Godonu Kofi Srigboh (aka Vovomelio) | Can We All Just Get Along!

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Can We All Just Get Along!

by Godonu Kofi Srigboh (aka Vovomelio)

These are highlife, danceable songs fused with Jazz,which weave a very pleasant mix of African rhythms and thought provoking Ewe lyrics- It is a blend of varied rhythms of Ewe traditional drumming. The songs have live instrumental backgrounds.
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1. Mawu Koe Nya
4:30 $0.99
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2. Vor Amegbetor
4:46 $0.99
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3. Medley
5:17 $0.99
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4. Melor Wo
3:20 $0.99
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5. Can we all just get along!
4:21 $0.99
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6. Lorlor kple Nutifafa
5:07 $0.99
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7. Ekugblenu
5:03 $0.99
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8. Agbesinyale
6:20 $0.99
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9. Aids The Silent Killer
3:39 $0.99
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10. Agbesinyale (insturmental)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Godonu kple Egbeviwo’s changing style of HighLife is bringing highlife music to a new dimension fused into Jazz and the Ewe traditional soogoo drumming. Godonu was born in Aflao in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa. He spent part of his childhood in Lome, Togo. He had his debut CD "EMEFA" meaning ALL IS CALM out in 1999.

Godonu Kofi Srigboh (aka Vovomelio) has become a “singing bird”, composing deep rooted Ewe lyrical music. Born into a family of mostly boys, Godonu and his brothers learn how to play the family’s " Blekete" drums, made by their father. Godonu’s whole life has been immersed in music; he loves music, listens to music at all times and sleeps with music. His passion for music enabled him to become a composer/performer. He composes in his Mother tongue, EWE, a language spoken in south-eastern Ghana, Southern Togo and Benin in West Africa. He translates some of his lyrics into English, French, Spanish, Ga and Twi (languages). A typical example of this is track number four “Me lor Wò” (I love you) translated from Ewe into all these languages. An Upbeat Agbadza, “Lorlor Kple ŋutifafa” (Where there is love, there is Peace), a Heart touching song on “AIDS” and “Agbesinyale” (In life anything is possible).

The title track “Can We All Just Get Along!” carries a strong message and anyone who listens to it would ask, “What prompted the composer to write such a lyric”? Well “Mawu Koe Nya – Only God Knows” (which is the first track on this CD). The CD tracks feature themes of Love, Peace, Unity, Friendship, Social Issues and almost every song makes reference to the Supreme Being. The CD has Ewe traditional drumming flavour (Agbadza, Borborbor, Gahu and Kinka) fused with Jazz. The songs have live instrumental backgrounds and slow and easy dance tempi. The recording was made in the AKXL Records and Studios in Vancouver, BC, by Richard Amouzou Hefoumey, a former ace guitarist of ERICO JAZZ and MELO TOGO bands popular in Lome, Togo (during which year?). (Every arrangement, mixing and mastering of the songs was done Richard Amouzou).

Godonu works in the IT field; he is also an entertainment co-ordinator of the Southern Volta Association of Canada and a member of the NUTIFAFA AFRIKAN PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE, whose founding members are Professor Modesto Mawulolo Amegago of York University, Salomon Agbenya, Isaac Akrong and himself. Godonu and his recording engineer Richard Amouzou are collaborating with up-coming musicians in the Eweland, such as, Frank “Prophet” Narro whose NYE NUTOR PAA cd rocks the dance/party halls in Ghana, Togo, Benin and the diaspora; Richard “Apoloh” Mandy, whose cd “Ga Ye Nyo Na Ame” airplay is also doing well back home. Maurice Yamany, Freedom Zacary, Frederic Kodzo Akpadje, Edem Kodjo (aka Kebe) Bedzra and Afi Tsogbe.

Adding this to your CD collections would show your versatility in music.
Website: www.egbeviwo.com, Contact: info@egbeviwo.com

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MusicActu par Jean-Claude Abalo, Lome - Togo

Godonu Kofi Srigboh dépoussière le High-life
“EMEFA” l’a fait connaître au public togolais en 1999. Sept ans après que ce bijou failli passer inapperçu, le Togolais-Ghanéen Godonu Kofi Srigboh, auteur-compositeur et instumentiste togolais residant au Canada marque de nouveau l’espace discographique. “Can We All Just Get Along!” en est la preuve. Un mélange de rythmes Agbadza, Akpalu, Akpesse, Bobobo, Gahu, Kantata, Kinka qu’il appelle SOOGOO music. “Can We All Just Get Along!”, une pure merveille où la parole est maîtresse dans cet espace musical: joutes verbales, érotisme flamboyant et chaleur vocale se mêlent à l’instrumentation trépidante et jamais juste, comme pour soutenir les salves rocailleuses de sir Godonu, sans qui ce précieux enregistrement d’un héritage en voie de disparition n’eut été possible. Un véritable retour à ses sources ghanéen qu’il convient de souligner. Bienvenue au High-life originel!
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Enyo

The messages on this Album tell it all and are very soothing.
Waoooooow. A friend introduced me to cd baby site on reading about you. As I logon to this site, I played all the clips and sincerely you have a very captivating voice on all your songs but “Melor Wo” "I love you" is a bomb.
What a strong Love Song in Ewe and translated into other languages. The title of all your songs carries their messages. Keep up the good work in writing Prophetic lyrics, and promoting the Ewe Culture through your songs. I will tell my friends a bout it.
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TW

Excellent Variety of Songs
This CD is a nice rhythmic compilation of songs that get you moving. The vocals are captivating and the musical arrangements give you a greater appreciation for the Ewe music art form.
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Wofa Yaw - The Ghanaian Mirror, Toronto

Godonu releases "Can we all just get along!"
Godonu, aka Vovomelio, has proclaimed himself as one of the
leading proponents of Burger Borborbor music. This is the emergence and gradual ascension of the borborbor beat, a type of drum music that originates from the Volta Region of Ghana. Indeed it is this excellent fusion of Borborbor
with High-Life, Rhumba and Blues that makes Godonu's new Album a masterpiece of a criss-cross musical production. With this Album, Godonu has given yet another musical food for thought, indeed another selection of African criss-cross rhythms that further enhances the rich music of the Volta Region of Ghana, but more importantly carrying such awe-inspiring lyrics. Congratulations Efo Godonu for making such an impressive stride in the promotion of the westernized "Borborbor" music.
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