Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Growing up in Accra


[A Charity Event held at the Ghana National Science Museum, with Kwame Yeboah and the OBY Band (Ohia Behe Ya Band).  Reviving this essential and beloved part of Ghana's musical history.]
. . . Rains that the clouds spewed dropped on the soft edge of dignity
We enjoyed games in the market 'cause there was key soup
Elders greeted each other - you could feel the serenity
The football that we played didn't know stadiums like the Bundesliga
We were both players and referees - back then we didn't know FIFA . . .
Update (March 8, 2014):
From "The Atenteben and Odurugya Flutes" by J. H. Kwabena Nketia:
"The interpretation of the tunes should be guided by traditional practice.  Short pieces may be repeated as a whole or in appropriate contrasts e.g. solo/chorus alterations, alterations between atenteben and odurugya solos, alternations between flutes and voices (humming, singing to a nonsense syllable etc.)  A number of them could also be played in a cycle, or arranged in the form of a suite.  Pieces with similar modal structure or similar rhythmic foundation can be easily combined.  It is our hope, therefore, that creative performers will find this book useful as a source material for building up their repertoire of flute pieces."

The Atenteben and Odurugya Flutes
A Tradition of Innovation: An Exploration into the History, Cultural Role and Playing of the Atenteben and Odurugya flutes of Ghana
Shaun C. Laughlin

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