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Rhythms of Life, Songs of Wisdom: Akan Music from Ghana

Various Artists
Rhythms of Life, Songs of Wisdom: Akan Music from Ghana

This recording leaves the listener breathless and astounded by the musical richness of this small area of Africa. In these performances from remote areas of central Ghana, the collective musical genius of everyday farmers, fisher-folk, traders, and civil servants bursts forth. Their singing and chanting moves through a colorful palette of instruments including water drums, rectangular frame drums, side-blown horns, and brass bands. Clear, penetrating sounds of metal instruments offset by complex drumming patterns are framed by haunting vocals. Listeners are immersed in a kaleidoscope of sound. Thirteen tracks and a 28-page booklet including extensive notes and photos. This is the only commercially available recording of Akan music.

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Track Listing

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Akosua Tuntum Akosua tuntum ensemble of Assin Enyinabirim 4:57
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Ompeh Ompeh ensemble led by Stanley Ato Bortsie and Ato Quartey 5:18
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Akosua Tuntum Akosua tuntum ensemble of Diaso 5:50
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104
Talking Drum Elizabeth Kumi and Joseph Manu 3:27
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Dansuomu Dansuomu ensemble of Kyekyewere 5:44
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106
Fontomfrom Fontomfrom ensemble Eyisam Mbensuon 5:00
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107
Mmensoun Asafra Catholic C.Y.O. Mmensoun Group 4:59
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108
Adzewa Bentsir Adzewafo No. 1 4:13
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109
Brass Band: Yesu ye medze/Nyame ye osahen Ogoekrom Brass Band No. 2 4:32
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Vocal Band Odo ye few korye kuw Vocal Band (Love is Beautiful Unity Vocal Band) 4:35
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111
Apatampa Apatampa band of Komenda 5:32
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Osode Twerrampon Traditionals 9:01
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Moses Twerrampon Traditionals 8:20

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