VoxLox CD, 2012 Release Date: January 15, 2012
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A companion CD to accompany Steven Feld's book Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana, 2012, Duke University Press, featuring musical performances and musicians discussed in the text.
1. Acknowledgement 4:00
Performed and composed by Nii Noi Nortey, afrifone, and Nii Otoo Annan, gyil xylophones, apentema drums. From: Accra Trane Station: Tribute to A Love Supreme, 2005, VoxLox 105.
2. Hallelujah Finale 5:21
Performed and arranged by Ghanaba, percussion and vocal, and the Winneba Youth Choir, with Nii Noi Nortey, alghaita, and Oko Ghanaba and Glenn Ghanababa Warren, atumpani drums. (A) Call to Prayer; (B) Hallelujah Chorus, from The Messiah, by Georg Friedrich Händel; (C) Ghana National Anthem, by Phillip Gbeho; (D) That Happy Feeling, by Guy Warren. From Hallelujah!, a film by Steven Feld, Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra DVD trilogy, 2009, VoxLox 209.
3. Eyi Wala Dong, “My Thanks To God,” (That Happy Feeling) 2:16
Performed, composed and arranged by Guy Warren, vocals and hi-hat cymbals, with Gene Esposito, vibes, trumpet, co-arranger, Ronnie Colbert, alto sax, Johnny Lamonica, piano, Jerry Friedman, bass, Red Saunders, percussion. From Africa Speaks, America Answers, 1957, Decca Records DL 8446. Licensed from Music Sales Corporation and Afrikan Heritage Library; used by permission.
4. Meditations, 1 10:09
Performed and composed by Nii Noi Nortey, alto saxophone, Nii Otoo Annan, African Percussion Kit, and Steven Feld, ashiwa box bass. From Accra Trane Station: Meditations for John Coltrane, 2006, VoxLox 107.
5. All Aboard 6:18
Performed and composed by Nii Noi Nortey, soprano afrifone, Nii Otoo Annan, African Percussion Kit, and Steven Feld, ashiwa box bass. From: Accra Trane Station: Another Blue Train, 2007, VoxLox 207.
6. Black Heat 8:58
Performed and composed by Nii Noi Nortey, tenor afrifone, gyil xylophone, gonje lute, Nii Otoo Annan, African Percussion Kit, Steven Feld, ashiwa box bass, Alex Coke, soprano saxophone, and Jefferson Voorhees, drums. From: Topographies of the Dark, 2008, VoxLox 108.
7. Bufo regularis toads at midnight 6:18
Ambient recording. From Bufo Variations, Nii Otoo Annan and Steven Feld, 2008, VoxLox 408.
8. Bufo Variation Number One 6:21
Performed and composed by Nii Otoo Annan, tenor and bass gyil xylophones. From Bufo Variations, Nii Otoo Annan and Steven Feld, 2008, VoxLox 408.
9. Ghana Sea Blues 3:38
Performed and composed by Nii Otoo Annan, electric guitar, with six overdubs on ododompo (finger) and gangokui (double) bells, shekere beaded gourd shaker, apentema (congas) and gome (seated bass) drums, and electric bass; arranged by Steven Feld. From Ghana Sea Blues, Nii Otoo Annan, VoxLox 211.
10. M.V. Labadi (A Song of Praise to Ataa Anangbi Anangfio) 6:52
Performed, composed, and arranged by the La Drivers Union Por Por Group; Nii Ashai Ollennu, group leader, Hello Joe Mensah, lead vocal, Nii Yemo Nunu, rapper. From Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana, The La Drivers Union Por Por Group, 2007, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW CD 40541. Licensed from Smithsonian Folkways; used by permission.
11. Novi Deke, “No Sibling” (Ewe traditional lament) 7:08
Performed by the La Drivers Union Por Por Group; Nii Ashai Ollennu, group leader, Nii Tetteh Boye La, arranger, atenteben flute solo, Nii Amarh Amartey, lead vocal. From Klebo! Honk Horn Music from Ghana, The La Drivers Union Por Por Group, 2009, VoxLox 109.
All proceeds from the sale of this CD are shared by Nii Noi Nortey, Nii Otoo Annan, Ghanaba Afrikan Heritage Library, La Drivers Union Por Por Group, Nii Yemo Nunu, and Nana Agazi.
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