DUBOIS CELEBRATES WITH MUSIC AND ART
Music will play a major part in how the W.E.B DuBois Memorial Center for Pan African Culture in Accra marks this year’s Africa Unity (A.U) day.
A Pan-African Bands Festival and Competition has been lined up by the center, along side an art exhibition showcasing paintings and sculpture by acclaimed Ghanaian and Nigerian artists, to mark AU Day which is celebrated throughout the continent every year on May 25.
Artists and groups scheduled to perform at the Pan-African Bands Festival and Competition on May 24 from 2.00pm include the Abiza Band led by ace guitarist Ackablay, Felix Bell, Ras Ellis, Afro Queens International Band, Azonko, the Abrukusu Band led by Dr. Aduonum, Swade led by Nii Alarbie, the Dynamic Melody Band and the Mighty I Am Band from cape coast. May 25 from 4.00pm is for music recitals by Azonko and the Kofi Agorso and the Agorso Band.
Azonko plays the rat-trap cowbell, leg maracash, and guitar and sings the same time. The highlight of his performance will be a rendition of experts from his Ghana’s Golden Orchestral Delights (GGOD) Volume 1 collection. The GGOD is a fusion of symphonic orchestration with indigenous African instruments and idioms.
The art exhibition, which started last Thursday with works by Kofi Agorsor from Ghana and Folusho Akomolade and Kolawole Ogunsunlade from Nigeria, ends on Monday, May 26. Guest of honor for the whole celebration which is being organized by the DuBois Center in collaboration with Azonko Synchronizations Limited is Prof. Emeritus Kwabena Nketia.
Daily Graphic page 21 Saturday, May 24, 2008