Following the monumental success of their debut edition in the Algarve region of southern Portugal, the organisers of Afro Nation Festival head to Ghana before 2019 comes to an end for another celebration of music created by artists from the global African diaspora – spanning Afrobeats, hip hop, R&B, reggae, dancehall, pop, rap and more.
The setting for this debut edition on African soil is Ghana's capital city – more specifically Laboma Beach – so ahead of the four-day party, featuring performances from the likes of Burna Boy, DaVido, Wizkid, Olamide, we took the chance to ask the festival team for their insight about the city and all that it has to offer.
What's the best thing about Accra?
With Accra beaming with vibrancy and culture this reflects within the daily interaction of the population. Accra offers enough experiences to satisfy people of various ages, interests, and likes including a multitude of key historical landmarks, delicious food, diverse music and natural resources that visitors can appreciate.
Favourite neighbourhood or area of the city?
In Accra, no other place exudes vitality and youthfulness like Osu. Known as the network hub plus the diverse neighbourhood, it is one of the most visited and dynamic cultural hotspots in Ghana. With people of various ages/backgrounds assembling to its streets for the restaurants, clubs, casinos and arts craft stall boutiques all in close proximity.
What are the best places to go for a drink?
For a more premium and luxury drinking experience Sky Bar 25 and Coco Lounge are your best options. Enjoy the amazing views of night-time Accra from the tallest building in the city at Sky Bar 25. Alternatively Coco Lounge with their cocktail nights and large selections of the signature drinks.
For a more chilled and relaxed atmosphere Republic Bar and Grill (pictured above) is the go-to spot. Great comfortable environment with light musical entertainment.
And the best places to eat?
If you’re after great traditional Ghanaian delicacies such as waakye, fufu or plantain & beans in a local chop bar setting then look no further than Buka (pictured below) or Chez Clarisse located within the Central Osu area. Based in a relaxed scenery with the option of outdoor/indoor seating these are popular spots for lunch or an evening meal setting.
Alternatively in Accra, cuisines and foods from different cultures are ever-emerging in the city such as French, Japanese, Spanish and many more themed restaurants. Santoku, La Chaumiere, Bistro22, Capitol and Toro all stick out as amazing options to explore.
Best live music spots and clubs?
For people looking for a great live music available in Accra, Republic Bar & Grill and Afrikiko are the best destinations – if you want to engulf the true sounds of the city from highlife, soul and Afrobeat.
Great clubbing options would be Twist, Carbon and Ace Tantra, where the music is predominantly Afrobeats, hip hop & R&B.
At the other end of the spectrum, what are the best places in the city to go for some peace and quiet?
There’s no better way to unwind than to enjoy from the many resorts available for total relaxation in Ghana. White Sands Beach Resort, Bojo Beach Resort, Peduase Valley Resort are amazing options for gentle strolls down the beach, amazing scenery and light musical entertainment.
Where would you take a friend who is visiting Accra for the first time?
With so much to do in Accra it’s hard to narrow it down to one thing, but seeing the beautiful natural landscapes of Accra is a must, therefore the Legon Botanical Gardens (above) is one of the spots to visit for the first time.
If you could pick one song that sounds most like Accra, what would it be?
Quamina MP’s 'Party' is a good choice, as the song features some of the new emerging acts coming out from Ghana. The content of always wanting to have a good time embodies the nature of people and the feel-good Afrobeat vibe.
Afro Nation Ghana takes place in Accra from 27-30 December 2019. Book tickets, packages, accommodation, transport and extras here