Asempa is the Twi word meaning “Good News”. Here is an English language hymn book with a difference. It not only includes 200 of the most popular British, German and American hymns, but it also brings together a similar number of compositions from Africa, Asia, and the rest of the world.
Produced in Ghana, Asempa Hymns contains some 90 items from that country including 28 “Ghana spirituals” traditionally sung by the Pentecostals but now gaining popularity in all churches. In many of these, there is a distinctive Ghanaian flavour, which this book and the companion music collection Ghana Praise make available for the first time to Christians in other lands.
The Western tradition of hymnody has served Africa well for many years, but the rich traditions of other countries have failed to spread, held up by barriers of language, denomination and communication. The appearance of Asempa Hymns, with its wide choice of hymns, from nearly all the continents, will help brothers and sisters in Christ in many lands to realise a new fellowship in song and will shorten the distances that divide us.GHS 20.00GHS 20.00Quick View
The volume in hand deals with modes of inquiry and interpretation broadly organised into sections on theory, and historical and creative studies. The section on theoretical issues comprises papers on: the problem of meaning in African music; musicology and African music; the juncture of the social and the musical; integrating objectivity and experience in ethnomusicological studies; the aesthetic dimension in ethnomusicological studies; universal perspectives in ethnomusicology; and contextual strategies of inquiry and systematisation. The section on creative and historical topics covers the following: the history of music in African culture; history and the organization of music in West Africa; historical evidence in Ga religious music; processes of differentiation and interdependency in African music; African musical roots in the Americas; and developing contemporary idioms out of traditional music.GHS 25.00Quick View
African churches have inherited a rich tradition of hymnody from the West, but for too long the musical heritage of Asia and even of Africa itself has been neglected. Ghana Praise is a first step towards correcting this situation.
It contains 144 tunes by Ghanaian composers: 4 songs from Northern Ghana and 28 spirituals from Ghana’s Pentecostal churches. For the first time, the wealth of music by present and past generations of Ghanaian musicians is available in print for all to use; the geographical and denominational barriers which have discouraged the spread of hymn tunes in the past are breaking down.
In addition, Ghana Praise brings you 19 tunes from the rest of Africa and 33 from other parts of the world.
Ghana Praise is accompanied by a words book, Asempa Hymns, which contains words to fit the new tunes, as well as a selection of the most well-known Western hymns.GHS 20.00Quick View
God is Able track list:
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- Lala Hee [New Song] ft. Isaac Boadu(Abi Small)
- Ma Jie Oyi [I’ll Praise you]
- God Is Able ft. Curtis Quarcoo, Luigi Maclean
- Franco Jam ft. Musell Mensah
- Glorious in Majesty ft. Esther Godwyll
- No Rock like Our God
- Ma Jie Oyi (Live)
- None Like You
- Lala Hee Instrumental
‘Highlife is the only music in this country that has stood and will continue to stand the test of time.’ – Victor Olaiya
As West Africa’s oldest form of popular music, highlife was the soundtrack of the independence era. Its influence still resonates today.
Highlife Giants is an intimate portrait of the pioneering artistes of West Africa’s music scene from the 1920s onwards. It contains interviews with stars such as E.T Mensah, Kofi Ghanaba, King Bruce, Bobby Benson, Victor Uwaifo, and Ignace De Souza revealing priceless behind-the-scenes moments such as Louis Armstrong giving Eddie Okonta a trumpet with a golden mouthpiece after seeing him perform. Highlife Giants charts the development of this rich and varied popular form which is hugely influential on contemporary West African music from Afrobeat to hiplife.
Blending European and African-American styles with traditional African patterns, highlife music contributed to the development of post-independence national identity in both Ghana and Nigeria. As such, highlife remains crucial in generating social commentary, protest and contributing to the formation of a pan-African musical identity.
For those who lived through the era, Highlife Giants will be a compendium that invokes treasured memories. For their children and grandchildren, this book will inspire an interest in the rich musical history of West Africa.GHS 60.00Quick View
Highlife is Ghana’s most important modern home grown dance-music that has its roots in traditional music infused with outside influences coming from Europe and the Americas. Although the word ‘highlife’ was not coined until the 1920s, its origins can be traced back to the regimental brass bands, elite-dance orchestras and maritime guitar and accordion groups of the late 19th and very early 20th centuries. Highlife is, therefore, one of Africa’s earliest popular music genres.
The book traces the origins of highlife music to the present – and include information on palmwine music, adaha brass bands, concert party guitar bands and dance bands, right up to off-shoots such as Afro-rock, Afrobeat, burger highlife, gospel highlife, hiphop highlife (i.e. hiplife) and contemporary highlife.
The book also includes chapters on the traditional background or roots of highlife, the entrance of women into the Ghanaian highlife profession and the biographies of numerous Ghanaian (and some Nigerian) highlife musicians, composers and producers. It also touches on the way highlife played a role in Ghana’s independence struggle and the country’s quest for a national – and indeed Pan-African – identity.
The book also provides information on music styles that are related to highlife, or can be treated as cousins of highlife, such as the maringa of Sierra Leone, the early guitar styles of Liberia, the juju music of Nigeria the makossa of the Cameroon/ It also touches on the popular music of Ghana’s Francophone neighbours.
There is also a section on the Black Diasporic input into highlife, through to the impact of African American and Caribbean popular music styles like calypsos, jazz, soul, reggae, disco, hiphop and rap and dancehall. that have been integrated into the highlife fold. Thus, highlife has not only influenced other African countries but is also an important cultural bridge uniting the peoples of Africa and its Diaspora.GHS 130.00GHS 130.00Quick View
Holy Writings track list:
1. Fa Makoma
2. You Are Jesus (feat. Kwame Amihere & Harbour City Mass Choir)
3. Ayeyi Soronko in Eb
4. Shrine of Our Sanctuary
5. You Are Beautiful
6. Been a While
7. Meeba Lala (feat. Eugene Zuta)
8. Hello, I Still Love You
9. Owui Ma Me
10. The Way (feat. Cwesi Oteng, Koda, Ike Nanor & Sitso “Reazn”)
11. Hiding Place
12. Every Single Word (Asem Biara Meka No)
14. Thank You
15. Safe in You (feat. Rev Joe Beecham & Ewurama Dua Anto)GHS 10.00GHS 10.00Quick View
Tracks in this album:
3. Mensi den Intro Ft Charlotte Acquah
4. Mobo Wo Dzin Ft Uncle Ato
5. Ka Kyere Jesus
6. Yesu Nyame ba Ft Eugene Zuta / George Sekyi
7. Jesus M’agyenkwa Ft Esther Godwyll
8. Hymn Medley Ft Uncle Ato
9. Kristofo Ft Eugene Degadzor
10. The Name Jesus Ft Dulcie Yates / Felicia Crentsil
11. Jesus Jesus Ft David Crentsil / Charles Pettingle
12. Hosanna (Studio)GHS 10.00GHS 10.00Quick View
Hymn Unlimited track list:
1. Benedicite, Omnia Opera
2. Anwanwa Do (Come Let Us All Unite)
3. Anwanwa Do (Come Let Us Sing)
4. Anwanwa Do (And Can It Be)
5. Sing We the King
6. Adoremus (All Creatures of Our God and King)
7Adoremus (O Worship the King)
8. Adoremus (Praise to the Lord)
9. Adoremus (When Morning Gilds the Sky)
10. Adoremus (Saviour, Blessed Saviour)
11. Adoremus (Fairest Lord Jesus) [feat. Eyra Tamakloe]
12. Adoremus (Crown Him with Many Crowns)
13. Ko-Yi-Ko-Ko (O Thou Who Camest from Above)
14. Malaika (Hark, Hark My Soul) [feat. Dieu Donnee Anyekase]
15. Cathedral (A Safe Stronghold)
16. Cathedral (Jesus Shall Reign)
17. Cathedral (Be Thou My Vision)
18. Cathedral (Begone Unbelief)
19. Cathedral (Jesus of Nazareth Passeth By)
20. Happy Man
21. Altar Call (Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast)
22. Altar Call (Hark My Soul)
23. Altar Call (My Faith Looks up to Thee)GHS 10.00GHS 10.00Quick View
Ace writes music and plays several instruments but calls himself “just a sporadic songwriter and music hobbyist.” He is an Associate of the pioneering, contemporary gospel music group, Joyful Way Inc. and served as its Director of Music & Productions for several years, having a hand in every album produced by the group since 1991.
Flavours of 50: My Yadah is his first music album.GHS 20.00Quick View
Saving Hearts track list:
3. My Helper
5. Saving Hearts (feat. Ijeoma Mekomam)
6. Faith of Our Fathers (feat. Ben Essel & Joycelyn Armah)
7. Boundary Lines (feat. Koda)
8. Coming Back Again (feat. Danny Nettey)
9. O Holy Night
10. Woana Na
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