Reinvention is the hallmark of Highlife music and probably the reason for its ongoing endurance even in the face of shifting musical tastes in Ghana.Continue reading “Highlife: The dynamism of Ghana’s music legacy”
It’s hard to believe that political instability in Ghana, rising inflation and food shortages during the late 1970s and early 80s, also left an indelible mark on the country’s highlife music. Continue reading “Pat Thomas and the power of highlife”
It’s not every day that you meet a musical icon but as I was walking towards Brixton train station, I saw a man I haven’t seen for about 15 years. Continue reading “The time I met D’Influence’s Kwame Kwaten….”
Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) 2019 returns from 9 August for two days. This event returns to Freemasons’ Hall London. AFWL 2019 has been running since 2011 and has showcased the work of around 900 designers/exhibitors and represented over 50 countries – 30 of them from the African continent.
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Music is the universal medium through which we can all communicate with each other; share ideas, push boundaries and build enterprises. Want more? Take a look at some of these music-inspired pieces.
Reggie ‘n’ Bollie’s (pronounced Bow-lee) unexpected popularity on the UK’s Saturday entertainment show X Factor has been surprisingly polarising. Just like marmite, people either love them or hate them. Continue reading “Reggie ‘n’ Bollie – the Likeability Factor”
Afrobeat jazz collective KOKOROKO is in the process of writing and recording their own original compositions.
The seven-strong ensemble has been playing renditions of timeless West African classics such as ‘Kai Wawa’ across London since 2014. (The song is a traditional Hausa war chant that was produced by the Mercury Dance Band in Kade, Ghana). Continue reading “Afrobeat jazz collective explore African genres”
Ghana is best known for such musical genres as highlife, hiplife, afrobeats and gospel. But one Kumasi-born artist is bucking that trend by carving a name for himself as Ghana’s first opera singer, (see here). Continue reading “Ghanaian tenor out to transform opera music”
African pride was in abundance across central London as musicians and fashion designers showcased their creative talents on Saturday 1 August. Continue reading “August in Africa @ Covent Garden 2015”