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Nairobi, Lagos, Abuja and Accra to Welcome Fashion Focus Talks 2018

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Fashion Focus Talks

Fashion Focus Talks kicks off this weekend in Nairobi, Kenya. Tagged “Building From Within”, the Fashion Focus Talks is a series of curated free talks to inspire African creatives of the need to work together towards achieving a sustainable economy. It will run from the 26th of August to the 2nd of September 2018.

Fashion Focus Talk

Fashion Focus Talk

On Sunday the 26th of August, Nairobi will host speakers Omoyemi Akerele (Founder, Style House Files and Lagos Fashion Week), Diana Opoti (Founder, Designing Africa Collective), Adebayo Oke-Lawal (Creative Director, Orange Culture), Sunny Dolat (Co-founder, The Nest Collective), and James Kahuri (Strategy and Financial Advisor) at the first city stop at the Tribe Hotel, Limuru Road, The Village Market, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya.

Speaking on the talks, Londe Thompson, Programme Director, Fashion Focus Africa &

Fashion Focus Talks stated:

“The expansion to include Nairobi and Accra in our talks couldn’t have come at a better time when Fashion Focus Africa is opening its application to candidates all around Africa. Our goal is to provide as many young and emerging designers with enough knowledge to level the playing field in the fashion industry in Africa and the rest of the world.”

Fashion Focus City Tours is an initiative of  Heineken Lagos Fashion Week in partnership with Style House Files, FetsWallet, Viva Boutique, Glitz Magazine, Avivere, and Designing Africa Collective.

Fashion Focus Talks

Fashion Focus Talks

Media Partners: BellaNaija Style, Pulse NG, Guardian Life, Konbini, Genevieve, George Britton, Glitz Africa, Business Day, and Ventures Africa.

City Tour speaker announcements for Lagos, Abuja, and Accra will be announced via https://www.instagram.com/lagosfashionweekofficial/ Instagram page. Follow for all updates.

Attendance to all Fashion Focus City Tours is FREE.

Follow the link to register to attend  http://lagosfashionweek.ng

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REIGN CONCERT’19: Shatta Wale Perform Wonders At The Launch Of Wonderboy Album.

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As at 9:00 in the PM, technicians dealing with acoustics for a broadcast or musical performance; sound engineers employed to control and normalize the sound and enhance its beauty at the second annual edition of the Reign Concert and Wonder Boy Album launch were still at post fixing sub woofers and line arrays. Maybe, they know what the output will sound like, because immediately the event commenced and through to the to the end, the venue was soaked with good output that has no obstruction that is capable of impeding the success of the show.

I can't omit the stage laser lighting, in perspective, craft of lighting as it applies to the production of theater, dance, opera, and other  performance arts was so on point. From the switch control and choice of colors. The equipment the technicians used for stage lighting (e.g., cabling, dimmers, lighting instruments, controllers) helped made everything visible.

The event, Reign Concert 2019 and the launch of Charles Nii-Armah Mensah's fourth professional studio album titled, The Wonder Boy was scheduled to start at 8.00 pm but witnessed a 2 hour late start (Officially). The eleven-track album has songs such as Halfcast, California, By All Means, and Melissa, which is already gaining massive airplay.

The concert began with opening performances from budding (Up and Coming) musicians who dished out some tunes to prove their worth, as up and coming, in the industry. There is this unique characteristics of Shatta Wale having a great thirst for helping sensational musicians, because of the struggles in the industry. It also witnessed performances from a long list of Ghanaian artistes including Keche, Criss Waddle, Medikal, Kuame Eugene, Fameye, Wendy Shay and Fantana.

Some lucky fans of Shatta Wale who attended his Reign Concert at the Fantasy Dome went home beaming with smiles. The Infinix brand ambassador stopped midway through his performance to gift some lucky fans Infinix phones and other products.

According to the Shatta Movement boss who pointed out the lucky fans at random, he was directed by the Holy Spirit to perform the act as a way of showing appreciation to his fans who have proven their loyalty by supporting him through thick and thin. Whiles thanking his fans, he entreated them to keep working on themselves as a way to better their living conditions and not depend on government. He also asked his fans to connect with each other and help uplift one another.

Shatta Wale mounted stage at 3 AM after a significant intro was done by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EIB Network, Ghanaian media personality, Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi Bola Ray, and Comedian DKB. A poet also played a role in introducing Ghana's most celebrated Reggae/Dancehall musician. Its amazing how the fans of Shatta Movement are abreast with the lyrics of every song from their president. How did he achieve that?

Shatta Wale tried to change the stereotyped narration of, he, finding it difficult to play along with the band. Well, he tried. He performed three hit songs, Mahama Paper, Chop Kiss with the Patch Bay band. Even though his performance wasn't really encouraging with the band, he pulled some strings after he switched his style of performance. Shatta Movement fans are just music enthusiasts, the only forgiveness they understand is giving them more music and as the artiste is good to go. The attendance wasn't really encouraging because we know Shatta Wale do interms of amassing fanatics. He didn't pull his usual patrons, but the few that represented made the night quite interesting.

The event was geared towards launching the Wonder Boy Album, but other happenings at the event took the shine off the main objective of the album, even though Charles Nii-Armah Mensah performed 5 songs, including Jata Bi, Bad Man off the project. The Reign Concert and Wonder Boy Album launch last till 6:30 am.

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ATWAG Members Attend Workshop On Culture Reporting And Journalism.

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Members of the Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana – ATWAG on Thursday, October 17, 2019 participated in the workshop on Culture Reporting and Journalism.

The Media Sensitization and Training Workshop was put together by the Ghana Culture Forum under the theme, Projecting Our National Culture – The Challenges and Opportunities for the Media Practitioners at the W.E.D. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture in Accra.

The Dean of the School of Communication Studies at Wisconsin International University College, Prof. Kwame Karikari took participants through Culture Reporting – The Opportunities and Challenges for National Development.

Prof. Karikari in his speech recounted a statement made by Hugh Masakela. He said, one day, people will refer to Africans as “they used to be African” because of how culture has been marginalised in the development process.

He has therefore called for the reeducation on culture by taking advantage of media proliferation.

The Chief Executive of Heritage Development, Akunu Dake also took his turn on Integrating Culture in National Life – The Quest for Relevance and Excellence.

Participants were also trained on key actions and steps in mainstreaming culture in national development and the roles journalist and media practitioners should play in integrating culture in national development.

Special Guests of Honor at the Ghana Culture Forum on Media Sensitization and Training Workshop was the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi and the Deputy Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Hon. Paul Essien.

Nana Otuo Owoahene Acheampong, General Secretary of the Ghana Culture Forum in his opening speech stressed the need for capacity building in culture and ratified conventions.

The Ghana Culture Forum – GCF is a membership based civil society consultative forum. It is a network of cultural practitioners, activists and organizations united around a common vision of affirming the cultural foundations of development and enhancing the cultural sector.

The GCF serves as an umbrella body for its members and is bound by the principle of collective leadership and action which however does not exempt each of the members of their individual responsibility for specific functions or tasks.

(Source: asiwomewrites.com)

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Sarkodie Joins Samini, Wanluv Kubulor To Speak At 2019 ACCES Music Conference.

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The multi award-winning rapper will be at the pan-African music trade event to share his rich experience as a leading figure in the Ghanaian and African music industry.

The ‘Saara’ hitmaker will take part in ACCES' popular Conversations series alongside Ditto Music founder and CEO Lee Parsons, in a session that will focus on Sarkodie's career as an artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The discussion will address such areas as music distribution, management, branding and collaborations, among others. It will also give Sarkodie an opportunity to share his views on the evolution of the music business on the continent in a global context.

The ACCES Conversations series have previously featured renowned music industry professionals like Mr Eazi, Blinky Bill, Blick Bassy and former Fela Kuti manager Rikki Stein.

Sarkodie will be at ACCES 2019, fresh from winning the Best International Flow Award at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards. He joins already confirmed speakers including Akon, fellow Ghanaian artists Samini and Wanlov the Kubolor as well as Chocolate City vice-president Aibee Abidoye (Nigeria), Boulevard Festival co-director Hicham Bahou (Morocco), TRUE Africa founder and editor-in-chief Claude Grunitzky (Togo/UK), Simfy OTT music services head Oye Akideinde (Nigeria), Boomplay Ghana manager Elizabeth Ntiamoah (Ghana), artist and music producer Kofi 'IamBeatMenace' Boachie-Ansah (Ghana) and Grammy-nominated musician, author and rights activist Mark Levine (US).

This year’s ACCES programme will feature more than 80 speakers from around the globe, and 13 bands from different African countries that will entertain delegates over the three days of the conference. 

Registration for the event is mandatory – reserve your seat now. African delegates register for free.

About ACCES

ACCES is a pan-African trade event for music industry players to exchange ideas, discover new talent and create business linkages. ACCES is held in a different African city every year, attracting active music industry players from across the globe.

ACCES is organised by the Music In Africa Foundation, a non-profit and pan-African organisation, in partnership and with the support of Siemens Stiftung, Goethe-Institut, Afrikayna, Reeperbahn Festival, Alliance Française, BMG, Africa Art Lines, Afrikayna, the Gold Coast Hub, the Prince Claus Fund and the ANT Mobility Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

This year ACCES has a partnership with Reeperbahn Festival – one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide and Europe's largest club festival based in Hamburg, Germany. The partnership creates a framework for the festival to collaborate with ACCES in facilitating sustainable business engagements and exchange between European and African music businesses and professionals, as well as the provision of performance opportunities to musicians in both territories.

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(Source: musicinafrica.net)

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AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Samthing Soweto, Others To Perform At SXSW’20.

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Nine artists from the continent, six of which are from South Africa, are among the first wave of Showcasing Artists on the South by Southwest (SXSW) 2020 line-up. AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Amanda Black, Samthing Soweto, Nadia Nakai and Moonchild Sanelly will be representing South Africa in the festival which takes place in Austin, Texas annually. Nigeria's Simi and Lady Donli and Lesotho's Morena Leraba are also on the line-up of showcasing artists, which consists of artists from 51 countries.

James Minor, Head of Music Festival at SXSW said: "This season's first artist reveal is a compelling and diverse list of artists from all corners of the globe. In the continued spirit of discovery, we're pleased to give the world a glimpse of what it can expect to see next March; a genre-spanning and defying lineup of artists you'll undoubtedly be hearing about in the future."

The first wave of African artists is a great mixture of mainstream and niche artists, and it's highly likely to get even better with more artists being added in the near future before the festival takes place. SXSW is taking place in Austin, TX between March 16 and 22.

The 288 Showcasing Artists announced today span 51 countries and include UK Afrobeat octet Kokoroko; 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson; Dirty Hit signing and soon-to-be indie rock darling Beabadoobee; South Korean K-Pop singer and BTS, Exo and Red Velvet producer/collaborator SUMIN; introspective Atlanta rapper GRIP; Ghostly International’s moody Melbourne-based minimal dub-influenced electronic duo HTRK.

Psychedelic Afro-Columbian futurists Ghetto Kumbé; buzzy Irish post-rock shoegazers Just Mustard, Houston gospel/soul/funk group The Jones Family Singers; former Throwing Muses singer/guitarist Kristin Hersh; Indigenous Australian rapper Baker Boy; Norwegian unhinged pop act and new Bella Union signing Pom Poko; The Weather Girls’ Martha Wash (yes, the same one from “It’s Raining Men”); rising Columbian latin-urban artist Nanpa Básico; and the Robert Smith-approved Icelandic darkwave trio Kælan Mikla.

South by Southwest (abbreviated as SXSW and colloquially referred to as South By) is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987 and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. In 2017, the conference lasted for 10 days with the interactive track lasting for five days, music for seven days, and film for nine days.

SXSW is run by the company SXSW, LLC which organizes conferences, trade shows, festivals, and other events. In addition to the three main South by Southwest festivals, the company runs other conferences: SXSW EDU, a conference on educational innovation, held in Austin, and the me Convention (Started in 2017), held in Frankfurt, Germany, in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. Former conferences run by the SXSW organization were SXSW Eco, an environmental conference held in Austin from 2011 to 2016; and one in Las Vegas: SXSW V2V, a conference focused on innovative startups which ran from 2013 to 2015.

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts, and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

The SXSW Music Festival invites artists, industry professionals, and fans from all over the world to Austin, Texas for a week every March to attend performances by iconic artists, make professional connections, elevate their musical careers, and discover the next wave of musical talent and SXSW Interactive is focused on emerging technology. The festival includes a trade show, speakers, parties, and a startup accelerator.

Growing from a one-night celebration of comedy’s biggest names into a week-long whirlwind of a festival, the SXSW Comedy Festival presents uniquely diverse programming that highlights exceptional emerging and established talent. SXSW Festivals offer a unique opportunity to explore the worlds of Film, Music, and Comedy with parties, awards, screenings, and showcases.

View the current line-up here.

Watch SXSW 2020 Trailer below;

https://youtu.be/tJZS_W-qMKQ

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