Fida means “Friday” in Ghana’s Akan language. Fida Finds will mainly be for older children and young adults. Look out for them on Fridays once or twice a month, or maybe more often if we come across really exciting things that we can’t wait to tell you about!
A Fida Find could be anything from a fantastic blog to a historic picture. Since the name Kofi is given to a boy born on a Friday, we’ve decided to inaugurate the category with a find about Kofi Vordzorgbe, a Ghanaian teenager who is making a name as a pianist and composer.
“When I started to write music I wasn’t very good” says Kofi, who began to play the piano at the age of 8 and to compose when he was almost 10. “Sometimes, I can’t really explain it – I just, like, start writing”.
His father, a church organist, was his first tutor. Kofi, aged 13 in 2007, made such an impression when he played at Ghana’s 50th independence anniversary celebrations that he was offered a chance to study in the United States.
Our Mmofra bloggers heard him play in 2009 with the National Symphony Orchestra of
Ghana in Accra and we were quite blown away to hear that the composition was his own! Listen for yourself – Kofi plays a bit of the first movement of his fourth sonata in C minor.
The excellent africlassical blog carries a story from 2009 about Kofi. While you’re browsing there look up one of Ghana’s finest classical pianists, Dr. William Chapman-Nyaho, who we’re saving up for a dedicated blog post one of these days!
We’ve learned that Kofi, who graduated from high school in 2011, also distinguished himself in sports.