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MASTER
DRUMMERS
OF DAGBON

VOLUME 1

$16

Released by Rounder.

GROUP LEADER:  ALHAJI IBRAHIM ABDULAI
RECORDED BY JOHN MILLER CHERNOFF

Westerners have become increasingly aware of the African rhythmic traditions that are the foundation of much of today's popular music. John Miller Chernoff's compelling recordings of the drumming of the Dagbamba people of West Africa, presented on this album (and its companion, Volume 2), succeed not only as a document of a traditional musical culture, but as a breathtaking musical experience.

There are heavy spiritual repercussions when masters of drumming express themselves in a tradition of artistic genius. The singing of the drums resembles the breathing of the wind, and when the sound of the drumming dies, it moves away like exhaled breath. The bass drums vibrate inside the earth. I have heard drumming in the night in Dagbon and gone to search for it, but as I moved toward it, it seemed to come from a different direction. It would not be until the next day that I would learn that the drumming had come from a village two or three miles away.

   --excerpt from John Miller Chernoff's annotation

Streaming samples
in windows media audio (WMA)
1 Gbada                 3:20
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2 Gaabiti Zaman... 5:49
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3 Dikala                 2:32
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4 Yoruba-Waa       3:03
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5 Gumbe                3:30
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6 Dakoli N-nye Bia 2:39
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7 Lua                     6:14
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8 Kurugu kpaa       3:56
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9 Tora                   2:59
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10 Hankuri Zama... 3:01
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11 Jera                    3:24
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12 Amajiro              3:49
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13 Zuu-Waa             3:34
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14 Naqkohi-Waa      3:08
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15 Pohim Taai...      3:10
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16 Zhim Taai...        3:11
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17 Takai                  6:02
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18 Nyagboli             4:12
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19 Kondalia             1:54
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20 Nun Da Nyuli      2:51
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$16




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