David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Ghana musical instruments: side-blown ivory trumpet (Mnensuon)

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    Ghanaian folksongs and dance; trumpet songs - Africa (Fente); mnensuon

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    Atwia, Awutu Efutu Senya, Ghana

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    unidentified (drums), unidentified (side-blown trumpet)

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    Notes provided by Rycroft on tape box (these notes are copied word for word): Mmensuon (ivory trumpet) ensemble of seven trumpets, struck bell and two drums (Kyensin and Ampaa) - household band of Nana Okoampa VI (Ostew district) performing at State ceremonies and festivals. 'Believed to be modelled, in ancient times, after 7 long-billed amphibious birds (now extinct) in a sacred lagoon, Monyi nearby' ( no reference to quote?)

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