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Bewaa: Vol. I (EP)

by Brittany Anjou

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Bewaa is a tradition of Ghanaian xylophone music pedagogically taught by master xylophonist Bernard Woma at the Dagara Music Center in Medie, Ghana. Traditional Ghanaian xylophone is performed with two xylophones and a percussionist, often accompanied by a dance and drum troupe during social gatherings and performances. The music is usually taught on one xylophone, with the student opposite the master, who teaches the patterns backwards. The student must learn all patterns facing forward, before attempting to perform them on the opposite side of the gyil.

Brittany Anjou pays respect to this tradition and experience she had studying with xylophonists Bernard Woma, Jerome Balsab, and Alfred Kpebsaane at the Dagara Music Center in 2006.



This album is part of Brittany Anjou's BEWAA Chronology:

BEWAA Vol. I:
Brittany Anjou presents solo arrangements of traditional Ghanaian xylophone repertoire for piano, vibraphone, gyil and percussion.

BEWAA Vol. II:
Brittany Anjou presents traditional Ghanaian xylophone arrangements for chamber jazz ensemble.

BEWAA Vol. III: The Threesome Sessions
Duo collaboration between NYC pianists Brittany Anjou & Mara Rosenbloom, entitled The Threesome Sessions, for nordelectro, piano and gyil.

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released August 15, 2012

Brittany Anjou - piano, vibraphone, gyil, arrangement, engineer.

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Brittany Anjou New York, New York

Brooklyn composer, pianist, multi-instrumentalist, lead singer of Bi TYRANT, Anjou is one of a few to record and tour with The Shaggs. In 2019, she released her album Enamiĝo Reciprokataj on Origin Records to critical international acclaim. Her latest album, Nong Voru / Fake Love (2021) with xylophonist Alfred Kpebesaane is out on Chant Records. ... more

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