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Clues in the catacombs

Clues in the catacombs

It makes perfect sense, when travelling around the world for a radio series about sound to keep your ears open – to listen closely to the spaces in which you find yourself in the hope that their sound now will somehow evoke the sounds of the past. Yet we need to keep our eyes open … Continue reading

Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle

We are rattling down the Ghana coast at about 70 mph passing signs saying ‘Slow Down – 72 Deaths Here!’ overtaking the gigantic dumper trucks on flatbeds bound for gold mines in the interior. We cross a vast sleepy river and finally Elmina Castle comes into view, grasping the rocky horizon, framed picturesquely by palm trees … Continue reading

The drum that talks

The drum that talks

It’s my favourite discovery in David’s notes for the series… an African instrument made from tree-trunks and hit with sticks. The drummer creates a series of high and low tones that form a message. It’s just a rhythm to the uninitiated, but to those who speak drum it’s as conversational, jokey and complex as any other language. … Continue reading

Land of loudspeakers

Land of loudspeakers

Accra, Ghana’s capital, is a city that thrives on amplification. On our first drive through the suburb of Abeka we passed a young boy, no older than seven or eight – dressed in a suit, clutching a microphone, and standing right next to a loudspeaker that went up to his shoulders. He was regaling all … Continue reading