My grandmother had a pub where wayfarers, fishermen, their wives, officers and anybody who had trouble or was looking for a little happiness would come, buy tots of the local gin, “akpeteshie” and start pouring their souls out. I would crawl under tables, eaves dropping and soaking it all in. When I got bored listening […]
Another tune off the Tony Allen—Damon Albarn—Flea conglomerate project Rocket Juice & The Moon. “Follow-Fashion” plays like a horn-flanked afrobeat progression, featuring heavy slap bass from Flea, Damon on the vertical piano, sensuous croons from Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara and verses from Accra MC M.anifest.
Photographer James Barnor is to decolonizing Ghana (and later to 1960s black Britain) what Oumar Ly is to Senegal or Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita were to Mali. Barnor took photographs of social life at his studio (named “Ever Young”) in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, from the mid-1950s and later as a fashion photographer in […]
I like the initiative and work of the designer, Emeka Alams (his family is Ivorian, I think) and his clothing line Gold Coast Trading Co.. I first saw a reference to his work in Clam Magazine‘s most recent issue. See more below. The company, its products or the founder have been profiled on a number […]
ephemera sssemblyman has a great post of Ghanaian movie posters to promote mobile (or traveling) cinemas throughout 1980s. Artists hand painted the posters and were granted freedom to paint the posters as they desired, “… often adding elements that weren’t in the actual films, or without even having seen the movies.”