By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Guitarist Yogendra Ahimi, violinist Calvin Gyasi, flutist Richmond Ansong and rapper Pampana last Friday delighted over 500 students who participated in the 2018 edition of the National German Cultural Festival, which was held at the Goethe-Institut in Accra.
Fuelled by a fresh fusion of traditional and contemporary sounds, the quartet provided a new rhetoric thereby infusing fresh rhythms into their music as Ahimi filled the air with songs that are related to personal life experiences.
With a rather relaxed yet formidable stage presence, the group treated the young audience to a warm repertoire that was accompanied by a lively, brilliant and engaging performance, which was interspersed with refreshing solos.
The students were emotionally excited about the exploits of young acrobats who exhibited amazing skills with street dancing while performing stunts with flames that glowed on the edge of firewood.
German language study clubs known as “Partners for the Future” (PASCH), from various educational institutions throughout the country participated in the festival by showcasing diverse performances including drama, music, poetry, reading and drawing – with a few schools picking up prizes.
These include Accra Academy, German Swiss School, Complex School, Cradle of Grace Montessori School, Collège St. Pierre Claver, Wesley Girls and Opoku Ware who showcased their skills of the German language through presentations that received applause from their colleagues and elderly members of the audience.
The PASCH initiative was launched by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and it’s implemented in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad, Goethe-Institut, German Academic Exchange Service and the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs in Germany.
It operates with four main guiding principles – prospects through education, broadened horizons through multilingualism, access to language / education and joint tackling of future problems as members of an international community of learners.