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.
Ghanaian Londoner, Andrew Ashong, delivers this cut, “Flowers,” fresh and straight to your front door. Matter fact, dude’s ringing your doorbell. Ashong teamed up with house master, Theo Parrish, on this free downloadable EP.
“Flowers” is an almost 9-minute masquerade parade slowed down with spring chords and a black and blue bass into a circular, two-step dub jam.
That’s chief. Listening to this song on repeat is like riding the handlebars of a superbly tricked out bike.
Shout out to @SanSedj for the link. Dig this garden. “Flowers,” Chale.