Mar 2011 23

Here at Aspecks we are delighted to be able to introduce you to one of our newest affiliates Rafiqi Rafiki, a collective of artists and media practitioners whom have collaborated with the Myndz Community to create media and art. They are community activists, professional journalists, students, indigenous cultural performers, non-governmental organization board members, African vocalists, street performers, and individuals dedicated to the creation of media for the promotion of social change and development in Africa. And for those that do not already know “Rafiqi” is Swahili for “friend”,  so a rather appropriate affiliation indeed! A special thanks has to go out to Jothee also known as Kiiru wa Ngotho who hooked up this exchange of culture, knowledge and skills. Jothee is a rap lyricist, and chanter who executes the audio effects, coordinates musical projects for the Rafiqi project and is also a audio and sound specialist.

The Myndz Community‘s mission is to employ media to provide quality, efficient and accurate information to encourage communication for a harmonious social, political and economic environment in service of social change, human and media development throughout Africa. The Myndz Community is comprised of Myndz Visual, Myndz Audio, Myndz Literature and Myndz Theatre. More details after the read more jump…

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Wanlov the Kubolor releases “African Gypsy”
Mar 2011 22

Check it out!! The first single from Wanlov the Kubolor’s new album, “Brown Card” is the vibrant “African Gypsy” which makes it clear that the three months spent in Paris were extremely productive for Aspecks’ favourite Transylvanian Ghanaian.

Wanlov The Kubolor – African Gypsy ft Keziah Jones by Wanlov

Supported by the French Embassy and l’Institut français, Wanlov is the first Ghanaian ever chosen for an artist residency programme in Paris called “Visa for Creation”. The 3-month artistic Residence at the ‘Cité des Arts’ in Paris, is where Kubolor found inspiration writing songs for the new album working with two Ghanaian musicians and accordion player Jérôme Pierre Soulas and violinist Filippo Bonini Baraldi from Paris. The album was produced in Ghana by Pidgen Music and you can check some footage of the launch party in Ghana after the jump. Below Wanlov explains to the BBC the fusion of sound and culture that came together during his time in France.

wanlov_2010 -BBC interview mp3 (418KB)
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Mar 2011 17

Over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of March we filmed a music video for the “Global Citizen Campaign” theme song by Jamm Tyme featuring additional vocals by Juanita Euka. Aspecks commissioned Kaizen Star to do the beat and it was recorded in our HQ late last year. The video was shot by Tman the Hustler of Street Music UK, with friends of Aspecks, Juanita and Jamm Tyme as well as some models provided by Disk and Jockey Entz. Many thanks to all that helped make it a success. Look out for the music video coming soon, in the mean time check out these behind the scenes pictures:

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Mar 2011 10

So you may have been wondering what Aspecks has been up to as the website has not been updated in a while. But rest assured we have been working hard getting our new line of tees ready for a massive photo shoot we hosted this weekend. Fans of Aspecks on Facebook have been privy to some sneak glimpses of the new line as well as some behind the scenes footage of the Global Citizen video shoot featuring Jamm Tyme and Juanita Euka. We have also been working on some more creative collaborations with other musicians, artists and social entrepreneurs. In fact our endeavours have even been featured on one of our international affiliates’ websites; big thanks to Jake from ZebraisFood who posted about the “Get Your Money Out” video we collaborated on with Jamm Tyme, Kazen Star and Street Music UK.

Also thanks have to go to Shahida and Dani at the University of East London who offered Aspecks the opportunity to give a lecture about our experiences as a social enterprise and talk about the volunteering opportunities available through the Aspecks Global Citizen Campaign. The Aspecks co-founders have also given their first interview to a new website called London Entrepreneurs, that seeks to inform and inspire the entrepreneurs of the future, who have also posted an article to go with the interview, entitled “Tees and Ideology”. So please check out the interview below which highlights how Aspecks came about, what Aspecks is and what it does, how Aspecks combines ideology within it’s business model and the importance of being in London as an entrepreneur.

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Feb 2011 18

Check out the video below for a behind the scenes look at Aspecks printing a few of the designs for our forthcoming Spring Collection, which will be available in the Aspecks Shop from March 2011. There is also a couple of commercial print jobs at the start for the  MiC Boyz out in Accra and the Nu:Sense massive from Norfolk! Check our gallery for more photos of the new designs and a big shout out to Kaizen Star for making the beat with Aspecks own “pick-up” maestro!

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