Trevor Wiggins Ghana Music Collection

Guola music for xylophones, drums, rattles?

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    Trevor Wiggins Ghanaian Music Collection

  • Recording locations

    Ghana, Upper West Region, Lambussie-Nandom, Hapa

  • Recordist

    Wiggins, Trevor

  • Abstract

    (1) Niyara si wie bul ni lie. Nyara ne wie kanli bulla u de ebanga me mgbe. (The time when the poor man has no say has come. If a poor man says something, they hold his neck.) A poor person has no say in the society. Guola funeral song and dance, also used at other occasions when there is dancing. The xylophonists and the dancers would both sing the words; (2) Nanduo Foli wa pare ko mu Ancara di molle. (My friend Foli won't farm, but goes to Accra to have an easy life.) Many northern Ghanaians go south to the cities in search of work and the myth of chopping free (to chop means to eat). Guola song and dance, played at any occasion - usually without singing, unless the xylophonists sing.

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    Guola music for xylophones, drums and rattles.

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