Manchester X Takoradi
Online Music Collaboration

We are currently hosting an online programme giving six musicians and music professionals from Greater Manchester and the Western Region, Ghana the opportunity to showcase their work, sounds and ideas in order to have an influence on their careers and the development of the music sector in two renowned Music Cities.

The participants will work together between 14th March - 15th May 2022 to produce a public event made-up of discussions, reflections and performances; to be hosted online on 20th May 2022.

The programme will be supported by music industry mentors and programme facilitators.

All participants receive a financial allowance to participate

Applicants live and or work in Greater Manchester, UK or Western Region, Ghana

This project has been produced to provide a platform for networking and skills-sharing and a pathway for future collaboration in order to support the growth of the music industries in Manchester and Takoradi.


Project Team 

Produced by the creators of a new Manchester music magazine and Asa Baako - One Dance with funding support from the British Council.

Manchester partners
A pilot for a Manchester-based music focused print and online magazine, created by global majority and marginalised communities, to represent them. Conceived by musician/educator Balraj Samrai, journalist Kamila Rymajdo and artistic director Tunde Adekoya it will seek to counter the London-centric narrative that often dominates music journalism, with an anti-racist aesthetic, diversity-minded manifesto and resources for musicians. Celebrating unheard voices, it will enable communities to narrate their own stories and heritage, while connecting with global scenes linked to Britain’s imperial history.

Asa Baako - One Dance
One of Ghana and Africa’s most established and inclusive music festivals. Taking place annually over five days, Asa Baako features musicians and artists from across Ghana, Africa and the world, in the spectacular paradise village-resort of Busua Beach, near Takoradi. Since its inception in 2011, it has become the ultimate retreat, bringing people together from across the globe to meet, relax, share ideas, celebrate, have fun and experience a programme of live music stages, sound-systems, tours, treks, surfing, beach football and volleyball, beach parties and the legendary jungle party.

British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.