Ghana orchestra inspires confidence in African culture

The Pan African Youth Orchestra established in Ghana some two decades ago.

It has offered an opportunity for young Ghanaian children to harness their own musical culture on the verge of oblivion.

The orchestra program started in collaboration with the national theater mainly to explore the African musical traditions.

The group was pretty successful back then and members had the opportunity to travel around the world until the lack of funding ground it to a halt.

It was not until three years ago when Kweku Kwakye, a master musician, decided to resuscitate the orchestra, handpicking children from schools in the capital to reconstitute the group.

Currently, Kwakye and his team are working with about 36 young musicians whose ages range from 6 to 16.

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