By John Owoo
(In Palermo – Italy)
Hip Hop / Afro Blues star Trigmatic together with musicians from Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ghana last week showcased the beauty and power of cross cultural collaboration during a concert in the Italian city of Palermo.
Performing at Sanlorenzo Marcato, during the final seminar of Project BOEMI, the group through a dynamic interplay of auditory and visual modalities, showcased how music moves through emotional and perceptive responses as they flowed freely with each other.
With Mavis Sintim-Aboagye (vocals), Fatima Pérez Robledo (piano), Miguel Almeida (bass), Miguel Ruiz de Elvira (guitar), Helene Tungelund (vocals), Cecilia Begueria (violin) Iris Jugo (cello), Peter Suwalski (drums) and Pablo Barianga Blanquez (keyboard), the multi national group swayed the audience with its culturally linked style as cheers erupted among the evening revellers.
Comprising Blues/Hiphop tunes from Trigmatic, Highlife / traditional Ghanaian songs from Sintim-Aboagye, traditional Danish ballads from Tungelund as well as improvised rhythms from the Portuguese and Spanish musicians, the group attested that lyrics and beats from diverse cultures can tightly fit into each other.
The seminar, among other things dilated on media skills and their diffusion among the youth as well as cultivating and valorising the practice of Reciprocal Maieutic Approach in the field of music – which would be employed as a technique for youth empowerment and social transformation.
Moderated by Antonella Alessi, Giovanni Barbieri, Paula Litez, Florian Giraudo and Giulia Tarantino, the seminar equally touched on building employment skills and its subsequent dissemination to young people with limited opportunities.
BOEMI (Building Our Employment skills through Music Investigations and New Media) is an innovative capacity building project involving five partners – Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo “Danilo Dolci” (Italy), Crossing Borders (Denmark), IYEC (Ghana), Jeunesse En Action “GNO FAR” (Senegal) and Asociación para la Integración y Progreso de las Culturas Pandora (Spain).
The project aims at promoting transnational non-formal learning mobility activities between different countries, targeting less privileged youth / youth workers in a bid to increase their competences and active participation in society.
BOEMI aims particularly at growing youth self-esteem and feeling of belonging to society, increasing the confidence in their “unique selling points” and transforming their interest in music into employable skills.
The project also intends to empower organizations working for the youth, developing new working methods, tools and materials based on non-formal education and experimenting music as an educational pedagogical tool.