On the road…. Asetena Pa HIV/AIDS Concert Party Project Tour of Ghana, 2006.
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HIV/AIDS Concert Party Project
Tour of Ghana, 2006
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: www.iddiandgalia.com
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).
Iddi and B.B. announcing at the Catholic Church in Sefwi Wiawso
Imam announcing at the mosque in Yapei
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 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
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