Hewale Sounds is a neo-traditional group, formed by Dela Botri in 1996,and originally based at Professor J.H.K.
Nketia’s International Centre for African Music and Dance (ICAMD) at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana.
The group which originally was made of 12 performers has over the years grown into instruments of the 18 person ensemble which include antenteben bamboo flutes, piccolo, horn, the Akan seprewa harp-lute, the goje one-stringed Dagbani fiddle, two northern xylophones, the giant Ga gome frame-drum, guitars, keyboards and assorted local percussion instruments.
The group also includes singers and dancers. The repertoire of Hewale Sounds consists of Ghanaian and other African traditional music entrenched in the cultures of tribal music, their own compositions, folk music and some contemporary music that draw its features from the roots of the culture, including their own rendition of high life.
The group has played extensively in Ghana and other parts of the world. In 2004 they played alongside Stevie Wonder at the International Conference Centre in Accra.
Below are the members of the group
Dela Yaw Botri, Francis Ama Addison, Frank Kwaw, Augustine Etti, Emmanuel Erzoah, Derrick Ababio, Frederica Asantewaa, Joana Pokuaa,Lydia Abbeyquaye, Prince Aryee, Richard Asamoah, Shadrack Nii Oblitey Ogbamey, Rexford Mensah, Raymon Mawuli Kisseih, Bashir Annan, Eric Amoako , Edward Ankomah, Daniel Ntim- Boakye