In 1860 an eminent merchant, R. J. Ghartey, who was a native of Anomabo visited England where he came into contact with a “Temperance Society” in a Methodist Church. On his return to the Gold Coast (Ghana) in 1861, Ghartey formed a Temperance Society at Anomabo. He also built a water reservoir which remained the main source of good water supply to the community until pipe-borne water was connected to the town in 1939. Ghartey’s society came to be known as ‘Akonomsu’ (water-drinking people detested alcohol). He then organized a section of the Temperance Society into a ‘Band od Hope’ with the main objective of singing in the vernacular (Mfantse) at church service.
Furthermore, Ghartey introduced a version of the English Ladies blouse for the female members of his singing group to cover the upper parts of their body. This fashion eventually came to known as ‘Kabasooto” (cover shoulder) that spread throughout the country and even to Nigeria.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
1. To worship God through singing
2. To bring together all the Singing Bands in the Connexion with a view to assisting them in matters of organization and education of its members.
3. To hold biennial conferences at which active fellowship may be shared by as many members of the Bands as possible and to discuss general problems facing the Bands.
4. To provide a pool from which the various bands can obtain songs and other materials for use in their societies.