By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
A continuous flow of energy characterized a magnetic concert by singer / songwriter Wiyaala during a memorable performance at the Alliance Française in Accra.
Fueled by a fresh stream of creativity, the Afro Pop diva dug deep into her repertoire and showered the boisterous audience with a two-hour show that kept most of them at the edge of their seats.
With an alluring stagecraft that witnessed an unquenchable energy and dancing skills, Wiyaala performed with a blunt, raw and engaging reliability that left the crowd admiring the dramatic enhancement of her talent.
“This is one of the best performances I have seen this year – Wiyaala is surely going make a mark in wide-reaching circles – I was not bored for a single moment. Indeed, she has a unique way of capturing ones attention and sustaining it”, said Kofi Adu, an Accra based architect.
“The dancers are truly professional – the movements were highly suggestive and they performed with a raw and an appealing honesty that resulted in an effective blending with the music and musicians”, added Justine Oduro, a teacher from Takoradi.
With contemporary dancers Sena Atsugah / Marcus Tay alongside Faustina Amankwah, Francisca Mordedzi, Evelyn Kudo and Angela Mensah from the National Dance Company, the singer swayed the crowd with colorful and descriptive rhymes through a rapid-fire delivery that drew comparisons to internationally acclaimed female musicians.
Choreographed by Stephany Ursula Yamoah, the dancers moved in unison through a subtle combination of swift and restrained movements that intermingled with the instrumentalists thereby creating a situation of perpetual motion on stage.
Together with the Patch Bay band, Wiyaala equally featured veteran saxophonist / percussionist Teddy Osei of Osibisa fame, singer / songwriter Nana Yaa, poet Pobee and others, who equally left a mark in the eyes of the crowd.
Photos: Delphy Photography