The Ghanaian Artists Osei-Duro Hearts
One of the things that motivated Molly Keogh and Maryanne Mathias to start their vibrant, chill line Osei-Duro in Ghana is how much they were drawn to the work already being produced in the country. “Accra’s creative scene is exploding along with the economy,” exclaims Molly. “It’s pretty amazing to witness.” From artists to musicians to fellow fashion designers, these are the Ghanaian makers that get the Osei-Duro girls going, according to Molly.
“We met Tei Huagie through Kwadwo—the fine art scene in Ghana is pretty small. His work has a great social component to it. He does a lot of community projects and has been involved in the Chale Wote Festival, the new public art festival in Accra. His garments are highly detailed, playful, and totally original. People wait months for his custom pieces.”
“The massive hit out of Ghana six months ago was Azonto, a dance craze sweeping most of the world recently—though seemingly not Los Angeles. Azonto comes from our neighborhood in Accra—it was invented by the teenagers there. Sarkodie [Ed: Pictured above!] and D’Banj have a couple of Azonto numbers, but the original Azonto song is by Fuse ODG with Tiffany.”
“Akwele Suma Glory is a multimedia artist who totally cuts across the high-art/low-art divide in an exciting way. Woman artists are rare in Ghana, and Akwele has cut a brave path.”
“And I am of course a huge fan of my husband, SK Kakraba, who plays traditional xylophone. He comes from a xylophone family, in a xylophone village, in a xylophone region. He was born with the clenched fists that indicate a future xylophone master, and was trained by his late father—Kakraba Lobi. We met through a mutual friend and had a small courthouse wedding in Accra in February 2011. We had a tiny party with about eight guests and lots of dancing!”