The concert, slated for Sunday (28 March) – the day after her birthday – will celebrate her contribution to choral music in Ghana and to the Harmonious Chorale in particular. The theme for the event is “Celebrating God’s Extravagant Love – JRA@75”.
Speaking to Asaase Radio, Emmanuel Osae-Nyarko, the public relations director of the choir, said the event is to recognise Reverend Aryee’s contribution to choral music.
“Reverend Joyce Aryee is a stateswoman, an African icon, diverse in her capabilities and abilities,” he said.
“She is a former politician, a former business executive, a reverend minister, a leadership expert who has mentored lots and lots of people across the continent. But especially, we just want to highlight her contribution to choral music. That is why we are having this concert.
“All in all … if you talk about music in Ghana, she’s probably the single most influential person who has driven choral music to the excellence that it deserves,” Osae-Nyarko said.
Osae-Nyarko also said the choir’s founder and director, James Armaah, the composer of the popular choral song “Oye”, has created songs specifically for Reverend Aryee that will be performed at the virtual concert.
Reverend Aryee served as the chief executive officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines from 2001 to 2011. She was the first woman in Africa to serve in a comparable capacity. She is the founder of Salt and Light Ministries and also the executive chair of the Harmonious Chorale, which was formed in 2007.
The group released its debut album in 2009 and has since won several awards, including a championship title at the World Choir Games in Tshwane, South Africa in 2018.
The concert will air live on the Harmonious Chorale You Tube channel at 18:00hrs GMT.
Nana Abena Boakye-Boateng