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Twi, Ga, Fanti or Ewe – lets learn!!


Lost In Translation, an investigative documentary which aired a few months ago on OHTV highlighted a predicament in the British-Ghanaian community in the UK – we were at risk f losing our rich cultural heritage and identity due the decline of Ghanaian languages. The documentary highlighted a growing trend of British born Ghanaians unable to speak any of the local languages primarily due to their parents or older generation failing to pass on the languages.

So if you’re in that category – a British born Ghanaian unable to speak you mother tongue such as Twi, Ga, Fante or Ewe, then fret not because  help is at hand!

The Ghanaian Language School in London offers classroom-based adult language courses in various Ghanaian languages such as Twi, Fanti, Ga and Ewe. The courses are offered on a part time basis and you have the option of a 10 or 20 week course. The lessons last two hours and takes place once a week, so it won’t cause any major interruptions of you have a busy schedule. Alternatively, the Ghanaian Language School also the Coffee Shop course – where classes are limited to just 5 people per session.

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However if the classroom setting doesn’t appeal to you, the school also offers private tuition for a more personalized individual learning experience.

For those of you who have businesses in Ghana and wish to learn the local languages, the school also offer corporate courses and interpretation services for businesses, charities, government bodies and private clients.

So if you’ve always wanted to learn how to speak a Ghanaian language then this is the perfect opportunity for you. There are still a few spaces left so head to their website to register your place on the course now!



Yaa Nyarko (@yaayaa_89)

Ghanaian Music: Wanlov the Kubolor

Album Review: ‘Brown Card’ by Wanlov the Kubolor

WanlovThe skirt-clad and barefooted Wanlov the Kubolor, real name Emmanuel Owusu Bonsu is back with a new self-produced album ‘Brown Card’, an album that is truly worthy of note. With a lot of Ghanaian musicians keeping it safe by sticking to what they know and to a certain extent what the masses want to hear, Wanlov took risks with this album, a risk well worth it as the finished product is a highly experimental  album that is fresh and innovative.

The new album differs from his previous albums Yellow Card and Green Card, which according to him were more West-African influenced. With Brown Card, he states that he wanted to craft a sound that represented his dual identity. This is what he had in mind when he went to France in 2010 to make the album, producing all but the last track. He also collaborated with major artists on this album, such as Keziah Jones, Sena and King Ayisoba.

Brown Card is not only an experimental album, but a personal one as Wanlov digs deep into his Eastern European roots. Born to a Romanian mother and a Ghanaian father, Wanlov takes the best of both identities and makes an album that is uniquely his own: he combines Romanian lullabies with Ashanti war rhythms alongside traditional instruments such as the gonje, violin, xylophone, gypsy accordion, gome, synths, fontomfrom drums, and cimbalon. The result is a tightly balanced but eclectic mix of instruments laced with Wanlov’s sharp lyrics, voiced in Romani, Twi, Ga and Pidgen English.

Wanlov is contemplative, witty, humourous, sentimental and festive on the album. Tracks such as ‘African Gypsy’ ft Keziah Jones, ‘Spr Mi Dat’, and ‘Mapouka Soiree’ are upbeat and typical of Wanlov’s cheeky and mischievous nature, whilst ‘Pentru Mama’, ‘Come Play’ft Sena and ‘Nxt Life’ are more mellow and reflective. The album has spurned two singles, ‘African Gypsy’ and ‘Veverita’ featuring King Ayisoba,a song about an impatient squirrel.

With three albums now safely under his belt, Wanlov is looking to expand his creative horizons yet again. As part of the duo FOKN Bois, Wanlov co-starred with M3nsa in 2010 to produce the first African pidgin musical, ‘Coz Ov Moni’ and states that they are now working together on the sequel. But for now, he plans to tour Europe ‘carrying his ‘Brown Card’.

Brown Card is now available on iTunes

By Yaa Nyarko