By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
A recent collaboration between Ghanaian and European musicians participating in a music workshop in Accra resulted in remarkable performances that revealed the beauty and diversity of cross-cultural partnerships.
In separate performances at the Alliance Française and the Republic Bar in Accra, the participants of “Buzz Meets Biz” blended open melodies with traditional and contemporary Ghanaian sounds and beats with soul, pop, rock and other music genres.
Backed by the Musical Lunatics Band lead by guitarist Nii Quaye Aryee, the musicians and DJs, who were drawn from Germany, Spain, Ghana and the United Kingdom took turns to mesmerize the audience with easily digestible songs and an alluring stagecraft.
Sleek singer Mz Yankey, multi instrumentalist Alex Wondergem, rap artist Brythe (Ghana) alongside DJs Ben Parkinson (UK), Keyzuz (Ghana) and Betina Quest (Germany) literally lighted up the open-air stage at the Alliance Française with performances that are visually and aurally stimulating.
The performance was full of expressionist vocalism as diverse voices soured effortlessly through the night air. Indeed, the velocity and intensity of the concert revealed the potency of cross-cultural collaborations.
In a rather celebratory mood following weeks of workshops and lectures in Germany, Spain and Ghana, the musicians simply appeared to be enjoying themselves as a subtle combination of melodic and rhythmic power inundated the stage while drawing cheers from audience.
Indeed, it was not only a boom boom / big beats concert, German guitarist Johanna Amelie, singer Gülin Mansur and Spanish vocalist Aida Blanco ensured a cool mixture of soft and cool music that equally attracted the constant attention of the audience.
The European Union’s Erasmus + Project, Goethe-Institut Ghana, Alliance Française Accra and Fundacion Sgae Espanola sponsored the workshop, which as organized by Akwaaba Music.