Local music is the golden key – Azonko
Story by: Ebenzer Zor
Music is none of the golden keys to solve Ghana’s socio-economic development, Azonko Simpi (the synchronizer) has said.
He has, therefore, appealed to corporate institutions to support the concept to turn music into non-traditional package.
Azonko made the appeal during performances at the Classical Africa Orchestra concert and exhibition last Sunday, to climax this year’s Republic Day Celebration at the Addae-kesse Hall of the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra.
It was on the theme: “The Classic Africa 51st Republic Day Celebration Concert and Exhibitions”.
Participants were treated to tunes from Ghana, neo-traditional music, Jazz, classis Africa series re-orchestration and Beethoven.
Kwaku Simtim Miasa (KSM), one of the participants expressed satisfaction at the performances and urged institutions to assist Azonko to make the country proud in the years to come.
Azonko told “The Times Weekend” that the concert and exhibitions aimed at creating awareness about the traditional musical instruments in Ghana, “and to learn our culture, especially what our great forefathers have left for us”.
He called for the repackaging of local music instruments – such as the maracas, ‘antenteben’, cowbell, shakers, xylophone, fontomfrom, mmenson, ewe set, dumdum – in tender boxes with kente designs, so as to create jobs and generate revenue for the country.
He believed that the concert could bring all the tribes of the country together and also educate the youth on morality.
The event was sponsored by Access Bank, La Palm Royal, Beach, CTB World Travels, Ozone Energy drink with The Ghanaian Times, The Spectator, GBC, GTV and TV3 as the media partners. It was also supported by the Education Directorate, Ghana Tourist Board and the National Commission on Culture.
The Ghanaian Times Page: 15 Saturday, July 9, 2011