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Kenya’s Biggest Arts Event Set To Go Down This Weekend.

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The 4th edition of the Clever Art Gallery is set to take place this weekend (October 5th, 2019) at the Nairobi Railways Museum from 11 AM to 7 PM featuring some of the best visual artists, creatives and photographers in Kenya.

Clever Art Gallery (CAGA) is a combination of an art event and a cause-related event which gives visual artists, creatives, photographers, artistic crafters, and handworks artisans platforms to showcase and sell their works, it happens bi-annually and seeks to empower upcoming artists economically by giving them a platform to showcase their artwork to people.

The organizers of the event which is on its 4th
edition started the initiative #TujengeArtKe on May 2018 to help achieve its
goals, hence later started an organization Tujenge Art.

The Initiative intends to promote and empower the creative industry economically in their talents and skills.

The
previous edition of the event was attended by thousands of art lovers and the
women representative of Nairobi county Hon. Esther Passaris who bought
art worth 300,000kshs and promised to publicize and champion the event as a
gift to the upcoming artists who are
young people.

Tickets go for Ksh. 1,000 and you can buy straight from your phone. Paybill no. 510800 Account: Tujenge

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Contact Info: Info@tujenge-art.org, Phone Number: 0704124114

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The Unexpected Art Of Ghana’s Hand-painted Movie Posters.

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In the late 1980s, mobile cinema businesses were burgeoning in Ghana, bringing film screenings to villages and rural areas without theatres or electricity. These makeshift “video clubs” — usually made up of a diesel generator, a VCR and a TV or projector loaded onto a truck — would travel around the country showcasing Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters, as well as West African films.

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To attract viewers, the video clubs needed to advertise their offerings. But they did not have the original movie posters or the means to print alternatives — the country’s military rulers had even restricted the import of printing presses.

So they made their own, commissioning local artists to hand-paint them on used flour sacks. They were large, usually 40 to 50 inches in width, and 55 to 70 inches in height.

The posters have since made ripples in the art world, with early originals commanding high prices from collectors.

The works are famous for their garish, exuberant style, full of muscles, blood and exaggerated features.

“They were designed to sell movie tickets, it was all about getting people through the doors,” said Brian Chankin, a dealer and collector, on the phone from Ghana. “So the vibe really was to try and make each poster as unique as possible, not to mention as crazy as possible.”

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Occasionally, artists took creative license by depicting events that weren’t in the films. “I sometimes watched the movies and picked some actions from it,” said Heavy Jay, an artist who owns a studio in Teshie, near Ghana’s capital Accra, in an email. “But if the movie was so boring, then I had to do it by my own imagination, which mostly features some images and actions that (were) not in the movies, to attract more people to go watch them.”

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Artist Heavy Jay poses with a poster for “Kill Bill.” Credit: Courtesy Brian Chankin

By the 1990s, the height of the movie club business, several dozen artists were employed to produce the posters. Some of the most popular artists — or their pseudonyms — included Joe Mensah, Nyen Kumah, Leonardo, Socrates, Death is Wonder, Frank Armah and D.A. Jasper.

Brian Chankin began collecting the posters about 10 years ago, just as global interest started building around them. He displayed them on the wall of a video store he owned in Chicago.

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“People started wanting to buy them off the wall, so we ended up selling quite a few,” he said. “I was able to gain a little following with them, so I started buying more and more with any money I had. Over the years, hundreds and hundreds of posters have come through my hands, and many of them I keep for my collection.

“There’s some that would go for well into the thousands if I decided to sell them, but those are the ones I am certainly not interested in selling. I know that other people have sold these posters for upwards of $50,000. Anything from the 1980s is just incredibly scarce and incredibly hard to find at this point.”

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Brian Chankin with artist Leonardo. Credit: Courtesy Brian Chankin

Demand for video club posters in Ghana started dying out in the mid-2000s when home viewing became more widespread and printing became more practical than commissioning original artworks, which took days to make. Since then, many artists have quit the trade, Chankin said. But some have kept the tradition alive and are now working on commission, either making copies of original posters or painting entirely new ones of both old and new movies.

In 2015, Chankin opened Deadly Prey Gallery, a Chicago-based studio that works with Ghanaian artists. Prices for commissioned posters vary from $300 to $600, and the most requested are from the big 1980s action blockbusters that made the posters famous. “Predator, Terminator, anything with Kurt Russell, anything with (Jean-Claude) Van Damme,” said Chankin, adding: “Horror is arguably the most popular genre.”

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With interest seemingly on the rise, the posters are now easy to find online. But, Chankin warned, buyers should beware of modern copies masquerading as old originals.

“There are always bootlegs — they usually try to make the posters look older than they actually are,” he said. “Those ones I could spot in a second, but other people might not be able to.”

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(Source: CNN)

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Ghanaian Superstar, King Promise Covers 25th Issue Of Tush Magazine.

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Ghanaian highlife and afrobeats singer-songwriter, and Legacy Life Entertainment record Label front-liner, Gregory Bortey Newman, who performs under the stage name, King Promise has been featured as the cover personality for Tush Magazine’s Silver Jubilee issue.

Photographed by Emmanuel Boateng, King Promise discusses with entertainment, music journalist, Joey Akan on his journey so far and his determination to live up to the expectations required of him, as a new leader in African entertainment.

Born Gregory Promise Bortey Newman, the 24-year old Nungua Native is one of Ghana’s most exciting young voices redefining the soundscape of West Africa. First gaining recognition as a collaborator on The Ghanaian Vision DJ’s ‘Double Trouble, released in July 2017, Promise embraced the limelight with a string of local releases. But it wasn’t until his work on ‘Oh yeah’, a sappy romantic ballad where he began to come into his own.

Other songs such as ‘Selfish’ and ‘CCTV’ elevated him beyond Ghana to other parts of the continent, including neighbouring Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, where his music has found new homes. His stock has grown, paid performance requests have come from some of the most distant places. In 2018, he toured the USA, playing sets across venues in Washington D.C, Ohio, Philadelphia and Worcester.

In December, his headline concert in Accra, titled “Promise Land” was soldout, with supporting performances from a handful of local stars including Sarkodie, Medikal, Stonebwoy, La Meme Gang and Sister Deborah. “I’m sorry I keep mentioning King Promise’s name, he is my best artiste of the whole Ghana,” Afrobeats superstar Mr. Eazi disclosed in an interview on Hitz FM in 2018.

It’s a praise that has been echoed in many corners which promise processes as necessary inspiration rather than external pressure. “It means more motivation to keep growing because it means we are doing something great,” Promise explains. “And you know, to be acknowledged as one of the best is a big thing, so it therefore gives me inspiration to keep going because it means people love what you’re doing. So it can only get better.”

Tush Magazine is a Nigerian-based glossy full colour magazine which is released quarterly both in print and digital versions of the magazine. It targets the youth market and its contents include articles, coverage and interviews which focus on music, fashion, movie, art, technology, events, relationships, and business.

Published by Tush Kingdom Media, Tush Magazine has 24 issues, is printed in English language and is distributed all over Nigeria and on the internet. Tush Magazine also has a Meet and Greet events where personalities featured in each issue give out free autographed copies of Tush Magazine alongside other gifts.

This issue of the Magazine also features cover stories and interviews on TG Omori – the wave making video director, amazing radio personalities – Sheye Banks and Charity Owoh. Other personalities featured in the magazine also include Evans Akanmo, Bad Boy Timz, Kojo Mesante amongst other interesting articles and reviews.

Tush Magazine has built a strong relationship with several media and music related companies within and outside the shores of Nigeria, it also hosted a session at the Social Media Week where it talked about the benefits of combining digital and print publishing for publishers. So far, Tush Magazine has witnessed two Meet and Greet events featuring Emma Nyra, Endia & OD Woods and also another event featuring Praiz, Goddess of Skillz & DJ Lo.

Its digital magazine is also available for subscription and downloads across major African blogs and on Magzter - the largest digital newsstand in the world.

Tush Magazine is available for free in digital and print versions; you can download and enjoy the digital version of the Magazine at your comfort using this link – bit.ly/tmdownload25

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“Made In Ghana Project Yielding Positive Results. – Okyeame Kwame

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Celebrated Ghanaian musician, Okyeame Kwame, has acknowledged the positive impact his ‘Made in Ghana’ project has made on the Ghanaian society so far.

Kwame, who was speaking on Joy Prime’s ‘Showbiz Now’ on Friday said so far the campaign has been able to encourage people to take pride in living the life of a Ghanaian.

“I remember that about two years ago, it would be difficult to find ‘apapransa’ or ‘ɛtɔ’ on Instagram. Today, if you post ‘bɔdeɛ ampesie’ or ‘ɛtɔ’ on Instagram you are likely to get more traction than you would have gotten two years ago,” he told Ibrahim Ben Bako in the interview.

He intimated that through the project, most people have earned their sense of ‘Ghanaian-ness’, adding that most people would now want to marry in traditional apparel unlike previously.

Okyeame Kwame is bent on encouraging and educating Ghanaians to patronise Made in Ghana products.

As part of his project, he has released an album titled ‘Made in Ghana’, which seeks to mirror the culture of people living in the various parts of the country.

He also uses his social media handles to educate people on the culture of Ghana and its tourism significance.

As the Made in Ghana Ambassador, he has dedicated himself to making sure this object is fully realised.

He has also teamed up with Darling Hair to produce Sante’s Hair product.

The ‘Made in Ghana’ album is available for sale on Aftown and other online music stores.

(Source: Kwame Dadzie)

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Government Lauds Sarkodie For Positively Elevating Ghana.

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The Government of Ghana through the office of the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President has highly eulogized multiple awards winning hip pop artiste, Michael Owusu Addo, popularly known as Sarkodie for enthusing the Ghanaian, and Africans in the diaspora to return to Ghana, as the country marks 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia.

In his acceptance speech after winning the "Best International Flow" act category at the just ended Black Entertainment Tv (BET) Hip Pop Awards at the Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Center after vacating Miami for the last two years, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) “Artiste of the Decade”  urge the African diaspora to visit Ghana as part of the Year of Return celebrations.

According to the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture the call made by the Ghanaian most decorated rapper is step in direction that has the potentials of increasing tourism capital that will be garnered. It added that, as far as his influence is concerned, the creative, arts and culture will see a major boost, that will alleviate the employment rate in the country.

The authority also congratulated him for winning the prestigious award, as it also highlighted that, The "Lucky" hitmaker is one of Ghana's most celebrated artists and always has pride is doing rhymes using local language in his music.  Sarkodie is on the verge of releasing his “Black Love” Album which has 3-tracks officially out and accompanied with outstanding visuals.

This year marks exactly 400 years since the first black slaves landed in Jamestown Virginia in the U.S. The initiative urges Africans in the diaspora to come back home and so far, it has seen an impressive array of celebrities, including Steve Harvey, make their way to Ghana to explore, learn and appreciate their roots.

The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. The arrival of enslaved Africans marked a sordid and sad period, when our kith and kin were forcefully taken away from Africa into years of deprivation, humiliation and torture.

While August 2019 marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in the United States, “The Year of Return, Ghana 2019” celebrates the cumulative resilience of all the victims of the Trans Atlantic slave Trade who were scattered and displaced through the world in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

The Ghana Tourism Authority(GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture is leading the project in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President the PANAFEST Foundation and The Adinkra Group of the USA.

One of the main goals of the Year of Return campaign is to position Ghana as a key travel destination for African Americans and the African Diaspora. In 2019, the events planned throughout the year will serve as a launch pad for a consistent boost in tourism for Ghana in the near and distant years. Beyond tourism, this initiative supports one of the President’s key developmental agendas in Ghana Beyond Aid. We know that tourism can be a leading indicator to business and investment.

We are focused on ensuring that our brothers and sisters have a safe, pleasant and wonderful journey home so they will want to come back, get involved, see the opportunity that exists in Ghana for us to work together and begin to rebuild what has been stolen and lost over the past 400 years.

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