The music of Ghana fills the air, and I experienced it live at the Sabolai Music Festival. In the words of the concert producer, Accra[dot]Alt, is about “good music, art, food, fashion and fun,” promotes public space, and provides “a wicked day + night concert with live performances that will keep you in high spirits.” I was not disappointed.
I arrived at Efua Sutherland Park a bit too early – especially considering it was a concert – giving myself time to enjoy walking around the market place. I ran into my new friend, Eliot, who was there with his line, Two Cedi. He makes some crazy custom clothes from Chuck Taylors to bucket hats using colorful Ghanaian fabrics and promoting Ghanaian culture. There was so much to see. In addition to the market place there were a number of live art demonstrations, and six artists competed to win an exhibition of their own, with 6’x6’ pieces displaying their view of Ghana.
Between all of the art, clothing, crafts there was a creative energy in the air even before the music began. I had the opportunity to meet and chat with many musicians before the show started and laid a foundation for my networking to come. I can’t wait to immerse myself even more into the scene here.
I had a fantastic time at this free live event, experiencing the rich, musical culture that is Ghana, and am looking forward to plenty more to come. Here are some videos of some of the acts I got to see! Enjoy!