Gbaa Mi Sané means Talk to Me. This Ga language is spoken throughout the greater region of Accra, the capital city of Ghana.
Gbaa Mi Sané (Talk to Me) looks at life in the West African city through compelling conversations and the magic-mojo music of a diverse group of young people who call Accra home.
We are ACCRA [dot] ALT - a cultural network in Accra, Ghana - that links independent Ghanaian artists to emerging artists across the globe. We produce annual art and music festivals that exhibit the exciting work of Ghanaian artists for the world to see.
We also host The Talk Party Series (TPS), a monthly film and discussion series for young folks to explore topics such as pop art, class privilege, sexuality, aid and debt, religion and Afro-futurism. Going more than two years strong, TPS draws up to 150 people per month. These dialogues provide critical space for young people to voice alternative perspectives, engage in new ideas and projects together, and hear fresh live music by some pretty dope artists.
THE COALITION AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA IN GHANA
ACCRA [dot] ALT is teaming up with REDD Kat Pictures (an Accra-based production company) to produce Gbaa Mi Sané. This 20-minute documentary offers an intimate look inside The Talk Party Series by exploring frank, open conversations between young people living and working in Ghana.
Here an eclectic consortium of artists, media creatives, returnees, expatriates, students and tourists gather the last Friday of each month at a food joint in the heart of Accra to discuss issues that matter to them. By creating awareness around homophobia and sexism, poverty and debt, and religious conflict in Ghana, this film documents how young people are finding collaborative solutions to truly deep matters.
TALK PARTY PARTICIPANTS
The Talk Party Series discussions are set to a brave, infectious soundtrack of emerging artists lighting up the Accra indie scene (Wanlov the Kobolor, M3NSA, Efya, A.R.T., Oga Chuxx, Yaa Pono, Lady Jay, Jojo Abot, Kyekyeku, and Bils Rayoe to name a few). Gbaa Mi Sané will feature TPS conversations alongside electric performances and unveiling interviews with the freshest indie musicians in Accra.
Thus, the aim of this documentary project is three-fold: 1) to document a youthful Accra, bold and cool enough to pull taboo subjects wide open 2) to get personal with young Ghanaians about their experiences on the margins of these subjects - as a lesbian woman, or a transgendered man, or a happy atheist, or a struggling artist in Ghana and 3) to exhibit the pulsating spirit of the indie music scene – the backbeat of Accra - through captivating performances and interviews with featured musicians.
TALK PARTY AUDIENCE
A.R.T. & LADY JAY
Gbaa Mi Sané (Talk to Me) shows a different face of life in the African city that is rarely glimpsed. We offer you Accra as we experience it – brazen, cosmopolitan, grimy, laidback, energetic, enthralling, and beautifully complicated.
WHERE WE ARE
We are halfway through production on Gbaa Mi Sané (Talk to Me). We are in need of $5,000 to complete the rest of production and begin post-production on the project. The monies raised will be used to cover the purchase of additional production equipment, to pay crew members for their work, and to edit the documentary. We plan to release the film by Spring 2012.
Please see the list of pledges to the right of this column. Find the pledge that is most comfortable for you and check out the ill perks that come with your donation. We must raise the minimum goal of $5000 for this project to be successfully funded through Kickstarter.
Every contribution matters no matter how small! For example, 200 $5 backers = 1/5 of our goal. If we exceed our fundraising goal by $2000 we will be able to produce a studio-quality soundtrack of Talk Party performances to accompany the film.
*Your credit card will not be charged unless our fundraising goal has been met.
TO LEARN MORE
Check out our blog, http://accradotalttours.wordpress.com for more information on The Talk Party Series and other ACCRA [dot] ALT projects. Visit www.vimeo.com/reddkatpictures for a look at our video work. For news updates on The Talk Party Series and Ghanaian indie artists you should meet, follow us on Twitter @Accradotalt. To see cool videos and information on artists we are digging in Ghana and worldwide, visit us at www.facebook/ACCRAdotAlt.
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