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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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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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GMGE kicked off at Bryn Mawr tonight

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Rachel and Ntshadi were on DJ duty. We danced azonto to Fuse and Tiffany and played Atumpan’s  “The Thing“and P-Square’s “Chop My Money”  in Bryn Mawr’s Campus Center. Rachel and Zoe were the photographers of the night. Thanks to Crust Pizza for last minute napkins and forks, and Africans & Jamaicans Kitchen in Yeadon for the fried plantains and peas. Especially the peas.

Shout out to Meheret for picking up the food that arrived early (chale, can you believe?). At the screening + panel we’ll have jollof and chicken too, don’t miss… Haverford Sharpless Auditorium tomorrow.

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Ghana isn’t the only one with a birthday today…happy birthday to Head Committee members Sam and Grace!! Play some E.L. and practice your azonto dance at the celebrations tonight.