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Project continues to record Ghanaian drumming

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“Ekrodo” in Eduma

Over the past two days, the Yale Percussion Group and members of the Yale Concert Band have visited villages in coastal Ghana to watch and record performances of local music and dance traditions. The video and audio recordings will be used to make transcriptions for publication.

“Ekrodo,” in the village of Eduma, is traditionally a dance for farmers when they want to relax and have fun, especially at harvest time. “Osoode” drumming, in the village of Oguaakuma, was originally for young people for the purpose of having fun; it is rarely performed today. Both of these involve singing and clapping in addition to the drumming.
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Published May 29, 2014
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Yale Band and Yale Percussion Group play concert in Yamoransa, Ghana

IMG_0959-drummingThe village of Yamoransa, where the Yale Concert Band, Yale Percussion Group, and Yale Alumni Service Corps are working on community projects this week, welcomed the ensembles for an open-air concert last night. People packed the village square for the event, which for many was their first time seeing a concert band.

The May 28 event opened with music and dance performed by ensembles from Yamoransa. The Yale Concert Band then performed several selections. Local schoolchildren paraded with drawings they had made to accompany Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, which they had read in school. MORE

Published May 29, 2014
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