atsiavi jena group

Atsiavi Jena Group — Blewusi Mele

Some of my best friends in Ghana are from Atsiavi in Volta Region. I never went there for a visit for I thought I heard enough about it. Atsiavi is a place both whispered and hollered about by my friends who call it their hometown. There was always something mysterious about the palce to me for some reason. Then I found this tape in a lorry park near the center of Accra. It’s apparently culture music from my friends’ village, perhaps shedding light on the place itself, I thought at first. But don’t let this lead you to assume the musical interests of Atsiavians lie solely within the bounds of calabash shakers, two-tone bells and a handful of drums. Make no mistake—the Atsiavi guys I know are obsessed with Buju Banton and R. Kelly.


Blewusi Mele
Xle Fu Nam
Amedahe Meka Hatse
Fia Made Ava Kpo Wodo Fe Nam


Nyela Tsyoevi Menye
Ameyibo Nye Name
Xegbee Xela Dona
Tro Deka Mewo


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November 15, 2008 at 12:01 am

Not all titles are accessible – temporary or permanant ?
Great blog – keep on !!

November 15, 2008 at 12:13 am

mostly permanent, i will try to make sure the links are all working. thanks!

April 4, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Thank you for broadening my musical horizons. I’ve been exploring some of these traditional musics from Ghana – all brand new to me.

This post (Atsiavi Group “Blewusi Mele”) however is teasing me. Only the first track on each side is accessible – just enough to tantalise.

Can the links be repaired or am I too late?

MickB from Australia

May 16, 2009 at 3:48 am

this tape is specially wiked!
thanks for that!

Rafaela from brazil.

August 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Good Morning – I am throughly enjoying your website, what an awesome collection. I wanted to let you know that the links to Faiza Amhed side B & Atsiavi Jena Group are not active. Thanks Peter

March 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

hello. thank you for sharing, keep it up! :)
just wanted to let you know that (at least for me) the first track of each side is corrupted / 0kb in size.

have a good day, and may the spammers go somewhere else!

Brian Shimkovitzreply
March 30, 2012 at 9:04 am

ok i fixed those links, thanks

September 18, 2016 at 9:46 pm

Educated guess…all of the 8 titles emirate from 7″ vinyl. Picked up 4 songs listed today on 2 45s on “Philips West African Records” in mono, made in Ghana, year 1972. Group was led by Tayibo Dzenawo.

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