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

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

(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1996), 1 hour 12 mins

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Field of Interest
World Music
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.
Content Type
Music recording
1 hour 12 mins
Sub Genre
African Drumming, Ritual, Chant, Funeral Music
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Release Date
World Music, Music & Performing Arts, Africa, África, Ghana
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