• 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...
  • How Sway Dasafo reinvented himself

    Lodged behind large spectacles and a full beard with a few grey smatterings, Sway Dasafo, the celebrated Ghanaian-UK rapper’s face doesn’t reveal much. His hands, though, swathed in a gold-embroidered kaftan, indulge in regular gesticulations that attend his responses. Our interview succeeds an ACCES 2019 discussion in Accra that...
  • RAPPERHOLIC 2019: “Unstoppable” Sarkodie fails better

    At a Rapperholic concert, every activity that precedes the SarkCess man’s entrée is merely filler — or so it seems. This pretty much goes for performances too. Therefore, let’s skip the foreplay, shall we? This year, Sarkodie’s apparition occurred twenty-five minutes into Boxing Day. Glistening like a hip-hop Michael...