By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
A dramatic fusion of harmonic complexity and spiraling melody alongside a magnificent voice last week delighted jazz fans at the Goethe-Institut in Accra.
In a rather powerful concert featuring Luxemburg based Beninois guitarist, Lionel Loueke and the French / German singer Céline Rudolph, patrons were treated to epic compositions that resemble open panoramas inundated by climaxes of sound.
With tunes form their recent album titled “Obsession” – the jazz duo went into their own world and dished out masterpieces that are full of tremendous emotional power, depth and sensitivity that appeared to move in a continuous stream.
“It was a breathtaking performance – they managed to capture the attention of the audience from beginning to the end. This is definitely one of the best jazz concerts I have seen in this country for a very long time”, said David Owusu, a jazz enthusiast in Accra.
Undeniably, the tunes managed to send the multi racial audience, which included several members of the Jazz Society of Ghana into a solemn musical journey – indeed, an expedition where high quality jazz flowed through an endless watercourse.
Employing astounding rhythms and sounds from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Cotonou (Benin), Berlin (Germany) and Memphis (USA), the crowd was enchanted with lyrics on a wide range of subjects as a variety of vocal techniques and extended guitar skills from Rudolph and Loueke respectively filled the cool night air.
“I enjoyed every bit of the concert. Indeed, I was swayed by the voice of Rudolph, which circled the air like a whirlwind. I learnt a lot form her and hope to perform like her in the near future”, added Naa Kwaley, a singer in Accra.
In a related event, a workshop with local musicians comprising Bernard Ayisa (trumpet), Victor Dey (keyboard), Nii Quaye Aryee (guitar) and Quayba (vocals) among others, dilated on chord progressions, pentatonic scales, guitar techniques and improvisations, which resulted in spontaneous compositions.
Goethe-Institut supported the performance in Accra, which formed part of a wider tour of several West African counties including Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria.