Yaw P is a contemporary African artist pioneering a new waves of homegrown sounds which reflect his society. With a love for film, sculptures and sounds, he is an artist in every sense, as a result he aims to influence his surroundings and beyond. His latest single “So I dey” , which showcases a love story featuring an unconventional couple in Ghana’s media. When he is not busy roaming streets of Accra with his equally fashion daring friends, Yaw P can be found participating in assisting children from Jamestown to discover a new world, often out of their reach, as he believes His latest project The Drone Scrap Program 2054 takes a glance at the future of Ghana and the role technology and creativity will play in the country achieving transformative and sustainable development.
Catch a game of football
For the active ones of you, you can toss a ball around the soccer field of the Legon university campus on the weekends. Bring your A game as we Ghanaians are as passionate about our football as we are about our Jollof. Hey we even nearly won the world cup back in 2010 remember? However you can also preserve your sweat by relaxing just spectating the amateur football games happening across the city or visiting the Accra sport stadium for an adrenaline filled match.
Thursday is the new Friday
Tucked away behind Accra’s busy Oxford Street, lays a safe haven for creative called TheStudio. Set a small intimate setting, it has been a year since The Studio started showcasing independent artist ranging from poets, graphic designers and instrumentalist. To mark their first anniversary, they had the biggest jam session of all with the help of the several performances. Amongst them were Kyekyeku an acoustic highlife performer who captured the audience with political messages regarding Ghana’s current socio-political climate with the help of his live band. With free access to the shows, it has become the number one spot for artist and artist lovers to get a taste of Accra’s alternative culture. If you are an early bird you’re guaranteed to grab a refreshment to cool you down. More importantly it is a great place for like-minded people to network and established contacts, which may lead to collaboration.
Look out for Art exhibitions
The Kwame Nkrumah Museum for art is currently showcasing an exhibition entitled Corn fields in Accra, which showcases up and coming artist, most in their final year of their university studies. Amongst the artist is Bright Ackwerh, a satirist who gave me deeper insight into the painting with Rihanna stating “This is the continuation of the narration that, Dennis OwusuAnsah a New York based Ghanaian artist started when he depicted some of the African American Celebrities in traditional African attire, here Rihanna faces the wrath from her nuclear and extended family members on her extremely liberal lifestyle”.
Looking for a night out on a budget?
Purple pub is your answer, with the best spiced chicken wings in Accra, locally inspired cocktails, and the freshest hip life and dancehall beats, there is no surprise over why Purple Pub has become a hit with locals.
In my element
While not roaming the hectic and busy streets of Accra, you can find me at my studio working on home grown unorthodox Ghanaian sounds.
I saw, I Haggled, I Snagged
Who doesn’t love a bargain? When driving through the congested roads of Accra, one is guaranteed to come across an array of street hawkers selling everything from food stables, books on how to get rich and sunnies! It is a shopping like no other. Once the vendor has located a spot for you to park while you deliberate on your choice, they will even provide you with a mirror just incase you don’t have one. However, do expect a session of haggling, as they will also try and sell their items for double the price at times! In case you find yourself in that predicament just simply utter the words “ooo boss its too much sika” and you’re guaranteed to get a smile for your attempt at Twi which always leads to a discount.
As someone who always wants to make a fashion statement , I can tell you that Accra has a lot of unique designs to offers, from traditional Ghanaian garments with a contemporary spin to innovative new designs such as the Myth’s unconventional clutch bags made out of metal.
Get a dose of fresh air!
With more than 5,000 cars being registered every 2 weeks, it is no surprise that the air in Accra has become heavily populated! However to the West of the city lies the University of Ghana’s Botanical Garden. With its serene views and fresh air, the 145 acres oasis of nature allows you to escape and recoup from the hustle and bustle of the city.
There is more to West African cuisines than Jollof!
Within the heart of Accra, there is an array of other African restaurants including Taranga which stems from Senegal, Smirete who offers a taste of Ethiopia and most of all Chez Clarice the go to Ivorian restaurant in the city. Paired with freshly caught tilapia, plantain and attieke one can’t go wrong.
When dumsor (power outages) isn’t stopping me, I am probably getting lost in music production and songwriting. The seemingly mundane things in Accra such as traffic, haggling with sellers and dealing with corrupt police officers can be extremely draining and demoralizing however is all inspires my artistry process.
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