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MASTER
FIDDLERS
OF
DAGBON

$16

Released by Rounder.

GROUP LEADER:  MAHAMA BRAIMAH
RECORDED BY JOHN MILLER CHERNOFF

Dagbamba fiddlers and rattle players surround you when you dance, and the music envelopes and goes right into your body. Until you experience the music in this way, it is hard to believe that so much intensity and energy can come from a ensemble of fiddles. The group was hot the day I made this recording, and the music is very, very easy to get with. Fiddles are widespread in West Africa, and I hope that this recording will add a new dimension to our appreciation of the soundscape of the African-American Diaspora.

   --John M. Chernoff, from the liner notes

$16


click to hear streaming samples
1 Dogua Bayoyoyo
"Do Not Feel Sympathy for the Tallest Chief"

2 Wanda Ya Chi Magani Yaa Baata
"Someone Who Fears Wants to Use Juju (but it won't work)"

3 Mai Karatu
"A Student"

4 Mai Karatu
"A Student"

5 Ka Mi Zuhiri Maanga
"I Have Invited Myself"

6 Ninsal' Ku Toi Ban O Dalirilana
"A Human Being Cannot Know His Benefactor"

7 Yaaro Yaa Sani Baba
"A Boy Knows the Father"

8 Wariye Jelima Mai Makada
"The Prince Who Has Many Goonji Players"

9 Ba Zai Karfi, Sai Allah Ya Yi Lafia
"No One Has Power Unless God Makes It So"

10 Yelizolilana Lagfu
"Lagfu, Chief of Yelizoli"


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