Ghana: Topside Brass Band entertains underprivileged schools

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On Monday, the United States (US) European and African Naval Forces Topside Brass Band entertained underprivileged school children from Jamestown to Accra.

Schools included Universal Wonderful Street Academy, Gbekebii School of Art and Culture, and BASICS International School.

The U.S. Embassy organized the event in conjunction with the Universal Wonderful Street Academy.

The group exhibited energetic coordination with a wide range of traditional and modern New Orleans music, rhythm and blues as well as international favorites.

The Topside Brass Band also engaged and captivated audiences, especially school children, with their dynamic style, which kept them dancing throughout the show.

Prior to the group’s presentation, students from Universal Wonderful Street Academy performed Ghanaian songs and dances, which illustrated a rich culture and history in the Ga language.

Musician (Mui) Surface Welfare (SW) Kent Grover, frontman of the band, in an interview with the Ghanaian Times, noted that the performance was to celebrate the strong partnership and friendship between Ghana and the US military.

He said music was “a universal language that people can connect with anytime and anywhere in the world.”

Mr Grover said: “Music is something that connects people, makes us all dance, smile and be happy. And being in this beautiful country playing for these children here will be an experience I will remember all my life. “.

He said entertaining children from underprivileged schools would help strengthen and deepen partnerships between Ghana and the United States.

Founder and Principal of Universal Wonderful Street Academy, Louis YeboahWomder Doe, who spoke to the Ghanaian Times, said schoolchildren were proud that the band had performed in the country.

He said the band enabled the inmates to give them the chance to discover and have “a taste of different music from a different world. And also the children are ready to share their Ghanaian African culture with them” .

Mr Doe said the Universal Wonderful Street Academy, which is a non-governmental organization, operating “at no cost”, has been around for about 11 years.

He appealed to well-meaning individuals and corporations to help the Street Academy.

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