Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ever Been To Takoradi? Know Of "Virgins Island?"

Takoradi Airport
Since I moved to Takoradi about a year ago, I haven’t really written much about Sekondi-Takoradi as much as I’ve been writing about Accra. I also feel, I don’t share enough contents via my Twitter feed nor my Foursquare link about this interesting twin-city.

Sekondi-Takoradi is located on the West Coast of Ghana approximately 4hrs by bus from the capital, Accra.

The recent oil discovery in the region has led to some commercial airline operators extending their routes to this part of the country. The likes of Antrak Air, Air Shuttle and City Link do ply the Accra-Takoradi route and this takes only 35mins from both airports.

The twin-city has a population of approximately 500,000 with the main trades being derived either from its location as a port - fishing and shipping, or from an emerging trade as a tourist destination. With the discovery of the recent oil find, there is soon to be a booming oil-marketing venture in this region.

Whiles in Takoradi, a couple of the expats I work with kept asking if I’ve ever been to “Virgin Island” and I kept saying No... Since then, I kept asking; where is this place that most people including myself don’t really have any idea about?  Asking a native of Sekondi-Takoradi about “Virgins Island” and you won’t be surprised at his/her answer. Some might reply; “What type of animal is that?” "Is that a name of a place or a person?” amongst others…

Whiles preparing to attend BarCamp Kumasi last weekend on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, I decided to fly to Accra from Takoradi via Antrak Air and continue to Kumasi as early as I can so as to enable me hold a section on Citizen Journalism (Blogging), New Media Tools & also share a few tips with the bar-campers... (The story about my lateness to #BCKsi requires another blog-post)

It was at the Takoradi Airport where I learned that, the "Virgins Island" is best seen from the air and that’s the main reason why, most natives don’t really know about it. Therefore, if I have a camera, this was my best chance at taking some photos. Luckily for me, I had my camera so that wasn’t really a problem.

Aerial View of Virgins Island, Takoradi
Immediately after take-off, I positioned myself and camera at an angle which made it very suitable and easy to capture some images. Below, you’ll find the aerial view of "Virgins Island" in Takoradi. I’m planning a trip to the island to learn more when I have a free time.I need to know, why it is called; Virgins Island.

Virgins Island, Takoradi
Wikipedia also have a feature on Sekondi-Takoradi worth looking at if you’re interested in visiting this part of Ghana soon. In my next post, I’ll cover the tourist attraction sites and best places to visit whiles here.

Stay Tuned..! Happy reading :)
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Blending Visuals into Music - M3NSA

No.1 Mango Street – the international debut album by MC, singer and producer M3NSA. The single is a cocktail of eclectic Afro sounds infused with Nu-jazz and High-Life delicately underscored with sweet harmonies of rhythm and blues. 

An inspirational single antiquated with the adage "No one knows tomorrow". The wonderfully sang sampled chorus by the Nigerian soul singer Asa offers unforgettable words which rings true to the listener. A fusion of soul and Afro hi-hop sets this single apart as an all time hip-life anthem.

Enjoy the song by clicking on the link below and support the upcoming project.

No.1 Mango Street is one of those albums which will help bring to the menu that Hip-hop has been missing for a long time – an authentic, everyday perspective which has made the genre fun and enlightening at the same time.

With snatches of Twi and Pidgin, the clever rhyme schemes and narratives are what make this album universally "relatable". Says M3NSA, 
“You don't have to be into African hip-hop to listen to the album, you just have to be into music.”
Visuals always help tell a story more vibrantly, with pictures, colors, scenery and action, to fulfill all the things missed out sonically. Not only does a video enhance sound or music for that matter, we’re in an age where people always want to connect music with images. 

The video tells the story of a man looking to find what exactly the future will bring, by consulting soothsayers, fortune tellers etc. However, what they predict is often inaccurate and he has to alter the future himself.

MOBO nominated- Best African Act (2010), this single is proof of the great artiste M3nsa is. Definitely a single to have in your collection of must haves music this year. The single is Timeless and Inspirational; a great chill out and party song for every occasion.

[Edited by Sankofa Pictures. Written for Sankofa Pictures  by Javada Appenteng with extracts from M3nsa's press release 2010]
To support the artiste visit the link:   http://www.indiegogo.com/No-One-Knows-Tomorrow
Also; vote for this artiste to win the Best Africa Act at The MOBO 2010 by voting here: MOBO Best African Act 2010

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