Ariadne’s Notes: January 18, 1:10 pm, CFRO, 100.5 FM, PST. Wonderful show, amazing music by Opoku Mensah. Also, a wonderful interview with Janet Russ on the impactful films that they are working on. Our World Poetry Café Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, producer and host, Dr. Diego Bastianutti, guest host and Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. Music by Opoku Mensah and a song by Luciano Pavarotti. English and Italian. Included was a fascinating e-peace poem by the well known poetess Huguette Bertrand, entitled GOLDEN PEACE and read by Victor Swartzman.
Guest host Diego Bastianutti took us through his experiences as a child refugee during the second world war. The silo that they were housed in had housed the Jewish people on the way to the death camps, the Italians who had been murdered and driven from their country (Diego and family) and now houses African migrants. “Diego said it was like a scene from Dante’s Hell.” Amazing how patterns keep repeating themselves over and over again.
World Poetry thanks Opoku Mensah for permission to share his lovely peace song:
Opoku Mensah is an award-winning band leader, keyboard player, composer and arranger with many years of experience in the music industry. The widely-travelled musician has also made Ghana proud on the international front by winning a number of awards in Dubai, Benin and Togo.
The multi-talented artiste is passionate about jazz, Latin and Afro-fusion music and has earned admiration for his intense injection of Ghanaian and African rhythms and melodies in his compositions.
Opoku Mensah and his band have an album, Spirit of Africa to their credit.
They are very visible on the Ghanaian live music scene and music lovers have enjoyed them at various venues in the nation’s capital including the Piano Bar, +233 Jazz Bar and Grill and Republic Bar.
If you wish to contact him, you can reach him on FB and Linked In.