By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by Aboriginals from northern Australia alongside natural sounds from bubbles spurting out of a bowl of water, characterized a poetry session by Rhymesonny and Ofosua at the Goethe-Institut on Thursday.
With improvisations from musicians Adotey Brown and Danny Tettey Black, the two poets coolly navigated poems on diverse subject matters and themes with remarkable combination of authority, tenderness and restraint.
A creative entrepreneur who has been an indefatigable champion of the cause of contemporary poetry in Ghana, Rhymesonny surprised the audience with a playful prodding of various issues that proved his designation as a lyrical master.
Sporting a cute low cut hair, Ofosua delivered poems that are deeply attentive in detail and managed to keep the audience at the edge of their seats with memorable narratives. Indeed, her practical poems were geared towards significant points alongside vivid imagery.
“It is so refreshing to be in the midst of poets and poetry lovers – we want poetry performances to be widespread in Ghana – undeniably, we the poets must be at the forefront of any programme designed to ensure that it actually happens”, said Yaw Mensah, a young poet in Accra.
“It was a big surprise to see poets employing didgeridoo and other improvised instruments for a poetry performance in Ghana. These young poets are taking the act to another level – no wonder live poetry is gaining followers in the country”, added Yaa Twum, a Ghanaian writer based in the United Kingdom.
Created over one thousand years ago by isolated Aboriginal tribes, hard bass rhythms from the didgeridoo created an emotive and relaxing atmosphere on the serene balcony of the Goethe-Institut as poems rhythmically and leisurely flowed from the stage.
During a segment for discussion, members of the audience raised issues relating to the categorization of poetry in Ghana owing to the fact that most ceremonies and day to day activities by Ghanaians are replete with poetry while others called for a concerted effort to promote contemporary poetry in the country.
They further acknowledged the Goethe-Institut for its support and creation of a space for poetry in Ghana while calling on other institutions and venues to follow the laudable example of the Institut.