Sunday, January 13, 2019

CHAD – TCHAD
Chad (Kanem) – Unesco Collection – An Anthology of African Music – BM 30 L 2309 – recorded by Monique Brandily, photographs by Max-Yves Brandily, 1963 (LP)
African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs

African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs

African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs

African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs

African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs

African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs

African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs

African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs

African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs

The Kanem region, which spans from Lake Chad to the gates of the Sahara, is home to the Kanembu people, who converted to Islam in the 11th century, alongside other nomadic shepherd cultures like the Dazas, Peuls, Tuaregs, and Arabs.

This rare LP recorded in 1963 on the great Bärenreiter-Musicaphon label, features drumming (A1, A5, B1), oboe (A3, B5), reed clarinet (A7), trumpet (B3), a song accompanied by a lute (B4), a song by Tuareg women (A9), an ensemble of musicians (B7), a young girl accompanied by handclaps (B6), a festival for the end of Ramadan (B8).

La région du Kanem, qui s'étend du lac Tchad aux portes du Sahara, abrite le peuple Kanembou, qui s'est converti à l'islam au 11ème siècle, aux côtés d'autres peuples nomades pastoraux comme les Dazas, les Peuls, les Touaregs et les Arabes.

Ce disque rare enregistré en 1963 sur le formidable label Bärenreiter-Musicaphon présente notamment des percussions (A1, A5, B1), du hautbois (A3, B5), de la clarinette en roseau (A7), de la trompette (B3), une chanson accompagnée au luth (B4), le chant de femmes touaregs (A9), un ensemble de musiciens (B7), le chant d'une fille accompagnée de mains frappées (B6), la fête marquant la fin du Ramadan (B8).


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African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs


African music Traditional music from Chad musique traditionnelle du Tchad ceremonial tribal Musique Africaine traditionnelle Kanem Kanembou Touaregs

The photographs below are from La Mort est le Masque du Roi  – La Royauté Sacrée des Moundang du Tchad by Alfred Adler, Payot, 1982:

The Moundang people in Southwest Chad, bordering the tip of northern Cameroon, have a very different civilization compared with the Kanembu people, in a culturally diverse country which features over 100 languages and dialects. They had long maintained their ancestral rituals and political organization around a "divine" king, with powers over nature (rain, harvest), despite many incursions by the Fulani-Peul and French colonial rule. With the King's blessing, author Alfred Adler lived for more than three years among the Moudang, between 1967 and 1976, to study their social organization and customs. 

The Mundere mask, a dance of Yungu warriors, and the King of Moundang riding a horse with his guards in Léré. 


MusicRepublic CHAD – TCHAD Chad (Kanem) – Unesco Collection – An Anthology of African Music – BM 30 L 2309


MusicRepublic CHAD – TCHAD Chad (Kanem) – Unesco Collection – An Anthology of African Music – BM 30 L 2309

MusicRepublic CHAD – TCHAD Chad (Kanem) – Unesco Collection – An Anthology of African Music – BM 30 L 2309

3 comments:

  1. Thank you! What a beautiful record

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    1. I'm delighted you like it. I'll also share a three-LP box set of Chadian music from the 1960s in a future post.

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