By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Vaudou Game, a Franco-Togolese band over the weekend rolled out a refreshing fusion of vodoo and funk rhythms that turned the Alliance Française into a rocking musical experience.
In a powerful performance that opened the 2019 edition of Francophonie Festival, the group delighted the near capacity crowd with a penetrating show that revealed the beauty and diversity of cross cultural collaboration.
With three French and three Togolese musicians on stage, the scene was set for a multi cultural experience that embraced sacred songs of voodoo traditions in Benin and Togo as well as indigenous and western rhythms that coolly created a harmonious sound.
Led by guitarist / singer Peter Solo, who was clad in multiple layers of beads, western instruments alongside shakers, bells and other traditional percussive instruments combined modernity and tradition, which were jointly and severally upheld on stage.
Interspersed with strong rhythmic grooves and bass lines as well as messages on the voodoo faith by Solo, the group blended haunting lines, which are sung in honour of divinities with highly energetic funk ones that drew some members of the audience to the dance floor.
Undeniably, the group articulated contemporary experiences through an effervescent expropriation of rhythms from traditional African religion while blending it with funk and elements of jazz, soul and blues among others.
The term “Francophonie” refers to all the states and governments worldwide who share the French language. The International Organization of La Francophonie, which was created in 1970, represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world.
Education Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway alongside Francophonie ambassadors in Ghana were present at the opening ceremony.