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Laurence Libin

(b Jirapa, Ghana, June 22, 1958). Ghanaian xylophone maker, player, and teacher. Born into a family of gyilli makers and players in northwest Ghana, Doozie began playing at six years of age. When he was 12 his father taught him to make his first gyilli and he was a practised maker by age 15. After secondary school Doozie moved to Accra to become a xylophonist with the Ghana Dance Ensemble. He was also an instructor at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. Among other appointments, he has performed with the National SO Ghana and has been associated with the Institute of African Studies and the music and performing arts departments of the University of Ghana. In 1990 he established a workshop to produce xylophones; he made the xylophones used in the Broadway production of The Lion King. He has also restored instruments in museum collections. He continues to teach and perform and is managing director of Dagarti Arts and Music in Accra and a member of the Arts Council of Ghana. He is also involved in promoting fair trade practices. Doozie’s xylophone bars—from eight to 18 for each instrument—are made of aged, fire-dried planks of wood from male shea trees. Gourd resonators are affixed under the bars, which are tied to the curved frame. The tips of the wooden beaters are padded with rubber recycled from tyres....


(b Rochester, MN, 1973). American sound artist and instrument inventor. He spent his early childhood in Tanzania and is currently based in Bolinas, California. His sculptural instruments, notably a family of modified turntables activated by such unpredictable elemental forces as flowing water and wind, explore interactions between nature and technology. Balloon Powered Turntable is geared to the motion of weather balloons. A windmill fashioned from soup ladles powers the Wind Powered Turntable. Hot air from burning candles propels the Fire Powered Turntable. While attending Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1991, Kitundu encountered hip hop, and through it, the turntable, played by scratching. He observed that the turntable pickup senses vibration even from sources other than a vinyl record. This realization led to his Stylophones, instruments in which one or more plucked, bowed, struck, or blown strings directly vibrate the stylus; the resulting output can be mixed with other sounds and electronically processed. In ...