African music, though very old, is always being rediscovered in the West.

-Miriam Makeba


Africa has a unique life story, be it passive – for example millions of humans shipped far away to build a ‘new world’, or active – for example the contributions of the great ancient empires of West Africa, for she gave birth to the very civilisation that has often overlooked and mistreated her. Nonetheless she lives in the knowledge that she still has much to teach it.

We Be Spirits is a tribute to the far-reaching musical spirit of Africa. It is an organic project that aims to better understand the connections found in musical culture across the African Diaspora.  It is a project that aims to deliver content, explore culture and celebrate music, and provides production, music and content services.


…theirs is one of the great migration styles in the history of the planet.

–  Robert Farris Thompson.



Emma Dowuona-Hammond

Writer – Producer – Music Devotee

I am no 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.

I was born in London to Ghanaian and Finnish parents. Although always deeply connected to music, it wasn’t until the early 90s attending the many novel club nights on offer in London including AWOL, Speed, Rotation and That’s How It Is, that my eternal quest to listen to, research and find great music truly began: check out one of my sets on Barcelona’s progressive diverse Radio C/C

As I began to learn about the history of modern Western music, I was led down a more emotional, historical path: taking a deeper look at the roots of modern black music across the African Diaspora. 

Among some of the projects I have worked on, I published ABC African Instruments, the first in a series of children’s books about world music, contributed to África No Es un País, of Spain’s premier newspaper El País, and in 2019 celebrated the first edition of The Middle Passage Festival in Barcelona. 

contact: emma@webespirits.com