Habu snakes, lava, modes of limited transposition, a shot glass of Medronho, …

29/03/2019 • 2PM - 3PM

with Ediçoes CN

Lieven Martens-Moana from Ediçoes CN is back on air with a new episode of “Habu Snakes, Lava…”, sharing one hour of field recordings from his trip to Ghana, a soundpiece he entitled “GHANA GYE NYAME
or “in Ghana, God is everywhere…”. Enjoy the trip…

1. Daddy Lumba: 111666 – I kept hearing the songs of this extremely popular Ashanti born singer in bars, taxi’s, on the radio etc. Someone told me he both composes very devotional gospel songs, as well as more naughty stuff.

2. Talking with John about football.

3. A man is singing old slave songs under the plantains close to Owabi’s jungle reserve. He learned these songs phonetically – this man only spoke Twi – from his grandfather who used to be working as a slave on a tobacco plantation in Virginia.

4. Talking a walk on Biriwa’s main street.

5. Rev. Isaac K Botwe: Asante Kotoko club song. During the warming up in Baba Yara stadium this song kept starting, skipping, and starting again. A beautiful backdrop to among other things, someone performing sacred Juju ceremonies on the centre field and on both penalty points, fans warming up their instruments and voices, players performing emotional prayers, a mascotte depicting a giant fallus making “sexy” movements against the opponents, local chiefs shaking hands, etc…

6. The Kotoko fans chanting during halftime (Asante Kotoko – Zesco United). The last part of this excerpt “amen amen” was later during the game repeated by the 40000 fans for more than 20 minutes straight. Never before have I heard religious outcries on such a massive scale inside a soccer stadium…

7. CST Amankwah: Wonya Sika Dibi . The sound of Palm Wine …

8. Little Pele with a short improvisation.

9. Cape Coast. A small outtake from a Pentecostal Church ceremony on Ashanti Road. Every night at dawn this ceremony went live for a few hours – the church liked to turn up the volume so loud that one could hear this all over the town.

10. A man calling against the waves for his Lord – on the cliffs at Cape Coast castle.

11. A garden scene in Atonsu.

12. A memory of one sunday morning when in the neighborhood where we stayed the many churches simultaneously had their service, creating a glorious ambisonic and loud sound-play of which this children’s service was one of the highlights.

13. A.B. Crentsil’s Ahenfo Band: Emo Rehyew. A great song (listen to the ultra funky bass segments!) by this singer born in Saltpond.

14. The fishermen pulling in their nets at Ola. About 15 man are clapping and singing on the beach while ritmically pulling the very long and big nets closer to the shore. One volunteer has to go in the ocean to hold the end part of the net, and is singing / returning the same melody while being in the water – mind you he has to swim out very far in the rough Atlantic…. When the full nets are finally pulled on shore, the woman (called “fish mongerers”) come to look at the catch and start selecting the fish immediately. Some fish are prepared to eat right away, others are brought to local restaurants and hotels. If there’s enough they started grilling, drying and / or smoking the remaining fish so it could be transported to farther away cities and towns inland.

15. Listening to the radio while riding in Ras Kenya’s jeep. Ras is a seemingly famous Cape Coast based Rastafarian with a great knowledge of the 70’s and 80’s highlife traditions of Ghana (thanks for the amazing CD’s, Ras!). The music in this excerpt is the 90’s gospel music by Hannah Marfo (“Papa Muo Bone Muo”). So again religious stuff here…. I like this music quiet a bit, Ras Kenya liked it a fair bit less.

16. Under the sound of a million frolicking fruit bats, almost as many rituals are being performed.

17. John’s vision of him as a pastor.

Habu snakes, lava, modes of limited transposition, a shot glass of Medronho, …

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