Bitter Funeral Beer Band

Posted 2013-08-12

Upon my return from Ghana in 1977 I tried to apply some of what I learned in various musical groupings, among them Archimedes Badkar, but after some time a bigger group grew out of that to specifically create music around the drumming (mostly Ewe) and funeral music from the north of Ghana, Bitter Funeral Beer Band. Here are some  pics from our very first concert at Fasching in Stockholm in 1981.


Drummers Bosse Skoglund and Thomas Mera Gartz, Sigge Krantz on bass and guitar, Mattias Hellden on cello, Thord Bengtsson guitar and violin, Anita Livstrand vocal and ko-gyil, Kalle Eriksson and Tommy Adolfsson on trumpet plus Jörgen Adolfsson, Ulf Wallander, Christer Bothén and Kjell Westling on reeds joined me in that first edition of the band that recorded for ECM with Don Cherry as soloist. After the release in 82 we toured europe and played at the Jazz Yatra in Bombay in 1984. Some more pics.

Our concert in Frankfurt in 1982 with Don Cherry and K. Sridhar taking part was recorded by Hessischer Rundfunk for radio and TV and we released it in the fall of 2007. The album was nominated for a swedish Grammy. Most of the Frankfurt concert can be seen at YouTube. Here is a video from the start of the concert

and photos by Paul Deker:

One concert in Nürnberg in 1984 was also filmed and recorded. You find it as digital-only album cex09. There are videos from that concert on YouTube. Here is one of them:

Our first two albums were released on ECM and Dragon








Praise Drumming has just been released on Cd. Here it is.

all records with Bitter Funeral Beer Band