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.
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