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Playbak Magazine Features Ghanaian Stars In Its 4th Edition

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Wednesday March 25, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Playbak Magazine has released the 4th Edition of its periodical publication featuring Ghana’s Homecoming celebration 2019, Afrochella 2019, most of the prominent award shows in states – Ghana Entertainment Awards USA 2019, African Entertainment Awards USA 2019.

The 4th Edition also containing publications on hit-makers like Fancy Gadam, Mr Drew, Van Vicker, Khalifa, Wisa Gried, popular Ameyaw Debrah and more. As always this magazine will be available online, printed hard copies will be available as well in the USA, UK, Dubai, Ghana, cote d’ivoire, Nigeria and in the diaspora.

Playbak Magazine is a magazine that bridges entertainment and business together to shed light on activities in our African community and beyond while portraying our business acumen with a voice to those that need to be heard. The magazine has been in existence for three (5) years now.

The goal of Playbak Magazine is to give business owners, aspiring models and personalities entertainers, and whoever fits our target sector as well as the youth a platform to showcase their talents, present it and promote themselves. This aim of ours, is to hitch the gap between customers to businesses, fans to entertainers, create an avenue for audience who are very much into entertainment and unite each African community overseas.

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DAILY PAPER/ Amsterdam-based Streetwear Brand Allies Ghanaian Artist, David Alabo, For New Collection

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, March 31, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand, Daily Paper (men’s wear and women’s wear fashion brand established in 2012), has, in collaboration with Ghanaian visual artist David Alabo, premiered its limited edition capsule, “The Tarot Card” collection of high end t-shirts which is part of the brand’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

Categorically, the t-shirt features a unique design by Alabo “highlighting an Afro-Surrealism tarot card providing insight and guidance through symbolism and spiritual wisdom,” according to a press release from Daily Paper. The designs reflect Alabo’s artistic vision of using elements of fantasy and mysticism to critique African society.

Each item in the capsule collection features a unique tarot card design with a symbolic meaning. “The Magician” for instance, represents “spiritual development,” while “The High Priestess” design reflects “intuition, mystery, and sensuality.” The contemporary fashion brand is known for its ready-to-wear garments and accessories.

Daily Paper is inspired by the African heritage of its own founders, together with the passion for contemporary fashion, Daily Paper is known for its ready-to-wear garments and accessories, and is dedicated to promoting African culture by honoring the past and its influence on their vision of the future.

According to David Alabo, who lauded the efforts of the Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand, which is inspired by the African heritage of its own founders, for an marvellous collaboration revealed that, his aim in the art world is to push the boundaries and challenge the perception of Africa with fashion.

The company was founded by three friends, Hussein Suleiman, Jefferson Osei and Abderrahmane Trabsini. In the beginning the trio set up a blog whereby they occasionally sold T-shirts bearing their logo. The company subsequently grew and amplified into a major trendsetter. Although the blog was running in 2008, the company was founded in 2010 and established in 2012.

In 2015 they released a women’s clothing parallel. They particularly derived their design ideas from scenery in Kenya and other sub-Saharan African regions. In the same year, they branched out to diversify from casual wear to athletic and sportswear. In May 2015 they began releasing limited edition silhouette jackets.

Daily Paper has made it a point to collaborate with African artists and creatives. Last year, the brand linked with Nigerian superstar Wizkid for the limited edition STARBOY collection.

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“Don’t Use COVID-19 As A Promotional Stunt For Creatives – ATWAG Urges Its Members

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Thursday March 19, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – In the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19, the Arts and Tourism Association of Ghana (ATWAG) would like to encourage its members to join in the sensitisation of the public on the precautionary measures for the pandemic.

In a news release signed by communications officer, Kwame Dadzie, the organization’s members, comprising writers, bloggers, vloggers, broadcasters are hereby advised not to downplay the repercussions of their reportage on the COVID-19 outbreak, adding that, its members are encouraged to report only the true facts and information on the disease.

The organization cautioned that, under no circumstance should any member use COVID-19 as a promotional stunt for an artist or a material to merely draw traffic to their websites. It stated that, as much as possible, opinions on coronavirus-related matters should always be sought from right authorities: World Health Organisation (WHO), Ministry of Health (MoH), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ministry of Information (MOI).

ATWAG further cautioned that, viral social media information need to be verified thoroughly before they are published. Coronavirus is having a toll on the world, ripping it off its emotional, psychological, and most importantly, economic fortunes. The tourism, arts and culture sector is no exception with this scourge.

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BEYOND THE RETURN/ Accra Art Fair To Showcase Some Of The Best Ghanaian Creatives

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Inspired by the 2019 success of the ‘Year of Return’, 2020 turns the page to an exciting new chapter, ‘Beyond the Return’ and the Arts are set to follow in suit. The Accra Art Fair (AAF) will begin the year’s schedule, at Untamed Empire, in partnership with the Gertrude Foundation, with a showing on March 13th for various stakeholders in efforts to build a sustainable art ecosystem in Ghana and public showings displaying some of the best of Ghanaian Art on March 14th and 15th. Curation for the show is by Esse Dabla, the Cultural Producer and Curator of Kuenyahia Trust for Contemporary Art. The general admission is from noon to 7pm on March 14th and 15th; it will be free of charge, and it is open to all.

2019 was a great year for Ghanaian artists. Our country’s first-ever Venice Biennale drew rave reviews this year and the much-celebrated Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye is back transforming a 17th-century castle into a world-class museum.

Christoph Fitih from Gertrude Foundation (GF) stated, “International fairs act as a crucial platform for galleries and artists to make their presence known, sell their works and forge links with the art industry’s major players, which is what AAF is striving to achieve. GF is an independent non-profit organization established to champion local art as an economic driver and deepen knowledge and pride in art from Africa and the diaspora. This new initiative will be instrumental in transforming our city into a global destination for art in the region and we are delighted to be a part of it.”

Now, Accra Art Fair is showcasing the best of Ghanaian art with the vision of changing and owning our narrative. Our stories, our beliefs; sculpted, painted, and written by us. Our most precious gift to ourselves and the world, our art.

Sefa Gohoho Boatin of Untamed Empire said “Untamed Empire Creative Business Incubator, is pleased to be part of the Accra Art fair to elevate Ghanaian Art. We welcome more private sector partners to join us, so we can together grow this into one of West Africa’s premier art fairs. The Arts are a fundamental component of a healthy community. We’ve launched this fair primarily to contribute value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of Ghana. We look forward to hosting the first International fair, which will bring galleries, art collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world to Ghana to see, buy and sell an enormous amount of art.”

Artists to be featured are:

Isshaq Ismail
Tjasa Rener
Jewel Arthur
Joseph Adibleku
Billy Baffoe-Bonnie
Marquesa Nana Yaa Omane Peprah Yaw Safori
Nyornuwofia Agorsor
Frederick Oko Matey
Issac Opoku
Danny Wonders
David Alabo
Asare Adjei
Kukua Ampah
Kwesi Botchway
NiiTMills
Amarkine Amarteifio
Awo Tsega
Negyem Adonoo
Rania Odaymat

“The contemporary African art market is growing and artists from the continent are revered worldwide. Accra Art Fair, an international art fair will add another layer to this market and will give more added visibility to the strength and depth of the art of artists in the continent. Ghana has produced some of the greatest artists in Africa so Accra is an ideal location to continue this tradition. It is also an opportunity for galleries to show all the established and new talent from Africa/the continent,” stated Sefa Gohoho Boatin of Untamed Empire.

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South African Artist, Mohau Modisakeng Makes Solo NYC Debut With ‘A Promised Land’

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Renowned South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng presents A Promised Land, his latest solo exhibition, opened at Brooklyn’s Jenkins Johnson Gallery on Saturday, Feburary 29. This marks the New York debut of Modisakeng’s ZION video installation, based on the artists’s 2017 performance art series by the same name. It originally debuted at the Performa Biennial.

“In ZION the artist deals with the relationship between body, place and the global history of displacement of Black communities,” reads a press release. “There is an idea that all people are meant to belong somewhere, yet in reality there are millions of people who are unsettled, in search of refuge, migrating across borders and landscapes for various reasons.”

In addition to the video, the show also features seven large-scale photographs that communicate themes of Black displacement. From 19th century Black settlements in New York City, which as the press release notes, were eradicated to clear space for the development of Central Park, to the scores of Africans who have faced conflict that has led them to life as refugees in foreign lands.

The exhibition also includes works from Modisakeng’s 2017 series Passage, which debuted during the 2017 Venice Biennale. It’s described as “a meditation on slavery’s dismemberment of African identity and its enduring erasure of personal histories.”

More broadly Modisakeng’s work addresses “race, forced migration, the deep divides of post-apartheid South Africa, the post-colonial African continent, and the Global Black Diaspora as a whole” and has previously graced several shows and institutions, including the South African National Gallery, the Dak’Art Biennale and more. His statue honoring Nelson Mandela is set to be unveiled later this year at the Nelson Mandela Park in Amsterdam.

“Untitled 28, 2018” by Mohau Modisakeng
“Untitled 75, 2018” by Mohau Modisakeng
“Untitled 12, 2018” by Mohau Modisakeng
“Untitled 81, 2018” by Mohau Modisakeng
Zion 9, 2018″ (inkjet on Hahnemuhle photo rag)” by Mohau Modisakeng.
Ditaola XVI, 2014 (inkjet on Hahnemuhle photo rag)” by Mohau Modisakeng
Metamorphosis 4, 2015 (inkjet on Hahnemuhle photo rag) ” by Mohau Modisakeng.

(Photo courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery)

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