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Ghanaian poet Apiorkor to perform at Sundance Film Festival

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One of Ghana’s most enterprising poets, Apiorkor, will be performing at the 2021 Sundance Festival slated for January 28 – February 3, 2021.

Apiorkor [Seyiram Ashong-Abbey] is a Ghanaian poet, media practitioner, an activist of Ga-Daŋme/Ewe ancestry, and author of The Matriarch’s Verse.

Apiorkor’s poetry concert remains Ghana’s largest independently organised poetry event.

She has appeared on TEDx platforms, in addition to #TEDWomen2020 (an annual TED conference organised by the TED headquarters in New York, USA) and at re:publica, Berlin.

She is an editorial advisor for The InfluencHER Project. Apiorkor is also a Production Executive at Accra-based Citi FM/Citi TV and hosts Diplomatic License on Citi TV.

Apiorkor does copywriting, voice-overs, teaching/mentoring, moderating, and what she describes as “wifing/mothering.”

Continuing their tradition of gathering and celebrating the womxn in their Festival community, this year’s Sundance Film Festival Speakeasy event will reclaim the idea of a coven as a source of magic, healing, and power.

In tandem with this, they have devised a virtual #SundanceSpeakeasy, dubbed Conjuring The Collective: Womxn At Sundance, featuring performances from an array of talented womxn from the Festival and beyond, honouring a multiplicity of perspectives through globally diverse myths and stories, dance, art, music, and culture.

Theatre directors nicHi douglas and Annie Tippe collaborate on creating unique ways to bring womxn together and creatively respond to an intentional prompt for 2021, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has direly affected womxn.

During the #SundanceSpeakeasy, Apiorkor will be performing a poem that she has penned specifically for this event and which is titled Bewitched Vaginas.

Apart from Apiorkor, there shall be other performances from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison (Ailey), actor Marlee Matlin and director Siân Heder (CODA), actor Rita Moreno (Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It), actor SOKO (Mayday, The Blazing World), and more.

The Sundance Film Festival (formerly Utah/US Film Festival, then US Film and Video Festival) is an annual film festival organised by the Sundance Institute.

It takes place each January in Park City, Utah, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Resort. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States of America.

In tandem with this, they have devised a virtual #SundanceSpeakeasy, dubbed Conjuring The Collective: Womxn At Sundance, featuring performances from an array of talented womxn from the Festival and beyond, honouring a multiplicity of perspectives through globally diverse myths and stories, dance, art, music, and culture.
Theatre directors nicHi douglas and Annie Tippe collaborate on creating unique ways to bring womxn together and creatively respond to an intentional prompt for 2021, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has direly affected womxn.

During the #SundanceSpeakeasy, Apiorkor will be performing a poem that she has penned specifically for this event and which is titled Bewitched Vaginas.

Apart from Apiorkor, there shall be other performances from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison (Ailey), actor Marlee Matlin and director Siân Heder (CODA), actor Rita Moreno (Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It), actor SOKO (Mayday, The Blazing World), and more.

The Sundance Film Festival (formerly Utah/US Film Festival, then US Film and Video Festival) is an annual film festival organised by the Sundance Institute.

It takes place each January in Park City, Utah, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Resort. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States of America.

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Ghana’s Dr Pushkin to Perform at SXSW 2023

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What is SXSW Music Festival?

The Outlandish album is finally out, and already Dr. Pushkin is on his way to the SXSW Music Festival. The conscious rapper has been confirmed as a performer at the SXSW Music Festival 2023. SXSW, also known as South by Southwest, is the world’s biggest festival of its kind. The event, which takes place in Austin – Texas, brings together over 160,000 fans to a barrage of musical performances, conferences, film premieres, and several mini-events that characterize art. This year’s event comes between the 10th and 19th of March 2023; it will, as usual bring the What’s Next in Tech, Film, Music, and beyond to patrons of the event and the world.

Which Ghanaian artists have performed on the SXSW Music Festival stage?

In 2019, Africa was prioritized by the organizers of the SXSW Music Festival with an “Africa to the World” theme. The event featured a myriad of Africa’s finest musicians and many others. Representing Ghana was Jojo Abot, Stonebwoy, and Efya. In 2023, Dr. Pushkin is honored to represent Ghana on the show.

In a conversation with Dr. Pushkin, he indicated how excited he was about the opportunity. While commenting on it, he mentioned the crew he’s mounting the stage with. According to the “Lies” and “Wake Up” rapper, Ghana’s undisputed tongue-twist specialist, Budukusu, will join him on stage.

The two rappers have collaborated on three songs off Dr. Pushkin’s latest album. And since they’ve been hanging around a lot lately, they are working some magic as a team. Also on Dr. Pushkin’s crew for SXSW 2023 will be Aggie and AZA, featured on “Forgive them” and “No Regrets,” respectively, on the Outlandish album. Selecta Rah of Club Bantu fame will be the crew’s official Deejay as they mount the stage to thrill and awaken the audience.

Dr. Pushkin’s performance comes on the heals of Jojo Abbot, Efya, and Stoneboy who graced the event in 2019 as Ghanaians.

History of the SXSW Music Festival

SXSW started in 1987 with 177 artists and 15 stages. By 2019, the event had 1,964 showcasing artists (including musicians) and 94 Venues & Stages. Notable artists and personalities participating in SXSW are Former US President Barak Obama, Tonny Bennet, Black-eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, Jean Grae, Chamillionaire, Lady Gaga, and several high-profile personalities.

SXSW is an experience of live musical performances, conference sessions, film and television screenings, exhibitions, networking events, professional development opportunities, art installations, and many more. This year’s event takes place from March 10-19. However, the musical festival component is a six-day event, 13th – 18th.

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Black Sherif billed to perform at the Wireless festival with 50 Cent, Popcaan and others

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Young Ghanaian musician superstar, Black Sherif is set to perform at the prestigious Wireless Festival which will happen in the United Kingdom. (more…)

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‘Till’ director Chinonye Chukwu slams ‘misogyny towards black women’ after Oscars snub

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Till director Chinonye Chukwu called out the Oscars committee after her film received no 2023 Academy Awards nominations. (more…)

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Camidoh advocates for Banku to be served on international flights

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Top-charting Ghanaian Afropop/R&B singer Raphael Kofi Attachie, widely known as Camidoh has requested for local Ghanaian dishes to be served on international flights. (more…)

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Stonebwoy reveals Asamoah Gyan paid for his leg surgery 7 years ago

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On January 19, 2003, Livingstone Etse Satekla, known in showbiz circles as Stonebwoy was involved in an accident that caused him his limbs. (more…)

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Camidoh Joins Boomplay’s Golden Club With 100M Streams

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High-flying Ghanaian crooner, Raphael Kofi Attachie, popularly known in the showbiz circuit as Camidoh, is the latest artist to join the prestigious Golden Club of Africa’s largest music streaming and download platform, Boomplay. (more…)

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