For 10 Cedi ($5) I saw jazz singer Jojo Abot perform live at the Lexington on Ring Rd in Accra last night. Throughout this month there’ll be weekly jazz performances there. I had never heard of Abot before and the last time I was at the Lexington in 2008 it was a dingy smoky testosterone-high sports bar. Seems they’ve had a renovation and the space has been transformed.
Abot a beautiful petite dark-skinned woman with a dreamy head of hair has a big voice. The show was good and she can definitely sing but I had a feeling that either the crowd wasn’t right or Abot who is still fairly new to the music scene has yet to really find her vim. This will happen soon I’m sure.
Her show is part of a month-long jazz series dubbed “The KO-SOUL Effect”. Others coming include; Irene Logan (Oct 10th), Ofie Kodjoe (Oct 17th), and Lady Jay (Oct 24th).
Ko means One… The ONE-SOUL Effect!
As you may or may not know, I’ve been away from Ghana for a few months and in that time I’ve become more intimate with my music and lyrics and this is what i want to share with you. An exploration of something raw and true…
With The Ko-Soul Effect I’m blending live jazz and afro-soul fusion performances with exhibitions by local artists. “Ko” means “one” or “unity,” and The Ko-Soul Effect is designed to create the sense of wholeness and unity that come from the powerof intimate evenings of soulful music, art and friendship.Ease your mind, engage your soul, and lift your spirits: The Ko-Soul Effect.Join me for The Ko-Soul Effect each Wednesday in October at the newly designed White Room gallery and performance space in the fabulous Lexington.