Saturday, August 27, 2005

What we play: Kpanlongo

Kpanlongo is one of the songs that we play. It is the most recent of all Ga recreational musical types, an offshoot of Gome, Oge, Kolomashie, and Konkoma. Referred to as "the dance of the youth," Kpanlongo started during the wake of Ghana’s Independence as a musical type for entertainment in Accra. Kpanlongo is presently performed at life-cycle events, festivals, and political rallies.

KPANLONGO PARTS

BELL:
CANDY CANDY CAH, CHA CHA!

FRI-CHWA:
(1) (2) click (3) Click (4) click
(1) (2) click (3) Click (4) click

RATTLE:
Pa, pati Pa, pati Pa, pati Pa, pati

LOW DRUM/ BOMBA:
Low, High, Low-low High
Low, High, Low-low High

HIGH DRUM:
1-2-3-4 pause), 1 - 2 (pause),
1-2-3-4 (pause), 1 - 2 (pause),

EXTRA DRUM:
high-high, SLAP, high, L­ow-high-high,high-high, SLAP, high, L­ow-high-high,



KPANLOGO SONGS AND CALLS

1)
A chwe, a chwe deh,

Cha chum beh!

2)
Baba baba shi baba lu, oshi baba,

Baba baba shi baba lu, oshi baba!

Baba baba shi baba lu, oshi baba,

Baba baba shi baba lu, oshi baba!

Oshi baba,
Oshi baba,
Oshi baba,
Oshi baba, etc……

3)
Djeme, djenya, jen ye djeme shi na mo lo;

Tongalong, o-dah tongalong!

Djeme, djenya, jen ye djeme shi na mo lo;

Tongalong, o-dah tongalong!

Oh, sumo jolie!
Ey, yah ey… x 4

Tongalong, o-dah tongalong!

4)
Eh Anuwa, Eh Anuwa, ba-oh bao, beke bibyo baba, lolo weywey jey,

Eh Anuwa ey-ey-ey, lo-oh-oh, oh oh!
5)
Mi ja ley, teya wo, yah,

Oh, yaaaaaah!

Mi ja ley, teya bolochi,

Oh, yaaaaaah!

Sumo jolie, meh bo baba yeh, sumo jolie, oh yaaaaaaah!


6)
Fine fine babee, you no go fine pas’ yo moda!
(Stop playing)
Fine fine babee, you no go fine pas’ yo moda!
(Restart playing)


7)
Na saw you do me! Na saw you do me! you take mah monay en run away, nah saw you do me!
(Stop playing)
Na saw you do me! Na saw you do me! you take mah monay en run away, nah saw you do me!
(Restart playing)

8)
(Chris’ Drum roll…)
A ye low!!

9)
Kro lo,

Kro loko tong!

Kro lo,

Kro loko tong!

No fione,
OBA NAMO!
No fione,
OBA NAMO! Etc…..

10)
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah yeaaaaaahhhhhhh………….
(stop playing)

ATA JO!

SION DO! (Hit drums twice while yelling)

ATA JO!

SION DO! (Hit drums twice while yelling)

KRI MOKO CHU,
KRI CHWA LEH! (Restart playing)
KRI MOKO CHU,
KRI CHWA LEH! Etc……

11)
Shwe! (Stop playing)
Ah ye PAN KEH! (Two hits on PAN KE!)
Shwe! (Restart playing

12)
Everybody, everybody, bring your calabashi, bring your calabashi, mo fia mao ke chen ya bah, why you wan’ no coco?

Everybody, everybody, bring your calabashi, bring your calabashi, mo fia mao ke chen ya bah, why you wan’ no coco?

Why you wan’ no coco?
Why you wan’ no coco?
Why you wan’ no coco?
Why you wan’ no coco?

Ma-oh, ma-oh,
Pan lo guan logo, a logo leggi!
Ma-oh, ma-oh,
Pan lo guan logo, a logo leggi!

13)
Oh zami nami nami nami nah,
oh zami nami nah, a kwe ley,
zami nami nah, a kwako,
zami nami nah, abele, abele,
kumasi bantimah abele-ah, zami nami nah ey-ahhhhh… abele-oh!


14)
(OUR STARTING SONG FOR PKANLONGO!!!!)
Chris speaks something fast…

Dada bu kwe, mi su wo,
Dada bu kwe,
mi su wo,
mi kai wo
a ka mye fu!


Brrrr!!

Ah ba?

15) A je, a je, a je na mo ya wo,
A je kwele ya wo!
A je, a je, a je na mo ya wo,
A je kwele ya wo!

A je min fa kwo dah,
A je min fa kwo dah,
A je, a kwele
A je, a kwoko,
A je, A je, A je,
A je min fa kwo dah!