WITH FOUR selected traditional pieces from Africa, the St Francis of Assisi youth choir carried the audience and other music lovers away with 'Monyi Nyame Aye' by renowned gospel musician Stella Aba Seal.
After the performance of the selected Ghanaian folk songs, the audience, most of whom were famous choral music directors, concluded that Africa had a culture that should be preserved and demonstrated in the songs we sing.
If you love listening to classical pieces and choral music, then try attending their programmes, for you cannot help but wish to spend all your life attending more programmes.
Other African traditional songs performed by the choir included 'There is no one like you' by James Varic Amaah, former organist of the Winneba Youth Choir, 'Akpena Mawu' and Blow Your Trumpet by John Edem Alaglo, the choir's Music Director, 'Yesu aye bi' and others.
The style and distinctive features outlined in the songs were perfect and pleasing to the ear and to the traditional people.
Giving a brief history of the choir, Mr. Emmanuel Ayettey, President of the St Francis Of Assisi Youth Choir, said the choir was formed with the objective of serving the Catholic Church and the development of the youth in the church and beyond through the medium of singing.
He said members of the choir are between the ages of 15 and 35.
With a vision of competing with other well-known choirs in the country, the youth choir is poised to project a positive image of the African youth and African choral music.
“The St Francis of Assisi youth choir works hard and forms productive associations with other organized choirs in the country, while remaining distinctively Ghanaian”, he said.
BEATWAVES, satisfied with the choir's performance, learnt that the choir, which gives a repertoire of songs from all nations of the world, including Latin, is yet to come out with its own album.
The choir has participated in a lot of competitions and has won multiple awards.
By Linda Tenyah