Television of 2014-02-17

Brazil Samba comes to Ghana ahead of World Cup

The two most vibrant cities in Ghana, Accra and Kumasi are set to have a feel of the colourful and carnival atmosphere that is synonymous with Brazil as a prelude of the 2014 World Cup.
Madam Irene Vida Gala, the Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana told Graphic Showbiz last week that a programme has been designed specially by her outfit to bring the mundial celebration closer home to Ghanaians.
The samba rhythms and dances, colourful costumes as well as appetising foods of the South American country, famed for its vibrant and buoyant celebrations will be on display as the World Cup host tries to bring the fever across the world in the build up to the three-week competition.
Between April and May when the World Cup fever is expected to build up around the world, the Brazil Embassy in Ghana will make it even more special for Ghana to celebrate Ghana’s qualification and participation in the competition.
Dubbed the Sounds, Rhythms and Flavours of Brazil, the event is expected to showcase several performances reflecting the culture of Brazil.
A group of Samba performers, a group of the popular carnival performers as well as a specialised dancing group will be brought in from Brazil to perform in Accra and Kumasi to whip up the enthusiasm among football fans.
Apart from the popular samba dance, there will be popular performances from the three main cities where the Stars will be playing their group matches.
“Of course, it’s not everyone who will have the chance to travel to Brazil for the World Cup and the planned celebration. We don’t want anyone to miss out either and have thus come up with a plan intended to bring the feeling of the Brazil celebration closer to fans in Ghana.
“Accra has been chosen because it’s the heart of the country, despite it being cosmopolitan, people in the city love the varied sounds, dances, rhythms and flavour.
“Kumasi will also be lucky to host the celebration because it is the hub of rich culture and tradition as well as provided massive support for the Stars during their qualifying campaign. Hosting such an important event there only goes to stress how dearly the city cherishes football,” she added.
While details of the programme are yet to be confirmed, there is likely to be performances from well-liked Ghanaian performers as well.