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Postal office music


Koetting's recording of post office workers at the University of Ghana, Legon has become widely known through its publication in the Worlds of Music (ed. by Jeff Titon) text and accompanying CDs. The track reflects the close connection between work and music making in Ghana as the postal workers whistle a traditional hymn over the rhythm of their stamping.
Instrumentation: scissors, stampers, whistling
Place of recording: Legon
Performance history: work place performance
Tape location: Reel 149, Track 01

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"Postal office music" (1975). James Koetting Ghana Field Recordings Collection. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



  • James Koetting Ghana Field Recordings Collection

    The James Koetting Ghana Field Recordings collection presents a vibrant mix of traditional and popular music recorded at a broad range of locations and events in Ghana during the 1970s by ethnomusicologist James Koetting. Students and researchers can hear online …