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Mabiisi: Accra Sessions Photo Essay

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This week, in the second episode of our new Afropop Closeups podcast series, we hear the story of a boundary-breaking collaboration between rapper Art Melody from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and kologo player Stevo Atambire from the north of Ghana, known as “Mabiisi.”

United by common languages and cultural traditions, but divided by national borders and colonial heritage, the two artists met in Accra in December 2014 to record their debut album, out now on Akwaaba Music. Producer Morgan Greenstreet was on hand to witness this unique collaboration. Alongside interviews and behind the scenes recordings, he also captured some candid photographs of the sessions at Last Chance Studios in Accra:

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The Dzorwulu neighborhood of Accra, Ghana

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Stevo Atambire and Art Melody relaxing between takes at the studio

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Stevo with his instrument, the kologo

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Mabiisi in action

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Benjamin Lebrave at the controls

_DSC0043Mabiisi also performed live at the Sabolai Radio Festival

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Benjamin Lebrave of Akwaaba Music and Mantse Aryeequaye of Sabolai Radio

Benjamin Lebrave of Akwaaba Music and Mantse Aryeequaye of Sabolai Radio

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