Monday, August 25, 2008

A Concert of African Pianism


The second concert of African Pianism by Victor Nii Sowa Manieson, a contemporary Ghanaian pianist of international repute comes off on Saturday October 11, 2008 at the British Council.

Victor Nii Sowa Manieson: an Educationist, Composer and Performer is a contemporary Ghanaian Musical genius who distinguishes himself through African Pianism. African Pianism is a ground-breaking type of African music which derives its characteristics from a blend of African drums and African instruments, percussions and idioms interpreted on Piano. In other words, “he drums on the piano.”

He has performed before a number of distinguished personalities such as Emeritus Professor Kwabena Nketia, Professor Ebenezer Laing, Ambassador Nancy Powell (Former US Ambassador to Ghana), UN officials among others.

With a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology,Victor has taught music at a number of institutions such as the National Academy of Music and the Lincoln Community School. He is the Co-founder of the Accra Music Ministry Chorale and was for many years Director of Music at the Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, U.S.A, where he performed his compositions regularly to a five hundred plus audience.

On July 11, he shall perform the following:

- Voices of our Ancestors: This piece reveals the non-oral communication that existed in the midst of the pandemonium that characterized how our ancestors were transported to Europe and South America. As the song unfolds, we shall come to the realization that in spite of their different backgrounds there was indeed a form of communication initiated by God and presented through collective consciousness as they transcend their bodies.
Voices of our ancestors shall be enacted by the Dance Factory.

- Supplication from Yoruba land: Tries to address the vocabulary we use in referring to the supreme being-God Almighty. By so doing it raises questions of how we should address God. Should we address God as male or female (“Obaatampa Nyame” by the Akans) or both (as is in the case of the Ga expression, “Ataa naa nyumo”) The piece also demonstrates the manifestation of God through creation.
- Lamentations from Freetown: is a bold attempt to caution all West African Countries. History teaches us that it is our gallant ancestors who fought against being transported to Europe that were relocated to Freetown to co-exist with indigenous tribes, notably the Mende. Consequently, Freetown became the melting pot of all major tribes in West Africa as reflected in the “Krio” language. The crux of the Lamentations from Freetown is that if such brave ancestors who could co-exist for more than two hundred years could be “blinded” to go into war for over ten years, then we should be cautious not to inflame passions that would destroy any attempts at integrating the sub-region.

- Senorita: is the emergence of the sophisticated Latin American Woman, reflecting what she would have been three generations ago. Senorita shall be enacted.

For more information on the concert contact:
Kwesi Amoak (Marketing and coordinating Manager, The Piano Lab)
Tel: 0277 68 13 73 Email:

Monday, August 11, 2008

My New Job!

I have a new job as the Marketing and Coordinating Manager of The Piano Lab. It's very exciting!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Feeling Great

Spent quality time with my sweet heart. Haven't been this peaceful as this before!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Success of my maiden book launch!

I'm just recovering from a breakdown I had on thursday just after a 30 munite interview on CitiFM-became really cold and started vomiting- guess fatigue, stress and malaria all mixed up, but I'm getting better now since I've had a great dossage of sleep.

So far I've had a great publicity all over espercially with Uncle Ebo Whyte doing his motivational message on me during JoyFM' s morning show on thurday.

The launch was a memorable evening. It was simple but very impactful. I had 7 of those featured in the book with their families and friends to grace the event. Just after the launch one of my friends called and said "Kwesi I've known you for quite a while now but have not seen you as happy as today." In fact at some point in time I had some tears of joy!

So far, so good. I feel great and above all challenged to do more in the coming days, months and years.

Photos of the launch coming soon! Thanx loads for your support!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Details of book Launch

Details of my book launch on:

The final day is here and I really hope to enjoy myself during the launch!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My Book Launch!

I'm launching my book, "Quest for Excellence" on wednesday July 23, 2008 at the S.R.C. Union building, University of Ghana. Time: 5pm.

I feel really excited about the organisation and looking forward to a great launch.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008!

From now on...http:// shall be our home. Find out for yourself for it's a blast!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ghana @ 51

Yeah, I'm back in school for the second semester's work. But what really is on my mind now is the fact that Ghana turns 51 next thursday. What have we done as a nation so far? Where do we hope to be within thext fifty years? Are we going to continue to be beggers or be inventors of systems that work for us and be in charge of a well planned future?

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Did I say the Taranga Lions... no mea culpa, it is the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun who stole Ghana's Host and Win dream. After, Ghana had to settle with a consoling thrash of Ivory Coast 4-2. It was fun seeing Drogba against Essien.

But as I muse now, the final of CAN 2008 is on between Cameroun and Egypt. Who takes the Cup.. the next 50 munites or so shall tell.

In any case the tournament has finally come to an end. African Soccer has come of age and I'm sure with such passion in football, we can unite to create better systems to enhance the positive and peaceful development of our continent....

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Stars and the Lions

Today the Black Stars of Ghana meet the Taranga Lions of Cameroun in a semi-finals of the ongoing Ghana 2008. A lot of expectations on the airwaves but let's wait and see the twists and turns on the feild this evening. Which ever way it goes, I expect Eto o and Agogo to score. It's definatly going to be a tough match. Will Ghana's host and win dream tramppled upon and torn apart by the Lions? We shall see....

Thursday, January 31, 2008


How come today we have more houses, but smaller families?

How come we have more degrees but less common sense?

How come it is that we have more knowledge but less judgement?

Still... we have more experts but more problems
more medicine but less wellness...

we laugh too little but are quick to get angry...

We seek to multiply our possessions and end up losing our human values...

We've learnt to make a living but not a real life...

We buy more but enjoy it less...

We've conqured outer space but not inner space...

We've gone to space and back and all, but we still find it difficult to go to our neighbour next door..

We've managed to split the atom but not our prejudice...

We are more on quantity, but less on quality...

We have very nice houses but broken homes...

... what are we doing to our human story?