How does music influence your work, how important is it to film in your opinion?
Music is very important. I feel like it’s very under-looked. I believe that the soundtrack that I used dates back to where the original Aftro Beats was born. My father was actually big in music Ghana at the time, the 1970s. I kind of wanted to date it back to that era and have this music to link it back. Taking it back to the olden days of Ghana and have that influence in the style. Coming back to music – it’s so important, it really sets the tone of how and what you want the images to feel like.
What is your creative process?
Usually starts with music. If I have a soundtrack in mind. It could be inspired by the sound of the ocean even.
What is something you believe the world is unaware of about Ghana and the African continent in general? What stereotypes do you wish you challenge, and are there any which you think are important to acknowledge?
What I’ve noticed especially in the UK, when you see on the main channels of TV, you always see charities asking for money for projects, you see kids with flies in their faces, you see quite a lot of distressing images just giving Africa in a negative light, and I wanted to do the opposite by actually put a positive light on that, and showing that Ghana’s not just about poverty. People are actually happy over there as well and there are some parts where it’s very advanced and people live the happiest life with less as well.