Category Archives: Culture

“MUSIC MESSENGER”

I am so grateful to everyone who came out to support me last Friday at the “Music Messenger” album release party. It had been raining but that didn’t stop us from having the time of our lives!

As I was born in the 80s, I decided to use a Vinyl and Cassette theme for the party.

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The Vinyl backdrop we created gave a wow factor to our photo shoot and I can’t wait for all the lovely photos which I will be posting here as soon as I recieve them.

Performances were great! And I was so happy to present a new act to my audience and they loved him. His name is Ayisi Ican – a talented young man who reminds me of Wyclef when he does his vocal delivery.

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Ayisi Ican (next to me on your left and my right) and his squad

We had a raffle draw and gave out some amazing prizes. Not to mention all the dancing in the rain. It was such an awesome experience. A happy night full of love.

Buy “Music Messenger” by Yasmeen on iTunes,  Amazon and online music stores worldwide.

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Stay tuned for more photos!

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Phone Break!

I left my smart phone at home and took my smart self to the funeral. No what’s app, no facebook, no instagram, none of that. I made myself PRESENT. I allowed myself to be immersed in the pain, and I committed my time and energy. Not phone battery energy, my real energy. Seeing so many people rush towards the casket with their phones, tablets and selfie sticks really got me thinking about how things have changed in my lifetime.

Thanks to the timely intervention of the funeral moderators, announcing the family’s request for no pictures or videos, there will be no photos of the corpse circulating on social media. Oh yes we do this in Africa. We go to funerals, take photos of “popular corpses”, then circulate them on social media to boost our website traffic, facebook and instagram likes, and twitter following. Of course, the extreme morbid curiosity we display in this part of the world ensures that it all works together perfectly. We are truly becoming disconnected from the HEART of humanity and moving into a very dangerous place. We need to check ourselves. Especially in the face of tragedy and a grieving family.

If there is any positive feedback I can give you about what happened today, it would be the wake up call. Once in a while we get that shocking wake up call that reminds us that tomorrow is not promised. Our lives hang in the balance of the universe on a thread that is thinner than that of a spider’s web. It is
so thin, it is invisible to the naked eye. At any moment that thread can snap. Then what? We have been reminded that material worth means nothing if you don’t have love. We have been reminded how FAITH plays a vital role in our lives here on earth as well as in times of transition. We have been reminded to count every blessing and to savour all the beautiful moments. Unless of course you were checking your phone or taking a selfie and you missed the moments that mattered. I didn’t leave my phone at home deliberately. When I got into the car to leave I realized I had left it but I said to myself “Oh what the heck, forget the phone.”  And I’m glad I did.

The Cousin.

You know that cousin who isn’t really your blood cousin but rather an “honorary cousin” or “cousin by merit”? It’s a really cool feature we had (and still have) , growing up in my amazingly unique country – Ghana. This country is having her challenges, but the social scope has always been beautiful. Growing up, in our social circles we were all “cousins”.  If someone said to any of us , “who is this you are with?” We would say, “this is my cousin.” Yes. We felt that close and connected. Our parents (even if just friends), to us were nothing less than brothers or sisters so if you are not my brother or sister, then you must be my cousin! πŸ™‚

I can’t even begin to list the names of all the people I have once called “cousin”. They are many and most of them know themselves because they see me as their cousin too. Whether we are apart for one day or ten years, reunions are always like we never left or parted ways. In the Western world, it is only the offspring of your aunt or uncle who qualifies to be called your cousin. But here in Ghana, we have various types of cousins. Blood cousin – second and third included. “Family friend cousin”. “Our parents are best buddies” cousin. And “I love you, I hang with you all the time, and you look like you could be my” cousin.

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Jehad Ashkar (1981 - 2016)

Tomorrow I will be witnessing the burial of such a well known and celebrated cousin. There are many of us who have had very little sleep since the tragic
news broke a few days ago. Social media is still ablaze with thoughts and memories of Jehad. Anxiety presents itself as we prepare ourselves for tomorrow and the inevitable.

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MOTHER EARTH FESTIVAL! Day 1 in pictures

I am so proud to have led the team that organized the first “Mother Earth Festival” in Kokrobite,  Ghana.
The festival is all about connecting with nature and our mother earth while uplifting our spirits through dance, art, and music.

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As usual, with every first, there are lessons to be learned and points noted for future improvement. Overall, day 1 was a great day full of colour and joy.

Mother Earth Festival makes the news

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Next weekend Bibini Music is bringing the Mother Earth Festival to Kokrobite! I was excited to see the news in the Daily Guide and Graphic Showbiz – two of Ghana’s biggest newspapers, this morning.

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The 2-day “Mother Earth festival” is all about strengthening our bond with mother earth as we enjoy music, dance and art.

Saturday 26th March:
From 10am – Eco market and bazaar
From 6pm – Reggae Rising concert featuring KniiLante, Osagyefo, Yasmeen, Jahwi, and Fiifi Selah

Sunday 27th March – Tribute to Faisal Helwani
From 10am: Bibini Music Exhibition with traditional music and dance

7pm: film screening – “The Roots of Highlife ”

Daytime entry fee for both days is 10cedis per day, and the Reggae Rising concert costs 20cedis. Tents are available for rent please call 0244799143 to book packages in advance.

While at the festival, don’t forget to visit any of our plant/tree adoption points. At least two hundred people will leave the festival with a new flower, plant, or tree to care for. We will also be giving the “Natural Beauty Prize” – 250ghc worth of Madame Yasmeen products to the best natural hairstyle at the festival.

Mother Earth is calling! Will you answer?? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The Open Air Stock Exchange (what we’ve been up to lately)

2015 has been a very successful year for the Open air stock exchange – Accra’s very first Eco market.

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The Open Air Stock Exchange is an exciting “pop up market” featuring local handmade, organic, and other eco friendly products. We used to have this event only on the first Saturday of every month but this year we added a second regular market in airport residential area.

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You can find the airport market at the African Butterfly near GIZ (down the street from Koala and D deli) on the second Saturday of every month.

Last month we had chilled beers, chicken wings, veggie burgers, and fries..

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And we look forward to adding more to our menu πŸ™‚

Look out for our next event – a special event – the North Dzorwulu Christmas Night Market coming up on the 28th of November. Residents in and around Dzorwulu,  Legon,  Airport, Abelemkpe, Achimota can make this easy trip out to stock up on Christmas goodies, gifts and beautiful handmade ornaments. Enjoy food from our grill and sampling the different beverages and cocktails all night long. The event will be happening at Oxygen pub near the Fiesta Royale hotel in North Dzorwulu. Mark your calendars for 28th November at 4pm, come out let’s have a party! ❀one love❀

Reggae Rising! Next stop – Akuma village

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Tomorrow the Reggae Rising crew will join a large celebration at the Akuma village to mark the anniversary of the coronation of his majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I the first. It is a movement that brings to light a special and important piece of history. A movement that believes in Africa and emancipation from mental slavery. Reggae Rising is an element of the new revolution for truth and the revival of humanity’s collective soul.

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It’s all about conscious music and I will be there alongside Knii Lante, Jahwi, Osagyefo, Fiifi Selah, Black Rasta, Ras Kuuku, Orthodox, Redfyah, Conscious Generation, and more.

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Yesterday we were hosted in the studios of radio Gold 90.5fm by the beautiful Empress Lomo who also happens to be the MC for tomorrow’s show. Damage is only 10ghc and doors open at 6pm.

See you there!