Creative Arts + Culture.

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I have championed and curated music, African culture, counterculture, arts and creativity in all the ways listed below for over two decades. Music is probably my ground zero: I started DJing in the early 2000s with London’s Amplified collective, helping to organize events for the likes of The Roots, spinning for artists like Erykah Badu, and experimenting with African street sounds two decades before the rise of afrobeats.

Contact me if you need someone who can research, speak to, or pursue creative projects around music, art, African popular culture, and counterculture.

Radio & Podcasting

  • Presenter/Producer, LO-LIFE on Oroko Radio (May 2022 to date)
  • Guest DJ, Beatz Africa on 3FM (May 2020)
  • Co-Host/Producer, The DECAF Podcast and DECAF Live Events (Oct 2016 to Feb 2018)
  • Radio DJ/Co-Presenter, The Big Weekend on YFM (Nov 2015)
  • Radio DJ/Co-Presenter, DUST LYVE! on YFM (Jan 2012 – Jul 2013) 
  • Radio DJ/Presenter, The Friday Night Blender on Joy 99.7 FM (Jun 2009 – Jun 2010)
  • Radio DJ/Co-Presenter, The Soul Explosion on Vibe FM (2008-9) 

Public Lectures & Workshops

  • Facilitator, 2022 Mo Issa Writing Workshops (Sept 2022)
  • Presenter, Pop Culture, Pidgin & Other Strange Paths Towards Social Memory for the 2022 Library Of Africa & The African Diaspora (LOATAD) Symposium (April, 2022)
  • Presenter, Help America: Why Africans Should Care Despite African Problems for SOAS Virtual Lecture Series (July 2020)
  • Project Lead, Ashesi Innovation Experience Creative Arts Module (Aug 2019, 2018)
  • Facilitator, Getting Your Royalties Right for Aftown Music Workshop (Jul 2019)
  • Presenter, Televise the Revolution: How Pop Academia Can Help Save Ghana for the Nubuke Foundation’s Ghana Must Go Series (May 2017)
  • Facilitator, GIRD Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop (Oct 2016) 
  • Speaker, Blogging Ghana’s Inaugural By the Fireside Monthly Event (Oct 2015) 
  • Presenter, Accra Theatre Workshop’s Storytelling Marathon (March 2014)  

Panels

  • Moderator, AWA ACP-EU Culture Programme, The Influence of Digital Technology on Economic & Social Collaboration in the West African Cultural System (Aug 2022)
  • Panelist, Lagos International Poetry Festival, Conscious Solidarities: Black Solidarity Across Generation, Geography & Gender (Oct 2020)
  • Panelist, Pa Gya Literary Festival, When a Short Story Works (Oct 2020)
  • Panelist, Adventures… Live! panel on Raising Kids without Sexual Shame (Aug 2020)
  • Panelist, Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD) on Feminisms in Ghana; Are there new approaches in the push for gender equality? (Mar 2020)
  • Judge, University of Ghana International Week Debate (Feb 2020)
  • Panelist, New Versions of Old Visions: How We Dey Claim Wona Own for Tampered Press launch (Jan 2020)
  • Panelist, Year of Return Speakeasy at eAnanse Library (Nov 2019)
  • Panelist, Webster University Ghana talk on Social Media in the 21st Century; Its Impact on Mental Health, Business Success and Social Movements (Oct 2019)
  • Panelist/Moderator, Celebrity, Complicity and Community: Making Sense of ‘Surviving R Kelly for Webster University Ghana (Mar 2019)
  • Panelist, Tell Me What You See (Through the Looking Glass of Pop Culture) at the Yoyo Tinz Festival (Nov 2018)
  • Speaker, Process Music Summit (Jan 2018)  
  • Speaker, Buzz Meets Biz Accra Exchange Program (Nov 2017)  
  • Panelist, Let’s Talk Consent Workshop (Nov 2016) 
  • Panelist, Ghana’asem Leadership Series (Oct 2016)  
  • Host/Panelist, MESH Design Confab (May 2016) 
  • Panelist, PwC Aspire to Lead 2016 Panel Discussion (Feb 2016) 
  • Panelist, Government of Ghana/IOM Panel Discussion on Diaspora, Transnational Belonging and Giving Back (Dec 2015)  
  • Panelist, Yoyo Tinz Palabre during Alliance Francaise’ Hip Hop Week (Nov 2015) 

MCing & Moderating

  • Moderator, Pa Gya Literary Festival, Learning About the Slave Trade through the Arts Panel (Oct 2020)
  • MC, NYU Accra Labone Dialogues: Masterclass with Ama Ata Aidoo (Oct 2020)
  • MC, NYU Accra Labone Dialogues: Archives & Local Production of Knowledge – The Kofi Ghanaba Archives (Feb 2020)
  • Moderator, Conversation with Langlands and Bell at Gallery 1957 (Oct 2019)
  • Moderator/Panelist, Celebrity, Complicity and Community: Making Sense of ‘Surviving R Kelly for Webster University Ghana (Mar 2019)
  • Interviewer, Pa Gya! Literature Festival (Oct 2019, 2018, 2017)  
  • MC, Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art (April 2018)
  • Moderator, Conversation on Creative-Friendly Families and the Development of Creative Ecosystems for The Africa Concert (TAC) (Feb 2018)  
  • Host, Ghana Climate Innovation Centre Launch (May 2016)  
  • Host, Beyond Beginnings: Exploring the Place of Ethnicity in Our Lives: an nKENTEn Public Talk at the Nubuke Foundation (Mar 2015)  
  • Host, Blogging Ghana BlogCamp (Apr 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Host, Invisible Borders Talk Party Launch (Jul 2013) 
  • Host, Taiye Selasi’Ghana Must Go Book Launch (Jul 2013)

Profiles

DJing & Music Curation

  • A Tribe Called No Requests at Tea Baa presents Baa & Bean (Mar 2020)
  • House Rules Live for Harmattan Rain at Luna Rooftop Bar (Feb 2020)
  • Residency at TASTE Art Exhibition Day Parties (Villagio) (Nov 2019)
  • Africa Film Society’s Classics in the Park Open-Air Cinema Events (Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec 2016)  
  • BeatphreaksNo Requests DJ Segment of A Memorable Night (Sep 2016)  
  • Blogging Ghana BlogCamp (Apr 2016)
  • FutureFest at Alliance Francaise (Oct 2015)  
  • Chalewote Street Arts Festival (Aug 2015)  
  • Re-Connect GH Returnee Networking Summit (Dec 2011, 2013, 2014) 
  • Paapa‘s Solar Concert (Aug, 2013)  
  • Save the Rex Cinema Campaign Launch (Jul 2013)  
  • Asabaako Music Festival (Mar 2011, 2012)  
  • Felabration at Republic Bar (Aug 2012)
  • Soul in Motion at The Spot, (2008-2009)  
  • Zion Rock at The Office Bar (2007)  
  • Amplified UK (2001-2005) 

Other Work

  • Voice Actor, Captain Z Cartoon for the Mmofra Children’s Channel (Feb 2019)
  • Interview at Adomaa’s Afraba EP Launch: