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  • Blood Drum Spirit - The Write Experience I
  • Blood Drum Spirit - The Write Experience I

Ghana’s first annual literary festival where freedom of expression is promoted by writers and artists work with their communities by sharing poetry, music and stories, discussing and developing sustainable ideas with regards to the use of literature and the arts to impact society as well as documenting our creative and expressive interactions. The festival is very welcoming to international artists

The festival is curated and organized by Inkfluent, though each artist or writer is considered as a contributing pillar to how the events, seminars and workshops function. Private or public and non-governmental organizations willing to submit or propose projects that run in theme are welcome.

The festival has switched venues several times, but has been mainly held in Accra the past years. Persons with disabilities are part of our programming each year. Children and young adult literature also play a prominent part. Readings, performances, films, workshops, discussions and children’s storytelling are all squeezed into a 5 day events schedule.

We make the artistic platform an open canvas accessible for the congregation of writers, poets, lyricists, griots and artists using literature one way or the other in their methodology, processes, presentations or performances. The festival also rethinks the use of space in narratology, performance, presentation and marketing of the writer and artist’s products and projects.

Our mantra is the philosophical Adinkra symbol: Sankofa. Our vibrant endeavors lead us to rewrite histories, consummate the present to rediscover a future where we totally own our narratives. Attendees can look forward to unrivalled opportunities to share creatively in whatever aspect they are interested in: be it volunteering, documenting, social media networking, logistics, partnering, sponsoring or performing(due to usual strict stage programming, one would have to communicate ahead of time with regards to theme and event structure).

Nkabom has played host to esteemed names such as Alba K. Sumprim: renowned writer, Wanlov the Kubolor: musician, videographer and activist, DJ L’Oqenz: DJ, beatmaker, composer of critically acclaimed ‘Theatrical MiXtape-’ OraltorioDwayne Morgan: Music Award winning spoken word artist of Jamaican origin, author, Eddy DaOriginalOne: Beatbox poet extraordinaire and Trinidadian story-teller, Manchilde: Dancehall reggae/hip-hop MC, video artist/videographer/director, Motion: CBC Canadian Slam Champion, award-winning playwright and hip-hop MC, Nth Digri: Rapso/dub poet, Ottawa Slam Champion, recording artist and spoken word activist, Mariska Darko: author and poet, Betty Stürmer: German performance DJ and artist, Elom 20ce: Togolese rapper, Nii Ayikwei Parkes: author and 2017 Caine Prize Main Judge, Martin Egblewogbe: co-founder of the Writers Project of Ghana and author, and many others.


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Last year, THE WRITE EXPERIENCE I had a strong message about the essence of appreciating our environment through a fusion of poetry, live jazz music, graffiti and contemporary dance. By popular demand, Inkfluent brings you the second edition, THE WRITE EXPERIENCE II dubbed: “Healing Handicapped Homes”.

The event explores how art can be used as a tool to heal and keep us aware in the midst of society’s drag. This concept is composed of an animated collages of film, poetry, live music by a spectacular visually challenged band and contemporary dance featuring a collaboration with artist Serge Attukwei and performances by Rewrite Crew, Jude Kurankyi, poets from Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin, as well as a live music session by Humble International Band(an extraordinarily talent.

The fusion is based on Africa’s intrinsic visual and oral context and the dynamism of body, action, space, time and energy, also using technology as an innovative means to explore the realities of displacement due to natural or artificial effects. The result subtly creates the awareness of fragility of existence and the concrete belief in transformation when a collective of broken societies merge.

THE WRITE EXPERIENCE is a long-term project aimed at bringing together artists from different parts of Africa for cultural exchange and social activism; reflecting on the Scramble for Africa(the artificial drawing made among European powers which started with the Berlin Conference of 1884–85) and its after-effects due to the creation of African political boundaries. We combine history and trajectory of contemporary experimental forms mixing local, anglophone and francophone dialects.

This particular edition remarkably involves persons with disabilities in performances to express individuality and the limitless healing abilities of the human touch. Even as a continent, made up of independent but handicapped bits, how does networking aid growth?

the write experience ii cover art, courtesy: awo tsegah

VENUE: La Paillote Takpekpe at Alliance Française Accra
DATE: 27th January, 2016
TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 PM
GATE: GHc5/GHc3 for AF students/Free for those under 16

Alliance Française Accra

Liberation link (behind Opeibea House), Airport Residential Area
P.O. Box CT4904, Cantonments Accra – Ghana

Facebook: AllianceFrancaisedAccra

Twitter: @AF_Accra

Instagram: af_accra

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THE WRITE EXPERIENCE III [TROTRO TELEPORT THEORY] maps shared histories of language, spirituality and creative cultures in West Africa. The festival takes us on a mobile(traveling) artists residency from Accra through Aflao to Lome. Artists from several parts of West Africa will connect to work on an experimental video that fuses folk storytelling poetry, music and vodou dance .

The project culminates in a concert on the 25th of January at Alliance Française Accra (Amphitheatre) where we show the experimental video and stage live performances of folk poetry, a dance installation, contemporary jazz and “porpor” or trotro music by Nii Noi Nortey and the Accra Trane Station band from 1968 La Drivers Union Porpor music group.

the write experience iii cover art, courtesy: ian quhachi

DATE: 25th Jan., 2017
TIME: 7-9:30PM
VENUE: Alliance Française Accra (Amphitheatre)
GATE: GHc10, GHc5 for af members, FREE for those under 16
RSVP inkfluentgroup@gmail.com/ Whatsapp +233243470344

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NKABOM 2017 – AUGUST 23rd to 26th – ACCRA, GHANA


Last year’s festival had its theme as Kenten Spaces. Kenten means basket in Akan language. The project went out to network poets, novelists and spoken word artists with photographers, DJs, painters, illustrators, theatre artists, musicians, etc such that the inter-weaving of diverse content magnifies the perimeters that literature in commonplace is thought to accomplish.

The creative know-how and messages were implanted through workshops with basic school kids at Nubuke and young students at University of Ghana, as well as non-traditional spaces in Accra like Republic-Osu and the main street in the centre of Abelenkpe .

This year, the theme ‘Unscrambling Africa goes to redefine how Africa as a continent with a myriad of cultures and essential tech resources, acute philosophies, coded data, rare science, hatched art, etc is handed the teeny toothpick. The exchange circumnavigates the tired one-way discussion of slavery, but opens wing to bring back home muted meanings, measures and mysticism.

It’s a quest and questioning affair, as we unbutton borderlines, bulletins and belief systems. We address inclusiveness, open-mindedness and responsibility from talking drums to Sahara hikes to Mediterranean silt. From Ghana or Naija jollof, diaspora dynamism to coltan trails. Even from Khufu’s pyramid to Xhosa tongue clicks to Akan weights.

We look to once again engage multidisciplinary frameworks and build further the grid of sustainable ideas through workshops, readings, recitals, performances, screenings, digital applications, etc,. We hereby call on cultural provocateurs asking the right questions to inspire social change.

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The Write Experience I was a 2 hour 30 minutes package of seamless stirring poetry and graffiti aside an intimate jazz trio thrill by saxophonist and composer, David Bindman; percussionist and pianist royal hartigan and bassist Wes Brown. As part of the Blood Drum Spirit Ensemble, they’ve performed, given workshops, and recorded throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, West Asia, and the Americas.
The event was produced by Inkfluent and powered by Alliance Francaise d’Accra (La Paillote Takpekpe), directed by kwame write and had its focus on awareness in connection with environmentalism via collaborative art.

Graffiti artists Trez & Baby and poets Efy & Julio Teko from Togo joined Ghana’s Jenan & Stingg, Duafe & AndyonAndy, Rewrite Crew- Ozionn, kwame write & Namoji, Slim 1, Apiorkor & Worlali for captivating performances. A poetic dance performance by Jude Korankye was the climax of the experience. Large scale cut plastic sculptures made by Afro-gallonist Attukwei were exhibited as concrete assemblages engaging with the project. 

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Nkabom Festival 2016

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A platform for thought-sharers, dream-filled griots and community-fixated troubadours to navigate alternative paths to carve content that engage people in traditional and non-traditional Ghanaian spaces.


The theme for #Nkabom2016 is “KENTEN SPACES” – Kenten: means basket(in Akan), which are usually used to carry market goods. The idea negotiates the intrinsic culture of oral folk recitals which sound as if the language is woven, just like baskets. In the same vein we convey ancestral epistles, indigenous codes, fonts and languages to the new phase of technology-influenced spaces like the Interweb. We focus on mapping marginalized thoughts, subjects and philosophies from indigenous socialscapes.

We explore and relearn our culture and how it goes to influence other cultures, promote engagement to build strong and diverse communities to serve as a template for our curricular, social space shaping, educative interactions, African tech-knowledge media, etc.

We restore the concrete cultural edification and strengthen the thriving unique voices to expand choices, to nurture a variety of skills, human values and world views to be in tune with what surrounds us in this dynamic world to engage audiences and ourselves with trans-informational concepts through written, spoken, typed, rapped or otherwise alternative arts.

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We bring you the first ever contemporary Ghanaian literary festival pooling young and culminated word crocheters who use ink, voice, music or mixed media to share stories that connect histories, consummate the present to rediscover the future.


August 13th Nubuke Foundation, behind Mensvic Hotel, East Legon
10am(registration)- 10:30am(starts) to 3pm – Writing + Alternative Publishing Workshop with Mariska Darko & Efo Dela,
2pm-4pm Photosentences Workshop (Make Poetry to Street Photography) with Fotombo
11am-3pm Paperbag Paint + Words Workshop with Betty Stuemer & Musa Swallah
4pm-6pm Music Set – DJ Vimtinz
6pm-7pm – Reading with Martin Egblewogbe. Hosted by Andy – 6:45-7pm (Q & A)
7:30pm-9:30pm Storytelling Set ft Sir Black. Hosted by Andy
[FREE. Storytelling Set – ghc10]

August 14th Abelemkpe Taxi Rank
5pm till Late – Free Show (Music Installation + Lyric Projection) – Benjamin Lebrave, DJ VimTinz
7-8pm Reading by poets, lyricists, performers + Open Mic

August 15th Hope for Life, Gbawe
Persons With Special Abilities (Writing/Reading Workshop with Persons with Disabilities) 10am-2pm
[FREE. Donations welcome]

August 16th SRC Union Hall, University of Ghana, Legon
3-4:50pm – Literary Empowerment Workshop with University Students
by VOCAL(Canada) – Anthony Bansfield, Dwayne Morgan, Edmond David, Motion, Osei Alleyne & DJ Elloquenz
4:50-5pm – Short Break
5-5:30pm – Fokn Talk with Wanlov the Kubolor
5:30-6pm – Importing Ghanaians Talk with Alba K. Sumprim
6pm>> – Networking

August 17th The Republic Bar, Osu
8-12midnight – Vocal Portraits Live III
with VOCAL from Canada (Anthony Bansfield, Dwayne Morgan, Edmond David, Motion, Osei Alleyne & DJ Elloquenz), Surprise acts from Vocal Portraits 3 – https://soundcloud.com/vocalportraits
Feature: Elom 20ce (Renowned Rapper/Contemporary Griot from Togo)
[Rate- ghc10]


The Northern Griots Network (NGN)

NGN is a collective of Canadian spoken word artists that networks spoken word poets and presenters. They also connect spoken word artists internationally to stimulate artistic growth, increase opportunities for spoken word worldwide, and support social engagement and advancement. VOCAL’s visit to Ghana is coordinated by the NGN, and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information, contact Anthony Bansfield atnthdigri@gmail.com

VOCAL Canadian Spoken Word Poets Visit Ghana for Arts Festivals in August 2016

The Northern Griots Network and Inkfluent are proud to announce the visit by the VOCAL team of Canadian spoken word poets to Accra, Ghana for the Nkabom Literary Festival (Aug. 14-17) and Chale Wote Street Art Festival (Aug. 18-21).

The visit represents a groundbreaking collaboration for the spoken word community in both Ghana and Canada. The VOCAL team includes leading figures in the Canadian spoken word movement, with backgrounds in Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana, Antigua, and Jamaica.

VOCAL stands for “Voices of Canadian Artists Linked,” and is the first Canadian-African collaboration in an NGN series of exchanges since 2013 that include initiatives in Jamaica (Jamaican Poetry Festival, August, 14th, 2016), Trinidad and Tobago (Cascadoo Festival, 2014), and Canada (South-North Griots Summit in Toronto, 2015). Along with a performance of the hit theatre/music piece Oraltorio at Chale Wote on Aug.21, and a Spoken Word feature at Inkfluent’s Vocal Portraits show on Aug. 17, the visiting artists will deliver an Aug. 16 workshop at University of Ghana, and meet Ghanaian artists for dialogue/networking.

“As artists of Caribbean and African heritage, our team is looking forward to linking with Ghanaian artists and audiences in the spirit of exchange and exploration of contemporary and future currents in African and pan-African culture,” – NGN National Coordinator, Anthony Bansfield.

“We are tremendously excited to have these accomplished, internationally celebrated artists visit Ghana, and we see this initiative as the beginning of a fruitful partnership for artists from both nations.” – kwame write, Inkfluent

Featured Artists

DJ L’Oqenz: DJ, beatmaker, composer of critically acclaimed ‘Theatrical MiXtape,’ Oraltorio
Dwayne Morgan: Music Award winning spoken word artist of Jamaican origin, author
Eddy DaOriginalOne: Beatbox poet extraordinaire, poet, and Trinidadian story-teller
Manchilde: Dancehall reggae/hip-hop MC, video artist/videographer/director
Motion: CBC Canadian Slam Champion, award-winning playwright, hip-hop MC
nth digri: Rapso/dub poet, Ottawa Slam Champion, recording artist, spoken word activist

For information on VOCAL: northerngriotsnetwork.com orfacebook.com/southnorthGriots



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