Many of the Ghanaian citizenry have their works affected by the global pandemic, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Nonetheless, in partnership with UNITYLINK Financial Services, Burniton Music Group (BMG), and the BHIM Shop, The Livingstone Foundation (TLF) – a non-governmental & non-profitable and charity organization have, on Friday, July 10, 2020, staged the maiden season of its free training workshop dubbed “BHIM Skills”.
Hosted at the St. Augustines Church in Ashaiman, and as a way of adhering to the social distancing protocols arrayed by the Ghana government to curb the spread of COVID-19, the charitable organization founded by Stonebwoy – a multiple award-winning Ghanaian born reggae/ragga & dance-hall artiste, employed the services of coaches with the technical know-how to train an estimated 100 participants or entrepreneurs.
The BHIM SKILLS training workshop seek to ameliorate the booming level of unemployment rate in Ghana as the coronavirus outbreak led to companies across the length and breadth of the country temporarily downsizing operations and also making employees work from home. It also created an overall knowledgeable entrepreneurs who can work independently without constant help and supervision from others.
The training covered the area of small scale farming activities, entrepreneurial development training, food & agro food processing, fashion accessories production, production of household cleaning products, natural cosmetics production, aluminum & metal works and fashion designing. Participants were also taught advanced techniques to help them complete everyday tasks more efficiently.
Speaking at the training workshop, Nickelodeon & BET Winner| 3-Time Best Reggae/Dancehall Act in Africa, Stonebwoy stated that, in these hard times where a lot of Ghanaians have lost their jobs, it is necessary to use his outfit (The Livingstone Foundation) to create opportunities for the citizenry to learn a skill to enhance their financial status and to bridge the gap between the employed and unemployed.
He revealed that, periodically, this charitable initiative will move into different spaces to where services of professional trainers who have knowledge in a particular field would be recquired to imbibe the work culture and ethics to create an environment suitable for the labour force sector. He, however, added that, The Livingstone Foundation will, on the 17th of July, be giving a humanitarian aid to the visually impaired at the Eye of the Lord Orphanage Home at Nsawam in the Eastern Region.
The participants, entrepreneurs and beneficiaries of this initiative who spoke to Gerrard-Israel, expressed delight and appreciation to Stonebwoy, his wife – Dr. Louisa Satekla, and their entities (Burniton Music Group,The Livingstone Foundation and The BHIM Shop) for their kind gesture. They added that, in these difficult moments, it is imperative to note that, every step taken by Dance-hall Juggernaut to enable self-employment in Ghana is worth the commend as it would go a long way to help future generations.
THE LIVINGSTONE FOUNDATION is a non-governmental organisation with the vision of alleviating the suffering and hardship of the brilliant but needy and the vulnerable in the society by way providing monetary, technical aid etc. It main focuses are Main focuses ▪Equal Access to Education ▪Accident Survivor Healthcare ▪Community Advocacy and ▪Youth Empowerment.
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Ghana DJ Awards To Host Workshop; Leonora Buckman Encourages Females To Partake In The Seminar
President of Women In Performing Arts (WIPA) – an umbrella organization for all females in the creative arts industry, Leonora Buckman, is urging more females to take up DJing as a profession in Ghana.
Leonora Buckman, who also serves as a board member of the Ghana DJ Awards has been a leading advocate in championing the cause of women in Ghana’s creative arts industry.
She lamented the dearth of female DJ role models in the country during an interview about this year’s Ghana DJ Awards on Peace FM’s entertainment review show.
She further stated that “though DJing is dominated by males, it is not a profession reserved for males. We, therefore, encourage female DJs out there to involve themselves in the nomination process. We believe that what a man can do, a woman can also do”.
According to research conducted by the Blogspot, Female Pressure; only 10% of performers at music festivals around the world are female and an even smaller percentage of women are on music label rosters.
Despite female DJs pumping out great mixes and working as hard as they can, the recognition from booking agents and promoters – and the subsequent gigs and success – remain elusive and for the few female DJs, they may have at some point felt like it’s close to an impossible task in front of them.
Due to the phenomenon stated above, Leonora Buckman encouraged females interested in disc jockeying to participate in the Ghana DJ Awards workshop which is scheduled for the 20th of November, 2020, in order to get well acquainted with the practice.
The workshop will discuss such topics such as how DJs can manage their funds, the importance of social media, sound management and brand positioning. The event will also include training sessions on how to operate as a DJ, select music, beat matching, and equalising music, as well as general education on sound and mood curation. Registration details for the workshop will be announced on Monday via Ghana DJ Awards’ Facebook and Instagram platforms. The workshop will start from 9am to 5pm (GMT).
The 2020 Ghana DJ Awards is however scheduled to take place on November 21, 2020.
Wiyaala’s Career To Be Studied At The Accra International Book Fest
Ghanaian Afropop singer and songwriter Wiyaala will feature in the Accra International Book Festival (AIBF)’s next #CatchUpAfrica discussion on 17 October.
The discussion will be held at the Shiashie Arts Village at 2pm CAT and will also be livestreamed here(link is external). It will be centered around Wiyaala’s childhood, writing and musical journey. #CatchUpAfrica forms part of AIBF’s African Legend Encounter series.
“Wiyaala has a lot to offer the world not only through her music but the stories behind her songs that continue to receive rave reviews from across the world,” Accra International Book Festival programme officer Charity Oteng Darkwa said. “We couldn’t think of a better celebrity to host at a time when COVID-19 is ravaging across the world than Noella Wiyaala.”
The #CatchUpAfrica discussions seek to provide a convergence point for local and international creatives to engage in conversations pertaining to Ghana’s arts scene, as well as those of global interest. With a key focus on the promotion of literature, the festival has hosted artists, authors, critics and book lovers since it began.
Wiyaala launched her solo career in 2013 followed by the release of her eponymous album Wiyaala in 2014. She has now firmly established herself as one of Ghana’s talented female artists with hit songs such as ‘Rock My Body’, ‘Make Me Dance’, ‘Tinambanyi’ and ‘Africa’. She has won various awards including the Woman of the Decade gong at the 2020 Women’s Choice Awards Africa.
In other news, fellow musician and activist Wanlov the Kubolor will speak at the 2020 Pa Gya! Literary Festival, which will take place at the Goethe-Institut in Accra. Kubolor, together with visual artist Ibrahim Mahama, will discuss the limits of contemporary art.
Source: Music In Africa
Ghanaian Celebrities Partake In Beyond the Return Masterclass [SEE PHOTOS]
The biggest Masterclass for the creative arts space, Beyond the Limit has been held successfully in Accra. The panel included Professor Eleanor Earl, a film lecturer at the Hampton University, Chris Roland, Vasall Benford, Lamann Rucker, Baron Davis, Etu Evans, Shelby Stone, Asante Bradford, RJ Bucaria and Philonese West. TV host, Ivy Prosper, moderated the event.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture collaborated with the Creative Arts Council, Beyond the Return Secretariat and The Bridge Zone Africa to put the event together. Beyond the Return Masterclass was held at Kempinski Hotel under the theme, ‘Black Stories Matter: Forging Collaborations for the Development of Ghana’s Creative Industry’.
The event was graced by many players in the creative arts industry including musicians Pauline Oduro, Kuami Eugene, Keche and Dada KD and actors Martha Ankomah, Salinko, Gloria Sarfo, Majid Michel, Roselyn Ngissah, Bill Asamoah, Pascaline Edwards among others.
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