The city is the scene of New Era’s latest documentary about the innovative sounds coming out of Ghana. It’s part of a docu-series that will continue throughout 2023, during which New Era will be collaborating with creative communities around the world, providing the contribution and support to help fuel them even further. “People in Ghana always say: oh, it’s afrobeats or nothing,” says Sandy Alibo, the founder of Surf Ghana, Vibrate Space and Freedom Skatepark – three institutions that have become central to Accra's new music scene – and one of the many faces that start in the doc. “I’m like: guys you’re wrong, there is a platform for an alternative scene here, and it’s at the skatepark.”
According to Sandy, “the community in Ghana is ready to create, build, and connect with the world. With New Era,” she says, “I want to give them the resources and tools to make things happen.” Sandy set up Surf Ghana in 2016: a collective of surfers, skaters, musicians, artists, photographers, DJs and more. “The idea was to explain to people: if we work together, we can achieve so many things. We can achieve the unexpected.” Over the years, it’s received support from the likes of Kendrick Lamar and the late Virgil Abloh. In December 2021, Sandy used the collective’s growing momentum to open Accra’s first ever purpose built skating facility: Freedom Skatepark.