Read on for our guide to the week's coolest events and most interesting venues. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events, nightlife, and whatever else Accra manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.
The best things to do in Accra this week
Hear some of the leading names in the music industry from marketing to policy and technology. The aim of the conference is to develop a space to discuss, act, share and understand that space called the 'music industry' and how to create equal opportunities for women in this sector. Free
In its fourth year, the Live in Accra Jazz festival sees international artists visit Accra to play live at the Alliance Francaise. A delight for music fans based in the city, the festival brings big names, including trumpeter, Marcus Wyatt of South Africa and the Victor Dey Quartet, as well as new comers such as Brussels-born Esinam, a solo multi-instrumentalist (Wed 26 April). There will be talks and concerts over the two weeks. Most events are free and well worth checking out.
The fourth instalment of the Artist Concert sees the successful young singer song-writer, ELi, perform live. ELi's take on Afro-fusion has led him to work with big labels and has produced music for companies such as Coca-Cola. Music lovers will not want to miss this chance to see one of Accra's best indie artists sing in close proximity. 10 GHc
Find locally grown produce here at this eco-friendly food initiative. Not just fruit and veg sold, you'll find games, handmade items, a book swap, ideas swap, even spoken word. Like-minded people come here to discuss and share ideas on a more sustainable way of producing and buying food. Well worth a visit.
James Barnor’s Jamestown Revisited as the names indicates, explores through his photography, the narrative on the history of the city of Accra, where he was born and practiced photography. James Barnor’s work freezes in time the nostalgia and the spirit of Accra in a way that allows one to reimagine what Accra could be...a city with great potential. Some of the key questions that this exhibition explores, are the social backgrounds of the archived families who are captured in the photos. Other key areas include their eco-nomic class, educational attainment /achievement, their links with the diaspora, the reasons for the pictures that were taken. For the first time the people represented will be able to see positive images of themselves in their forebearers. These images show a gone by time of enlightenment and a progressive attitude to life in these parts that is lost on the present inhabitants (partly caused by unemployment, low self esteem, lack of education and all the other impediments to human development.) The exhibition therefore aims to serve as a mirror of a past that can be used as a spur to the potential development of the future.
A 2014 documentary directed by Hajooj Kuka, Beats of the Antonov is an eye-opening account of life in South Sudan for the inhabitants of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions. Civil war still rages and Kuka has followed farmers, herders and rebels of this area since 2012, capturing their culture, their struggle for survival and how they cope with grief. A very real and sometimes shocking documentary worth watching.
Don't miss the music roster at +233, probably the city's best live music venue. The food – burgers, hotdogs, chicken, chips, kebabs and pork chops – is mostly off the grill. The music varies between highlife, blues, jazz (although rarely hip hop) and anything else good.
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