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Wednesday, 10 October 2007

PRAISE POEMS, HORN TUNES AND KWADWOM FROM JUABEN ( DWABEN )


Dwaben Adu Ampoforo Antwi Konkorihene, Okyerefo> Otuo Serebour II, Daasebre, Okotwa-- asuo ....Oyoko Sakyia Ampoma Nana Yokoni, Odehyee' Kronkron ( True Royal ), Osansa fa ade
a ofa ne bum na ode kyere. Aberewa Ampem Ohye Adwira Nana Asumegyani Nana....is proceeding
gingerly in state to take his seat at the Adaekesee ceremony in 1995 in Kumasi.
A Piece entitled ( Osekyere Akuamoa ), played on the Ntahara Horns of Dwaben. The Asokwa
fekuo ( group ) of Juaben is responsible for the Ntahara and Amoakwa horns of Juaben. It's
played as follows:
Oboadum e,
Momma mo homene so akurontoo!
Akyaw Owusu Akyaw Berempon se
Momma mo homene so akurantoo!
Agyekum-hene Berempon
Ma wo homene so e!
Opon Kyekyeku!
Ma wo homene so e
Korobea Asante Kotoko,
Ma wo homene so e!
Wofiri Dwaben Adu-Ampoforo-Antwi
Wofiri Asante Kotoko
Asante Kotokohene
Oko-kyere-ahene
Momma mo homene so O!
Momma so
Tie
Osekyere Akuamoa e
yeregye wo oo
wo oo
yeregye wo oo
Asante Kotokohene
yeregye wo oo
Osekyerehene
yeregye wo oo...
Adu Ampoforoantwi is a title accorded Dwaben, likewise Kumasi and Kokofu. Osekyere Akuamoa is a reference to the Dwabenhene Akuamoa Boaten, Sekyere in the north-eastern district of Asante where the states of Dwaben, Effiduase ( Afigyase ), Asokore, Nsuta, Kumawu, Mampong are situated and is indicative of the claim of the Dwaben people that Dwabenhene is the most powerful King in that area and hence his title Sekyerehene. The final interesting thing about this particular verse is that it is the one verse in Ntahara which is unique to the Dwabenhene and that whenever any Asante hears it, then he knows that the Dwabenhene is passing. It may be regarded therefore as the signature -tune of the Dwabenhene .....Credit...Professor Adu Boahen
Another signature tune, also blown on the ntahara horns is Dwaben Adu Ampoforo Antwi, Atwetwebo>, a, ehini atuo muu.


Nana Juabenhene, sitting in state in Kumasi, during the Adae kesee durbar in 1991.




Some Kwadwom pieces, as chanted by the Kwadwom minstrels of Juaben ( Dwaben ).




1) Kotokohene tra ase


Krobeahene ee tra ase oo


Merema wo Krobea Yefiri Anwoma Kotoko ee


Asante atwa me tete


Twum Akyampon no fro goo ee ( nofong ee )


Asante asiesie bo oo some ntoo ee.




2) Mema Dwaben do Adaakwa Yiadom ee


Yiadom nana, yede Akoboo gye no taataa


Twum Akyampon Nogrogon ee


Odwaben see Na(na) Agyekum ee


Agyaako Yeboa obanim keno a edwom fre no


Osagyefo Firampon dammirifa awisi.
With gratitude to Professor Adu Boahen




Okyerefo> Otuo Serebour II, Dwabenhene and Oyokohene ( I.e Head of the Oyoko Royal

Clan Section of Asante or the Oyokoduo ) . Nana, is also traditionally, the Oyokopiesie
( first-born ) of the Oyoko Clan.



An Apayee Piece, Recited Before The Juabenhene ( Dwabenhene ), by the abrafoo
( executioners ) of Juaben ( Dwaben ) :


Onono Dwaben Boaten Nono
Osesedudo
Adwoa nua koran
Okoforobuo
Wona woyee sa foroo Kwasampere bepo ( Kwasampere mountain )
Wokotwaa Nyempene nsue
Adinkera Kwadwo se oda wo ase
Ose odawase dawase ne nonifikatruo daa daa daa daa
Dwaben Akrase ei, opanko
Opanko a oko ayere mu
Odedekuntuni ko a na yefere wo o
Woyee saa yee saa kyeree Basa Subiri
Faa Krakye Dente Opeaw!.........................Credit....Professor Adu Boahen

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