Resource persons expected to moderate the workshop are dancehall star Samini, Culture Levi, Daddy Bosco, Panji Anoff, DJ Irie and Black Santino. They would educate and reveal insights into the dancehall movement which is slowly but gradually gaining grounds in Ghana.
On stage will be dancehall greats such as Samini, Patan, Combolo, Jupiter and many others who are set to showcase the power and influence of the dancehall movement in the country. They would also demonstrate the subtle techniques and stagecraft that has stupefied audiences all over the world.
Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s. Initially, dancehall was a sparser version of reggae http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggae than the roots http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots_reggae style, which had dominated much of the 1970s. In the mid-1980s, digital instrumentation became more prevalent, changing the sound considerably, with digital dancehall (or “ ragga http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaican “) becoming increasingly characterized by faster rhythms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragga
In the mid-1990s, a number of dancehall Bobo Shanti artists, such as Sizzla http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sizzla and Capleton http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capleton , developed a very strong connection between dancehall and Rastafari. Indeed, this style of music has come under criticisms from international organizations and individuals, for its violent and sometimes homophobic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophobic lyrics, although the lyrical themes are more varied than simply dealing with slackness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansions_of_Rastafari and violence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slackness
The workshop/concert is being organized by Xstacy with support from L’Institut Francais and the Alliance FranÃ§aise in collaboration with the French Embassy in Accra.