Welcome to Ghachodam!
We promote Ghanaian choral music in the Netherlands!
Every year we organize one or more concerts.
Our next show was planned fot 18 April 2020: a performance of our mass choir from at the event 24H Zuidoost, organised by the city of Amsterdam. Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled because of the corona crisis. The municipality is looking for an opportunity later this year to host this event. We'll keep you updated.
More info: check the website of 24H Zuidoost!
whY ARE WE HERE?
This picture shows our team after "An evening with James Varrick Armaah" in 2018:
From left to right: Michael Mensah (Blessed Trinity Chorale), William Kwame Gyasi (choir master SDA Youth Choir), James Varrick Armaah (Ghanaian composer, in blue), Kofi Marten (pianist/organist), John Kobina Nkaebi (Chairman of Ghachodam Foundation), Eric Osei Bonsu (choir master Presbyterian Choir), John Boateng (Blessed Trinity Chorale), Ernest Osafo (organist Methodist Choir) and Tony Mensah (choir master All Saints Choir).
In August 2018, Dutch pianist/organist Kofi Marten hosted the renowned Ghanaian composer James Varrick Armaah in Amsterdam for "An evening with James Varrick Armaah". 5 different Ghanaian choirs from Amsterdam cooperated to make this a very successful event in the presence of representatives from the Ghanaian Embassy in The Hague and the Dutch embassy in Accra, Ghana. The choirs and their choir masters were motivated to organise more events like this and decided to institute Ghachodam Foundation (Stichting Ghachodam) in December 2018 for this purpose.
In October 2019, Ghachodam organised a second big event: the Ghanaian Choral Music Festival in CEC Amsterdam. This event was attended by Her Excellency the Ghanaian Ambassador in the Netherlands, Ms. Sophia Horner-Sam and attracted over 400 visitors.
In 2020 we were invited to perform at the event 24H Zuidoost, a festival organised by the city of Amsterdam. which shows the cultural diversity of this part of the city. This event has been postponed due to the corona crisis and will be rescheduled hopefully in the autumn of 2020.
We want to strengthen the Ghanaian cultural tradition in the Netherlands by promoting Ghanaian choral music.
Our board consists of the choir masters of five different Ghanaian choirs in Amsterdam and "Kofi Marten", a Dutch pianist/organist with a special interest in Ghanaian choral music.
We work together to make Ghanaian choral music known to a wider audience.
Would you like know more about us?
Please visit our gallery to view pictures of our choirs and events we have been hosting!