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Voices Of Africa – Live at BGSU by Voices Of Africa

Voices of Africa is a Choral and Percussion Ensemble that produces a mix of traditional African percussion rhythms and acappella vocalizing within a gospel, R&B and jazz framework, their music is extremely exciting and spiritually uplifting. During the song "We Play Drums" The band members sing, "We are going to make the drum your desire. We are women and we play drums, play drums." The band is comprised of five women, each women is an accomplished percussionist and a great vocalist. They bring a level of joy to the music that is inspirational, an exceptional auditory delight.

The recording is live, there is communication and interaction with the audience and it’s obvious that the musicians are completely at ease in this setting. The group performs in many varied situations, cultural, educational, political and motivational; they would seem to have performed in a diverse manner of settings. At this concerts performance one common element maintains a constant, the spiritual energy is captured and transmitted to the listener.

The liner notes indicate the instruments that are played include Sakara (hand held frame drums), Sekere (beaded gourds), Agogo (double headed bells) and Sangba drums also known as Djun Djun, deep toned bass style drum. The sounds that these percussion instruments make when blended expertly is a delight. The first track, "Wo Gya" starts out with chanting, the mood changes to one of urgency as the drummers lay down a polyrhythmic beat, think Elvin Jones’ drumming on Coltrane’ "Impressions."

The fourth track in is beautiful, "In Jah’s Light" four part harmonies in a gospel style, declaring a freedom march, "We Got Freedom, Freedom Coming and We Want To Go Home" the singers put it all out there. This is therapeutic music, rhythms that speak to your heart, tones that calm your mind. Check out Voices Of Africa, the World needs more of what they have to offer.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Voices Of Africa
  • CD Title: Voices Of Africa – Live at BGSU
  • Genre: World Music
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Tracks: Wo Gya, Donda Mina, The Market Place, In Jah’s Light, Warriors March, Grab Freedom, Jingolo Ba, We Play Drums
  • Musicians: Nana Baakan Agyiriwah (percussions), Adua Tacheampong (percussions, vocals), Zakiyyah McKelve (percussions) Blanche Baxter (percussions, vocals), Akosua Nyo Agyiriwah (percussions, vocals)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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