Honoring the Departed

Ammasu Akapoma Group - The Music of Ammasu
Ammasu Akapoma Group – The Music of Ammasu
The Music of Ammasu is a collection of field recordings featuring the Ammasu Akapoma Group. They were made in 1976 in Brong-Ahafu, Ghana. The group was one of the leading performers of music for funerals at the time. Ammasu Akapoma Group’s energetic drum and vocal music comes back to life in 2008 via Swedish record label  Country and Eastern.

"…1975-77 I was studying music in Ghana with the Ewe- Brong- and Lo-Birifor peoples," says Swedish musician and producer Bengt Berger, who made  the recordings. "I stayed for a long time with my family in the small village of Ammasu near Dormaa in Brong-Ahafu to learn from the Ammasu Akapoma Group, the hottest providers of music for the funerals in the area.

The Music of Ammasu is a musical portrait of the village of Ammasu with an extensive 28 page booklet with detailed liner notes and photos. Bengt Berger provides details about his encounters with the musicians and their families, while doing ethnomusicological research. "On this album you will find ritual and recreational drumming, singing in sorrow and happiness, children’s music, a brass band and more," continues Berger. "Texts and photos will also be put up on the Country & Eastern site showing the making of the Atumpan drums, musical life, portraits and life in the village. Three mp3 albums will give you more drumming, singing and analytical recordings for those interested in how west African drumming pieces are actually put together."

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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