David Rycroft South Africa Collection

Ghana musical instruments: Ashanti Royal Orchestra

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  • Subjects

    Ghanaian folksongs and dance, percussion ensemble - Africa (Ghana)

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  • Recording locations

    Kumasi, Ashanti , Ghana

  • Performers

    unidentified (drums, bells)

  • Recordist

    Rycroft, David, 1924-1997

  • Description

    Notes provided by Rycroft on tape box (these notes are copied word for word): Ashanti Royal Orchestra with 'Fontomfrom' drums (large cylindrical, stick-played); 'Atumpan' (as above but body covered with beaten gold); struck bell; and supporting drums. (Tape; drummed praises of King of Ashanti, the Asantahene). This recording includes an announcement by a man who seems to be an employee of the local cultural centre where this band is performing.

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