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EDEM FEST: This Year’s Edition Of The Music And Arts Festival Cancelled

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Award-winning rapper and founder of Volta Regime Music Group (VRMG), Edem, has nulled this year’s edition of one of the most attended outdoor events in Ghana, EdemFest. “7th November would have been the date for this year’s celebration, however, due to some circumstances, particularly the Covid-19 pandemic and the current restrictions still in place, VRMG will not be able to host the festival”, according to a statement signed by the rapper.

For some years now, the month of November has witnessed Ghana celebrate Edemfest with all sort of amazing performances. This November 2020 was expected to witness another epic celebration, but according to the musician and his management, as nations across the globe battle with the new strain of Corona Virus, and as countries are going into new phases of lockdown, it is obvious they are in not in normal times to pull about 30, 000 festival goers together for event.

He stated that, though Ghana has been hit relatively lower than other nations, Ghanaians should strictly adhere to the safety protocols as outlined by the government of Ghana, thus, wearing clean masks, observing social distancing, washing hands with soap and water, and other necessary health protocol to help combact the global pandemic to see life return to normalcy, as they await Edemfest 2021.

Edemfest which started as a music festival and recorded its 3rd edition last year has become more of a tradition than just a fun-filled congregation. In lieu with the Hogbetsotso festival of the Anlo Community (annual festival), Edemfest also pulls a mammoth crowd and countless tourists to the Southern part of Volta increasing returns on both local and ‘foreign’ businesses who come to exhibit during the period.

Edemfest, powered by Edem and his Team, Volta Regime Music Group (VRMG), has been an open to air music and arts event which admits for FREE. The festival was conceived as part of brand Edem’s Corporate Social Responsibility, as an avenue to remind Ghanaians of an illustrious heritage as a people, and a wake-up call for them to preserve the very culture that makes them unique.

Last year’s edition of the festival was aimed marking the “Year Of Return” initiative by Government of Ghana, as the Volta Regime Music Group (VRMG) boss also has the objective of inculcating a sense of Pan-Africanism on the minds of the diaspora who will be touring Ghana.

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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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Stonebwoy, Sauti Sol, Burna Boy And Other African Artists feature On The 2021 Afro Nation (Portugal) Artiste Lineup

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The world’s number one beach festival Afro Nation will hit the shores of Portugal after postponing 2020’s edition. Sounds from different genres; Afrobeats, hip-hop, dancehall, bashment, high-life and R&B will be heard again with artists from different continents gracing the Afro-Nation stage. It is Europe’s biggest urban music beach festival. The 2021 Afro Nation festival will take place between the 1st of July to the 4th of July at Raia da Rocha beach in Portimao, The Algarve, Portugal.

This year’s lineup will want you to buy a plane ticket to Portugal to have an amazing experience at Afro Nation. The esteemed 2021 lineup will feature sets from African artists like; Sauti Sol, Stonebwoy, R2Bees, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Yemi Alade, 2 Baba, Diamond Platnumz, Sho Madjozi, Olamide, Fireboy DML, Kuami Eugene, and many more. Other artists on the lineup are Chris Brown, Chronixx, Megan Thee Stallion, Skepta, Koffee, Mavado amongst other promising artists.

This big announcement comes after the Minister of Economy, Portugal made a statement saying people will return to restaurants, parties, and summer festivals will come back with full force.

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Doreen Avio, IB To Host Akwaaba UK Virtual Concert

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Doreen Avio

Multimedia’s IB and Doreen Avio have been named hosts for this year’s Akwaaba UK Virtual Concert slated for the 25th December 2020. The event which will be aired on the Akwaaba UK YouTube channel and social media platforms is being organised to give viewers a good Christmas experience .

The concert is also part of other activities and events lined up for the festivities put together by Akwaaba UK organisers of Party in the Park aaa d Miss Ghana UK and various music concerts for most artists from Ghana in Europe.

Ibrahim Ben-Bako affectionately known as IB is the Host of “The Red Carpet”  and Showbiz Now shows on Joy Prime. He doubles as an events MC and a reporter for most events in Ghana. He has four awards to his credit.

IB

Doreen Avio is the Co-host for Hitz FM’s biggest drive time show “Cruise Control” , host of “Let’s Talk Show” on Joy News and Head of the Entertainment News Desk on Hitz FM. She is also an events MC with 3 awards to her Credit.

The show will also be aired on Joy Prime on Saturday 26th December 2020. Artistes on the Bill include Over all Artiste of the Year Kuami Eugene, Highlife musician KK Fosu, Kelvin Boy, Mr Drew, Camidoh, Herman Suade and the Afro Harmony band.

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