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Serena Owusua Dankwa and Batman Samini

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 April 2007

Serena Owusua Dankwa celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ghanaian independence with specially-recorded performances featuring Ghana’s oldest gospel group, founded in the 1880s, and Batman Samini, who was voted Best African Act in last year’s MOBO awards.

Recorded entirely on location in Ghana, March 2007.

Music and featured items

20 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Osei Korankye

    Osei Korankye, the leading Seprewa player in Ghana.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Osei Korankye

      Osei Korankye Fa Papa Ye Nipa

      BBC recording on location

  • The Seprewa

    Osei Korankye talks about the Seprewa, an instrument that “can talk”.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Osei Korankye

      Osei Korankye Song for the Ashanti King

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Osei Korankye

      Osei Korankye Let's All Have Love

      BBC recording on location

  • Kete drumming

    Kete is a royal music from the ancient Ashanti kingdom.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Dza Nyomo drumming Ensemble

      Dza Nyomo drumming Ensemble Kete Drumming

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Dza Nyomo Ensemble

      Dza Nyomo Ensemble Ashanti Drumming II

      BBC recording on location

  • Christianity in Ghana.

    The Wesleyan Methodist Cathedral on Cape Coast.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Christ's Little Band

      Christ's Little Band The Story of the Fiery Furnace

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Christ's Little Band

      Christ's Little Band The Story of the Prodigal Son

      BBC recording on location

  • Ghanaian superstar Batman Samini

    Ghanaian superstar Batman Samini.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Batman Samini

      Batman Samini Odo ('Love')

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Batman Samini

      Batman Samini Linda

      BBC recording on location

  • An interview with Batman Samini

    He talks about his musical influences.

  • Sing Happy Birthday Ghana

    A bitter-sweet song by Ghanaian Superstar Batman Samini.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Batman Samini

      Batman Samini Sing Happy Birthday Ghana

      BBC recording on location

  • Independence Splash on Accra beach.

    Batman Samini, recorded live.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Batman Samini

      Batman Samini Music

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Batman Samini

      Batman Samini Samini

      BBC recording on location

  • Osei Korankye performing in the countryside outside Legon

    Osei Korankye performing in the countryside outside Legon

  • Accra beach

    Accra beach

  • Batman Samini performs

    Batman Samini performs

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