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Accra's Chale Wote Street Art Festival Call For Artists

Organizers of Accra's Chale Wote Street Art Festival 2014 have put out a call for artist submission.


The Chale Wote Street Art Festival is back for its fourth go-round, and organizers of the vibrant street fair have just put out an official call for artists all over who would be interested in exhibiting their work at the festival or conducting workshops around this year's theme. Produced by Ghanaian alternative arts impresarios, Accra [dot] Alt, Chale Wote 2014 is set to take place August 23rd and 24th in Accra's historic James Town district. The theme of the two day festival is Death: An Eternal Dream Into Limitless Rebirth. An official note from festival organizers goes further to explain:

"CHALE WOTE 2014 explores the history of Accra, the city, through its origins in James Town and an examination of this place in relation to death and rebirth. The theme for this year’s festival is Death: An Eternal Dream Into Limitless Rebirth. We are evaluating Accra as a space station, a portal with the potential to rebirth new histories, possibilities, hopes and desires. We will exhibit art works that remodel our perceptions and interactions with design in public spaces.

"How does the transition of life [i.e. death] reform into passages leading to different lives [i.e. rebirth]?"

With this, we envision rehabilitating popular perceptions about death and the afterlife. Ethnic groups across Ghana already possess a wealth of stories about death and rebirth that are often passed privately from generation to generation through family accounts. CHALE WOTE 2014 will curate a multiplicity of narratives about death and rebirth in their most spectacular form. These forms will be interpreted through performance, theater, installation, video art, short stories, spoken word, murals, graffiti, digital art and exhibitions. We are invested in telling Ghanaian stories as well as global ones."

Watch a recap of the festivities from 2013 below, and find out more about how to submit an application here.

>>>CHALE WOTE STREET ART FESTIVAL CALL FOR ARTISTS

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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