“I am not a musicologist but my love for music, and the knowledge that it has saved me many times over – as is the same for many of you I’m sure – has brought me here.”
Emma Dowuona-Hammond was born in London to Ghanaian and Finnish parents. Although always deeply connected to music, it wasn’t until the early 90’s attending the many novel club nights on offer in London including Speed at the Mars Bar, Rotation at Subterranea and That’s How It Is at Bar Rumba, that her eternal quest for great music truly began.
In 2006, and after experimenting with bedroom music-production and djing; she started reviewing music events for the London Lecool magazine, a small move that ignited her passion for writing. After moving to Barcelona in 2009 she became immersed in the international jazz scene which further-opened her eyes to the history and culture of modern music. This in turn led her down a more personal path – taking a deeper look at black music.
Africa has a unique life story, be it passive – millions of humans shipped far away to build a ‘new world’, or active – the contributions of the great ancient Empires of West Africa, for she gave birth to the very civilization that has often overlooked and mistreated her. Nonetheless she lives in the knowledge that she still has much to teach it.
‘…theirs is one of the great migration styles in the history of the planet.’
– Robert Farris Thompson.
We Be Spirits is a tribute to the far-reaching musical spirit of Africa. it is an organic project that aims to look at the connections found in music and artists across the African Diaspora… and also to keep the good vibes flowing.