• 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...
  • 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...
  • Metro TV’s Bliss Kingg on his craft and Nana Aba Anamoah’s praise

    “The palpable chemistry between myself and my co-host, Jackie is heavily talked about media circles and the public. The overwhelming one was when Nana Aba Anamoah, winner of the top award at the RTP Awards made the topic of our on-screen chemistry a part of her acceptance speech,” ...
  • 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...
  • SAY IT LOUD! The understated euphony of O.L

    When he sings, rising pop star, O.L summons the great crooners all at once: Brown, Timberlake, Antwi, Jackson. His honeyed delivery conveys a singular sensual charisma. That he arrives in the classic tall, chocolate build, and delightful smile that appeals to the fairer sex makes him the more troublesome. ...
  • 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,...