After Dutch producer Arnold de Boer introduced the world to the sound of the current generation of Ghanaian kologo players with albums like 'This Is Kologo Power!', Atamina's 'Sycophantic Friends' or Ayuune Sule's 'We Have One Destiny', in the summer of 2017, Francis Ayamga (drummer in King Ayisoba's band) introduced him to the music of the Frafra or Gurunsi, a people from the northeast of Ghana. The popular name Frafra is in fact a colonial term given by Christian missionaries, who, when they first met Frafra farmers and were greeted with the popular: "Ya fare fare fare", meaning: "How's your work progressing?". In Bongo, a village about 15 minutes away from the regional capital Bolgatanga, Ayamga runs his own Top Link studio. Francis mainly works with local artists, but occasionally guest musicians from Kumasi or Accra also come to his studio. On 'This Is Frafra Power' you can discover artists like Ragizeer, Awudu Messenger and I Remember Yesterday, who, on apart from adding a word in Pidgin English here and there, all rap in Frafra. More interesting however are the women's voices on this compilation. Female groups like Sugri Hajia Zenabu often just sing during the repetitive work or chores they do (compare it to the plantation or work songs, sung by the Afro-American slaves) and sometimes also gather to sing during Sunday church services. The almost nine minute long closing track 'Sugri', is a fine example of their simple yet rhythmic and compelling music. Another personal favorite on this compilation is 'Ndaana Eera Ymah' ("Jesus is looking for you"), a groovy song you wouldn't immediately associate with the church by Linda Ayupeka, a local singer who made a name for herself performing at church services, funerals and weddings, and who's already released an album of her own. Without a doubt the most annoying song on 'This Is Frafra Power' is 'Matala Ligiri', in which Ragizeer in true gangster rap style doesn't seem to get enough of the term "niggas". Not all tracks on 'This Is Frafra Power' can convince, but with this compilation, Makkum Records still provides us with a nice cross section of what the Frafra music scene has to offer.