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Papa- Jay Ghartey

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Jay Ghartey also known as Kweku Gyasi Ghartey is a GhanaianAmerican music producer, singer, and songwriter based in New York City. Jay was born in the United States. He moved to Accra, Ghana at the age of 9 where he spent 5 years. While in Ghana his grandmother, a famous West African singer taught him the importance of singing with sincerity and from the soul he studied music with his grandmother, an established musician. He began performing at the age of 10, originally as a rapper. He formed a group called Chief G and the Tribe, which included current stars like Kwaku T and Abeiku. He returned to the United States at the age of 14 to finish high school in Brooklyn, NY, and later attended college in Boston.

He has since settled in NYC to pursue his musical career with his business partner and brother, Joe Ghartey. He recently described his album as smoothly transitioning between R&B, Hip Hop, Highlife, Hiplife and Pop. Jay writes, arranges and produces almost all of his own music with his brother and business partner Joe. His first album, a 12 track titled Shining Gold, was released in December 2009 in Ghana. He has noted his reason for releasing the album in Ghana as, “He is inspired by Ghanaian music, especially those of Kojo Antwi and George Darko, and he wanted to use his music to attract US attention to Ghana music.”

The video for Jay Ghartey’s first single, “My Lady” was nominated for 3 awards and won the award for, Best Male Video” at the 2010 Ghana Music Video Awards. Jay was also nominated for 5 awards at the 2011 Ghana Music Awards and won the award for “Best Video”. In November 2011 Jay was nominated for 5 Ghana music Video Awards. Jay music is available at music stores in Ghana, and online on itunes and most major digital retailers.  He lives in both Ghana and New York.

Nehita Jewelry Brand Makes Waves in Lagos, Nigeria

AfriQtalk, first announced back in May, 2011 that Nehita Jewelry was set to go global with plans to launch in fine boutiques and specialist stores worldwide. That’s right!  On 9th of October, 2011, CEO of Nehita Jewelry, Monalisa Okojie, once again showcased her luxurious collection of some of the finest handpicked exotic stones, golds and conflict free diamonds at the Clear Essence California Spa and Wellness Center in Ikoyi, Lagos. Guest were entertained with a fashion collections by Derin of Fablane and music performances by Haykm of Serengeti music.

Her jewelry, designed from exotic stones, has been worn by Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Alan Cumming, Melora Hardin, Michael Henderson, Sally Pressman, CCH Pounder, Katherine Joosten, Meagan Good, Brandy, Hosea Chanchez, Carrie Ann Inaba, Quinton Aaron, Malina Moye, Jackie Long, Gramma Funk, Lisa Raye. Monalisa’s next stop will be in Accra, Ghana before heading back to the U.S.

Monalisa has a strong commitment to support ethical causes through donating a generous portion of Nehita profits to charities such as the International Center of Education and Youth Development. She also personally ensures the ethical sources of materials and conflict free diamonds. Monalisa puts artistry into every piece of her gems.