Vivivi Studios

INTRODUCING VIVIVI STUDIOS

THE COMPANY AND ITS BUSINESS

·         Recording

·         Mixing

·         Mastering

·         Voice-over

·         Artist Management

·         Branding

·         CD printing and promotion

MISSION

*To produce indigenous-based live format of neo-traditional West African music for the 'World Music' market.

Vivivi,  the name of the Studio is an Ewe word of the people who live in the Volta Region of Ghana. Vivivi literally means ‘little by little” or sweet-sweet-sweet and re-emphasises our mission to develop sweet world music with local and international artists who are interested in finding new ways for West African music to speak to the world. 

Vivivi Live Jam Session is a platform created by the Studio to help professional musicians and students of music to locate other compatible musical friends in the area who want to meet others to practice, jam, form rehearsal groups or start new bands. The jam session is held on the first Wednesday of every month.

Vivivi was the preferred studio of choice for recording Sarkodie, Efya, Stormzy , Jojo Abot and R2bees by the British Broadcasting Corporation, UK (BBC) 1Xtra 'Destination Africa' project in 2015.

Vivivi Studios is located in West Legon, Greater Accra and offers a live rehearsal and recording space. We are seeking to develop recording and performance projects with local and visiting artists. 

Vivivi Studios is managed by executive producer Yaw Owusu-Frempong.

 

TRADITIONAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Africans make musical instrument from the materials they find around them. In forest areas they make large wooden drums. Elsewhere drums are made of clay, metal, tortoise shells, or gourds. Some ethnic groups have no drums. Where materials are scarce, as in the savanna, few instruments are used. Singing is accompanied mainly by body percussion. Xylophones are made of lumber or bamboo. Flutes are found wherever reeds or bamboo grow. Animal horns become trumpets. Animal hides, lizard skin, and snake skins are used as decoration and provide the membranes for drum heads. Laces made of hides and skins fasten together as part of instruments. Hide strips become the strings of harps, fiddles, and lutes. Bamboo may form the tongues of thumb of piano, the frames of stringed instruments, and stamping tubes. Strips of bamboo are even clashed together rhythmically. Gourds, seeds shells, are made into rattles. Africans, bursting with rhythm, make music with everything and anything.

Vivivi Studios has a collection of traditional musical instruments listed below. It is the place where artists make records that highlight who they are as musicians and push the boundaries of what they thought would be impossible for their projects.

This Pro Tools equipped studio with izotope ozone 7 software for mixing has a professional Sound Engineer with experience and creativity to craft authentic and interesting recording to suit each client's needs. If you are looking for creative and innovative production with goodsound quality engineering from start to finish, Vivivi Studio is for You.

KORA

The Kora probably stands out as one of the most famous stringed instruments in West Africa. It is also called the ''Jali''. The design of the instrument is almost similar to that of a guitar. It features 21 strings placed on a gourd covered with the skin/hide of an animal. It is popular in Senegal, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Mali.  

The Kora probably stands out as one of the most famous stringed instruments in West Africa. It is also called the ''Jali''. The design of the instrument is almost similar to that of a guitar. It features 21 strings placed on a gourd covered with the skin/hide of an animal. It is popular in Senegal, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Mali.

 

KALIMBA

Also referred to as a thumb piano, the Kalimba consists of strips placed on a resonator. The strips come in varied lengths. A sound is produced by plucking the ends of the flexible strips. The original Kalimba was made from bamboo strips. However, modern instruments come with metal strips. The resonator is made from wood. It is popularly found in West and Central Africa.

Also referred to as a thumb piano, the Kalimba consists of strips placed on a resonator. The strips come in varied lengths. A sound is produced by plucking the ends of the flexible strips. The original Kalimba was made from bamboo strips. However, modern instruments come with metal strips. The resonator is made from wood. It is popularly found in West and Central Africa.

THE TALKING DRUM

The talking drum is probably the most known drum from Africa. It is mostly found in West Africa in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Togo and Benin. It is an hour-shaped drum that is usually placed under the arm. To vary the pitch or sound, the player presses or squeezes the narrow edge.

The talking drum is probably the most known drum from Africa. It is mostly found in West Africa in countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Togo and Benin. It is an hour-shaped drum that is usually placed under the arm. To vary the pitch or sound, the player presses or squeezes the narrow edge.

BALAFON

The Balafon resembles the xylophone or African Marimba. It is a percussion instrument normally found in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, and Burkina Faso. It is made from wooden planks that are loosely bound by a string and placed over large gourds. Sound is produced by hitting it with miniature clubs/ mallets.

The Balafon resembles the xylophone or African Marimba. It is a percussion instrument normally found in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, and Burkina Faso. It is made from wooden planks that are loosely bound by a string and placed over large gourds. Sound is produced by hitting it with miniature clubs/ mallets.

SHEKERE

The Shekere is one of the most famous shakers in Africa. The instrument consists of closely woven beads that form a net. The net is placed around a gourd. Sound is produced by either shaking it or slamming it against the hands. The Shekere is mainly found in West Africa in countries such as Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana and many others.

The Shekere is one of the most famous shakers in Africa. The instrument consists of closely woven beads that form a net. The net is placed around a gourd. Sound is produced by either shaking it or slamming it against the hands. The Shekere is mainly found in West Africa in countries such as Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana and many others.

DJEMBE/JEMBE

The Djembe or jembe is a type of drum found in Central and West Africa. It consists of animal skin or hide stretched over a carved piece of wood. A hole is carved out in the upper region of the wood where the skin is stretched out. The top surface is usually wider than the bottom surface

The Djembe or jembe is a type of drum found in Central and West Africa. It consists of animal skin or hide stretched over a carved piece of wood. A hole is carved out in the upper region of the wood where the skin is stretched out. The top surface is usually wider than the bottom surface

MBIRA

The Mbira is a thumb piano that resembles the Kalimba. It is made up of two rows of metal strips that come in staggered dimensions. They are placed on a wooden resonator (sound box). It is most common in East and Southern Africa. The countries include Namibia, Zambia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania.

The Mbira is a thumb piano that resembles the Kalimba. It is made up of two rows of metal strips that come in staggered dimensions. They are placed on a wooden resonator (sound box). It is most common in East and Southern Africa. The countries include Namibia, Zambia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania.