Five percussion pieces of the Ewe tribe: Analysis and performance guidelines
McClung, James Matthew
Doctor of Musical Arts
In the interest of the preservation of traditional African music as well as in fostering the increasing interest of Western audiences and scholars in the same, analyses, transcripts, and performance guidelines are presented for five percussion pieces of the Ewe tribe in the Volta Region of Ghana: Gahu, Kinka, Tokoe, Bawa and Adzogbo. The versions of these pieces are based on field research performed in June and July of 2002, at the Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyia, Ghana. Also included are detailed descriptions of the instruments and techniques involved, comparisons with previously available transcriptions, and a discussion of the learning environment as pertains to the contrasting nature of African teaching styles. All pieces are discussed as taught by Victor, Ruben, and Emmanuel Agbeli, the sons of legendary Ewe master drummer, Godwin Agbeli.