Bitter Funeral Beer Band

Bitter Funeral Beer Band
Bitter Funeral Beer Band in Frankfurt 82
Bitter Funeral Beer Band in Frankfurt 82
Don Cherry in Frankfurt 82


The opening piece for the funeral
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  • country:Sweden
  • region:West Africa
  • style(s):Afro, Ethnic
  • label:Country & Eastern
  • type:Band
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist submitted by:Country & Eastern

Line up

  • Anita Livstrand (Ko-Gyil, voice, percussion;)
  • Bengt Berger (Ko-Gyil (Lo-Birifor funeral xylophone), Atsimevu ()
  • Björn Hellström (bass clarinet, flute, percussion;)
  • Bosse Skoglund (percussion;)
  • Christer Bothén (tenor sax, bass clarinet, percussion;)
  • Don Cherry (pocket trumpet;)
  • Jörgen Adolfsson (soprano sax, alto sax, percussion;)
  • K. Sridhar (sarod)
  • Matthias Helldén (cello, percussion;)
  • Sigge Krantz (acoustic and electric bass, guitar, percussion;)
  • Thomas Mera Gartz (percussion, tenor sax;)
  • Tommy Adolfsson (trumpet, percussion;)
  • Tord Bengtsson (violin, guitar, percussion;)
  • Ulf Wallander (soprano sax, tenor sax, percussion;)


Bitter Funeral Beer Band was a unique band that existed during the first half of the eighties.
Led by Bengt Berger who had studied a couple of years in Ghana, the band based a lot of the music on the funeral music concept of the Lo-Birifor people of northern Ghana.
The band did its first cd, Bitter Funeral Beer, on ECM and then one more, Praise Drumming on the swedish Dragon label.

Country & Eastern will release two live concerts by the band on october 16, 2007:

CE 09 Live in Frankfurt 82, that was recorded by Hessischer Rundfunk at 18 Deutsches Jazzfestival at Alte Oper in Frankfurt with Don Cherry and the indian sarod maestro K. Sridhar as guests, and

CEX09 Live in Nuernberg 84 which will be released as an mp3-album only.