Ghanaian-Malagasy Spoken-word Artiste Crystal Tettey will be performing at the Intwasa Arts Festival at Bulwayo and Shoko Festival, Harare, on September 26 and September 27, respectively.
INTWASA is one of Zimbabwe’s premiere arts gatherings.
Starting off as a community initiative, the multi-discipline arts festival has grown to become a leading festival celebrating human diversity and creativity.
To date Intwasa has hosted regional and international artistes from Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, United States of America, UK, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Wales and Zambia.
The heart of the festival remains community development and collaborations whilst its vision is mass celebration of human creativity.
The Shoko Festival is Zimbabwe’s fastest growing international festival. Shoko is a living experiment in urban culture, free expression and positive social change.
Shoko is about breaking down the barriers between media, culture and activism to create a dialogue, progress and cutting edge urban culture.
Crystal’s journey as a spoken word artist started in 2004, when she participated at a local event in Ghana dubbed “The Poetry Slam Jam’. She hasn’t looked back since then.
She has previously performed in Malawi and South Africa.
In July 2013, she released her debut album, ‘Faith, MadaGhana’ which was received warmly by the poetry community.
In an earlier interview with us on the uniqueness of her art, she said “I speak a lot on peace building issues as I have direct working experiences with civil society organizations, specifically those working in women and peace building.
Crystal works with the West African Network for Peace building (WANEP), African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and the Foundation for Contemporary Art- Ghana (FCA- Ghana).
Alikoto Clothing presents “Fashion fuse”, a night of fashion, poetry and music.
Founder of Alikoto Clothing, Ama Asantewa Diaka is on a mission to celebrate the distinct cultures of French and Ghanaian fashion with Fashion Fuse.
Fashion Fuse is a show to showcase the rich cultures of Ghana and France and the outcome of the fusion of elements of each of these cultures.
“When Ghana is mentioned, most people from France think primarily of corruption, poverty, national parks and the many good athletes and musicians the country has produced but they hardly have any idea of the modern, creative and inventive Ghana in terms of fashion. But you make mention of France and things like romance, holidays, a well-developed country runs in everyone’s mind”, Ama Asantewa Diaka said.
“One important aim of the fashion show is to promote the understanding between Ghanaians and the French while presenting Africa as an infinitely modern, creative continent beyond music and to show that the media produces an incomplete picture.”
Poets Chief Moomen, Miss Ndabi, Dzyadorm, Namojiobese, Poetra Asantewa and Sandra Huson ofSkillions Records will be on hand to entertain the audience with spoken word and music.
Fashion Fuse is in collaboration with Alliance Francaise.
UK Born Ghanaian Radio Presenter/DJ/Voice Over artist MIka Abraham
UK-born Ghanaian, Mika Abraham, has gone on to become the radio presenter/DJ/Voice Over artist she’d always wanted to.
Growing up, she showed early signs of wanting to chart a path in broadcasting.
Her fascination with how presenters/DJs interacted with their listeners also influenced the decision to choose a career in broadcasting.
Growing up, Mika wanted to be a historian, she wanted to study African/Black history but her love for radio took center stage leading to the broadcasting field, which she currently find herself in.
The 22 year old has been doing radio for six years and counting working with Choice FM, Rinze FM and Reprezent FM.
In the coming months, she will be operating her own radio show, which will be made available on her website.
She has DJ’ed at arts festivals including Wireless, Love Box, and at Fashion PR parties.
Her voice over clients includes BBC Three, Channel 4, BBC Blast, E4 and Urban Development.
Like every career person, Mika has some very memorable moments.
“Hosting a stage at one of the biggest festivals in the UK (Glastonbury), just the fact that I was chosen to represent London was amazing, which helped elevate me into the mainstream side of the industry.”
“Also being acknowledged by the Ghanaian High Commissioner His Excellency Kwaku Danso Boafo for my work in the creative industry,” she recounts.
“Everybody around me knows that I’m always waving the flag for Ghana whenever I do anything, so for him to notice my work within the community made me feel like everything I’m doing is not in vain.”
DJ Black, Tim Westwood, Angie Martinez and Delay (Deloris Frimpong Manso) are media personalities who inspire her to aim for the very best in her career.
She talks about the inroads Afrobeats, and Black community-friendly songs are doing on UK Charts.
“You have the likes of Sarkodie, Atumpan, Fuse, Mista Silva and more been played on mainstream radio in the UK. People who are not Africans are listening and reciting their lyrics. This is amazing. You also have Ghanaian artistes being flown to perform at sold out shows and festivals. GH music is on the rise in the UK.”
Favorite Ghanaian musicians?
“My favorite definitely has to be Joey B; his approach to music is fresh and new. His verses are host. He also knows how to work the stage which I love. Big things are definitely are coming his way. I love FOKN BOIS as well: their artistry is captivating and unique.”
Mika has a diploma in Media and Broadcast Journalism, and currently pursuing a degree in Events Management at Greenwich University.
“My future plans include crossing over into the Ghanaian/African industry, definitely go to Ghana and do radio. I will be launching some new projects that will be coming out soon on Youtube and hopefully African TV networks this year. Launch my official website and release an official mix as well. I’m really excited about that, just working towards creating a strong brand and being the young voice of Ghana.”
Newly established Starr 103.5 FM will begin operations on August 4, 2014.
The station, which will be broadcasting from a location on the Ring Road, will be competing with Joy FM, Citi FM, and the other English-speaking stations for the upper class audience of the radio market in Accra.
The station has in its fold the likes of Bola Ray, Kafui Dey, Jon Germain, Nii Ayi Tagoe, DJ Blow, Dennis Mirpuri, Kwaku Obeng Adjei, Sammy Darko and Henry Twum Asante among other big names.
We can tell you that the host of ‘Who Wants to Be Rich’ Kafui Dey will host the morning show and is also the director of programs.
Former Atlantis Radio and host of ‘Asanka Delight’ on TV3 Jackie Ankrah is being considered as his co-host, we understand.
Starr FM is co-owned by former Finance Minister, Kwabena Duffour.
Efya will be performing at the Tribe One Music Festival, taking place in South Africa from September 26-28, 2014.
The Afro Neo-Soul songstress is joining American female hip hop head, Nicki Minaj, for the three-day event, which also has an impressive core of artistes lined up.
They include Kid Ink , Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Khuli Chana, Dbanj, AKA and Fally Ipupa.
Happening in Cullinan, Tshwane, South Africa, Efya will perform alongside Minaj on the ‘Diamond Fields’ stage, which is one of three main stages being used for the festival.
Set to be a huge break for the Ghanaian, the South African event will hold on the back of an impressive first and second quarter chain of cross-boarder performances, the more recent being an industry event in Nigeria.
Tribe One Music Festival is powered by ROCKSTAR4000 and Sony Music Entertainment.
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World Cinema Fund (WCF) will fund the production of Akosua Adoma Owusu’s debut feature film ‘Black Sunshine ‘at the cost of $55,000.
She is one of 5 directors who got the backing from the managers of WCF out of a total of 126 applications from film directors in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and South West Asia.
‘Black Sunshine’ won the ARTE International Prize at Durban FilmMart.
The film tells the story of hairdresser, Effie Konadu, who longs to escape her frustrating reality, and her 12 year old albino daughter, Asabea. Effie feels ashamed of birthing an albino child, and ironically, of her own blackness. She is an insecure and disenchanted single mother that resorts to skin lightening products to lighten her own skin.
Her emotional instability is further strained by the arrival of a white European man named Remy Savant. Effie pursues a tempestuous love affair with the foreigner, only to find him in a merciless mirror that confronts her to the crushing realities of her own condition. Asabea struggles with her mother’s rejection drives her to find solace from a mysterious black boy called Shebere (Destiny).
Through Shebere, Asabea explores what it would feel like to belong. She is tempted to follow the call of her imaginary friend into the world beyond.
Black Sunshine examines albino Africans as tropes for cross cultural identity while creatively engaging in representations of beauty and unbalanced power relations in the intricacies of everyday life.
Akosua won the Best Short Film prize at the 2013 African Academy Movie Awards (AMAA) for ‘Kwaku Ananse” which was screened at a number of film festivals around the world, and was named by BuniTV as one of the 10 filmmakers of African descent that they loved in 2013.
Other movies directed by her include Me Broni Ba, Split Ends, I feel wonderful and Intermittent Delight.
‘Save the Rex’, a kickstarter initiative to refurbish the Rex Cinema in Accra as a space for creative arts, was spearheaded by her.
She is just 23 years old but Nunana Vanessa Awoonor is currently riding high on both the corporate and academic ladder.
With a highly successful modelling career and the establishment of a marketing management company here in Ghana, Nunana is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Architectural…
Originally published on enewsgh.com on November 7,2013.
An innate desire to use her schedule and the need to play her part in assisting with the alleviation of youth unemployment, were the factors that pushedSheila Afari to become an entrepreneur.
Born in Ghana on May 26, 1986, she moved to Eastern Cape, South Africa, at the age of two where she grew up. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in English & Psychology and a certificate in Public Relations from the University of Cape Town. Sheila is currently studying towards her honours degree in Psychology through UNISA.
Miss Afari’s entrepreneurial journey began whilst she was in the university in 2008, with the establishment of Lavish Industries, an events company, which has since grown to include a décor and interior design division as well as an online lifestyle store.
Sheila later co-founded a company Design for Style (DFS) in 2010, where she served as its Chief executive Officer. DFS offers emerging fashion designers a platform to enter the fashion industry by showcasing their designs through fashion shows, and managing the retailing of their collections for them. She resigned earlier this year but continues to offer her support to young designers.
In May 2012, Sheila started her self-named company, Sheila Afari Group, after resigning as the marketing manager of a mobile devices company.
The Sheila Afari Group comprises of Sheila Afari Public Relations which handles publicity for some of South Africa’s biggest celebrities including Khuli Chana, Kabelo Mabalane and Ms Cosmo, Sheila Afari Business Development, Miss Ghana South Africa, Lavish Industries, Sheila Afari Property Development and Sheila Afari Foundation.
The foundation addresses issues of sexual health and empowering females aged 8-18 years old and in making informed decisions about sex and instilling self-worth and confidence in them. It will be launched in early 2014.
Sheila, who currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa, describes herself as a hardworking and ambitious young woman and believes that Ghana is full of opportunities and potential entrepreneur endeavors. She hopes to cross over into the Ghanaian market in 2014.
Sheila speaks English, Xhosa and Afrikaans (South African dialects) and Twi.