Yaw Sarpong plays an 'emergency concert' with blind musicians

By: Daniel Kenu, KUMASI
Yaw Sarpong performs with blind group
Gospel artiste Yaw Sarpong(with mic) in action
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Evergreen Gospel singer, Yaw Sarpong, put up a soothing performance with a group of blind musicians at Abuakwa, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, at an unplanned fund raising concert to support the group.
Sarpong, leader of the the Asumafo Band, with over 40 years experience in the music industry had to make an 'emergency' stop at seeing the group perform.
While stuck in the heavy Abuakwa traffic, the leader of the Asumafo Band noticed that "an offering bowl" to solicit for financial support by the group was empty.
Touched by it, he quickly jumped off his car together with his long time lead singer, Maame Tiwaa, doled out a seed money of GHc100 and took over the stage.
A few minutes later, their 'collabo' which saw them dishing out a 30-minute nonstop rendention of some of his compilation attracted a large crowd.
As if they have been rehearsing prior to the 'emergency' mini concert, Maame Tiwaa's silky voice blended beautifully with that of the group's while Sarpong appealed to the crowd who had gathered to donate.
An undisclosed amount which Yaw Sarpong described as "substantial" was raised and handed over to the blind team before the members of Asumafo Band continued with their journey.
Sarpong, fondly called Bra Yaw told Graphic Showbiz helping the underprivileged has always been part of his ministry adding that the Abuakwa show was just one of such moments.
"My experiences in Liberia during that country’s political upheaval serves as a constant reminder of how God can call us home at anytime and the need to be kind to one another," he said.
Bra Yaw was forced back to Ghana by the Liberia war after spending six years promoting Ghanaian Gospel music in the country.
While in Liberia, he formed the Yaw Sarpong and the Asumafo Band in 1986 and has built on his Liberia success while back in Ghana.

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