Kakraba Lobi

Kakraba Lobi

Ghanese xylophone player, born in Kalba Saru in northern Ghana in 1939; died July 20, 2007 in Accra, Ghana.

One of the few masters of the complex Ghanaian percussion instrument gyil (ko-gyil, Kogili), Kakrabi gained international reputation as a concert soloist. In addition to performing throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, Kakrabi also lectured to ethnomusicologists at universities worldwide.

For over twenty years, he taught at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon.

In recent years he collaborated with American percussionist Valerie Dee Naranjo and multi-instrumentalist Barry Olsen.

Among Kakraba's scholars was Bengt Berger.

The gyil is an ancient xylophone that requires great mastery to play. It is the national instrument of the Dagara and Lobi nations of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
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TGS 130 Kakraba Lobi Xylophone Player From Ghana(LP, Album) Tangent Records (2) TGS 130 UK 1978 Sell This Version
Kakraba Lobi 超絶のコギリ - The World Of Kakraba Lobi (Album) Victor Japan 1986 Sell This Version
CSCR 8022 Kakraba Robi* & Midori Takada Kakraba Robi* & Midori Takada - African Percussion Meeting(CD, Album) CBS/Sony CSCR 8022 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
LYR-CD-7450 Kakraba Lobi With Valerie Dee Naranjo* And Barry Olsen Kakraba Lobi With Valerie Dee Naranjo* And Barry Olsen - Song Of Legaa(CD, Album) Lyrichord LYR-CD-7450 US 2000 Sell This Version

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