Agbekor: Drumming of the Ewe People of Ghana

I created this page specifically for those who attended my presentation on Agbekor for the "Wicked Smaht" speaker series in Ellensburg, Washington. Below you will find a few resources to learn more about the Ewe performance style, including a digital version of the handout, video performances, and resources for further reading.

For a better understanding of how the drumming comes together with dancing and singing, watch these two video performances of Agbekor.


This is a performance at Tufts University, where Ewe scholar David Locke maintains an Agbekor ensemble.

Resources and Reading

  • Download the handout from Dr. Samples's "Wicked Smaht" presentation.
  • Titon, Jeff Todd. Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples, 5th Ed. Belmont, CA: Schirmer Cengage Learning, 2009. This textbook is used by many universities, including CWU, to introduce concepts of world music. (Link to this book on Amazon.)

  • Locke, David. “The Metric Matrix: Simultaneous Multidimensionality in African Music.” Analytical Perspectives of World Music 1.1 (2011): 48–72. Scholarly article (somewhat advanced), which can be found here (pdf).


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