Opika Pende: Africa at 78 Rpm

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This four-CD anthology features 100 tracks from 78 rpm discs that have never before been on compact disc. The Dust-to-Digital label excels in producing elaborate box sets of rare and culturally overlooked music, and to say that this is no exception is an understatement. All of the recordings originated in Africa and boast an astonishing diversity in not just time and place, but also in musical style. The performances span 1909 to the mid-'60s, about three-dozen countries, and genres from the most ancient and traditional folk music to cuts that verge on modern Afro-pop. Each CD does focus on a specific region or regions of the continent, generally working its way down...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This four-CD anthology features 100 tracks from 78 rpm discs that have never before been on compact disc. The Dust-to-Digital label excels in producing elaborate box sets of rare and culturally overlooked music, and to say that this is no exception is an understatement. All of the recordings originated in Africa and boast an astonishing diversity in not just time and place, but also in musical style. The performances span 1909 to the mid-'60s, about three-dozen countries, and genres from the most ancient and traditional folk music to cuts that verge on modern Afro-pop. Each CD does focus on a specific region or regions of the continent, generally working its way down from north to south. Yet even within each disc, numerous decades, languages, modern and traditional instruments, and singing styles are showcased, making it impossible to summarize in anything less than a 112-page book -- which, naturally, comes with the box, each track annotated in detail by compiler Jonathan Ward. Like other ambitious boxes by Dust-to-Digital, Smithsonian Folkways, and some other labels, it straddles the lines between ethnographic/folkloric documents and music that might be of interest to the general adventurous listener. The sheer variety of sounds, as well as the sometimes primitive recording techniques (although the fidelity is good-to-excellent throughout, with the expected conscientious transfers from the original discs), does ensure that not many listeners will be enthusiastic or equally interested in everything. It also ensures, on the other hand, that very few open-minded listeners will find at least some material that intrigues and entertains them. Perhaps the more modern tracks will be more accessible to the average collector investigating this body of work, with some mid-20th century performances that date from the early days of highlife, and others that both reflect and probably influenced international jazz, gospel, and calypso. Some cuts here and there sound a bit like forms you wouldn't expect to have been played in Africa, such as rural blues (Orbert Nentambo Zahke from South Africa), country waltzes (the Seychelles United Band), and even zydeco. Generally, the first disc contains the most traditional-minded performances, which can be stark in both their recording and execution, though they (like many of the tracks) often make use of instruments and singing that still sound exotic to many Western ears. Yet it's futile to make generalizations about any or all of the discs, or to try to point out too many highlights, so much will they vary according to individual tastes. At a guess, however, quite a few listeners will be struck by Dipela Tsabapedi's eerie high-pitched chant/vocals; the infectious rhumba of Adikwa Na Bana Loningisa Rumba; the political proto-highlife of Kenya's O.S. Africa Jazz Onema Pascal; Ssekinomu's breathlessly fast "Kayada," which finds him backed by a one-stringed Ugandan tube fiddle; Jean Bosco Mwenda's mellifluous acoustic guitar showcase "Masanga," and E.K's Band's plaintive highlife tune "Suro Onipa," with its haunting, keening vocals. Even with all the other examples that could be cited, this still doesn't (nor does it claim to) represent all styles played in Africa during this half-century or so, in part because little or no records were made in some regions, and some genres seldom or never put to disc. It still makes for a box that is amply challenging and rewarding for anyone interested in African music, or indeed interested in world music in general.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • Label: Dust To Digital
  • UPC: 880226002220
  • Catalog Number: 22
  • Sales rank: 42,511

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Surah Al-Haaqqa, Pt. 1 - Cheikh Amin Hasanayn (3:19)
  2. 2 E Zzine Emlih Yamana - Dit Marocain Mohamed Ben Hamadi (2:37)
  3. 3 Enna Nehoub, Pt. 2 - Cheikh El Afrit (3:05)
  4. 4 Sigha Med'heb, Pt. 2 - Cheikh Abdelkader Oueld Zine (3:20)
  5. 5 Ghina' Loziq - Raïs Mohamed Sasbo (2:53)
  6. 6 Chanson De Dyahadi, Pt. 2 - Les Griots De Tahoua (3:14)
  7. 7 Guelabiessi - Kihien Ebrahim (2:22)
  8. 8 Ere Ye Agerie Lidj - Yetna Taddeghegn (2:49)
  9. 9 Abdulkadiri Kwori - Dan Titi and His Group (2:57)
  10. 10 Cèlu Mankan - Groupe De Jeunes Filles De Bamako (3:00)
  11. 11 Algrouane, Pt. 2 - Elhadji Issaika Bamba (2:51)
  12. 12 Ahlen Bikoum - Sassi (2:53)
  13. 13 Zendani Staiffi - Youssef El Benzarti Et Son Orchestra (3:20)
  14. 14 'Aishek Baba - Rshisha, Hlima, and Cheikh Abdesalam (3:17)
  15. 15 Steukhbar Rasd Eddil, Pt. 1 - Messaoud Habib (2:55)
  16. 16 Taqsim Bayati - Sami Al-Shawwa (2:48)
  17. 17 Mestakhbar Mezmoum - Mahieddine (3:15)
  18. 18 Doumoua Ellaini - Aicha (3:07)
  19. 19 Git Lil-Haq, Pt. 1 - Nina and Mary (3:14)
  20. 20 Aita Moulay Brahim - Zohra Al-Fassia (3:10)
  21. 21 Haragli Guelbi, Pt. 1 - Dalila Rochdi (2:30)
  22. 22 Rabi Alaamlih Iydaabar, Pt. 2 - El Hadj Mohamed El-Anka (3:19)
  23. 23 Adhouh, Adhouh, Pt. 1 - Fatimah Bent Meddah & Kouïder (3:21)
  24. 24 Gheniet Ben Soussan, Pt. 7 - Cheikh Zouzou (3:22)
  25. 25 Air De Kel Ajjer (Rhythme Ellehelleh) - Tuareg Women of Adrar Des Iforas (1:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tu Nja Tengene Elie - Mbongue Diboue Et Son Ensemble (3:04)
  2. 2 Osu Oblanyo - Yeboa's Band (3:25)
  3. 3 I Tondo Muya - Salia and His Accordion (2:59)
  4. 4 Air De Haoua - Yankori Beibatane (3:22)
  5. 5 Bara Sanabo Bara - Richard Ábé Brown Band (3:09)
  6. 6 Dagagne - Douta Seck (2:51)
  7. 7 Ngwop - Youkoui Bamiléké (2:53)
  8. 8 Egberun Buso - Jolly Orchestra (2:56)
  9. 9 The Jambo Song - Ebenezer Calender & His Maringer Band (2:28)
  10. 10 Okafu Nyi - Kamkam (3:06)
  11. 11 Kenssa - Jeli Bakari (3:05)
  12. 12 Morigbé - Jean Koroma (3:16)
  13. 13 Domagbe - Yagbe and Her Group (2:15)
  14. 14 Oyida Mayi Magbo - Aziakpon and His Group (2:52)
  15. 15 Oblemo - Ohue Sapey Band (2:56)
  16. 16 Djelouwei Wenike Ahlanon - Pantanon (2:47)
  17. 17 Cholie - Paul Béhanzin Et Son Ensemble (2:52)
  18. 18 High Life - Dagomba - Band of the Gold Coast Police (2:45)
  19. 19 Eho Ma Ne Wubu Efu - Kwaa Mensah's Band (2:51)
  20. 20 Ante Maria - E.A.B. Jones (3:07)
  21. 21 De Ehuo - Black Beats (3:10)
  22. 22 Kurungu - Onana Mbosa Isidore (2:42)
  23. 23 Musique De Danse (2:55)
  24. 24 Saka Amodu - Kekere Tiamiyu and His Group (2:30)
  25. 25 Suro Onipa - E.K.'s Band (2:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Batata Dia Bwanga - Chanteurs a La Croix De Cuivre (2:51)
  2. 2 Molildo Kiruk-Yuk - Stonik and Kiprono (2:56)
  3. 3 Tolingana - Adikwa Na Bana Loningisa Rumba (2:46)
  4. 4 March Guitar - Okoth Onuko (3:03)
  5. 5 Arabian Conga - Siti Ganduri (3:13)
  6. 6 Stephen Opio - Abdu Owiti (2:47)
  7. 7 Ndumba Wakumi Diekde Dikasa - Tshamumania Anastasie and Singers (3:02)
  8. 8 Iyan We Kimoino - Bekyibei Arap Mosonik (2:59)
  9. 9 Ja Bane - Tobbo Eitel (2:39)
  10. 10 Tom Tom - Kiko Kids (2:34)
  11. 11 Furaha Ya Kanu - O.S. Africa Jazz Onema Pascal (3:04)
  12. 12 Kibongue, Orchestre African Jazz - Titi - Kabasele (2:44)
  13. 13 N. Odera - Omolo Washiembu (3:09)
  14. 14 Ngosingosi - Pancras Mkwawa (2:36)
  15. 15 Naswa - Richard Chelobani (3:06)
  16. 16 Kiboba Kiyma Nkuaku - François Awila Ye Mpangi Zandi (3:23)
  17. 17 Ba'd El Zouz Marghub - Ustad Amar Gaba (2:52)
  18. 18 Mawali - Elhubi Jamila Yni (2:59)
  19. 19 Tela, Pt. 1 - Mwinyi Bin Said (2:39)
  20. 20 Comic Sketch - Mbaruk Talsam (3:06)
  21. 21 Nambanda - Evarist and Party (2:36)
  22. 22 Musungayi Nembwa Matumba - Kabongo Bonkoli (3:09)
  23. 23 Kayanda - Ssekinomu (2:57)
  24. 24 Masanga - Jean Bosco Mwenda (3:05)
  25. 25 Napenda - Coast Social Orchestra (2:34)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Flute Solo (1:20)
  2. 2 Siyahamba - Flying Jazz Queens (2:23)
  3. 3 Wachona Thayelo - Thayelo Kapiye Nyanja Trio (2:32)
  4. 4 Sati Wa Vakwela - Francis Baloyi & Shangaan Band (2:32)
  5. 5 Yenz' Inqab' Intombi - The Evening Birds (3:41)
  6. 6 Ditee - Ranoko Sebabule (2:22)
  7. 7 Laloe E! - Tarik'i Dada Raleva (3:05)
  8. 8 Cuisine Roulante - Orchestre André Philippe De St.-Pierre (2:57)
  9. 9 Onano - Aamiti and His Concertina (2:51)
  10. 10 Yini Wena Funa - Josaya Hadebe (2:32)
  11. 11 Wati Si Sasekahipahpa - Americo Valenti (2:02)
  12. 12 Vura Matambo - Lucas Lunga (2:51)
  13. 13 Bambo Siyaya - Wilson Makawa and His Guitar (2:37)
  14. 14 Kxomo Muwa - Dipela Tsabapedi (2:34)
  15. 15 Fuzhi Inopenduka Kwenda Lamukiya - Mulaji Ronger and 2 Chokwe Women (2:53)
  16. 16 Nkau Haka Khoele - Clement Nyamane and Sotho Men (3:00)
  17. 17 Dia Veloma I Said Omar - Marguerite and Razanatsoa (3:10)
  18. 18 Imini Ifikile - Caluza's Double Quartet (3:08)
  19. 19 Swaziland - Transvaal Rockin' Jazz Stars (2:40)
  20. 20 Ndapera Cha Cha - George Sisimayi and His Crazy Five (2:47)
  21. 21 Kama Kalinyana - Elias Nelushi (2:39)
  22. 22 Nongqangqa Lishonile - Orbert Nentambo Zahke (2:20)
  23. 23 Boshiwe - The Play Singer (2:28)
  24. 24 Waltz of the Young Hearts - Seychelles United Band (3:28)
  25. 25 Nkosi Sikelel' Iafrika - Griffiths Motsieloa and Company (3:23)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Doug Seroff Images
Steve Roden Images
Michael Graves Mastering
Steven Lance Ledbetter Producer
Jonathan Ward Producer, Images, Annotation, Essay
Rheim Alkadhi Images
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