By John Owoo
(In Abidjan – La Côte d’Ivoire)
Women of Colour, an all female band from Ghana recently enchanted fans in the Ivorian capital Abidjan with a unique sound that encompassed a cool blend of Highlife, Afro Beat, rock and traditional music.
Performing at the 2020 edition of Market for Performing Arts Abidjan (MASA), the group surprised a cheering audience with varied and concise rhythms alongside stylistic compositions soaked in stocky blasts of melody.
Led by vocalist / composer Della Hayes, the ladies treated the crowd to high paced tunes, pulsating rhythms and a magnetic stage presence while soothing vocals reverberated through the Salle Anoumabo theatre, which is located within the National Theatre complex.
Like a painter filling the outlines of his paintings with translucent colour, the group dished out an extra-ordinary fusion of assorted rhythms and beats as horns-women showcased the power, dexterity, flexibility and capabilities of female artists.
Lyrics by Hayes, which tackled subjects such as sex education, drug abuse, peace and humility, were rather refreshing but made little impact on the largely French speaking audience, who nonetheless appeared to be having a real good time.
Indeed, her songs appeared to spread consummate pleasure among members of the audience as the instrumentalists sent out amusing rhythms and beats while colorful bamboo sticks banged the stage in rhythmic fashion.
Since its launch, Women of Colour Band has rapidly gained popularity in Ghana and beyond by performing with a number of acclaimed Ghanaian music stars including Kojo Antwi, Becca, Shirifi and the Ivorian icon Meiway among others.
It has also made bold appearances at a tribute concert for Mc Tontoh of Osibisa fame, Music of Ghanaian Origin Festival and others. Hayes has also performed in the Cuban capital Havana with Hava Juano la Cubano at La Zorra y el Cuervo and at the Café Concert Gato Tuerto.
MASA is a cultural platform for promoting African Performing arts with the objectives of supporting creativity and quality productions while facilitating the movement of artists and their works within the African continent.