Bawku West Collective is a loose-knit group of musicians from the Bawku West District in the Upper East Region of Ghana, West Africa. They play a variety of traditional styles on instruments ranging from a one-string violin known as a gonje or duulung, to a two-string guitar-like instrument called a kologo, to a small wooden flute called a wii. The percussionon this album includes hourglass shaped talking drums as well large and small calabash drums known as binet and binbil respectively. The shakers are called siyaari. They are made from gourds filled with seeds and played by throwing them back and forth from hand to hand..
All proceeds from this album go to the musicians of the collective and their families.
released September 16, 2014
Upper East Untouched was recorded live by Charles Braimah and Luke Bassuener in Zebilla, Binaba and Zuarungu, Ghana between 2008 and 2012.
Analog recordings were transferred to digital in Bolgatanga by Mr. Kwesi (DJ A.K.).
supported by 6 fans who also own “Upper East Untouched”
I got the wrong idea when I saw "wedding songs" (based on my being from a completely different culture). It's a raw and raucous sampler, with each piece fitting perfectly with the others. Definitely a new favorite in my Sahel collection. Give it a try! David Prescott