• 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...
  • 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),...
  • 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....
  • A Crystal in the Haze: Kathy Sakyi is reshaping the event planning space

    For the ever-bubbly Kathy Mirian Sakyi, event planning is not merely an occupation; it’s an actual love affair. I can tell by the blushing of her cheeks—the dreamy sway of her head when she discusses the industry, and the fast-blossoming Crystal Haze Company (which she is CEO of). Also,...
  • “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...
  • #3MusicAwards19 – Inside Shatta Wale’s mind

    a) Isaiah 45:2 : “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.” On his way to the Fantasy Dome Saturday night, this scripture has come to him. As a...
  • 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...