Cultural relations between Ghana and Colombia was last week raised by one notch after a compelling collaboration that ended in a memorable performance at the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra.
A multi racial audience comprising Minsters of State, Members of Parliament and Diplomats were last Tuesday offered a unique cocktail of music and dance from both countries that revealed the power of improvisation and cooperation.
Songs of the Pacific (Colombia), National Dance Company, Streetwise Kids and Noyam Dancers (Ghana) severally and jointly took the cheering audience on a distant journey that revealed the beauty, variety and similarities of music and dance traditions from both countries.
Traditional rhythms from the Pacific Coast of Colombia (Currulao), which has striking resemblances to the Ghanaian agbadza, effortlessly blended with a variety of Ghanaian indigenous tempos as the dancers moved in unison – symbolically enacting the unity and cooperation between Ghana and Colombia.
Percussive instruments such as fontonfrom, atumpan, kpanlogo and kete (Ghana), alongside cununo, guasa and balafon (Colombia) created powerful and wild rhythms that remind one of the rhythmic techniques, which formed the bases of Blues Jazz and Hip Hop.
In a brief speech, the Colombian Ambassador to Ghana, HE Claudia Torbay Quintero, said the opening of a Colombian Embassy in Accra is a commitment to advance mutual recognition adding that both countries share values of democracy, peace building and democracy.
She revealed that the visit of the group, which is aimed at enhancing cultural ties between the two countries, forms part of a cultural diplomacy programme, which offers diverse opportunities to the youth from vulnerable regions of Colombia.
Deputy Greater Accra regional Minister, Hon. Djangmah Vanderpuije stated that his outfit in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly will ensure the strengthening of ties in various areas between the two countries.
Colombian Embassy in Accra and the Accra Metropolitan Authority organized the weeklong tour of Ghana by Songs of Pacific with support from the Institute for Music and Development.