• Steve Harvey “returns” to Ghana

    Steve Harvey, the famed American comedian, actor, author and broadcaster has arrived in Ghana as part of activities marking the government of Ghana’s “Year of Return.” initiative. Harvey, who arrived in the country Thursday August 15 with his family, joins a tall list of famous persons from the diaspora...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • “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...
  • 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...
  • BLAKK IS BOLD, BOLD IS THE VOICE: The Blakk Rasta Story

      “This is the place,” the good-natured taxi driver finally announces, pulling up near a house tucked deep in the McCarthy Hills. As I step out of the cab, a neat breeze salutes me, as do healthy greenery and overall quietude. The driver, dark and middle-aged, turns the cab...
  • PRIDE OF A PRINCE! Bright Carries Buk Bak into the Future

    Prince Bright’s response to my question on melody sounds academic, as though it were taken from a paper he’s just handed in as part of coursework. “It’s a platform that defines music, bringing every element to life. It’s when an artist decides to hit sweet tones to be able...