•March 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Kanvee (middle), Sen. Ballout & Husband

Kanvee (middle), Sen. Ballout & Husband

Having swept a couplel of awards at the Liberian Artists of Gospel Musical Artists (LAGMA) Awards, Liberia’s foremost Gospel Kanvee Gaines Adams artist has once again pocketed three awards, the most prestigious being ‘The Best Artist of The Year’ Award.

During a glamorious yet not-too-packed Liberia Music Awards 2008 Ceremony organized by the Musician Union of Liberia in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Kanvee Gaines Adams who was nominated in five different catergories took  center-stage when she snubbed the “Best Artist of The Year”, “Best Gospel Artist of The Year”, and  “Best gospel Song of The Year” Awards. She beat Friday “The Cellphone Man”, Sundaygar Dear Boy and K- Zee to become the “Best Artist of The Year” as well as finishing top above Eveine Natt Kamara, Harbella Brown and David Mell to be crowned the “Best Gospel Artist of The Year”. As if not enough, Kanvee’s “CARRY MY LOAD”—one that not only shaken Liberia but has also taken unto the international musical scene thus prompting the BBC granting her an interview—was awarded the “Best Gospel Song of The Year”. Eveine’s ‘Papa Ne No Kay’, Harbella’s “I Claim It’ and  Ophelia’s “ Jesus Working For Us” were the other nominated songs in this catergory.  Kanvee said she was most grateful to the Almighty God for these awards and thank her fans  for their support. She also acknowledged Mr. Steve Tequah h imself an award winner, for  his record company’s contribution to her success.

Happily married with two girls, Kanvee started her musical sojourn in 2000 when she made the ever –popular BE LIKE JOE  and has since become an annual releaser of albums that always make hits.

The Liberia Music Awards is the nation’s most prestigious award that traces its maiden edition 19 years back, then referred to as the Golden Beat Awards. Hosted by the Musician Union of Liberia, this is intended to recognize the enormous contributions made by Liberian artists during the year as they strife to make Liberian music one of more regional and even global competitive.

The Liberia Music Awards 2008, held at the historic Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Sunday February 15 had 16 different categories ranging from the Best Artist  to the Best Producer of the Year. The second highest carrier of awards during the night was “A Star Is Born” 2007/2008 Moses Swaray who clinched the two categories who was nominated for: “The Best New Artist of The Year’ and “The Best Male Vocalist of The Year”.He dedicated to God and the Community Outreach of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), a civic outlet  that eventually discovered this once-buried talent via its annual national talent hunt show named and styled “A Star Is Born”.

Other categories with their respective nominees and winners included the following: “The Best Song of The Year”, won by Picardo’s BOSOM (Kpa Ye Wa, Simple Mistake and Kaka Layka being runners-up), “The Best Album of The Year”, won by Friday ‘The Cellphone Man’s BELLEH (Bosom, Nuff Respect and Don’t Live With Woman being runners-up), “The Best Hip-Co Artisit of The Year”, won by M.C Switch (Tycoon J,Picardo and Lucky Bucky were runners-up) and “The Best Gospel Album of The Year”, won by Harbellwa Brown’s LIFT JEHOVAH HIGHER (Glorious Prasie, Carry My Load and Jesus’ Working For Me being runners-up). Others were “The Best Reggar Artist of The Year” which Rabbie Nass won over Kinda Harvey, Arinze Allen, and Cyrus Townsend, “The Best traditional Artist of The Year” snatched by Tokay Tomah Kalie with Julie Endee, Paul Gbarpue and Psalm Brothers being nominated, “The Best Choral Song of The Year” which the Little White Chapel’s MAMA LIBERIA won over Glorious Lamps, Thou Are Worthy and In Your Presence, and “The Best Female Vocalist of The Year” won by Princess Pitman despite the presence of Marron Cassell L I B Queen and Eveine Natt Kamara in this category. Finally, “The Best Music Video of The Year” was awarded to Sundaygar Dear Boy while Kanvee Adams, Eveine Natt Kamara and Nancy Gbollie (L I B Queen) looked on in the same category, “The Best Distributor of The Year” was awarded by R.K Enterprises over Sonia, Super Sound and World of Music while Steve Tequah won “The Best Producer Award” over Tom Holder, D-Boy and Pucano.


A Liberian lady was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment following a verdict of a court in the American state of Viriginia for making a ‘so-ne-duc, gba mu du yeon’ out of her five years old daughter .

According to reports gathered by this Paper, Weador Kromah was sentenced because of constant beating of her five-year old daughter as a result of the daughter’s continual ‘pee-ping’ to bed. Ma Weah, as she is preferably called, got ‘fed-up’ with her daughter’s habit and finally made a ‘‘so-ne-duc, gba mu du yeon’ out of the little girl, prompting state child protection and welfare authority to probe into the matter. ‘So-ne-duc, gba mu du yeon’, a Bassa expression  meaning “Chicken Can’t Urinate, Only Dog Can Urinate” is a traditional act used by our people to discourage children who usually urinate while asleep  from doing so. In so doing, the child is striped naked and dressed with leaves, forest ropes (or potato green rope), grasses, old cups and pans and other junks. He or she will have to be beating an old pan or cup in a bid to lead the ‘parade’. This is usually done during the early morning hours and paraded through the community or neighborhood with the song ‘so-ne-duc, gba mu du yeon’ being sang behind him or her while community dwellers or neighbors come by to lash the child or waste all sorts of dirty water on him or her. During such pitiful scene, the child is seen crying with bruises all over his or her and  will be made to complete circling the entire community or neighborhood or until the parent or guardian melting out such punishment is satisfied.

Our reports indicated that it was during one of such naïve and uncivilized drills in the name of punishment that Ma Weah was arrested after the child (name withheld) complained to the requisite authority. Ma Weah, believed to be in her mid-forties gave birth to her daughter when she had finally given up all her hope of being to conceive a child following almost four decades of bareness. But when she got impregnated within just two years of her migration to the United States from Guinea, she thought to provide ‘the best upbringing’ for her lone child. Now the child’s inability to discontinue this act led to Ma Weah’s institution of such ‘punishment’ without regard to the modernized society she finds herself.   



•March 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Sen. Ballout(left) during one of his numerous attendances of Liberian entertainment events

Sen. Ballout(left) during one of his numerous attendances of Liberian entertainment events



A official of government—infact, a top executive of the ruling Unity Party that currently holds the gavel of authorithy in Liberia—has become a very strong admirer of the Liberian arts in general, and the Movie and Music Industries in particular. He is seen virtually at almost every event of such.

To this, he promised to lobby with his colleagues at the National Legislature in enforcing the copy-rights law. This will help them reap the fruit of their labor. “This will give rise to the industry’s growth”, he added.  He feels that at least an initial amount of US$500,000 should be added to the copy rights budgetary allotment made instead of the allotted minute amount because showbiz is a very lucrative business. This he noted will protect the vulnerable industry.  A few years back, various Liberian radio and TV stations were over-taken by the promotion of foreign music–and up to present movies. Though little progress has been made in ensuring that Liberian music are played on both radio and TV stations, he suggested if they do this for successive three months this will be serious boost for the industry which will yield to more productions. With this done, the Liberian musical and movie industries will reach a level that will never come down.

and build on it, especially so when we have a beautiful culture because every great nation was built due to preserving and validating its own culture”, Sen. Ballout began. He disclosed that he has given his special attention to it as a way of spear-heading the process of bringing the values of our own arts & culture to the front because he thinks that such venture is ‘best championed by political leaders and high profile government officials’. Considering himself to be artist (whether a musical, movie or carving artist), the Maryland County lawmaker urged that we develop our own arts & culture because for too long now Liberians got confused embracing foreign culture thereby sacrificing theirs in the process. It is an unarguable fact that Liberians have given so much attention to the Ghanaian Hip-Life and Nigerian movies in their pursuit of happiness, a situation to which he clarified that Liberians are not against their own arts & culture but only need to be brought to their attention.  It’s established that Liberians’ appreciation of their music and movie are seen from their preference of Hip-Co, other secular and Gospel music as well as the ever-improving movie industry over their foreign counterparts at various social gatherings and entertainment centers, including the video centers. But one frustrating aspect of this is that Liberian artists are not reaping the worth of their talents—something the senator identified.




•March 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Liberia’s Ghana-based musical superstar star Scientific has successfully undergone a medical surgery at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in that West African State. Scientific whose real name is Samuel Sonnyboy Tubman,Jr was operated on his bladder and part of his stomach that was infested in which he had to spend a week at the hospital. In a telephone conversation with Entertainment Blog over the weekend, the much-traveled Liberian musical icon said he’s doing fine and firstly thanked the Almighty that he had a successful operation and his fans that are in prayers with him. His illness came at a time that he had planned to return home and have his single album launched.

Scientific’s Nothing Without U which happens to be his current single is presently blazing the airwaves both at home and in Ghana. He also has another new one called  KEEP PUSHING. However, he promises to do so upon recovery cuz according to him:” I luv LIB with my whole heart”. There are a lot of goodies from the skillful talent of Scientific to be launched soon as well.

Scientific is rated as one of the nation’s finest musical stars and probable the most successful foreign based Liberian musician of our time whose talents have magnetically brought him with some of the best Hip-Pop and R & B stars like Jay Z, Akon, Fat Joe, among others. He was caught in a free style battle with Wyclef  last November (accessible on Facebook.com). speedily recovery, Liberia’s musical flag-bearer.



•March 29, 2009 • 4 Comments
Liberia's Gospel Amb Maroon Dweh Cassell

Liberia's Gospel Amb Maroon Dweh Cassell


(Published in the CHAMPIONS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWSPAPER, its March 23th Edition, by Nat Bayjay) 

“Liberiaaa, sweet land of liberty

You will rise, you will shine, you will prosper

In Africaaa, yee the world. . . . . . .”

Who in Liberia (or even out of Liberia as Liberians) that has not heard the above song? An overwhelming and resounding answer of “No one” is what I can hear. Yes, indeed!! This is the song that has been adored by everyone to include national leaders (both past and present). In fact, former Pres. Charles Taylor could not be spared by the passion and inspiration of this song which eventually led him to, for the first time in the history of this country, appoint its writer and singer as Liberia’s Gospel Ambassador. This song served, as it still continues to, as a counseling song whenever Liberians found themselves in distress-full situations which is quiet comparable to the South Africans’ choice of chanting their soul-steering Swahili-Zulu inspirational music during the infamous Apartheid era (sorry if I’m being political or re-opening any scar). The song was being thought to be replacing the National Anthem. This is especially true in the Diaspora. I in person witnessed a scene in Ghana when tears were shared upon the raising of the song during a public meeting called as a result of an anti-Liberian scenario that confronted Liberian refugees. The same can be said of returnees while en route to the “Sweet Land of Liberty” whether on ships, planes or cars that were returning them home.

So, when SOCIAL TIMES decided to find out about this much-loved and patriotic Gospel music that brings so much courage, hope and inspiration.

INSPIRATION: Written and sang by Liberia’s Gospel Ambassador Maroon Dweh Cassell, the lyrics of the song were “inspired by God” following a day of fasting and prayer. Amb. Cassell told of how she had decided to contribute a song to a prayer summit for the Nation hosted by a bishop from Ghana named Duncan William. But she said that she thought that the song was incomplete but had to later use it as a ‘fill-in’ while making an album called RECEIVE MY PRAISE that eventually went on to popularize it. It had a real impact at an Evangelical Mass Choir Year End Concert just months that it was released which subsequently earned her the ambassadorial title. “I’m grateful that I could be used as God’s instrument to restore hope to his people during such time of hopelessness”, she narrated.

timely:  The hard situation confronted with Liberians that saw complete lost of hope made this song very timely. To a very large extent, it helped. So, has Liberia risen again? You know the answer, whether she has or is rising again is very clear. Great inspirational song, indeed!!!

LESSON: What can be learned from this song and its impact and influence is that Liberia can truly have a national identity (to the perception that we can’t). Another famous and nationalist Gospel song is the Little White Choir’s MAMA LIBERIA which is sung from the depth of every Liberian’s heart. The appreciation of the newest phenomenon of Liberian music made in Liberian simple/ordinary English Collo-qua called Hip-Co is another proof that should lead us to know that even a National Language can be learned.


kanvee Gains

•March 27, 2009 • 1 Comment
Kanvee Gains,Liberia's Best Gospel Artist

Kanvee Gains,Liberia's Best Gospel Artist

Introducing ATTRIBUTE OF DE WEEK: Appearing once a week in our column, this recipe intends to flavorize our entertainment menu by publishing a personality photo whose lifestyle or success in a defined profession/career is worth being emulated by our reading audience who are interested in that ‘Attribute’s career. This will include Liberian movie & musical stars, radio & TV personalities and others who, in one way or another, influence/contribute to the Liberian entertainment arena. Our premier ATTRIBUTE is Kanvee Mamie Gains Adams, Liberia’s best Gospel artist for 2008 and reigning queen of Gospel music.

NAME: Kanvee Mamie Gains Adams
CAREER/PROFESSION: Musical Gospel Artist
AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS: Best Artist (LAGMA), Best Artist (Lib. music Award), Best Artist (LMA), among other previous ones
SECRET OF SUCCESS: Wait 4 God’s Time
STATUS: Married (with 2 charming kids)
STAR: Cancer
PHILOSOPHY: “When your time arrives, no one can stop you”

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•March 22, 2009 • 1 Comment

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