Ghana – Let’s Dance
Ghana’s Asa Baako festival (meaning ‘One Dance’ in Ghana’s Akan language) takes place in the fishing village of Busua, West Ghana. With a 70% Ghanaian and 30% international line-up, it’s the only contemporary music festival in Ghana, with stages right on the beach and an afterparty in the surrounding forested area. It’s beginning to gather international acclaim, with many citing it as one of the best music festivals in Africa, also incorporating art, music workshops and even yoga classes. Furthermore, the festival aims to support local people from Busua and Takoradi, as well as promote African artists in general, as well as helping with conversation projects in Busua, and has been using crowdfunding campaigns to develop the project further.
We got the chance to speak with one of the festival organisers, 26-year-old Busua resident Ebenezer Bentum, who’s been involved with the festival right from its inception:
How did Asa Baako start, and how did you get involved?
Asa Baako started in 2011, when the other organizers Kofi Debrah and Richard Goddard came to Ghana to figure it out where they could host the events. I got involved when they saw that I could help with my local ideas and suggestions, and I wanted to help when I heard about the festival.
What’s the goal of Asa Baako – what’s most important to you?
To promote the name of Busua to the rest of the world, bringing people to Busua during the festival to boost the economy of Busua, as well promoting local and Ghanaian music.
Who’s your favourite Ghanaian musician?
R2Bees. [see below for this year’s Asa Baako line-up]
What experiences helped you organise Asa Baako?
A love of music, and the fact it was hosted in Busua, where I am from.
What do you see for the future of the festival?
With Asa Baako around, I would love to see local and Ghanaian music go international. I hope we can raise enough money every year to keep the Asa Baako fire burning!! Asa Baako – One Dance One Love One People!
This year’s Asa Baako Festival featured the following artists: