• Francis Annan talks older cinema, racial politics and Escape From Pretoria

    What is a sequestered Francis Annan watching during a global pandemic? “A lot of older cinema,” he tells me on a recent Friday via video correspondence.   The man who recently released his highly suspenseful, already critically received debut feature Escape From Pretoria, is returning to masters as Robert...
  • #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...
  • 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...
  • The Coarse Delight of “Bukom Banku Live”

    The template for “Bukom Banku Live,” one in a string of newly announced additions to GHOne TV’s programme line up starting next month, is, in itself, not new. Over at U TV, Akrobeto (Akwasi Boadi) enjoys incremental traction for something similar, hosting “The Real News,” a weekly satirical newscast...
  • Citi FM Will Continue to Partake of Your Bronya Budget

     In performing, an artist honours one part of an unspoken covenant. The other bit of the undertaking rests with the audience before whom he presents. Few congregations exhibit this like Decemba 2 Rememba patrons, who are devoted participators of Citi FM’s annual Christmas eve tradition. Distinguished by its white...
  • How to Save Ghanaian Culture Writing? This Nigerian has an Idea

    Ghana has, for many decades, enjoyed the spotlight as a destination of immense creative and cultural value. In music, for instance, it is hoisted as the nerve centre of sounds from Africa, which in turn, currently enjoys considerable global rediscovery, mainly via the explosive Afropop/ Afrobeats rubric. Similar pronouncements...