The Ghana Bigshots IN CONCERT


The Ghana BIGSHOTS (Isaac Adamtey Dua, 2014) The Ghana BIGSHOTS (Isaac Adamtey Dua, 2014) Top Newcomer Band from Ghana/West Africa:

Highlife/Afrobeat/-Jazz /African Pop Music/World Music

The best ‘young band’ in Ghana /die beste “junge Band” Ghanas

 Probably the best “young band” in Ghana at the moment, the

Ghana Bigshots will come to Germany and Holland for their first concerts outside of Africa. They will present their first CD-album “Tu Na Me Nsa“ (copam 2014). Originally formed in 2008, the band came to its present line-up two years ago and has since grown as a live band that has created its own, unique style. Their recent compositions, arrangements, and performances demonstrate this well.


Bola Johnson 6th of July 1947 – 6th of April 2014

Bola Johnson Bola Johnson We are sad to announce the death of another Nigerian renowned entertainer, comedian, and a columnist of the popular Wakabout Stories in Lagos Weekend Newspaper from 1970 – 1990.
 A highlife music legend who captured the night scene in Lagos by surprise in the 1960s with his song “Asawo Ajegunle – Ajegunle Prostitute”, “Baby One pound Ten” , “Pata gbigbona - hot pant” etc.
Bola Johnson initially sang and played maraca in Eric Akaeze’s house band at the Easy Life Hotel in Mokola, Ibadan.

Pathways to invention


Ideas originate in individuals, not in abstracts. For this reason we cannot credit concepts such as culture or social structure, or community, or tribe, or nation, with generating a work of art. Spanish culture did not generate Pablo Picasso’s paintings. If that were so, there would have been thousands of Picassos. But the one Picasso picked ideas from here and there, in Spain, in France and elsewhere, processing them. Nor was it Ngoni culture, let alone “Malawian” culture which produced Daniel Kachamba’s work, although he had a wonderful song about the Angoni in South African harmonic style: “ Angoni ajia ngoma”. It is on the CD accompanying Vol.II of Theory of African Music (Kubik 2010:II: item 29).


CD & DVD Launch: Endangered traditions - Endangered creativity


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The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Malawi proudly announces the launching of the CD and DVD „Endangered Traditions – Endangered Creativity“ on Friday, 22.07.2011, at the Oral Literature Research Programme in Chileka. Several of the artists featured on the CD and DVD were present at the launching ceremony.

Young man playing a large drum, Likoma Island, Malawi. Young man playing a large drum, Likoma Island, Malawi.


Duke Ngcukana passed away


Duke Ngcukana, a Cape Town Jazz legend, passed away on April, 16th.

Array Duke Ngcukana by Fanie Jason (2006) In every note of his soulful flugelhorn playing you could hear what a genuinely warm person he was. He was also an excellent educator: without him (and his late brother Ezra) no award winning "Little Giants", no IMAD (Institute for Music and Indigenous Arts Development), and also no MAPP (Music Action for People’s Progress), or no Choirimba (the Langa Adult Choir featuring a Marimba- and Jazz-Band).

We send our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

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