The Kyekyeku and Ghanalogue band did a marvelous work when they mounted stage in Etnosur, Spain, in the ongoing Vis a Vis festival.
The band thrilled thousands with great authentic highlife music with stories of Ghana including rhymes, religion and the stories of life to the foreigners who served as patrons at the night event.
The band in an interview after the performance said, they decided to relive the golden days of old, and repackage them for Ghanaians and hopefully, a global audience.
According to them, efforts must be made to re-do several of Ghana’s forgotten highlife songs to allow the current generation to better appreciate the country’s musical heritage.
“We sang Robert, Robert Mensah goalkeeper number one, it’s strange that kids now a days are singing something strange, maybe we need to be recording on CD’s so kids can listen and start appreciating them” one member of the group said.
Kyekyeku noted that Ghana has a rich culture and does not make any logical sense to leave it astray to promote other foreign cultures. He added that musicians must research about their craft for better outcome.
Advising the youth who are looking forward to do music, Kyekyeku revealed his band is not going after money or fame although if they come they will enjoy them.
The group paid homage to the likes of Nana Ampadu, J. A Adofo, Alex Konadu and others for paving the way for musicians adding they have been a great inspiration.
The Vis-a-Vis is a cultural project organized by Spain’s public diplomacy institution Casa África in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the collaboration of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), the Spanish Embassy in Accra and the Ghanaian Embassy in Madrid.
This year’s Ghana Vis-a -Vis According marks the 10th edition of the cultural cooperation project that aims to generate a better knowledge of African music in Spain and has already been held in nine other African countries.
The band further expressed gratitude to the Creative Arts Council, the Spanish Ambassador and also the organizers of the festival, Casa Africa for supporting highlife music.