GRANDPAPA’S TALES: Rockstone on Nightlife, Hiplife & His MANY LIVES

Reggie Rockstone cracks a generous nostalgic smile. “Who would have ever thought that these same words that I spoke in ’93, ’94 would become as is today?” his voice a sprightly upspeak. The famous words? “Nightlife in Accra.”  I have invited the hiplife leader to juxtapose between the city’s nocturnal scenes during the early 90s—when […]

SAMINI: The Music! The Magic! The Man!

Before we sit, Samini wraps up with the tapeline-bearing stylist who has trailed him here—stretching out both arms for his measurements to be taken. An undertone discourse ensues between both men, interspersed with head nodding and wags of disrelish at a fabric texture or colour suggestion. It is not long before they settle on a […]

Luigi Maclean opens up on Vocals & VGMAs

Luigi Maclean’s rise to mainstream notice has been nothing short of miraculous—an astounding run overseen by an Amazing God. Little wonder that his maiden single bears the same title. Only two years after guesting on mentor Joe Mettle’s Bo Noo Ni (which won 3 awards at the 2018 VGMAs), the touching chanteur now sits among […]

ART OF THE TALE: The Roverman Script

“Let’s take a selfie instead,” proposes James Ebo Whyte. It is infrequent for a 64-year-old to know about selfies, much less take them—but not Whyte, the renowned storyteller with whom I have just wrapped up a conversation—he’s the cool grandpa. He smiles into my camera, eyes glistening with youth. Here in an old playhouse in […]

“Day off” with Sadiq

Stretched out on one end of an L-shaped couch, in a t-shirt and shorts, Sadiq Abdullai Abu points the remote control at the large TV on the wall of his living room. An Afropop music video replaces Leonardo DiCaprio’s frightened face. Sadiq coughs, and then yawns. He clearly hasn’t fully recovered and could use some […]

Seyi Shay: The duty of an artist is to be flawed

Seyi Shay—flushed in a kind of traje de flamenca with spaghetti sleeves—parries a particularly persistent fly bent on partaking in our conversation, which ensues on the compound of a quiet house on Archer Rd. (Dzorwulu). The insect disappears from around her ear, but it would not be long before it hovers by again. She readjusts […]

BLAKK IS BOLD, BOLD IS THE VOICE: The Blakk Rasta Story

  “This is the place,” the good-natured taxi driver finally announces, pulling up near a house tucked deep in the McCarthy Hills. As I step out of the cab, a neat breeze salutes me, as do healthy greenery and overall quietude. The driver, dark and middle-aged, turns the cab around and zooms down the untarred […]

PRIDE OF A PRINCE! Bright Carries Buk Bak into the Future

Prince Bright’s response to my question on melody sounds academic, as though it were taken from a paper he’s just handed in as part of coursework. “It’s a platform that defines music, bringing every element to life. It’s when an artist decides to hit sweet tones to be able to entice his audience,” he says, […]

Time, Memory & Food: La Brasserie’s three-course dish delights Ghanaian taste buds

“Can we have the music off?” Jeff Luneau queries rhetorically, in an accent reeking of both French and English. The music in the cafeteria — soft House melody —vaporizes immediately, replaced by the sound of cutlery against ceramic and of our own voices bartering sentences. On his side of the table —separating us—are the remnants […]

THE INTERVIEW: Rocky Dawuni

From my waiting spot (a porch swing behind him), I watch the dreadlocked Rocky Dawuni bite into the tender slice of plantain that is his choice of break-time snack today, his 50th birthday. Roasted golden brown and enjoyed with peanuts, ‘Kofi Brokeman’ (as the chow is nicknamed in these parts) ranks high among the true […]