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La Drivers Union Por Por Group perform "M.V. Labadi"
For more information about this album, click here: and for more information about Smithsonian Folkways , the non-profit record label of the national museum, click here: La Drivers Union Por Por Group perform "M.V. Labadi" from their 2007 album "Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana" on Smithsonian Folkways. Por por (pronounced paaw paaw) is the name of honking, squeeze-bulb horn music which is unique to the La Drivers Union of Ghana, and which is principally performed at union drivers' funerals. Por por music is played with truck horns, tire pumps, and other everyday objects a truck driver uses. The sound is rooted in Ghanaian tradition and a broad range of musical influences from New Orleans jazz to Highlife. The song performed here honors and praises past drivers. The group then breaks into a jam session. The performance was filmed in Accra, Ghana, during ethnomusicologist Steven Feld's 2006 recording session for Por Por: Honk Horn A higher resolution version of this video can be viewed at: Digital Downloads are available of this album in both MP3 and FLAC format. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time. ©2008 Smithsonian Institution
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