The sun had fallen & the moon had woken up
From sleep & glowed,
We gathered in the village square under the moon shine
And danced, sang &
The orators chanted, ‘Pimpinaaaaaaa…!”
— (From Oswald Okaitei’s ‘Pimpinaa’)
Unfortunately, with the birth of the new age, those good old days appear running into the cave of extinction. It is in light of helping to rekindle this good old flame that a fete of oral arts, Adesa Festival, has been instituted.
Organised by Philjoe Multimedia & Play House.kom, Adesa Festival planned to be an annual event, hopes to engage old and young artistes who are in the businesses of oral arts—storytelling, poetry, music, comedy, video screening and other spoken arts—in conversations, workshops, round table discussions, exhibition and performances.
In this year’s edition, legends & teachers of Ghanaian Folk & Spoken art as Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Grace Omaboe (a.k.a Maame Dokono), Prof. Lade Wosornu, Dr. Mawuli Adjei and young artistes as Chieff Moomen, Oswald Okaitei, Nana Asaase, Nana Yaa Yeboaa, Nii Commey, among others (who are blazing the new dawn trail) will be engaged in the diverse activities lined up for the festival. There will also be a symposium on Oral Arts.
The festival will also host Jamestown Reads! with Nana Yaa Yeboaa (a Ghanaian Children’s Book Author, poet & Nurse), Poetry Therapy with Naa Kwarley Dove, conversation with some old cast members & crew of the former famous Ghana Television storytelling programme, ‘By The Fireside’, Conversations with Resource persons in National institutions in charge of arts & acts in Ghana among others. Other activity to be seen at the festival will be Dramatic Reading by children of Achievers Ghana.
Another interesting segment will a tribute moment for the creative legends/icons—Prof. Atukwei Okai, Dr. Kobena Eyi Acquah, Kojo Laing, Jewel Ackah, CK Man, Paapa Yankson & Nana Turkson who passed this year.
The festival will climax with a myriad of performances from one of the oldest Ghanaian storyteller, Ama Boabeng, Chieff Moomen, Seyram, Nene Narh, Festus Dzogbewu, Oswald Okaitei, Shiloh, Neeno, Nana Asaase, Daavi Emefa, King Gali, Nana Yaa, The Play House Drummers, Achievers Ghana among others.
The festival is set to take place on 24th August, 2018 at the Jamestown Cafe near the Ussher Fort, on the Atta Mills Highway, Accra. It starts 11am and ends at 9pm. The theme for this year’s edition is “The Oral Arts Revolution, The Role of Everyone” and slogan is “Pimpinaaa…Nanaaaaa!”