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‘This Is New Africa’ Festival Will Change The African Narrative – Fuse ODG

UK-based Ghanaian artiste Fuse ODG, known privately as Nana Richard Abiona is confident

the maiden “This Is New Africa (TINA)” Festival will create the platform for Africans to retell their stories.

Fuse ODG has launched his maiden edition concert dubbed ‘Tina Fest’ [This is the new Africa]

on Saturday December 15 in Accra.

Tine Fest is aimed at displaying the rich African culture, including wearing Kente cloth (Kente Party).

Addressing the media at a press soiree Friday, Fuse ODG lamented the negative image

the media portrays of Africa, calling for collective efforts to change that demeaning narrative.

“I travel a lot and I represent Ghana everywhere I go. And I’m always putting Ghana in a positive light and as I have said the media likes to portray Africa in such a negative way, that we have to stand up and tell our story. And that is what TINA, This Is New Africa is all about.

Creating a platform where we can start telling our own story so something like TINA festival is a platform and it’s the battleground for people to come back home and experience our culture, and experience Ghana the way that we know,” the ‘Antenna’ hitmaker said.

Fuse ODG cautioned Ghanaians against projecting the country’s shortfalls, but

rather display a positive image of the country, and the continent to the rest of the world.

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He disclosed that the Western world has imprinted an image of a ‘safe haven’ to Africans

inasmuch as they also have their own challenges.

“Yes we have issues in the country just like any other country in the world but we also have our culture that is beautiful as well so a country like America, they have their issues. They have the poorest communities but when you are watching TV, the America that you see is the America that they want you to see,” he added.

The inaugural TINA festival will take place at the Round Pavilion, Trade Fair on Friday, January 4, 2019.

The music festival seeks to reunite the African diaspora by creating a platform for Africans both

home and abroad to come together under one umbrella and appreciate the uniqueness of Africa through music.

Performing artistes include Ghana’s award-winning rapper, Sarkodie, Joey B, one of Africa’s

finest hiphop artiste, Stefflon Don, Lethal Bizzle, some underground artistes as well as

the Afrobeats pioneer, Fuse ODG.

Prior to the TINA festival, there will be a National Builders Day on January 2, 2019 at the Wood

World Mission Charity School, set up by This Is New Africa and Wood World Mission Charity.

The Nation Builders Day will feature boat rides across the Akosombo and the repainting of the TINA school.

The Global Diaspora Conference will mark the second day of the TINA festivities.

The conference, which will feature speakers such as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,

Samia Nkrumah, BBC TV Broadcaster Reggie Yates, Ghanaian actress Ama K. Abebrese, Chaka

Bars of I Heart Africa and Fuse ODG himself.

The dress code for the TINA festival is any attire with a touch of kente.

Akufo-Addo, Others To Speak At TINA Festival Conference

International awards-wining Ghanaian Afro-pop artiste, Fuse ODG on December 15 launched

the “This Is New Africa (TINA)” Festival(Tina Fest) in Accra with various media houses present.

The Festival will be taking place on January 4, 2019.

Meanwhile, there are a series of activities planned to spice and build euphoria ahead of the major concert.

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The first activity for Tina Fest 2018 will come off on January 2, 2019.

On this day, Fuse ODG, together with other diaspora communities will visiting his Akosombo School to carry out a lot of activities including painting the school, speaking with the pupils, an exciting boat ride and tour of the beautiful Akosombo landscape fused with party in the bus and

lots of networking will be part of the day for all.

The activities continue on January 3, 2018, with the Global Diaspora Conference and Exhibition which will be looking at discussions and talks from top thought leaders from the

continent on how to take Africa beyond aid and how to mobilize the sleeping giant of the Diaspora.

Meanwhile, speakers for the Tina Fest Conference however include H.E. Prez. Nana Akuffo Addo, Samia Nkrumah –

Political activist, Reggie Yates – BBC TV broadcaster, Ama K Abebrese – Actress, Chaka Bars – I Heart Africa, Fuse ODG – Artist.

The main festival is however on 4th January 2019.

Fuse ODG Reveals How He Met English Singer Ed Sheeran

UK-based Ghanaian Afrobeats singer, Nana Richard Abiona, better known as Fuse ODG has disclosed how he met English singer Ed Sheeran.

According to the “Boa Me” hitmaker, he became friends with Ed Sheeran after meeting

him many times on shows.

He further explained that, after meeting him several times on shows he asked Ed Sheeran

to make a trip with him to Africa and he said yes.

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He revealed this when speaking in an interview.

“Again with him, it’s like every shows that I was billed on to perform he will also be on the same show, so as time goes on we started talking at backstage and he said he loves my music and I said if you love my music that much then come to Ghana and he said yes so basically that’s how we became friends”.

I Used To Be Ashamed I Am An African – Fuse ODG

UK-Based Ghanaian Afro beats singer, Fuse ODG has revealed how embarrassed he used to

be to be an African.

As a black African growing up in the UK Fuse ODG had been embarrassed by the negative

portrayal of the African continent.

The poor images and the never-ending negative news about his ancestral home affected his ego and pride.

Narrating his experience on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review on Saturday, November 24,

the ‘Azonto’ hitmaker said he was ashamed to be Ghanaian as a child.

According to him, he was embarrassed and let down of the negative perception about Africa

in the Diaspora and as such, it became difficult to tell people of his country of origin.

“At a point in time, I was so ashamed that I couldn’t even tell people that I was Ghanaian because there was so much negative news about Africa”.

The awards-winng artiste however revealed that this perception of his changed as he grew up.

“However, with time, I appreciated Africa’s greatness and I am very proud to be an indigene.

“I realised that music is a powerful tool for development and with such a platform, I can lead a campaign to erase the negative perceptions about Africa and that was how my This is New Africa( TINA) started with my music,” he stated.

Fuse ODG is one of the few Ghanaian stars outside seeking to promoting Africa and its rich culture since 2012.

Fuse ODG, who recently released his ‘Bra Fie’ song featuring Reggae star, Damian Marley,

hopes to intensify his African campaign with a festival dubbed Tinafest in January next year.

The purpose of the festival is to use music and the arts to re-orient the mentality of Africans

and encourage them to take pride in their heritage and identity.

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Tinafest will kick start on Friday, January 4, 2019. The aim of this event however is to change

the bad narratives about Africa and to also trumpet her achievements in the arts.

Even though he is not based in Ghana, Fuse ODG has continuously raised the consciousness

for Africans to be proud of their identity through his TINA (This is the New Africa) campaigns.

He has endlessly sold Africa and its talents through his music videos and the upcoming

show in January will create a bigger avenue to serve the purpose.

Real name Nana Richard Abiona, Fuse ODG is best popular for his 2013 single ‘Antenna’ which

peaked at No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart.

Among the many awards he has to his credit are Urban Music Award Best Afrobeats

Artiste in 2012 and Best Afro Pop Song at the 2013 Ghana Music Awards.

Awards Do Not Measure My Success – Fuse ODG

Afro-pop artist, Fuse ODG has disclosed that awards do not measure his success.

The Ghanaian -UK based artist is doing quite well with his career in music. However he hasn’t won many awards both in Ghana and internationally.

Reacting to this, Fuse ODG said that he doesn’t use awards as a benchmark as an artist.

Speaking in an interview on Hitz Fm’s Daybreak Hitz, the ‘antenna’ crooner said that he does

not see winning awards as a yardstick to being a successful musician but what is pivotal to

him is how his music reach out to people and change lives.

“An award does not measure my success; is not something I use as a benchmark as an artist. The number of people I can reach with my music, the lives I have changed. That to me is a success. Other artists have different preferences ..” he told Andy Dosty.

Speaking of awards, Fuse ODG happens to be the only Ghanaian who has won a Grammy Award.

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He won the Grammy Award for ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ at the 2018 Grammy Awards for

co-writing Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ album.

Fuse has also topped charts all over the United Kingdom and won other International

awards including the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) and African Musik Magazine Awards.

Bio

Nana Richard Abiona (born 2 December 1988), better known by his stage name Fuse ODG,

is an English recording artist of Ghanaian descent.

He is best known for his 2013 single “Antenna” which peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, and for featuring in Major Lazer’s “Light It Up (Remix)” which also peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.

Born in London and raised in Ghana, Fuse returned to London for his secondary education, where he attended the Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon. He grew up in Mitcham, South London.

Africans Should Be Proud Of Their Roots And Culture – Fuse ODG

Ghanaian musician based in UK, Fuse ODG has advised African youths to appreciate their culture.

According to the ‘TINA’ front-liner, it is very important for African youths to be proud of their roots and culture.

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Speaking to UK National TV, Fuse disclosed that when he got to the United Kingdom he realized the perception about Africa is so bad that he tried to disassociate himself from the African race.

“It’s funny, how much I have grown out of the perception Africa is inferior. When I got to the UK, I realized that the perception of Africa was very negative. It was so intense that as I was growing up, I did everything that would make fit into the British lifestyle,” he said.

He proceeded to say that, as he grew older he realized he was born an African and should embrace his roots instead of trying to shy away from who he is.

“But as I grew older, I got to understand who I’m supposed to be. So I’m on a mission to change that perception. I want young black people to be proud of who they are.

“Now things are changing, people are now embracing who they are and it’s a good thing,” he added.

The ‘Azonto’ hitmaker took to his Instagram page to share some portion of his interview with channel 14.

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He advised Africans not to run from their culture but rather embrace it.

Fuse ODG further encouraged Africans to fight for Africa because the motherland is their future.

Under the video is the caption;

“Reasoning on UK national TV @channel4 with @sundaybrunchc4. It’s so important for our young people to be proud of their roots and culture or else they’ll always grow up wanting to be someone else. We need more of us fighting for Africa coz the motherland is the future. Can’t wait for you all to hear my new album coz we diving right in!! Raaaa”

Post below:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm_t4DVlxSI/?taken-by=fuseodg

Fuse ODG And Killbeatz Finally Patch Up

Fuse ODG has finally come out to rubbish claims that he sacked his producer, Killbeatz from his mansion.

There were reports earlier stating that Killbeatz regularly hangs out with a lot of his male friends in the mansion, not just smoking and drinking but also banging different girls in the house. Simply put, Killbeatz turned the house belonging to Fuse into a house of ill repute.

However, the UK-based Ghanaian artist, who couldn’t brief Ghanaians on what sparked the beef between them said that it was just a minor argument that happened between him and his producer.

zionfelix.net heard him say on Hitz FM. He stated emphatically that he never drove his sound engineer Killbeatz out of the house.

He later said it was normal for people who are family to fight each other, adding that he and his producer are cool now.

The TINA frontliner was speaking in an interview with Andy Dosty on Hitz FM.

The 29-year-old singer added that he is yet to release an album featuring Killbeatz, just to let Ghanaians know that there is no beef between them.

“I’m also excited to bring killbeatz on this album am working with other producers’’…he said.

Meanhwile, budding musician, Eshun, some time ago with her management accused Fuse ODG of presenting a not-too-detailed contract to them.

They further stated that Fuse refused to respond to them when they reached out to him about it.

The ‘Antenna’ singer revealed that he is a big fan of a lot of Ghanaian artistes. But he hasn’t received a feedback from Eshun’s manager. Hence their song cannot be released until the management signs the contract.

He added that he was not aware of Eshun reaching out to him concerning the said contract.

Fuse also indicated that he wants to create a platform for other countries to enable them to get access to Ghanaian songs.

Fuse has released a new song titled ‘Island’ which according to him was inspired by Latin sounds through his recent travels.

 

Fuse ODG Buses 200 Kids To Watch Epic Black Panther Movie At Silverbird

Awards-winning Ghanaian born-UK based musician, Fuse ODG has bused 200 pupils to watch the current reigning movie i the world, Black Panther.

According to Fuse, his musical career is not to enrich himself but to help the poor and vulnerable in the society.

The ‘Antenna’ hitmaker further revealed that he seeks help others make it in life. For this reason, he and his team built the ‘Wood Word Mission’ school for the less privileged in Akosombo.

Fuse ODG, does not only provide education for kids. He is also committed to harnessing the talents and creativity of his pupils.

In line with that, ODG bused 200 of his pupils to Silverbird Cinema to watch the epic American Marvel Studios movie; Black Panther.

Quotes from ODG’s Interview;

“I just feel like as an artiste with the opportunity and blessings that I have, I need to use it to help other people. My purpose is not just to make music; it’s to help other people. And these kids are kids from a primary school that we built in Akosombo.” He told Joy News’ MzGee;

According to Fuse; “It’s a school that we built from scratch; we started in 2007. So it’s been a long time since we started building the school. It was way before my music actually blew up globally. So it’s a school that we started from the foundation so when my music blew up, I decided to contribute a lot more to it because I had the platform”

“And now, we’re working to raise money to build a secondary school so right now, it’s just a primary school,” he added.

Asked what motivated him to bus 200 kids from his school to Silverbird to watch the Black Panther movie, he said;

“It’s such a pleasure. To be able to bring them to Accra for them to watch an international movie that’s like the highest selling movie of all time is a blessing.”

He also added that; “Because it’s not just any movie, it’s a movie that promotes self-love and pride in our culture so it’s such a pleasure to see these kids enjoy it, they had a great time, and it’s an experience they’ll remember forever.”

My Award At The Grammy Will Pave Way For Ghanaian Artistes – Fuse ODG

UK-based Ghanaian artiste Fuse ODG says his win at the just ended Grammy awards will pave way for more Ghanaian artistes.

Fuse ODG described his win at the just ended Grammys as an “amazing honor.”

Fuse in an interview with Doreen Avio, expressed his excitement over the award.

The ‘Antenna’ hitmaker  further expressed his gratitude the British singer for travelling to Ghana to work with them.

“It’s an amazing honour. Big shout outs to Ed Sheeran, for coming to Ghana and working with us in Ghana, and taking the music that we’ve made to the world.”

Fuse ODG is the co-writer of British award-winning singer Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bibia Be Ye Ye’ song. The song was also produced by Killbeatz.

The song, a part of Ed Sheeran’s album ‘Divide’ won the ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ award at the 60th edition of the Grammys held in New York last Sunday.

The artiste, who doubles as a Tourism Ambassador for Ghana, is positive that this win will bring opportunities to other Ghanaian artistes, and the industry as a whole.

Fuse ODG’s Comments;

“I am looking forward to the future, more opportunities. I think this has opened doors. It is very motivational if you’re an artiste.

If you write music, if you produce music, you have to keep going because definitely more successes will be coming,” he said.

A proud Fuse ODG was optimistic that the win will affect the Ghanaian music industry positively.

He was confident musical content from Ghana was capable of gaining international recognition just as the song ‘Bibia Be Ye Ye’ had done.

He also debunked reports that there is a bad blood between him and producer Killbeatz.

“Killbeatz is my family and I’ll always look out for him,” he said.

Fuse admitted though that every relationship goes through rough times periodically. He was however quick to add that ““we are still working and still looking out for him.”