indie mix | zipporah danquah : a taste of music1
a taste of music
i am ghanaian-born living in south africa. i started my business, triple d light enterprise where I am the private chef and confectionery artist. I also manage an asian-grill style restaurant in auckland park, johannesburg, and organize a live music event every 1st saturday night at rand steam centre.
My mother tells that I would always start singing whenever she served me food. I would start dancing and humming as I was being fed. Hahaha... Okay, if you are looking for an official answer, I think I can say I joined the children's band at church in Ghana at the age of 6.
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I grew up surrounded by music, my dad would play CDs by Whitney Houston, Cece Winans, Celine Dion, Donnie Mcclurkin, Yolanda Adams and many artists I can't remember. No matter where we traveled, and we lived in many cities such as Kumasi, Accra, Winneba, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Capetown, Giyani, Polokwane, Pretoria, to name a few, music is one thing I remember as a constant, amid the confusion of ever-present change.
I don't remember the first song I ever sang/performed, but the first I can remember singing is 'I wanna wish you a merry Christmas' with the addition of 'Feliz Navidad' and this was when I knew not a word of Spanish. I learned it from Celine Dion's album and sang it as a special song at Church when I was 7 years old.
Food and music are two things that transcend barriers of language,
nationalities, race, gender, background and are definitely something to bond over. Food appeals to our moods and souls as music does and when the two come together, the combinations of expressions are limitless. The comfort for one's loss or grief; joy and celebration; new love and tried relationships. There are food and music for it all.
My favorite food is yet had. I am really open to trying different cuisines and I keep finding and experiencing new flavors, textures, aromas... choosing any ultimate dish is one I wish to know at the end of my life.
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My favorite restaurant at the moment is Cowfish, as it has a diverse menu, from fresh sushi to divine burgers; handmade dim sum to steaks and delicious salads. Lexis is a close second with amazing, delicious vegan meals, although I am a definite meat-eater. I listen to different artists of varying genres. From Etta James, Lianne la havas, Yemi Alade, to Rihanna and Zahara.
Starting the 1st Saturday Night Live has been quite a challenge. Being able to get restaurant owners to see the potential of drawing customers with diverse and consistent live music has been one of the few hurdles I've had to overcome in pursuing music. Overcoming my own reluctance to share of my innermost self is a big one too, I grew up in the spotlight of church and have to learn that vulnerability and openness are important in music.
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Music definitely affects our appetite. It can make us more relaxed, therefore making us eat more, enjoy the company we are in and want more. Or make us feel like moving at a fast pace with little thought of food and more of a thirst.
I plan on releasing a single soon and other songs later on in the year. It is about finding myself. In my constant migration, getting used to new faces, learning to understand new languages and always feeling like you never quite belong and doing it all over again. I believe it's something we all feel and go through in different shapes and forms.
I cooked my first pot of "angwemo" a.k.a oil rice, at the age of 7. My mom let me make it by myself. Wherever we lived,
Overcoming my own reluctance to share of my innermost self is a big one too.
there were always expected and unexpected guests and my mom always had enough food made for everyone to have seconds. She and I cooked and baked our way through as many recipe books and articles we could both find. She's still my inspiration when I feed people.
My mother tells that I would always start singing whenever she served me food. I would start dancing and humming as I was being fed. Music is one thing I remember as a constant, amid the confusion of ever-present change.
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