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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: ‘Bless The Mic’ 5th Anniversary Festival commences activities.

‘Bless The Mic’ 5th Anniversary Festival commences activities.

Bless the Mic Arts & Music Festival Announces its 5th Anniversary Celebration Week: BTM FEST 2013
Bless The Mic (BTM for short) has since 2006 provided a platform for established and underground Ghanaian artists such as D-Black, Guru, Trigmatic, Sarkodie, Efya and M.anifest and will celebrate five amazing years during a celebrity packed week filled with music – BTMFEST. All Ghanaians are invited to celebrate at venues across Accra!

The highlights of the BTM FEST 2013 week include a celebrity charity basketball game, a concert presented by Ghanaian superstar producer Coptic and a grand finale featuring Efya, Stonebwoy, Preachers, Yaa Pono, Steve Bedi, Kokui Serlomey, Syn, Mutombo, Kankam, Noella & Kyekyeku all backed by the no.1 band in GH: Afro Harmony!

Bless The Mic is a platform for untapped local and international musical artists to showcase their talents in Ghana. From the beginning weekly small scale open-mic nights were organized in bars and pubs across Accra allowing young poets and hip hop artists to rhyme and battle, but since 2008, Bless The Mic has graduated to big concert events. This aim was to introduce untapped and established artist to experience performing with a live band. “Bless The Mic” launched the careers of many o f Ghana’s now leading musicians including Sarkodie, Guru, Wanlov, EL, Efya, M.anifest, D-Black, Macho Rapper, Mutombo, Crystal Tetteh, Trigmatic, Stonebwoy and many others still on the rise.

PapaYaw Addo-Boateng is maybe best known as PY the co-host of “The One Show” Viasat1 a popular presenter at events or executive producing events such as “Miss Universe Ghana”, but he is also the founder of Bless the Mic and the director of BTM FEST 2013:
–        We started small, now we do large scale concerts. I am excited how far the concept has taken us and humbled by the quality of artists coming out of Bless the Mic.
–        Doing the charity basketball game is an old dream of mine, I played basketball as a teen at CYCC and want to give back. Proceeds go to the awesome youth organization DUNK! Developing Unity, Nurturing Knowledge (www.dunkgrassroots.org), teaching kids to be agents of change in their communities.

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Contact: PapaYaw Addo-Boateng (Festival Director) on 0205387244
Brian Anderson (Media & Marketing) ON 0266159393

Kindly visit the event website: www.btm.com.gh to learn more about our daily activities as well as promotions. Contact us by telephone: 0265309896/0243945999 or email us miprime3@gmail.com or follow @btmgh on Twitter. We look forward to celebrating with you.

Public Events:

Fri 20 Sept
10am Press Launch of BTMFEST 2013
. Guest of Honor, Minister of Youth & Sports
. Special Guest, Director Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts
@Exhibition Hall La Paillote, Alliance Francaise, Airport Residential


11am Opening of BTMFEST Exhibition
· Wood and Metal Works by KolaWole
· Paintings by Folusho
· BTMFEST 5TH Anniversary Photo Exhibition
@Exhibition Hall La Paillote, Alliance Francaise, Airport Residential

Sat 21 Sept
9am Charity Celebrity Basketball Game
Van Vicker, Meme, James Gardner, PY, Mutombo and Wanlov will play, you will cheer!
@Community Youth Cultural Center, Kuokudi-37 FREE

8 PM 5+5 year Birthday Party with BloggingGhana, @Lexington Bar, Ring Road
BloggingGhana is a sister organization to Bless The Mic also turning 5 years this year. Let’s party!

Tue 24 Sept
7pm Circus Ciedefracto
Winner of “Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe 2010″, Defracto is a young company of performing arts whose ambition is to develop a body language and a “juggled language”.
@Amphitheatre Alliance Francaise, Airport Residential Area

Wed 25 Sept
7 PM Acoustic & Poetry Night
An exclusive evening of spoken word, poetry and acoustic music honoring Dk Osei Yaw, Mutombo, Ras Bomba, Rhyme Sonny and special guest Ofei Kodjoe host Agnes Ntow
Limited seats
@Shisha Lounge (GH 20)

Fri 27 Sept
Gate opens 6pm Coptic: Presents Rising Stars of GH
An amazing concert featuring Kwaw Kesse, D-Black, El, Jayso, J Town,Trigmatic + many more
(GH 15)
@Alliance Francaise, Airport Residential Area

Sat 28 Sept
10am – 6pm Kids Village Day Festival
The festival begins at 10am with an open market bazaar and the KIDS Village showcasing an eclectic variety of fun activities such as bouncy castle, improv theatre, performances, dancing competition, face and body painting for the family.
@Alliance Francaise (GHC 20 Family Package, free drink & popcorn /GHC 5 per person )

7 PM – BTMFEST Live Concert Finale
The amphitheatre stage will light up. A night of electrifying modern Reggae, Spoken Word, Acoustic, Soul, Opera, Highlife, Rap, R&B feat… Efya, , Kokui Serlomey Mutombo, Preachers, Kyekyeku, Stonebwoy, Kankam, Syne, Steve Bedi, Yaa Pono and a very special guest.
@Alliance Francaise (GHC 20)

These events are proudly sponsored by Alliance Francaise, Viasat1, Live Fm, InkIt, BloggingGhana, Xxl, BBNZ, Special Ice, Xfm, Shakes & Flavors, SocialGH and supported by Switch Ghana, FCA, Pidgen music, toontom, ameyawdebrah.com, BSL and Wunmi events.


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