Gabriel Myers Hansen

Pop writer from Accra.
  • Photographer Paul Addo on capturing a hopeful Accra

    Photographer Paul Addo is a prominent name among a new generation of vibrant creatives documenting the continual brilliance of Accra. Ghana’s capital since 1877, the city–home to some 2.5 million people–also boasts of some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the continent, consequently making it a heavily sought-after tourism...
  • #MOODSWINGS: Edem Announces 6-track Audio-Visual EP

    Ahead of a rumoured new album later this year, Edem, the contemporary, genre-fluid rapper-singer announces a six-track audio-visual EP called Mood Swings. When it does arrive, on July 24, the project will be his first collection in five years. The work, while it speaks to a multiplicity of themes,...
  • #BrownPaperBag: Where Sarkodie and M.anifest Fail Us

    Great. We can now tick off Ghanaian rap’s bucket list a song whose sole occupants are Sarkodie and M.anifest. Days ago, in response to renewed global protests against racial inequality, stimulated this time by George Floyd’s killing in the US, the two hip-hop acts; the country’s leading punchline archers...
  • #MidnightTrain: Sauti Sol’s Best Work Will Always Lay Ahead [Review]

    Within the Afrobeats universe, West Africa may be the face, even habitually dictate tempo, but East Africans are the real sonic stylists, Sauti Sol, Harmonize, and Diamond Platnumz providing ready references.  Today, however, let’s dwell on Sauti Sol, Kenya’s foremost band who, because their sound is propped on ethereal...
  • WurlD’s Afrosoul EP, to a Ghanaian ear

    WurlD knows a thing or two about soul. It’s apparent throughout his catalogue which now stands at seven EPs. A sonic hypnotist, the Lagos native, born Sadiq Onifade, has habitually offered a technique built on tailored calm, enhanced immersion, and inner awareness that results in effectual healing.  Afrosoul, his...
  • The Untold Story of Abrantepa’s Rap Career

    Sitting across from me this late afternoon, at the balcony of the GhanaWeb offices in Dzorwulu, where he currently works as a multimedia journalist and host of “Bloggers’ Forum,” Abrantepa Benefo Buabeng cuts his usual tidy look: a fresh haircut, short-sleeved African print, and spectacles. The man I have...
  • Talking Death with Kyekyeku

    Days ago, conversing with musician Kyekyeku, on Facebook, I ask: “why is the dirge absent from modern Ghanaian pop?” He had sent me a recent EP by Kpodo, an excellent five-song collection comprising entirely of funeral songs, and that set the tone for a long chat on music and...
  • INTERVIEW: Akon is engineering a new Africa

    Vision is a curious thing: as much a curse as it is a gift. Few understand the frustration of being ahead of one’s time like Akon, the Senegalese-American pop icon and business mogul born Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam. Months ago, during a quick sit-down by a pool at...
  • #DateRush: Prestige Trash or Essential Viewing?

    A number of factors have ensured the sweeping success of TV3’s “Date Rush,” least of them being its organising principle. It may be many things, but a dating show? Sure, it is marketed as one, and on surface level, could pass off as one. Formatted very much like a...