Arts + Culture

Blitz the Ambassador's Guide To Being An 'African in New York'

Blitz the Ambassador African in New York is our latest city guide feature. Ghanaian-born Blitz lists his favorite spots in NYC.

In our City Guide series we present an alternative, non-whack way of getting to know a town. For our latest edition we enlisted the help of Accra born and raised Blitz the Ambassador for a Ghanaian lens of New York. After all, dude's recently released track is a snazzily-sampled, firsthand account of immigrant life in the Big Apple. Get acquainted with Blitz's city below and, while you're at it, turn up his single "African in New York."

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Best Music Venue:

Blitz: SOB's, I'm biased because they gave me my first real show in New York. And more importantly Papa Jube who was the booker at the time pulled me to the side after the show and screamed at me: "You never hit the stage without your Ghana flag man!" Since then, I've always kept my flag on my mic stand.

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Best Club/Night Spot:

B: Anywhere Rich Medina or Chief Boima are spinning. From afrobeat to highlife to kuduro to soukous to azonto. Those guys play it all. [Stream Rich Medina's Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape below]

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Best night/event for Ghanaian culture:

B: Independence Day Celebration in the Bronx. I run into lots of people I went to high school with back in Ghana. It's one big reunion.

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Best spot for Ghanaian food:

B: Papaye Restaurant in the Bronx. I judge how good a restaurant is based on how many people from that country patronize it. That's how you know it's authentic. At Papaye, you find a few foreigners but mostly Ghanaians.

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Best Date Spot:

B: MoCADA Museum. I like to keep it Brooklyn and they always have some dope exhibit. Yep, I'm that kind of guy.

*Blitz supplied tracks attached to the three pieces featured in this MoCADA exhibit.

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Best Drink In Town:

B: I don't drink alcohol, so its either Ginger Beer or Malta.

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Blitz's latest off the forthcoming The Warm Up EP showcases rapid-fire spitting with fellow Ghanaian emcee Sarkodie. Stream "Internationally Known" below and catch up on city guides from Alec Lomami [Kinshasa], Christian Tiger School [Cape Town], and Bombino [Tuareg Touring in the U.S.].

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The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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