His energy and passion for music really made him one of the most respected and talented musicians from Ghana. I saw his teaming up with Wanlov the Kubolor as step in the “rightest” direction and I’m so glad, I wasn’t disappointed.
The two multi-talented and unique musicians (Wanlov the Kubolor; a truly refreshing artist who travels the world barefoot wearing his trademark of wrap skirt and the Channel “O” multi-nominated Mensa Ansa; a singer/songwriter/producer, one of the most respected Hip-life pioneers today) are about take the Ghanaian Film Industry by a great storm with their first ever Pidgen Musical Film; “Coz Ov Moni” [trans: Because Of Money].
Pidgen language is the;
de facto language used whenever West Africans congregate as it transcends language barriers. It is sometimes expressed as Broken English [former English colonies] or Creole [former French colonies] across the Globe.
“Coz Ov Moni” is the story of an extraordinary day in the life of two ordinary young men in a 21st century African country, Ghana. Expressed entirely in music and rhyme, the film captures the exuberance, energy and rhythm of the urban African, using choreography and color to enrich the story in great detail.
This film takes an innovative approach; that is combining the lyrical art of the wordsmith with art house cinematography, giving it an unprecedented dynamic intensity as the audience is spun into a web of comedy, dramatic action and dance.
Earlier this March, 2010; Ghanaian blogger Kajsa H.A. did a post entitled; “Coz Ov Moni feat. Wanlov the Kubolor and M3nsa”, in which she emphasized on how a funky song totally blends in with almost rhythmical filming to the extent that she was thinking; “can this really be the first pidgen musical?” Well, I guess it just fits so well!
According to the crew behind this film; “Coz Ov Moni” will be appearing at the following film festivals;
* Rio International Film Festival (Brazil), * Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles), * Black Filmmakers International Film Festival (London), * Pan African Film Festival (Cannes) & * Headliner Movie at African Weekender (Sussex).
The Premiere is scheduled at the National Theatre of Ghana in Accra on Saturday, May 15; 2010. There shall be two screenings. First Premiere @ 18:30GMT; followed by the 2nd @ 20:30GMT. Tickets are going for a cool GHc10.00.
There will performances by Reggie Rockstone, Mutombo Da Poet, MOBO Awards winner – Samini, Lil’ Shaker & NVNT Studio Crew. The film is produced by Panji Anoff, written by the FOKN Bois and Directed by King Luu. It’s running for approximately 43mins.
Have a view of the “Coz Ov Moni” trailer here : Coz Ov Moni Long Trailer via YouTube ….!