The Letters from Africa exhibition which has been on at the Brazil House in Jamestown (Old Accra) comes to a close today. I missed it – not from a lack of effort – I went in the morning with a friend and found that it was only open in the afternoons…it was not an entirely wasted trip, the permanent exhibition is interesting also. The images recount the history of the Tabon people in Ghana. Returning slaves from Brazil. It is all explained; from the Portuguese names to the cuisine.
Alabaster Box, sing what they call ‘Afroppella’, uniquely African sounds mingled with their perfect acappella repertoire. They are an all-male, gospel acappella music quartet whose sound is reminiscent of South Africa’s very own LadySmith Black Mambazo. They are fantastic! For a group that has played to audiences all over the world and toured with world-famous musicians, they were pleasant, extremely humble and positively charming.
Last night I took my daughter to the My Dream Charity Show put on by the China Disabled Peoples’ Performing Art Troupe at the National Theatre. On a school night? I know, but the show was in Accra for two nights only and it has received rave reviews internationally.
Moving, synchronized dances, and all the more powerful when you consider the timing that has to go into the movements given that the dancers do not hear the music – although they were being cued through sign language.
It was a history lesson about the Ashanti Kingdom and it definitely had us enthralled for the two hours that the entire tour takes. Visitors have an opportunity to watch a video about the Kingdom and then after there is a tour of the museum itself.
We were fortunate enough to have a photo opportunity – which under normal circumstances is never allowed. There is an entrance fee of GHc3 for children and GHc7 for adults. The museum is most definitely worth the visit – our tour guide was excellent; it takes a great deal of talent to hold the attention of a five year old through a tour that long and he did it quite well. After the tour there is a small gift shop, in which you can buy crafts and curios.
The Ghana International Women’s Club (GIWC )members were invited to a durbar in Berekuso, a small village in the Eastern Region which is one of the ‘adopted’ villages of the association; a recipient of GIWC’s time and effort through a number of projects.
I set out looking to take a few pictures of the Arts Centre in Accra.I left there with offers of rare Ashanti artifacts and ivory carvings. Yes, ivory carvings. Never mind that trade in or the sale of ivory is banned in Ghana, or in pretty much all of Sub-Saharan Africa, Forget that it is…
“It is not an art gallery in the typical sense – more of a concept store” is what the owner and creative director behind Joe’s Perspective Art Boutique, Kukua Ampah calls it. The curious name – Joe’s Perspective actually pays homage to Kukua’s dad; Joe who had a passion for art and as she puts it, “‘is the real inspiration behind the concept store”.
There is always something going on in Accra, whether it’s a classical music concert or a car launch – yes I know, a car launch. I have also been invited to the launch of a new make of Fruit Juice by a very reputable bottling company…yes, right up there with the opening of an envelope….
More seriously, one can actually find oneself out every night doing one thing or another in this city, you just have to be more discerning of where and what you choose to do. There is indeed a little bit of everything for everyone.