Nicely done securing the balafon and for using vocals! Unfortunately, I don't know much about Ghanain music or the local tribes there, so I can't comment on style except to say it sounded kinda like 12 bar blues. Make that a lot like 12 bar blues (which gives more form to the piece than you probably wanted). The good news is the blues extended from West African musical traditions, the bad news is I can't shake the feeling that this is just a jazz piece, with unique instrumentation.
Well done (especially recording/mastering), I enjoyed this track a lot!
Most excellent, very catchy and very well mixed though I would've thought a Ghanan submission would perhaps have some djembe, even if just for a small section, maybe just a little more variation? :) In any case an excellent track, look forward greatly to the finished version.
I know what you mean about using a djembe or other African drums because that certainly would have sounded native, but the thing is in the beginning I had no idea what direction the piece was going to take and the fact that I had decided not to use any VST's and keep it all authentic meant I was limited to what I had available which fortunately included a Balafon (percussion native to West Africa/Ghana) which I thought would be enough to cover the country.
I also agree about a little more variation because it crossed my mind as well when mixing, but at the time of recording I was thinking to myself that the southern/western world doesn't actually follow our western world's ideology of a song being verse/chorus so I decided to make mine more of a session with the same chord progression throughout but with a few solos just to keep things lively.
Anyway cheers again and i'll be sure to leave some feedback on your more recent submission as soon as I get a chance.
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.