Growing up with Music: Interview with Kyekyeku Fri, 2014-02-28 15:58

Kyekyeku tells us how he grew up with music, the roots of the Palm Wine genre and his path into the music industry. Mary asks Kyekyeku about his involvement in community projects in Jamestown, Accra and Daniel chats further about the musical hotspots of Ghana and the music scene today.

In this podcast Kyekyeku discusses the role of music as an avenue for self-expression and how the advent of computer technology in Ghana opened up access to the music industry for youth in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Kyekyeku celebrates the ability of young people mixing musical influences in their home studios which has helped to charge the music scene in Ghana today.

Kyekyeku talks about his involvement in a radio drama project with SOAS Radio in Accra, which was the first time he produced music for a community-based project, and about working with the charity Akosia ( in Jamestown. Mary asks Kyekyeku about the benefits of creative projects for children and how they bring children together to work towards a common good.

Kyekyeku has recently collaborated with SOAS Radio and JT Live Community Radio in Jamestown, to produce a podcast for World Radio Day, which you can listen to here


Akwaaba – Ghana – Kyekyeku
Pay Me (Friday Night) – Ghana – Kyekyeku and Koo Nimo
Beautiful Place – Ghana – Kyekyeku

Presented by Mary Thackray and Daniel Avis
Produced by Nii Kwartey Owoo