The National Theater of Ghana and the Embassy of the United States (Ghana), in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs, have launched a four-day international musical and cultural exchange workshop at the National Theater, dubbed “NextLevel”.
The doubled workshop, which kicked off on Monday, saw artists from a variety of fields, including beat making, graffiti art, MCing, rap and dance, touch diverse groups, facilitating knowledge sharing and collaboration .
The event saw many participants seeking more knowledge and also mastering their various fields of study.
One of America’s most renowned recording artists, Maya Shipman, known in the music scene as “Suzi Analogue”, who has gained a lot of experience in beatmaking, took the “Beat Making” course through intensive training, where participants were invited to create their own rhythms.
She also explained to them the ethics of beatmaking and urged them to be more creative in their line of work.
Damien Mitchell, one of New York’s top graffiti artists, also took part in the graffiti session, where he taught attendees how to paint and create the best works as an artist.
According to him, the art of graffiti requires a lot of time and focus to perfect, having urged them to pursue their dreams of becoming top artists in the near future.
“With painting, you have to be very focused. It involves time. As long as you stay focused, you can do the best job in the world,” he told some attendees.
Mitchell also showed participants samples in which he tested their knowledge of what they had learned so far with amazing paints.
The dance session was also hosted by Harry Weston, a hip-hop street dance artist from Los Angeles. He trained the contestants in various dance moves as they prepared for the main show on Friday.
The rap session also saw artists from different musical genres try to create bars with their own lyrics and learn more about the music industry.
The participants of the workshop are expected to perform what they have learned throughout the training in a big show at the premises of the National Theater this Friday.