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Blakk Rasta To Put Up Intriguing Performance At Poetry And Music Festival In Jamaica

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Created by Jamaican poet and organic agriculturist, Ras Takura who traveled to the shores of Ghana for the ‘Year of Return’, One of Africa’s most revered roots reggae music – fused with African rhythms artiste, Blakk Rasta, is expected to put up an intriguing performance as he’s been announced as the headline recording and performing talent to climax this year’s edition of “Dis Poem, Wordz and Agro Festival/ Malcolm X Sol Food Music Festival.”

Becoming the first Ghanaian of his kind to headline the widely accepted concert in the Caribbean, the firebrand radio, music, and poetry personality will be delivering top-notch and flawless performance of his inspirational songs off his last album Timbuktu By Road, spoken words focusing on good governance, poverty eradication, and spreading good cheer through positive messages with even more delightful melodies.

Blakk Rasta does KUCHOKO which is predominantly reggae music fused with African rhythms and energies. His current KUCHOKO sound innovation came about after research into a new sound which will ride on reggae music and establish a sound which will cut across indigenous African sights, sounds and spirituality and be accepted worldwide in these fast changing times of musical tastes and preferences.

The reggae giant has been noted for preaching societal attitudinal change amidst blatant international neo-colonialism bashing, sung on melodious Kuchoko rhythms and has been established as the freedom “fighter” of our time.

He will be supported by veteran Mutabaruka, fire-spitting poet, DYCR, and Ras Takura amongst other greats.

In its 10th year of articulating the need for food security through arts and activism, the festival will be broadcasting live on Sunday November 22, 2020 at 4pm CDT on Malcolm X Sōl Food + Music Festival Facebook Page, Dis Poem Wordz & Agro Festival Facebook Page, and Lagazee International Facebook Page. Based out of Jamaica, the festival will also feature an heirloom seed exchange, and an artisan vendor market.

The event frequently collaborates with the department of culture in Jamaica and the College of Agriculture & Science Education.

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Shocks Media Limited Brings DrumLine Festival To Western Region

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Shocks Media Limited, an Events and Marketing brand in Ghana is set to organize DrumLine Festival 2021 in Sekondi, Western Region. This is aimed at bringing all the brass band groups in the western region together, exhibit their skills and show their dexterity with sounds by competing for the ultimate prize of 10,000.00.

The main focus is to promote talents in the region for investors both here and outside to scout to help create employment for that sector.

The event is a Shock Media Initiative in collaboration with Focus 1 Media. (Spice and Beach Fm). Schedule for Saturday 30th January, 2020, at the Takoradi mall at 10am, the launch will also be live on all our social media handles. Colleagues in the media space, corporate world, participants and all and sundry are expected to be at the launch.

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Watch Angélique Kidjo Dazzling Performance At Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation

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Four time Grammy Award-winning Beninese musician, Angélique Kidjo, delivered a classical performance as she headlined an online concert hosted by the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation on 20 January. Dubbed, Angélique Kidjo in Concert, the performance forms part of the foundation’s ongoing virtual concert series. Her concert was in procession of Kuwaiti singer and music producer Humood Alkhudher, which was broadcast on 13 January.

Established in 1981, the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation runs as a centre catering for art and learning. It hosts events ranging from art exhibits to lectures, concerts, film screenings and workshops.

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The First Edition Of Drumline Festival To Be Held In The Western Region.

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Shocks Media Limited is pleased to announce to the good people of the Western Region about the maiden edition of DrumLine Festival which is billed for Easter this year. The DrumLine Festival will be launched on the 30th of Januaury 2021 at the Takoradi Mall to set the tone for the series of event to unfold before the main concert.

Drumline Festival 2021

This event seeks to assemble all the bands men and women in the region to showcase their skills to their fellow country men and women and also to the international market with the many songs and performances tailored by them.

The winner takes home a whooping 10,000.00 Ghana Cedis. By this, we implore all and sundry interested in this concert to kindly pick up an audition form from Spice FM at a fee (200.00)

DrumLine Festival is here _ get involved.

Emmanuel Buckman
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Could 2021 Be The Year Of The African Museum?

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While the West continues to grapple with its colonial past, institutions from Togo to Cairo are creating more expansive models to celebrate art

Most museums as we know them seem to exist in order to help us in some way see ourselves and the world better.

National Museum of Ghana

At the beginning of last year, the International Council of Museums went though a public crisis when some of its members sought to expand the definition of museums to include their engagement with political and social issues.

In the summer, I did a talk with Yilmaz Dziewior, the director of Museum Ludwig, and one of the audience members asked if we would still be able to enjoy the works if they were contextualised.

Then in the autumn, in a thread on the repatriation of objects, a Twitter user asked whether “normal people” might still be able to view the objects if they were returned to the kinds of countries where there was no “free speech”.

The notion behind these suppositions is that Western museums and norms do not need to be contextualised by political and social realities, because they would then no longer be able to be taken at aesthetic or intellectual face value. But the current crises that museums face comes precisely from the problem of the colonial mindset that placed Western civilisation and its taming modernities at the apex of humanity. A hierarchy of being that continues to see anything outside itself as alternative, inferior, merely indigenous or premodern, has resulted in the violations and inequalities among people and our environment that we face so starkly today.

In the West, museums are still grappling with how to redefine themselves in this moment, with how to honestly and accountably face their pasts, where even those who want to atone for violences of theft through reparation continue to speak on behalf of those that can speak for themselves. In other parts of the world, different conversations are being had.

On the African continent, museums as we know them were largely a colonial import, created to bolster newly independent national narratives with borrowed forms. As part of the exercise of control and exploitation, it was drummed into colonised peoples that their beings, their ways of seeing and expression, were primitive, backward, and of no value; all while these very things, with differing degrees of violence, were exported to the West to be re-valued for their museums and for their gain.

Black Civilisations in Senegal

Forms of expression
While these narratives of inferiority still exist throughout the continent, especially when it comes to our historical cultural expressions, there is also so much that has prevailed; forms of expression, of exhibiting, of exchanging that have evolved over many millennia, which have taken in all the many influences that have passed through them and grown, despite the odds stacked against them.

Museums like the Palais de Lomé, which opened in 2019 in Togo, and the Museum of Black Civilisations in Senegal, which opened the year before, are co-curating with communities around them and creating more expansive models. New museums that are breaking ground this year, like the Grand Egyptian Museum, the Pan African Heritage World Museum in Ghana, the Museum of Humankind in Kenya, and the Museum of Maritime History in Mozambique, will tell narratives from the dawns of African civilisations in all their pluralistic forms. And new types of museums, archives and networks, like the Museum of British Colonialism, African Digital Heritage and the International Inventories Programme, continue to emerge.

In Ghana, our president, Nana Akufo-Addo, commissioned a review of our existing museum restructures, which I have been leading and bringing together for the past year. The report of the first committee (ghanaheritagefuture.com) outlines new curatorial, architectural, financial, structural possibilities for our museums, monuments and national parks. Our next step is a competition for a new kind of museum building, the design of which will be announced in 2021.

In 1964, our first president, Kwame Nkrumah, commissioned the architect Franco Minissi to design our National Museum, but like many of our independence dreams, it was never completed and the ground for it still lies waiting. This time it is for a homegrown architect, either alone or in collaboration with an international one, to reimagine what a structure might hold and look like, that honours and takes into account the many spirits of our communities, our environment, and our objects, both at home and those to be returned. A structure that will allow for narratives and exchange with, and across, other parts of the world, on equal terms.

By NANA OFORIATTA AYIM

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