Afriko Highlife Band, a Denmark based Ghanaian group last week delighted an enthusiastic audience during a magnetic concert at the Forbrænding Concert Hall in Albertslund, which is located at the outskirts of the Danish capital Copenhagen.
Performing as part of Vestegnens Festival, the group delighted the audience with wild percussion loops and a droning keyboard as well as a humming baseline that turned the former power-generating house into a music groove.
With a formidable stage presence alongside intermittent anecdotes, lead singer Samuel Takyi, performed with a blunt and engaging honesty as they enticed the dancing audience with a dynamic fusion Highlife and Afro Reggae with elements of traditional Ghanaian rhythms.
Alongside Danish guitarist Preben Carlsen and Stanley Adjei Quaye on keyboards as well as Alfred Tamakloe on maracash / bells, they severally and jointly revealed the power of improvisation and cross-cultural compositions while dishing out traditional and contemporary strains of highlife.
“It was a night of fun – Ghanaian highlife is a huge phenomenon in the world. We need to see more of such performances in various parts of Denmark”, said Nikolaj Hansen, a musician in Copenhagen.
“It was a concert full of energy – this is the first time we have presented a group of this kind – we will showcase them during the 2015 edition of Copenhagen World Music Festival”, added Jeppe Skyøld, a leader at the Forbrænding Concert Hall.
Formed several years ago in Copenhagen, the group has been holding aloft the flag of Ghana through musical concerts in and around Denmark and Scandinavia as a whole.
By John Owoo
At large in Albertslund, Denmark