#GbobalorHipHop at ChaleWote 2014 

yoyo tinz had a great showing at the fourth edition of the Accra [dot] Alt-produced Chalewote Street Art Festival held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2014. 

The air around the yoyo tinz stand –which was stationed at the Bible House in James Town- was ever typical of a festival: hip-hop lovers dancing, bopping their heads and rapping along to rap songs that were in steady supply courtesy of djs Keyzzz and Vim Tinz.

Dance crew, Golden Stars officially kicked off the Gbobalor hip-hop festivities with a processional dance performance that depicted the death and rebirth of hip-hop in Ghana. 

Then there were activities such as the live beat session with BeatMenace and the ‘scratch’ session with Dj Vim Tinz and U-Beatz, which contributed to making worthwhile, every minute spent at the Bible House.  


 What would have been a yoyo tinz station without graffiti? Using DJ Vim Tinz’s hip hop set as inspiration, Trez Folly, artist from Togo, made use of his cans to realize about  a 5 meter long graffiti. To our surprise the artwork included a « yoyo tinz » typo.

Rappers seized the opportunity provided by the open mic session, briefly hosted by Mutombo Da Poet, to show the crowd what they’ve got as far as spitting flows is concerned. Freshbeatz also dazzled the crowd with his beat boxing antics on both days of the festival. 

The day reached it’s climax with the yoyo tinz block party, hosted by Dj Keyzzz.  She completely shut it down and had the crowd all the way turned up; jamming to the dope hip-hop joints she was dropping on them.

The second day of the Gbobalor hip hop stand was full of surprises. First of all, along with the beatboxing, the Dj sets, and the open mic, the audience had the opportunity to enjoy a slam/open mic session organized in collaboration with Kwame Write and hosted by Brown Berry.

Jayso blessed the stand with his presence on Sunday and aside performing two songs, he took the gathering through the basic procedures involved in making a beat. The rapper cum producer ended up producing a beat live on the spot and invited a few rappers in the house to do their thing on it. It was really a thrilling learning experience. 

The Gbobalor hip-hop activities were rounded up with another block party which did not fail to leave the euphoric crowd wanting more.

All in all, Gbobalor hip-hop made sure to present most, if not all, of the elements of hip-hop in fun, interactive ways and it’s safe to say that it was highly successful.

By: Hamza Moshood