The 13th year of the passing of the late Ghanaian music icon, Terry Bonchaka, was commemorated on Sunday, October 30 at the La Cemetery in Accra where he was buried.
As part of the activities to mark the commemoration, the manager of the late Terry Bonchaka, Reagan Mends, together with the Boomgi Man (Bonchaka Look-alike) and some friends of Terry cleared the tomb area and laid a wreath in honour of him.
Speaking in an interview with razzonline, Reagan Mends indicated that, the clean up exercise at the graveyard is an annual event to spearhead the 15th year anniversary where international artistes would be invited to mark the day.
“Today is exactly 13 years our great brother, friend, leader and the finest artist I have ever managed died. To show that we still love him, we are here at the La cemetery where he was buried to clean up his tomb and keep the surroundings of his graveyard clean.
“This is an annual event we started from 2014 and is to spearhead his 15 years anniversary in 2018 where international artists would be billed to perform at a musical concert to mark the occasion,” he said.
The exercise was sponsored by the late Bonchaka’s mother, Charlotte Adjetey.
Known in real life as Terrence Nii Okan Adjetey died in a motor accident on October 30, 2003 after performing at the Akuafo Hall week celebrations at the University of Ghana.
He was popular within a short time after his first song because of his novel way of singing, his Africanness and his trademark dance.
Some of his hit songs are Ghana Ladies, Puulele and Zoozie.
Watch excerpts of the clean-up exercise and the wreath laying below:
Who wins Ghana Music Awards ‘Unsung Category’
This year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Unsung Category promises to be the most exciting edition yet, as Closeup toothpaste, the iconic youth brand, partners Charterhouse to provide a more rewarding and exciting experience for underground acts seeking to break into mainstream music.
This great news was first revealed at the nominees’ announcement party, where the six finalists of the unsung category were unveiled. According to the Unilever Closeup Brand Team, “for years, Closeup has been giving people the confidence to get closer.
This year, the brand is giving young and upcoming artistes the chance to break barriers that hold them back and get closer to their dreams of making it big in showbiz. The Unsung category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is a natural platform for us to achieve this. So with this partnership, Closeup is essentially giving young people a chance to break the barrier into main stream music.
According to Charterhouse, this partnership is greatly desired as it will enable a richer experience for participants. The Unsung acts will have the unique opportunity to put up their best acts before a 10,000+ audience at the Nominees Jam, to win public votes. This will show live on TV3, Ghana Music Awards facebook page, and the Closeup facebook page.
The winner will have a performance slot at music’s biggest night, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards night, showing live on TV3 in Ghana, across Africa on DSTV, and across the world on social media live. For the first time ever in the history of the award, the Unsung category will receive a special Awards Plaque sponsored by Closeup, and a performance slot on Closeup music activation platforms.
It is no surprise that the Unsung Category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is catching the eye of corporate Ghana. The success stories of past winners is a testimonial to the program’s relevance, and its ability to help underground acts break the barrier into main stream music.
MzVee won the 1st edition with an exceptional performance; Dark Suburb won the 2nd edition by selling their uniqueness; Adomaa won the 3rd edition fighting equally talented artistes; and Kuami Eugene won the 4th edition with dexterity. Clearly these names have broken the barrier into main stream music, and soon, a new act will join the Unsung hall of fame.
So who amongst the six talented and ambitious nominees will win the number 1 spot? Will it be Kelvin Boy with his dancehall stamp? Dope Nation with their urban rap swag? Dhat Gyal with her Afro Pop appeal? Royal Chris with his anointed gospel tunes? Real MC with his locally blended hip-hop swag? Or O’Bkay with his contemporary rap feel? These nominees are literally one step away from breaking the barrier into main stream, and come Friday the 23rd of March at the Jubliee Park in Cape Coast, each artiste will have the unique opportunity to demonstrate to Ghanaians why he/she deserves a spot on Ghana’s most coveted music platform. Till then, the one question worthy of asking, is who will be number 1?
As always, the public has a say in pushing the right talent through. The public is thus encouraged to have their say by voting for the best Unsung Act by visiting their social media pages, Charterhouse media pages, and Ghana Music Awards social media pages for instructions. The public is also notified about live event shows on Closeup, Charterhouse, and Ghana Music Awards social media pages.
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