After changing the face of how the nominees of the prestigious Vodafone Ghana Music Awards are announced on the 17th edition by announcing online, radio and television, organisers, Charterhouse held a Nominees Party at the plush Kempinski Hotel to announce the rest of the remaining categories.
Nominated in the Album of the Year category are “Verified” by Dancehall act MzVee, “Mary” by Sarkodie, “Elom” by EL, “Breakthrough” by Bisa KDei and the only Gospel musician in the category SP Kofi Sarpong with “I Believe”.
GhanaGist.com can confirm that, for an album to make it to this category, it must have two or three hits.
Verified – MzVee
MzVee, real name Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda “Verified” album was launched at the African Regent Hotel in Accra. The ten tracks album features the likes of Nigerian rapper M.I., Wiyaala, Efya, Shaydee from Nigeria, Pappy Kojo and Akwaboah.
It has song such as Mensuro Obia and Abofra blazing the airwaves.
Mary – Sarkodie
Born Michael Owusu Addo but known in the music circles as Sarkodie. His Mary album is dedicated to his late grandmother.
The album, his 4th studio outing featuring Akwaboah Jnr., Efya, Chase Forever, Obrafour, Mugeez of R2Bees fame and more was launched at the West Hills Mall.
Elom – EL
The lanky producer and rapper EL, real name Elom Adablah, a BBnZ signee released his second studio album, E.L.O.M, an acronym derived from the phrase, ‘’Everybody Loves Original Music’’ and also spells out EL’s first name Elom.
E.L.O.M is a 20 tracks double-disk record, featuring some of Ghana and Nigeria’s top artistes including Obrafour, Stonebwoy, Samini, Efya, Sarkodie, Bisa Kdei, Gemini, Dex Kwasi, Phyna, Patoranking and Banky W.
Leading the album are Shelele, Mi Naa Bo Po and Koko.
Breakthrough – Bisa KDei
At a venue near Airport West, Black Legendary Music signee Bisa Kdei officially launched his 2nd studio album “Breakthrough”.
The 10 tracks album has two runaway hits ‘Mansa’ and ‘Brother Brother’ and also featured Obrafour, Samini and Efya.
I Believe – SP Kofi Sarpong
The Gospel Album of the Year was scrapped from this year’s awards for obvious reasons – because they are not getting the hits, though they are selling.
However, SP Kofi Sarpong managed to make it to the overall Album of the Year which is often competed by all the genres. He made it with his “I Believe” album which features Joyce Blessing and Jack Alolome.
The 11 – track album has songs such as Afutusem, Woye Nyame and Hour By This Time.
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