My father told me a long time ago that he saw Carlos Santana and Roberta Flack before but he never really gave me any details until tonight. He told me that he saw them at the Ghanian “Woodstock” in 1970 Accra with an ex girlfriend. This concert was the brainchild of Maya Angelo who reached out to the Ghanian government about holding a concert to celebrate Ghanian Independence. That idea led to the Soul to Soul concert which became a movie. This concert is Pan-African, it is a event to unite Africans across the diaspora within the world of music. My father Stephen Sackey, a proud Ghanian has been living in America for 42 years now, and can still vividly rememeber seeing Carlos Santana play Black Magic Woman at Soul to Soul. My father one of the reasons why my musical taste spans from Billy Holiday, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Roberta Flack to Judas Priest, was a part of musical and Pan- African history.
Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment had the wonderful idea to do a remake of Arthur’s Opening theme, paying homage to the classic kids show they bring a soulful twist to it with vocals from Wyclef Jean, Francis & The Lights, Jesse Ware, Elle Varner, Eryn Allen Kane, The O’my’s, Peter Cottontale & Donnie Trumpet. “Yes Arthur And I say HEY! (HEY!) What a wonderful kind of day. If you can learn to work and play And get along with each other, remember now? A positive and beautiful message from the Chicago Rapper => http://i-likeitalot.com/2014/07/new-music-chance-the-rapper-the-social-experiment-wonderful-everyday-arthur/#more-60044
#Lovebox 2014 was Amazing The I-likeitalot Team was there in Full effect, The Video récap coming soon with #JoeyBadass #Bondax #Nas & My #mcm #MIA, Repost & Shot by @prop_lou, #Merci Beaucoup. #Ilikeitalotdotcom
Using the photos of smoke created by the devastating Israeli missile strikes, Palestinian artists Tawfik Gebreel, Bushra Shanan, and Belal Khaled, have sketched powerful images based on the silhouette of the smoke.
Okayafrica & Okayplayer are excited to host the premiere of Finding Fela this Friday at 7PM at the IFC Center, with a special Q&A afterward featuring Femi Kuti. Finding Fela, the new Fela Kuti documentary from Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney, begins its North American theatrical run this Friday with a weeklong engagement (8/1-8/7) at the IFC Center in NYC before the film expands to over 20+ cities. Stay caught up on all things Finding Fela via the film’s facebook, twitter, and official site.
This man is the only surviving Xylophone Maker in his village. He said getting the best wood that gives the best sound is becoming harder since most of the trees are gone and he’s getting too old to roam through forests looking for some. Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah @africashowboy (Copyright: 2014). #UpperWest #Ghana #Africa
Joana Choumali is a photographer from Ivory Coast, who is one of the 5 Winners of POPCAP’14. She won the award for her 2013 series titled, Hââbré, The Last Generation.
Hââbré is the same word for writing / scarification” in Kô language from Burkina faso. Scarification is the practice of performing a superficial incision in the human skin. This practice is disappearing due to the pressure of religious and state authorities, urban practices and the introduction of clothing in tribes. Nowadays, only the older people wear scarifications. This series of portraits lead us to question the link between past and present, and self-image depending on a given environment. Opinions (sometimes conflicting) of our witnesses illustrate the complexity of African identity today in a contemporary Africa torn between its past and its future. This “last generation” of people bearing the imprint of the past on their faces, went from being the norm and having a high social value to being somewhat “excluded”. They are the last witnesses of an Africa of a bygone era.