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Various Artists - Congo Traditional 1952 & 1957

recordings by Hugh Tracey

Music from another world! This collection of magnificent recordings merely touches on the richness and diversity of the traditional musics of the Congo, as found by Hugh Tracey in the 1950s. In the ensemble tracks we can hear his hand-held microphone technique, as he moves around with his one mike to highlight one instrument after the other – a kind of instant mixing. But how many of these musical traditions have been lost since they were captured on tape? Urbanisation and satelite tv have taken their toll. We are lucky to have these recordings, but they especially are a gift to the peoples involved, for the legacy as played by their forebears belongs to them. A compilation of tracks from the cds SWP 009 On The Edge Of The Ituri Forest, SWP 011 Kanyok And Luba, SWP 016 Forest Music:

Side A: 1. Yando, (Buudu people), 2. Mbo, (Buudu), 3. Chindol Wa Mukaleng, (Kanyok), 4. Wa Lwend Chombel, (Kanyok), 5. Wa Kabwala Wa Beena Luluwa, (Luluwa), 6. Bambuti Dance, (Mbuti), 7. Andanyero Mamamba, (Medje). Total 23:18
Side B: 1. Gitari Na Congo, (Zande), 2. Three Girls’ Party Songs, (Yogo), 3. Mali Ta Kangana, (Lendu), 4. Iyo-o-o, (Mbuti), 5. Amabele-o-iye, (Mbuti), 6. Luma Pipes, (Mbuti), 7. Lumpungu, (Luba Kasai), 8. Amana Mi Adu Nangwetia Lebobo, (Bwa), 9. Nande Likembe Tune, (Nande), 10. Four Flute Tunes, (Nande). Total 22:16


Label: SWP Records / SWP046
Medium: LP
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