On Saturday, June 16th, 2018, Jam Rock Bar and Grill presents to you a poetry and music to jam your emotions up. Ehalakasa artist, Sabukie is set to entertain guests with her bold and colorful poetry alongside The Freedom Band. The evening will feature different performers, whose performances will touch on different themes relevant to out time.
Sabukie will also be performing at the following venues in June.
- Alliance Francais – 13th June
- Book reading and conversations
- Republic Bar – 20th June
- Badu Lounge – 23rd June 2018
- Liberia Ghana – 27th June 2018
- Discussions on women in art and entertainment
Slam poetry has become a global phenomenon, attracting all kinds of audience and followers. Ghana over the past decade has seen significant development in the spoken word and slam poetry landscape; this can be attributed to the open mic platform initiated by Ehalakasa and some individuals who have diligently contributed to what we see today.
On Sunday May 20 2018, at 6:59pm a Team of poets and authors from West Oakland, USA lead by Karla Brundage will be slamming the beauty and power in` words with Team Ehalakasa lead by Yibor Kojo Yibor one of Ghana’s prominent spoken word artist at the W. E. B. Du Bois Centre, Cantonments in Accra. The evening will feature over 20 different performers, whose performances will touch on different themes relevant to out time.
West Oakland Vrs West Africa is the result of an on going poetry exchange project between some poets and authors from West Oakland, USA and Ehalakasa, Ghana. The project was initiated in 2017 with partners from both countries writing and exchanging poems on themes ranging from politics to love, from food to everyday news. The exchanges had poets barrowing the last verse of another poet to write a new poem. Linked poems or verses come from the classic Japanese tradition called “renga” or “renku”. The morden version of ranshi poetry created and popularized by Japanese poet Makoto Ooka.
This exchange is to create cultural understanding using poetry and foster friendship among partner writers. All poems will be possibly published in a book by Pacific Raven Press, USA.
As part of the program lined up for the West Oakland team will facilitate a special Slam poetry workshop with Ghanata Senior High School in Dodowa. They will also pay a courtesy call to the African American Association of Ghana.