By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Extraordinary voices from two female musicians Nana Yaa and Cina Soul over the weekend delighted a cheering audience during a magnetic performance at the Goethe-Institut in Accra.
Performing at a colourful event that marked the 60th anniversary of the relationship between Ghana and Germany, Yaa, who had problems with her voice owing to tight rehearsal schedules, managed to rock the audience with poise, flair and a majestic stagecraft.
Accompanied by a cool blend of traditional Ghanaian rhythms with diverse music genres, Yaa took to the stage like a hurricane and simply affected every single member of the audience as she run around singing, dancing and cajoling the audience onto their feet.
With her hands up in the air – she seemed to be absorbing energy from the universe – as she unleashed the power trapped within her body by delivering a performance that was simply magical, intense and compelling.
Backed by the Deep Wave Band, Yaa managed to get most of the members of the audience to the dance floor as she engaged the audience with hilarious anecdotes and virtually inviting some of them for dance duets.
“Nana Yaa is a talented musician with a gift for performance – she is without doubt one of the new generation of musicians who will help sustain Ghana’s presence on the world music scene”, said Kokou Mensah, a Togolese music critic in Accra.
Earlier, Cina Soul, who is noted for her unadulterated vocal power, dazzled the crowd with layering songs alongside beats, loops and rhythms that kept the audience at the edge of their seats. With wild rhythms flowing from the band, she calmly interspersed her singing with subtle dance movements.
With a penetrating mind and voice, storylines from Soul – which are delivered with high-pitched energy – are similarly captivating and quite therapeutic. Indeed, while in full swing, her songs seem to flow from the bottom of her heart.
A dynamic performer whose energy can transform a show into a joyful and unforgettable festivity, Soul has constantly been growing, learning and developing to the point where she’s on the verge of a breakthrough into a new realm of recognition.
German Embassy in Accra in collaboration with German companies and institutions in Ghana supported the performance.