Various Artists

Music of the Northern Tribes

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This is a reissue of an admirable mid-'70s set of recordings by ethnic groups from Ghana's northern savannah. Much of this music shows the influence of Islam in its tight tone and vocal shake. There's a lot of variety here in styles and instrumentation (the Dagarti, for example, are noted xylophonists), and a sharp contrast with the better-known sounds of the southern forests.