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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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Watch: Bibie’s Song ‘Tout Doucement’ Performed On The Voice Kids 2020 – France

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The Voice Kids – France resumed its seasonal auditions airing on Saturday, 13th, September on TF1(Television France 1) nationwide. A young contestant by the name, Chloè perfomed ‘Tout Doucement’ an iconic song originally wonderfully interpreted and made famous in the 80’s by Bibie also known as (Bibie Brew) a renowned Ghanaian, French international singer known to French audiences worldwide.

Bibie
is reputed for making this very beautiful evergreen song ‘Tout
Doucement’ a massively successful smash hit in France and French
territories: Europe, Africa, Asia and the America’s (North and South).
Her songs are known literally every where the French language and
culture is spoken and lived. ‘Tout Doucement’ sold over 1 million copies
in less than 3 months of its maiden release in 1985, remained top of
the hit parade for weeks on the French International music sales and is
still selling and played today.

Bibie is Ghana’s first female
singer to be internationally recognized by her incredible success in
record sales at the time and a natural popularity in France and Europe
till now. She’s also the first Ghanaian female artist to sell a million
copies of a song internationally. Bibie is a household name in France
and loved by a very wide French audience worldwide. She is not only
considered as a legend due to her iconic song and six French albums that
followed over her 35 year career as a performing and recording artist
in France – she is an outstanding contribution to the popular French
music culture and also to the developing Creative Industry of Africa.

Since
2007 in Ghana, Bibie founded the New Morning Arts Café & Creative
Centre where she dedicates her years of experience and gift of music
mentoring, coaching and assisting in the development of African talents.
Though very discreet about her life, Bibie’s contributions as a
Ghanaian and African international artist in the music industry in
general is very notable. Thank you Bibie for your amazing legacy to the
creative arts and thank you France for celebrating our African music
legend.

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Abeiku Santana, First National Bank And Others Join WWII Veteran Joseph Hammond On His Last Walk

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During the heat of the Covid-19 pandemic in
Ghana, Abeiku Aggrey Santana and his partners Derrick Cobbinah,
Africa’s Project Officer for the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League and
CEO of Forces Help Africa and GUBA Foundation supported and brought to
light the activities of WWII veteran Joseph Hammond who recorded a walk of 14
miles in a week as part of a fundraiser to support Africa’s front-line workers.

The 95-year-old Ghanaian World War II
veteran walked 3.2 kilometres (two miles) each day to reach his target on
Africa Day in Accra and raised almost £43,000.

This gesture by this noble man went viral
in the international media including Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, DW, France 24 and
Washington Post. It also attracted a number of corporations and individuals to
reciprocated the goodwill and stretch their arm of support to the
veteran. 

Today, the First National Bank that
launched ASPIRE (Accelerated Support for Pandemic Intervention and Relief
Effort) a fews months ago to assist government and its stakeholders in
mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has donated an amount of Ghc
12,000 (Twelve Thousand Ghana Cedis) to Mr Hammond. Speaking to a session of
the media, Mr Dominic Adu, the first Ghanaian CEO of the bank said they were
proud to be a part of his last walk and to share in his story, it is their
fervent hope and prayer that First National Bank will look back in the future
and also tells their story as the best bank that ever existed in Ghana.

Consequently, Ghanaian Billionaire,
Philanthropist and Prince of Africa, Nana Kwame Bediako proudly known as
Freedom Jacob Caesar and his New Africa Foundation who has been showing a
greater level of generosity amidst the covid19 pandemic also donated a fully
furnished house to Veteran Joseph Hammond who lived 75years of his life in his
family home in Accra to support him. 

WO1, Joseph Hammond who was inspired by the
story of Captain Tom Moore becaming a national hero in the United Kingdom for
raising 33 million pounds ($40m) to help NHS before turning 100 was full of
praise to the Philanthropist and the First National Bank and thank them for
leading the path, he admonished selfishness in the Ghanaian populace and urged
us to continue to support the less privileged in anyway we can. 

Other veterans including Russia’s Zinaida Korneva(97) and British’ Dabirul Choudhury(100) also has bagged similar stories of success for their yeoman’s job.

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Art On The Beach – Weekly Art Exhibition Series Kicks Off

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Ozzies Beach Palace has teamed up with TIC Ghana to introduce a weekly art exhibition dubbed ”Art on the Beach”. The two-day exhibition will give artists all over the country the opportunity to exhibit their works on a regular basis.

Ozzies Beach Palace aims to give its customers the full cultural experience with the addition of art to its already existing vibe of great live music and good food. The first edition kicks off this weekend with an art exhibition by Courage K. Hunke.

The art exhibition will be open on Saturday & Sunday (12th & 13th of September) from 12pm to 7pm each day. Ozzie’s Beach Palace is located at South Labadi Estate, adjacent to the Sandbox Beach Resort.

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Ghana’s Most Beautiful: The 6 Contestants Representing Their Regions In The Grand Finale

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Greater Accra’s Naa, Zuzu from the Northern Region, Talata of the Upper East Region, Ahafo Region’s Abena, Volta Region’s representative, Kafui, and Afriyie from the Central Region have made it to the finale of this year’s edition TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful reality television show.

The weekly episode took place on Sunday 6th September 2020 and witnessed the last eviction before the grand finale slated for 20th September 2020. On the night, Eastern region’s candidate, Ofosua, was evicted despite winning the Most Innovative Contestant of the Night award.

Ofosua’s presentation was on blindness whilst Naa did an informative piece on dyslexia and Afriyie enlightened everyone one vocational training. Talata’s performance focused on early child marriage and Abena did an education on child abuse. Zuzu did an emotional presentation on obstetric fistula and Kafui was on helping needy but brilliant students.

Entertainment on the night was provided by the Ghana Dance Ensemble and a performance by the Ghanaian musician and “Jennifer Lomotey” hit maker, Kurl Songx with regular presenters, Johnnie Hughes Beresford and Anita Akua Akuffo.

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