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SK Kakraba - Songs of Paapieye (2015)

4-10-2015, 12:07
Music | World | FLAC / APE

SK Kakraba - Songs of Paapieye (2015)

Artist: SK Kakraba
Title Of Album: Songs of Paapieye
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa
Genre: World
Quality: FLAC
Total Time: 33:09 min
Total Size: 187 MB
WebSite: Album Preview


1. Lubile Prai (1:36)
2. Banyere Yo (9:13)
3. Darifu (5:13)
4. Darikpon Variations (7:51)
5. Sokpa (2:15)
6. Gunn (7:01)

SK Kakraba is master of the gyil, Ghanaian xylophone made of 14 wooden slats strung across calabash gourd resonators. The buzzy rattle emitted with each note comes from the silk walls of spiders’ egg sacs stretched across holes in the gourds, called paapieye in Lobi language. The gyil’s earthy sound can be heard in parts of Upper West and Northern Regions of Ghana, as well as Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and beyond, where it goes by other names. The characteristic buzzing timbre might sound odd to foreign ears. But this distortion is just one of the beautifying sensibilities crucial to SK’s gyil music, which he learned as a child from elders in his Lobi community in the far northwest reaches of Ghana. Although the gyil is sometimes played in pairs and with drum and bell, SK lives in Los Angeles these days and plays alone quite often. Songs of Paapieye surveys a deliberate snapshot of SK’s hereditary Lobi repertoire heard through the lens of a stripped-down, and sometimes spare-sounding, solo gyil. The album focuses on a selection of SK’s favorite song cycles, funeral dirges, improvised interpretations on traditional songs and original compositions—and combinations thereof.

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