Bob Marley is huge here in Ghana. But the concert I went to last night was a free Christian concert, as it was explained to me. So, I guess we weren’t jammin’ with Bob but swaying with Jesus. The event was advertised on the internet as starting at 5:30 pm, but the bulletin we were handed stated 6. However, in African style, we watched the crew finish setting up the stage and the event started around 7 pm. It was an evening celebrating a Ghanaian chorale composer, Kenn Kafui, put on by an organization called Salt and Light Ministries. I thought it was awesome that a successful Ghanain was being celebrated. The event took place in the National Theatre in Accra (a building shaped like a ship) and was attended by the general public, elegantly dressed for the special event, and honored guests with front row seats like the Cuban Ambassador and a gentleman clothed in traditional garb carrying a decorative staff (I think he was a chief).
The composer had a great introduction; he paraded down the aisle accompanied by men playing the African drums and other hand-held percussion instruments. The songs were short, only a few minutes in length, and were sung in another language to the sound of an organ. Most of the songs reminded me of Hymns from church; however, one particular song had a sound very different from the others. It had a great, definitive beat. With the blessings of the host, younger members of the audience stood to dance at their seats and wave handkerchiefs while they sang along. I remember thinking that this wouldn’t happen back in the states. I only wish I’d carried an audio recorder so you could hear them as well!