"Great God" is a 6/8 piece based upon Adowa music among the Akans of Ghana. It is a praise song to God for his goodness to mankind. Theoretical framework for the work is centered on Cross-culturalization (Africa / Europe) and Syncretism (Adowa / R&B). Cross-cultural: due to the assimilation of western musical culture and the English language together with Twi language and Ghanaian musical culture. Syncretism: due to R&B (Rhythm and Blues) ornamentations, evident in the harmonic and melodic layers against Adowa idioms and its intricacies. "Great God" is arranged in two forms thus; Neo-Adowa and Native-Adowa. Neo-Adowa: Is the first section which provides a modernist perspective of Adowa via fusion and the Native-Adowa: Is the second section, rooted entirely on folk Adowa music. This was done to attract variety of audience (youth & adults).
The notion of "Great God" is to promulgate a musical revolution of Afrocentrism in the gospel music scene of Ghana and beyond. Its basic perception is to promote Ghanaian musical heritage; make known available instrumental resources in Ghana and how to adapt them musically devoid of their various cultural significance. After a long study of the Ghanaian music scene, I realized, our indigenous musical instruments are less utilized in mainstream media specifically Music, due to advent of synthesizers and its capabilities. "Great God" is actually an experiment to merge traditional music and gospel music in a lens that shall promote utilization of our own traditional musical instruments for performances and compositions.
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