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Kutomboka Dance (excerpt)
Obama Ondoua Ebini (excerpt)


African Gems (LP)

Label: Swp

Format: LP

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A compilation of field recordings made in the 1960s and 70s. These musical traditions are the result of many centuries, but the tracks sound so modern - revitalising, relaxing, healing This is some of the best traditional African music ever recorded. The music is the star -- of course -- then comes the wonderful musicians who performed it, but it was the recordists who make it possible for us to listen to the genius in African music captured on these magnificent tracks. After having released the 22-CD series "Historical Recordings by Hugh Tracey," it is time to pay homage to some who came after him. Thanks to Charles Duvelle, Jos Gansemans, Benoit Quersin, and David Fanshawe, for these great recordings. Over 73 minutes of magic. Each track is a gem. There is nothing coincidental in this music: it is based on a deep understanding of interconnectivity -- consequently also of time and space -- and has been developed over many centuries.

"A chorus of boat horns, the Sun Ra Arkestra, gridlock in paradise, the Globe Unity Orchestra, a herd of wildebeest laying siege to Jericho......To be frank, I have no adequate way to convey the rough beauty of these tracks" The Wire

Cat. number: swp044
Year: 2013
Genre: Folk