About Tijan Dorwana, SK Kakraba, and Alex Smith
Tijan Dorwana, SK Kakraba, and Alex Smith are performers, teachers, and instrument makers concerned about the future of rosewood in their respective communities; Dorwana and Smith began collaborating on this project in summer 2012. Tijan Dorwana was a member of the Ghana Dance Ensemble (1979-1985) and the Kalifi Dance Ensemble (1985-1988). He began making gyil in 1988 and soon after became the resident gyil maker for Bernard Woma’s Dagara Music Center. Dorwana has toured throughout Western Europe, the USA, and China. SK Kabraba is a Ghanaian gyil musician currently living in California. His discography includes Gandayina, SK Kakraba Band, Kanbile, Yonye, and Songs of Paapieye. Alex Smith is Assistant Professor of Percussion at University of Central Missouri having completed performance and ethnomusicology graduate degrees at Michigan State University; he received a Fulbright-Hays DDRA for this project, and he endorses Vic Firth-Zildjian.