All Together Now Africa part 1 - Ghana
On 11.11.1911 Accra Hearts of Oak was born, one of Africa's very oldest football clubs.
The Ohene Djan Stadium is Ghana’s premier football ground with a capacity of 48,000. It has hosted the CAF Africa Cup of Nations several times but has also seen tragedy as the site of a crush after the end of a Hearts against Asante Kotoko match in 2001 where 127 people died.
In 1957, Kwame Nkrumah, the first leader of a newly independent Ghana invited Sir Stanley Matthews to play in several guest appearances for Hearts to publicise the new Ghanaian league. WATCH HERE
Ghana was the first African nation to declare independence from European colonisation.
As well as a passion for football which is ever on the rise, Ghana has a rich musical culture also of increasing influence and popularity. The most well known genres of music to have come from Ghana are perhaps African Jazz and its earliest form of secular music, Highlife.
In the 1990's a new genre of music appeared incorporating the influences of Highlife, Afro-reggae, Dancehall and Hiphop called Hiplife. Recorded predominantly in the Ghanaian language Akan, Hiplife is rapidly gaining popularity throughout West Africa and abroad, especially in the United Kingdom. Famous Hiplife artists include Reggie Rockstone, Koo Wiase, Kwaw Kese, Obrafour, Obour, Tinny, Asem, Tic Tac, Mzbel, VIP, Buk Bak, KK Fosu, Batman Samini, jaaklan, Okomfour Kwadee, Ayigbe Edem, Sarkodie, Okyeame Kwame, Bradez, Lord Kenya, Castro (D'Destroyer) Sydney, and J. Farrakhan. Producers include Jay Q, Appietus, Ro-Q, Richie, MiD 9ite Rekordz, Hammer of The Last Two, Roro, Zapp Mallet, Nana Quame, Hitz Factory, Big Dave, Kwam1, Panji, Beatmenace, K-Rock, Kevin Beats, Lordy and Seven and Pie-Sie.
Also to be recognized is the emergence of Gh Rap which is underground Hiphop made in Ghana. Most notable are: Tinniequaye, F.F.E, The Skillions, Ecxtreme, Nash, Nova. Evil Twin, Loonee, Pie-Sie, Kwam1, Nash Kevin beats,Greenfield, Gemini, Kwaku-T, Kryptic, Illa Shaz, IsCream, Mic Wreckers, J town, Ko-Jo Cue, Kidkwame, N-Dex, Keps, Peer Pressure crew, Ronny O, Vibe Squad, Scientific, Tight Squeeze Family, Trigmatic, Wanlov, 24Seven, Lousika and more.
The All Together Now Africa project is an effort to extend the aims of the 2014 #alltogethernow music and sculpture venture into an exploration of reparation and peace initiatives across the richly diverse cultures of the African continent in 2015. Music and football are ready conduits for this exciting exchange of ideas and culture. We hope to form many new collaborations and friendships very soon. Stay #alltogethernow.