World renowned acoustic guitarist, Jonathan Butler who recently shook the foundations of the Accra International Conference Centre during the JB Storms concert which he headlined on August 27 has expressed his profound love for rice balls, a popular Ghanaian dish.
Jonathan who could not hide what looked clearly like an unforgettable experience in Ghana told Myjoyonline.com in an interview that he has been enjoying this sumptuous Ghanaian delicacy back in South Africa courtesy a Ghanaian couple based in South Africa.
“I sure do [love rice balls]. In South Africa we don’t do rice balls, they pap and steak it’s a South African traditional food,” revealing, “I get my rice balls and pea nut (ground nut) soup from them [the Ghanaian couple].”
Interestingly, before that memorable performance at the concert, he treated himself to the sumptuous meal, this time prepared in Ghana, with goat soup.
Butler revealed further that he even had the opportunity to taste ‘grass cutter’ soup for the first time exclaiming joyfully, “wow that was dangerous!”
On his general impression of Ghana being his first trip, Jonathan said, “I am excited to be here, it’s my first time in Accra, Ghana. I am very excited to come to Africa. I am a son of Africa so for me to see my country at large is very great, it’s a great experience.”
“I sincerely hope so,” he declared anxiously looking forward to his next trip to Ghana and another food adventure.
Asked what inspires his music, Jonathan Butler attributed it to God saying, “It’s the anointing; it’s the Holy Spirit, it's Jesus, it’s the gift that God uses that allows God to take over and to play through and share what’s in my heart…that inspires me.”
Proceeds from that first concert in Ghana, supported by the Ministry of Health, according to organizers would be used to support the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal Five which is aimed at reducing maternal mortality especially in deprived communities in the 10 regions of Ghana.
It will aid significantly, Government's effort to achieve MDG Five to improve the maternal health ratio by 75 per cent by 2015.