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From the Jazz Cosmopolitanism In Accra series
by Steven Feld
color, 60 min, 2009
in English, Ga, Twi
with English subtitles


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This film presents an African talking drums version of Georg Friedrich Händel's Hallelujah chorus, as staged and performed by legendary drummer Ghanaba together with the Winneba Youth Choir. Ghanaba's unique approach to Händel mixes elements of African, Christian, and Islamic ritual with formal European concert performance, Ghanaian ceremony, and improvisation. The performance is followed by a conversation with Ghanaba about jazz, European, and “world” music.

This DVD is a part of the Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra Series

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Other Films in the Jazz Cosmopolitanism In Accra series
Accra Trane Station
A Por Por Funeral for Ashirifie
The Story of Por Por
J.C. Abbey, Ghana's Puppeteer

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