African Footprint International, a Ghanaian music and dance group last week performed on several speedboats and harbors on the Nissum Fjord, located on the western coast of Denmark.
Currently on a performance tour of Denmark and other European countries, the group boarded a huge wooden boat and headed out to sea amidst loud rhythms from several Ghanaian traditional drums, bells and rattles.
As they returned to the harbor, a Danish regimental band played patriotic music as a crowd from nearby villages and towns stood in eerie silence as tune after tune unfolded with meticulous timing.
Back on land, African Footprint took over with their variations of several traditional music and dance pieces alongside wild tempos from fontonfrom, and atumpan – as well as a balafon, which was played by a Burkinabe musician.
The performance, which included a march with burning torches, church services, ballet dance, choral music and poetry recitals, was repeated in five different harbors. It was aimed at creating cultural activities and bringing the issue of nature and the environment to the forefront.
Led by Samuel Kweku Addison, a Ghanaian praise and worship song was introduced to members of a protestant church, who joined and clapped their hands the Ghanaian charismatic style.
Nissum Fjord covers an area of 70 sq. It is situated behind a huge mass of land that is 13 km long. It is 1,200 m wide but is quite narrow is some in places measuring only 200 m in width.
The Fjord’s Network and the town of Thorsminde organized the programme with artistic direction by Frans Winther and Pierangelo Pompa from the Odin Theatre.
The Danish tour by African Footprint is being made possible by the kind courtesy of Godsbanen, Royal Academy of Music (Aarhus), Addison’s Mighty Works Aps, Keld Hosbond, Klejtrup Musikefterskole, Den Rytmiske Højeskole, Shanghai Akademi, Sydjurs Musikskole, Brandbjerg Højskole and www.artsghana.org.