Various Artists - African Gems
Recorded in central Africa between 1965 and 1982, by Charles Duvelle, Jos Gansemans, David Fanshawe, Benoit Quersin.
It’s nice to read label owner Michael Baird’s enthusiasm: “This is some of the best traditional African music ever recorded. The music is the star – of course – then come 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. 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. Yet it sounds so modern! Each track has its own swing, and this danceable quality is a profound thing – it is participatory, revitalising, communal, relaxing, healing.”
Side A: 1. Obama Ondoua Ebini (rec. in Cameroun by Charles Duvelle), 2. Horn Ensemble (rec. in Congo by Charles Duvelle), 3. Kutomboka Dance (rec. in D.R. Congo by Jos Gansemans), 4. Mbilé (rec. in Chad by Charles Duvelle). Total 22:04
Side B: 1. Alur Horns (rec. in Uganda by David Fanshawe), 2. Tshisani (rec. in D.R. Congo by Jos Gansemans), 3. Massikoulou Orchestra (rec. in Congo by Charles Duvelle), 4. Madimba Xylophone Duet (rec. in D.R. Congo by Jos Gansemans). Total 22:40