Musical shaman, proto-bluesman and singer-songwriter Ayuune Sulley from Kumasi, Ghana, returns in 2018 with a solo tour around Bulgaria part of Alarma Punk Jazz Fest and its AfroVision Music Platform. The occasion is the 10th anniversary of our friends from Alarma Punk Jazz radio festival and Alarma evening cultural show on the Bulgarian National Radio whom we first welcomed to Varna a few years ago with another unique music performance. Ayuune Sulley will visit Varna for the first time at the end of July 2018 for an acoustic concert preceded by a public talk in English & Bulgarian part of the Breakwater Talks series. The events are hosted by Kreo Kultura Foundation and Amorpha Youth Foundation.
AYUUNE SULLEY (Ghana) – PREHISTORIC BLUES AND NEW MUSIC FOR KOLOGO (*traditional Ghanaian guitar)
Concert venue: Horizont Club – Primorski Park #3, Varna, Bulgaria
Date: 30 July 2018, 21:00 h
Entry: BGN 5.
The Concert is preceded by a public talk as an opportunity to interact with the musician and hear more about his cultural context as a native of Ashanti in Africa’s Ghana, and discover the origins of his music, sensitivity and worldview.
◌ Breakwater Talks : English & Български ◌
MUSIC, MYSTICISM AND LIFESTYLE IN AFRICA’S GHANA
Guest: AYUUNE SULLEY / kologo musician, singer-songwriter, performer
Date: 30 July 2018, Monday, 19:00 – 20:30 h
Venue: “Horizont – Green Stage” – Primorski Park #3, Varna, Bulgaria
Ayuune Sule, who plays the Ghanaian traditional two-string guitar, the kologo, brings the Soul into Kologo Power. In Kumasi, the second city of Ghana and capital of the Ashanti region, Ayuune Sulley is the main kologo star. Only a few decades ago, Kologo, the instrument used by Sulley, was used solely as an accessory tool by local shamans in their healing rituals and only at home on special occasions. In the sound of North Ghanaian traditional music for kologo, we can distinguish the musical and cultural codes dating back prior to the pentatonic music of Mali (to which researchers trace back the roots of American blues). Mystical trance is another key element of kologo music.
An important representative of the Golden Generation promoting kologo music around the world, Ayuune Sulley performs both traditional music from North Ghana as well as socially engaged self-copmposed songs. Among the important topics he addresses in his songs, we find tomorrow’s uncertainty, the fate of Africans who leave for Europe and forget their culture, and the problems for equality between men and women in today’s world.
Breakwater Talks in Български (Bulgarian) English Español Français 日本語 (Japanese) 한국어 (Korean) Русский (Russian) Português are public talks on a variety of topics by local and foreign presenters. The series aims to create a healthy discussion forum in the community to foster exchange of opinions and viewpoints, involve foreign diaspora, and help improve fluency in a range of key languages, especially by young people.