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Frafra Making a Comeback

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Traditional Frafra making a comeback in Bolgatanga

By Mar Knox

In Bolgatanga, there is a recently formed group “Tanga Culture” who are looking to revitalise the traditional Frafra sound.

Tanga Culture came together as musicians interested in keeping the traditional Frafra sounds alive. Having such a group will also allow the Upper East region to be represented in the Panafest competition held in Accra every two years.  Sadly, the Upper East is the only region which didn’t have a contestant in the last competition. Seeing this as an important cultural sound that needs to be preserved, Slim Joe and other members decided to form a group for this purpose: “To keep on the Frafra music and not let it die. We, as Frafra musicians, are proud to use more musical instruments than other cultures.”

Weddings, Funerals, Anything

Since then, Tanga Culture has played  various gigs , including funerals and weddings.  They are also actively marketing themselves as all round entertainers at development functions. In Bolgatanga recently they very successfully played to a large and appreciative crowd at an AIDS awareness day where they wrote a song specifically for the event (“No condom, No way”) and performed a highly entertaining play demonstrating the dangers of unprotected sex.

Tanga Culture also recently cut a CD of “The Peace Song for Bawku”, and keen listeners are invited to go online to check out their efforts at: or if you are a listener in the Upper East, you can hear it on Super A1 101.1 FM.


Written by Mar(k)

February 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm

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  1. Are there attempts made to preserve ‘Sorlma’ i.e. ‘wama’ ?

    joseph agana

    January 9, 2014 at 12:56 am

    • Hi Joseph. Sorry! We are not aware of any initiatives of this sort.


      February 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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