Ancient Drums - Classic
Highlife - Urban Hiplife
music is fun! Just like the friendly country itself, the music is
contrasts: Traditional drumming co-exists with modern urban music.
There's something in it for every generation and taste!
Ghanaian popular music - From highlife to hiplife
Ghana's most widely known popular music style is called highlife. It
originates in the Gold Coast colonial days of the 1900s and mixes
various West African rhythms with jazz, swing, ska, rock and soukous.
The new generation has transformed this style according to its own
taste: hiplife is the younger, hipper version of the classic highlife.
Ghanaians, both young and old, absolutely love
their popular music! The louder it plays in the streets, the better.
This very cool hiplife video (featuring Tinny) couldn't be any
Traditional music and instruments
Ghana is a drummer's paradise! In this rather small country, you'll
find countless types of drums. Each of the many
groups is proud of its own traditional instruments, rhythms and dances:
one example. Its complex, polymetric rhythms are taught in
universities all over the world. In addition to the unusual set of
barrel drums, the Ewe people use their gankogui
to play famous Ghanaian rhythms like agbadza
Mustapha Tettey Addy
is one of the Master Drummers, who studied most of Ghana's
traditional music. Students and fans from all over the world visit him
in Ghana to study authentic African drumming and dance.
Ghanaian Records - Find and buy music online
Although traditional drumming is usually happening out in the villages,
many groups do record their music. Most of them though never
make it to the West. Even the popular hiplife albums can be
rather difficult to find outside Ghana.
Fortunately, a few excellent
compilations of Ghana music
available online, with some veritable treasures among them!
Although there are currently no huge world stars here (like Youssou
N'Dour in Senegal or Salif Keita in Mali), Ghana music and artists are
more than worth to be explored!
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