Musical Gems from Lake Victoria – Heartbeat of Africa – Sapra Ltd - CMIL 102, recorded by David Fanshawe (7 in, 33 RPM)
This rare album recorded by David Fanshawe on Sapra, a Nairobi-based label, features inspired traditional music performed by various ethnic groups living on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Lake Victoria is Africa's largest lakes (69,000 sq km/26,500 sq mi) and the world's second largest freshwater lake after Lake Superior in North America.
Cet album rare enregistré par David Fanshawe sur le label Sapra basé à Nairobi présente des musiques traditionnelles inspirées interprétées par divers groupes ethniques vivant sur les rives du Lac Victoria en Ouganda, au Kenya, et en Tanzanie. Le Lac Victoria est le plus grand lac d'Afrique (69 000 kilomètres carrés) et le deuxième plus grand lac d'eau douce du monde après Lac Supérieur en Amérique du Nord.
A1 – Yongo Wao fishermen (Kenya) singing the praises of Luo chiefs with Nyatiti harp accompaniment;
A2 – Busoga fishermen (Uganda) singing that fish here are bigger than in any other lake with voices, thumb piano, and clapping;
A3 – Nyamwezy (Tanzania) playing intoxicating drums to the Monster of the Lake to obtain his blessings and good luck;
A4 – Samia Bugwe fishermen (Uganda) sounds of nature / singing and rhythmic rowing;
B1 – Sounds of the lakeshore at night with singing and harp;
B2 – Abaluya song (Kenya) with singer, harp, and percussion;
B3 – Bunyoro fishermen (Uganda) with Madinda box-resonated xylophones;B4 – Abaluya (Kenya) Sukuti funeral dance with voices, three drums, horns and dancers.
David Fanshawe (1942-2010) was an English composer whose most famous work was the album African Sanctus (1972), which combines Western choral harmony with his recordings of traditional African music. Fanshawe passionately explored the great diversity of our dying global traditional musical heritage and painstakingly recorded thousands of hours of indigenous music in Europe, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, and the Pacific islands.
Our other shares of East-African recordings by David Fanshawe:
Tanzania – Fabulous Gogo Music from Tanzania – Sapra Ltd hereKenya – Sounds of Masailand – Sapra Ltd here
Photographs below from vintage postcards:
Fishermen on Lake Victoria:
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