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Opus 1
Pan African Orchestra
Opus 1
Genres: World Music, Pop, Classical
 
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Out of Accra, Ghana, comes a new and ambitious expression of modern Africa. A unique synthesis of new music.

      
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All Artists: Pan African Orchestra
Title: Opus 1
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: EMI Europe Generic
Release Date: 7/15/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop, Classical
Styles: Africa, Easy Listening
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724384013127

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Out of Accra, Ghana, comes a new and ambitious expression of modern Africa. A unique synthesis of new music.
 

CD Reviews

A really, really interesting disk
m_noland | Washington, DC United States | 11/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ghana's Nana Danso Abiam has set about on an interesting cultural project: create African "classical" music. What is involved: well, for starters, establishing standardized tunings for folk instruments, establishing a large ensemble (approximately 30 members),and then creating an orchestrated repertoire, based largely on folk tunes, the last a standard strategy of Western composers (Dvorak's "Slavonic Dances" et al.).The result: striking music that lies somewhere between traditional Ghanaian folk music and Western classical music. Do not be mislead: this is not "worldbeat" and this music will undoubtedly not appeal to everyone. Taken on its own terms, though, it is quite appealing."
Best New Classical Music
m_noland | 03/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am happy to say that this is the best classical African music ever written. Buy it and listen. It is wonderful"