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Watch the Trailer for the Upcoming Documentary ​'This is Ghana'

In this documentary, Ghanaian-British director and photographer Danny Wonders captures Ghana's 2019 'Year of Return'.

Danny Wonders is a Ghanaian-British director and photographer as well as the founder of WonderVision Films. He's worked with everyone from Davido, Stefflon Don and Burna Boy to French Montana and The Migos, among several others. At the beginning of this year, the British-born creative returned to his home country for the first time in his life. His latest project, a documentary entitled This is Ghana, was inspired by his return home and documents varied cultural elements and tourism within Ghana, with the ultimate aim of inspiring Ghanaians in the diaspora to eventually return home.


This is Ghana captures the beautiful aspects of Ghanaian culture and tourism in their many different forms. The documentary was made to to "deliver a message to peers in the western world, to come back to Africa and be around their people because there is a lot to learn and a lot to grow from".

"Year of Return" is a tourist and investment initiative designed to attract the African Diaspora as 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in Jamestown, Virginia. In September of 2018, Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo declared and formally launched the initiative which is currently being spearheaded by The Ghana Tourism Authority, the Office of Diaspora Affairs as well as The Adinkra Group of the USA.

Watch the trailer for the documentary below:

This Is Ghana Documentary (Official Trailer) www.youtube.com

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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