Highlife Roots Revival
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||See Wo Num Me (Tsetse Fly You Suck My Blood)||Koo Nimo||4:24||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Owusuwaa||Koo Nimo||4:53||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Old Man Plants a Coconut Tree||Koo Nimo||5:26||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Integrity (The Cat and the Dog)||Koo Nimo||5:52||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Life Is What You Make It||Koo Nimo||5:46||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Medley: Nation Building / Adampa||Koo Nimo||5:44||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Medley: Anansi Song Story / Bear, What Is the Matter With You? / Hornbill||Koo Nimo||9:07||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Praise Song for Otumfuo Osei Tutu 2nd||Koo Nimo||5:38||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Yaree Ye Ya (To Be Taken Ill)||Koo Nimo||7:30||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Efie Ne Fie||Koo Nimo||5:05||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Adowa Palm-Wine Set: You Will Be Overtaken By Events / Listen, Listen, Listen and Listen Again||Koo Nimo||4:59||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
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
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s