The Highsnobiety Soundsystem Curator Series invites metropolitan DJs, curators and musicians to guide us through unmissable spots in their city – each time with an exclusively curated playlist that reminds them of home. Returning to Africa for the second time, following our tour of Durban, courtesy of Citizen Boy, one of afrobeats’ rising stars Ghetto Boy takes us around his native Accra.
Energy is at the core of Ghetto Boy’s work, and flavor is his principle concern when taking us on a tour of Accra, Ghana.
Who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
I’m Ghetto Boy. A bad boy musician from London and Accra, Ghana.
What makes Accra different to any other place on Earth?
The food in Accra is on a different level, you won’t find the same food anywhere else in the world. I recommend to go and eat waakye and goat meat. Then you need to go chill at the beach, because Accra is crazy hot.
What restaurant do you go to when you’re tying to impress?
To be honest, that’s a mad question because I can’t let that information out to the public, you’ll ruin the whole game… Between you and me though, Tip Top on Oxford Street in Osu is the spot. Absolute baddest Chinese joint in the whole of Accra!
Where do you go for comfort food, and what do you always order?
Every joint in Accra is comfort food for me really, but when I’m in London, I go to Abi’s Corner in Clapton. It’s real authentic Jollof and Waakye, I chop that with my hands just like home.
What spot in Accra do you never get tired of visiting?
Tawala Beach! It’s owned by my boy Tawala. They’ve got nice music, nice vibes and they sell the best Akonfem in town.
Is there a place in Accra that visitors can’t miss out on?
You can’t miss Bloom Bar in Osu, this is the place for that authentic enjoyment in Accra.
Which store do you go to when you’re looking to spend big?
In Accra, if I want to spend big it’s definitely Ace Tantra. If you know you know!
What’s your most coveted grail (clothing, sneakers or possession)?
If I’m keeping it real, it’s my MacBook, that’s the motherboard of everything, I’ve probably got over 100 of my songs on there.
Briefly talk us through your playlist – what are some of the tracks that specifically remind you of Accra, and why?
Wizkid – “Joro”
This song is my “feel good” song. I listen to it whenever I’m looking for good vibes.
Ghetto Boy – “Je”
I wrote this song based on a real life situation so every time I hear it, it reminds of that moment. This my favorite song on my EP.
Ghetto Boy – “Underlover”
This song takes me back to 2016, a year before I actually released it. I wasn’t even too keen on releasing it but then it turned out to be one of my biggest songs in my career today!
Ghetto Boy – “Balance”
This song reminds of summer 2018 in london. I used to wake up real early just to catch the sun. I made this song at 9am!
Joeboy – “Beginning”
This song is another one of my “feel good” songs. It carry’s a happy vibe which is similar to the feeling my own songs give me.
Rema – “Corny”
This songs reminds me of Ghana. This was the first song I’ll play in the morning and at the beach.
Sarz – “Trobul”
This song gives me a real relaxed vibe. Nice when I’m alone and meditating. Makes me feel like I’m in Lagos even though I’ve never been.
DJ Tunez – “Causing Trouble”
This another which makes me feel like I’m in Lagos. It has like a party/relaxed vibes that puts in a good mood.
Mr Eazi – “Doyin”
I love Simi’s voice soo much in this song! This another feel good song. It took a while to grow on me but when it did, I couldn’t get enough of it.
Tekno – “Skeletun”
This song is for the dancer within me. Makes me feel like I’m in a party. I can never just hear it once, it’s gotta be on repeat!