Billed as a special guest performer on Denmark-Danish saxophone player and composer, Katrine Suwalski’s tour events in Ghana; Ghanaian Afro-Jazz/Afro-Pop singer, Elivava has indicated, “it is a great pleasure sharing the stage with the legendary saxophonist, Katrine Suwalski and her Danish/Ghanaian band; Another World.”
“She is an amazing composer and I enjoyed every bit of the band’s zeal during my performances since the tour started on April 1, 2015,” Elivava said in an interview with www.AmaLarbieAfrica.com
Born Tina Mensah, Elivava The African Gold is a Ghanaian Afro-Jazz, and Afro-Pop singer, songwriter, Performer, choreographer, and recording artist who has worked with top musicians like Rocky Dawuni, Ally Keita, Kojo Antwi, Afro Moses, Samini, VIP (now VVIP) and Atongo as a background singer and Choreographer.
According to a press statement, the Denmark-Danish saxophonist and composer, Katrine Suwalski and her Danish/Ghanaian band, Another World, arrived in Ghana on Sunday, March 29, 2015, on a tour of the Jazz Fraternity in Ghana.
Katrine Suwalski, who originally formed her band, Another World, after a trip to Ghana in 1994 shares her motivation for its formation, “I was introduced to the rich tradition of Ghanaian polyrhythm by the leader of the cultural group Twerammpon Traditionals in Cape Coast, Odomankoma Kyerema Pra, this meeting, strongly influenced my musical life and my style of play; and over the years, Mr. Pra has worked with us several times in Denmark and around the world. Now I really look forward to playing our music in Ghana for the first time,” she noted in a statement.
The performers lined-up for the tour are the headline act, Saxophonist and Composer, Katrine Suwalski (Denmark); Pianist Marie Schmidt (Denmark); Bassist Morten Lundsby (Denmark); and Ghanaian Percussionists Ayi Solomon and Odomankoma Kyerema Kwamena Pra; and Afro-Jazz/ Afro-Pop singer, Elivava.
There has already been performances at the Republic Bar, Club +233 and Piano Bar all respectively in Accra. Other venues have been Hotel Senchi, Akosombo on April 1-4, 2015.
Katrine Suwalski, her band, Another World as well as Elivava are expected in Cape Coast at the Pedu Station and Elimna Shell including the Twerammpon Traditionals on April 5 and 6, 2015 respectively and then return to Denmark on April 9, 2015.
Katrine Suwalski is a musician and a composer of considerable scope and imagination.
She has created her own distinctive fusion of Jazz and West African Influences. It is exuberant music with a personal touch that is unusual, extrovert and atmospheric, played by some of the best musicians from the Danish Music scene.
In her musical writing, she is inspired by great composers such as Manu Dibango and Abdullah Ibrahim. The Another World Band’s Ayi Solomon; The virtuoso percussionist who lives in Denmark and has played with Ghana’s Music Maestro Kojo Antwi. Ayi Solomon grew up in Accra but left Ghana in the early 80’s with the reggae band, Classic Vibes.
Ayi Solomon has since made a big career on the international Jazz and World Music scene by respectively playing with US musicians, Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, and Adam Nussbaum; especially known for his cooperation with New Jungle Orchestra and Palle Mikkelborg.
He is co-producer on five albums with Katrine Suwalski.
Marie Schmidt, the other band’s member is from Demark and has worked with Katrine Suwalski in different constellations for decades, which is heard in their closely knit interplay.
She has released a number of CDs with the jazz trio, Sophisticated Ladies.
Morten Lundsby from Demark has also produced a number of amazing bass players since NHØP. He plays in several Danish bands and has toured all over the world.
Odomankoma-Kyerema Kwamena Pra is The master drummer, composer and artistic director of the cultural group, Twerammpon Traditionals in Cape Coast; with his ensemble, has performed in Ghana, Denmark, USA and the Ivory Coast. The group has together won several prizes.
Watch Elivava’s performance with the Another World Band in the video below