SK Kakraba :: Songs of Paapieye

Awesome Tapes From Africa has been a prolific source for reissued African sounds for a few years now, but the label’s not devoted exclusively to the past. October 2nd sees the release of a brand new album, Songs of Paapieye by SK Kakraba. Currently located in Highland Park in Los Angeles, Kakraba hails from Lobi country in the Upper West Region, Ghana. He plays the gyil, a wooden xylophone suspended over spider-webbed gourds, which resonate and buzz back a deep, rattling sound. Kakraba is singularly devoted to the instrument; when not . . .

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