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Watch Paapa’s “Dear Grace” azonto remix

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“Dear Grace” video is now live! Watch, re-live, experience GMGE. See the AZONTO REMIX that had Haverford College dancing up a storm in Founders Great Hall. Check Paapa’s own azonto around 5:00.

Like the tune? Download the original “Dear Grace” free.

What’s azonto? Read this article from Dust, one of the hottest and most creative magazines coming out of Accra, Ghana.

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Ghana’s Hottest Arts Network Covers GMGE

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ACCRA [dot] ALT, Ghana’s hottest arts network, gave loooove to GMGE. Check out the article and photo series (reblogged below).

GMGE Was Amazing!

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Paapa had all of Founders Great Hall dancing azonto to his “Dear Grace” remix. Blitz the Ambassador and the Embassy Ensemble seized the stage with killer sound and visuals. Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège kept the groovy vibes going til the wee hours. DJ Put On finished off the night with West African tunes. Word is GMGE was one of the best shows the school has seen this HaverGeneration. Click on over for PHOTOS…. and a blog post by GMGE photographer Jonathan Yu, HC ’12.

Blitz the Ambassador seized the stage (photo: Jonathan Yu)

The concert was Friday, March 23, but that wasn’t all. Blitz and Paapa discussed music, entrepreneurship, and changing technologies on a panel moderated by Haverford Anthropology Professor Jesse Shipley (director of ‘Living the HipLife‘) that Thursday evening in Haverford’s Sharpless Auditorium. They told stories of their own beginnings in the music industry (some more recent than others…) and weighed in on Ghanaian and African music in a global market. The panel was preceded by a screening of Blitz’s own ‘Native Sun‘ (watch it, 20 minutes, absolutely gorgeous) and Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi’s ‘HomeGrown: Hip Life in Ghana,’ which follows the number one HipLife music group V.I.P.

Paapa led an azonto craze (photo: Jonathan Yu)

Friday before the concert, DNA & Soulfège talked politics and poetics over pizza with Bryn Mawr’s 360° class, and at one point Derrick broke out in rap. The class had just returned from a spring break trip to Ghana, in fact a bit more recently than scheduled given a flight cancellation. Soulfège gave the group the 411 on the corporate structure of the music industry, and how their Million Download Campaign challenges the system and puts the power in the hands of the listeners and artists.

Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège kept the groove going (photo: Jonathan Yu)

If you weren’t there, sorry, cause you missed out!

Blitz's Embassy Ensemble (photo: Jonathan Yu)

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Ameyaw Debrah Gives Love to GMGE

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Ameyaw Debrah, “the voice for exclusive entertainment news” in Ghana and beyond, gives love to GMGE with a headlining article on his official website, ameyawdebrah.com.

ANNOUNCING: BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR

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GMGE HAS A NEW ARTIST, Blitz the Ambassador! He is one of the top musical artists coming out of Ghana, period. He is armed with a “lightning-fast mind, the political boldness of Chuck D, and the sixth groove sense of Fela Kuti.” Rolling Stone (Germany) says he, “Sounds like the future of African music.” Blitz rocked over 130 shows in about 15 countries last year. He was just selected as one of the “Best of SXSW Music Festival.”

Blitz connects African music to hip hop and underground to mainstream. He has played with Public Enemy, the Roots, and Talib Kweli. Having self-produced and distributed his own album “Native Sun”on iTunes (click for a full streaming with gorgeous visuals), he takes the themes of global entrepreneurship and digital media to the next level.

Blitz was based in Brooklyn, recently moved to Atlanta, and goes back to Accra frequently. We were able to seize upon the opportunity when one of the band members of V.I.P unfortunately fell ill, and we caught Blitz on the heels of his SXSW performance and before he hits New York for TEDxHarlem March 27.

NMA Song Premiere

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The students from Nima Muhinmanchi Art in Accra, Ghana recorded their first song! We’ll premiere it at GMGE. Theme is “Out of the heart.” Music Workshop Leaders Kyekyeku (below) and Isa managed to keep the excited group under control, with help from Artistic Directors Musah and Larry.

Under the guidance of NMA Music Workshop Leader Kyekyeku, a professional musical artist in Accra, Ghana.

Which V.I.P song do you most want to hear?

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