On Ghana’s Independence day, March 6, 2022, music streaming giant, Spotify, released their feature film on the country’s music industry.
The feature film reflects on independence, freedom, the impact of Ghanaian music and culture at home and in the diaspora as well as the future of the creative industry.
Featured in the documentary is Ghanaian American artiste, Vic Mensa who believes that when Africa and the diaspora, including the African Americans forge a connection, the influence of black culture on the world would be exponential.
“Ghana has been the destination for returning African Americans, that has been the link between the continent and the diaspora, that’s not new. Maya Angelou wrote ‘All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes’ here, Malcolm (X) was here, Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King were at the Independence ceremony.”
“I believe that when we forge the connection between the rapidly growing and evolving population of Ghana and Africa at large with the unprecedented level of cultural influence that Black Americans have created, then we become unstoppable,” Vic Mensa said.
Also featured in the documentary is Ghana’s first skate park built in the name of the late fashion icon, Virgil Abloh.
Founder of the Freedom Skate Park, Sandy Alibo said it was refreshing to see brands come to the country to support the art, especially because the Ghanaian culture inspires them. This, she said will help grow the art.
Stonebwoy who was also in the film, noted that collaborations between Ghana and other black people in the diaspora, including the Caribbean would help widen the black cultural experience.
Also featured in the feature was Black Sherif, Sefa, Free The Youth founders, Kelly Kurlsz, Joey Lit and Kweku Maposh.
Rapper M.anifest also in the feature film noted that the Ghana Music Industry is innovative thus it keeps evolving year in year out, with different music, different sounds and different influence.
“Every other year there is something coming up that is fresh like nobody’s business, but it needs to go from that kind of innovation and freshness to dominance. My message to Africans everywhere globally is ‘we for dey for each other (sic),” he added.
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