yoyo tinz festival

Who’s the G.O.A.T of Ghanaian HipHop? 

We’ll find out at the yoyo tinz Festival come November. 

The countdown is on!

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Monday 19th November marks the official opening of the yoyo tinz festival with the “YOYO TINZ” exhibition and the “Hear & See: audio and the visual” panel discussion.

 

“YOYO TINZ” is a photo and sound exhibition co-curated by Nana Osei Kwadwo and Essé Dabla-Attikpo. The exhibition explores the photographic and illustrative documentation of the hip hop music genre in Ghana by four Ghanaian artists: Selorm Jay, Hanson Akatti, Ofoe Amegavie and Bright Ackwerh.  

 

The exhibition opening will be preceded by a panel discussion themed “Hear & See: audio and the visuals.” 

 

“Hear & See: audio and the visuals” takes an in-depth look into the culture and the production processes involved in the design of cover artworks prior to, or alongside the release of music by artists. 

 

The discussion is designed to further explore the intersections of cover arts and (rap) music, and the relationships between these two kinds of artists – music artists and visual artistes – in Ghana. 

 

The panelists are Benewaah ( Harmattan Rain ), Hanson Akatti (exhibiting visual artist), Kirani Ayat (rapper). This panel will be moderated by Ria Boss (musician).

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Festival Programme

Panel Discussion:

Hear & See: audio and the visuals 

Monday, 19th November | 7pm

@ BBnz Live 

There seems to be a culture, among contemporary artistes in Ghana, of releasing cover artworks prior to, or alongside the release of music singles. M.anifest epitomised this when he collaborated with the visual artist  Hanson Akatti , to release a cover for every other single from his 2016 album,Nowhere Cool.

This is arguable, but we hazard that Ghanaian artists are rather exceptional in this regard, as compared with their contemporaries in the subregion.

We would like to take an in-depth look at this culture, explore all that we can about it, and beyond that, explore the intersections of cover arts and (rap) music, and the relationships between these two kinds of artistes – music artists and visual artistes – in Ghana.

Panelists

Exhibition Launch: “yoyo tinz”

Monday, 19th November | 8pm

@ BBnz Live 

An exhibition about the hip hop culture in Africa through the eyes of four artists,  Selorm Jay , Hanson Akatti,  Ofoe Amegavie Bright Ackwerh and Harmattan Rain (sound installation) curated by Nana Osei Kwadwo  and  Essé DABLA-ATTIKPO .

A Strong claim can be made for the music legend Gyedu Blay Ambolley’s ‘’Simigwa’’ album released in 1975, as precursor to any commercial known rap album in world. Rap being the strongest element of hip hop, by extension, Ambolley can be called a precursor of the hip hop culture.

In 1994, the rap scene saw massive lift when Reginald Yaw Asante Ossei AKA Reggie Rockstone coined the name “HipLife”. For Reggie the idea was to use hip hop beats with Ghanaian highlife music and lace it with a local Ghanaian language.The Rap music scene has grown very much and has continued to be a channel for people, especially young people to share their views on both local and global issues in rhythmic and poetic ways. At a point, American influences such as cursing, accent, gang signs and slangs were clearly seen and heard in many Ghanaian rap music.Nowadays, more than rap, the whole hip hop culture and its various elements are present inGhana: rap, DJing, beat making, breakdancing, graffiti and the whole lifestyle.

Exhibition open to public Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 5pm.

Film Screenings

Thursday, 22nd November | 6pm

@ Terra Alta 

As part of the maiden edition of the yoyo tinz festival, the Accra based collective yoyo tinz will be presenting a marathon-screening of five captivating hip-hop related short films by artists from Ghana, the continent and beyond, followed by a panel discussion. 

Movies

  • Gardienne (by Djibril Drame | trailer)
  • Metamorphosen / Metamorphosis (by Katharina Ziemkus, starring Kaleo Sansaa | full movie)
  • note2self (a journey) (by Fu & Summit Boahen | full movie)
  • Acropolis (by Breadnife starring Yaw P and Temple | trailer)
  • Africa Riding by Liz Gomis and Aurélien Biette

Panel discussion: Tell me, what do you see? (Looking through the window of pop culture)

Thursday, 22nd November | 7pm

@ Terra Alta 

“Popular culture,” our colleague has written, “is [a potent] avenue for monitoring – and if need be…altering – sociocultural norms.”

With this panel, we intend to use contemporary Ghanaian popular culture – hip hop in particular -as a window into Ghanaian society today: what’s happening, what are the people’s preoccupations, worries, dreams…

Beyond that, we shall broach related topics such as the legitimacy of using popular culture as a window to monitor society, and using the same medium as a vehicle to alter sociocultural norms.  

Panelists

Lucky Film Screening + Q&A (with director Togbe Gavua, moderated by Nadège Lomo Darkwa

Friday, 23rd November | 6pm

@ La Raceway Club, opposite Zenith College, Trade Fair

The film follows the story of Lucky Barima Mensah, a handsome university student who has landed the date of the century with the most popular girl on social media. With not a cedi to his name, Lucky and his friend Wadaada have to try and sell a MacBook to gangsters and fraudsters, while avoiding a crazy taxi driver they ditched without paying. When Lucky thinks nothing else can go wrong, they do!

Performance Day 1

Saturday, 23rd November | 11am till…

@ La Raceway Club, opposite Zenith College, Trade Fair

Breakdance, graffiti, scratch DJing, basketball court, beatboxing, beatmaking competition, video games, vendors, kids area, lyrical wars, open mic, concert with  Abena Rockstar A.I Elom20ce Hayawa Kay Ara Kojo Cue Shaker Myra Stardoms Worlasi and more!

Performance Day 2

Sunday, 24th November | 11am till…

@ La Raceway Club, opposite Zenith College, Trade Fair

Breakdance, graffiti, scratch DJing, basketball court, beatboxing, beatmaking competition, video games, vendors, kids area, lyrical wars, open mic, concert featuring  Akan Fu Kirani Ayat Kula Yung Pabi and more!

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Got a message for us? Drop us a line: festival@yoyotinz.com


About yoyo tinz

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Yoyo Tinz is a group of young, cosmopolitan and dynamic people who promote Ghanaian hip hop for anyone who wishes to know more about this rich and diverse culture.

 

Yoyo Tinz aims to share all aspects of the diverse culture: graffiti, rap, dance, DJing, beatboxing, lifestyle and much more!

 

The inaugural yoyo tinz festival is a celebration and nod to the remarkable growth of the beloved culture and yoyo tinz’ years of documenting, sharing and living it!