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Naranjo/Lobi-Kpanlogo-M

Model: 558

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$20.00

Kpanlogo (Dance from the South) transcribed by Valerie Naranjo in 4/4, this is a good first piece to develop two-mallet independence. Music is performed with hand drum accompaniment. Kpanlogo is a level 1 piece. The Gyil (pronounced je...
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Kpanlogo (Dance from the South) transcribed by Valerie Naranjo in 4/4, this is a good first piece to develop two-mallet independence. Music is performed with hand drum accompaniment.

Kpanlogo is a level 1 piece.

The Gyil (pronounced jee-lee), is the grandmother of the mallet keyboard family. It is made from fourteen wooden slats that are suspended, on a frame, over calabash gourds. Its sound is like our marimba, yet more "earthen" in character. It is the national instrument of the Lobi and Dagara people of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Côte D'Ivoire. Throughout West Africa, people believe that its "woody" sound comes from a vibration of water that physically balan-ces the water in the bodies of people and animals.

The gyil is used for everything in life; from weddings and funerals to dances and everyday recreation. Nearly every man and boy can play at least a tune or two on the instrument. Yet the gyil master (an instrument maker as well as a player) studies the instrument for much of his life before he is considered worthy to represent his community at sacred events

Like its counterpart the marimba, the gyil has a vast repertoire of solo and chamber music that has been passed from father to son through the centuries. The gyil tradition has set the tone for the "melody-improv-melody" form common in Jazz. Even youngsters who play the instrument are expected to remember complex pieces and improvise according to dance movements and singer's directives.

Number of Players: 1
Difficulty: Grade 4
Instrumentation:
  • Player 1:Marimba



  • Valerie Dee Naranjo (percussionist, vocalist, composer, clinician) known for her pioneering efforts in West African keyboard percussion music, is originally from Southern Colorado. She moved to New York City after completing studies in vocal and instrumental music education (U. of Oklahoma) and Percussion Performance (Ithaca College). In 1988 her playing of the gyil's traditional repertoire in Ghana's KOBINE FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC led to the declaration of a chiefly decree in the Dagara nation that women be allowed to play the instrument for the first time.


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