By John Owoo
Traditional music groups from the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Eastern regions last week showcased their artistic creations in a concert that sought to create awareness of a project that seeks to unite global music and healthcare in Ghana.
Performing at the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi, Hewale Sounds (Greater Accra), Catholic Youth Choir / Ammamreso Agofomma (Ashanti Region) and the Nkabom Children’s Cultural Group (Eastern Region) delighted the audience with compelling performances loaded with sharp contrasts.
Dubbed MusicXChange Ghana, the project stems from a deep interest in ethnomusicology and is driven by a firm belief that music can be an effective tool for change while providing a platform for local musicians to showcase their talents and impact positively on healthcare.
The project, among others aims at promoting traditional Ghanaian music to a worldwide audience, encourage the use of music therapy in Ghana, raise USD 50,000.00 to support a new HopeXChange Medical Centre in Kumasi and develop a pilot programme in music therapy for Ghana.
Another highlight of the project is a MusicXchange Ghana album that includes a diverse compilation of sounds and songs selected from a wide range of musical styles and genres.
Indeed, the album portrays a wide picture of Ghanaian musical culture – Ewe, Ashanti and Ga traditional repertoire – while featuring voice and percussion groups as well as choirs, instrumental ensembles and solo performers.
The HopeXChange Medical Centre is set to provide high quality medical care, cutting edge biomedical research and medical education to prevent and treat diseases of public health significance – notably infectious diseases and cancer.
Federico Masetti, director of MusicXChange led a delegation from the United States, which included students of Berklee College of Music (Boston), medical officers / health personnel and musicologists for coordination of various activities.
The US Embassy in Accra, Centre for National Culture, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, School of Medical Sciences (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (all in Kumasi) sponsored the performance.