29 May 2008

Honk if you love global music

CD REVIEW
The LA Drivers Union Por Por Group: Por Por - Honk Horn Music of Ghana
(Smithsonian Folkways)LA Drivers Union Por Por Group: Por Por - Honk Horn Music of Ghana

Both strange and wonderful, this CD is a survey of a most unusual style of music created by the LA Drivers Union of Accra, Ghana, using a variety of squeeze-bulb horns and even air pumps as well as various percussion instruments and a few more traditional musical instruments.

The style is called Por Por (pronounced paaw paaw), and extensive liner notes (with great photos) explain its context and how it "tells a multi-layered story of musics involving local and regional history, colonialism, the diaspora, and globalization."

Of course, you don't need to get all intellectual to simply appreciate the unbridled enthusiasm of the players and their unusual sound. A unique slice of odd music that will capture the heart of any adventurous cultural adventurer.

[mp3] The LA Drivers Union Por Por Group: Otsokobila
from the album Por Por - Honk Horn Music of Ghana
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