensual.

Trial is set for November.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/08/30/sean-kingston-sued-lawsuit-girl-gang-rape/#ixzz2dSpqtTv6
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source: TMZ.com

Do Africa movies revolve around only Ghana and Nigeria?

Gen-n-MajidThe media in this country has become a multi-purpose entity which is gradually taking over the duties and responsibilities of the various institutions in our country. Institutions such as marriage, religion, entertainment and education are a few of those.

Looking at the power and influence that the media possesses, it is very mandatory that caution is taken before any out-put is made on the various channels of the media namely: TV, radio, newspaper and online website publications.

Browse through the various channels of the media today and one is constantly attacked with not too pleasant voices, fake accents, weird intonations, confused phonetics and unpardonable spelling mistakes.

On this note, I have always wondered why TV stations would write “Up Next; African Movie” yet all they ever show are movies made in only Ghana and Nigeria. This has been going on for as long as I can remember and no particular TV station is an exception to what I see to be a ridiculous over-sight.

Meanwhile, these TV stations are expected to be filled with scholars of the English language. So how then, can Ghana and Nigeria represent the whole of the African continent? Ghanaian and Nigerian movies have flooded our screens for a long time now and it is such a pity that it is so.

I will put much blame on the new TV stations that have come up for continuing with this atrocious mistake. They all write “African Movie” but show only Ghanaian and Nigerian movies. And yet are expected to be of a younger and vibrant generation as compared to the pioneer TV stations.

My question is; are these two countries the only English speaking countries in Africa? Or is it that the other English speaking countries like Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe etc, do not make movies?

I have, however, observed that Stations like Viasat 1 and eTV Ghana show South African series which I must commend but they also make that same mistake under a different segment and write “African Movies” when it either Ghanaian or Nigerian movies they show during those segments.

Even though we love watching the Ghanaian and Nigerian movies we would very much like to see how people of the other English speaking African countries also tell their stories.

Or better still, TV programs managers should change the name of those segments from “African Movies” to “Ghanaian and Nigerian movies” because that is more appropriate.

source: ghanaweb.com