CHRISTMAS carols are usually performed the same way all over the world amongst Christians, non-Christians.
Orthodox and Pentecostal churches, and all those interested in enjoying Christmas carols in March, September, or the usual December 25 carols.
The Aburukusu Orchestra has a unique approach for the rendition of Christmas Carols as well as other occasional music which has to be nothing, but a good music capable of healing spiritual wounds inflicted by the presence of environmental nuisance, anger, or bad music. Aburukusu carols do not only have rhythmic introductions and polyrhythmic codettas, each particular carol has been re-arranged in a most singable manner capable of soliciting bodily movements, culminating in sing-dance fashion as a healing aid.
This year’s Christmas carols that have been given special attention include-Joy to the world, Up on the housetop, O little town of Bethlehem, Hark the Angels sing, Deck the halls, O come all ye faithful, Go tell it on the mountain, Silent night, and Aferenhyiapa.
These carols are not only special because of how they have been arranged and performed, but their rendition come with intriguing drumming accompaniment which make them sound different from the traditions accompanied by a keyboard. Whereas Joy to the world, may be accompanied by gahu drum beats, Go tell it on the mountain is accompanied byadaban drum music, thus compelling the singers to move their bodies while singing and enjoying a particular carol.
Aburukusu orchestra's style of musical presentation enforces the concept of participation rather than isolation.
In a similar manner, Aburukusu Orchestra tries to present a concert programme which has a wide variety of musical items meant for the aesthetic enjoyment of the audiences and special guests.
As such, the content of a particular programme is usually different from another, as each performance occasion or an event is culturally and musically treated to reflect the meaning of the event or the occasion.
Whereas new compositions are written to honour specific events, Aburukusu Orchestra has a variety of musical items from which an impending, or, on the spot programme could be drawn.
However, Aburukusu’s musical repertoire is geared toward items of enjoyable celebrations and events, yet funeral and sorrowful events are equally undertaken. But, it must be emphasized that the bulk of Aburukusu music is geared toward - peace, unity, patriotism, nationalism, perseverance and motivation.
Of course, some of the songs advocate for individual hard work, while some song items condemn poverty, laziness, and corruption, and dependency.
From Aburukusu’s large musical repertoire one would be impressed to see title of songs such as, Patriotism, What a celebration, Damirifua due, Mmoguo, Time to graduate, Happy birthday, oman nkosopa, Ghana marching on again, National reconciliation, Asem yi, Yaa Amponsah, the underground railroad, The street child, Abomofoo Nkwan, Panafest Dokplola, Black star boys, and/or Okuafo mo. In addition, Aburukusu Orchestra takes pride in performing gospel music with dignity, whilst acknowledging the beauty of creativity in music.
In the field of Art Music, the Aburukusu Orchestra enjoys the playing of good African Classical Music with traditional drumming accompaniment, as well as the playing of the classical music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tehaikosk, Sibelius and/or
Handel, most of which are also profusely accompanied by traditional African drumming
styles and techniques.
Interestingly, the Aburukusu Orchestra is the only group which specializes and promotes the above musical styles in diverse forms.
Whilst the Aburukusu Orchestra is consistent in the selection of musical items for special occasions and events, it also encourages audience-participating in all its Concert performances.