Thursday, October 7, 2010

Help support our cause and the making of M3nsa's No one knows music video


Sankofa Pictures sent me info about their shooting Mensa's new music video, No One Knows. Check this story out and visit this site to support the production of this music video.

M3NSA recorded his 2nd Album ‘No. 1 MANGO STREET’ (which launches October 2, 2010), as a yearning shout out to the land of his birth. He pays homage and takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane, vividly depicting the rich, varied nuances of Ghanaian life from an adult, almost outsider perspective. This album, mixed and mastered by GRAMMY AWARD WINNING engineer Ed Reed, features a perfect blend of well-known and upcoming gifted artists with an authentic feel of West African high-life, beautifully fused with an organic hip-hop sound. This unique 14 track collection is excitingly new yet strangely familiar. From No. 1 Mango Street, we introduce to you, his 1st international single, ‘No One Knows'.

Our Cause
"I believe it is impossible to make sense of life in this world except through art."- Daniel Pinkwater

In the spirit of the world of fantasy and storytelling, we are committed to help making as many fantasies, dreams and hopes come true for children. Through the magically work of art, (video and music) we will aim to donate a portion the proceeds from our video projects’ profits to a cause that enhances a child’s life, like arts education. Ghana is a creative and vibrant nation and it's time for us to let our presence through our art be seen and heard. 

We hope through our commitment, we can help impact the less fortunate and less encouraged in some way through building arts education awareness.


Making of the Video
The message of this song is pretty simple; not to worry too much about tomorrow and precisely what it’s going to bring, but living in TODAY, to the fullest. Doing what is right for yourself, for humanity, and fulfilling your soul’s purest purpose will almost always ensure a tomorrow worth looking forward to!
The amazing crew and talent on this project are donating their time, energy and experience to this video and for this we thank and appreciate them sincerely.
This is where your help comes in.

Our music video budget of $2,500 is to cover costs of some equipment rental, locations, production insurance, post production and food for the crew, as well as odds and ends that tend to come up during production.
We really appreciate any support at all. If you can’t help monetarily, please help by passing this along to others, as we would like to spread the message and our cause to as many people as possible.
We hope this video will help lead the way in pushing these independent African artists into the mainstream.

No One Knows
NO ONE KNOWS by M3NSA

To follow the Making of the video No One Knows
http://www.sankofamangoes.blogspot.com

Words from M3NSA(Artist)
I heard a song by Asa called “No One Knows Tomorrow’’ and I felt that statement was so true! No one ever really knows what the future will bring; things can always take a turn for the better, or be disastrous. The idea is to enjoy the present to the fullest and be prepared for what the future may bring.
Looking back at my life, I would have never believed it if someone told me ten years ago that this is where I would be. Life has been good to me, not with material things like physical wealth, but rich experiences, great opportunities to work with talented people, travel to places I’d never dreamt of seeing, and a wealth of knowledge from interacting with people from all walks of life. All this happened by me just deciding to follow my heart and my true passion! But I never anticipated this.
Hearing Asa sing lyrics along those lines made me want to bring myself to it and be a part of that energy. So I used her vocals for the chorus because she sang so beautifully and it always hit me in the right spot every time I heard the song.
The powerful message in this song couldn’t be complete without a video. Visuals can always help tell a story more vibrantly, with pictures, colors, scenery and action, to fulfill all the things missed out sonically. Not only does a video enhance sound or music for that matter, we’re in an age where people always what to connect music with images. The video tells the story of a man looking to find what exactly the future will bring, by consulting soothsayers, fortune tellers etc. However, what they predict is often inaccurate and he has to alter the future himself. For instance he sees a weatherman, on TV, predicting the weather in the future, and it seems gloomy, so he hits the side of the television and the weatherman switches his forecast to something more positive. This is to signify that sometimes we have to take action to alter the future!

Words from Sankofa Pictures LLC
The youth these days listen to a lot of music and having creative videos that send a great message as well as a powerful image, I believe is a way that can bring about initial change to my country as well as Africa as a whole and even the world.
As a child, I got to see many positive music videos that had very strong messages and these have influenced me and made me a better person. I have steadily seen a decline in this amongst our youth in Ghana, especially with some of the types of materialistic videos being produced.
‘No One Know’ gives me a unique opportunity to send a strong, positive and fun message to people about determination, faith, and comfort knowing that life as we know is unknown for tomorrow but living today to the fullest because no one ever knows what the future holds for us. We can work towards what we want for our future today and be great at it.
I am believer in creating your own future. Take the words from this song, and hopefully very soon the visual will be able to enhance what this beautiful message has to say. One of my favorite parts of this song is such a beautiful simple summation of how and what many of us wait and hope for.
I won’t stop to live my life to wait for better days

And if you think its wrong then show me a better way

Life is hard! We’re not happy, we’re trying to get away

We keep on waiting for tomorrow

But it seems it never comes

Procrastinate, we wait…

So the job… is never done


Remember, you can shape your own tomorrow.


Thank you,
Sankofa Pictures LLC and M3NSA
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