Ghanaian Artist El Anatsui, First African Appointed at London’s Royal Academy

Ghanaian Artist El Anatsui, First African Appointed at London’s Royal Academy

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Ghanaian Artist El Anatsui, First African Appointed at London’s Royal Academy

Ghanaian artist El Anatsui has been appointed honorary academician by London’s Royal Academy. Best-known for his monumental fabrics made with thousands of small metal pieces, he’s the first African to receive the accolade. Question: what does this mean for African art?

El Anatsui  -  Image -  Benedict Johnson

El Anatsui – Image – Benedict Johnson

THE TALK PARTY SERIES: LAWN JAM

 

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We’re back this March with a special TALK PARTY SERIES event to celebrate International Women’s Month. We’re bringing the ever-dope LAWN JAM to Trade Fair, in collaboration with Fashionista GH.

We’ve got a bangin’ SUN-day party planned with two of our favorite DJs – DJ Pam Bam + DJ Keyzzz – who will keep backsides bumping all afternoon long. Stop over on Sunday, 30th March from 3- 6pm at the Fashionista Pavilion [Event Haven], Trade Fair and jam with us small.

GOING DIGITAL: IS GHANA’S STREET ART OBSOLETE?

Story by NANA OSEI KWADWO | Photography by SELORM JAY

Street Art Ad. in the 70s by Hurst Publishers

Street Art Ad. in the 70s by Hurst Publishers

Art can be found in almost every corner in Accra from neighborhood churches, schools and pubs to street stalls, barber shops and corporate campaigns. Art is serious business. In fact, traditional street art plays an influential part in the advertising history of Ghana. This street art features large boards painted with images of popular individuals such as Asamoah Gyan, President John Dramani Mahama, Barack Obama, Michael Essien and many others or everyday scenes of life in Ghana – Like Male House helps dating their bosses’ wives, and men trying to chat women  – exaggerated to a humorous effect.

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Exclusive Blitz The Ambassador Backstage/Concert photos

Autographs backstage-

Autographs backstage-

Blitz and Manifest hang out backstage after the show.

Blitz and Manifest hang out backstage after the show.

The Embassy  crew tune up before heading out on stage.

The Embassy crew tune up before heading out on stage.

Blitz chilling with Manifest and Mawuli.

Blitz chilling with Manifest and Mawuli.

Always good to have an animated crowd.

Always good to have an animated crowd.

Limited Edition Accra Dot Alt tee-shirts on sale.

Limited Edition Accra Dot Alt tee-shirts on sale.

One half of Hola Blak Pow wah rocks his Accra Dot Alt shirt while posing with his grand daughter.

One half of Hola Blak Pow wah rocks his Accra Dot Alt shirt while posing with his grand daughter.

A.D.A's Mantse prepn Blitz before the show.

A.D.A’s Mantse prepn Blitz before the show.

Hola Blak's Phu Cha with Blitz backstage.

Hola Blak’s Phu Cha with Blitz backstage.

Blitz's 2011 album NATIVE SUN on sale at the concert.

Blitz’s 2011 album NATIVE SUN on sale at the concert.

These love birds look like they having a blast at the concert.

These love birds look like they having a blast at the concert.

The autograph sessions were loooong.

The autograph sessions were loooong.

More autographs.

More autographs.

Chilling backstage after the concert.

Chilling backstage after the concert.

The horns chale-

The horns chale-

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Magic hands- EMBASSY MVMT drummer Sydney with Percussionist Eric.

Magic hands- EMBASSY MVMT drummer Sydney with Percussionist Eric.

The cheers didn't stop chale.

The cheers didn’t stop chale.

Yaa Pono about to let it all go.

Yaa Pono about to let it all go.

Blitz breaks in with a drum solo.

Blitz breaks in with a drum solo.

Blitz: Final set list check before the concert.

Blitz: Final set list check before the concert.

The drummer gets some.

The drummer gets some.

Thanks for the love chale

Thanks for the love chale

We got a lot of photos from Blitz the Ambassador’s concert last weekend, so we are going to be sharing it with you all. This line up features photos from backstage before and after the concert. There is more coming, enjoy this in the mean time.

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#theLABS are in Session this Thursday DEC.12th

KYEKYEKU chills in Accra central |Catch him live at IND!E FUSE on Dec 13 | photo by Mantse Aryeequaye

KYEKYEKU chills in Accra central |Catch him live at IND!E FUSE on Dec 13                              photo by Mantse Aryeequaye

We are so AMPED about this new edition to IND!E FUSE. For the fourth time round, our team thought it necessary to include what we call The LABS – interactive and creative sessions with artists, industry personnel and audiences on how to grow your music game way up.

We’ll provide critical information for musicians on how to build your brand and develop an artistic sound. Learn how to maximize digital networking and expand your fan base internationally.

See the full schedule for The LABS here. The free event kicks off the start of the 3-day IND!E FUSE party on Thursday, December 12th from 8am – 4pm, Alliance Francaise Exhibition Hall.

Sankwas BOIS = Simpol Tinz x Mutombo da Poet. The duo will return as hosts for the final show, Sat. Dec 14

Sankwas BOIS = Simpol Tinz x Mutombo da Poet. The duo will return as hosts for the final show, Sat. Dec 14 | photo by Mantse Aryeequaye

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IND!E FUSE Kicks Off This Week – DEC 12 to 14th

FOKN BOIS + crew close down IND!E FUSE 2012 | photo by OneFotos

FOKN BOIS + crew close down IND!E FUSE 2012 | photo by OneFotos

ACCRA DOT ALT Presents IND!E FUSE 2013

 The 4th Annual IND!E FUSE alternative music festival returns this December 12th to 14th with the coolest artists from Ghana and abroad in an exciting live music concert.

IND!E FUSE is the largest African indie music showcase in West Africa and highlights the best in hip hop, AfroBeat, traditional fusion, soul, electronic and rock music. 22 artists are confirmed for the festival including FOKN BOIS, GYEDU BLAY AMBOLLEY, EFYA, JAYSO, KING AYISOBA, MECHE KORRECT [U.S.], HOLLA BLAK [U.S.] KYEKYEKU, LYRICAL WANZAM, DRUNK BEGGAR THIEF and many more.

This year’s festival starts with The LABS – free creative sessions at Alliance Française on the 12th of December 9:00am to 4:00pm. These pop-up labs will engage artists, industry experts and audiences to openly share information on digital marketing, brand development, music management, international tour networks and much more. See the full LABS schedule here.

The SABOLAI RADIO Street Party follows on the 13th of December at The Republic Bar + Grill in Osu with live music acts and DJ sets from Accra’s DJ patrol – DJ Keyzzz, Fui Dogg, Bad Boy Steloo, DJ K3V, Kwaku Ananse and Kobby Graham. 5ghc at the door.

 The final showdown is at Alliance Francaise on December 14th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. 10ghc at the door.

IND!E  FUSE 2013 is supported by Institut Francaise, Alliance Francaise, REDD Kat Pictures, Fullish Art, Hello Foods Ghana, Multi TV, One Nation Entertainment, Pidgen Music, Skillions Records, Eric Adjetey Anang + the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop and The Republic Bar + Grill.

THE TALK PARTY SERIES is Back Fri. Nov 29th

THE FOKN BOIS are one of the headliners for IND!E FUSE 2013

THE FOKN BOIS are one of the headliners for IND!E FUSE 2013 | photo by Mantse Aryeequaye

The Talk Party Series is back this Friday, November 29th, 2013. We are meeting up at Passions Premium Restaurant in Osu Ring way [two streets behind Country Kitchen and one street behind Pippa's Gym] from 6:30-9:30pm. Join us for a pre-jam get together for the 4th Annual IND!E FUSE, December 12 – 14, 2013.

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AFRICAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC has become a mutant creature that is changing and adapting into spaces unheard of until a few years back. Ghanaian music producers and DJs have created a pop culture stock exchange with the players looking to be crowned kings and queens.

In Ghana, azonto – in all its hybridity – has risen to the top of the African electronic music scene and reinvented the “Ghana sound” for an increasingly beat-hungry audience. This month’s TALK PARTY will host the artists who have created their own brands of live-electro music from their bedrooms to the streets of Accra.

We toast The Alchemists who have established local and international scenes with their own homegrown genres. Come and party with the artists and creators performing at this year’s edition of IND!E FUSE and find out all you need to know about the December show.

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Screening : EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP [2010]
The story of an obsession with street art that leads to a surprising adventure. Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash, is an eccentric French shopkeeper and amateur filmmaker who journeys to locate and befriend internationally acclaimed and anonymous street artist, Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most famous graffiti artists at work.

DJ live session | Ice cold drinks on tap | Delicious food | Meet and Greet with cool folk!

Come out this Friday and Jam with us. #free

IND!E FUSE Returns DEC 12 – 14, 2013

by Billie McTernan | photos by Mantse Aryeequaye

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Wanlov the Kubolor + M3NSA = FOKN BOIS. Photo taken in Central Accra

Wanlov the Kubolor + M3NSA = FOKN BOIS. Photo taken in Central Accra

For those that are unfamiliar with IND!E FUSE, you should know that it is the country’s largest concert of independent artists that falls slap-bang in the middle of Ghana’s December party season.

When I came to Ghana in December 2012 it had been four years since I’d last visited the country. Up until that time I had been under the guardianship of family, shuttling from one family house to another, missing out on the vibrancy the city had to offer. I was looking forward to discovering an alternative experience.

Kojo-Cue keeps it Kumasi in central Accra

Kojo-Cue keeps it Kumasi in central Accra

I had been in Ghana for less than a week before I attended IND!E FUSE. Many Ghanaians had been speaking about the concert on Twitter for weeks prior and I was curious to know what Accra had to offer.

The vibe was nothing short of electric. With a crucible of genres, I hadn’t realized that Accra was so diverse.

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The TALK PARTY SERIES is Back Oct. 25th

904101_10151643903142051_156726302_oWe are back this Friday, October 25th with a special Talk Party Series.

Chale, we’re on a high – right on the heels of finishing the 3rd annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival and getting ready for the megamusic fest – the 4th annual IND!E FUSE on December 12-14th, 2013.

Art events are buzzing all across the capital city and we’re excited to be a part of the transition. Join us as we brainstorm more ideas on how to sustain Accra as an art-active city. How are you contributing to the shift? Let us know.

We are also screening a remarkable documentary – Hip Hop: The New World Order – and following the film we will have a Q+A with the director, Muhammida El Muhajir, who’s taking the film on a world tour. We’ll also rap with a few Accra-based creatives [Kobby Graham, Ato Annan and Meche Korrect, just to name a few] who have a thing or two to say about how art and music can make movements.

Here’s a little taste of what the film’s all about:

“The documentary, Hip Hop: The New World Order, affirms Hip Hop culture as a powerful vehicle for self-expression by youth around the world. Shot in 8 international cities (Tokyo, Havana, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro & Johannesburg) over a span of 3 years (1998-2000), the project embarks on the groundbreaking mission to unearth the practice and business of Hip Hop culture worldwide.”

Ice cold drinks on tap. Cool folks chillin. Live music + jam session with DJ KEYZZZ. #free

See you there!

The TALK PARTY SERIES
Friday, October 25, 2013
6:00 – 9:30PM
Passions Premium Restaurant
Osu Ring Way, Accra
*2 streets behind Country Kitchen and 1 street behind Pippa’s Gym; orange building with driveway and kebab stand in front across from a children’s nursery.