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Serena Owusua Dankwa and Batman Samini

Specially recorded performances to celebrate 50 years of Ghanaian independence, including Batman Samini and Ghana's oldest gospel group.

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.

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Sat 21 Apr 2007 15:00

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  • Osei Korankye

    Osei Korankye, the leading Seprewa player in Ghana.

    Duration: 04:06

  • Music Played

    • Osei Korankye

      Fa Papa Ye Nipa

      • BBC recording on location.
  • The Seprewa

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

    Duration: 10:22

  • Music Played

    • Osei Korankye

      Song for the Ashanti King

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Osei Korankye

      Let's All Have Love

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Kete drumming

    Kete is a royal music from the ancient Ashanti kingdom.

    Duration: 10:03

  • Music Played

    • Dza Nyomo drumming Ensemble

      Kete Drumming

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Dza Nyomo Ensemble

      Ashanti Drumming II

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Christianity in Ghana.

    The Wesleyan Methodist Cathedral on Cape Coast.

    Duration: 10:16

  • Music Played

    • Christ's Little Band

      The Story of the Fiery Furnace

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Christ's Little Band

      The Story of the Prodigal Son

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Ghanaian superstar Batman Samini

    Ghanaian superstar Batman Samini.

    Duration: 07:49

  • Music Played

    • Batman Samini

      Odo ('Love')

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Batman Samini

      Linda

      • BBC recording on location.
  • An interview with Batman Samini

    He talks about his musical influences.

    Duration: 05:04

  • Sing Happy Birthday Ghana

    A bitter-sweet song by Ghanaian Superstar Batman Samini.

    Duration: 04:22

  • Music Played

    • Batman Samini

      Sing Happy Birthday Ghana

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Independence Splash on Accra beach.

    Batman Samini, recorded live.

    Duration: 06:38

  • Music Played

    • Batman Samini

      Music

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Batman Samini

      Samini

      • BBC recording on location.

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