Bolga Brothers

Tony Kalhagen & Rashed Anaba

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The majority of people living in Africa do not have access to clean water or electricity. So when you bring someone from West Africa, from their mud hut village to the United States of America for three months, there is nothing that you can plan for and everything will be unexpected. We first traveled through the region hitch hiking from Accra Ghana to Timbuktu Mali through Burkina Faso in 2006. We planned our journey through the most remote regions possible. This took us through Bolgatanga in the North East region of Ghana. This is where we met Rashed Anaba, a young man on a bike hustling the few travelers coming through every year to sleep on a mud hut. We said yes and met the community of Gungabisi. Upon returning to America we realized the lack of clean water in the community and raised the funds to build a clean water well. In 2008 we returned and built the well with a contractor. In 2010 the contractor paid for a plane ticket for Rashed to visit us with the hopes of raising more money for more well projects. Unknown to us, he would be living with us in our 1 bedroom / bath house in rural America in the winter for three months. Showing Rashed how to use a light switch or how to use the shower was the first indication this would be an education for us all. It rained everyday and in between presentations to groups like the Rotary we just hung out in our small house in the rain. Rashed would walk around every day and sing. One day my wife, Terri Lynn said to me, you have an African singing in your house, record this. So I did. I put head phones on him and a click track. He laid down these vocal tracks and I composed music to go with them. I have recorded hundreds of tracks in my career for countless genres, but this one will never be duplicated. We also included the sound track from the documentary "Just A Drop". We made the film Just a Drop to document how our overland adventure across West Africa turned into a humanitarian aid project building clean water wells in Ghana. We wanted the soundtrack to be as unique and special as the story itself. So, Tony Kalhagen extracted audio clips from the hours of video they used to produce the film. Chanting, drumming and sounds from daily African life were sent to Fonetick Lee (James Davidson) and then used as samples to create the musical sound track from the film. It is some of the most unusual music ever produced.

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