A three-time Producer Of The Year winner at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) in 2013, 2014, and 2018, Killbeatz has worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Fuse ODG, Sarkodie, R2Bees and WizKid.
He co-wrote and co-produced Ed Sheeran’s ÷ album track Bibia Be Ye Ye, which featured UK-based Ghanaian artist Fuse ODG. The song was recorded in Ghana and the song title is in Twi, a dialect spoken in Ghana that translates to “All will be well.”
Sheeran travelled to write with both Fuse and Killbeatz and ended up staying in the country for three weeks. The video for the track was also filmed in Ghana.
“I am delighted to be formalising our relationship with Joseph ‘Killbeatz’ Addison and to help further support the great success he has already achieved,” said Nigel Elderton, president, Europe & MD, Peermusic U.K.
“We look forward to working closely with him and his team to plug him into our international roster. With our network of offices we will be able to provide ‘Killbeatz’ with access to music markets around the world. This deal was a real team effort as everyone from my royalty, sync and creative departments have been very committed to having Joseph on our UK roster.”
“This has been a long time coming! My career journey to this point hasn’t been easy, but I am really grateful for the patience and kindness shown to me by the team at peermusic; my manager, David Prince Yeboah; and my lawyer, Paul Spraggon at SSB,” said Addison. “I’m full of energy, new ideas, and super excited to get my productions back onto the international music scene. I can’t wait to get started!”
Killbeatz has also worked with the likes of Efya, Tiffany, Wande Coal, Nana Boroo, Wyclef Jean and Sean Paul.
Some of Ghana’s political movers and shakers have aside their ideological differences to support the trustees of the Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund as they distribute hot meals to head porters, popularly known as ‘kayayei’ in Accra.
The Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund was established to raise money to complement government’s efforts at confronting and defeating the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Fund’s ‘Feed a kayayo’ project aims to provide one hot meal a day to at least 10,000 ‘kayayei’ in Accra and Kumasi, the areas which have been placed on lockdown as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Over the past few days the trustee of the Covid-19 Private Sector Fund have been joined by some politicians to distribute meals to ‘kayayei’ in Osu, Accra Central and Darkuman, all suburbs of Accra.
The NDC’s Elvis Afriyie Ankrah (former Youth and Sports Minister), Maame Efua Houajeto (deputy National Women’s Organiser) and Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong (former Attorney General) have been working together in unity with the NPP’s Barbara Oteng-Gyasi (Tourism Minister), Sammi Awuku (National Youth Organiser), and Gifty Oware-Aboagye (deputy Executive Director of the National Service Secretariat) to distribute the food packs to the head porters.
It has been a rare show of unity by politicians opting in the national interest to put their ideological differences aside to work for the national cause, which in this case, is the effort to confront and defeat Covid-19.
“Today we joined the team to visit Darkuman and other areas, to provide food to those who cannot get any food in this [lockdown] period,” said Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, the Tourism Minister.
“I think that it is through this means, that we can all support each other. We need to ensure that during this period, everybody will be comfortable to comply with the directive of government, so we can all help save lives and come out from this pandemic together. This is a very good initiative and I will urge more corporate entities to contribute to the Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund.”
Former Youth and Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, describing himself as a volunteer, pointed that supporting the vulnerable as part of an overall plan to confront the coronavirus crisis demands unity and oneness of purpose.
“We are volunteers, from different backgrounds and political parties and we are just helping to support the needy and vulnerable. This is the time for us to show love and solidarity to our fellow countrymen,” he said.
Former Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, expressed similar sentiments and called for support for the Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund.
“This project has been very good. We have been able to reach as many of these [kayayei]. Obviously with the lockdown, they can’t make their daily livelihoods. So, we need to help them in some way. I think it’s been good, giving them a meal a day, is something that will help cushion the effect of this lockdown.”
National Youth Organiser of the NPP, Sammi Awuku, stressed the need for the entire nation to come together and abide by the lockdown restrictions.
“We only have one Ghana and we only have each other,” he says. “This is the time to work together as one people to support each other through this difficult crisis so that together we can emerge victorious in this battle against coronavirus.”
After less than one week of operation, the ‘Feed-a-kayayo’ project of the Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund has delivered more than 73,000 hot meal packs and water to head porters in Accra and Kumasi. The fund expects to keep the project running until the lockdown restrictions are lifted.
The Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund is an initiative by private business people who set it up with a seed fund of One Million Ghana Cedis, while campaigning to raise at least One Hundred Million Ghana Cedis from local and international businesses as well as the general public to aid the fight against Covid-19 in Ghana. For more information on how to donate/contribute, please visit: www.ghanacovid19fund.com
The Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) is working with the Ghana Health Service to set up a laboratory in the Northern Region to enable health officials swiftly test for the deadly novel coronavirus in the northern part of the country.
Samples sent to the KCCR sometimes delay as it is the only facility with the capacity for testing for the virus in the middle and northern sector of the country.
The KCCR has since February tested 1,600 samples of suspected COVID-19 cases of which 24 of those from the Ashanti, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions turned out positive.
KCCR handles between 300 and 600 samples on daily basis, necessitating the need for more laboratories across the country for expedited service delivery.
Scientific Director at KCCR, Prof Richard Phillips Adame, says dealing with a virus like COVID-19 requires specialized laboratories.
“We hear in the media expand diagnostics to everywhere but remember that the virus we are dealing with is a dangerous organism and so if you are working with dangerous organisms you need to work in special laboratories” he stated.
“At KCCR, we have what we call bio safety labs with negative pressure in the rooms so when you are working there you can work safely and such safety labs are not many in the country,” he stated
To reduce the pressure on KCCR, the Ghana Health Service is working with the Centre to establish another testing lab in the Northern Region to cater for samples from the area.
“Usually, before you get the samples we send the samples collection packs to the facilities that need them and they nicely package them and their drivers bring them to us,” Prof Adame said
“We know how the clinical scenario looks like and the rapidity with which we need to provide these samples so we are looking at probably expanding our laboratory to maybe Tamale and Navrongo to provide oversight for them so their travel time is reduced,” he added.
The Regional Health Directorate has meanwhile adopted a four-thematic approach in handling and managing COVID-19 cases.
This includes screening of all contacts of confirmed cases; screening and testing of residents in high risk communities where cases have been confirmed; and screening and testing of all travellers who arrived in the region within the last fourteen days.
So far, 1,836 samples have been cumulated from routine surveillance, community screening, travellers manifest and contacts of confirmed cases.
Ashanti Region has recorded 12 of the COVID-19 cases in Ghana.
Two have died and three are on admission at Komfo Anokye Teaching and Kumasi South Hospitals.