Atongo Zimba; the master musician – Ghana Music
Atongo Zimba is a master musician, singer and a griot from the north of Ghana whose time as a child was divided between the family farm and the regional capital of Bolgatanga.
He was very young when his grandfather taught him to play and build the Kologo, a two stringed lute which has its variations throughout the savannahs and deserts of West Africa.
“A talented singer and performer that creates music as easily as one breathes.“
Matthew Forss – Inside World Music
During holidays and weekends Atongo would run the cows through farmland and forests with the other boys, looking for feed and water for the cows.
There was a strong musical tradition amongst the cowboys and they would play instruments such as flutes and percussion, as well as using their voices to make different sounds, many of which mimicked birds and animals.
Atongo learnt traditional songs and started to compose his own where he would use the kologo for more complex melodies than the usual strumming.