The Voice of The Leopard

Music from Abakua traditions and examples of Abakuá culture in Cuban popular/contemporary music. Ekpe traditions expressed in the music of Calabar, Nigeria and Cameroon.




  • Richard Henshaw

    Hi Ivor, I thoroughly enjoyed this combo. Absolutely awesome. Thanks for your hard work on behalf of my people and the Cubans. I forwarded it to some of my relatives. Awaiting their comments. P.S. I really loved the third song. What a strong resemblance to uncle’s music. Cheers, Richard.

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:22 am
  • OBEN Victor ENOH

    Ivor, Accept hearty greetings from Cameroon. Thank you for the excellent research and this lofty effort to trace the historiography and cultural Anthropology of the people of Manyu Division and Ndian Division of the South West region of Cameroon. The songs all have the traditional rythms of these areas but for the guitars and trumpets used which is not very used in Ekpe or Ngbe in Cameroon. Some stuff on Ekpe in Cameroon could be read in Malcom Ruels’ “Leopards and Leaders” and in my Memoir on “Power, Politics and Authority Among the Stateless Societies of Manyu Division in Cameroon”.Keep the spirit going.

    Nov 12, 2009 at 2:11 pm