By John Owoo
(At large in Cape Coast)
African Footprint Legends, Australia based star Afro Moses and two Danish Bands last week delighted live music lovers in Cape Coast with a magnetic performance during the maiden edition of Green Music Festival.
The festival, which will be held annually, is aimed at promoting the use of eco friendly energy to power equipment during festivals, concerts, workshops, seminars, film shows and other related events.
A master of fourteen instruments including mbira, seperewa and kora, Moses mounted the stage at the Addison’s Square Garden and immediately went into his own world and dished out a dramatic blend of afrobeat, reggae, funk, jazz and Ghanaian traditional compositions.
Joined by African Footprint Legends (Denmark/Ghana), Total Hip Replacement, Junglelyd (Denmark) and Dzesi Band, the all female Ghanaian group, Moses exhibited extreme showmanship as music full of energy flowed from the stage.
With refreshing tunes from his seperewa, Moses uplifted, inspired and transported the audience to a refreshing groove, while lyrics laced with humour and social commentary filled the festival grounds.
With Danish soloist Luca Sophia Krohn on vocals, African Footprint Legends dished out a dramatic blend of highlife, rock and jazz as the voice of Krohn, who appeared to sing from the bottom of her heart, cleaved through the air like a sparrow in full flight.
Total Hip Replacement, a youthful funk/reggae band, took the stage by storm with highly bouncing sounds that engaged the crowd. Indeed, their warm repertoire enriched by lively rhythms created a cool atmosphere of bliss.
Dzesi Band, led by Della Hayes charged the audience with their Afro sound as they drowned the stage with cross rhythms that turned into a highly poetic performance resulting in cheers from the enthusiastic crowd.
Junglelyd band, which included Ghanaian drummer Cici Frank, sent the crowd deep into the forest with elegant rhythms and beats that equally mesmerized the audience while topping up with tunes laced with rhythms from Northern Ghana.
All the participating groups also performed at the TV3 Studios (Music Music), Piano Bar and +233 Jazz Bar and Grill (all in Accra) where they entertained diverse audiences with their various compositions.
The Royal Academy of Music, Maths Records, Klejtrup Musikefterskole, Den Rytmisk Højskole, Vestergaardskolen, Addisons Mighty Works Aps (all in Denmark), Music Department – University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and Hello Afrika (Hungary) are partners of the festival.