Centre for National Culture
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Ghanaian Beats
The Center for National Arts and Culture, better known as Arts Center, is located next to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, off the High Street in Accra, in the southern part of the city right along the Gulf of Guinea. All sorts of handicrafts imaginable can be found here from woodcarvings, traditional musical instruments, leather ware, gold, silver and bronze jewelry, traditional clothing, beads, clay products, weaved goods, antiques, paintings, and more. These items come from all over Ghana, with some coming from beyond the countries borders. You’ll need to haggle or pay a high price. You’re sure to get many in the market trying to entice you into their stalls so be polite but stern if you’re not looking for their wares. Shop around and be smart. We meet a couple of drum makers who we hung out with for a couple of days. We had a great time learning about Ghana, telling them about New York City, drinking local libation in a pretty dodgy part of a shantytown while watching some decent barefoot football (soccer) and playing drums into the night. Always felt on the edge of danger but never met any. Great memories and we left with djembe drums and a few crafts.
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