“Maforo Patahunu” is a piece which that tells a story about a man by name of Kwame. Kwame’s life has seemed to not bring him any good, nothing he does goes in his favor! He is lamenting on his rather sad life with examples of things that has worked for others, but not him. The English translation of “Maforo” in the Akan language is “I’ve climbed”. “Patahunu” can also be described as a “useless tree”. Kwame feels as though his time has been wasted by climbing a bad tree.
This piece was composed by Ghanaian ethnomusicologist J. H. Nketia, known for his use of polyrhythms between the voice and the piano.
Here, Sam is accompanied by baritone Kennedy Dankwa (appearing alongside Sam in the Cathedral through the magic of editing!) for their special Black History Month Tuesdays at 6 concert. Originally streamed on February 16.