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March 2015 Edition

CHAMPIONS OF AFRICA

The 30th edition of the African Cup of Nations, otherwise known as AFCON 2015 has come and gone. It was organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and was held from 17 January to 8 February 2015.

 

The Ivory Coast won the tournament for their second Africa Cup of Nations title, defeating Ghana in a dramatic  9 - 8 in a penalty shoot-out after the final finished goalless following extra time. The DR Congo came third and the hosts Equatorial Guinea fourth, while defending champions Nigeria did not qualify.

Goalkeeper Barry Kopa was the hero of the match for Cote d'Ivoire, after stopping Ghana goalkeeper's spot kick and also converting his own shot.



It was Cote d'Ivoire's second Africa Cup of Nations title, following the first one in 1992, which was also won on penalties at the expense of Ghana. That year, Ivory Coast triumphed 11-10 after a goalless draw, but Barry's heroics prevented as many spot kicks being needed this time.

The victory also marked the second Nations Cup title for Frenchman Herve Renard, the Cote d'Ivoire's coach, who won the 2012 title with Zambia.

 

It was however a disappointing outing for the Black Stars of Ghana who felt their 33-year wait for a fifth Cup of Nations title would end in 2015. It was not to be!

LAURETTE LA PERLE

Laurette La Perle was born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Her “Terminus” single was rated a success in 2014 and certainly helped her with winning the 2014 AFRIMA Award for “Best Female Artist - Central Africa“.

 

 Twist“, her brand new video, shot in Dubai is out.

Laurette was only eight when she joined the traditional choir of her neighbourhood parish of La Cité Verte - the choir of angels, which she said remains her best vocal school.It is the practice in the choir that helped me during various interests in shows, school events and other competitions that made me discover the secrets of my voice”.

At fourteen, Laurette and her friends formed, "The Lord of Poets," a group with gospel, R&B connotations. The group made a single titled 'Kumisama" but never marketed it. Though the period was of great adventure, nevertheless, it was one devoted to studies.


Before the completion of High School, she already had a good understanding of the music scene and made herself known to the public through the many appearances on TV, including two promotional title: "My conscience” and 'Together" under my Life Cycle label. Her reputation also allowed her to deliver her first concert without a sponsor, alone and with limited promotion within only one week.  For Laurette, it was an unforgettable success because more than five thousand people turned up to listen to her.

It took her little time before she was convinced that her destiny was playing solo.

WIYAALA

Noella Wiyaala (known under the stage name Wiyaala) is a Ghanaian singer-songwriter. Well known for her single "Make Me Dance” and her androgynous image.

 

Born in Wa, Upper West Ghana and raised in Tumu, she got her early singing lessons from her mother, a choir singer, and has performed ever since she was 5 years old. As a teenager, she played football as a midfielder, and attended Takoradi Polytechnic on an art and design course.

 

In 2011 she auditioned for Ghana’s own "Stars of the Future" and earned her way into the finals, winning two Golden Moments awards. Won the 2012 Vodafone ICONS Mixed Edition contest hosted by fellow Ghanaian DJ "Benny Blanco", as part of the Ghanaian band Black N Peach, while singing Tina Turner's "Simply The Best." She left the Black N Peach band during April 2013 to pursue a solo career with Djimba World Records.

 

She is a brand ambassador for PepsiCo in West Africa, and is also the Converse All Stars ambassador for Ghana since 2014.

 

 

Wiyaala is known to criticize the male-dominated culture and polygyny of some African countries and to stand up for women's rights and against family violence in her native Ghana.

 

Wiyaala writes her songs herself and sings in both English and her native Sisaala.

 

Her single "Go Go Black Stars...Goal!", released in April 2014, sung in English and Ghanaian languages, features tribal drums and stadium choruses. The same song was used as the unofficial hymn of the national football team of Ghana for the 2014 World Cup.

 

In February 2014, Wiyaala released a single, "You Got The Power",and also got nominated as Best Sporting Artist in Ghana Sports Excellence Awards 2014. Her self-titled album, "Wiyaala", was launched in November 2014 at the Alliance Française in Accra.

 

At the All Africa Music Awards held on 27 December 2014 in Lagos, Wiyaala won two of the coveted 23.9-carat gold-plated trophies for "The Most Promising Artist in Africa" and "The Revelation of the African Continent”.

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