By Jerry Leake
Solo drum set arrangement of bell, support drum, and master drum phrases.
In the 1950s, Ewe fisherman on expedition in Badagry, Western Nigeria, discovered Gahu
in its original, much slower, Nigerian form (called Kokosawa) and brought it back with them
to their native Ghanaian soil. Nigerian Kokosawa was adopted by the Anlo-Ewes who live
along the coastal region of Ghana. Gahu actually means "money dance." It makes the people
in the village feel happy; they offer money as praise and appreciation to the performers.
The Anlo-Ewes perform Gahu at twice the speed as Kokosawa. This drumset arrangement is
for the faster tempo.