by: michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
The gods choose to intervene in the affairs of men when they will and in controversial radio personality, Blakk Rasta’s case they intervened in a most unusual way.
For eight years, the ‘Salaga Soldier’ run riot dominating his competitors and cultivating hard core followers with his fierce talk, witty comments, stellar reggae music play, historical lectures and music from his personal vault.
But radio being his day job meant his other gifts suffered or did not get full attention till he resigned from Hitz FM and bringing an end to his Taxi Driver show on the station after he was dragged before the Privileges Committee of Parliament for claiming that about 80 percent of Members of Parliament (MPs) smoke marijuana. A claim he subsequently apologized for and retracted.
Since leaving radio, Blakk has been a guest of Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, playing to hundreds of music lovers with his Herbalist Band. He’s lectured at the University of Central Missouri and other universities including the University of Kansas.
Blakk Rasta also toured the United Kingdom shining light on his 13 track ‘Kuchoko Revolution’ album at BBC TV and radio stations including Starr Radio, Galaxy Radio, Ahodwo FM and Fire Live Radio.
And in some more good news for the man making a return to radio in a few days on Zylofon 102.1 FM, Blakk Rasta has earned an invite to the Ivory Coast’s biggest arts and entertainment festival.
International Artistic Committee (Cai) of the Arts Market and the African show (Masa) settled on 65 artistic groups and selected artists for the Masa 2018 edition made public at a September 30, 2017 unveiling.
In its 10th edition, the cultural spectacle is to be held from March 10 -17, 2018 in Abidjan.
At the end of their work, the Cai evaluated 677 applications from 5 continents, 20 groups in music, 8 in dance, 8 in theaters, 8 in tales, 10 in humor, 8 in street arts and 3 in slam.
President of Cai, Mrs. Korkor Armateifio of Ghana thanked Masa general management for the welcome given to the members of the Committee.
According to Koné Dodo, a member of Cai, the selection criteria for the invitees was based on originality, musicality, the stage presence and the diversity of the different creations.
The 2018 edition’s theme is: “What Economic Models for the Performing Arts? Troops, concert halls and festivals.”
Below is the list of companies and artistic groups selected at MASA 2018:
Blakk Rasta, Ghana
10 Volts Benin, Benin
David Tayoro, Ivory Coast
Orent’tchy and Boomboom, Ivory Coast
Women swingers, Ivory Coast
Yakomin, Ivory Coast
Soul Bang’s, Guinea Conakry
Cheickne Soumane 5tamans, Mali
Seun Olota, Nigeria,
Armand Biyag, Cameroon
Badredine Dridi, Tunisia
Baco and Urban Plant, France
Ezza Group, France
Brown Rice Family, Usa
Maria de Barros, Usa / Cape Verde
Company murmurs of the forge, “No one has the monopoly of god”, Burkina Faso
Company Bak’In Gado, “Who are you, you who train me”, Ivory Coast
Gabité House of the orality, “Palabre of shoemaker”, Togo
Company of the circle Abbi Patrix, “Loki, not to lose the north”, France
Fayçal Belattar, «Travel Diary», Algeria
Hamed Bouzzine, “Touareg Epic Fragment”, Morocco
Djaaphath, “Aripah or the village of N’dallah”, Chad
Benoit Davidson, “My grandfather will have told me”, Canada
Computers & Internet
Yamneyam Company, “Roukiata falls the mask”, Burkina Faso
Adama Dahico and the doromikan theater, “The leader”, Ivory Coast »
The Magnific, “The Dredger of Abidjan”, Côte d’Ivoire
Sox Pedro, “Censored”, Guinea Conakry
Mamadou Tug, “Sanakou”, Guinea-Conakry
Frédéric Gakpara, “The monologue of the penis”, Togo
Gogoliko comedy club, “Saint Rita de Padou Mosque”, Togo
Bassek Son Miséricorde, “False truths”, Cameroon
Compagnie Malo Malam, «I am charlotte», Cameroon
Kisabaka Dada Felix, “The dog of Africa”, DR Congo
Compagnie Dumanlé, “The Good”, Côte d’Ivoire
Compagnie Layidou, “I will kill the monkey”, Mali
Marc Agbedjidji, “If you go out, I go out,” Togo
Compagnie Kamma, “Medée Kali”, France
Tropic Atrium, «4heures du matin», Martinique
El Teatro, “Virgin”, Tunisia
Company, the truth tellers and Aspara, “Zokwezo”, Benin-Switzerland
El Hamra, “Le Radeau”, Tunisia-Canada-Benin
Compagnie Ashakata, “Les intrépides”, Heritage dance, Benin
Compagnie King’art, “Identity”, Contemporary dance, Côte d’Ivoire
Compagnie Tenane, «Who are we? », Contemporary dance, Senegal
Agathe Djokam, “Energie”, Contemporary dance, Cameroon
Compagnie Judith Olivia, «Métamorphose», Contemporary dance, Madagascar
Compagnie Art & Fact, “Love Me Tender”, Contemporary Dance, Martinique
Compagnie Joseph Aka, “No Rules (anything goes)”, Contemporary dance, Côte d’Ivoire / France
Amaël Mavoungoun, “The tears of the belly”, Contemporary dance, Gabon / France
Burkina Faso, the collective voiced-wings
Black Panther, Congo-Brazzaville
Performing arts (08)
Company Dodo Naaba Ambga, Burkina Faso
Ivory Puppets, Ivory Coast
Ki-yi puppets & dances, Ivory Coast
Bouledegum Company, Ivory Coast
Mandingo Circus, Guinea-Conakry
Company Nama, Mali
Hang out, Morocco
Blakk Rasta has rendered 7 albums in the past including Rasta Shrine (2000), More Fyah (2002), Ganja Minister (2004), Natty Bongo (2006), Naked Wire (2008), Voice of the Afrikan Rebel (2009) and Born Dread (2011).