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Pieces of Africa

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Track Listing

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1Mai Nozipo (Dumisani Maraire)6:54
2Saade (I'm Happy) (Hassan Hakmoun)3:21
3Tilliboyo (Sunset) (Foday Musa Suso)4:20
4Ekitundu Ekisooda (First Movement) (Justinian Tamusuza)5:36
5Escalay (Water Wheel) (Hamza El Din)12:17
6Wawshishijay (Our Beginning) (Obo Addy)4:50
7White Man Sleeps: I. (Kevin Volans)4:01
8White Man Sleeps: II. (Kevin Volans)5:04
9 White Man Sleeps: III. (Kevin Volans)3:22
10White Man Sleeps: IV. (Kevin Volans)6:14
11White Man Sleeps: V. (Kevin Volans)3:16
12Kutambarara (Spreading) (Dumisani Maraire)7:10

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About this Album

This “potent new brew of folk influences, Minimalism, and European forms by eight black, brown, and white African composers,” as Time described it, became a cross-cultural and commercial landmark: the first album to top both the classical and world music Billboard charts.


Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

Dumisani Maraire, ngoma, hosho, lead vocal, mbira (1, 12)
Hassan Hakmoun, lead vocal, sintir (2)
Radouane Laktib, oud, vocal (2)
Said Hakmoun, bander, vocal (2)
Foday Musa Suso, kora (3)
Hamza El Din, tar (5)
Obo Addy, donno, brekete, pretia, aketse, gidi, vocal (6)
Dan Pauli, hosho (12)
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (12)
Terrence Kelly, director

Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
Recorded 1989-1991
Engineers: Bob Edwards, Judith Sherman, Paul Zinman
Assistant Engineers: Tony Eckert, Nelson Wong, M.T. Silvia

Art Direction and Design: Manhattan Design
Photography by Margaret Courtney-Clarke

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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