Photography by MANTSE ARYEEQUAYE
As we ready ourselves for the CHALE WOTE Street festival 2014, we’d like you to familiarize yourselves with the works of some of the artists who are coming to the festival.
DJ Steloo will be rocking the turntables at the Accra House Music DJ booth. Abrokwah A.K.A “Bike Lord” is getting ready to serve some Kpakpo Shito Bicycle stunts at Chale Wote 2014. Nii Aryertey and Din are part of the amazing Chale Wote 2014 production team.
Yoyo Tinz: Gbobalor
opposite Mantse Agbonaa
Gbobalor evokes the reincarnation of newborns in Ga. In the same way, Yoyo Tinz presents the evolution of hip hop culture in Ghana. This event will take hip hop lovers, spectators, community members, artists and art lovers on a journey into how broad and diverse Ghanaian hip hop culture truly is. On the bill: interactive freestyles, rap battles, dance, graffiti, beatmaking and much more.
A Flock of Beginnings
The Booker Prize winning novel, The Famished Road by Nigerian writer Ben Okri, is the main inspiration for this installation. It portrays a child’s imaginary outlook on the possibilities of life and the implication of loss. The flock of birds has a dual meaning: the birds symbolize dreams and possibilities while their flight represents departure, loss, and separation. This piece is a colorful vision of the afterlife that exists through the imagination and thrives on the possibilities and desires of the human soul.
ICON: Poetic engagement with a Visionary in Multiple variations
Hair Salons – Trocks Street
This project presents various video/performance/object oriented installations and projections that deal with W.E.B. Dubois as a potent point of departure. The aesthetic and technique of this project borrows largely from the contemporary urban spatial phenomenon of the “pop-up market stall/shop/selling space” that hawkers and street sellers use in Accra. The spaces we intend to use, therefore, become activated interstices between places: curbs, street pavements, pedestrian zones, public parks, small shops, vending kiosks, hair salons, barber shops, taxis cabs and public transport.
BECAUSE ANCESTORS LIVE
This workshop is a celebration of those who came before us. It is a collaborative effort that will bring together elders, young poets and writers to share their experiences, obstacles and challenges. The workshop features two facilitators, including renowned poets, Mariska Taylor-Darko and Nii Ayikwei Parkes.
Nana Osei Kwadwo is a member of Chale Wote 2014 production team.