Intersecting rhythms shake Goethe-Institut

by • February 28, 2022 • FeaturedArticle, NewsComments (0)167

By John Owoo

(In Accra – Ghana)

A cheering audience at the Goethe-Institut recently sat on the edge of their seats as dynamic trumpeter Kuuku Ansong alongside his Sunkwah Band treated them to a cool blend of Highlife, Afrobeat and Jazz rhythms.

In a magnetic performance last Wednesday that formed part of the Institut’s live music series dubbed “Kotosa”, Ansong and his fellow musicians whipped up amazingly paced arrangements that caught the attention of the crowd who responded with steps on the dance floor.

Indeed, rhythms from percussive instruments driven by horns and guitars turned the stage at the Institut into a musical ditch where music seemed to flow in a continuous stream thereby compelled members of the audience to hit the dance floor.

With Nii Bano (drums), Jojo Ansong / Harry Nelson (percussion), Fred Gbomittah (keyboard) Odartey Lamptey (backing vocals), Ransford Zico (bass guitar), Jerry Tee (piano) and Kuuku Ansong (trumpet / lead vocals), the group showcased a performance loaded with a focus on vocalized lyrics, intersecting rhythms and percussion.

Undeniaby, tunes such as “Ambolley”, “Prayers”, “Time”, “Push”, “Biako Ye”, “Papa Mbra”, “Beautiful Flower”, “Onokwafo”, “Kokroko” – composed by Kuuku Ansong, “Wokokoko” (Richard Bona) and “Local Chain” (Public Domain) mesmerized the enthusiastic audience.

Gyedu Blay-Ambolley, the legendary Ghanaian musician joined the young artists on stage and performed a song with his fulfilling and eloquent voice resulting in massive cheers and applause for the saxophonist, who has performed a number of times at the Goethe-Institut.

With songs unfolding in a rather cool and infectious mode, the group churned out iconic dance sounds that equally caught the attention of the crowd who responded with more steps on the dance floor.

A group of kids later joined the band on stage for a dance thereby enticing elderly members of the audience to join in a free for all dance that was quite infectious and alluring. 

The concert was organized and supported by the Goethe-Institut Ghana.

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