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On the road…

Asetena Pa

HIV/AIDS Concert Party Project

Tour of Ghana, 2006

the asetena pa concert party

was created and performed in Ghana by 5 People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), 5 popular actors, 10 musicians, and directors Iddi Saaka and Galia Boneh, based on the personal experiences of the PLWHA in the group. The performance includes music, comedy, dance and drama.

The Asetena Pa Concert Party

The drama is about an HIV positive woman, Adu, whose husband died of AIDS, and didn’t tell her of his status for fear that she would leave him. A year later Adu meets an old classmate, a handsome and well to do man, who wants to marry her. Adu faces a dilemma: Should she tell him she is HIV positive?

At the end of the drama, the performers come out publicly to disclose their HIV status

To view a presentation on the creative process, please visit our website:


On Nov. 23rd weset off for a 2 week tour of Ghana, during which we performed in 9 towns:Navrongo (Upper East region), Yapei, Damongo, Bole, Bamboi (Northern region), Sunyani (Brong Ahafo region), Sefwi Wiawso (Western region), Obuasi (Asante region) and Apedwa (Eastern region).



Sefwi Wiawso

In preparation for the tour, we hung posters and announced in mosques, churches, town centers, and on radio stations

Iddi and B.B. announcing at the Catholic Church in Sefwi Wiawso

Imam announcing at the mosque in Yapei

the result was hundreds and in some places over 1 000 people in attendance
The result was hundreds, and in some places over 1,000 people in attendance




Sefwi Wiawso

Audience members laughed, cried, shouted, participated actively in the drama, and danced before and after the show

When the show was over, several people approached the performers, especially the PLWHA, asking them questions about safe sex, testing, treatment, support groups and more, as well as telling them they respect them for coming out boldly.

A total of 17 people approached our PLWHA personally, and 42 called our hotline, saying that they suspect or know that they or a relative has HIV, and they need guidance. Calls continue to come in.

Audience members in Navrongo approaching performers after show

Sara talking to audience members after the show in her hometown, Sefwi Wiawso

The impact on the audiences was also evaluated through 16 focus groups and a survey questionnaire (N=400)

The project was thoroughly documented by Israeli film maker Ari Libsker


Most importantly, we were able to overcome our own stigmas and fears of People Living with HIV/AIDS and become one tight group - dancing, swimming, eating, performing and traveling together; proving that a world free of stigma is possible…

Sara, Lizbeth and Siaw (singer) in swimming pool in Mole

Coming out scene in performance in Navrongo

Kanawu and Siaw (singer) dancing at show in Yapei

The whole group withcrocodiles in Paga

Nana (singer) with Maayan & Clements’ newborn baby

Nana, Tiger (singers) and Clement resting in Bole

Kanawu and Maayan

Kanawu serving food to the group at Clements’ home in Navrongo

Aisha dancing after show in Navrongo

Performance in Yapei

many thanks to our donors for making this possible
Many Thanks to our donors for making this possible

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