Collection #4: Kin Shaka

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I met Kin Shaka at the public beach near Accra, where he sold patchwork clothing and local weed. Because his eyes were concealed by thick sunglasses, I noticed only his partially-chipped front tooth and his long dreads, piled high into a beanie cap.

As I sipped Coca Cola in the shade, Kin Shaka sang me an improvised a song in which he claimed me as his “Goddess Divine.”

I wanted to puke.

Kin Shaka (Rastaman) sat with me for two hours and then stared at me from the neighboring table. When I wandered to another area of the beach, he followed me there with a fresh joint in his hand. I permitted him one dance before I washed away my discomfort with boxed wine. I left the shore unhappy, shaken, and thankfully unattached.

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