Osekre’s Vibe: Road to the Highline

Columbia Talent and a class from Barnard take the Stage

By Olivia Goldman

Last night, Barnard College Music Associate, Jane McMahan’s “Wordmuse Ensemble,” a three credit class offered through the Barnard music department went downtown to the R-Bar on Bowery to perform at “Road to the Highline,” a musical event organized by Ghanaian and Columbia University graduate Ismael Osekre, lead vocalist of the band Osekre’s Vibe. Osekre asked the Worldmuse ensemble to perform songs from Ghana a cappella as an opening act for his band, preceded by two other Columbia artists Taylor Simone and Grace Gibson, both freshmen in Columbia College.
The event was a hit; after his openers, Osekre’s Vibe “rawked” the stage with a fusion of African-inspired jazz and rock music to create a style that genuinely exuded a feeling of prevalent and contagious happiness. While Osekre’s lyrics at times allude to the conflict and problems of Africa, the music sends a clear message not to despair and that the joys in life are inextinguishable.
Olivia Goldman is a first-year at Barnard College and the Arts Editor of the Nine Ways of Knowing

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s