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Kakraba Lobi

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Ghanese xylophone player, born in Kalba Saru in northern Ghana in 1939; died July 20, 2007 in Accra, Ghana. One of the few masters of the complex Ghanaian percussion instrument gyil (ko-gyil, Kogili), Kakrabi gained international reputation as a concert soloist. In addition to performing throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, Kakrabi also lectured to ethnomusicologists at universities worldwide. For over twenty years, he taught at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. In recent years he collaborated with American percussionist Valerie Dee Naranjo and multi-instrumentalist Barry Olsen. Among Kakraba's scholars was Bengt Berger. The gyil is an ancient xylophone that requires great mastery to play. It is the national instrument of the Dagara and Lobi nations of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.

     
Members
PortraitMidori Takada
perc, mar *1951 JP
PortraitMustapha Tettey Addy
perc, dr *1942 GH
Popular Tracks   
Mandela on Song of Legaa, Master Musician from Ghana - Kakraba Lobi by Kakraba Lobi, Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen
Pire on Song of Legaa, Master Musician from Ghana - Kakraba Lobi by Kakraba Lobi, Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen
Po Beng Be Kalbada Puo (Lobi/Traditional) on Song of Legaa, Master Musician from Ghana - Kakraba Lobi by Kakraba Lobi, Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen
Kpang Kpan Kpulo (Traditional) on Song of Legaa, Master Musician from Ghana - Kakraba Lobi by Kakraba Lobi, Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen
Po Ma Tema Kapouna Tu Daba (TraditionalLobi) on Song of Legaa, Master Musician from Ghana - Kakraba Lobi by Kakraba Lobi, Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen
Dagomba Music (Traditional) on Song of Legaa, Master Musician from Ghana - Kakraba Lobi by Kakraba Lobi, Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen
The Darkpe Song Cycle (Lobi/Traditional) on Song of Legaa, Master Musician from Ghana - Kakraba Lobi by Kakraba Lobi, Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen
Bagpine Song Cycle on Song of Legaa, Master Musician from Ghana - Kakraba Lobi by Kakraba Lobi, Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen
The Darkpe Song Cycle (Traditional) on Song of Legaa, Master Musician from Ghana - Kakraba Lobi by Kakraba Lobi, Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen
Bik Pibe Doye (Traditional) on Song of Legaa, Master Musician from Ghana - Kakraba Lobi by Kakraba Lobi, Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen

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Discography
Title Artist Year Type
Song Of LegaaKakraba Lobi With Valerie Naranjo And Barry Olsen2000Album
African Percussion MeetingKakraba Lobi & Midori Takada1990Album
超絶のコギリ - The World Of Kakraba LobiKakraba Lobi1986Album
Spelar västafrikansk xylofonmusikKakraba Lobi1978Single
Xylophone Player From GhanaKakraba Lobi1978Album
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