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African Inspired Original Composition

 

This composition was inspired by the Ewe people of Ghana, Africa who perform traditional rhythms and dances through Ewe drumming. Various villages like to compete against each other by improving their drumming. So, the same rhythm may be played slightly different in one village compared to another. Below are the instruments heard in the composition:

 

Ewe Drums: Ewe drumming refers to the drumming ensembles of the Ewe people of Ghana, Togo, and Benin. The Ewe are known for their experience in drumming throughout West Africa. 

 

Dejembe: The djembe drum has been played by West Africans for generations. This goblet-shaped drum is traditionally carved from a single piece of African hardwood and topped with an animal skin as a drumhead.

 

Udu: The udu drum originated from the Igbo people of Nigeria. Unlike other percussion instruments, the udu drum was invented and developed by the women of the Igbo people from clay pots. In fact, Udu means pot in Igbo. These clay pots are used to carry and store water from the river to their homes.and store water from the river to their homes.

 

Axatse: The axatse is a West African rattle-like percussion instrument. The axatse is traditionally a dried gourd, wrapped in a beaded net. The axatse originated in Ghana, Togo and in the Volta Region by the Ewe people.

 

Gankogui: The gankogul, is a bell, or gong instrument played with a wooden stick. It is made out of forged iron and consists of a low-pitched bell, which are permanently bound together. The gankogui is the skeleton, backbone, and foundation of all traditional Ewe music. The gankogui player must play steadily and without error throughout the piece.