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A #ChaleWoteDistin… Culture, art,  religion… Strictly my opinions… 

Hey everyone,  it has been a long long while…  Too long😁😁😁 Yh I know I’m brown and I’ve promised a lot of stuff,  they’d all come in due time.  This post is very very unplanned( I’m just coming to flow my mind and sleep💤😪) Im actually typing from the convenience  of my toilet seat…

Okay…  So basically I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on the Chale wote festival.  A few of them got my attention, the authors spoke on the festival from a Christian religious  perspective. Yhup, I’ve seen write ups literally condeming Christians who attend the festival.  And I say a big nonsense  to that… (I’m in my house, if you like come and beat me😂😂😂) 

As to why some folks might say this is pretty simple.  Over the years the themes to the chale wote festival have not been christian. Last year was spirit robot, this year is wata mata(wata Mata happens to be a local goddess of creativity of some sort), it is evident that these themes are related to spiritism. 

The issue Is plain simple, you don’t just pick up some verses that suit your perception and interpret them to suit your distin…

When Jesus charged us with the great commission he sent us into the world to go and engage culture.  Now over the years I’ve developed a strong faith in Jesus Christ and I’d faithfully  stand up anywhere anytime and proclaim Romans1:16. Aside this I’ve completely lost my religion as I found God.  I’ve learnt to take of my religious, social, cultural, political and personal lenses from time to time, and see the world as it is.  This is what certain scholars describe as a biblical world view.  Seeing the world through God’s eyes, not as good and evil. The truth is everything we see was all initially part of the perfect creation of the one true God of the universe. The Bible says for all things (including chale wote 😂😂😂😂) were created by God, for God and through God.  

I’m not saying it is perfect and all that,  naahhh.  Everything was created by God, to be perfect and It is man’s sinful nature that destroyed them.  Now the thing is this.  Every single immoral act we condemn is actually a corrupted version of a beautiful creation of God.  And our goal is to understand the culture and change it not condemn it.  Now I would want to give some biblical examples of people who actually showed a biblical world view and engaged the culture and did not condemn it. 

Jesus Christ 

Christ himself is my first example. Now,  Jesus was Jewish by birth.  He grew up under Jewish laws and customs.  My example is taken from his encounter with the mad man at Gerasene(Im currently writing an album and I used this piece of scripture for a case study… Dope tinz😂😂)

So everything was culturally off about Jesus in this passage. He was ministering in a gentile community where they were heading  a herd of swine(over 200 pigs…  A galaxy of domedo😂😂😂😂😂). Jesus then interacted with a man who had been living among the tombs. Now according to Jewish religious laws which Mosses received  on Mount Sinnai everything Jesus was doing was unclean.  But the fact is that God was working something good. 

Daniel 

Daniel was an old testament prophet who served in Nebuchadnezzars government. He did not refuse to serve in Nebuchadnezzars government. Because it wasn’t Jewish. He availed himself and God used him mightily. 

Ezra and Nehemiah 

These men had all served Deligently in the palaces of foreign rulers before they came back to rebuild the walls and the temple respectively.  In the end the foreign kings ended up sponsoring their course. 

Paul

Paul is the man who is famous for spreading the gospel to the gentiles.  Now something struck me about Paul a while back while I read through the book of acts.  Paul was in a gentile city and was brought before a council of thinkers to explain the teachings of Jesus. He started by making reference to an altar dedicated to an unknown god,  and described the God of the Universe as an unknown God.  

All the nonsense  I’m trying to say is this…  God has called us to be salt and light… And it is a serious distin…  We can’t decide that since something appears so dark we should not shine our light there,  that’s a very coward(goatward,pigward, emergency ward okay now I’m blowing😅😅😅last one maternity ward😂😂😂😭😭) thing to do. This an eternity distin. (eternity rhymes with maternity😂😂😂). As a follower of Christ and an artiste, I used to think my purpose was to stay active with my talent in the church…  Well I’ve been sidelined several times by a lot of Christian factions, because of what I look like,  because I don’t have the hype( I don’t  hunderstaaaaand😱😱) because of my genre,  some have referred to my art which was inspired by my maker, as evil machinations all just because they don’t associate with the genres I choose to express myself with(can you himaaaagine😨). 

After taking off my earthly lenses I’ve begun to see the church as bigger than a building, bigger than a faction of people,  the church refers to that universal body of people past, present, future, globally who are united together through the believe in Jesus Christ as the risen son of God.  We are all different branches of the same vine( one day we’d all hold hands and say I am Grooth😂😂😂😂 chale that long time I’ve finally watched Guardians of the galaxy 2)I  realized that I could go anywhere I want with my art and still make a difference. Whether I was standing under a steeple behind a pulpit or on the streets of Jamestown spitting bars in an open mic,  I’m still Fulfilling my purpose, and Imma keep my game so tight and keep grindin my distin to glorify my maker. One of the places that really accepted me is the Ehalakasa art community which is obviously not Christian.  But the number of Christian dudes who pass through  is sick.  I’ve learnt a lot from most of my brothers there,  Faiba, Hondred, Jewel, Amaze. Ehalakasa is why I’d keep going to chale wote every year.  Hopefully one of the passerbys who happened  to hear me spit some dope punchline like “Christ died on a cross so my Soul, he would console like an xbox360, because of 1st Thessalonians 5:17 I’m now operating  a pray station… ” would prolly go home with that on his heart,  despite all the chalet wote distin.

I’ve come to realize one thing, where two or more are gathered in His name he is there… I’m talking of The God who heard the cries of Jonah from within the belly of the whale, the God who joined Shadrack Meshack and Abednego in the fiery furnace to dab!!!!  I’m talking  of the God who covered Pharaoh’s army and told Him to sit down,  be humble. Life is like a jolly boat ride,  sometimes things get real(Madrid) and then we’d see the sea roll(C. Ro) but our God is like a Barcelona coach,  he’d always show us Mercy(Messi).

Last year I watched young people grab a mic to spit bars at an open mic, and instead of the usual popular garbage, we had people talking about real stuff,  we had Li and Jewel King spit some Christian vibes, we had Amaze talk about relationships,  we had people  speaking  on social issues and this is basically a step in the right direction.  This year I grabbed the mic and performed the exact pieces I’d perform before a church congregation anytime,  and I trust that the spirit of God ministered to somebody’s soul someway somehow.  This year I met a group of young Christian women by name Rubies by virtue.  These Christian women had set up a snack bar to raise money they use for their charity events…

Someway somehow we would change the culture, And we can’t do that by neglecting our culture.  I don’t believe In Christianity being a foreign religion,  I’ve come to realize that Christianity isn’tabout being religious and neither is it foreign. According to history,  the son of God walked on African and Eastern soil and was not just a western construct.  Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth… 

Sit Down!!!! Be Humble…  A very humble distin…. 

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The ladder

 

The crowd was on fire!!!  We stood on the stage of the National Theatre, with the stage lights shinning so bright, but not as bright as the smiles on our faces…  We were darn proud of ourselves. I looked before me and there stood a standing crowd on fire with cheers and applause, oblivious of the hustle we had gone through to give them the performance they had enjoyed… In the background played the famous viral song “the ladder” which had sparked a very crazy internet challenge. IMG-20170711-WA0019[1]

I used to think of this song as a very silly song…  Well that’s what it appeared as, well on the other hand the silliest things had become very important to me over the last 72hours…

As one of us addressed the crowd, the question came up, why title a comedy play “the ladder”. This particular question had been asked by most of us over and over again. At that moment…  In that brief time lapse the words of this silly song meant so much to me then they had ever meant. _MG_8517

My whole life flashed before my eyes (well not my whole life…  A few flashbacks in relation to the production). I had an epiphany.

If you had told me about 10 years ago that I would be performing on the same stage with the very guys I watched on stage I’d have taking you to be a Kumasi prophet. I wondered, what ladder had I magically climbed to get to this level.IMG-20170711-WA0020[1]

Sometimes in life unexpected miracles happen to push us to certain heights without our knowledge…

And this particular production was a testimony.  Everyone knew we had some unexpected legal issues regarding our much advertised play “National Science and maths quiz “.  We had to pull down our ads and retrieve and replace all the sold “national science and maths quiz” tickets with “the ladder” tickets.

The play “the ladder” was put together on the morning of the performance. In other words all our weeks of rehearsals and preparations had been flashed down the toilet…  And all we were left with was an empty water closet and an audience waiting for a splendid performance._MG_8595

Someway somehow we miraculously found a ladder which we used to climb out of the crap hole we had slipped into…  It then hit me again, life is like the board game of snakes and ladders. You are bound to get bitten but you’ve always got to climb a ladder.

The Nyansapo family can bear with me that this was a real struggle. From the sound that refuses to mess up only when the audience are absent…  To all the plenty backstage mishaps.  We had crew members passing out and performers sustaining injuries, and our audience remained oblivious seeing these accidents as choreographed stunts.IMG-20170711-WA0021[1]

We successfully sailed through two solid performances…

To answer your question, “why title a stage comedy the ladder?”  It’s the same reason why the lyrics to a 7minutes viral song are

“Ladder ladder ladder ladder ladder…

Our lord Jesus is a ladder…

Ladder follow…

Follow the ladder to heaven… “_MG_8383

 

Life is a game of snakes and ladders… You are bound to get bitten…

We saw a ladder we followed it we followed it…

We followed it…  Seeing you guys clapping massively was heaven to us.

So the next time you think of the ladder challenge, remember that the challenge is in your zeal to keep climbing after the bites…

“Brother follow…  Follow the ladder to heaven… ”

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Where is your Boyfriend?😂😂

Hey FAM 😎 yes yes yes I know I’m very brown but a lot has happened (like a lot😂😂) well I’ll brief you guys on everything… And those expecting the corpus Christi continuation don’t worry it’s still cooking. In the meantime exams are around the corner so this is prolly my last post till the end of the sem. Now this is an exaggerated true story…(just like two balls of Kenkey😂😂😂😂) 



I was extremely fagged out… Well it wasn’t an easy job walking all the way to diaspora and walking back to vandal city.  The most annoying thing was that, I had gone purposefully to discuss business and my business associate’s roommate stood at the door and was like ” Oohh she has a visitor so could you come back later”. (Negress😒 if she wasn’t expecting me would I be there?) Well when I finally entered she didn’t even offer me a seat, so I just stood there, she kept laughing… Like it was stand up comedy(no pun intended) till the end of the meeting.

With the little strength left I managed to climb up to A upper.I could picture my bed all laid like I had left it… With the pillow and bed sheet staring at me saying  “baby… You know how bad you want me… Come get me!!” . right before reaching my room I realised something was seriously off… “Wait is that gospel music coming from Joseph’s room?” Even in my state of fatigue my system still sensed something off was going on. Before I left I met Joseph all shadad and hyped for a drink up… And knowing Joseph the way I knew him this was going to be a night of “tipsiness” and mild ecstasy. The guy was poised for extreme grinding and was most likely to return with a 3rd degree case of blue balls. But here he was about 2 hours later well settled in his room listening to Twi gospel.

I forgot about my lust for my bed and decided to probe a little. Well I entered Joseph’s room and the squad were all there. What surprised me was that, Tonight(we all call him that because his complexion is as dark as the darkest night… But he still ain’t batman…no pun intended) was seriously laughing his blackness of.

I was like “Charley The drink up noh how e go?”. Tonight looked me in the eye and replied with a sly look, “Charley … Deebee drink up ooohh… No show Kraa” I looked at Joseph sarcastically, “ah Joe what do you?”

Well that was how Joe begun his tale(switching to the Joseph perspective😝)

Well like we had told you earlier, we were going for a drink up at Pent, it was Mabena’s birthday.  Dey as you know this girl bost my brains all. I’m tired of perching on so many trees… It is high time I settled with her. So this drinkup was supposed to be the last phase of the movement.  We got there quite early, and just like Tonight said, everyone was busily sitting down using their phones. No grinding… Not even dancing. So Tonight and I just kept our cool. I spoke with Mabena and well things seemed to be going according to plan. So I still stayed cool.

The party kept progressing on a dull note. Soon it was time to cut the cake, after the popular part of the birthday song we’re all very familiar with a not so new line came in right before the cake was cut. “Where is your boyfriend… Where is your boyfriend…🎵🎶🎵🎶 where is your boyfriend…” The crowd kept chanting this line. I felt a chill crawl down my spine… Mabena gently giggled… My heartbeat rapidly increased… Then it rapidly dropped… It begun to skip a few beats… I felt a churning in my stomach… I looked up and saw her looking in my direction. She smiled. I saw her gently raise her hand pointing in my direction… I smiled… This was it. I slowly got up and adjusted my cover shirt and collar. I was about to move forward to receive my queen… Just then a voice came from behind me, “excuse me please”. I shifted to give him way. He walked up to Mabena, and was received with a tight embrace. I stood there in shock… I watched my whole life fall to the ground,shattering to pieces like an empty glass. I felt like Arsenal in the EPL. I felt like Medikal at the VGMAs, I felt the pain in my capillaries and arteries. Next thing I realised I was here on my bed.

(Switching back to the Deydzi perspective😎)

Damn!!!! I couldn’t help laughing…. Herhh… Licking Paaa nie… I looked at the pitiable creature left of Joseph. “So Charley what’s up with the twi gospel”  Tonight replied for him “Charley God’s love never fails😂😂

Well Joseph followed me to church on Sunday.