Awerekyekyer is an ecumenical Christian organization founded in the coastal Ghanaian city of Tema in the early 1980s.
While I was in Ghana, a branch of this organization–the ninth–was inaugurated in Anomabu. Membership in the Anomabu branch numbered approximately 150 in 1993, its founding year. One of the main functions of the Awerekyekyer organization is to provide live music for Christian wakes and funerals.
At the group’s weekly meetings, a good share of the time is spent running through their musical repertoire.
Music is learned by rote and organized in a call-response pattern with light drumming (on dondo and conga) and a bell providing a popular dance beat (highlife) pattern.