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Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana
 
 
Artist
La Drivers Union Por Por Group.
Label Smithsonian Folkways
Format cutout CD
Runtime/Release Date 72'07/2007
UPC 093074054123
Daedalus Item Code 17229
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Description
In this world-premiere recording of music once banned by the British, squeeze-bulb horns join bells, drums, and voices to represent the world of union drivers and their vehicles on the 50th anniversary of Ghana's independence. The person who recorded it, anthropologist Steven Feld, described it best on NPR: "This is a music played by drivers to honor other distinguished drivers. And the idea's kind of like in a New Orleans jazz funeral, a real rejoice-when-you-die kind of party…. The drivers' ride to heaven is paved with car horns and a whole lot of honking…. There's rapping … and bits and pieces of jazz. These guys have listened to bebop; they mimic the swinging sax section of the swing band era…. These guys are really connected to a cosmopolitan world of music."

"This is addictive, joyful noise."—All Music Guide

The folk music archives that form the wellspring of these Smithsonian recordings are truly incomparable. Encompassing a wide variety of styles, they reflect the heart, soul, and backbone of the American experience as well as indigenous music from around the world. Folkways' impeccable sound and documentation does these artists proud, setting their work off as the treasure it is.

 
 
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