Last week, Ghana turned 57. The first Subsaharan African nation to gain independence, Ghana was led to freedom in 1957 by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
This year, I celebrated Ghanaian Independence Day by.... you guessed it... drumming. Attah and I woke up at 4:00 am to play Kete at the funeral of the former Nswumankwahene's (chief of the small Gods) wife. After the 4:00 am wakekeeping, we rushed to Jubilee Park to join the Centre for National Culture and perform for Kumasi's Official independence Day celebration, complete with chiefs, government officials, military bands, police displays, and more. I managed to squeeze in a 20 minute nap before heading back to close the day playing Fontomfrom at the same funeral we started the day with.