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Temple EP Listening at Lokko House

Temple EP Listening at Lokko House

We are glad to be back hosting events at our space albeit with a few changes and adjustments. Our last event before the lock down was all the way back in February. Who knew things would change this much.

Since then, we just had an EP listening session with our very good friend & dope artist Temple GH. If you’ve ever been to one of the listening sessions at our space, you’ll realise we are all about the experience & HUMAN interaction.

You can check out the first video released from the EP. A personal favourite here at Lokko House, Bars for Days. Wooo!

Tokyo was feeling the sounds.

This time around we had to observe social-distancing protocols, sanitising of hands & nose mask/face shield wearing. But that didn’t spoil the fun one bit. Temple came through with back to back bars, punchlines, deep dope lyrics and a witty play with words. He also doubles as a DJ, not rap though, but house music.

Temple telling us about his House Music influences.

We sent out invites to a few folk we were sure would most definitely show up (we didn’t want a super packed place). All in all it was a cool event. A chance for us to relive those times we use to have mad linkups before now.

Love in the Accra City with Tommy WÁ

With February being the designated month of love and all, it was just right that our friends from Accra City Nice put together an event centred on the theme of love. The whole idea was to explore the concept of love in the Accra city, the various facets through which it is expressed whilst enjoying sounds from indie artiste Tommy WÁ and later shaking our bodies to the beats of DJ Flavour.

Lokko House | home of urban culture

As always the creatives from ACN changed the format and setting of this event from the previous ones. Instead of the usual indoor setting where the guest can interact with the performers in an enclosed environment, Maweuna, Kofi, Eric & co turned the space in our shop into a cool band stage. The whole set-up was simple and had an indoor-outdoor feel to it (like a movie screening outdoors).

Lokko House | home of urban culture

Watch Tommy WÁ play live at Accra City Nice’s Love in Accra City experience inside Lokko House. Love in Accra city is an exploration of the different aspects of love expressed by creative people in the city of Accra. It’s an experience which allows them showcase their love language through their chosen craft.

Tommy WÁ at Lokko House | Love in Accra City | ACN live acoustic pt.1

SET LIST
“Ray in my blues”
“I don’t want to (share my demons)”
“Riverbank”

Tommy WÁ at Lokko House | Love in Accra City | ACN live acoustic pt.2

MUSICIANS
Oluwatomiwa Suleiman Oyakhilome: vocals;
Christoph Philipp Matenaers: drums;
Andrew Asare: lead guitar

Gafacci EP listening at The Warehouse

On the last Friday of January our buddies from Accra city nice hosted a listening session with pioneering afrobeats producer Gafacci. He shared some songs off his latest extended-play titled “Face the wall”. The EP is a five track body of work that give us a glimpse into immense and diverse talent the famous producer has for his craft.

A man of many talents, Gafacci told a rather somber story of the hurdles he had to overcome during the early phases of his music production career. A testament to the challenges music producers face in this part of the world; Gafacci took us back to the time when he had produced hits songs for artists like Dee Money, D-Black, Chase and the like yet had nothing concrete to show for in terms of financial stability. The place he lived at the time was directly opposite the wall of the L.A presby school, where students would shout out his name whenever they see him pass by(him being famous & all). Hence the idea behind the name of the EP “Face the Wall

He also touched on the business side of music and what is takes to thrive in the industry. Alluding to the fact that he gets 90% of his revenue from online music company bandcamp, he encouraged folks in his line of profession to know how to use whatever tools that are at their disposal to monetize their work. “Producers in this space who are respected are those who know how the politics within the system works”, he said. Also, the interactions with the audience birthed a vague idea of a platform for various producers across the country showcasing their music for like-minded folks.

As usual Maweuna & co held down the fort nicely, asking really interesting questions, and engaging with the audience too. All in all it was a fun night with drinks and laughter all round. We are so looking forward to the next listening session CHALE!

Gafacci Brings It Home On Face The Wall EP

12 Days; An African Lifestyle Event

Our luxury sister brand, Elle Lokko in partnership with some of our stocking brands put together a sales event dubbed,”12 days”. A unique sales event aimed at showcasing contemporary lifestyle brands, 12 days was coined after the famous Christmas poem/song “12 Days of Christmas”.

The event which was held in “The long room” next to our warehouse had on deck brands like Osei duro, Threaded Tribes, 87 Origins, I Am Isigo and many more. With the idea of the 12 days concept in mind(where a loved one gets a special gift every day till Christmas) the sales discount started at 15% on all items and increased steadily till the 12th day at 50%.

It was a mellow and fun experience for both brands and shoppers alike. A curated experience worth recreating again in the near future.

Playlist Session with Shefroyan & Teochronic

Dance and movement has always been a part of music and rhythm, thus we turned our shop space into a make-shift studio with eccentric professional dancers Shefroyan & Teochronic. So, Instead of having mirrors like the way various indoor dance studios have, our display Windows became an impromptu screen for folks to see how the ladies got down(very sure they could see themselves from the inside aye!!). Dancing in a way connects the movement of bodies to the numerous vibrations coursing through this plane of existence, and yes these ladies showed us that. They even had quick dance tutorials for those in the mood to move & shake their bodies(We didn’t come here to play oo). As usual the house rules applied, drinks in hand and attentive ears to what the heck was going on. Their playlist included everything from the Afrobeats to old school Hip-Hop, which in a way captures how dance worms its way into all forms of expressive art. All in all, it was a really dope event and we look forward to doing something like this sometime soon. Thank you Ladies!

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We're not here to play! The stories of our space need to be told properly, and we're committed to doing our part. Our monthly listening sessions is where the creative people in #accracity share their stories and playlist with other amazing people. The energy is organic and the conversations are real. Last Saturday's session with @shefroyan & @teochronic was something else. Watch out for the podcast and their playlist. Big shouts to our partners who make the magic happen: @lokkohouse @artlifematters @dj_vimtinz 🎥@bra_nanayaa #accracity #accraghana #acnplaylist #contemporarydance #accra #westafrica #ghana #fortheculturebytheculture #accraurban #accraagenda #accracitynice #lokkohouse #artlifematter19 #yearofreturn2019 #yearofreturn #africa #africandance

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Art Water II

Visual Artist Midichi turned our warehouse into a brilliant display of amazing art pieces from various talented artists across the city. The contemporary art community in Ghana is steadily growing with the help of the internet serving as a key catalyst. Artists that we would on other occasions not have heard of or overlooked are now emerging to create eye catching art pieces that are both intruiging and interesting to behold. Artists like Artsoul kojo, Kwame Kyei, Hanson Akatti, Kpe Innocent and many others showcased their art paintings. This is the 2nd edition of the Art Water exhibition and from the way things turned out we are going to have an Art Water III in the not so distant future.

HipHop Playlist session with Yoyo Tinz

Our Hiphop playlist sessions with Accra City Nice are always lit!(No doubts about that!!), this time around we had Yoyo Tinz come through on the 4th of October with some jamming songs on their playlist. Honestly, it was kind of like a pre-jam party to the Yoyo Tinz festival that happened afterward. We got to listen to some new music from upcoming artiste Afrochale also from the Yoyo Tinz camp, yup! it was definitely good vibes.

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Last week's talk with @accracitynice And @yoyotinz for the hip hop festival 😎😊😊 credit: @yoyotinzfestival… Guess who’s baaaack? your favourite hip hop outfit, yoyo tinz returning from 9th to 13th October with the second edition of the #yoyotinzfestival. Of course, we came along with our GOAT, whose steeze has switched up a little bit, to reflect this year’s focus on dance. Go get your dance sneakers ready and follow yoyo tinz festival on social media to get all the details about venue, line up and ticketing. : : #yoyotinz #yoyotinzfestival #fortheculture #thegoat #simplyhiphop #accra #ghana #westafrica #hiphop #africa #yearofreturn #hiphopculture #ghanahiphop #urbanculture

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The Black Sheep Rave

September ended with the Black Sheep Rave in collaboration with The Weird Cult. Oh, it was simply an awesome event. The Weird Cult really pulled this one off and made this event a really fun experience. New school artist $pacely of LaMeme gang fame came through to rave with us and I mean we raved all through the night chale. Drinks, snacks and back to back playback of good music, everything anyone expects from a good ol’ rave. Chale we speed!!

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Violence Against women march

Dozens of women in the capital marched to protest the brutal violence that has been happening this the country for a long time now. Ever since the #metoo movement began, women all over the world have found their voice and are coming out in their numbers to speak out against the horrific acts of violence against women. The march climaxed with a vigil at the Elle lokko warehouse and saw a number of women share their personal stories of hurt and pain.

Violence against women march

Revival! Revival!! Revival!!!

We linked up with the guys from Afrodistrict, Yayra & Kwamina, for two awesome days of a pop-up upcycling experience. It was a scene of creative buzz; folks were getting pants resized, patches sewn on shirts, jackets & bags, just a whole lot of zany stuff. If not for anything at all we were able turn old, second-hand items into cool,trendy stuff.

Oh, most of the clothes came from Kantamanto, Accra’s very own 2nd hand clothing hub, so we really did revive the fashion waste initiative during this event.

 

 

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Gratitude to all who attended The REVIVAL! REVIVAL! REVIVAL!. The Upcycling Experience Was amazing to you all come create and vibe. Photo by @scarpictures101 @lokkohouse Big thanks to Collab @lokkohouse @theweirdcult@accracitynice @atelier.boho.gh @djsangabriel @beccy.korang @fulani_kitchen Thanks to all those who supported and inspired this great initiative @marchenoirlomeparis @_melody_honey_ @kino_zen @usubiri @2ble_tk @artcomesfirst @donnamanfania @artsoulkojo @frvnk.e @art_makere @hanimanns @kdboison@getupstandout@theorispresent @chef_binta Everyone! Let's do this again soon. The Upcycling Culture. #spiritofsustainability #upcycling #ecosustainable #recyclingclothes

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