Alternative artistic expressions are erupting more and more each day in Accra and music is no exception. Take Ghana’s hard pidgen rock band, Dark Suburb, for instance. The group uses an under-explored form of music and the mystery of mask cultures to express a soulfulness that is in every way Ghanaian. “Egobe” – as much as “By his grace” – a popular expression people say to one another in everyday conversation to deal with the bullshit of living within structures that don’t value your life. The term is also a wave to ride to better days as shown in the music video.
Scizo’s “Don’t Know Shwee”provides a fresh perspective on artistic expression of protest and rebellion against state oppression in an imaginary Ghanaian dystopia. The video flips reality left with the Ghana Thought Police tracking down citizens who resist mind control and are building counter frequencies. Akwaboah went from writing for some of Ghana’s biggest artiste to signing with Sarkodie’s Sarkcess Music. “I Do Love You”, his first single, features Nigeria’s Ice Prince, in an ode to lost love and heartbreaks.
London-based artist and designer, Kojey Radical, is back with “Footsteps”, an enthralling depiction of the internal struggles that often plague human minds. Next up is Ethiopia’s Ha Ge’ez with “Yefikir Damakase”, a song chronicling the singer’s adoration for how his sister has cared for him over the years featuring dance moves that will have you popping and locking.
YFS features crowd favorites Kwamz & Flava on “Be Someone”, a dance tune you can azonto to about life on the come up in London. Following with a charging beat is the soca joint, “Neighbor” by Saint Lucian artist Sedale is getting us ready for carnival season and CHALE WOTE 2016. Dawn Richard, keeps it cutting edge with a VR experience of her electronic track, “Not Above That”, offering you trippy multidimensional visuals (via your mobile device and other apps) that allow the viewer to click on different parts of the screen and access new angles and perspectives.
Egyptian artist, Lafawndah, brings us “Ally”, a funky beat mover, where the singer performs a series of solo rituals as she ascends a mountain. Nigerian-British artist MNEK releases “At Night (I Think About You)”, a clear demonstration of EDM liquid vocals – light, punchy and heavy drippings about those restless and sleep deprived nights spent without his beloved. Finally, we end with a shout out to P.M. Dawn, in the wake of the passing of Attrell “Prince Be” Cordes. May he “Set Adrift” to higher vibrations of life as we collectively remember how fucking DOPE this song is and (as is “Die Without U”) and how African Electronics the video is.
May your weekend be wavy, baby.