ART SPEAKS LOUDER IN THE STREETS OF ACCRA: #CHALEWOTE2014

Photography by GHANYOBI MANTEY , KOBE SUBRAMANIAM & ACCRA DOT ALT

Accra’s deepest history lies in James Town, the original port city leading to the
development of Ghana as a nation. James Town is a time capsule and a treasure
trove all at once. The place is filled with beautiful colonial architecture and
spirited boxing legends, a tumultuous history of the transatlantic slave trade and
and a people’s diehard spirit to remember who they are. Here a constellation of
families, cultural practices, and aquatic livelihoods persistently remix James
Town’s past, present and future. It is a place of endings and beginnings, of
ongoing deaths and rebirths.

IBRAHIM MAHAMA

SOCIAL REALITY

This installation covers a building with fabric made from coal sacks and wax print panels. This is a project of relational aesthetics. The architecture is seen as an extension of the body irrespective of it’s ” true relationship” with the site and its history.

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Strolling Goats in Accra: NIMA pt. 3

FIRST STOP - NIMA.

first stop – NIMA.

Nima is one of the coolest areas in Accra – and we have the photos to prove it.

What can we say? The place just makes you feel free. We love the chill vibe of Nima and the vibrant social life of the majority Hausa-speaking population, the fly attitude and bright colors of the women, the distinct burst of flavors in Northern Ghanaian cuisine found at many food spots lining the streets and the spectacular finds in the Nima Market.

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Strolling Goats in Accra: NIMA pt. 2

Here’s a second set of photos from our Nima street shoot. Double-click on photos to enlarge. Dig in, Friends.

AFUA ASONA Snaps

AFUA ASONA Snaps!

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Strolling Goats in Accra: Nima [IN FOTOS]

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Jase Tay

JASE TAY in Light Off.

If you know anything about Accra, you know that goats run this town. They’re everywhere – roaming, playing, bucking, being. Since goats are hearty and healthy animals that rarely get sick, goat meat is a choice dish throughout Ghana. And their human tendencies are astonishing. Goats are as bold and daring as their human neighbors with a die-hard attitude able to withstand harsh conditions.

Strolling Goats in Accra reflects life in the African city.

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In Adabraka: ABROKWAH’s Angel

THE 3RD EYE STAY WOKE

THE 3RD EYE STAY WOKE

Meet the talented Mr. KWEKU ABROKWAH. We met Abrokwah during the planning of the first CHALE WOTE Street Festival around this time – two years ago – in March 2011. Since then he’s joined the festival both years and has already started prep for a CHALE WOTE 2013 performance in James Town this September.

As the leader of The Flat Land Boys biker crew and Circus Ghana, Abrokwah is always able to give the people what they want – fresh killah moves. Not only is he king of extreme sport stunts but over the last nine years, he’s performed in Germany and throughout Europe as a cultural dancer, B-boy and circus entertainer.

We shot these snaps on the streets of Adabraka, that pearl of old Accra where Ga business elite and middle-class families historically settled. In this setting, Abrokwah’s affable spirit branches out just as wide as his angel wings.  Ever ready for the next challenge, he inspires us to keep our eyes on the prize.

Check out Abrokwah’s journey below – in his own words. MO VIM.

Photos by ACCRA [dot] ALT [double-click to enlarge].

ABROKWAH'S ANGEL IN ADABRAKA

ABROKWAH’S ANGEL IN ADABRAKA

During my childhood, I went to school at Korlegonno. I saw lots of bicycles – people arranging bicycles. Through that I had a feeling – I fell into a bicycle feeling. I started in 1989 after discovering a famous handbook on biking. There was no Internet in Ghana at that time. I taught myself the different tricks – training one one at a time.

ROBOT SKYFALL

ROBOT SKYFALL

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The Adventures of Solomon Spiderman

LATELY JAMES TOWN HAS BEEN BRIMMING with all kinds of creativity. While taking photos in the cool urban fishing community this week, we ran into a teenager with a lovely imagination.

We met 15-year-old Solomon Ayitey sauntering around the neighborhood in his Spiderman costume and cracking jokes with middle-aged ladies. He stopped to pose and show us what James Town is made of. This made us wonder…what would a Kwaku Ananse costume look like?!

Somebody really needs to get on that one.

All photos by Abass Ismail for ACCRA [dot] ALT.

The Adventures of Solomon Spiderman | photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

The Adventures of Solomon Spiderman | photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

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LOOK SHARP: Accra Street Style

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WELCOME TO ACCRA. | TJ + AJEPOMAA | photo by ACCRA dot ALT

ACCRA‘s got serious style. Folks here love to look good but they keep it low and undercover. But it’s about to get hi-def.

This was more than apparent at the first-ever Ghana Fashion + Design Week held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel over the weekend. The affair brought some of the coolest young designers to strut their stuff on the catwalk including our favorites – Duaba Serwa (Ghana), Sarah Duah (Ghana/Germany), Orange Culture (Nigeria), Coccolily (Ghana/Canada) and Christie Brown (UK/Ghana). These style stars have some bright destinies ahead. Can’t wait to see what they cook up next.

In the meantime and in-between time, peruse through this garden of images. We thought these cool kids had fashion worth stopping to take a picture for. We also decided to do something fun while waiting two hours for the show to finally start. Gotta love our people.

Tune in tomorrow to see photos from the catwalk.

BAYO of Orange Culture | photo by ACCRA dot ALT

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