You call The Golden Stool an 'Afropera'. What do you mean by that?
You could say I am staging a musical confrontation between Europe and Africa. I select some iconic compositions from Western music history and rewrite them in the tradition of African 'classical music', which floats on percussion. One by one, they are 'hits' that I admire, by composers such as Vivaldi, Handel, Beethoven, Bizet, Verdi and Shostakovich. I inject their music with African influences, rhythmically, melodically and harmonically. So in a way, I play a game of appropriating cultural symbols, like the English did with the Golden Stool. But I don't steal the music - I just borrow it briefly. (laughs)