African Drums & Voices

African Drums & Voices

by Tinyela


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African Drums & Voices

Mention South African vocal music and people tend to imagine the Zulu harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Tinyela mine different territory, being very much a choir (the African Works Choir, in fact), more in the Western mold, but singing with percussion. The melodies are very African, and the harmonies are something that singers from other countries likely couldn't produce, as with the deep sonorities of "Amadoda" or the voices imitating animals on "Iqula" (which means "The Waterhole at Night"). There's real beauty here, and plenty of thought. Everything works just as it should, the blend of voices exquisite and the percussion adding to the sound rather than taking it over. On "Phakamisa" the two come together, a track that's purely vocal percussion. With plenty of invention in the arrangements of every track, there's a great deal of joy throughout. There's plenty to love here, whether as deep listening or simply as background, and it's certainly an impressive offering.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2010
Label: Arc Music
UPC: 5019396229723
catalogNumber: 2297
Rank: 136287

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tinyela   Primary Artist
Deborah Fraser   Choir, Chorus
Faith Kekana   Choir, Chorus
Stella Khumalo   Choir, Chorus
Robin Hogarth   Choir Director
Sipho Mbhele   Choir, Chorus
Barry Van Zyl   African Percussion
Solo   Marimbas,Shaker,Metal Percussion,Kudu Horn
Sifiso Ndawonde   Choir, Chorus
Mduduzi Ntombela   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Peter Thwaites   Engineer
Robin Hogarth   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Cover Photo
Ute Entwistle   translation,Layout
Barry Van Zyl   Composer,Producer
Solo   Instrumentation,Water Effects
Jeannine Blanpain   translation
Chris Tate   Engineer
Alex Croft   Cover Design

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