ART MELODY & STEVO ATAMBIRE: A MATCH MADE FOR MUSIC!

If you’re anything like me, your music festival taste must have been met keenly by the real buzzy treat and transformational experience that Sabolai Radio brought Accra. We are thankful to Accra [dot] alt, first and foremost as well as the collaborating entities including the French Embassy, Absolut Vodka, Skillions Rec, Beat Phreaks, YoyoTinz and Live Fm for such a splendid weekend of good music, alternative art and jazzy party in the open- must have been the best treat for the end of year!

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(#‎ArtMelody‬ & ‪#‎StevoAtambire‬ sound check at ‪#‎sabolai2014‬. Photo by LeBrave)

There’s one particular performance worthy of note! Benjamin LeBrave, CEO of Akwaaba Soundz had to yell; “This is the first time Art Melody Art Melody & Stevo Atambire are performing together? and already the crowd sings along…! Thanks again for the opportunity to try this, more vim!”

I started following Art Melody’s work sometime last year and got hooked to his LP “Wogdog Blues” (http://artmelody.bandcamp.com/). The interesting aspect of his charged vocal delivery but rhythmic play, though I understood only half of what he said made me stream the whole catalog. The talented Burkinabe musician is more of a freestylist and is never afraid to speak his mind. We get a bit of that touch when he says “Burkina receives electricity from Ghana, but we have electricity and Ghana gets dumsor” in the middle of his performance.

Stevo Atambire has the heart for singing, in his own carved niche while strumming the kologo. Uniquely built, as compared to Ayisoba’s work which kicks in a range of vocal pitches and tones. Sabolai Radio had both! Stevo Atambire and Art Melody merged fantastically with gyrating music and the band was as much creative! Such collaborations are but smelt from the blissful pits of natural knacks.

The peak of their set had a tune that’s stuck in many an attendee’s head- “minus me, plus me”! This is where Stevo and Art beckon the crowd to either respond by saying “minus me” or “plus me” to whatever statement they would pose. Obviously, people went for “plus me” as a response to positive assertions and vice versa. The “eating pizza, chewing khebab” political piece is also so worthy of note. We want more!

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Author: Kwame 'Write' Aidoo

Kwame Aidoo, also known as Write is a fond reader, writer and lover of music and the arts, with a degree in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Tech., Kumasi and a certificate in Cultural Organizations in Transition from University of Lüneburg. He founded the creative activism movement: Inkfluent which curates Slam Ghana, The Write Experience, Vocal Portraits poetry albums, Slam Lab and the biggest literary festival in Ghana; Nkabom Literary Festival. Aside Ghana, where he is based, he has shown work in Brazil, Togo, Austria, France, Benin, Germany and Burkina Faso and most recently Norway with Aurora Ekvatorialis; a light sculpture and texts collaboration with Norwegian artist Toril Johannessen, exhibiting at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, 16.9.2016 – 15.1.2017.

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