La MASQUERADE JAM [In Fotos!!!]

by NANA OSEI KWADWO | photos by ABASS ISMAIL for ACCRA [dot] ALT

masked up: ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY x SELORM JAY

masked up: ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY x SELORM JAY

[Double-click on photos to enlarge]

The journey to the third annual CHALE WOTE Street Festival [in James Town this September 7 + 8th, 2013] started with an inspiring note last Wednesday night at Alliance Française.

MASQUERADE IN FULL EFFECT

The Masquerade Jam, a prelude party for the upcoming CHALE WOTE, had folks jamming all night long to live indie performances and a dope whirl of azonto bass music by some of our favorite DJs.

ABASS ISMAIL x NANA OSEI KWADWO | photo by Jason Tay

ABASS ISMAIL x NANA OSEI KWADWO crank it up | photo by Jason Tay

Masquerade Jam 16 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALTAbout 350 music lovers raved out to new music from KING AYISOBA + MO BLACK, DJ K3V [Ashesi Uni], BBRAVE from Akwaaba Music, KATIE ORTIZ [New York Uni] + KYEKYEKU along with hip hop artist GEMINI. We were definitely in the masquerade spirit with plenty of masks to go around and funky face paintings by artist MUSAH SWALLAH. The show was hosted by the most stylish dude we know, MAWULI FUDOGLO.

MAWULI FUDOGLO

MAWULI FUDOGLO

ROWIE x JOSH TACKIE x LADY JAY WAH

ROWIE x JOSH TACKIE x LADY JAY WAH

The jam took off with the screening of Afrofuturist documentary, THE LAST ANGEL OF HISTORY, by Ghanaian-British filmmaker JOHN AKOMFRAH. Shadow and Act calls the 1996 documentary film an “engaging examination of the relationships between Pan-African culture, music, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and computer technology” and it represents a seminal work in the field of Afro-Futurism.

Masquerade Jam - April 2013 - 3 Masked Ladies - photo by ACCRA dot ALT

THE NEW AFRICA

THE NEW AFRICA

Masquerade Jam - Face Painting - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT

If you missed out, no worries. Since our theme for this year’s CHALE WOTE is about pushing the boundaries of the African folktale into futuristic dimensions, we’ll be screening the film again with a full discussion during the September festival.

Mz. JOJO ABOT all dolled up

Mz. JOJO ABOT all dolled up

BBrave got the place bouncing with some dope spins in the DJ Booth. Katie Ortiz was magic on the guitar as she kept the audience in a smooth party mood with, “One Day I Will”, a song she wrote and performed with Kyekyeku. Her slowed-down acoustic rendition of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” also moved the crowd to their feet.

KATIE ORTIZ rocks the stage

KATIE ORTIZ rocks the stage

KYEKYEKU's Ninja Guitar Skills

KYEKYEKU’s Ninja Guitar Skills

Masquerade Jam - Katie Ortiz + Kyekyeku - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALTThe audience couldn’t resist the dance floor when DJ K3V took to the turntables. He dropped hit after hit as more bodies packed onto the lawn to boogie. People couldn’t get enough of K3V’s riddims with many requests for more music as he stepped off stage.

Masquerade Jam 7 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT

Masquerade Jam 19 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT

Masquerade Jam 23 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT copy

Then Gemini stepped up with his rapid fire hip hop energy. He raised the tempo, performing the joint, “I’ll Do, Don’t Do” [produced by + featuring EL].  Gemini showed his flexible free-style by creating a CHALE WOTE call and response with the audience before bouncing off stage.

Mr. Unicorn had the most fun of all

Mr. Unicorn had the most fun of all

Also on deck was a bike art installation by the legendary ALEX AKWAFO. During the nineties, this cyclist twice rode a bike backwards from Accra to Tamale in 10 days. Akwafo is sparking up another cycling tour this August from Accra to Ada for the Asafotufiam Festival.

ALEX AKWAFO throws down

ALEX AKWAFO throws down

The place went wild when King Ayisoba mounted the stage styled out fresh in batakari and Dutch clogs, strumming his kologo [Northern Ghana guitar]. Ayisoba performed his classic tune, “I Want To See You My Father” and his recent single “MeKa” [with MoBlack], among others. King Ayisoba got the audience shouting and moving as they tried to keep up with his signature voice and dance moves.

Masquerade Jam - King Ayisoba 2 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT

KING AYISOBA!!!!

Masquerade Jam - King Ayisoba - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT

As MoBlack closed the show down with a hypnotic House mix, the crowd fell into hysterics watching the impromptu capoeira face-off between Wanlov the Kubolor and Kwabena Danso onstage.

WANLOV x KWABENA DANSO

WANLOV x KWABENA DANSO

See more photos from the Masquerade Jam below. Stay tuned for more on CHALE WOTE 2013 right here on the blog.

ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY presents AFRO-GALLONISM

ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY presents AFRO-GALLONISM

Masquerade Jam - Jase Tay x Lo x Josh Tackie - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT copy Masquerade Jam 17 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT

Masquerade Jam - Junior - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT

JUNIOR as the JOKER

PANJI ANOFF of PIDGEN MUSIC

PANJI ANOFF of PIDGEN MUSIC

Masquerade Jam 8 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALTMasquerade Jam 25 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT copy

KATIE ORTIZ

KATIE ORTIZ

Masquerade Jam 4 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALTMasquerade Jam 6 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT

KYEKYEKU

KYEKYEKU

WANLOV THE KUBOLOR

WANLOV THE KUBOLOR

Masquerade Jam 3 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT

SUMI

SUMI keeps it lovely.

GRAHAM KNIGHT or the Dark Knight?

GRAHAM KNIGHT or the Dark Knight?

AFUA ASONA

AFUA ASONA is happy

KING AYSOBA

KING AYSOBA

JASE TAY x ABASS ISMAIL

JASE TAY x ABASS ISMAIL

Masquerade Jam 24 - April 2013 - photo by ACCRA dot ALT copy

GOOD NITE.

GOOD NITE.

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