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Opika Pende: Africa at 78 Rpm [Box]


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

  • Credits
    ProducerSteven Lance Ledbetter; Jonathan Ward
    Engineer

    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. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.51) - Ranked #3 in Spin's 'The Top 10 Reissues Of 2011' -- "[Featuring] obscurity after highly listenable obscurity, with hella illuminating liner notes."
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