Video premiere: 'Mam Yine Wa' by Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy | Songlines
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Video premiere: 'Mam Yine Wa' by Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy

Re-recorded and ready for the world stage: listen to northern Ghana's latest Frafra star ahead of his new album, out in November

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Alogte Oho is the king of gospel music among the Frafra people of northern Ghana. His first internationally released album is just around the corner, and a new video is out today.

Mam Yinne Wa is released on November 29, its title taken from the song he wrote during a two-month spell in hospital following a motorbike crash. It means ‘God, you love me so,’ and it was a huge hit in Ghana’s Upper East Region when he wrote it in 2014.

Newly re-recorded for his debut on the Philophon label, ‘Mam Yinne Wa’ becomes a slinky jazz tune with cool flutes (both real and synthesized), a horn section and orchestral samples, while retaining original Frafra rhythms and flourishes on the kologo (two-string lute) and gyil (xylophone). You can watch the official video – shot in the streets of Oho’s hometown of Bolgatanga – below; the album will be reviewed in Songlines #155.

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