‘The Curse is Broken’

Yaw Asiyama and Steven McDaniel

Steven McDaniel

I have had the honour of being musical director for Yaw Asiyama’s 'A Slave's Story' since its earliest performances at a local community theatre. The piece always held the power to move me to tears, but I said to Yaw, “Your narration at the end that explains the plot seems almost to be a throwaway”. ‘The Curse is Broken’ was his response, and in typical Yaw fashion he came to the studio with the music clearly flowing round his head, leaving me with the task of getting it out of there and realising it as an audio production! Since then we’ve been to Ghana and performed the play at the National Theatre. The experience was extraordinary. But then, anything to do with my friend Yaw usually is.