Pennsylvania in effect! Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore got busy over three days Wed. - Fri 21-23 March near Philadelphia for a a tri-co symposium that explored questions and creative practices concerning global entrepreneurship in Ghanaian music scenes.

The conference line up included a symposium event and concert event. This was the schedule. 

3/21 KICKOFF TEACH-IN BMC  8 pm Campus Center * 

Jam Session HC 3/22 10 pm Lunt * 

Lunch With Blitz HC 3/23 12:30 pm DC * 
3/22  SCREENING + PANEL HC 7 pm Stokes Aud. *
Lunch With Blitz HC 3/23 12:30 pm DC * 
Soulfège Pizza Workshop BMC 3/23 2 pm Campus Center 200
3/23 CONCERT HC 10 pm Founders

 

Blitz The Ambassador was the headling entertainment artist.

"Sounds like the future of African music" – Rolling Stone (Germany). Selected as one of the "Best of SXSW Music Festival" this weekend. He rocked over 130 shows in about 15 countries last year.
Blitz has played with Public Enemy, the Roots, and Talib Kweli. He self-produced and distributed his own album "Native Sun" on iTunes. He was based in Brooklyn since the mid 2000s, just moved to Atlanta, and goes back to Accra frequently. We were able to seize the opportunity when one of the band members of V.I.P unfortunately fell ill, and we caught Blitz on the heels of his SXSW performance before he hit New York for TEDxHarlem March 27.

Blitz is armed with a "lightning-fast mind, the political boldness of Chuck D, and the sixth groove sense of Fela Kuti." He connects African music to hip hop and underground to mainstream. He'll take the themes of global entrepreneurship and digital media to the next level.
Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège sound like "Bob Marley meets The Fugees on a street corner in West Africa." Artists/activists, they create a movement through music and have performed for the likes of Oprah and Bill Clinton. Take advantage of their Million Free Download campaign and cop their latest album 'AFropolitan.'
Paapa is a young artist with a funky urban contemporary sound, who was signed to Skillions Record in Accra at age 17. He creates what he calls "music that matters," while pursuing his freshman year studies at Reed College in his spare time.

Events were free. T-shirts $15 support Nima Muhinmanchi Art, a non-profit that empowers youth in Nima, Accra through the arts were sold.

Participants tuned into the Thurs 3/22. panel ~8:15 pm through ustream.tv/gmge323. They also tweeted in questions, via Twitter TBA, hash tag #GMGE

Directions? Take the R5 Paoli/Thorndale SEPTA Regional Rail from Philadelphia to the Haverford or Bryn Mawr stop.

Robin wrote a great review of the symposium and concert event here:

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