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ACCRA [dot] ALT, REDD KAT Pictures, the Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana (FCA), Attukwei Art Foundation and Dr. Monk proudly announce that the Seventh Annual CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival will be held August 14 – August 20, 2017.

CHALE WOTE Brief Description

The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets. The community-based festival takes place in James Town – one of Accra’s most historic communities – and targets exchanges between scores of Ghana-based and international artists creating and appreciating art together.

Over the last six years, CHALE WOTE has completely transformed the city of Accra into the cultural production hub of West Africa. By engaging artists within the city, the festival has given Accra a facelift, revealing interconnected collectives working in multidisciplinary practices that form the pulse of CHALE WOTE. 

The 2017 Festival Abstract

Wata Mata is the final installment in a CHALE WOTE trilogy that began with African Electronics, a blueprint for plugging into indigenous technologies to create the impossible and open up new spaces of social consciousness. Spirit Robot, a universal TRANSmitter of radical reconstruction, spread these electric pathways of knowledge into different directions, linking with global diasporas practicing and creating art about African liberation. More and more, we are compelled to turn to ourselves, to adapt and innovate our own systems to thrive. Wata Mata is where this work happens – in an endless space of form-making.

Wata is about the seen and unseen – it’s an all access dream machine and maker of regenerative knowledge systems. Wata Mata is a memory incubator that reanimates our bodies against coerced amnesias about who we are and what we are capable of manifesting. In 2017, we refashion the ghost limbs of history into new extensions of being.

Wata Mata is our creator’s manifesto – the key to persistently evolve and space-shift into cosmograms of freedom.

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS

The Call for Artists is extended to visual and installation artists, interventionists, musicians, makers, photographers, performance artists, filmmakers, thespians, poets, architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, scholars and more. We are also accepting proposals for talks, workshops, panel discussions and film screenings for The LABS @ CHALE WOTE (August 17 + 18).

As connection is central to the festival, all participating artists must be available the week of the festival, August 14 – 20 2017, to meet one another, share and exchange (in several planned activities) as well as to work on production needs for the festival.

Please note that we will accept existing and new works that are in dialogue with this year’s theme. We encourage applications particularly in digital art, comics, video art, graffiti art, and interventions.

International Artists:

This is an independent, community-based festival and our support for participation is limited. Therefore, international artists are encouraged to seek private and public sources to fund their participation (travel, lodging, food, transportation and production costs).

Ghana-based Artists:

This is an independent, community-based festival and our support for Ghana-based artists is limited. We are only able to provide a production stipend to a selected number of artists who will present works at the festival. All other artists are encouraged to seek external means of support for the production of the works at CHALE WOTE 2017.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

For the LABS @ CHALE WOTE (August 17 + 18), applicants should submit:

CVs, 1-2 page proposal of project and one (1) sample of work per person. Filmmakers and Video artists must submit completed short or feature length films/videos for review.

Applicants interested in participating on August 19 + 20 should submit an artist resume (bio, artist statement, and CV), 1-2 page proposal of project, and five (5) samples of work.

Images must be in jpg or png form.

Films or videos should be submitted via link or WeTransfer.

Audio files should be formatted and sent as MP3.

All applications should be submitted in a zip file with the applicant’s name and subject line: CHALE WOTE 2017 Application to accra.alt@gmail.com. A PDF version of this call can be downloaded here.

Note that applications that do not adhere to the above criteria will be considered ineligible.

Deadline:

May 7, 2017

Final selections will be communicated to all applicants within the month of May.

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2018 WatsUp TV Celebrity Car Race slated for Saturday, June 30!

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After a successful launch of a fun-racing competition for celebrities in Ghana, WatsUp TV is set to host another edition of the annual Celebrity Car Race dubbed WatsUp TV Rush Hour.

This year’s event which will be held at House Party Go-Kart  on the Krokrobite Road in Weija, Accra will be on Saturday 30th June 2018 at 4pm.

Reigning champions Hunter, Dee007 (both from bikers forum) and Epixode are all expected to defend their titles against new comers who will be joining the race this year.

According to the CEO of WatsUp TV, Abd Traore, this year’s event would be raising the bar as more celebrities will be joining the exclusive hangout and racing competition for celebrities and their associates in Ghana.

Some notable celebrities who participated in the previous edition held at the A1 Race Course in Tema include:  Abraham Attah, DJ Mensah, Epixode, Magnom, Gemini, Sista Afia, Opanka, DCryme, Feli Nuna, Ephraim, Keche, George Britton, ZionFelix, Bossu Kule, Stip, Rudebwoy Ranking, Richard ,Coaches, Pep Junia , Geesus and Sarkodie Manager Angeltown Baby

This year’s WatsUp TV Rush Hour is also made possible through the support of SHOB GROUP, TWELLIUM INDUSTRIES, RUSH ENERGY, EXCEL OIL , MAX TV and TV7

 

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Third World, Cyril Neville perform in Ghana this FRIDAY!

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Jamaican reggae band, Third World, considered legends all across the globe, will be in Accra this Friday, June 22, headlining the Ghana World Music Festival.

Slated for the National Theatre from 7:00 pm, the night will also witness a performance from New Orleans great, Cyril Neville.

Currently consisting Stephen “Cat” Coore, Richard Daley, Tony “Ruption” Williams, Maurice Gregory, Norris “Noreiga” Webb, and AJ Brown, the group,active since 1973, are authors of over 20 albums, and are best known for such tunes as “Railroad Track”, “The Story’s Been Told”, “Now That We’ve Found Love”, and “Try Jah Love”. Past band members include

69, singer and percussionist Cyril Garrett Neville shot to fame as member of his brother Art Neville’s funky New Orleans-based band, The Meters.has appeared on recordings by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson, Dr. John and The New Orleans Social Club among others.

Tickets for the Ghana World Music Festival sell for GHC 200 ($42).

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Hundreds donate towards TV Africa’s maiden blood donation exercise

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TV Africa’s blood donation drive was a success as many trooped in to support the worthy cause last weekend. The event saw a lot of voluntary donors in attendance to support the station aid the Ghana national blood service with the blood supply in the country.

Speaking to TV Africa News, the donors expressed joy for participating in the exercise and the fact that it’s an opportunity for them to help save lives whiles others also said they joined the donation as a sign of loyalty to TV Africa.

It was not just about donating, patrons had the opportunity to check for their haemoglobin test, blood pressure, among others.

The donors also were thrilled with musical performances from some artists and were fully refreshed with products from cowbell, Ghandour and other partners.

Veronica Ofosuhemaa Owusu-Ansah, Head of Media and brands for TV Africa, disclosed that the blood donation is a charitable event TV Africa is embarking on as part of its corporate social responsibility to give back to society. She added that the exercise is also part of the company’s positioning strategies.

Some celebrities that passed through were Nikki, Khadijat from the breakfast live show, Classy Judy of Odo confession fame, Sika, Shirley FRIMPONG MANSO, and a host of others.T here was a network session for the donors, presenters, and stakeholders of TV Africa as well.

Cowbell, Ghandour, Ideal Capital Partners, Ideal Finance Limited, Firstrust savings, and loans,360 group, National blood service were our proud sponsors

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aftown to commence quarterly music workshops

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aftown just marked a year of official operations in Ghana with a highlight of 460 artists and over 25,000 subscribers. As part of efforts to improve music sales of artists and increase streaming figures the company kicks off the quarterly aftown music workshop in partnership with afromusicon.

The aftown music workshop is organized specifically for artistes/managers and other stakeholders in the music industry. During this 4-hour workshop, artists will be taken through how to market and promote music with aftown to increase revenue, how to distribute music on other platforms, howproducers and songwriters can publish their music in order to receive royalties, as well as branding as an artiste.

They will also be introduced to partners who provide services in how to plug in their music on radio, and monitor radio airplay nationwide.

The sign up fee for the workshop of GHS 50, which comes with a break-time snacl. To confirm participation applicants can call aftown on 050 3981775 or email musicworkshop@aftown.com

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: RTP Awards 2018

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Big Events Ghana, organizers of the annual Radio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards have released the online nomination form for the 2018 edition of the awards, commencing the process and activities preceding the 8th edition of the event for this year.

The forms are open to Radio and Television personalities who have endeared themselves to the hearts of listeners, viewers and media critics – and have excelled in their respective fields within the year under contention.

The eligibility year for the 2018 RTP Awards is September 2017 to July 2018. Persons eligible for filing of nomination are station managers on behalf of their presenters and individual presenters who wish to put themselves up for nomination.

Interested Radio and Television personalities who meet the above criteria are to visit www.rtpwardsafrica.com, fill the online forms and submit for vetting It is worth nothing that there will be no printed nomination forms for this year’s event and so every process in relation to the filing of nominations will take place on www.rptwardsafrica.com The closing date for the submission of nominations is midnight of 2nd July, 2018.

 

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FlowkingStone, Medikal, Kidi shut down Closeup Campus Tour in Kumasi

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Closeup had the biggest party in Kumasi last weekend.

Just before Otumfuo played host to Okyehene Amoatia Ofori Panin, in Kumasi, Close Up had added more spice to the city.

If you weren’t at the Kumasi City Mall last Friday, you missed a whole lot of fun.

Even though the rains came down a few minutes before the show started, the car park of the mall was full right after it stopped raining.

There were performances from Dope Nation, Kelvynboy, Medikal, and Kidi.

The night was crowned with a spectacular performance from Flowking Stone, who was later joined on stage by his brother, Kunta Kinte.

Before we saw the performances from the stars, we saw the winners from the other regions also perform.

There was also the battle session where a winner was chosen from the Ashanti Region.

There were about 14 underground musicians who battled it out, but it is Officials, a duo who were crowned winners of the Ashanti Region.

The finale of the Closeup Campus Tour will hit Accra in the coming days.

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