Last Saturday, the 29th edition of the pan-africana initiative, Arctivism, took place at the Abajo Art + Culture cafe – which venue is a significant and symbolic for an event of such nature to be held: the Abajo cafe being a seemingly culturally-aware space owned by a Ghanaian, and African self-sustainability being one of the very fundamentals if pan-africanism. This, the 29th edition, of Arctivism, was held in honor and remembrance of Marcus Mosiah Garvey who was the subject of “Look for me in the whirlwind – The Marcus Garvey Story”- the documentary that was screened to begin the evening’s proceedings. Afterwards, there were brief submissions by historian Amzat Boukari-Yabara, and author Sonia Lye-Fookon the content of the film and on Garvey’s life, generally; and also on each of their lives – in service of pan-africanism. This was followed by a Q & A session between the audience and the panel – on Garvey’s life and it’s relevance, and pan-african related issues.
Poetra Asantewa kicked off performances with renderings of a number of her spoken word pieces. Togolese rap duo,Balles 2 Rimes, beatboxed, freestyled and performed through their set – which was generally interactive and energetic. Wanlov took to the stage with his guitar, his performance eliciting gleeful and enthused reactions from the audience. Founder of Arctivism, Elom20ce , performed as well; interspersing his deliveries with anecdotes and commentary relevant to the ideology and practice of pan-africanism.
There were performances by the rock metal band Arka’n, and also by reggae artist Kezita, and a surprise one by a very young chap named Lesley; who got the house back up on its feet with a very compelling delivery.Dj Vim Tinz was the DJ on the night, brilliantly providing music whenever it was necessary. We were there, of course, and we’ve got you photos to relish.