A western reporter searches for nuance in Soweto

"Just one Cornetto, give it to me…"



I have felt first-hand the very wrath of the Turkish ice-cream man.

I haven’t been this impressed in a while.


Binx Walton models pieces from the Balmain Resort 2015 lookbook collection.

Only in Gh - "Dead" man attends own wake keeping.

There isn’t much to say about this typically odd Gh story except that I suspect that certain aspects of this story are deeply rooted in the fact that we Ghanaians love a good funeral……


The world is talking about Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama

This is the work of Ibrahim Mahama, the young Ghanaian artist creating radical public artworks from an everyday material - old jute cloth sacks. Many of these bags were initially used to transport cocoa. They are covered in markings that tell the story of what they once contained and where they’ve been.

Writer Asha Hai had this to say about Ibrahim’s work.

"Like the flayed skin of some doomed, giant creature, Ibrahim Mahama’s stitched-together coal sacks drape over the gallery walls, spilling on to the floor. The 27-year-old Ghanaian artist recycles simple jute sacks, imported by Ghana Cocoa Board and later used by charcoal sellers, to make sombre, viscerally powerful environments, which are usually displayed outdoors – in market places and public squares. There’s a palbable sense of wear-and-tear in Mahama’s patched-up and grubby surfaces. These are the battle-worn scars of supply and demand writ large. It’s hard-knocks installation art at its very best."

This installation was also exhibited at last year’s CHALE WOTE STREET ART FESTIVAL in Accra .His work is currently on exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Is the Rex Cinema Saved? - AKOSUA Adoma Owusu writes | Breaking Entertainment, Arts & Lifestyle News Website

Kudos to Akosua Adoma Owusu for her sterling work in the journey to reclaim the Rex Cinema for the artistic communities in Accra.  More grease to her!


Come on Ghana! GhanavGermany

Come on Ghana! GhanavGermany

It’s Nearly Time…..

…..for Ghana v Germany.  My stomach is silently doing painful back flips.

BBC Global Beats: Ghana 2014

DJ Rita Ray recently travelled to Ghana to interview and record live music sessions with some of the country’s most exciting talent - Yaa Pono, King Ayisoba, Cwesi Oteng, Nana Yaa, Kyekyeku, Wiyaala and Efya.

Yaa Pono performed the rock track - “I Dey Feel You Die.”lobal

Now this is the track Ghana has been waiting for - @Sarkodie & Yaa Pono (@ponobiom) together at long last on one commercial track.  

You don’t necessarily need to understand Twi to appreciate the sentiment of the song.  The beat is supplied by reknowned producer, Lil Shaker (@lil_shaker).  Enjoy!


Chale, last one!  Lol.

Sark, Lil Shaker on me on one beat! “Talk of Gh”  Badness!!  Uptown Energy

I absolutely love this track from King Dum (@lyrical_kingdum) & Yaa Pono (@ponobiom).  Cheeky but catchy!  ”Oshey”


I dey for King Dum, listen to our track “Oshey”.  What do you think?

Yaa Pono (@ponobiom) “Ghetto”


“Ghetto”, the first single from the forthcoming Uptown Energy compilation album highlights the direction and ambition of the popular clique founded in Tema whilst acknowledging the unique experiences of ghetto life. Yaa Pono’s advice (directed to the youth) on this track explores the importance of not allowing anyone the opportunity to ‘dull your shine’ despite your circumstances. 
The various members of Uptown Energy, originally all lived in the newly built Golf City, a suburb of Tema, Greater Accra. Coming together firstly as friends in a new environment, and with a shared passion for music, especially hip hop and dancehall; Uptown Energy is made up of a dynamic group of talented young men. The aim of the clique is to promote and direct ghetto youth to achieve their goals by studying, working hard and remaining dedicated to their chosen field.
The first Uptown Energy compilation album “The Train” is due for general release in the near future.

Music Production: Kin Dii

Uptown Energy Clique Members
Agyen Kay
Doppy Green
Joe Black
Ohene Amoako
Raz King
Shuga Kwame
Tha Black Boi
Yaa Pono 

Nearly forgot to post Yaa Pono (@ponobiom)’s Amen video!


Yaa Pono - “Amen”

The much anticipated official video from Ghana’s Yaa Pono (Dir: Yaw Skyface) of the hit song that has taken the World by storm is finally here — “Amen!”

"Amen" is inspired by his recent performance at "Felabration 2013" at Lagos’ New Shrine as one of the Ghanaian contingent performers. "Amen" contains elements of chants heard from the Shrine’s audience which serve as a fitting tribute to the Pioneer and King of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Pono was especially moved by Fela’s positive and proactive message to the World, and also the hustle of African life; to encourage us to remain determined and hard work towards goals in order to reach them.

Released as a single in November 2013, “Amen” showcases the unique versatility of the 2011 and 2014 Ghana Music Award nominated music artist, who is primarily know for his hip hop roots. However, he can also draw on the experience of writing a large back catalogue of strong material that includes dancehall, rock and house music.

Yaa Pono’s forthcoming album, “Sea Blue”, will be available for general release in the near future.

Video Direction: Yaw Skyface
Music Production: Kin Dee
Single Artwork: Kobe Swag, Blaq Bwoi and Envi Art

Management & Bookings: YAVA Global - connect@yavaglobal.com

VIDEO:  Yaa Pono’s (@ponobiom) song “Amen” has been all over radio stations, clubs, taxis, shops, churches(!) here in Ghana.  Very excited to see the official video and will make sure to post a link for you to enjoy too.

VIDEO:  Yaa Pono’s (@ponobiom) song “Amen” has been all over radio stations, clubs, taxis, shops, churches(!) here in Ghana.  Very excited to see the official video and will make sure to post a link for you to enjoy too.

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