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Traditional music from Ghana
By Sowah Mensah

Ntoa (gourds) around the world serve human beings and other creatures in hundreds of ways. Simple and unassuming, they take shape as all manner of musical instruments, storage vessels, shelter, decorative art and food. The gourd is inextricably linked with our very lives on this planet; a mother to our needs and a brother in our creative impulse.

This collection of traditional Ghanaian music has the same power to transform into the very thing we need to nourish this life and fill the heart with limitless possibility. Bred in the soil, bearing fruit on trees and bushes, taking breath with small birds and rumbling deep in the bellies of men and women everywhere, spoken by one man, Gourds is the simple truth song that we all share.
Vocals and instrumentals.

Brief liner notes with a listing of all the instruments used.

1. Dagara Welcome Song
2. Flute Medley/Agbadza
3. Adenkum/Gourds Galore
4. Flute Prelude
5. Quartets 1 & 2
6. Kwani Kwani
7. 2nd Bes
8. Sikyi

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 is also 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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