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Ghanaian Ewe Drumming

Submitted by hannah on Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:21

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Opus 6 Newsletter #3

Tuesday, June 18th

Travel The World With Opus Electives

Destination #2: Ghana
Ghanaian Ewe Drumming


 Derrick Spiva Jr.

“Ewe” Drumming
 A style of drumming named for the Ewe people in Ghana, Togo, and Benin that features complex polyrhythms (contrasting rhythms that are played simultaneously). 

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Ewe drumming has been traditionally performed by and for the warriors of West Africa. Today, the music is played for important ceremonies like funerals and weddings. 


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The music is played on a "family" of different drums made from wood and antelope skin, as shown above. Learn more about this traditional style of music with our SMYO conductor and Ghanaian Elective teacher Derrick Spiva Jr! 


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