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Ghanaian Koo Nimo is probably the greatest living exponent of his country's palm wine musical tradition, a laid-back (as the name implies) way to storytelling in song. He's internationally acclaimed, having been a musician-in-residence at the University of Washington, but this captures the veteran at home in Accra, recorded in the courtyard of his house along with a number of accompanists. You can also hear the crowing of a rooster, but that fits in perfectly with the very down-home style of the music. Don't mistake that for simple, however; Nimo is a very gifted guitarist and singer, able to play in several styles. More than anything, though, this is communal music, the passing on of wisdom and tradition, as with "Medley: Anansi Song Story/Bear, What Is the Matter with You?/Hornbill," and "Old Man Plants a Coconut Tree," which emphasizes continuity. There are praise songs, including one court song, and music from the Adowa tradition. There's a relaxed, often lulling beauty to it all, and the album, apart from its own deep pleasures, gives an insight into a slice of African culture that might well be slipping away.


Born: Foase, Ashanti, Ghana

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Koo Nimo is a living legend from Ghana, playing multiple forms of traditional music, as well as new music, informed by Western influences. Nimo (also known as Daniel Amponsah, from his days in London) grew up as part of the royal family of Ghana (his sister married the king), where he learned to play the traditional red and black kete drums of the royal ensembles. By the time he was 19, he was teaching drumming, guitar, and brass band music in his native village of Foase. While in London thereafter...
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Highlife Roots Revival, Koo Nimo
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music, Africa
  • Released: 30 July 2012

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