by Aigerim Saparova + Sionne Neely | photos by Mantse Aryeequaye
BADBOY STELOO + YAW P chill in Ga Mashie | photo by Mantse Aryeequaye
To be totally frank, Ghana’s music identity is experiencing a sort of puberty – an awkward growing state on the verge of a uniquely full-fledged confidence. The country’s sonic youth are flipping through radio and TV stations, smartphone apps and digital downloads to hear the latest and greatest West African bass music from Ghana’s urban centers and Naija, U.K. grime and dub step from the U.K. and the U.S. hip hop pop sound, among others. Ironically, gospel highlife pop music is tuning the ears + pockets of most Ghanaians, including young folks who make up a swelling majority of the country’s Christian congregations.
It’s officially June summer madness. This month, Ghanaian beatmaker JULS drops two 2-hour sonic gold mixes that will keep you trucking through the heat. Hip hop lovers will jump all over The Summer Cookout Mixtape [released June 4th]. The rainy season babymaker, the Back + Forth R+B Mix [released June 16th], brings back the buoyant brilliance of the 90’s groove.