23 December, 2016
Asa Baako 2015 Review

Asa Baako 2015 Review!!!!

What went down this year at one of Ghana's brightest and best international events

"Beach by Day - Jungle by Night"

This year saw the biggest crowd yet, double that of previous years. 3,500 people flocked in from UK, US, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Germany, France, Benin, Ivory Coast and even dedicated festival goers made the 15 hour bus journey from Lagos, Nigeria! But for us our biggest draw were the scores of people who travelled in from Accra and across the Western Region. The party was rocking from the beach to the bush with the likes of festival regular Wanlov the Kubolor gracing the Main Stage and rising London-based DJ, Mina, mixing Jungle Party tunes. 
Without a doubt, this year's line-up was the best ever, once again breaking down barriers in eclecticism. 

With special thanks t
o our sponsors for making this year possible; Market Direct Limited (a Finatrade company), Tullow Oil and Sign Language.
Old friends returned for the fifth time in a row and new artists from all over the world were added to our growing music schedule. Friday featured some of the region’s most exciting young talent, including Kojo LionLawmaker and Pesewas, before climaxing with a hypnotizing performance from El Foukr R'Assembly, on tour from Algeria. Saturday featured some of West Africa’s most exciting musicians, with storming performances from Villy & Xtreme Volumes,Kyekyeku and a show-stopping finale by headliner Wiyaala (pictured) to mark International Women's Day
The festival reached its height on Saturday night with the legendary Jungle Party that took us from Saturday night right through to Sunday morning; featuring local and international DJs Don PascalVim Tinz,  Mina, DJ ShockaAfronickJust Ice and Kwame Nico bringing us the best in Afropop, Drum 'n' Bass, Afro House and Reggae.

Asa Baako palm trees

Teamwork makes the Dream work

Volunteering response this year was incredible, without which the program would not have been possible. Volunteers came in from across the globe; Accra (Ghana), Takoradi (Ghana), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Paris (France), Atlanta (US) and across the UK, as well as the familiar cohort of local volunteers from Busua; 2015 saw the biggest ever production team for Asa Baako. The overwhelming support from those on the ground and overseas made the festival a pleasure to deliver. Everyone who worked on the event has our many thanks for their unfailing positivity and great festival attitude - this year was a party behind the scenes as well as on stage.
Asa Baako palm trees

Proud Ownership

This year, we proudly announced our first ever festival Chairperson, The Omanhene of Essikado Nana Kobina Nketsia V; a respected visionary, academic and champion of youth development and environmental causes. Speaking at the festival, he  shared the strong message that; “We all have a role to play in the maintenance of our rich culture”. Many people in Busua now see Asa Baako as the most important event after Easter Monday, with calls for the regional parade to be programmed as part of Asa Baako - One Dance. 
Asa Baako palm trees

Making an Impact!

Esteemed and highly respected Dr. Amos Anyimadu, Columnist and Political Scientist wrote in his review; "In years to come, Ghana’s only international music festival (Asa Baako - One Dance) is predicted to grow into a dollar earning phenomenon for the local economy rivaling other big music festivals on the African continent". We felt a great sense of achievement that this year, the festival drew in over half a million Ghana Cedis (£100,000) in tourism spend, which helped offset the financial losses the tourist village of Busua suffered due to the Ebola hysteria.

Party with a Purpose!

Wonders of Moringa

Providing Eco-Solutions is a key part of the festival, and with huge thanks to Tullow Oilfor their funding, we have been able to run the "Wonders of Moringa" programme for the past two years, which promotes the benefits, use and growth of the Moringa tree for health, enterprise and environmental solutions. Lead by Motherland International Relations we hosted workshops in January with the women and young people of Busua, on how to produce and package Moringa  soap, which were displayed and sampled  at the festival. We also ran the "Wonders of Moringa" workshops during the festival, with a focus on Moringa tree planting, learning about the benefits and uses of moringa which included water purification and the making of moringa based drinks and powder. 
Asa Baako female singer

Beach Conservation

More than just a music festival, Asa Baako is dedicated to raising awareness of conservation and environmental issues through art and creativity. As part of this year's children's programme we ran Beach clean-up and arts workshops to inform and inspire the young people of Busua about beach conservation. So, it was with great excitement that when three endangered turtles arrived on our shores during the festival, two Olive Ridleys and one Leatherback, we were able to safely return them back to the ocean.

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