Post Independent Ghana, with its new found sense of pride and identity created the perfect conditions for artistic innovation and musical creativity. The late 60s and 70s in Ghana will always be considered the Golden Age of Ghanaian and African music.
This period laid the foundations for the explosion of the distinctive Afro sound all over Africa and the emergence of musical artistes and collectives like Hedzoleh Soundz, Pagadeja, Boombaya, Ebo Taylor, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Gyedu Blay Ambolley to name a few. It was an era of incredible musicians and bands. Records released on vinyl in that era have become highly collectible. Those same records still continue to shape and influence the music we hear today.
Jamestown Boutique and The GoldenStool Project UK will be collaborating to host a specially curated street party to showcase the best in music produced in 70s in Ghana and Africa. Music will be strictly played in their original formats – vinyl. Party will take place in Jamestown an area in Accra steeped in very rich history.
Bernard Johnson-Tackie (Volta45) is a Ghanaian London based DJ, record collector, writer and radio presenter. He is the creative brain behind the cultural agency – The GoldenStool Project. For the past 12 years he has scoured all corners of West Africa in search of rare musical gems on vinyl. His extensive catalog of rare West African records spans highlife, afrobeat, folk/traditional and hard hitting funk drenched in African rhythms.
He is also an in demand DJ on the festival circuit in Europe. Highlights of his Dj career include opening for Seun Kuti at London’s premier live music club The Village Underground, a 2 day residency at Novara Jazz Festival in Italy and a 3 year residency on Haggerston Radio. Bohemian East London is home to his raucous Doin’ Our Own Thing (DOOT) parties where Ghanaian & African dance music of the 70s is played all night strictly on vinyl to a diverse audience.
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