GH62: MUSIC, MEDIA & THE CREATIVES

GH62: MUSIC, MEDIA & THE CREATIVES
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Zoe Dsanee

SINGER/SONGWRITER
Zoe Dsanee is a singer-songwriter who has a genuine love for R&B music. Her music incorporates an old school vibe with a soulful tone but is still very current. Zoe draws her inspiration from artists such as H.E.R, Jazmine Sullivan and Destiny’s Child; giving you the feeling of both nostalgia and a presence.
Her latest song is called ‘Falling’ which highlights the process of feeling sorrow, then a period of reflection which leads to growth. Zoe recently did an interview with Industry Me where she spoke about her song, the UK R&B scene as it stands today and what we can expect from her going forward!

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EL Waves

SINGER-SONGWRITER
EL Waves is a singer-songwriter and musician of Ghanaian heritage, born in Saudi Arabia and currently living in the UK. EL Waves has an eclectic sound ranging from ballads and chilled music with a tribal feel right down to singing vocals within the EDM/Trance category. EL Waves always adds elements from her Ghanaian heritage into all her music.

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Emma-Louise

PRODUCER
Emma-Louise
is a Producer at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. She has worked at the BBC for three years and is the YOUNGEST producer at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Emma-Louise produces the 1Xtra Rap Show with Tiffany Calver; since its launch highlights have included interviews with Future, Ms Banks and Headie One, a huge freestyle from Fredo (which has now been viewed over 1.5 million times) and an incredible response from listeners. She also produces the legendary Official Chart Show on Radio 1 which reveals the new UK top 40 every week and has millions of listeners every week. She’s worked on Fire In the Booth, the Live Lounge and 1Xtra Live. Emma-Louise has worked in TV production on Strictly Come Dancing, Channel 4 and at CBeebies and directed for the National Youth Theatre. When she is not producing Emma-Louise is a presenter and host. She has presented for HSBC, the National Film and Television School, Anglia Ruskin University, White Label Apps, the Creativehub, the Radio Academy, Noir News and for a number of radio stations and digital projects.

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Afia Kufuor

ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Afia is an Assistant Producer at the BBC and works across Radio 1, 1Xtra and The Asian Network. She also presents a radio show on CSRFM on Monday's from 9-10pm, championing underground talent across the globe. In between studying History at the University of Kent, Afia finds time to hosts live events and is the resident DJ for LevileTV's monthly networking event, Levile & Chill.
Afia was one of the first backstage presenters at Strawberries & Creem festival and has previous experience being involved in the UK's first under 25 youth-led news team, London360. As a junior news reporter, Afia produced three 30-minute documentaries that broadcast on London Live and the Community Channel (SKY, Virgin, Freeview) on topics that gave a voice to under-represented communities. Afia has also been involved in social media campaigns for Co-Op Foods and managed social accounts for the Boiler Room and O2 Music.

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Tamika Wood

CREATIVE CONSULTANT
Tamika is a creative consultant and writer. She runs research and insight processes for major brands and clients such as Nike, Clinique and the Barbican. Tamika prides herself exploring, questioning and creating work of the highest quality. She takes an ethnographic approach - travelling around the globe and pitching up wherever answers are sought. Tamika meets people, does a lot of listening and creates engaged communities where the honesty she elicits unlocks the deepest, often hidden, truths that are the source of true insights. She helps clients work out their goals and ambitions. Outside of work, alongside two co-fryers she has launched Plantain Papers - a journal which is a labour of love to the fruit but more importantly it’s people across the diaspora. Plantain Papers realise and celebrate the sinewy link between the cultures of those of us who grew up with plantain on our plates.

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Areatha Anderson

GOSPEL ARTIST
She’s known for the power, passion and “realness” she brings to any platform she sings on. From the age of five, Areatha Anderson's family recognised her keen interest in music. In her early teens, her song-writing skills began to emerge during school music lessons. 10+ years later, home karaoke machines have been replaced with international opportunities to share her musical gift at Christian conferences, gospel concerts, corporate events and private social gatherings. Whether appearing alongside fellow notable gospel artists and ministers or solo, Areatha shares with audiences her personal story of the transformational power of God’s love. Her desire to see others feel and experience this love drives her mission, ministry and music. Every song she writes, records or ministers live on stage is born of the promise she made God to use her gift to help others experience divine love, freedom and abundant life. In addition to her musical endeavours, Areatha is an experienced Choir Director and Vocal Coach with over 10 years of practical experience working with gospel choirs, groups, worship leaders and individuals in the UK and internationally. She also mentors young girls on their journey of self-discovery and confidence-building.

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Kym Oliver

ALL-ROUND CREATIVE
“…An unapologetically Black, African AND Caribbean, British, Disabled, Woman with a wheelchair-ish case of Multiple Sclerosis…".
Kym, is dedicated to illuminating her ‘lived experience’ with a long-term condition and the barriers it presents psychologically, emotionally, practically, socially, culturally, structurally & interpersonally. She is a Writer, Speaker, Sex & Dating aficionado, Podcaster (winner of the Spotify Bootcamp UK), ‘Peerreviewed Vegan Food Critic’, Professional Cackler & ‘failed Musician hoping for a pity-based comeback’! Ironically, she also happens to be a qualified Personal Trainer and Integrative Health Coach, who spends most of her days lying in bed, feeling poorly and promising herself that “tomorrow” will be the day that she eats better & goes to the gym. Kym is extremely passionate about eradicating the cultural taboos surrounding illness and disability within the Black community, not just in the UK, but in the diaspora. Check out her YouTube channel, Triple Cripples - amazing content and provides an insight into the experience of disabled black women and femmes.

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Rebecca Amissah

MUSIC/THEATRE
Rebecca Bernice Amissah is a singer, songwriter, actress, composer, musical director, choir leader and vocal coach. With over ten years experience in the music industry she has worked with many artists including Basement Jaxx, Omar MBE and Alexandra Burke. She has international vocal coaching experience working on a TV show called Mentor; Ghana's answer to X Factor. Rebecca has a talent for bringing the best out of people and has used this to propel her career in the world of film, music and education. She used her experience of singing in choirs to found her own; Gospel Essence, in 2010. Since then Rebecca has led the award-winning group to support the likes of Grammy Award Winning Kirk Franklin in his London Show and perform at the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. Setting the choir up with the help of The Prince's Trust led to the huge honour of singing the National Anthem and opening 'We are Most Amused and Amazed', Prince Charles' 70th birthday celebrations televised on ITV and filmed at the prestigious London Palladium. But it's not all about being on stage, Rebecca has set up workplace choirs to help with staff wellbeing in two local hospitals, NELFT Staff Choir and The Sound of PRIDE Choir. (NELFT and BHRUT Trusts). Rebecca is also a musical theatre performer and has just completed a run of Guys and Dolls playing General Cartwright. Rebecca's next endeavour is writing and producing her debut album by crowdfunding. Keep up to date with her progress and be part of this exciting journey by checking out her website.

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Whitney Boateng

MUSIC PROMOTION
Whitney is an amazing mother of 1 and music loving individual who has great knowledge, awareness, experience and understanding of the music industry. Whitney started off working under Zeon Richards for his management company, Renowned Group who at the time managed the likes of Wretch 32, George The Poet, Jacob Banks and Knox Brown. Whitney went on to become a live music agent Coda, assisting Mike Malak, who is an agent for some of the biggest acts such as Jess Glynne, Pusha T, Tyga, and many more! Whitney is currently at Metropolis/Live Nation, Whitney has since curated her own live shows including a night hosted by NAO called ‘Little Tokyo’. Whilst on maternity leave, Whitney and her colleagues launched their own festival called ‘The Ends Festival’ is taking place May 31st - June 2nd 2019. This festival is a BIG deal for the UK scene and Whitney’s name is one to watch out for going forward! Follow Whitney and The Ends Festival and support!

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Bonita Darkoh

ADVERTISING
Bonita Darkoh is an advertising professional, a Media Strategist to be exact. In addition to being an ad professional, she is an Arts & Culture Editor at GUAP MAG. Bonita graduated from Kingston University with a BA Hons degree in Business Management and is currently studying part-time towards a MSc Business Management degree. As a Media Strategist, Bonita focuses on providing the relevant teams insight on how to boost campaign performance. Bonita was elected as the President of Expedia's Black Employees, for the London Office in 2018, where she focuses on providing mentorship, events and workshops on why diversity in the workplace is important. Bonita also runs her own initiative called WalkingBrand, promoting and celebrating creatives from the BAME community. She believes in empowering women to believe in their sauce, and curated a #FEMALEBOSSGETAWAY in Malaga (December 2018), where she hosted a group of young women with various activities and talks to empower and get ready for the year ahead. Follow Bonita on Instagram and Twitter.

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Vanessa Ansong

PHOTOGRAPHY
Vanessa Ansong is a photographer/videography, based in London, United Kingdom. Vanessa is a storyteller through the art of photography and videography. As a photographer, she specialises in fashion photography and portraiture. What makes her photography/videography unique is her ability to capture the true spirit and personality of people and finding shapes and texture from within. For all your photography and videography needs, please do contact and support her.

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Scilla Owusu

FILM & MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCER, DIRECTOR
Scilla Owusu is a freelance Screenwriter, film and music video producer and Director at Renowned Pictures. Her first project was an online series entitled ‘A Lesson Learnt’ and in 2016 was awarded best web series ensemble at the prestigious Screen Nation Media Awards for the digital online category.
Scilla has produced music videos for a number of artists including Bisa Kdei, Ycee, Mr Eazi and LottoBoyz, and has worked on a number of short films. Being a female director is an amazing achievement as there aren’t many doing what she is doing. Her accolades are seriously racking up at this point.

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Nicole Krystal

CURATOR, FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
Nicole is an established public speaker, curator and festival director. In 2018, Forbes listed Nicole as one of 100 women to follow on Twitter and LinkedIn. Her passion for supporting and promoting diversity through various industries alongside her drive to stimulate and facilitate forward thinking conversations awarded Nicole as TimeOut's 1 of 50 Londoner’s shaping the city’s cultural landscape. With several appearances as a guest speaker on BBC Women’s Hour discussing everything from mental health to race and representation, Nicole is an experienced commentator and in 2018 she delivered a keynote at Apple Regent Street and also hosted a panel discussion at Elle Weekender discussing race and identity. Nicole was one of the leading faces for an international campaign with BET International promoting the Black Girls Rock awards show. In 2016, she founded ‘Unmasked Women’, an exhibition channeling the Black British female experience focussing on mental health. This successful show catapulted a breadth of dialogue on mental health with features in Dazed & Confused, i-D, Huffington Post, Afropunk, Buzzfeed+ more. Since her successful show, Nicole has curated an exhibition at the V&A, produced several discussions with Tate Britain and delivered projects and talks with the ICA and Southbank Centre. In 2017, Nicole co-founded The Black Girl Festival, the UK’s first festival celebrating Black British women and girls. In its first year, Black Girl Festival produced a takeover of TimeOut London magazine, two annual festivals, whilst building a growing community of over 30,000+ online and irl.

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Stephané Alexandre

CREATIVE
Stephané Alexandre is a 30 year old creative passionate about producing content in a positive and engaging way. She has started her career interviewing a range of entertainment's finest from Gregory Porter, Jason Isaacs, Bishop TD Jakes, Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry and many more on OH TV;s flagship show, OH Happy Day. Stephané is currently Head of Production at Red Monkey Collective overseeing all branded film briefs and creatives for TV. With 10 years’ experience in Film + TV, she has produced a range of branded film campaigns for Star Wars x Nokia, BBC Storyworks, Huawei to name a few. Stephane's heart is to change the narrative in British cinema and roll the carpet out for diverse characters that breathe life and inspire all audiences, be it through a documentary or film. She is currently producing her first documentary feature, Stripped Fatherhood and short film, Bookland with writer and director, TD Moyo.

Stephané launched online hub in 2011, Milk + Honey, an online lifestyle hub for women passionate about protecting moral values and championing self- worth to young women around the globe. The platform has also been presented with several awards including Runner Up at the 2015 Premier Digital Awards for Most Innovative Use of Digital Media in Outreach and was also featured in Powerful Media’s, Future Leaders magazine. Milk + Honey was also shortlisted on Cosmopolitan's 2012 Blog Awards in their Lifestyle category, making it to the final 5. In 2017 she was listed on Ghana's Future Leaders 30 - U30 list.

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Shekinah

ARTISTES
Consisting of Jacqui, Lisa, and Heavilyn, Shekinah are a vocal trio based in London. Serving under the leadership of Bishop Francis Sarpong of Calvary Charismatic Baptist Church, Shekinah have gained a name for themselves as a trio that can provide infectious and soothing sounds with their impeccable vocal ability.
Having provided backing vocals for some heavyweights within the industry, the three ladies decided it was time to take a further step in their artistry. Since doing so, they have been fast rising in the UK, and been capturing the attention of people around the world also. Their debut release "Change Me" set the tone for what is set to be an amazing musical journey, providing songs with messages of God's power, love, and peace but also showcasing of a unique vocal cohesion. The journey has just begun, and are indeed destined for higher heights!

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Hemah K

RADIO HOST, PRESENTER
Hemah K is a presenter and radio host extraordinaire. Former Radar Radio host currently presents for Link Up TV and has an amazing mid-morning show on The Beat 103.6 FM which is guaranteed laughs and entertainment. Hemah could be deemed as upcoming but her big break is definitely on the horizon. Keep your eye on this one!

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Jaguar

DJ, BROADCASTER
Jaguar is a DJ and broadcaster living here in London. Jaguar hosts radio shows on BBC Music Introducing and Reprezent Radio and recently made a radio documentary for Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Jaguar is a rising star in the music and media spheres. Jaguar is one of the most impressive and exciting new DJ's to break out onto the UK scene. Whether she is tearing up clubs, nurturing unsigned music for BBC Music Introducing, or playing the freshest house, techno and disco on Reprezent Radio everything she does is with an authentic energy and positivity like no other. She is spurred on by a genuine passion for life and a spark for adventure, leaving the future extremely bright for this young tastemaker.

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Glenda Gaspard

CURATIVE, ARTS & CULTURE
Glenda Gaspard is a 20 year old east Londoner. As a passionate artist and singer/songwriter, these outlets have always helped her to voice her opinions and communicate her visions with others. Glenda has worked tirelessly to put together an exhibition titled 'The Black Experience' with aims to celebrate black culture through creative media and raise awareness around the benefits of being vocal and transparent within the BAME community. Her Ghanaian heritage has been a big motivator in all of her creative pursuits. Being from a nation that pioneered independence within the continent, equally inspires her to spearhead this movement of reclaiming ownership and power, to be the ones to tell our own stories. ‘

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BR3NYA

ARTIST
BR3NYA came in and shook the table when she dropped ‘Good Food’ last year. Many women went on to recite her lyrics with such conviction. The UK rapper has since released other tracks with the likes of Reeko Squeeze and I expect that there is a whole lot more to come from this talented rapper. In a recent GUAP Mag interview, BR3NYA stated that she aims to make a mark for young black women to rap. It is very refreshing to see a dark-skinned black woman (Ghanaian at that!) enter such a male-dominated space within the UK music scene and be oozing with confidence. She sure does have a ‘whole lot of sauce and it’s oozing’

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Fiona Frimpong

PUBLICITY
Fiona Frimpong began her creative journey within the music industry by first writing for various urban music platforms such as; GRM Daily, Link Up TV and PRDN. Discovering her interests broadened further than just music journalism she delved into the world of music PR and started her own Publicity Agency - Carpe PR. Carpe PR offers a range of services from online/print press, outdoor marketing to radio interviews/spot plays and live bookings. Fiona has worked with an array of artists from inception, curating publicity campaigns to further the image of an array of artists from singers to rappers. Her latest successes have seen one of her clients sign with renowned music label Atlantic Records. She also lead the publicity/marketing campaign for mixtape “Lagos To London” from one of Africa’s biggest superstars Mr Eazi which has over a Billion streams. Fiona currently runs her publicity agency as well as being appointed the Head of PR for Mr Eazi’s independent Record Label - Banku Music.

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Sarah Owusu

ARTIST
Sarah Owusu holds a BSc in Psychology and is now a Contemporary Artist. Her unique paintings have caught the eye of many, including popular media outlet, TheShadeRoom. Sarah shares her passion for excellence, black history and heritage through her art. Sarah had the opportunity to present two paintings to the current President, Nana Akuffo-Addo during a private meeting at the Africa Business Summit. Her faith, elegance and grace comes across in all that she does. Sarah stated in an interview with Pulse NG that, “God is the most famous, talented and creator of all creations. I may be the one holding the brush, but it is He who executes it all.”