As people rally across the world for Black liberation, Afropunk is using technology this year to bring together the largest virtual gathering of the worldwide Black creative community in one, curated online space for the first time in our 15-year history. The organizers of the event have announced their exciting PLANET AFROPUNK lineup. You can RSVP on www.planetafropunk.com to live stream the festival with exclusive content on Facebook Live from October 23 to October 25.
Connecting artists and fans together worldwide, PLANET AFROPUNK 2020 will be unlike anything you’ve seen from the festival yet, with performances streaming everywhere from Atlanta, South Africa, Los Angeles, Nigeria, the UK, and Botswana just to name a few. Headliners include R&B songstress Ari Lennox, Afrobeats singer Tiwa Savage and Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe who recently went viral for his powerful song “TRY JESUS.”
The lineup also features Sampa The Great, South Africa’s “Queen of Gqom” Moonchild Sanelly, Smino, Masego, and Serpentwithfeet who will all be streaming live from Los Angeles. Bahia, Brazil will also be on full display, with Larissa Luz, ÀTTØØXXÁ, Afrocidade, and more taking to the digital stage. Black led UK organization Jazz:refreshed will present Balimaya, Tawiah and Theon Cross, representing the UK Jazz revolution.
PLANET AFROPUNK will also feature a premiere list of speakers including comedian and actress Amanda Seales, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent Dulcé Sloan, and multimedia journalist Ivie Anie. Also joining the lineup is media personality Ashlee Marie Preston, singer-songwriter and model Dawn Richard, and activist Tamika Mallory. See full lineup details below:
Lous and the Yakuza
Meshell N’Dege Ocello
Sampa the Great
Ashlee Marie Preston
Maimouna Youssef AKA Mumu Fresh
As a result of their unique partnerships, PLANET AFROPUNK will be a completely free virtual experience for their global audience, made solely possible by their brand partners. Festival-goers will be given an option to donate money to organizations including Black Futures Lab, Color of Change, Movement for Black Lives, Equal Justice Initiative, Fair Count, and The Bail Project among others. By enabling Black culture to be surfaced in new ways through technology, AFROPUNK is opening up a unique space to create the most polarizing conversations that are needed in pop culture.
As the engine room of the Black experience, PLANET AFROPUNK is a fluid, digital space designed to embrace the plurality of Black stories and individualities that are experienced through Black music, art, conversation and activism, across borders and continents.
Following the events of this year, PLANET AFROPUNK has been designed to encourage the continued live interaction, activism and debate on racial justice normally associated with its physical festival. There will be space curated to explore everything from politics and social justice, meditation and Black self-care, through to the trend-setting cultural hot-takes emanating within the Black community. With this year’s festival taking place just ten days before the US 2020 presidential election, the intent of these conversations will be to bring momentum to community engagement, find collective solutions to long-standing issues affecting the Black community and to, most of all, encourage the AFROPUNK community to vote.
PLANET AFROPUNK will create new ways to experience the next generation of Black creativity, music and culture through the support of this year’s many partners, who will power AFROPUNK’s iconic digital destinations, alongside VERIZON, who is helping to charge our incredible artist lineup for AFROPUNK’S festival on the World Stage, and BOSE, who is supporting the audience’s musical discovery journey through a special set from Masego, Serpentwithfeet and Jonah Mutono also on the World stage.
Reminiscing The Good Old Days – BET Hip-HOp Ghana Cypher
The countdown is on and the BET Hip Hop Awards 2020 to be held … is nigh. Prior to the award ceremomy, a BET Hip-Hop Cypher is done to showcase the best rap talents from either rap groups, countries or continents. This year 2020 has been a good year for Kwesi Arthur as he joins in on the BET Hip Hop Cypher representing the motherland Ghana.
In 2010, Ghana was well represented in the BET Hip Hop Awards taking the Ghanaian rap heat to the international scene. The cypher featured Ghanaian acts; D-Black, Edem, Tinny, The grandpapa Reggie Rockstone, Kwaku T, and Baby G. ‘The African Invasion’ was the name of the cypher.
The 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards will premiere Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on BET, and simulcast on BET Her, VH1, and MTV2.
Watch 2010 Ghana cypher here
Samini, Kofi Kinaata, Stonebwoy And Kuami Eugene Unite In “GHUnite Live Virtual Concert”
As Ghana is 49 days away from her general political elections, a group of local musicians and singers are coming together to promote love, peace, hope and a sense of comfort during these difficult and excruciating times by taking part in a free live music event dubbed “GH Unite Live Virtual Concert”. This is a Loggy Entertainment and Klassik Promo Inc, grassroot effort to encourage the public by spreading joy and positivity through music and arts.
The estimated four-hour concert will bring together a star-studded line up of Africa’s superstars, Samini, Stonebwoy, Kofi Kinaata and Kuami Eugene. The event will be held on Saturday, November 1st, 2020 from 8pm and will be streamed and broadcasted to millions of viewers on www.ghunite.co who have fully purchased a 20 cedis ticket from www.ghunite.co. The live virtual concert will however foster healthy relationship among the Ghanaian creatives.
The double event night will witness Africa’s most revered reggae & dancehall icon with international presence and reputation, Stonebwoy, dishing out scintillating and top-notch performance alongside his MOBO Awards winning hiplife artiste, Samini. 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) “Artiste of the Year”, Kuami Eugene, and 2020 VGMAs “Songwriter of the Year”, Kofi Kinaata, will perform together in second set.
Music is believed to be the power that directly reaches the soul of the individual; it becomes a message that goes from heart to heart – from the heart of the composer that impact the heart of the person. Music has a big influence in the behavior of the human being – it strengthens or soul, it also affects our body, stimulates consumers intelligence and creativity, and it influences the perception we have of the world, hence the need to bring these talentS under one umbrella to speak to the soul.
Worlasi Announces Worlafest
Ghanaian singer Worlasi has announced the fifth edition of the annual musical and arts event dubbed ‘Worlafest 2020’. Worlafest will be taking place on 7th November 2020 at Alliance Francaise in Accra.
The event will start at 2 pm and end at 11 pm. Tickets for the event can be gotten for 100 cedis at the gate of alliance Francaise on the event date.
‘Worlafest’ is an annual all day music and arts event held in Accra-Ghana. The name itself “Worla” means “the creator”. The festival is also an extension of the artistic facets of Ghanaian musician Worlasi, who doubles as a painter & animator.
The rapper is an alternative musician who communicates life from a peculiar perspective cleverly fusing English, ewe, and pidgin to create a rich tapestry worth placing on a perpetual encore.
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.
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