By John Owoo
(In Copenhagen – Denmark)
Ace Ghanaian drummer Ayi Solomon and the Ghanaian-Belgian flutist Esinam Dogbatse took turns at the just ended Copenhagen Jazz festival with a magnetic show that charmed patrons at the Music Cafe in Copenhagen.
Alongside Danish guitarist John Sund, the duo sent the audience at one of the World Scene Platforms on a cool musical journey that terminated with brilliantly shaped original material laced with Ghanaian rhythms.
With a crafty ability to play diverse percussive instruments on stage, Solomon and Sund varied their repertoire and style with a subtle / clear progression – individually and collectively.
The two musicians allowed themselves to break loose with short but dramatic solos that are full of finesse and force while making a strong point that an exceptional drummer or saxophonist can provide a unique and expansive vision on stage.
“Ayi Solomon never ceases to amaze me – he is without doubt an innovative artist with imaginative rhythms that ensure constant energy on stage. It was a memorable night”, said Lene Merethe Jacobsen, a social worker in Copenhagen.
Earlier Belgium based flutist Esinam Dogbatse rocked the audience with a stimulating flute work that tended to reflect the echo of an open landscape while digging deep into Ghanaian traditional rhythms.
Employing the loop, flute and percussive instruments, Dogbatse went into her own world and dished out tunes that captured the imagination of the audience, who cheered and applauded in response.
Undeniably, she appears as an exceptional improviser as she employs local Ghanaian drums and shakers thereby creating a close awareness of the deep connections between her music and her Ghanaian heritage.
“Esinam is set to hit the world music scene by storm – she displayed a monumental sense of dedication and stagecraft – she was having a great time on stage and managed to transfer it to the audience”, added Klaus Christiansen, a music promoter in Albertslund, near Copenhagen.
Dogbatse is expected to arrive in Ghana in the next few months for a number of workshops and performances.