Talking Drums

The West African News Magazine



The old Adisadel spirit is burning brightly these days, thanks to the organisational spirit of a few energetic old boys who got together last year and decided to do something for their school in Ghana. The initial problem of locating where the old boys are in this country appears to be slowly resolving itself as more and more have been calling up the Secretariat to find out what they can do to help the newly born association to stand on its feet.

In fact, even before the official inauguration of the association scheduled for May at the Cullingham Gardens, London, the association has been able to ship to Adisadel College in time for presentation on speech day a couple of weeks ago, sports equipment including jerseys, football boots and balls.

All old boys must keep the May date open for the grand inauguration which promises to be an entertaining reunion.

African brothers

By Popular Request

If you missed the "Tragedy of Kwata" show at the Africa Centre, last month when Nana Kwame Ampadu and his African Brothers International held the audience spell-bound for the five-day period during the Ghana Week, you have an opportunity now to dance or listen to your favouite Ampadu tunes.

The news is that Ampadu and his boys are returning to London for a few gigs which, according to the organisers, have already attracted a lot of enquiries all over the metropolis.

I personally love Ampadu's music, in fact I enjoyed his earlier production ledge. 1965-75 period- better because to my mind he was at his wittiest best. The late 70's saw a gradual shift in emphasis from story-telling to short crisp lyrics touching on almost all aspects of Ghanaian lives.

With the appearance of so many young musicians who had graduated from the Nana Ampadu's own camp doing their own thing all over the place, the master himself had to pull the best from up his sleeves on every recording to satisfy his fans. The fact that the Entertainment Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana (ECRAG) on two occasions awarded him the Guitar Band of the year prize, and the Ghana Arts Council topped it up with an award following a highly successful national competition went to prove the greatness of the man.

Remember "Agatha"? It was a song which really captured the imagination of the public.

The date to remember then, and keep if you want to make a date with African Brothers is April 5th, 1984 at the Venue, Victoria. For any information contact Stern African Records Centre, Whitfield Street, London. IMPRISONED MINDS Imprisoned Minds is a play which attempts to identify the cause of Africa's underdevelopment, and more significantly it throws light on the nature of the cause.

There are two central characters in the play. Tunde is aware of, and understands the nature of imprisoned minds and tries to convey this notion to Seth, who is happy-go-lucky compared with Tunde. Seth cracks up as the concept of an Imprisoned Mind becomes encompassed in his sphere of knowledge

The play concludes that, although Africa may be free from chains, the people are still slaves due to the imprisonment of their minds.

This is the first black British-based experimental Company in drama production focussing attention on 'the real reason why Africa will take a long time to develop. The main aim of this production is to initiate thinking minds into provoking discussion. In this play, there is no conflict on stage, except through the portrayal of what is going on through Seth's mind. Instead the audience is used as a source of conflict.

The script play is by Martin Proctor, music by Fela Ransome Kuti, choreography by Ray Maclean and directed by Bunmi Popoola.

The last London performances of the Dialogue Dance Company presentation come on at St Mathews on 4th 24th-26th April. April Brixton Hill and Africa Centre

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