Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s yearly Carol Festival for Schools

Background info: The NGO is preparing a sponsorship of a Christmas graduation party for one of the girl schools in Kumasi on the 14th of December. During the planning of this event together with Yaa Achiaa M.A Girls J.S.S management we got the invite to the yearly Carol Festival.

The actual event: Exited as I was I managed to get to the church by 8:20. (Travel time was only 25 minutes, normally the same route would take me 1 hour, morning rush is the worst rush!) According to the programme of the event ‘arrival of schools and guests’ should be taken place at 7.30. At 8.20 only one choir had arrived and the spectator number was a smashing amount of three! Time and Ghanaian lifestyle does not go hand in hand. Quarter after 9 most school choirs had showed up and the event could move forward.

In total 9 downtown Kumasi school’s had sent their choirs to this event. After the opening prayer and introduction of chairman + response the carols could finally begin. Every time a non-Ghanaian Christmas song was performed by a choir a big hurray was acknowledged throughout the church. When one choir started singing ‘Gloooria’ the yelling and shouting didn’t stop until the chairperson stepped in and asked for silence. Between every choir performance the crowd could enjoy bible readings, example Luke 1:26-32, performed by school children.

After two hours of carol’s suddenly the whole crowd starts moving around in the church. The Movements becomes dancing and the dancing turns into a combo of both dancing to singing. I then decided to join the dancing crowd and I quickly received applauds for my interaction!

Two hours become three and the singing, drumming, dancing and theatre performances will soon be over. Unfortunately I and Yaw needed to rush of before closure for our second appointment of the day.

Conclusion of the event; music make people feel alive. If you feel alive you are usually happy and happiness seemed to be the theme amongst all of the choirs.

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