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Best of 2019


Anthology of Contemporary Music from Africa Continent

Label: Unexplained Sounds Group

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

In stock


**2020 small repress with slightly different artwork** A poetically plotted Anthology of Contemporary Music from Africa Continent, a lovely collection of electro-acoustic, computer music, field recordings and soundscapes variations from African artists such as Ahmed Saleh, Healer Oran, Mehdi Halib, Abdellah M. Hassak, In_o, Eryck Abecassis, Victor Gama, and more, meticulously curated by Raffaele Pezzella. Fantastically raw and visceral material, this compilation literally opens up an entirely new continent! "African music is as diverse as the topography of the land itself, and is said to be comprised of literally thousands of different styles of music. But many experts of regional music tend to separate African music into two distinct groups: North African Music, which is strongly Arabic and Islamic in nature, and Black African music, or that which is centralized in the Western, Central and Sub Saharan regions of Africa.

So many iconic Western musicians have incorporated African instrumentation, ideas and ideals into their music.And ultimately there is an almost infinite variety of music forms, most of which, on some level, have been produced as a result of African music, or influenced by it. Whether Western instruments have evolved from ancient African models, or whether we have adopted our knowledge in terms of rhythms and cross rhythms, various scalic patterns, and the basic evolution of melody and harmony, Western music undoubtedly owes an immeasurable debt of gratitude to the African peoples for their wisdom, insight and creativity.

During recent decades we've witnessed more and more of the inverse phenomenon, with African musicians absorbing styles and trends developed in Western countries, so that at last the circle has closed. Finally, then, we can embark on our "unexplained sounds" journey into Mother Africa.

Cat. number: USG048
Year: 2020