Spain’s Casa Africa, a public diplomacy institution, signs an agreement with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry to celebrate their cultural cooperation project ‘Vis a Vis’ in Ghana
All Ghanaian musicians, no matter the style, will have the opportunity to show their work to Spanish music festival directors
Mr. Luis Padrón, Director General of Casa África, an institution of public diplomacy linked to Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Abelema Afeku, signed a agreement last Wednesday in order to collaborate to bring to Ghana the cultural project Vis a Vis, that will bring the opportunity to all the Ghanaian musicians to perform in front of a dozen Spanish cultural promoters. The ‘Ghana Vis a Vis’ will be the 10th edition of this cultural cooperation projects that aims to foster a better knowledge of African music in Spain.
The Ghana Vis a Vis, Professional Meeting of Spanish Music Promoters and African Musicians will take to Accra a group of Spain’s directors of the most important World Music Festivals. In the last ten years, Casa África has chosen different African countries to celebrate this professional meeting. It allows the music festivals to know the situation of each country music scene and generates direct contacts between Spanish promoters with African musicians, record companies and institutions.
In the Signature Act, held last Wednesday in the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Padrón and Mrs Abelema Afeku were accompanied by both the Ambassadors from Spain in Ghana, Mrs Alicia Rico and from Ghana in Spain, Mrs Elisabeth Adjei.Next January, and with the collaboration of the Government of Ghana (Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts), the Spanish Embassy in Ghana and the Ghanaian Embassy in Spain, Ghanaian artists will be called to participate into this project by submitting their music (mp3 or Youtube videos) into a website created for this project.
The Spanish music producers are opened to artists of any kind of styles and especially look for artists that have never performed in Spain before. All genres are welcome, from hip-hop to house or electronic music, pop, rock, reggae, traditional music or, in this case, genuine Ghanaian styles like Highlife, hiplife…
Once the projects are presented, the same promoters who will move to Accra will choose twelve bands to listen live. After three days of concerts and meetings in March, the promoters will choose two of the groups to travel to Spain in the month of July. These two bands will tour Spain for more than a dozen live concerts, in some cases at festivals with an audience of thousands of people.
So far, Vis a Vis has visited Senegal (in two occasions), Ethiopia, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania and Angola. In each country, Spanish cultural promoters have the opportunity not only to listen to the dozen selected artists in live performances but also to maintain professional meetings with the selected musicians. With this cultural cooperation project, Casa África aims to contribute not only to a greater presence of African artists in the Spanish scenarios but also to the development of the cultural industries of African countries.
Some of the Spanish festivals that have participated in the previous Vis a Vis are Pirineos Sur (Sállent de Gállego, Huesca), Etnosur (Alcalá La Real, Jaén), La Mar de Músicas (Cartagena), Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz&Más Heineken, Sin Sal Son Estrella Galicia, Festival MUMES (Tenerife), Imagina Funk (Torres, Jaén), Fuerteventura en Música, the Provincial Council of Jaén or producers like Planet Project, Radiation and Dr. Zhivago, among others.
Source: Chris Koney
UBA Ghana Donates African Literature Books To Four Senior High Schools To Mark Internatonal Day Of The African Child
UBA Ghana has donated boxes of various African Literature Books to four Senior High Schools to commemorate the 2021 International Day of the African Child
The beneficiary schools were Accra Academy Senior High School, Accra Girls’ Senior High School, Teshie Technical Institute all in the Greater Accra region and St Paul’s SHS in the Volta region.
The International Day of the African Child, is a day set aside to by the United Nations to celebrate Africa children on the 16th of June every year.
This donation is in line with the UBA Foundation commitment to the education of African Youth through the Read Africa Project.
Presenting the books to the various schools, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Henry Nii Dottey, said UBA is committed to rekindle the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths.
“The passion for reading informative and educative books is fast eroding due to the advent of materials on the internet and media content and this is part of the ills we want to correct in the continent’s educational sector”, he said.
He added: “Having identified the need to curb the trend across the continent, the UBA Foundation through the Read Africa has been donating books to encourage reading among junior and senior secondary schools students across Africa”.
Mr. Dottey also used the opportunity to call upon the schools to actively participate in this year’s National Essay Competition. He noted the National Essay Competition provides funding of up to US$10,000 annually and encourage all students to participate in order for them to enhance their chances of living the dreams of tertiary education in any part of Africa.
He added that the vision of Tony Elumelu through the Africapitalism project which seeks to use African resources to develop Africa can only start with the education of our people.
Mr. Emmanuel Ofoe Fiemawhle, Headmaster of Accra Academy and Mrs. Gifty Andoh, Headmistress of Accra Girls’ Senior High Schools both expressed their gratitude to UBA for the kind gesture demonstrated towards their schools.
They both assured UBA that the schools will put the books to good use and ensure students read them while encouraging them to start preparing towards this year’s National Essay Competition.
Sidney Williams tells Hammer, “You Know Too Well Not To Kiss Shatta Wale’s Ass.”
Sidney A. Williams, a Ghanaian entertainment critic and former radio producer for Y107.9FM in Accra, is dissatisfied with the recent words of renowned music producer Edward Nana Poku Osei, also known as “Hammer.”
Sidney’s dissatisfaction comes at the back of Hammer’s recent utterances about Ghanaian journalist Arnold Asamoah Baidoo who described dancehall artiste Shatta Wale as the most “inconsistent and confused” artist.
In a post, Hammer shared a different opinion saying;
“I can’t believe people are celebrating you for being so disrespectful to another human being in the name of what, opinion?” You people live quietly behind closed doors with your imperfections and just because someone’s life is public you think you can have an opinion?
In a new video shared on YouTube, Sidney who feels disappointed at Hammer’s utterances is heard saying;
“The attack on Arnold is so unfair. It’s so uncalled for. Knowing who Hammer is and the kind of things he’s doing can only be equated to ass-kissing. When people go wrong, it’s only right you allow them to be straightened than to jump behind them for whatever reason.”
He went ahead to advise Hammer to protect his image than speak to kiss ass which will eventually open him up for attacks and insults.
“You only need to be protecting your legendary status and achievements at this time than opening yourself up for attacks for actually saying things that lacks credence.”
Watch Sidney Williams speak out on the Shatta Wale, Hammer and Arnold debacle.
Kida Kudz Celebrates 2pac’s Birthday In Epic Tribute Video For ‘Makaveli’
Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter hailing from London via Lagos and back Kida Kudz shares an unbelievable tribute video for ‘Makaveli’, his sonic homage to the late Tupac Shakur.
Referencing the ‘Hit ‘Em Up (Dirty)’ video, the Biggie & Tupac Doc by Nick Broomfield, the iconic NY Times cover alongside Snoop and Suge Knight, his appearance in Juice and more – it’s a perfectly executed tribute that was conceptualised and styled by Kida himself.
A track that he recorded at home in the UK where he was speaking about how he and his people move in life, ‘All my jigga’s anti-social’, it naturally progressed into being quite inspired by Makaveli and Tupac’s spirit and attitude – one of his biggest influences.
Following the lyrically potent first single Animalistic’ that explored incarceration and his euphoric house and dancehall infused Bella Smhurda assisted ‘Ball Till We Fall’, ‘Makaveli’ is the third single taken from his highly anticipated new mixtape TOP MEMBA out July 9th and available to pre-order now.
Speaking on the video, Kida said: “Makaveli was shot by my friend Visionnaire Pictures. The idea came from both of us putting our heads together to think of the best 2Pac images and recreate them on a budget in the studio. I styled myself using vintage pieces and a lot of clothes I already owned as I love 90’s fashion… I got the pieces from my wardrobe, ordered some, and got my family members to help out with styling …The thought was to bring 2pac back to life, trying to get it as close as possible…. It’s an energised video from head to toe.”
Since its announcement and release of accompanying singles this Spring, TOP MEMBA is already set to scorch the scene this summer with early support from the likes of Highsnobiety, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy, Notion, CLASH, DJ Target and more. Aptly and affectionately named after Kida’s fans to whom this mixtape is dedicated to, this highly anticipated 10-tracker was written in the afterglow of the birth of his first son at his home in London, making this his most intent and personal body of work to date.
Born in ‘IB City’ Ibadan, Nigeria and raised by his serial entrepreneur mother, Kida Kudz always had an intense love for music counting the likes of Lil Wayne, Tupac, DMX, BBK, Fela Kuti, Haruno Ishola, Tuface and Ebenezer Obey as some of his most vital influences. After winning two high profile talent competitions in Nigeria as a young boy, Kida’s unrelenting work ethic and drive led him to move to London, UK, when he was 14 to take his craft more seriously studying Music Technology, Audio Engineering, Music Business and Media Production at college and university.
Thrust into a completely new environment and culture at such a decisive age, like many young African immigrants in the UK Kida battled with issues around acceptance and identity but found solace in music. The sound you hear today self-coined ‘AFRO JIGGY’ is the perfect manifestation Kida’s dual identity and artistic sensibilities blending the best the UK and Africa has to offer that’s lead him to collaborate with the likes of Ms Banks and Pa Salieu on Juls’ ‘Like Tu Danz’, Burna Boy on the ‘Issa Vibe Remix’ and Chip on his 2020 debut mixtape Nasty with the single ‘Red Flag’.
No stranger to the limelight, Kida Kudz’ authentic, intelligent and vibrant output has had incredible co-signs from Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky as well as gaining fans in the likes of HYPEBEAST, RedBull, TRENCH, GRM Daily, Complex, Hunger, CLASH and more. He has graced festival stages from Oh My to Afronation and his distinguished personal style and keen eye for fashion has led to collaboration with Daily Paper, Tommy Hilfiger, Clarks and more.
TOP MEMBA TRACKLIST:
- Figure 8 Ft. Gemitaz
- Nobody Ft. Tanika
- Cherry Mango Ft. Made Kuti
- Ball Till We Fall Ft. Bella Shmurda
- Ghetto Riddim Ft Bobby 6ix & Daddy 1
- Never Saw Us
WATCH: ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli-video
STREAM/SHARE ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli
PRE-ORDER TOP MEMBA: https://platoon.lnk.to/Top-Memba
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