Next Tuesday, we’re hosting our semi-monthly ExPac — a party for Pacific Northwest expats and friends at Ace Hotel New York. Highlife-via-Brooklyn band King Expressers are performing at 9pm — their guitarist, Mikey Hart, made this short documentary about BMX culture in Accra, Ghana. It’s pretty dope.
Come see King Expressers live on Tuesday night if you’re in the neighborhood. We’ll be double-fisting drink specials from The Breslin and telling war stories about tubing the Clackamas River.
From Mikey about the film, on AfroPunk:
Why was it important to tell this story?
It’s important to me for a few reasons:
—To show that the desire to live by your own rules for your art, skill, whatever you want to call it, is universal.
—To show a film set in Africa that showcases how dope African culture is, completely independent of the commonly held notion that Africa is just the sum of its problems.
—To show a seriously swagged out street style of biking that, to me, is unique to Ghana and incorporates music, dance, and acrobatics to a great degree.