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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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#ITISPOSSIBLE! John Mahama, JOSPONG, Duffour Jnr. pick up first copies of Bola Ray’s bio

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Ex -president John Dramani Mahama, JOSPONG Group CEO Joseph Siaw Agyepong, and UniBank CEO Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II are among the first to secure copies of media mogul Bola Ray’s biography “It Is Possible”.

Dr. Duffour purchased the book for a whopping GHC100,ooo, while ex-president Mahama is said to have secured his copy for an undisclosed amount. The JOSPONG boss also bought hs for GHC 50, 000. Other early birds include William Asiedu (Managing Editor – Daily Heritage), and Mr. Ofori Boateng.

Reggae/ Afrobeats singer Eboo, Stonebwoy, and Bronya duo Wutah have all performed at the ongoing event.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book (titled “It Is Possible”) details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Copies of the book can be purchased via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE! Bola Ray Book Launch Underway!

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The widely-anticipated launch of media mogul Bola Ray (Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) is currently underway at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.

Compered by veteran broadcaster Kwame Sefa Kayi, it was kicked off with a prayer from motivational speaker/ preacher Rev. Albert Ocran.

Several of society’s most prominent faces across various spectrums of society have converged at the venue for this landmark event.

Respected traditional ruler and academic Nana Kwabena Nketia V is the chairman for the event.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book (titled “It Is Possible”) details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Joining radio while still in university, Bola Ray has grown to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole. He joined Accra-based Top Radio after university and went on to The Multimedia Group, where he served a variety of roles, mainly hosting Drivetime on Joy for 11 years. For the past two years, he has been host of Starr Chat and co-host of Starr Drive, aside being head of the EIB Network and the Empire Group. 

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE! EBOO, Efya, Patch Bay, OTHERS to perform @ Bola Ray bio launch

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Dancehall/ Afrobeats gem Eboo will perform his compelling tribute song in honour of Bola Ray’s book launch tonight at the plush Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.

Like the memoire, the song is titled “It Is Possible”, and proves a touching testimony of the celebrated broadcaster’s journey. Produced by Legacy Beats, it also features the EIB boss himself.

Other top acts named for the night include sultry chanteuse Efya, the Patch Bay Band, as well astalented saxophonist Mizter Okyere.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the 320-pager details the media mogul’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

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#ITISPOSSIBLE: Kwame Sefa Kayi to host Bola Ray Book launch!

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Beloved media mogul and EIB CEO Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) outdoors his memoir at the Labadi Beach Hotel tonight.

Expected to be graced by the creme of society, the launch is part of a series of activities to mark the broadcaster’s 20 years as a media practitioner.

Colleague broadcaster and host of Peace FM’s Kokrokoo has been announced as compere for the evening. An icon himself, Sefa Kayi is highly revered in the media landscape, bringing to the stage a wealth of experience built over many decades.

The launch will be graced by key statesmen, industry colleagues, and admirers alike.  President Akufo-Addo, former presidents Rawlings and J. A Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana Gavin Cook, world-renowned cosmetologist Dr Rita Rakus are among special guests of honour.

Joining radio while still in university, the EIB boss has gone on to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole –widely earning praise as the brightest of his generation.

Copies of the book can be secured via bolaray.com

 

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IMAGES: Nikki Samonas and Jasmine Baroudi Celebrate With Jack Daniels

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September marks the birthday of Jack “Jasper Newton” Daniels, the legendary craftsman who founded the “Jack Daniels” brand and continues to make his mark on the world today with the world’s finest whiskey.

Because no-one knows his exact date of birth; Jack Daniels is celebrating (Mr.) Jack’s birthday all month long with celebrity birthday celebrants within the month.

Delectable screen goddesses, Nikki Samonas and Jasmine Baroudi looked fab and stunning last Saturday night as they hosted their birthdays with Jack Daniels inside the plush Venus Lounge in OSU.

The AccraNightlyf Group and Jack Daniels promised a fun night and delivered a scintillating affair.

Guests were welcomed unto an artsy  yet glamorous red carpet set up reminiscent of “Mr. Jack’s Room”  and featured an on- going live graffiti painting of Mr. Jack, leading into the fun photo area complete with Jack Daniels props.

It set the tone for a fun and memorable night.

A consistently good playlist was served throughout the night by Live Fm’s Sheldon the Turn Up, budding DJ, Wallpaper and the best female DJ in Ghana, DJ Nyce.

Venus Lounge was lit as a capacity crowd made up of the city’s upwardly mobile socialites partied their way into the morning with Mr. Jack.

This was the kickoff event in the #CelebrateWithJack  Birthday party series which moves next to the CHAMPS Bar this Friday, 22nd September for a special Karaoke Party dubbed, “WHEN JACK SINGS.”

 

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#ITISPOSSIBLE: All set for launch of Bola Ray’s bio tonight!

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It all comes down to tonight. For some two decades, celebrated broadcaster Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) has indisputably changed Ghana’s media landscape. Joining radio while still in university, the EIB boss has gone on to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole –widely earning praise as the brightest of his generation.

In a few hours, and like his GH One TV show, the story of this beloved media mogul and leadership icon will be officially revealed. Slated for the plush Labadi Beach Hotel, the drive-belt doyen outdoors his biography.

Authored by journalist Obed Boafo, the book details Bola Ray’s life over four decades, as well as his journey to becoming one of the country’s foremost business persons. It was written over 2 years.

#ITISPOSSIBLE – Eboo drops official theme song for Bola’s biography – LISTEN!

 The launch is expected to attract key statesmen, industry colleagues, and admirers alike.  President Akufo-Addo, former presidents Rawlings and J. A Kuffour, John Dramani Mahama, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Ghana Gavin Cook, world renowned cosmetologist Dr Rita Rakus are among special guests of honour.

Copies of the book can be preordered via bolaray.com

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