Blog July 12, 2016
Mabiisi: Accra Sessions Photo Essay
This week, in the second episode of our new Afropop Closeups podcast series, we hear the story of a boundary-breaking collaboration between rapper Art Melody from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and kologo player Stevo Atambire from the north of Ghana, known as "Mabiisi." United by common languages and cultural traditions, but divided by national borders and colonial heritage, the two artists met in Accra in December 2014 to record their debut album, out now on Akwaaba Music. Producer Morgan Greenstreet was on hand to witness this unique collaboration. Alongside interviews and behind the scenes recordings, he also captured some candid photographs of the sessions at Last Chance Studios in Accra: [caption id="attachment_30281" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Dzorwulu The Dzorwulu neighborhood of Accra, Ghana[/caption] [caption id="attachment_30279" align="aligncenter" width="640"]_DSC0027 Stevo Atambire and Art Melody relaxing between takes at the studio[/caption] [caption id="attachment_30280" align="aligncenter" width="640"]_DSC0025 Stevo with his instrument, the kologo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_30277" align="aligncenter" width="640"]_DSC0033 Mabiisi in action[/caption] [caption id="attachment_30275" align="aligncenter" width="640"]_DSC0045 Benjamin Lebrave at the controls[/caption] _DSC0043Mabiisi also performed live at the Sabolai Radio Festival _DSC0062 _DSC0063 _DSC0078 _DSC0082 _DSC0105 _DSC0097 [caption id="attachment_30271" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Benjamin Lebrave of Akwaaba Music and Mantse Aryeequaye of Sabolai Radio Benjamin Lebrave of Akwaaba Music and Mantse Aryeequaye of Sabolai Radio[/caption]