Music Video Download – “Bewaa Song” – Brittany Anjou & BEWAA (NYC Ghanaian Xylophone Improvisation Ensemble)

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“Bewaa Song” is a traditional Ghanaian xylophone funeral song and pattern from the upper west region of Ghana known as Binne (the name of a genre of funeral music of the Ghanaian xylophone). The gyil (pronounced JEEL), also known as the Ghanaian xylophone, is an instrument and music used for social dances and ceremonial celebrations to honor the dead, from the upper west region of Ghana. This repertoire was taught to pianist and BEWAA ensemble leader, pianist Brittany Anjou, by Ghanaian xylophonist Alfred Kpebsaane, Jerome Balsab, and the late Ghanaian master xylophonist Bernard Woma, at the Dagara Music Center in Medie, Ghana.

In 2017, Kpebsaane and Anjou recorded an avant-gyil studio album for keyboards, synths and Ghanaian xylophone titled “Nong Voru”, meaning “Fake Love” in the Dagara language. Follow these musicians on social media to follow their music.

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ABOUT BEWAA
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BEWAA is a Ghanaian xylophone based contemporary ensemble lead by pianist, gyilist, and vibraphonist Brittany Anjou. Anjou presents songs learned from master Ghanaian xylophonist Bernard Woma and his proteges Jerome Balsab & Alfred Kpebsaane. Extracting Western and African instrumentation to explore intercultural connections between jazz improvisation and traditional Ghanaian xylophone repertoire, BEWAA is a ensemble exploring rare chromaticisms in an invigorating rhythmic setting by juxtaposing a variety of pitched western instruments (piano, vibraphone, xylophone) in tandem with the non-western microtonal tuning of the Ghanaian xylophone, known as ‘gyil’ (pronounced: JEEL), celebrating dance, rhythm and improvisation.

Brittany Anjou – piano, Ghanaian xylophone, arrangements
Mara Rosenbloom – piano, rhodes
Jonathan Singer – vibraphone
Robert Guilford – Ghanaian xylophone
Leon Boykins – bass
Sean Dixon – drums

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About
Brittany Anjou is a Brooklyn based composer, vocalist, and piano focused multi-instrumentalist. Channeling Duke Ellington to Bikini Kill in her repertoire, this creative, versatile, and virtuoso performer hails from Seattle, who is one of a few to record and tour with godmothers of punk, The Shaggs. When she isn’t playing original jazz, she fronts death metal band Bi TYRANT between snowboarding seasons, and works as a freelance composer, session musician, educator, headliner, and support performer.

You can hear more music and support Brittany via Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Patreon, Amazon, Origin Records, Linktree, Soundcloud, and more in your region.

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Brittany Anjou’s album, Enamiĝo Reciprokataj:
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Enamiĝo Reciprokataj album on Origin Records label:
http://originarts.com/recordings/recording.php?TitleID=82774

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