Nathan Holder
Mar 18, 2018

Listening Activity #15 - Happy Birthday Ghana!

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'Ghana is the name,

We wish to proclaim,

We will be jolly merry and gay,

The 6th of March Independence day.'


This song was written and performed by Lord Kitchener in 1957 to celebrate Ghana getting their independence from Great Britain after years of war, slavery and trade. It tells a short version of the Ghanaian independence story, a description of the flag and even the congratulations from another African ruler.

The use of music as a way to tell stories is a feature of many different genres from all over the world. Listen to Lord Kitcheners vocal style. It's almost like he's casually telling a story to friends and family rather than trying to deliver a serious vocal performance.


  • Where was Lord Kitchener from?

  • What instrument plays at 0:32?

  • Can you find Ghana on a map?

  • What style of music is this?

  • How would you describe the rhyme scheme he uses?

  • How old is Ghana now (in 2018)?

Nov 5

I am glad to read this info. genius

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  • Nathan Holder
    Mar 18, 2018

    Did you know that this famous piece, as we know it now, is the result of an arrangement by a man named August Wilhelmj? He transposed Bach's original so that the violin part can be played entirely guessed it... the G string. The original was written in the 1700's which puts it in the Baroque era of Western Classical music.Some of the ideas of the Baroque tradition included the development of 'key' and functional harmony. We hear in this example how the piece settles on a particular key at certain points (1:36 for example) and changes through a series of chords, which was totally different to the Renaissance period. We also hear subtle changes in dynamics, another innovation of the period which was to be exaggerated and built upon in the Classical era. Where was J.S.Bach from? Which instrument is the man on the far right playing? There are 5 women playing string instruments. How many violins are there? How many violas are there? Which word best describes the tempo? Largo/Vivace/Moderato? How does this piece make you feel?