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Ewe Music of Ghana

Various Artists
Ewe Music of Ghana

Among the Ewe of southeast Ghana, drummers must also be proficient dancers, and dancers are often required to become musicians as well. As evidenced on this recording, Ewe instrumentation is largely percussion-based and includes talking drum, double or single gong, and gourd rattle played in complex, polyrhythmic patterns. Instrumentation varies depending on the nature of the occasion (festival, funeral, etc). Liner notes include further cultural commentary from Seth Ladzekpo, the former drum-and-dance instructor at the Ghana Institute for Art and Culture.

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Track Listing

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101
Yewe Cult Dance Ewe musicians, dancers 2:09
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102
Funeral Dirge - The Warrior's House Has Become Empty Ewe musicians, dancers 3:43
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103
Kpegisu Ewe musicians, dancers 3:45
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104
Ga Dance - I Will Show My Bravery on the Muzzles of a Gun Ewe musicians, dancers 1:53
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105
Gadzo - Kayiboe - The Child Is Not Matured - The Child is Underage Ewe musicians, dancers 3:02
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106
Atsiagbekor - If It Comes to Fighting with Guns Ewe musicians, dancers 7:17
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201
Brittania Hatsiatsia Songs Ewe musicians, dancers 6:51
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202
Adzida Hatsiatsia Songs Ewe musicians, dancers 7:06
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203
Adzida-Afawu and Adzida Ewe musicians, dancers 6:59
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