Dagar Gyil Ensemble Of Lawra

Dagara - Gyil Music of Ghana's Upper West


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Dagara gyil field recordings from Ghana - two side-long tracks of dizzying acoustic trance music - musicians include Aaron Bebe Sukura and recorded by Hisham Mayet on location in Lawra, Ghana in 2019. Field recordings of Lobi traditional xylophone (gyil) music recorded on location in Ghana's Upper West Region, West Africa in 2019.

Long form trance music with acoustic instruments sounding like several minimalist orchestras getting to maximalist sonic peaks. The gyil music of the Dagara is a complex multi-dimensional symphony of notes, bringing to life an animist expression that reveals a cultural dialogue between the spirits, the deceased, musicians, dancers, and audience alike. The intensity of this recording reaches a level of complexity that rivals techno music. It is in essence an acoustic techno music, utilizing organic instruments made of wood, leather and gourds filled with spider egg sacs for resonance and played by master musicians creating a sonic wanderlust of mesmerizing sound.

Limited edition LP release includes a four panel insert of notes and photos from the recording session.

    Release Date: 11 Jun 21 Cat No: SF118LP