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From Ghana to Chicago, and the Drum Beat Goes On!

Jessica Altieri on June 25, 2010 - 10:35 am in Featured Video, WineChannelTV

From celebrating a past world cup when I lived in Ghana, to now cheering in Chicago, this is a great time to celebrate with some fun South African wines!

While in college at NYU, I went abroad to Ghana one summer. I shot, produced and edited the documentary, “The HeartBeat of Ghana.” It’s close to 10 minutes, and features the Master Drummers of Ghana and whether the Western Culture is slowly taking over their long lasting traditions.

I’ve traveled a bit…I’ve Ran with the bulls in Pamplona, went to a premier cooking class in Tuscany, traveled thru France, Madrid, Ocktoberfest in Germany, etc…but one of the most interesting and fun places I’ve visited has to be Ghana. I was called “Obruni” everywhere I went, literally meaning white person. The drumming camps I visited and learning about the history of their traditions was so inspirational.

Here’s a picture of me with the “Divine Drummer” Kofi Ghanaba (Guy Warren), best known as the inventor of Afro-Jazz whom passed away a few years ago:

As well, I happened to be in Ghana when another world cup was going on , and it was CRAZY to say the least…even after they lost! I remember we celebrated with wine, shots that were only 30cents and beer like Star that was almost triple the size of a normal beer.

Try out some fun South African Wines, like  Beyerskloof Pinotage to celebrate the games this weekend! This wine is a pinot noir/cinsault cross. Many turn the other way when thinking of Pinotage due to it’s repuation of having a “burnt rubber” characterisitc. However, this young Pinotage is full of juicy, spicy plum fruit, with no rubber; a perfect combo for some pork sliders!

Watch the quick trailer I produced for the documentary, and here’s a link to the full version which has close to 40,000 views :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCtQFeyiwbE

Go Ghana!

JustJess

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