All featured on rootsandshoots yesterday as we welcomed to the studio Gris Sanderson (nyckelharpa), Sam Powerful Yeboah (percussion) and Louis Bingham (percussion): the Harpaphonics Ensemble.
Sam gave an eloquent description of Project Okurase (Opportunity, Knowledge, Understanding, Renewed Health, Arts-Based, Skills Training and Education), addressing the HIV/AIDS crisis in Ghana by helping vulnerable and orphaned children who are impacted by HIV/AIDS in their family and their village. Read more about it and how you can help here. In Devon you can show your support by going to a fundraising event on Saturday 14th February at the Civic Hall in Totnes where Sam and others will be leading drumming and dance workshops from 14:00 and Harpaphonics will play for an evening concert.
Back in the studio, we all had a party. It's great to have such high quality live music. We feel very priveleged to be able to showcase it. Find out more about Harpaphonics here. You can now buy their new CD (I showed my age by calling it an LP at one stage!) featuring the wonderful music Gris has put together, playing nyckleharpa with an array of talented percussionists. A donation from each sale is given to Project Okurase.
Sam, by the way, makes the drums he plays. He teaches at regular workshops at Exeter Phoenix: Fridays 19:00: African Drumming and Songs with Sam Yeboah.
Pics: from top to bottom, Gris, Sam and Louis in the studio yesterday. Pictures taken by Rich Cooke. Text by Martin Hodge
Harpaphonics played live Alpha, Erdély Reels, The Charmer and Treadnightly March. From their album we heard Exordium and Skånklåt For Thursa.
Other recordings played: Artist..Album..Track
Gotan Project..La Viguella..Lunatico
Yo Yo Ma..Andante..Soul Of The Tango
Otros Aires..Rotos En El Raval..Otros Aires
EST..Mingle In The Mincing Machine..Ballad Of The Unborn
Angel Brothers..Black Waterside..Forbidden Fruit
Spyka..The Duke Of Argyle's/The Climbing Wall..Spyka
Karine Polwart..Thou Hast Left Me Ever Jamie..Fairest Floo'er
Apagya Show Band..Kwaku Ananse..Ghana Sounds Vol 1
Zhu Changyao..Love Song of Kang Ding..Hifi World of Chinese Music
Cheb Mami..Ma Vie 2 Fois..Dellali
Tania Maria..Sangria..The Very Best Of Tania Maria
Azis..Haide Pochvai Me..The Best 2
Medeski Martin Wood..Note Bleu..New Blue
Juan Luis Guerra..El Primo..Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual