Bewaa: Vol. I

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, 2015

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

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Brittany Anjou Brooklyn, New York

Brittany Anjou is a pianist & vibraphonist based in New York City. She leads the Larceny Chamber Orchestra, Brittany Anjou Trio, punk band BI TYRANT, and BEWAA (traditional Ghanaian xylophone arrangements for double piano and mallet percussion).

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