Monday, August 31, 2015

Tigo Music #Bar2Concert E.L. & Friends BBnZ concert at the World Trade Center, Accra

It is "Crazy Charley..." how time flies. I tried figuring out the first E.L. track I heard 3 years ago and One Ghana [For Your Pocket] sticks out vividly for two reasons: the catchy tune/witty lyrics and the Taxi -painted Bentley! I remember asking myself who IS this young rapper and why does he sound so familiar?

Elorm Adablah or EL was one of my seniors at Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School, go figure! Not only that, he and my Clerk House (2) mate Francis Kuma aka Foxy aka Jinx/Frank P were part of another  Ɔdadeɛ Jayso's Skillion rap group. Fast forward almost a decade later and E. L. is headlining his 2nd concert in tandem with his freshly released mixtape. B.A.R. II.

Working at +Y1079FM I got a complimentary copy of the new mixtape a few weeks back and it has been on rotation on my phone and in my car. My current two favorites:

Work 2: is a song is for all of us who can't/won't/don't know how to stop working, and when we do work that we are truly passionate about, we swear we haven't worked a day in our lives!

There is something melodic about "We No Dey Hear" and I'm impressed with Lil' Shaker's growth and appreciate getting introduced to Jo Cue on this mixtape. There is also a youthful irreverence and persistence that "We No Dey Hear" captures EL - "...dem talk wanna matter but we no dey hear." #CoolDudesUnite.

How many times have we (you and I) rep-ed New York on Alicia Keys/Jay-Z album, rep-ed Miami because Khaled & Pitbull or Chi-Town because of Common? Nope we aren't from there and this "get crunk" track sets me up nicely for any occasion. Riding with the boys? Wossop; I'm gonna kill this presentation and make these Cedis turn into Dollars real quick Wossop; fresh to death and ready to stunt on these girl(s) charley Wossop! EL mentions the neighborhoods I've lived in from North Kaneshie to Airport Residential. #MyGuy

To be fair, there are hard-hitting songs from hip-hop heads with versatile, lyrical tracks for all. These three resonated with my-everyday-life without me even trying hard.

Pictures at the Tigo Music #Bar2Concert below:

Trigmatic from #YFMGhana family

The B.A.R. himself: EL

Jayso before the crowd: #PioneerStatus

And now my personal fav videos taken with my iPhone 5c:


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

African Electronics #ChaleWote

Every year Jamestown by Accra High Street is packed with cultural and artistic brilliance.

This year's Chale Wote theme, piqued my interest and "African Electronics" did not disappoint. Big-ups to the volunteer team that puts this showcase on, the Ga community and residents by Mantse Agbonaa for being such enthusiastic and fun hosts. If you missed check out #ChaleWote2015 on Twitter, you wont be disappointed.

Better than Mayweather vs. Pacquiao #ChaleWote
Selfie Booth #ChaleWote

Young Boxers #ChaleWote
African Electronics in full effect #ChaleWote

Mantse one of the leading brains behind #ChaleWote

Do make sure you're glued to AccraDotAltRadio website the official #ChaleWote news source. #MosquitoClaps


Sunday, August 23, 2015

ONA Under-30 Digital Journalism Stand-Outs

The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced its fifth class of MJ Bear Fellows, three journalists under age 30 whose innovative work in independent, community and corporate news represents the best of new media.
The selection committee combed through 59 applications from 23 countries to choose these up-and-coming digital journalists — two in the United States or Canada and one international, in partnership with MSN International — who are making their voices heard in the industry.


The selection committee felt so strongly about the projects and potential of five other applicants that they were awarded honorable mention. They are:
  • Amanda Gutterman, Editorial Director for Slant;
  • Carolyn Thompson, reporter for The Windsor (Ont.) Star;
  • Emmanuel Gamor, Specialist and Curator for YouTube, Ghana;
  • Heather Bryant, Teaching Assistant, Hackbright Academy, San Francisco, and a former digital services editor for KTOO Alaska public radio, and
  • Jabril Faraj, reporter for Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
Each will each receive a free one-year ONA membership.
“Once again, applicants were leading, not following, in their newsrooms,” said Amy Eisman, MJ Bear Fellowship Committee Chair. “The breadth of their entries was stunning — from deep data work and creative crowdsourcing to building tools to help news organizations in the future. In the end, we are struck by their deep devotion to news and information, to including diverse voices, and to serving their readers, listeners and viewers.”

Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor Online News Agency 2015 Under-30 Digital Journalism Stand-Outs
The Online New Association recently commended Under-30 Digital Journalism Stand-Outs and YFM's Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor made the list as the only commended candidate outside of North America.

Monthly YDialogues WEF Global Shapers Accra & YFM partnership - Emmanuel Gamor - Lead
Emmanuel Gamor is the host for the Mpwr show which airs on Sundays 8pm on Y107.9 FM and also curates YouTube Huddle community in the country. He is also the lead for YDialogues, engaging once-a-month interactive & inspirational sessions hosted by YFM Ghana in partnership with the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Accra Hub. The next Y Dialogues will be held on Saturday September 12th, 2015 10am at the Silver Lounge, Accra Mall.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Video: Storytelling & YouTube

#MeshConfab2015 happened in May and my good friend +Hassan Salih &  crew created this awesome video that captured my heart-song about localized & translated African content.

I have been scheming and plotting, stuck in my head and uncharacteristically reclusive sometimes. I don't want to be the one in a snazzy video talking about collaboration & content creation but also being about it with my latest initiative Urithi Labs. More about the content creator's space for teaching producing and curating African multimedia stories soon.