Bushmen Of The Kalahari ‎– Bushmen Of The Kalahari

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M.E.L.T. 2000 ‎– BW2128
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CD, Enhanced, Album
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1 Xan Do Do
Other [Animal Sounds] – Angelic Goute
4:46
2 Nxa! (Sound Of The Wild Dog) 1 0:52
3 Nxa! (Sound Of The Wild Dog) 2 0:51
4 Nxa! (Sound Of The Wild Dog) 3 0:44
5 I Wish To Be A Lucky Hunter
Vocals, Strings [Gwashi] – !Ngubi Goute*
5:50
6 Hungry Man
Strings [Mouth Bow] – !Ngubi Goute*
1:22
7 Thula, Thula Thule! (Bump Me So That I Can Bump You)
Lead Vocals – Sarafina DitshabueVocals, Other [Handclaps], Other [Rattles] – Bakgalagadi Cultural Group
0:53
8 Chameleon 0:37
9 Lekker Ding, Lekker Daar! (Nice Thing, Nice Day) 3:05
10 A Trance Song 2:22
11 Heta! (Chorus Line)
Lead Vocals – Sarafina DitshabueVocals, Other [Handclaps], Other [Rattles] – Bakgalagadi Cultural Group
1:20
12 The Great Hunt 4:05
13 !Kung 1:20
14 Sad Song
Vocals, Strings [Segankura] – !Ngubi Goute*
2:53
15 Honey Song
Strings [Mouth Bow] – !Ngubi Goute*
2:58
16 The Cursed Woman 1:48
17 Looking Back
Vocals – !Ngubi Goute*
7:31

Credits

  • Drums [Rhythm Stick]!Ngubi Goute* (tracks: 2 to 4)
  • Other [Rattles] – Anna Goute (tracks: 1 to 4)
  • Vocals, Other [Rattles]Angelic Goute (tracks: 1, 8 to 10), Marcella !Ngube* (tracks: 1, 8 to 10)
  • Vocals, Strings [Kha Is]Anna Goute (tracks: 1 to 4)

Notes

Recorded in the Kalahari Desert in 1995, this project was initiated by Pops Mohamed, a musician renowned for his dedication to protect and preserve the indigenous tribal music from his homeland. With a philosophy that states "if people don't understand where they come from, there is a hole in the soul", Pops had been trying to find original recordings of the Bushmen music for many years. Unsuccessful in his search he soon realised that he had to go himself. In 1995 he organised the Khoisan expedition to the Kalahari to record and preserve the inspiring traditional music of Africa's oldest inhabitants, the San Bushmen, a resilient tribe of people who have been abused and dislocated for many years.

Accompanied by Ben Watkins (Juno Reactor), Dick Jewell (cameraman and documentary maker) and Robert Trunz (owner of M.E.L.T) the journey had a profound effect on them all. The music gathered there provided the base for Pops' album 'How Far Have We Come', but also led to this raw and undiluted piece of art. This collection of Bushmen songs and sounds are an integral part of their culture and worldview. Enchanting and hypnotic these include expressions of celebration, the recalling of memories, humour and healing. Their healing songs are sung whilst dancing their popular trance dance. This dance is the oldest form of meditation and enables participants to contact their ancestors by entering a state of !kia (trance). This spiritual state is accessible to all, and an integral part of their lives, bringing the whole community together. !kia is to go into unconsciousness ('half death'), letting go of your spirit in order to remonstrate with Gauwa (God).

Includes Video Footage For PC Or Mac.
The performance video material that comes on this enhanced CD is launched automatically in a new window when the disc is inserted (P.C. or Mac). The initial screen has six click boxes of different excerpts to choose from, or a quit option. Performers include Anna and !Ngube Goute and an "between the legs" performance of music on rhythmically collided tin cans. There are also scenes of daily life.

This release has the EFA # EFA 89018-2.

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