Monday, 8 February 2010

Straight Outta Ghana: Kweku Ananse's LIBATION

Ghana is not the same hub of underground musical activity as say London, New York or Tokyo. However, there is a small, growing group of producers, DJs and artists trying to expand the local notion of popular music beyond the usual R&B, dancehall and hiplife suspects (oh, Celine Dion and Westlife too... I'm not kidding. If you want to make money in Ghana, get those two acts on one stage and organize robbers to plunder everyone's empty homes while they attend the concerts. Anyway...)

Kweku Ananse just released his new mixtape, LIBATION (download here) and it's a great slice of the other side of modern Ghanaian music.

Makes sense that it would come from Ananse. He hosts the capital's only real underground music show every week, hosting everyone from Wanlov the Kubolor, M3nsa and Tawiah to Wunmi and DJ Edu. Whoever is dope and passing through Accra passes through Ananse's studio.

I've been pressuring the man to drop a mixtape for ages, so I'm a pretty damn happy camper. Think of it as Ghana Soundz: the Next Generation, because when your kids grow up, this is the 'classic African' music they'll be downloading.


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