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East Africa: Witchcraft & Ritual Music

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    Originally released in 1975 as Africa: Witchcraft & Ritual Music
    In order to provide a historical context for this recording, the liner notes that accompanied its original release have been reprinted in full below. The text has not been edited to reflect changes in general cultural perceptions or specific factual information that may have occurred since then. —Ed. In this recording, I have tried to capture the spirit of a musical heritage now nearly extinct. The music on this album comes from a part of East Africa whose musical traditions remain largely unknown to the rest of the world. Particularly fascinating is the manner in which music and medicine are combined in the indigenous practice of witchcraft; music takes on the power of medicine, and medicine becomes associated with the healing sound of drums, interwoven with beautiful threads of melody. DAVID FANSHAWE, 1975

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    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Originally released in 1975 as Africa: Witchcraft & Ritual Music (H-72066).
    Recorded in Kenya and Tanzania by David Fanshawe
    Engineering: David Fanshawe, Adam Skeaping at Riverside Studios, London
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Sterling Sound, Inc.
    Coordinator: Theresa Sterne
    Re-mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

    Design: Doyle Partners
    Photography: © Rene Burri/Magnum Photos
    1984

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79708

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
150
324
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Explorer Series: Africa
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597970821BUN
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597970869
Price: 
9.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Originally released in 1975 as Africa: Witchcraft & Ritual Music
In order to provide a historical context for this recording, the liner notes that accompanied its original release have been reprinted in full below. The text has not been edited to reflect changes in general cultural perceptions or specific factual information that may have occurred since then. —Ed. In this recording, I have tried to capture the spirit of a musical heritage now nearly extinct. The music on this album comes from a part of East Africa whose musical traditions remain largely unknown to the rest of the world. Particularly fascinating is the manner in which music and medicine are combined in the indigenous practice of witchcraft; music takes on the power of medicine, and medicine becomes associated with the healing sound of drums, interwoven with beautiful threads of melody. DAVID FANSHAWE, 1975

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Capturing the spirit of a musical heritage now nearly extinct, this album examines how music and medicine combined in the indigenous practice of witchcraft in a region whose musical traditions were then largely unknown to the rest of the world, where music took on the power of medicine and medicine was tied to the healing sound of drums.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Originally released in 1975 as Africa: Witchcraft & Ritual Music (H-72066).
Recorded in Kenya and Tanzania by David Fanshawe
Engineering: David Fanshawe, Adam Skeaping at Riverside Studios, London
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Sterling Sound, Inc.
Coordinator: Theresa Sterne
Re-mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

Design: Doyle Partners
Photography: © Rene Burri/Magnum Photos
1984