By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Accragio, a multi-national choir recently surprised a near capacity audience at the Goethe-Institut in Accra with a performance characterized by purity of tones, intonation and lovely voices.
Conducted by Witsfiled Kwablah, the choir delivered a striking rendition of diverse compositions including “Joy to the World” (Traditional Christmas Carol), “A Spotless Rose” (O. Gjello), “No Room No Room” (R. Morris Gray), “Ring Christmas Bells” (M. Leontovich) and “Yeh Yeh Ahene Baasa” (A. O. Boateng).
Others are “O Come All Ye Faithful” (Traditional Christmas Carol), “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Mariah Carey and arranged by M. Huff), “Angels We Have Heard on High” (Traditional Christmas Carol), “Afe Ako Aprow” (H. B. Sam) and a medley arranged by M. Brymer.
Dutch conductor Djoke Haven and Witsfiled Kwablah charmed the audience by mimicking cats during a duet while German violinist Thomas Woernle and flutist Felicia Schimtt brought in an instrumental interlude to a thrilling effect.
American singer Yvette N. Malcioln, appeared to sing from the bottom of her heart as she performed a solo piece with raw passion as pianist Carl Anthony Quaye supported with subtle notes thereby turning the evening into a memorable sonic experience.
Indeed, vocal textures, twinkling piano lines, captivating songs from diverse cultures, uniform solos and duets as well as smart voices from a well drilled choir ensured an engaging and tuneful concert that left the audience cheering and applauding.
Kinder Paradise Choir opened the concert, which was supported by Goethe-Institut Ghana, Ghana International School, Vlisco and NanaOSS. Accragio entertains guests with a diverse range of music genres including classical, pop, acapella, traditional African and Christmas carols.