The German Federal Foreign Office has, in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut, donated18 instruments to the Kopeyia Junior High School in the Aflao Region.
“The donation is embedded in the educational music program Music Works! initiated by German pianist and composer Jo Junghanss in 2010,” a press release from the German Embassy in Accra copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said.
It said the project was to enable students aged 10 to 18 to receive music lessons several times a week, and that with the help of three local teachers, the students were taught in groups how to sing, drum and play brass instruments.
“As the proficiency level of the participants has been growing significantly, the Kopeyia School Brass Band was founded in 2011 as the program’s main ensemble”, the statement said.
The German Ambassador in Ghana, Mr Rüdiger John, who formally presented the instruments to the school, emphasized the role of culture in German foreign policy and reiterated Germany’s dedication in preserving cultural diversity.
As part of the ceremony, the Kopeyia School Brass Band gave a concert performance at the Goethe-Institut in Accra. The students performed a mixture of traditional Ewe music and German melodies. GNA