Music Festival closes out summer in Lexington
Jenny Walker Photo Editor
Twana Pinskey Editor-in-Chief
“Without music there would be no life for me. Without music I would be nothing” said Kofi Ameyaw.
Educator, performer and native of Ghana, Ameyaw was one of 61 musical acts at the 2010 Lexington Thumb Music Festival Sept. 4.
According to the Blue water Folk Society’s web page, this all day, free musical event, began in 2002 at a private campground. In 2005, the festival moved to down town Lexington.
“ThumbFest 2010”, strived to invite Michigan musicians to perform, and offering musical sounds such as; Celtic, acoustic, New Orleans brass, Eastern European, and Americana.
One group is “La Compagnie”, a musical dance troupe specializing in contemporary, traditional music and storytelling. Storyteller, Ginot Picor believes involving children,can spur an interest in music. 6-year-old Sophie Sparling of Fort Gratiot played the wash board for Picor’s group. “I liked playing the washboard. It was fun to help;” stated Sparling.
Port Huron resident Judy Meno has attended festival 2 years. “It’s outstanding” said Meno. She praised the musical variety, and Audience. “I’ll be back again next year” stated Meno.
Eugene Bajoverk of Oakland Michigan came to festival to see Ameyaw firsthand. “He has a true talent;” said Bajoverk. She explained she first heard of Ameyaw from her 81-year-old friend, Grisla Becker that started a school, hospital and orphanage in Ghana. According to Bajoverk, Ameyaw came to the school to perform for the orphans attending classes. “Ameyaw has a giving heart” said Bajoverk.
As a child in Ghana, Ameyaw started playing music at age 6 on an instrument called a Gyil (Jee-Jee). At the age of 10, he was invited to play with the Pan-African Orchestra, where he toured throughout Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.