Aja Addy + Tsui Anaa: Live Refreshment
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After two successful
solo releases 'Live Refreshment' is the first regular CD by Aja
Addy's band Tsui Anaa ( = patience) . It has been recorded in
october 1998 at a live concert in Bremen, Germany. Live Refreshment
covers traditional songs and rhythm of the Ga people in Ghana,
westafrica. They are played at ceremonies as well as parties
and dance festivities.
"My father was
a drummer", explains masterdrummer Aja Addy, "so I
learned how to drum and to dance from him. He has taught me the
songs we play in our concerts. They are from the villages in
the Greater Accra region and you'll hear them at any occasions,
when a baby is born, at parties, weddings and funerals All my
musicians are Ga, a people of fishermen, hunters, carpenters
or masons like me. My familiy taught me how to work with cement.
What kind of job you get depends on the region where you live.
For example I lived near the river so I learned how to swim and
fish, but when the river carried no water, we had to hunt, so
I learned all this, but in different seasons. Once every year
we go to Ghana to say hello to my family and to have the ceremonies.
I also teach my students there."