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Na Kpan Bine and Juju Music  are from the Searching For Orifa CD release with master gyil player, Tijan Dorwana.  Na Kpan Bine is only performed at a funeral for a master hunter within Birifor society.  Juju Music comes from the Bori or puberty festival when the new initiates go house-to-house in the village to collect donations for the festival.

Degaar: Kaadaar is from the Sounds of the Desert CD with Dagara master gyil player Bernard Woma.

Gyil Kpee  is performed with gyil master Bernard Woma and is from the Dagara tradition.  Mr. Woma is performing on a bogyil or festival gyil and I am accompanying him on a long-cylindrical drum called gangaa.

Womohagi  is a blend of many traditions.  Available on the CD “Crossroads” by Bernard Woma and Chris Wabich.  Personnel include: Bernard Woma – gyil; Chris Wabich – pan/percussion; Mike Vercelli – berimbau; Steve Hemphill – panderio.

Kakum  is an original work for udu drum.  Inspired by Ghana’s Kakum National Park, the piece addresses the visitor’s interactions with the rainforest preserve.

So Tolle is a commissioned work by composer Neil Dunn.  It combines traditional gyil playing style in a contemporary setting using fixed media.

 

 Video Links

With Bernard Woma, University of Arizona

With Bernard Woma, Dagara Music Center, Ghana

 

Pictures

With Corpos Percussivos in Recife, Brazil

 Gyil class at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, P.R. China

CCOM Students performing Kpanlogo

Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing

WVU in Ghana with Bernard Woma

Kakum National Park, Ghana

With Haruna Walusimibi, Jinja, Uganda

Siglufjordor, Iceland

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