One Sound will perform on May 7 at BLU Jazz in Akron. (Source: WOIO)
Romona Robinson joins the band! (Source: WOIO)
Romona Robinson and Kofi Boakye pose for a selfie. (Source: WOIO)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) -
In this week's Romona's Kids, we found an Akron teenager who's already in college composing music and performing jazz around northeast Ohio. Kofi Boakye is using his jazz skills with the band, One Sound.
The 15-year-old is attending University of Akron early college, was named freshman of the year on his basketball team and has a CD coming out this summer.
He knew he had a love for music early in life.
"When I was 9 years old and my mother first asked me to play the piano, she just asked it out of the blue. I said, 'You know, I might as well give it a shot,'" recalled Kofi.
Kofi went from beginner to advanced in just a few months, even composing a gospel song based on a Bible verse.
"'I Know the Plan' is a song that I created when I was about 12 years old," said Kofi. "I started it when I was at home and saw a bookmark with the verse on it and this tune came into my head. God is the most important thing that I can ever think about because without Him I wouldn't be in this position that I'm in today."
Kofi's mother says her son is amazing and has a big heart.
"Every Christmas Eve, he will play the piano at Akron General Hospital for the sick and shut in, who can't go out, and for families who are there visiting their loved ones," said Carolyn Boakye.
"The piano is something that I can look to and say, 'Wow, even on my bad days I can still come to this and even on my great days I can still come to this instrument. It can still provide inspiration to me for years to come,'" said Kofi. "I'm grateful to God that he has been able to bless me with this gift of music to touch others across the state of Ohio."