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Here's a Ghanaian Electronic Anthem For Late Nights and Early Mornings

Kae Sun premieres the hazy music video for "Treehouse"

We've been keeping tabs on Canadian-based Ghanaian singer and songwriter Kwaku Darko-Mensah Jnr. aka Kae Sun for years now. His unique blend of pop songwriting with indie rock, R&B and electronic influences has made him one to watch since his excellent last album, Afriyie, which earned him millions of streams.

Kae Sun is now readying the release of his upcoming record, Whoever Comes Knocking, which he's announcing with the music video for "Treehouse," a dark-yet-uplifting anthem for late nights and early mornings inspired by his neighborhood in Accra.

"Treehouse started with a rough electronic bass patch that my producer Joshua was messing around in an early session for the album," Kae Sun mentions. "At the time, I'd been talking with another friend about electronic ambient influences in some the older African music that we really liked. I was imagining like sparse, slow and moody textures in the music with more introspective almost spiritual lyrics like the come down from an afro-pop high. I jokingly coined a term for it, "neverending dawn."

"Sometimes in Dzorwulu (my neighborhood in Accra), you'd see the crowd of folks going to church and the folks who would just be leaving the club at like 7 AM. Wanted to make something for both moods. That's what I was hearing on the instrumental which became Treehouse. We put some moody guitars on there and just wrote something really direct and sort of melancholic."

Watch our premiere of the "Treehouse" music video, directed by Epher Heilland, above.

Whoever Comes Knocking will be out via Moonshine on March 2.

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#LGBTRightsGhana: Ghanaians Rally Support For the LGBT+ Community

Pro-LGBT+ advocacy in Ghana is at an all-time high as members of the community face public backlash.

The LGBT+ community in the West African country of Ghana is a fast growing group, but they are also highly marginalized. In recent times, the nation's LGBT+ population has faced increased backlash from members of Ghana's society who are opposed to the rights of the community. Many members of the community are forced to live secret or suppressed lives, as those who are open about their sexuality face discrimination and oppression in various forms and degrees, as a result of living in a society that lacks progressiveness and regard for basic human rights for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation.

At the moment both the backlash and the advocacy for the cause is currently at a climax, sparked by recent events concerning Ghana's LGBT+ support group and the public opposition against it by Ghana's society and the nation's government. Ghana's official LGBT+ support group, called LGBT+ Rights Ghana, established their headquarters in Accra on January 31, 2021. The office was intended to be a safe space and avenue of support for all LGBT+ Ghanaians. On February 24, 2021. the office was shut down by members of Ghana's national security force together with the police, on orders issued by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, after the center became the subject of a furious public backlash.

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