Listening to the Silence

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Published on: 26 July 2010

Listening to the Silence is a film by the english musician John Collins that explores a kaleidoscope of musical examples from Ghana: children’s games and their musical bands; traditional drums; sensual dances; trance dances; animated funeral music; and many other examples from the Ewe, Ashanti, Ga, and Frafra peoples of Ghana. Throughout the program, the leitmotif is social participation and the strikingly complex rhythmic sensibilities of the people.

Here is a gorgeous excerpt taped at a post office.

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