This Week in African Artwork and Tradition (August 7-13, 2022): Chale Wote, Biyi Bandele Passes Away and extra – Sugarcane Journal ™


This Week in African Artwork and Tradition (August 7-13, 2022)

This Week in African Artwork and Tradition brings tales from Ghana, Senegal, South Africa and Nigeria. Accra, Ghana is bustling with vitality and pleasure because the 2022 version of the biggest avenue artwork competition within the nation begins. A Senegal-based Ghanaian creator shares thrilling information regarding her newest romantic novel.

In South Africa, a brand new award devoted to recognizing and honoring a lady artist has recognized its first winner. In Nigeria, the cultural scene mourns the passing of an iconic persona and storyteller within the literary and movie scene …

Chale Wote Avenue Artwork Pageant Begins 2022 Version in Accra

Chale Wote Avenue Artwork Pageant, an annual occasion that brings artwork, music, design, dance and efficiency out into the streets of Accra, Ghana has begun its 2022 version. The community-based competition takes place in James City, one among Accra’s most historic communities. It targets exchanges between Ghana-based and worldwide artists creating and appreciating artwork collectively.

This yr marks the twelfth version of the Chale Wote Avenue Artwork Pageant (in its eleventh yr) going down from Aug. 12-21, 2022 in Accra. The theme for this version, “Stargate to Africa,” embraces the defiance of formal inventive boundaries and fragmentation of social expertise by orature.

This yr’s theme attracts indigenous inventive expressions into an interplay with orature, a probing that re-centers perceptions of what constitutes collectivity and energy. “Stargate to Africa” represents a shift from the mechanical understanding of African supernatural beliefs and rituals to viewing them as frameworks of political thought. Chale Wote 2022 will unveil thrilling work by dozens of interdisciplinary Ghanaian and worldwide artists in design, efficiency artwork, murals, images, laboratories, music and salons.

Chale Wote 2022 might be stretching these tasks right into a meta-network of deep engagement with neighborhood and an train in countering historic types of fracture and flight. By establishing these artwork tasks throughout Chale Wote, bridges of understanding and risk amongst us are constructed, connecting our visions of actuality with each other for affirmation, questions, and the problem to probe even additional.

World audiences have been related to artists opening new views, discovering genuine creators, and creating areas devoted to unbiased artwork and cultural manufacturing by the competition yr after yr. Since its inception, Chale Wote has launched artwork fanatics to a few of the most ground-breaking performers and modern artists who’re creating.

This yr will characteristic Ouagadogou-based (in Burkina Faso) band Faso Djarabi, Chief One, Zantou Lansre from Chad, Ghanaian lolo funk band Sylence, and a bunch of classics and favorites. A graffiti mural, excessive sports activities salons, and movie laboratories happen from Aug. 16-19 on the Nationwide Theatre of Ghana, together with knowledge-sharing periods with a few of Africa’s most prolific creators.

The general imaginative and prescient of the competition is to domesticate a wider viewers for the humanities in West Africa by breaking inventive boundaries and utilizing artwork as a viable kind to rejuvenate public areas. The Chale Wote Avenue Artwork Pageant challenges each artists and community-based audiences to attach by artwork.

The competition options avenue portray, graffiti murals, picture exhibitions, theater, spoken phrase, interactive installations, skate exhibits, a meals and trend market, images, dwell avenue performances, excessive sports activities, an African cinema pavilion, avenue boxing, a trend parade, a music block get together, recyclable design workshops, design labs and extra.

It’s the first worldwide avenue artwork competition organized in Accra, inspiring comparable occasions throughout the nation. Greater than 200 Ghana-based and worldwide artists take part within the occasion yearly. Over the previous years, Chale Wote has reworked the town of Accra into essentially the most energetic cultural hub in West Africa. The competition has impressed prospects in public house design by community-supported cultural manufacturing.

Chale Wote actually interprets to “pal lets go” within the Ghanaian language Ga; it additionally means “flip-flops” in Ghana.


Above: Ayesha Harruna Attah and her ebook

Ghanaian Creator Ayesha Harruna Attah Sells Film Rights

Zainab Takes New York, by Ghanaian novelist Ayesha Harruna Attah, quickly might be heading to the massive display. In keeping with studies from Publishers Market, movie rights to the ebook lately had been bought to Assemble Media by Attah’s brokers at Pontas Literary & Movie Company.

Zainab Takes New York is Attah’s fifth novel. It follows the character Zainab Sekyi, a younger girl on a quest to make a residing as an illustrator who finds love in one of many world’s busiest cities. Looking for friendship and love, catapulted into the duties of maturity, Zainab survives because of the voices of her ancestors, who hilariously accompany her within the unfolding of an unsure future. And so, the brutal and luminous actuality of an unknown metropolis, the glory of Bushwick within the coronary heart of Brooklyn, New York, the enchantment of the affectionate phrases of the household lexicon, and the spicy scent of Ghanaian recipes lead the reader to assume, “we’re in New York, if you are able to do it right here, you are able to do it wherever. ”

Ayesha Harruna Attah was born in Accra in 1983. Educated at Mount Holyoke Faculty, Columbia College, and New York College, Attah has levels in biochemistry, journalism and artistic writing. A 2015 Africa Centre Artists in Residency Award Laureate and Sacatar Fellow, she is the recipient of the 2016 Miles Morland Basis Scholarship for non-fiction. She at the moment lives in Senegal. She is already identified to the worldwide public and the winner of prestigious prizes for her earlier ebook, The Hundred Wells of Salaga.

Above: Lerato Nkosi


South African Artist Lerato Nkosi Wins First ANNA Award

ANNA and Latitudes have introduced Lerato Nkosi because the inaugural winner of their newly established ANNA Award. The award goals to find, acknowledge and nurture a brand new technology of ladies artists in South Africa.

Nkosi receives an R100,000 (U.S. $6,143) money prize, a month’s residency at PLAAS in Franschhoek, South Africa, a profile on Latitudes On-line, and a yr’s provide of ANNA merchandise. Her successful paintings might be included within the ANNA Awards Assortment.

Lerato Nkosi is fascinated by the affect we wield over one another and the way—with a phrase of encouragement, a bit of recommendation or a delicate nudge in a sure path—one particular person can change one other’s life. She is much more intrigued by the truth that, typically, it’s a lady who holds this transformative energy.

Lerato says that packages like this—and just like the lately launched ANNA Award—are essential platforms. “It’s very important that we create these alternatives for ladies artists. Our voices should be heard,” she insists, pointing to the evolution of ladies as an object of the gaze, from the Renaissance to in the present day’s compelling creators.

She takes her personal position as a creator very critically. Lerato explains that the message behind her ink and stamp depictions is amplified by her selection of phrases adorning the piece, normally, a textual content she’s learn or a scene from a movie. The presence of those phrases implies that the viewer should lean in to take a more in-depth look, inviting them to interact with the that means at a deeper degree.

Lerato’s entry for the ANNA Award featured phrases impressed by her studying of Bell Hooks’ All About Love.

“The ebook held particular resonance for me due to its reference to the creator’s upbringing and the values that developed out of her experiences,” Lerato mentioned. In the identical means, she mentioned she typically thinks in regards to the resilience that she was gifted with by her upbringing and the way this helped her develop into the particular person she is in the present day.

Lerato is each targeted and decided (“I really feel like I manifested my ANNA Award win, as a result of I knew it will open so many doorways!” she mentioned)—and whereas she is happy with what her previous holds, she’s much more excited in regards to the future. Lerato at the moment is making ready for a number of worldwide artwork competitions; in every case, her physique of labor carries the identical message. “I wish to remind girls of our energy. I wish to inform whoever is my work that we don’t should be victims; we’ve the ability to alter our circumstances.”


Above: Biyi Bandele

Biyi Bandele, Nigerian Author, Filmmaker, Playwright and Creator Dies at 54

Acclaimed Nigerian novelist and filmmaker Biyi Bandele has died. His loss of life was introduced in a press release signed by his daughter Temi Bandele. She wrote, “I’m heartbroken to share the sudden and sudden loss of life on Sunday seventh of August in Lagos of my father, Biyi Bandele. Biyi was a prodigiously proficient author and filmmaker, in addition to a loyal pal and beloved father. He was a storyteller to his bones, with an unblinking perspective, singular voice and knowledge, which spoke boldly by all of his artwork, in poetry, novels, performs and on display. He instructed tales which made a profound influence and impressed many all around the world. His legacy will dwell on by his work.”

Born in 1967 within the city of Kafanchan in Nigeria, Bandele started his prolific profession within the arts after graduating from Obafemi Awolowo College with a drama diploma. Whereas in London for a theater competition, he secured a writer for 2 novels he had within the works, adopted shortly by a grant from the Royal Court docket Theatre.

Along with authoring seven unique performs and adapting a number of different works for the stage, Bandele revealed 5 novels: The Man Who Got here in From the Again of Past (1991); The Sympathetic Undertaker and Different Desires (1991); The Avenue (1999); Burma Boy (2007) and The King’s Rifle (2009). He tailored The Avenue right into a stage play, Brixton Tales, in 2001.

Bandele’s first foray into screenwriting was the anthology drama collection Screenplay, which ran from 1986-1993 on the BBC. The collection was directed by a younger Danny Boyle. In 2013, Bandele made his directorial debut with Half of a Yellow Solar, an adaptation of the 2006 novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The movie starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandiwe Newton and Anika Noni Rose in a household drama set in Nineteen Sixties Nigeria.

Bandele lately had completed his newest movie, entitled The King’s Horseman. Impressed by Nigerian Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka’s anti-colonial play Demise and the King’s Horseman, the drama is ready to premiere on the Toronto Movie Pageant subsequent month. The Yoruba-language movie was produced by Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Movies for Netflix.

Mo Abudu described Bandele’s loss of life as “completely sudden and an actual shock to us all. He was over the moon about Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman premiering at TIFF, and naturally, we had been all planning to be there,” she mentioned, noting that the movie was beloved by Bandele “extra so than any of the opposite tasks he had labored on with us.

“He knew the supply materials nicely and was so excited when he heard about our choice at TIFF,” she added. “It’s so unlucky that he is not going to be there to see the world take pleasure in a bit of his work that I do know he was very happy with and so captivated with.”

Bandele additionally co-directed this yr’s Blood Sisters for Netflix. The streamer’s first Nigerian unique collection follows buddies Sarah and Kemi as they’re pressured to go on the run after a rich groom disappears throughout his engagement get together. Netflix paid tribute to Bandele by way of a Twitter publish, saying, “Might he relaxation in energy.”

Compiled by Roli O’tsemaye


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