Kakraba Lobi

Ghana: The World of Kakraba Lobi

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The focus of this album of traditional Ghanaian music from the vast JVC World Sounds library is on the balofon, though other instruments are present here and there. The donno talking drum and the mouth bow are the main ones aside from the balofon, and they appear on a selected track or two. The playing is somewhat sparse, more Mory Kanté than Keletigui Diabate. Still, it's well performed, and the accompanying buzzes from spider egg casings heard on the recording provide an intriguing touch. In general, this album is far more sparse than other Ghanaian music one is likely to hear, due to there being only a single performer. An ethnomusicological work of art, The World of Kakraba Lobi is worth hearing perhaps less for its musicality than for its high-fidelity recordings of the instruments themselves.

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