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Paapa Nyarkoh | Benya

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by Paapa Nyarkoh

This CD contains Music with powerful rhythms of life and songs that will leave you breathless and hypnotize. it will move you to shake your body and dance with Joy. The Music Hails from Ghana, West Africa & is Classified as World Music.
Genre: World: African- West
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Akwaaba (Welcome)
3:36 album only
2. Benya
5:16 album only
3. W'abil (Ripped)
4:32 album only
4. Fom (Ground)
5:37 album only
5. Medzi (My Own)
3:50 album only
6. Kutuu (Black Pot)
4:57 album only
7. 7 Horns
5:06 album only
8. Menayei
3:13 album only
9. Aketekete
4:30 album only
10. Hi Life
5:06 album only
11. Yereko (We Going)
4:23 album only
12. 7 Horns (Drums Only)
5:04 album only
13. Medze (My Own) [Drums Only]
5:11 album only
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Album Notes
GRAMMY NOMINATED DRUMMER, Francis (Paapa) Nyarkoh was born in Elmina -Ghana, West Africa and emigrated to the US in 2002. As a self-taught musician, Paapa’s style combines African rhythms with hardcore authenticity, Jamaican reggae sounds, Calypso, and Soca beats from around the Caribbean to produce high energy pulsating rhythms that hit you and make you want to dance.
Having toured South America, Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, and The United States, Paapa has worked extensively with many major artists including Hugh Mesekela, Junior Marvin, Glen Washington, Everton Blender, Chico DeBarge, Leroy Sibbles, The Original Wailers ( Of Bob Marley & The Wailers ) , Magic System, Kenyatta “Culture” Hill, Corey Harris, Bonnie Mac, Frankie Paul, and Tinga Stewart just to name a few. His local band affiliations include Strykers Posse, Mama Jama, Storm, Rebel Vibes and more. Amongst Paapa’s album credits are The Original Wailers 2013 Grammy Nominated album - Miracle, Sasha Marley, Dede Mbiaku (Fela Kuti’s saxophonist), Tony Roy, Storm, Stryker’s Posse, Revival by Kofi Thompson and more. Paapa has an undeniable passion for music which led to his endorsements with Sonar and Yamaha. Paapa Nyarkoh’s signature one-drop drum style brings a rousing energy to crowds at every show. This Music Borders on Pop, R&B, Dance,Blues, Hip Hop, Rap, Hi Life, Soca & all forms of Modern Day Music. This Project took many years to come together & all involved feel very Happy with the outcome. Enjoy BENYA & Rejoice in you Soul. Give Thanks & Praise. One Love to Everyone, My People. Paapa Nyarkoh



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Swamp Guinee

Paapa channels tradition...
I first heard Benya while coming home from a Junior Marvin rehearsal in Rockville, MD. Paapa was giving a ride halfway home because he had a gig with Rebel Vybez at Bukom Café in Adams Morgan, DC. When I started hearing the rich tones of the drums and cutting edges of the Agogo bell frequencies, all in harmony with the rhythms of the drive home, I became a part of that harmony. I listened more and really heard Paapa's singing for the first time. He sometimes sings background when we are performing together, but I've never heard him out front. I turned and look to Paapa (who was still driving at the time), and I'm pretty sure I had some crazy look on my face. Paapa took one look at me and saw my expression in response to the songs on Benya, and started laughing profusely. "I wanted to surprise you, I couldn't wait for you to hear it" he said. Surprised me he did.
Excellent work my brother.
Swamp Guinee

Nick Krkles

"Paapa Nyarkoh - Protector of the Drum"
For pulsing, rhythmic, traditional and modern African drumming, Francis "Paapa" Nyarkoh is someone you should experience. Hailing from Elmina-Ghana, West Africa Paapa is a self taught musician who has climbed the musical ranks quickly; playing and touring with the likes of: The Original Wailers (Grammy nominated ), Junior Marvin, Hugh Masekela, Leroy Sibbles, Frankie Paul, and Glen Washington.
Paapa's sound and influence are derived from African roots, as well as Reggae, Calypso and Soca. Paapa once told me that when he is playing his influences fall on him like rain. That is an accurate description, as many of the songs featured on Paapa's new solo release "Benya" will rain down on you with rhythmic showers of Akete and various other traditional African drums. The drum is the first instrument of mankind, originating in Africa, Paapa displays and represents authentic, ancestral musical examples of how the drum is not only an instrument of dance and celebration, but also used as a form of communication. "Benya" (the name of a lagoon) features thirteen tracks, two of them "Menayei" and "Aketekete" are only played by the people of Elmina during Edina Bronya. Edina Bronya is an annual celebration that falls on the first Thursday of January, to represent the friendship between the Dutch and the people of Elmina. "Aketekete" is warrior music and "Menayei" is a communal, or door to door song to wish the ancestors and people of Edina a Happy New Year.
In Reggae music, the rawest, deepest form is a drum style known as "Nyabinghi". For those familiar with Nyabinghi, this could be considered musically comparable; as one is hailing to Africa while the other is coming from Africa, the similarities are both undeniable and joyous. So share, celebrate, and dance with Paapa, give your spirit a rhythmic resuscitation. "Benya" is currently available on Itunes and CDbaby.
-- Nick Krkles
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Kofi Thompson (Ibo Man

The best ever
I have this CD in my car 24/7 its the best i var heard, Paapa Nyarkoh is a master drummer bringing a masterpiece to his audience. I will encourage everyone to get a copy of Benya, you will cherish this CD for ever. Peace!

Jameel aka The Roots Souljah

Straight to the Village
Master Drummer and Percussionist Paapa Nyarkoh has outdone himself again with the release of this gem titled simply "Benya". If you are a fan of Great African Percussionist's you must check out Paapa Nyarkoh !!
As soon as the music starts you feel like you are transported to a West African Village, Intricate drum rhythms and percussive patterns continue throughout the album keeping it interesting and also keeping your feet moving, These songs are bringing messages of hope and goodwill to the people, Traditional Vocals also are present throughout the album on such tracks as Benya, Fom, Medzi , Yereko and 7 Horns keep you in paradise
Overall I'd say this is a fantastic piece of music to add to the collection, Authentic, Cultural and highly danceable...
Its Pure roots and culture the real deal