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Sowah Mensah

Traditional Ghanaian music is the heart of the society. It mediates the timeline through which generation after generation flow. It is the conduit for a people's grace, dignity and respect. And it heals the community through the spirit of possibility.

This recording is a collection of music and instruments drawn from different regions in Ghana as well as original composition by Sowah in traditional style. The soothing melancholic sounds of xylophones from the north, the soft melodies of the bamboo flutes from the south and the intricacies and power of drumming from all over the country create a panorama of textures and feelings that describe the vitality of Ghanaian culture and give us a glimpse of the breadth of Sowah's knowledge and creativity. With superb musicianship and masterful composition skill, Sowah has allowed the river to flow through him to us.

1. Road Rally
2. Bwa
3. Kpanlogo for 2
4. Eye Agori
5. Obokete
6. Ekombi
7. Bes

From Ghana, West Africa, Sowah Mensah, who currently lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, is a well known and respected ethnomusicologist, composer, performer and "Master Drummer." He is a music professor at Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where he also directs each African Music Ensemble, and also is part of the faculty of World Music Drumming. In addition, Sowah presents clinics, lectures, workshops and residencies at many colleges, elementary and secondary schools churches and music organizations all over the United States.


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