THE crisp sound of violins, violas, cellos and other orchestral instruments have been oozing from a hall at Christ Temple of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) in Accra over the last fortnight.
The space is the rehearsal venue for the Accra Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and its clever operatic singing arm, Lumina.
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Some of the material being worked on, however, are by popular African artistes such as Osibisa, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Manu Dibango and Miriam Makeba and it’s all in preparation toward a concert on Saturday, October 6 at the National Theatre.
It has been the practice of ASO and Lumina to project popular works by prominent African acts alongside its Western operatic repertoire and that format will be rolled out again at the upcoming concert.
Music lovers who have heard the ASO rearrange stuff by Africa’s pop masters tag the music as ‘operatic Afro-Pop’ and it has its own irresistible charm.
By itself, Lumina is an enchanting collection of singers capable of invoking every kind of emotion in audiences. They are extremely expressive in their renditions and their wide variety of repertoire will definitely fire up the evening’s proceedings.
Under the direction of Benedictus Acolatse, the concert dubbed “Accra Goes To The Opera” promises to be a thoroughly entertaining affair.
Executive Director of ASO and Lumina, Ms Korkor Amarteifio, said her outfits were well-rehearsed for the show and patrons should look forward to a night of excellent delivery.
The ASO, which was started in 2012 by Dr Mensa Otabil, General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church,(ICGC) is committed to the reinterpretation of African music in the orchestral style, as a way of preserving African music.
The orchestra is currently made up of artistes from Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroun. It looks forward to recruiting more artistes locally and internationally in order to upgrade its capacity and reputation.