A Beginners Guide to CB Radio – Don’t Sabotage Your Experience Before It Begins

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Citizens band radio or more commonly called „cb radio“ offers many type’s of radio experiences for such as small number of legal to use channelized radio frequencies. As an example you man want a c.b. In your car or in your home. Perhaps you might have a business reason, you may be interested in starting a new hobby, whatever it may be.

This article is written for beginners in cb radio or people who may be thinking of getting a radio. I will cover what kind of radios are best to get when starting out and why and if you decide to try out the hobby what happens to most new comers. Don’t worry it only hurts your pocketbook.

Almost all CB radios have a channel selector on its face and some kind of lighted indicator showing a number, generally 1-40 or 1 -23. The radios with 23 channels are older and unless you get one for really cheap or free, I would not purchase one of these units. There are alot of fine older units out there but for reasons Ill explain later, you should get a newer setup. If it doesn’t make sense just read on it will all become very clear to you.

Mobile Vs. Base Type Units

CB’s, for the most part, come in two flavors, base or mobile types. The mobile units are smaller but can have all the features of a base radio, equal power output, however, there is one draw back to the reduced size and that is the size of the control knobs on the front. Generally speaking, base radios have bigger knobs and in most cases more of them when compared to the mobile unit. What does this all mean? If you have fat pudgy beer drinking fingers, fiddling with small knobs in heavy traffic may prove to be a complete pain in the butt. That choice will be up to you.

Almost every mobile CB radio has an internal speaker, generally on the bottom of the radio. These speakers are garbage. They are overrated, cheap and sound bad. Consider an external speaker when space is available.

Some base cb radios will have a speaker built in, they sound better than the mobile but again a quality external speaker should be considered as well.

Most base station radios also have an internal power supply. It is something to consider when purchasing a setup. Mobiles are designed to run from a car battery so generally have no 110 volt plug. Base units, on the other hand, have built-in power supplies and it’s easy to to just plug them in. If you decide to use a mobile as a base station just remember that you will have to get a 12 volt power supply or have a spare car battery handy.

Range distances on mobiles are also much less compared to base station due to the size of the antenna.There are glass mount cellular look- alike antennas to 8 foot ¼ wave antennas. The minimum length for a mobile setup to begin to perform decently is 40 inches. Anything less is a waste so that cellular look-alike might look cool, but it won’t have a very good range, maybe a mile or so.

Basically what it boils down to is the larger and higher up your antenna is physically, the further the range of your radio will be assuming everything is working properly.

C.B. Radios as a Road Trip Companion

A cb radio in your car can be a very valuable tool. You can get tons of real time road information from truckers, you don’t really even have to talk. Just listening will yield a lot of stuff about road conditions ahead, you will hear about accidents or traffic jams way before any broadcast band gets the info. The best part is almost all the time you can hear where any speed traps may be. The draw back to all this wonderful information is what you have to hear in between the reports. It’s not something you want to you kids to hear generally. If you don’t care and its just you and you wife or girlfriend then turn it up and join in. It can make a long drive seem short when your yacking the whole time. You may even be able to make a report if you see something first. The one question I hear the most from truckers is about the status of the roadside scales. You can talk all the mess you want on the radio but do take notice as you pass scales on the other side of the road you are driving on. For example, if you are traveling north on a freeway, look for scales on the southbound side. Check to see if they are open or closed and pass that information on as you drive up the road to the truckers and continue your rhetoric.

C.B. Radios as a Base Station

And still another side to CB radio is the base station. You will find that there is generally a „local channel“ in almost any city. There you will find normal people to tweakers and anything in between and like the truckers you most likely don’t want you kids to hear what comes peoples mouths.

Having a base station usually means a larger antenna, which equates to considerably longer communications in terms of distance. Even with a 4 watt radio (the F.C.C. Legal limit) it’s not uncommon to 10 or 20 miles. If you live in or close to a larger city, there will be lots of people at what would seem to be all hours. The CB never closes.

CB Begins to Overtake your Life

So you get your base running and get out there. It becomes instantly addicting. Friday nights will be spend more in the garage drinking beer and talking on the radio. You will hear lots of things about radio and receive advice from many people. One of the first things almost every CB’er wants are modifications to the radio. Generally to be louder and have big signals at the receiving stations are the 2 most common modifications with being louder quite possibly being number one.

Being Louder? What Does that Mean?

Here is where the line is drawn between what is technically correct and what people want. It is true that a „stock“ radio will be able to be heard at a receiving end, but the real question with regards to the human psyche is how it is heard.

You can equate modifications on a CB radio to having a car and by changing certain parts or modifying the engine, wheels, tires and so on, will enhance it’s performance and make your experience driving the car more pleasurable. It becomes validated even further when a friendly street race is won. This is absolutely no different than the modifications to a CB radio where fellow CB’ers take notice that your voice in their speaker is louder than others. Often refered to as „Tree Top Tall or Walkin the Dog and Kickin‘ the Cat.“ You get the idea.

It is here where your first questions will need to be answered. I am of the opinion that having a great microphone is important first. It won’t take long for you to hear of the infamous Astatic D104 base microphone. (be aware that there is a mobile version which is loud but it’s tonality sucks) The base version is an impressive looking piece and has a reputation of being a „loud“ microphone meaning that all you have to do it plug it in and instantly your loudness will change, and it will from the stock microphone for sure.

I think that the D104 is a good microphone and it is loud, however, it’s tonality is not acceptable due to its pre-amp (the electronics contained in the base of the unit). When I use the word tonality I’m referring to how well it’s amplifying in terms of sound quality not necessarily loudness. Of course there are many more variables than just the microphone’s pre-amp but if the microphone doesn’t have the capability to capture and reproduce a natural, tonally pleasing sound or your shot at better than average audio is gone right there. At this point you may as well hammer a screw into a wall with a wrench. It won’t make much difference what mods you make to the radio if the microphone can’t keep up.

Radios that I Think are Great Starter Units

I have to say that there are many great radios out there. I have created this list based on

  1. Cost vs. Performance
  2. Availability of parts
  3. Popularity
  4. Ease of finding shops that work on the models
  5. Abundant information available and easily accessible
  6. Good resale value

Cobra

25/29 Classic, LTD

148 GTL

Cobra 2000 GTL – Base Unit

Cobra 142 GTL – Base Unit

Uniden

PC 66/76

Uniden XL

President Washington – Base Unit (There are two versions) one with one meter or dual meters. The unit with one meter is almost a cobra 148/2000 – There are some slight differences technically but the version with dual meters is nothing like any of the radios listed here despite it’s same name. If you end up with an obscure radio, the time a tech will need to review the schematic and come with some mods either may or may not be possible or just too costly to justify.

Example One: You buy an obscure radio for 40 dollars in a working, stock condition. Next you get a D104 and I ll just say it’s 60 dollars. You take the radio to the techs place, he/she has little experience with this model. If the tech doesn’t have the schematic, you will have to provide one or wait and it will cost more money, say 15 dollars. Now wait more till the tech figures out a modification. Or perhaps he/she just gives it a „tune up“ (that is left to be interpreted by anyone as to what it really is) and charges you 40. So after 155 dollars you have a D104 and a radio that really has nothing done to it. When people ask you about your radio setup (and they will) you will find yourself making excuses why you have that radio as in „I got it cheap“.

Example Two: You buy a Cobra 25 or 29 for 40 dollars + D104 for 60. The tech has done many of these radios, probably has all parts on hand and can do some good mods in just a few hours. It may cost 75 dollars but look at the math. It adds up to 175 total but you have your radio back in a very short time, the modifications will have made a tremendous difference and your loving life. When people ask you about your setup, your proud of it and Instead of making excuses you talking about taking it to the next level, moving up in the CB world. It can make or break your CB radio experience. Trust me on that one.

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Milky Way’s Mystery Objects Look Like Gas Clouds, But Behave Like Stars

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It has been said, with a great deal of truth, that the longer we know someone the weirder that person gets. The Universe is like that; keeping its weird secrets to itself, only revealing them reluctantly to those curious observers who find themselves obsessed with its many mysteries. The center of our Milky Way Galaxy is secretive in nature, housing an elderly supermassive black hole that lurks there quietly in its old age, showing only the vestiges of its once-youthful voracious, sinister appetite. In June 2018, a team of astronomers announced that they have discovered several bizarre objects haunting the lair of this massive gravitational beast, and these strange objects are hiding their true identity behind a mask of impenetrable dust. These bizarre objects, that participate in this exotic masquerade in our Galaxy’s heart of darkness, look like clouds of gas–but behave like stars.

On June 6, 2018, at the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS’s) summer meeting in Denver, Colorado, a team of astronomers presented their findings concerning the weird nature of these mysterious, masked objects. The team, led by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Anna Ciurlo, announced their results, which they obtained using 12 years of data taken from the W.M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, Hawaii.

„These compact dusty stellar objects move extremely fast and close to our Galaxy’s supermassive black hole. It is fascinating to watch them move from year to year. How did they get there? And what will they become? They must have an interesting story to tell,“ Dr. Ciurlo told the press on June 6, 2018.

The astronomers made their discovery by obtaining spectroscopic measurements of our Milky Way’s Center gas dynamics using Keck Observatory’s OH-Suppressing Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (OSIRIS).

„We started this project thinking that if we looked carefully at the complicated structure of gas and dust near the supermassive black hole, we might detect some subtle changes to the shape and velocity. It was quite surprising to detect several objects that have very distinct movement and characteristics that place them in the G-object class, or dusty stellar objects,“ explained Dr. Randy Campbell to the press on June 6, 2018. Dr. Campbell is science operations lead at Keck Observatory.

The mysterious G-objects were first discovered lurking near our Galaxy’s supermassive beast over a decade ago; G1 was first spotted in 2004, and G2 was discovered in 2012. Both of these weird objects were originally thought to be clouds of gas–that is, until they made their closest approach to the supermassive black hole, dubbed Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*, for short, pronounced Saj-A-Star). At that deadly point, both G1 and G2 somehow managed to survive the black hole’s extremely powerful pull, which usually rips unfortunate gas clouds to shreds.

„If they were gas clouds, G1 and G2 would not have been able to stay intact. Our view of the G-objects is that they are bloated stars–stars that have become so large that the tidal forces exerted by the central black hole can pull matter off of their stellar atmospheres when the stars get close enough, but have a stellar core with enough mass to remain intact. The question is then, why are they so large?“ astronomer Dr. Mark Morris commented to the press at the AAS 2018 summer meeting. Dr. Morris is a co-principal investigator and fellow member of UCLA’s Galactic Center Orbits Initiative (GCOI).

Apparently a great deal of energy was dumped into the weird G-objects. This caused them to swell up and become much larger than normal stars.

GCOI proposes that these weird G-objects originate from stellar mergers–whereby a duo of stars in a binary system smash into one another as a result of the gravitational perturbations of a black hole. As time goes by, the black hole’s powerful gravity changes the orbits of the duo of binary stars until they collide with catastrophic results. The resulting newly combined stellar object that emerges from the mess could explain where the excess amount of energy originated.

„In the aftermath of such a merger, the resulting single object would be ‚puffed up‘, or distended, for a rather long period of time, perhaps a million years, before it settles down and appears like a normal-sized star,“ Dr. Morris continued to explain to the press at the AAS meeting.

„This is what I find most exciting. If these objects are indeed binary star systems that have been driven to merge through their interaction with the central supermassive black hole, this may provide us with insight into a process which may be responsible for the recently discovered stellar mass black hole mergers that have been detected through gravitational waves,“ Dr. Andrea Ghez explained to the press. Dr. Ghez is the director of GCOI, that she founded back in 1994. The GCOI studies the innermost regions of our Galaxy at the highest angular resolution possible. It does this in order to shine new light on the birth and evolution of galaxies and their accompanying supermassive black holes through the measurement of orbital motion. The GCOI depends on a data set that has been gathered for almost a quarter-century at the W.M. Keck Observatory. This valuable data set led to the important discovery of Sgr A* haunting the hidden heart of our Milky Way–as well as detecting an unexpected nearby population of stars. GCOI holds the promise of testing Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity (1915) close to a supermassive black hole, a new and unexplored regime for this fundamental force of nature.

Hunting The Supermassive Beast

The American physicist Karl Jansky (1905-1950) was the first to encounter a weird radio signal originating from a region located at the center of our Galaxy. Jansky, the „father of radio astronomy“, discovered that the mysterious signal was coming from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. However, the hidden gravitational beast itself was discovered decades later–on February 13 and 15, 1974, by the astronomer Dr. Bruce Galick of the University of Washington and the late Dr. Robert Brown (1945-2016). In order to make their discovery of Sgr A*, the two astronomers used the baseline interferometer of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia.

On October 16, 2002, an international team of astronomers, led by Dr. Reinhard Genzel of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany, announced that they have been studying the motions of a star, dubbed S2, for more than ten years. S2 is located very close to Sgr A*, and the team of astronomers proposed that the data they had been collecting eliminated the possibility that Sgr A* played host to either a cluster of dark stars or to a mass of degenerate fermions. Fermions are subatomic particles, such as nucleons (protons and neutrons) that have half-integral spin. The astronomers‘ proposal strengthens the case for the existence of a supermassive heart of darkness lurking in the Galactic Center.

Unfortunately, astronomers are not able to study Sgr A* at optical wavelengths because it is heavily blanketed by a dense, thick shroud of gas and dust, that frustratingly resides between Sgr A* and Earth. Nevertheless, astronomers have managed to solve a number of our Galaxy’s resident supermassive black hole’s many mysteries. First, Sgr A* weighs-in at about four million times the mass of our Sun–which makes it rather puny, at least by supermassive black hole standards. Other galaxies have been found to host a central supermassive black hole that boasts an immense mass of billions of times solar. Second, astronomers have discovered that Sgr A* is encircled by a cluster of fiery neonatal stars. Alas, some of these stellar babies made a doomed dive to within only a few billion miles of where the supermassive beast waits for its dinner.

Even though our supermassive black hole slumbers peacefully in its old age, when it wakes up from its nap it can put on quite a fireworks display. This sort of colorful, noisy, and violent awakening occurred a century ago when Sgr A* dined hungrily on an unfortunate blob of material that had fatally traveled too close to its maw. This messy feast created a brilliant spectacle that lit up our Galaxy’s center.

On January 5, 2015, NASA announced the observation of an X-ray flare, originating from Sgr A*, that was 400 times more brilliant than normal. This fiery flare proved to be a record breaker when compared to the brightness of Sgr A*’s previously observed flares. This unusual event possibly resulted from either the fragmentation of a doomed asteroid tumbling into the black hole’s waiting maw, or by the entanglement of magnetic field lines within gas floating into Sgr A*.

Current data indicate that the Sgr A*’s radio emissions are not originating from the black hole itself, but instead seem to be coming from a bright spot in the region surrounding it, near the event horizon. The radio emissions are possibly originating in the accretion disk or a relativistic jet of material being shot out from the disk. If the apparent position of Sagittarius A* were precisely centered on the black hole itself, it would be possible for astronomers to observe it magnified beyond its actual size, as a result of gravitational lensing. Gravitational lensing provides astronomers with a useful natural tool. This phenomenon is a prediction of General Relativity whereby the gravity of a massive foreground object (the lens) can distort the light coming from an object directly behind it, sometimes magnifying the more distant light.

A Celestial Masquerade

What makes G-objects so weird is their „puffiness“. It is rare for a star to be enshrouded by a layer of gas and dust so thick that astronomers are unable to peer through it and observe the star directly. All that astronomers can see when observing the G-objects is a glowing envelope composed of dust. In order to see the objects through their obscuring dusty veils, Dr. Campbell developed a tool dubbed OSIRIS-Volume Display (OsrsVol).

Dr. Campbell developed a 3-D spectro-imaging data cube using OsrsVol. He developed this custom volume rendering tool in order to separate a trio of other G-objects in the Galactic Center–dubbed G3, G4, and G5–from background emission. Once the 3-D analysis was performed, the team of scientists were able to clearly distinguish the G-objects. This enabled them to follow their movement and observe their mysterious behavior around Sgr A*.

OsrsVol allowed us to isolate these G-objects from the background emission and analyze the spectral data in three diminsions: two spatial dimensions, and the wavelength dimension that provides velocity information. Once we were able to distinguish the objects in a 3-D data cube, we could then track their motion over time relative to the black hole,“ Dr. Campbell explained to the press at the AAS 2018 summer meeting.

Dr. Ciurlo then commented that the „Keck Observatory has been observing the Galactic Center every year for 20 years with some of the best instruments and technologies. This alone gives a very high quality and consistent data set, which allowed us to go deep into the analysis of data.“

G3, G4, and G5 are especially interesting because they share certain intriguing characteristics with G1 and G2. The team of astronomers plan to continue to follow the shape and size of the G-objects‘ orbits. This is because they could provide important clues explaining how they formed.

The astronomers are planning to pay especially close attention to these dusty stellar compact objects when they travel closest to Sgr A*. This will enable them to further observe their behavior and see whether the objects remain intact just as G1 and G2 did–or merely become a tragic snack for Sgr A*. Only at that point will they remove their masks and give away their true identity.

„We’ll have to wait a few decades for this to happen: about 20 years for G3, and decades longer for G4 and G5. In the meantime, we can learn more about these puffballs by following their dynamical evolution using OSIRIS,“ commented Dr. Morris to the press on June 6, 2018.

Dr. Ciurlo also explained to the press at the AAS meeting that „Understanding the G-objects can teach us a lot about the Galactic Center’s fascinating and still mysterious environment. There are so many things going on that every localized process can help to explain how this extreme, exotic environment works,“.

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How Can You Tell If Hair is Growing Back Properly After Telogen Effluvium (TE)?

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I often write about women’s hair loss and I tell my readers that recovery from telogen effluvium (TE, other wise known as shedding) is all about the regrowth.  Because, even if you are shedding buckets of hair, if you can grow it all back with healthy hair, then the volume and appearance of your hair is not going to take as big of a hit as if you were unable to regrow the hair or were only able to grow back sickly, baby fine hairs.

In response, people will often ask me things like „how can I tell if my hair is growing back in after TE?“ or „how can I tell if I’m regrowing healthy hair after shedding?“  I’ll answer these questions in the following article.

Seeing The Short, Stubby Regrowth That Will Greatly Improve The Appearance Of Your Hair:  My hair dresser used to assure me that a few months following my hair shedding, I would start to see little hairs begin to come in at my part.  I pictured that this was going to look like a man’s crew cut blended in with my regular hair. (This wasn’t the case.)  I began to hunt for these little guys every night. I couldn’t see any at first and started to get very discouraged.  You need to know that regrowth is very short following TE and since hair regrows about 1/2 inch per month, it’s going to be awhile before you can easily see them.

But, here’s a few tricks to help.  The first is that you can comb your hair against the grain (carefully of course if you are still shedding.) Or if you don’t want to comb, just lean your hair / head over in the opposite direction and then hold it there.  Now, look at the part line and take note of any little hairs popping out.

My favorite way to pan for regrowth is to use dry shampoo.  Most dry shampoos are basically baby power in spray form.  So, before you are going to bed (you don’t want to do this before you’re going to work or are going out), spray a generous amount of dry shampoo at your part line.  It will go in white, but the contrast between the white hairs at the part will make the regrowth much easier to see.  And, by the time you wake up, the white stuff will be gone from your hair (and it will be cleaner) so you don’t have to worry about brushing it out.  This method also spares you from having to manipulate your hair so much that more falls out.

How Can I Tell If My Regrowth Is Healthy? What If It’s Thin And Doesn’t Look Like Regular Hair?: Often, I will ask my readers to not only search for regrowth, but to also evaluate the health of that hair.  Many will respond with: „Huh? How do I do that?“  I’ll tell you.  In order to really evaluate the hair, you’re going to need to tweeze a new, short, regrowing hair out.  I know, you hate to do this.  But, it is necessary.

The hair that you pluck out should be regular diameter and the root should be dark colored (not the white root that goes along with TE).  The dark root indicates that the hair was embedded in your scalp and was being nourished properly.  Compare the diameter of your short hair to a shed, longer hair.  (In my case there were a lot of these spend hairs lying around.) Although sometimes regrowth will start out being a little thinner, it should be comparable to the longer hair.

Sometimes, people will describe their regrowth as thin, sickly, cob web like or having the texture of cotton candy.  Keep an eye on your hair if this is so. Because, if this continues, you may well be dealing with miniaturization which is often the result of androgens, DHT, or clogged follicles. If this is the case, the way to regrow healthy hair again is to eliminate this clogging and these androgens.

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The Heavy Metal Rhythm Game

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There is no limit to entertainment in the games cosmos; the more you crave, the more you get. Thanks to the creative creators who utilize the best of their aptitudes to introduce something new, something innovative for the game lovers. Eventually, it is the game character, or say the game hero, who carries the winning tag, carrying fame on its wings. One game character that is the 'talk of the town' with many awaiting 'his' arrival is the 'Roadie'.

Roadie, the animated but real life character is infused with real life action. It is entrusted with the task of saving the world. Destitute, it is only valor, determination, zeal, and gusto that form the base for Roadie to win; these are the traits that 'he' is endowed with to face the enemy. A little sluggish and there he will be chased by the enemy themselves and even the setting will turn hostile with walls becoming spiky and electrified. So, 'he' needs to be alert all the time and fight with the same valor. The creative creator has indeed come out with a solution – the winning mantra being imbued in the character via heavy metal music. The rocking, heavy and head-banging metal music will no doubt keep Roadie in action all the times at multiple stages. Roadie is definitely the world's last hope of saving it from throngs of enemy robots!

There is more than what is depicted here about Roadie. This is a guitar based rhythm game. As you play the notes, with every note, you find yourself in a new stage with enemy robots and weird settings, all accompanied by loud, heavy metal head banging music. So there you go as Roadie to fight the enemies! The action packed thrill is designed to let you rock hard. Your iPhone or iPod has never rocked you this hard. As you come out the winner, you will no wonder feel electrified. Entering into another dip and more and more will be your criteria !!

Though the Roadie has not yet been launched, the craze that it has generated speaks volume about the game freaks waiting eagerly for its launch. The features the game is endowed with are unsurpassed. Whether it is non-stop high speed action, electrified terrains, enemy robots, metal music, multiple stages of play, or rankings for performance, there is more that you can expect or even beyond what you can expect. Search for this game on the web; perhaps you get a preview of the game itself or its soundtrack!

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Contemporary Ghanaian Performing Arts

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Contemporary Ghanaian performing arts have been influenced by foreign culture, technology, and education. It is a synergy of the indigenous performing arts with the Western cultural forms of performing arts. There are three main forms of performing arts practiced by the Ghanaians today. These are music, dance, and drama.

Music

Ghanaian contemporary music has been influenced by foreign music styles and concepts though there is not a total eradication of the indigenous music styles. Some contemporary Ghanaian musicians blend the indigenous and foreign music styles in composing their songs. The foreign music styles that have influenced Ghanaian music today include jazz, pop music, Blues, Rock and Roll, Reggae, Ragga, R&B, Indian and Arabic songs. Contemporary Ghanaian music includes highlife which has more of the indigenous music elements, the hip-life which fuses slow lyric choruses with Ragga or rap music. Currently, there is the hip-pop music that is an exact rendition of the Western style of music though the lyrics and language are mostly Ghanaian in nature. There is also the church or choral music, brass band music, regimental or military music as well as the classical music.

Several foreign musical instruments are used hand in hand with the indigenous musical instruments. These include guitars, pianos, trumpets like the saxophone, foreign drums, cymbals etc. Unlike indigenous Ghanaian music, contemporary Ghanaian music is recorded in high technological recording studios where other artificial elements are added to the originally composed music to bring it to foreign standards. They are then copied on Compact Disks, DVD’S, VCD’S, EVD’S etc.

Contemporary Ghanaian music is played at theatres, church services, parties, concerts, dance halls, and parks. They are played during religious services to enhance praises and worship. They are also played during social functions like marriage feasts, sporting activities and the like to entertain those in attendance. During workshops, talks, and seminars, music is played to relieve stress and boredom during intermissions of the program. They are played to boost the morale of competitors in various forms of competitions. Others are played to educate us on morality, patriotism and nationalism. There are various music contest and competitions held in Ghana to promote music. These include TV3 Mentor, X-Factor, etc.

Popular contemporary Ghanaian music stars include Dr. Ephraim Amu who composed various Coral songs for the Ghanaian community. Others include Agya Koo Nimo, Cindy Thompson, Yaw Sarpong, Daddy Lumba, Kojo Antwi, Nana Acheampong, Obrafo, Sarkodie etc.

Dance

Contemporary Ghanaian dance, like music, has been influenced by foreign dance styles. Some of these foreign dance styles include cracking, electric boogie etc. Dance is performed to entertain people and to express their sentiments towards one another. Contemporary Ghanaian dance forms include quickstep, mambo, waltz, foxtrot, salsa, boogie, cha-cha-cha, robot movement, twist, break and now, Azonto. These dance styles are performed at various functions such as church, weddings, funerals, parties, durbars, and festivals etc. Several dance competitions are held today in Ghana to promote dancing such as the Malta Guinness Street Dance contest. Dancing is now a very lucrative enterprise in contemporary Ghana.

Drama

Contemporary Ghanaian drama is performed on a stage in a theatre. Unlike the indigenous Ghanaian drama where the audience sometimes interact with the audience while the performance is in season, contemporary Ghanaian drama is performed uninterrupted by the actors and actresses who play the various roles in the story depicted in the performance. The audience, however, participates by clapping, booing and shouting in a bid to express their sentiments towards the performance. Contemporary Ghanaian drama includes plays, comedies, operas, and cantatas.

Popular contemporary Ghanaian drama groups include the Abibigroma drama group, the National Dance Ensemble, Osofo Dadzie drama group, Adabraka drama Troupe and the Tsadidi drama group. Popular drama themes in contemporary Ghana include the ‚The Black African Slave Trade, by the National Dance Ensemble, ‚Ananse and the gun man‘ by Joe deGraft, ‚The dilemma of a ghost‘ by Ama Ataa Aidoo and the celebrated ‚Marriage of Anansewaa‘ by Efua Sunderland.

Contemporary Ghanaian drama is staged in churches and mosques to illustrate some Christian themes to educate members about the Christian and Muslim doctrines and the relevance of leading a good moral life in line with the principles and regulations of God. During social gatherings, parties, and festivals, drama is performed to entertain those in attendance. Others are staged to educate the general public on social issues such as healthy living, personal hygiene, laws and norms of the land, patriotism and the like.

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