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Postal office music


This is the last track of Koetting's recording of postal workers cancelling stamps at the University of Ghana post office. The track reflects the close connection between work and music making in Ghana as the postal workers whistle a traditional hymn over the rhythms of their stamping. Koetting reported this tune was composed by the post office workers in his notes, but the tune is actually a traditional song of the Ga people of the Greater Accra Region. The song is sometimes performed as part of Kpanlogo music.
Instrumentation: scissors, stampers, whistling
Place of recording: Legon
Performance history: work place performance
Tape location: Reel 149, Track 02

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



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    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 …