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TONIGHT! - Is It Sweet? Tales of an African Superstar in New York

Monday, April 21, 2014

[TONIGHT! - Is It Sweet? Tales of an African Superstar in New York]

This film is an intimate and irreverent portrait of Ghanaian hip-hop superstar Reggie Ossei Rockstone’s tour of New York. It is an experimental documentary blending footage recorded by the film’s main characters. In West Africa, Rockstone pioneered Twi language rap and hosts reality TV shows. But he is anonymous when he comes to perform for Africans in America. He reunites with both his African American producer DJ Rab Bakari and manager Dhoruba Bin Wahad, a former Black Panther Party leader, who have returned to New York after living in Ghana. As they plan Reggie’s tour, they meet aspiring artists, joke, argue about politics and race, shoot music videos, perform, and hustle.

Director Jesse Weaver Shipley is a filmmaker and ethnographer who has shot documentaries, short fiction, and music videos in New York, London, Accra, Ghana, and Johannesburg, South Africa including the feature documentary Living the Hiplife and the multi-channel video installation Black Star. He is author of the book Living the Hiplife: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian Popular Music.

For more information, call 845-758-7900, or e-mail aeisenbe@bard.edu.

Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema