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And it’s farewell Nkrumah…
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And it’s farewell Nkrumah...

In the mid-1960s the father of an independent Ghana was becoming increasingly authoritarian and discontentment was growing, particularly amongst the military. Ghana was entering a period of uncertainty.

After the sun of independence come the rains
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After the sun of independence come the rains

Ghana opened the floodgates to independence, but the storm clouds soon formed over Kwame Nkrumah’s head, caught in the net of the Cold War. Music, as always, accompanies these events. Ghana Freedom (4/5)

1956: Louis Armstrong lands in Ghana
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1956: Louis Armstrong lands in Ghana

Ghana Freedom (3/5) : In May 1956 Louis Armstrong, a jazz deity, came for a two day visit to Ghana.

Highlife, the soundtrack to a new era
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Highlife, the soundtrack to a new era

Ghana Freedom (2/5). On the eve of independence, highlife music was in vogue in Ghana.

The black star of Ghana in the firmament of independence
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The black star of Ghana in the firmament of independence

Ghana Freedom (1/5) | Ghana, the first sub-Saharan African nation to gain independence, was like a guiding star for those dreaming of freedom.

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On 6th March 1957, Gold Coast gained its independence and became Ghana
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On 6th March 1957, Gold Coast gained its independence and became Ghana

64 years ago Gold Coast won its freedom and became Ghana. We look back on the music surrounding this event, a glimpse of independence for the whole continent.