The Hewale Sounds - a
Ghanaian instrumental ensemble
Hewale Sounds is a traditional African instrumental ensemble of 15 musicians, and the
group is based at the International Centre for African Music and Dance, University of
Ghana, Legon. It gives concerts of traditional and new compositions arranged for
traditional African instruments and their contemporary extensions, and serves as a
demonstration group for the Centre's Workshops and extension programs.
Hewale Sounds has also become a premier educational ensemble both in Ghana and abroad.
Hewale Sounds was formally inaugurated at the Center for National Culture, Accra, on
February 3, 1996. Since then the group has enjoyed tremendous success performing all over
Ghana, including command performances for visiting heads of state, the most recent being
August 18, 1998, concert at the Banquet Hall of State House in Accra on the occasion of
the State Visit of President Blaise Campaore, of the Republic of Burkina Faso. In addition
to being in residence at the International Centre for African Music and Dance, the group
is often sought at local and international festivals, and Alliance Francaise, ACRAG 1998
Awards Nite. The
group has also performed at the University College of Education, Winneba, and the Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, the Ghana Music Teachers' Association
Conference at Takoradi, and recently, at the invitation of the 23rd World Conference of
the International Society for Music Education.
In an effort to incorporate music from other parts of Africa, Hewale Sounds continues to
collaborate with many internationally acclaimed groups from other parts of Africa and
beyond. In June, 1998, the group had joint concerts and workshops with the St. Louis
African Chorus, based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. It has had several concerts and
collaborations with Sharon Katz, the South African Cultural Ambassador, and her band, The
Peace Train, the most recent being at The State Theatre in Pretoria, South Africa, and at
the South African Broadcasting corporation TV section in Johannesburg.
Hewale Sounds has also toured the United States, Europe, and the Middle
information, please call 314.652.6800 or write:
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