IND!E FUSE 2012: DAY 1 [PHOTO SELECTA]

HANDS UP.

HANDS UP.

If you were at IND!E FUSE 2012 this past weekend, then you know we had an INSANELY good time. Wow! Thanks Accra for coming out last Friday + Saturday and showing your support for independent African music.

We got photos from DAY 1 at The Republic Bar + Grill in Osu. We jam-packed the joint out with 500 people and more spilling onto the street. Our mashup boutique featured the Afro-electric sounds of supa dope DJs – Jason Kleatsh, Kweku Ananse, SanSe and DJ Kev with live performances by Rumor, Looney the TKR, Oga Chux, Steloo, Eli and Fatau Keita.

Our MASTA MC – Mawuli Fudoglo – kept everyone in stitches with his silly swag and funky boogie.

FUDOGLO + DJ KEV WARM IT UP

FUDOGLO + DJ KEV WARM IT UP

Like any good block party, the drinks keep pouring and bodies go on shaking. The sound system was a beast so folks couldn’t help but shake a leg. Thanks to the massive mojo of our DJs and live artists – the party kept climbing until 4am in the morning – leaving loads of people in sweaty honeysuckle bliss.

What a blast! Take a journey through our photo selecta of IND!E FUSE 2012: Day 1 right here. All photos taken by ACCRA [dot] ALT.

RED LIGHT SPECIAL

RED LIGHT SPECIAL

A YELLOW SUN

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

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Meet Me at The Republic

THE REPUBLIC PATIO | photo provided by The Republic

Since it’s July 1st opening in Osu, The Republic Bar + Grill has quickly become the spot in Accra. Like the every-week-kind-of-spot to chill, catch up with friends, and listen to some cool music over beer and cho. It’s a hip, Ghanaian version of Cheers – where everyone feels at home because the place has such a kick back ambiance.

BLOGGER VICTORIA OKOYE + ARCHITECT BRANDON ROGERS

THE CHILL KIDS | photo provided by The Republic

One thing that consistently draws a crowd to The Republic is the music. Accra folk are thirsty for places to hear good music and The Republic is on point in this regard. Thanks to Resident DJ Jason Kleatsh of GALT|Faculty and visiting international DJs – the place jams down every night to a generous mix of electronica, highlife, house, Afrobeat, hip hop, baile funk and more that will keep you running to the DJ booth and asking “Now, WHO is this?!”

The prices are insane – 5 cedi cocktails and 3 + 7 cedi tapas – for a country where the cedi has steadily depreciated and city restaurants respond by increasing their menu prices by the week. By using local ingredients (sugarcane rum, cassava, brown rice + beans, etc.) The Republic owners and brothers, Raja and Kofi Owusu-Ansah, keep costs down and customers happy.

COOL CHO | photo provided by The Republic

COCO BATIDA / photo provided by The Republic

Stop by and try the Coco Batida cocktail. This silk dream in a glass is a mixture of coconut milk, cream, crushed ice, cane spirit, chocolate pieces and nuts. With Mama Owusu-Ansah in the kitchen, the food is simple and delicious – hearty, flavorful, and right on time.

Whether you’re coming for a Tuesday happy hour or a Thursday live music jam or Sunday DJ lounge session, this bar won’t disappoint.

For more on The Republic, check out our interview below with Raja + Kofi:

PHOTOG PHENOM, Tacitus Nana-Yabani

PUNCH DRUNK LOVE | photo provided by The Republic

THE REPUBLIC CONCEPT

[Raja] We were thinking, where can you go in Accra where you can just sit, listen to good music and have a drink at a good price? That’s what we were looking for. And that’s what we are about – good music, good price, good environment, good ambiance and correct people around you. It’s as simple as that.

[Kofi] The concept of The Republic Bar captures what Ghana was in the early Independence period at a time when Ghana had a lot of good stories to tell – whether in culture, arts, music or politics.

AFRO ANTIQUE | photo provided by The Republic

[Raja] The décor is influenced by that epoch – books, records, that camera, radio, even the furniture dates back to that time. All these photos are from that time and what we have today is the evolution of that moment.

THE PRICE BE COOL

[Raja] We maintain the quality of a fair price. There’s no reason to profit in an irresponsible way or to hurt your clientele. How do you get the cool people in here? By giving them a price that is cool for them.

YA GOT TO COORDINATE

[Raja] The color combination is a no-brainer. There’s a strong contrast between the black and red [on the ceiling and walls). The black has been swallowed by color and pictures so it actually looks like a void. Red is a very passionate color that represents that We are the People, basically. But we are still adding more.

PETER ADARKWAH | photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

WAX SELECTA

[Kofi] We had Peter Adarkwah (founder of BBE Records) on opening night to play. Our intention is to have our own vibe more and more – we want to invite DJs who can come and add to The Republic and its future. We play the best of world music is what I should say.  The plan is to get some cool DJs on board.

[Raja] Jason Kleatsh is our resident DJ. He’s got a good inventory of music that we play out and people are really loving it.

[Kofi] Every day’s like my birthday at the pub.

[Raja] I could say the same.

THE REPUBLIC PATIO | photo provided by The Republic

MIDAS TOUCH

[Raja] Already people are coming with proposals to franchise.  Me personally, I think you lose the essence. This is supposed to be a small chill place…it’s supposed to be laidback.

[Kofi] A lot of people have expressed that this is different from any place they have seen in Accra. That’s one thing I really appreciate about this place.  It’s been good so far.

MIXED PRINTS | photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

[Raja] The response has been really encouraging. People like the place. We were actually taken aback, we were not expecting this much of a response. It makes us happy, it’s very, very encouraging. Just a little attention to detail – people take notice of it. Different people love different things about the place.  Some people walk in here and don’t notice something here and someone else walks in and says ‘I can completely resonate with that.’

The Republic Bar + Grill | @TheRepublicGH | 024 631 4044

*All Photos in this article must be credited to ACCRA [dot] ALT unless otherwise indicated.