By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
African Footprint International, a group based in Cape Coast (Ghana) and Aarhus (Denmark), has over the past twenty years managed to bridge gaps between diverse cultures through its stimulating music and vitalizing dance pieces.
Consequently, the group will kick off several activities that will mark its 20th anniversary with performances in several locations in Ghana, Denmark, Finland and other parts of Europe.
Performances are scheduled to begin in Cape Coast from the end of February 2019 and will continue in Sekondi, Takoradi, Accra, Kumasi and other towns in Ghana while hosting workshops and seminars for young musicians and dancers.
In Denmark, performances and workshops will take place in the capital Copenhagen, the second city Aarhus, Langå, Skandeborg, Horne, Kleitrup, Vejle and others towns, where it will showcase its brand of music, which is characterized by a dramatic fusion of highlife, jazz, rock and African traditional rhythms.
Led by Samuel Kweku Addison, the group has swayed audiences with compelling performances in Ghana, Denmark, Finland, Holland, United Kingdom, Hungary, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, United States and other parts of Africa.
The group has held workshops in several colleges and schools in Denmark – these include Royal Music Academy (Aarhus), Kleitrup Efterskole (Kleitrup), Station K. (Langå), Den Rytmiske Højeskole, (Vig) Shanghai Akademi (Syddjurs), Syddjurs Musikskole (Syddjurs) and Brandbjerg Højskole (Jelling) among others.
African Footprint International has four albums to its credit. These are “Akuaba”, “Journey”, “Crossover” and “Footprint Live” as well as a couple of DVDs that showcase memorable collaborations with groups and institutions in Denmark and elsewhere.
Royal Academy of Music, Vestergaardensskolen, Aarhus Friskole, Kleitrup Musikefterskole, Den Rytmiske Højeskole, Shanghai Akademi, Nabohuset, Harald Langaasdalen, Keld Hodsbond, Allan Agerbo and others institutions have supported the group in their endeavors in Denmark.
Photos: Inge Lynggaard Hansen