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Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)

greg stephens 13 Mar 06 - 11:16 AM
katlaughing 13 Mar 06 - 11:57 AM
katlaughing 13 Mar 06 - 12:02 PM
Azizi 13 Mar 06 - 12:33 PM
katlaughing 13 Mar 06 - 12:39 PM
greg stephens 13 Mar 06 - 12:45 PM
Janie 14 Mar 06 - 10:33 AM
Azizi 14 Mar 06 - 12:28 PM
Skivee 14 Mar 06 - 01:54 PM
Mooh 20 Jun 11 - 05:49 PM
katlaughing 20 Jun 11 - 11:31 PM
melodeonboy 21 Jun 11 - 03:15 AM
Mooh 21 Jun 11 - 02:04 PM
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Subject: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: greg stephens
Date: 13 Mar 06 - 11:16 AM

Well, we now have a Mudcatter from Ghana who's come aboard. So 'll start a Ghana music topic. Now, I don't know a lot about it, and this will show my age, but my most absolute favourite muscian from Ghana is E.T.Mensah. The legendary highlife dance musician, I would guess from the 50's and 60's. Fabulous melodic dance music, very influenced by Brazilian music, which I understand he picked up in his youth via shortwave radio, Ghana being close enough to Brazil(the naroow bit of the Atlantic).
So, Quarcoo, tell us about more modern Ghanaian music that we should be listening to.


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Mar 06 - 11:57 AM

Good idea, Greg, thanks. I look forward to learning much more about Ghanian music. I don't know much except that I love what I hear on Putamyo recordings and hober radio as well as the occasional piece on community radio.

I found Koo Nimo in a google search on Ghana folk music. I didn't see any sound clips, but will look for them elsewhere. Quarcoo, I would love to hear what you have to say about him.

Thanks!

kat


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Mar 06 - 12:02 PM

Soundclips of Koo Nimo and other Ghanian folk music on this page, though my realplayer isn'g working, so I haven't heard them, yet.


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Mar 06 - 12:33 PM

In the late 1960s, I was introduced to West African music through tapes and records by Nigeria percussionist, Oluntunji.

I confess that I don't know any Ghanaian musicians/vocalist or don't know that I know them {since I have a number of compilation CDs of West African music.

Like kat, I also did a google search and found this website:

http://www.ghanamusic.com/

On one of the pages in that site, I found this listing of music genres:

Gospel
Highlife
Hiplife
Reggae/Raglife
Traditional/Folkore

-snip-

I've heard of the dance music "Highlife". And I'm guessing that that "Hiplife" is like American "Hip-hop" music, and "Raglife" is like Jamaican "Ragga" {Raggamuffin} music which I believe is more "rauchy" form of dancehall Reggae.

I look forward to receiving some input regarding these musical genres {and others?} from Quarcoo's experiences orr from Internet and other sources that he may share with us.


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Mar 06 - 12:39 PM

Thansk for the links, Azizi.

I downloaded a new version of reaplyer. Really enjoyed the Koo Nimo clip, but REALLY liked the "Kewale Sounds" clip just next to his on the same page above.


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: greg stephens
Date: 13 Mar 06 - 12:45 PM

Highlife is a kind of music long before hip-hop. 1950's I think at a guess. There are some "Latin"type elements in it: as I mentioned before, it is an early kind of "Mid-Atlantic" fusion, where black music went to Brazil via slavery, helped the development of Brazilisn dance music, and then returned via radio and records and influenced the development of west african dance music. The saxes and brass are handled in quite a Latin way, and the guiras and percussion have elements of African and Brazilian in them, mixed. Very exciting stuff. ET Mensah is the famous guy(or at least the one whose reputation travelled to England most successfully): but I'm hoping Quarcoo will turn up and enlighten us about who is the state of the art Ghanaian performer now.


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: Janie
Date: 14 Mar 06 - 10:33 AM

Azizi,

Oluntunji was my introduction to west African music also. We thought we were going to a jazz concert. We were absolutely blown away by the music and dance. It eventually led to us making and selling ashikos and djun-djuns, my husband and son started drumming with Kahlid Saleem and I started taking African dance at Duke University.

Many of the drummers and dancers (most were with the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble) spent extended periods during summer in assorted African countries, including Ghana, learning the traditional music, songs and dance. The dance instructor always made sure we understood the meaning and significance of the songs and dance. Most, but not all the songs were 'call and answer.' It was quite a wonderful experience.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Mar 06 - 12:28 PM

Janie,

I never had the pleasure of seeing Oluntunji in person. Lucky you!!

However, I believe that I have seen the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble.

For those interested in knowing more about Babatunde Oluntunj,
here is a review of his classic recording:

Drums of Passion


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: Skivee
Date: 14 Mar 06 - 01:54 PM

Azizi. I comepletely agree about Baba. He was a god of percussion.
His earlier recording stands up after decades of play. His explanations of the spiritual/ folkloric basis for various drumming patterns was fascinating.
There is a musician in the DC area, Nana Frimpong, who does   
Ghanaan music... Nana from Ghana. A whacky guy, and fun to listen
to.


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: Mooh
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 05:49 PM

Thought I'd give this zombie thread a bump. One of my kids is working in Ghana for the summer and we're hearing lots of cultural details. I'm interested in any 'Catter experience with the music of Ghana.

Anyone?

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 11:31 PM

Kewl, Mooh. Nice to *see* you.:-)


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 21 Jun 11 - 03:15 AM

Not 'alf!


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Subject: RE: Music from Ghana(anyone like it?)
From: Mooh
Date: 21 Jun 11 - 02:04 PM

Kat...nice to be *seen* by you!

There are a number of websites like afropop and ghanamusic but I was hoping some 'Catter might have personal experiences to relate. This place has some interesting folk wandering by.

Oh how I wish I could go there myself now.

Peace, Mooh.


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