Afro-Pop singer, Noella Wiyaala last week mesmerized fans in the Danish city of Aarhus with a magnetic stagecraft at the 2016 edition of the Pan African Arts Festival (PANAFEST).
African Footprint Legends (AFL) also took the stage by storm with a curious blend of ritualistic rhythms with highlife. Employing a combination of Western and traditional instruments from Ghana and Burkina Faso, the group surprised the audience with music that is contemporary, but with it’s heart firmly embedded in traditional Africa.
With musicians and dancers from Denmark, Ghana and Burkina Faso, AFL turned the stage into a delectable music grove for both audience and musicians.
In a related concert at V 58, a performance hall in downtown Aarhus, Ghanaian reggae star Shasha Marley, who is noted for his Franciscan Friar-like costumes, swayed the cheering crowd with his charismatic voice and an impressive stage presence.
Full of energy, Marley who was joined by Ghanaian and Danish musicians, displayed a real sense of creativity and absolute skill as reggae fans among the audience applauded, danced and joined in the singing.
Also on stage at NY V 58 were the Rasta Mizizi Family (Kenya) and Shungu Afro Beat (Denmark) while the Botanical Garden also hosted DJs, acrobats, poets, storytellers, art, crafts and food exhibitions as well as fashion shows.