Live Music Spot: +233

Kwabena Kwabena

Kwabena Kwabena

Last weekend I treated myself to a live concert featuring Samini, Kwabena Kwabena, and Kaakie at “+233.”  For a mere 50 cedis ($21.70), I was 20 feet (6 meters) from these popular Ghanaian singers.  I arrived early at 8:30pm.  By 11pm when Kwabena Kwabena began performing, there must have been 500 people seated and standing.

Sandra Huson, jazz singer

Sandra Huson, jazz singer

“+233” or +233 Jazz Bar and Grill is one of a handful of live music venues in Accra. (The country code for Ghana is +233.)  I strongly recommend it! On most Friday and Saturday nights, +233 features local (jazz) singers.  If there is cover, it typically ranges from 10 to 20 cedis ($4-$8). Sometimes international celebrities passing through town may do a set.  Last year, Bono performed there.

Located in North Ridge near the Alisa Hotel, the bar offers affordable drinks, e.g. a large bottle of Star Beer for 6 cedis, and a grill with chicken, goat, fish, beef kebabs for 5-7 cedis.  The crowd is older usually men in their 40s and 50s with either their wives or girlfriends.  The venue features a large outdoor seating area as well as a small indoor seating area.

Make sure to check their Facebook page to see what’s going on.

Sandra Huson

Sandra Huson

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