• Singing Love’s Praiz

    An artist is constantly in the middle of something. One afternoon in late May, as I am ushered into the hotel suite that serves as lodging for Praiz during his last trip to Accra, the above quote visits my mind, for mid-tempo melody—bereft of verses—rings about tenderly in the...
  • Joe Mettle on Worship, Winning, and the WIND OF REVIVAL

    My suspicion that his name educes a “poster boy” perception ricochets against a lively chuckle. Joe Mettle, the decorated Ghanaian gospel minister, is reticent about this notion, and dismisses it strictly as that—a vexed perception latched onto by many.  “Don’t you think it’s a perception?” he tosses back in...
  • STREET DISCIPLE: Kofi Mole

    In an Abelenkpe-bound Uber cab, rapper Kofi Mole who, due to his bleached dreadlocks and silvery braces, evokes a young Lil Wayne, holds his smartphone to his ear, mumbling half-finished melody over dance-ready instrumentation pouring from the phone’s speaker. Covering his upper body is a Calvin Klein polo shirt,...
  • Dunaa Chasing @ CHALE WOTE 2019!

    The female form is a fount of boundless art. Precisely in this regard, Larbi and Hayford are art lovers too. Tall and dashing this Sunday in contrasting t-shirts, denims and sneakers, the pair of twentysomethings; one the complexion of dark chocolate, the other possessing a lighter skin tone are...
  • In Dabala with Sedufia

    DAY 5! On acres and acres of virgin land somewhere in Dabala (V/R), under the benevolent morning sun, there’s non-stop clanking of hammer on wood. The keen-faced squatting artisans swinging their arms in labour have been entrusted a singular task; one that evokes the Genesis 11 undertaking by humanity...
  • Troubled man @ Greater Works 2019

    The anointing doesn't reach the stands. You should be as close to the podium as you can...
  • 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...
  • 2019 VGMAs: Dancehall’s Glory Breeds THE GORY

    Stonebwoy has just been announced Reggae/ Dancehall Artist of the Year. The make-shift dome roars as he rises to go receive the plaque (one of the most keenly contested on the night, and Stonebwoy’s fifth time picking it). That very second, Shatta Wale is seen rushing down the stage...
  • 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...