Ama Diaka’s Black Girls Glow

After attending OneBeat, Accra-based poet and performer Ama Diaka was inspired to co-found Black Girls Glow (BGG), a Ghana-based feminist collective and initiative “to foster collaboration among women artists and explore ways that art can build community.” Ama launched this project in summer 2017, and has continued to run the program each summer with the help of local partners and her core team. The program centers around a short intensive residency outside of Accra to create new works, using musical exercises such as round robins, soundpainting, “speed dating” duos and trios, and more. Following the residency, the cohort leads performances, workshops and recording sessions with volunteer producers around Accra in an effort to build networks of support for Ghanaian artists.

BGG’s first release, Mothers Of Heirs, is a dense and empowering mixtape featuring some of Ghana’s most exciting ascendent front-women and producers. Alumni of the program have created and launched collaborative groups and projects of their own, as BGG continues to produce concerts and workshops aimed at highlighting talented young female artists in the Ghanaian entertainment industry and fostering collaboration locally, regionally and globally.

Black Girls Glow: https://blackgirlsglow.org/