A three-day jazz festival took place over the weekend in Accra with the world’s greatest artistes on the bill.
On the first day the 2019 Stanbic Ghana Jazz Festival, legendary music group UB40 wowed the audience with songs from their repertoire.
They did songs like ‘If It Happens Again I’m Leaving’, ‘Cherry Oh Baby,’ ‘Kingston Town,’ ‘Fijian Sunset,’ ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ and ‘Red Red Wine.’The nine-piece English band dished out great reggae tunes from their repertoire that got almost everybody singing along at La Pleasure Beach.
With four big screens mounted by the sides of the performance area, the audience not close enough to the players could still see every detail of action on the stage.
The Blue Rhythms, an in-house Stanbic Bank band was the first to perform.
Daughter of Pat Thomas, NanaYaa came on stage next to serve the audience with her craft.
She did Ella Fitzgerald’s old jazz classic ‘Summertime’ and rendition of a Nii Oblie original called ‘Accra Is Sweet.’
Ghanaian guitarist Akablay and his Abiza Band with their Nzema groove, also did works from his five albums and then roped in his ever popular ‘Take Away’ which features Cabum.
The show continued on Friday with more enthralling performances with other artistes like Saxophonist Steve Bedi and singer reggae artiste Knii Lante.
The three-day Stanbic Ghana Jazz Festival ended on Saturday, March 2 with a bash at the Fantasy Dome at La in Accra.
The show featured SSUE, Francis Osei, Wanda Baloyi from South Africa, Kyekyeku and the three festival headline acts: Salif Keita, Richard Bona and UB40.
By: Kwame Dadzie | citinewsroom.com | Ghana