David Fanshawe: African Sanctus

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Something of a jumble, this album was recorded in 1973 in Britain. It is the product of David Fanshawe, known mainly for his work in recording various ethnic groups around the world for the Explorer series. Here, he adapts a basic Catholic mass for an ensemble of "African tapes, choir, operatic soprano, light soprano, shouter, African drummer, rock drummer, two percussion, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, and Hammond M-100 organ" from the liner notes. If ever there was a recipe for chaotic music, this is it. The music is jumbled noise, with only a vague concept of melody hiding within the cacophony. For the second portion, the guitars are taken out, and Fanshawe ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Something of a jumble, this album was recorded in 1973 in Britain. It is the product of David Fanshawe, known mainly for his work in recording various ethnic groups around the world for the Explorer series. Here, he adapts a basic Catholic mass for an ensemble of "African tapes, choir, operatic soprano, light soprano, shouter, African drummer, rock drummer, two percussion, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, and Hammond M-100 organ" from the liner notes. If ever there was a recipe for chaotic music, this is it. The music is jumbled noise, with only a vague concept of melody hiding within the cacophony. For the second portion, the guitars are taken out, and Fanshawe himself solos as a lead cantor, for what will now become something of a vocal chaos instead of the instrumental one presented in the first half. There is rhythm to be found here, though less melody presents itself for quite some time. This album is something of an anomaly in all respects. Much later, the Missa Luba was presented with vaguely the same concept an African version of the Catholic mass and with much greater musicality. This album would appear to be an experiment in combining styles, and met with or without great success, depending on the view of the listener. It's definitely interesting, but it can also become quite grating as well. The final decision must be left up to the individual listener, though it's certainly recommended that it at least be heard once, for the experience if nothing else.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1994
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572600327
  • Catalog Number: 6003
  • Sales rank: 115,777

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Fanshawe Primary Artist, Piano
Karen Evans Alto
Ruth Freeman Alto
Chris Ward Alto
Carolyn Wood Alto
Sally Woodgate Alto
Julie Wrenn Alto
Ernest Abery Bass
Paul Baker Bass
John Harper Bass
Mark Hunter Bass
David Lewis Bass
David Lewis Bass
Victor Thomas Bass
Bryan White Bass
Robert C. Wright Bass
Harold Fisher Drums
Alan Parker Guitar
Andy Pask Guitar
Skaila Kanga Harp
Eric Allen Leader, Percussion
Gary Kettel Leader, Percussion
Terry Emery Percussion
Jonathan Williams Piano
Fiona Abbey Soprano
Mary Davis Soprano
Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez Soprano
Sam Hooper Soprano
Lois Johnson Soprano
Anne Lloyd Soprano
Jane Macchi Soprano
Sandra Vicente Soprano
Judith Wilkins Soprano
Anne Wood Soprano
John Allen Tenor Saxophone
John Best Tenor Saxophone
Justin Hobart Brown Tenor Saxophone
Michael Brown Tenor Saxophone
Jim Green Tenor Saxophone
Paul Price Tenor Saxophone
Sean Sweeney Tenor Saxophone
Lindsay Wood Tenor Saxophone
Robert Colquhoun Vocals
James Ward Vocals
John Williams Vocals
Technical Credits
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
David Fanshawe Producer
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Dramatic Production

    Fanshawe has created an unbelievable mix of African recordings mixed with classical Roman Catholic Mass music. Be sure and check out the Kyrie & the Lord's Prayer - wonderful arrangements. It's an album that will absolutely blow you away!

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