Clockwise from top left: DIDDY, CHRIS BROWN, JAY-Z, DRAKE, RICK ROSS
In 2016, it is nothing new to hear an artist remix, or. completely cover the music of another another!!!
However, GHANIAN Visual Artist DENNIS OWUSU-ANSAH has taken this concept to an entirely different level.
Currently a resident of BRONX, NY, DENNIS OWUSU-ANSAH, age 26, has taken some of the biggest names in music including BEYONCE', CHRIS BROWN, DRAKE, DIDDY, MEAGAN GOOD, NICKI MINAJ, JAY-Z, RICK ROSS, and RIHANNA, and re-imagined them in traditional AFRICAN ATTIRE.
DENNIS OWUSU-ANSAH speaks on feedback about this artistic series and a particular incident with a friend that became a catalyst from whence came some of the inspiration:
“I’ve been getting positive comments from people all over the world. It’s good to hear people you’ve never met tell you that your art puts a smile on their faces. Comments like that motivate me to work harder every day.
“After witnessing my friend getting teased by a group of men for wearing a kente cloth on our way to church, I figured something must be done to change the perspective of people who are not familiar with the African culture. They had no idea what my friend was wearing. One of the guys shouted, ‘That man has a blanket wrapped around his body like it’s winter time.’”In that moment, he saw an opportunity to raise awareness through his art and spark a strong desire to learn more about different cultures throughout the African continent.
The detailed process involves a sketching app, an iPad and a stylus and typically takes him a day or two to complete. He intentionally depicts celebrities with large fan bases who are trending in order to attract a wide audience, but his own Instagram followers have also begun to make requests.