There is no doubt that Africa is the home of authentic traditional music. The smooth sounds and tunes from its musical instruments: the guitar, the xylophone, the drums and other beats that runs through irrespective of the location on the continent; send a signal and gives a beautiful meaning to any occasion. In fact listening to African music soothes the soul and inspires the individual.
From north to south, east to west, African music given the vastness of the continent that has always been historically ancient, rich and diverse, with different nations across having many distinct musical traditions. African music is distinct. The inspiration behind a song when it’s being put together to influence or make an impact in society is exceptional.
One can testify that the influence of African music, both in past and present, has gone beyond the shores of the world’s richest continent. Some believe that although African American music is widely known and loved, and by which popular American music such as Rock and Roll, Hip Hop and Folk music emerged from, “white” American music is said to have strong roots from Africa.
In modern times, we continue to enjoy songs from the likes of the Osibisa Band, Mory Kante, Salif Keita, Amakye Dede, Youssou Ndour, Angelique Kidjo, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ebo Taylor and many others. These artistes and many others compose music that can run through the human spine to move not only our bodies but also our souls.
We must continue to celebrate these musicians by giving them a platform to perform and share with lovers of good music. A typical example is the ‘African Legends Night’, an annual event held in Ghana, a country known for its rich culture and democracy. Through African Legends Night we celebrate these musicians in style.
African Legends Night has hosted South Africa’s Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti of Nigeria, Freddy Meiway of Ivory Coast, Amakye Dede, Ben Brako, Ofie Kudjo and George Darko – all from Ghana have graced this event. There is never a dull moment at this event; performances have been thrilling beyond measure.
The event has carved a niche that brings together people who have a soft spot for the best of African music, making it simply the best music event in the country. Over the years, the event attracts over 1,000 audience to the nation’s Banquet Hall, State House in Ghana’s capital Accra with soothing, exciting and danceable African tunes.
“We believe in African talent, and music forms a key part. It is for this reason that we at Global Media Alliance (GMA) celebrate the originality and rhythms from the continent with authentic music. With African Legends Night we honour musicians who have put Africa’s rich culture and heritage in the global space” said Edwin Amankwah, Director at GMA, organisers of the event.
“African Legends Night is a big platform for us musicians who project the image of Africa in a positive light. It was the first time I performed with my full band in Ghana and I can say we gave the audience a memorable night. I must come back someday,” said Ivorian music megastar Freddy Meiway, the Headline Artist for the 2015 edition.
There is a lot optimism by organisers, but will the 2016 edition be like previous years? And which African music legend will headline the show? We all waiting.
By Ekow Quandzie