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Tsooboi Ensemble
Tsooboi Ensemble
Ghana
Genre: world, folk, afro jazz, afro beat
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Integrated Roots Band
Ghana
Genre: world, afro pop, afro-beat
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Ghanaian Musical Instruments Akan drums are used in the Ashanti, Fante and Akyim/Akim Tribes of Central and Southern Ghana. The different families of drums are named after their dances. Adowa and Fontomfrom share mostly the same drums as do Asaadua and Sikyi. In West Africa; drums are not normally played on their own, but as part of an ensemble or a grroup, with particular lead drum, support drum, bass drum, melody instruments, shakers and a bell. Adowa, the dance is by far the most widespread and frequently performed social dance of the Akan people of Ghana. It is best described in Akan as a woman's dance because they dominate the performance. This dance is mostly performed at funerals, but can also be seen at yearly festivals, visits of important dignitaries and other celebrations. Adowa Drums: The lead Atumpan Pair and the Support Drums Apentema, Brenko, Petia and Dondo. Fontomfrom Drums: Fontomfrom Pair, Atumpan Pair and Support Drums Apentema, Brenko, Petia and Dondo. Kete is commonly found in the royal courts of traditional Akan communities. It is performed in the courts of every chief whose status entitles him to be carried in a palanquin. The music therefore can be heard on state ocassions and festivals. There are three parts of the performance: Drum Music, Pipe Interludes, and Vocal Counterpart of the Pipe Tunes. At least, eight pieces are played during a performance. These pieces are identified by the general name for the type of drumming and dancing, by name of its usual context function or general character and by name commemorative of an event. The drums of Kete are always wrapped in red and blck cloth. Kete Set: Lead drum, Kwadum and Support Akukuadowo, Aburukua, Apentema, Dondo, Slit Bell and Shakers/Chekere. Asaadua was once a popular recreation musical type among the Akan people of Ghana. Its performance is now limited to some few communities in Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions. Like Popular entertainment music, which revolves from the ingenuity of some veteran traditional musicians. Asaadua started as a youth recreational music for the men of the Akan tradition. The name Asaadua evolves from the Asaa tree(Dua) in Akan. This relates to the gay and pleasant nature of the dance. The Asaa is a sweet fruit tree commonly found in the forest region of Ghana. One therefore would conclude that Asaadua is a dance for sheer enjoyment and pleasure. Ashanti Asaadua Set: Lead Drum Operenten and Support High and Low Tamalin, Dondo, Kpanlogo support Drum, Double Bell, Pod Bell and Gourd Shaker. Sikyi is a recreational music and dance of the youth of Ashanti. It originated in the 1920s but became very popular around Ghana's Independence in 1957.It is performed in the vein of Kpanlogo of the Ga of Accra and Boborbor of the Northern Ewe of the Volta Region of Ghana. Sikyi is seen principally at social gatherings where the youth solely express themselves in courtship. It is flirtatious in character. Its characteristic form is the strutting and bobbling up and down and a display of theatrical elegance Sikyi Drum Set: Lead Operenten, Support Apentema, High, Middle and Low Tamalin, Bell and Shaker. Just in case you are intersted in purchasing or further information about indigenous Ghanaian Musical Instruments, do not hesitate to contact us via: Email:integratedmusic@yahoo.com Tel:+233 244 833734 Integrated Music Company Limited Box 7041 Accra-North. Ghana.     more
Ghanaian Musical Instruments Ghanaian Musical Instruments can be said to emanate from the various tribal groupings in Ghana. Every tribe in Ghana from North to South, East to West can boast of a peculiar instrument to their name. Today, i will begin with the various popular drums emanting from the Ewe tribe of Ghana. The Ewe tribe are from South East Ghana. (Volta Region). The different families of drums are named after their dances. The dances are divided into two, the Southern Ewe: Agbadza, Gahu, Kinka, Atsiagbekor; Southern Ewe drums: Atsimevu, Sogo, Gbogba, Kidi, Kroboto and Kagan. And the Northern Ewe: Gbolo and Boborbor. Northern Ewe plays the rhythms: Gbolo and Boborbor with the drums: Vuga, Vuvi and Assivui. The joy on achieving Independence in Ghana was expressed in various ways by the entire populace of the coountry. This "new life" envisaged, resulted in the emergence of several new musical types. These new creations relating to the "freedom" to be enjoyed through the independence have roots in the popular Ghanaian Highlife. Boborbor is one of such musical creations of the period 1947-1957. Also known as Abeyeye or Akpese; Boborbor originated from Kpando in the Volta Region of Ghana through the ingenuity of the late Francis Cudjoe Nuatro popularly called F.C. Boborbor is presently the most popular social music and dance of the Central and Northern Ewes of Ghana and Togo. Itis generally performed at funerals and other social ocassions. Boborbor music and dance ceremony is syncretic in character and it is performed principally in a circular formation. Ewe Boborbor Set: Lead Drums, 3x Vuga, Vuvi and Assivui Support Drums, 2x Kretsiwa(Pod Bells), 2x Kaye(Straw Rattle). Just in case you need further information about purchasing any indigenous Ghanaian musical instrument, you can reach us on  Email: integratedmusic@yahoo.com; Tel: +233 244 833734; Integrated Music Co. Ltd. Box 7041, Accra-North. Ghana. more
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