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Next Generation

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These students from Nima, Accra (VIP and FOI's hometown), from the program Nima Muhinmanchi Art, are creating and recording a song that we will share at GMGE.



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Attend the GMGE symposium event

– Featuring V.I.P., F.O.I.Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège, & Paapa –

Kickoff Teach-In BMC 3/21 * Screening & Panel HC 3/22 * Concert HC 3/23

– and more

Sneak Peek of GMGE T-Shirts

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Designed by NMA Artistic Director Yussif Aminu Larry. Concert and all GMGE events are free, but you can support the arts in Ghana by buying a t-shirt for $15. All proceeds will go toward Nima Muhinmanchi Art (NMA), an art workshop program empowering youth in Nima, Accra by providing educational, vocational, and creative platforms and access. GMGE Head Committee Member Robin is NMA Project Director. GMGE artist Paapa is NMA Creative Director. Boogie Down Nima Productions is a partner, with V.I.P. and F.O.I. as participating artists. So who wants a tee?

VIP, FOI, and ‘HomeGrown’ Spread HipLife Movement

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As VIP and FOI kick off their US tour in March…

“They will not just perform for a myriad of music fans in the US, but will also screen documentaries of the group and how Hiplife started with them, as well as their contribution to the music genre’s growth in Ghana.

“Most of the screenings, which [are] aimed at educating the world about Hiplife, will be done in colleges.”

Yupp, that’s us. And that’s the film ‘HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana,’ screening at GMGE Thursday, 3/22. 7 pm in Haverford’s Sharpless Auditorium, followed by a panel and Q&A with the artists. Can’t be there? That’s alright, we’ll have a live webstream and interactive twitter.

‘HomeGrown’ documents ten years of V.I.P.’s journey from the ghetto in Accra to their first international tour. They grow from being teenagers with a shared dream to musicians with fans around the world. Directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, produced by Eli and Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Hashim Haruna. The film has toured across festivals and schools in Ghana, the U.S., and Europe, and won the audience award at the Denver Pan-African Film Festival.

You may have caught ‘HomeGrown’ last year at a screening at Haverford October 27. This time, we’re upping the ante and bringing the artists.

Check it out on Facebook. Be a part of the movement.


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It’s Independence Day in Ghana right now (March 6…they’re four hours ahead), and 16 days til GMGE (Ghanaian Music//Global Entrepreneurship) kicks off. So far, my spring break has been filled with phone calls and emails preparing for the symposium – gathering a film team, booking a sound and light crew, ordering t-shirts, getting Ghanaian food catered, etc. etc. I hope everyone else’s break is much more fabulous… But it will all be worth it in 16 days when GMGE begins.

For me, GMGE started because V.I.P. and F.O.I., two of Ghana’s top HipLife music groups, were going on a U.S. tour kicking off in New York. Their manager in Accra said, “Hey, why don’t you organize a program for V.I.P. in the states like you did in Ghana this summer?” I laughed, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a good idea.

Promzy of V.I.P. (red cap) and LilKryz of F.O.I. (sunglasses) at the NMA opening exhibition last July, with NMA artist Kamal Larry and students from Nima

This past summer, I teamed up with two Nima artists, Musah Swallah and Yussif Larry Aminu, to organize the community art workshop program Nima Muhinmanchi Art (NMA). NMA provides creative and vocational opportunities to JHS students in Nima, Accra, where V.I.P. and F.O.I. are from. The Boogie Down Nima crew (that’s their record label) joined on as supporters and came out to our exhibition opening. This December, after V.I.P. officially announced their U.S. tour, I stumbled upon Paapa, another brilliant Ghanaian musical artist and student at Reed College, when I saw his song “Pure Water” on Facebook. I contacted him about leading workshops for NMA, and he not only agreed but signed on as Creative Director. The more I worked with these artists, the more I realized how their work connects with ideas of global entrepreneurship: through the use of digital media, social networking, and creative PR strategies. While diverse in musical style, they all engage in innovative entrepreneurial practices to attract a global audience. They respond to an era of fast globalization by harnessing new digital media and channeling music as movement.

The ideas fit, and I set about organizing GMGE. The more I reached out, the more other people on campus wanted to be involved. GMGE has fast evolved into a tri-college effort with students and community members spearheading all kinds of initiatives: workshops, websites, mashups, film, photography, graphic design. Watch this page to see what’s coming….