Sanscapes One: Bushmen of the Kalahari Remixes

Sanscapes One: Bushmen of the Kalahari Remixes

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Sanscapes One: Bushmen of the Kalahari Remixes

There's worldbeat -- and then there's worldbeat. The countries whose traditions are drawn upon for this ambitious musical hodgepodge include Namibia, Tunisia, South Africa, and France (as well as the U.K. and the U.S.A.), and the musical styles under which music-store clerks are advised to file this album include electronica, ambient, "San healing trance", and "clapping." Look to the packaging for additional guidance and you come up empty: there's nothing there but the titles of the tracks and the names of the artists -- and sometimes it's pretty hard to tell which is which. Take a deep breath and dive in, though, and you'll be treated to a heady stew of ingredients both ancient and modern, all of it spiced up with body-rocking breakbeats and thudding house rhythms. Animal Radio's "Kalamari Warriors (Squiddly Mix)" juxtaposes multi-tracked samples of what is either singsongy African speech or fairly declamatory African singing with several layers of acoustic guitar, electric bass, and a galumphing techno beat; Gambit's "Tribal Chess" is a strange cross between trance and drum'n'bass with field recordings of traditional singing woven into the mix; "Celebration Mix" by Soul Drummers does something quite similar with very different results -- sort of the same way a kaleidoscope always repeats the same elements but in a different way every time. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2002
Label: MELT
UPC: 0740042803725
catalogNumber: 37

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Russell   Accordion,Whistle (Instrument)
Simon Emmerson   Keyboards
Zena Edwards   Track Performer
John Fortis   Bass,Mandolin,Bazouki
Raj Gupta   Drums,Keyboards
Pete Z.   Melodica
Smadj   Oud
Soul Drummers   Track Performer
Anna Goute   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Youth   Producer,Engineer
Rashid Duke   Producer,Engineer
Martin Russell   Engineer
Bob Holroyd   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Simon Emmerson   Programming
Kirk Degiorgio   Producer,Engineer
Pam Chowhan   Producer
Raj Gupta   Producer,Engineer
Peter Lockett   Producer
Smadj   Producer,Engineer
Mehdi Haddab   Programming,Remixing

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