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  • 01:29

    [Youth Initiatives] "No Money No Be Problem": Ghana's Voices

    in Radio

    If you haven't heard of azonto by now, you've probably been hiding under a rock. Azonto is a new dance-cum-musical genre that has exploded out of obscurity in an inner city neighborhood of Accra and spawned a subculture across the world. The azonto craze is just one of the ways that Ghana's long-acknowledged talent for rhythm and dance has been re-emerging more forcefully than ever on the global music scene. Yet despite the talent and popularity on display, according to a 2008 UN report, Africa's cultural exports make up less than 1% of the global trade in cultural goods and services, with a continental music industry that can largely be described as fragmented and lacking the structure needed to produce the kind of star power generated by the music industry in the developed world.
    What's the history of Ghana's music industry? How is it changing now in this globalized era? What kind of talent and new genres are being developed? What are the challenges for the development of the industry? What can music bring to economic, social and national development agendas?
    Several experts and practitioners on Ghana's music industry will be speaking with us about trends and their vision for the industry:
    Kobby Graham, professor at Ashesi University, popular culture scholar and founder of Dust magazine
    Benjamin LeBrave, a French producer, DJ “BBrave,” and founder of Akwaaba Music.
    A surprise guest musician!

  • 01:31

    Afrikafe with DJ Godspeed and DJ EmpLove

    in Culture

    King Sunny Ade “Ase” Aura 1984 (Nigeria)     Noble Kings yako Aba (Ghana)     Omou Sangare – Saa Magni – Ko Sira (Mali)     Clara Nuns – Cantos Das Tras racas (Brazil)     Chadet – Ou fe Mwen Mat (Haiti)     Black Stalin – We Ready (Trinidad & Tobago)      Luga Flow Army – Ejje lyo (Uganda)      BaPonga – Mon Coer  A Lache (Gabon)        Wale – My Sweetie (Nigeria/USA)       Sarkodie – Azonto Festive (Ghana)       Tarrus Riley – Love Up Mi Woman (Jamaica)     Melame Gange – Sankofa (Virgin Islands)        Strat Don – Shine Eye Girl (Jamaica)        Kafu Banton – Habla Como Pana (Panama/USA)    Arrested Development – Revolution (USA)              Zap Mama – African Diamond (Belgium/Congo)           Les Nubians – Africa For the Future (Chad/France)

  • 00:28


    in Music