• In forming and guiding the Troubadours du Roi Baudouin, Father Guido Haazen chose to add a new and marvelous chapter to the long history of African influence in music. The curiously irreverent jazz that was played at the New Orleans funerals is indebted to this influence; the poignant spirituals of the plantations recall their melancholy roots; the sambas and the marchas composed for the Mardi Gras Carnivals in Rio de Janeiro pulsate with similar rhythms; and today's gospel music strongly reflects its African source.
• The musical richness of the environment was immediately apparent to Father Haazen upon arriving in the Congo in 1953. Soon he had assembled forty-five boys, from the ages of nine to fourteen and fifteen teachers, into a choir (with a percussion section added) that has since gained world renown as the Troubadours du Roi Baudouin.
• Christmas In the Congo is a sequel to El's best-selling Missa Luba – a mass sung in pure Congolese style by Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin (ACMEM136CD), a recording that includes their famous Sanctus, the choral theme that was Malcolm McDowell's personal selection which featured to such magical effect in Lindsay Anderson's surrealistic, uncompromising and confrontational 1968 film masterpiece If....
• In some countries today, the spirit of Christmas lasts only as long as the season. But from the first song of the Congolese Choir, there is no doubt that their permeating passion is a permanent state of being. In other countries, the dominating mood today is restraint. The Troubadours do not forget that Christmas is a celebration and these songs fully restore the original joyfulness.
• This edition also features Folk Tales of the Tribes of Africa as told by the inimitable Eartha Kitt, once described by Orson Welles as "the most exciting woman in the world”. Eartha reads folk tales from southern and central Africa; from the tribes of the Ashanti, the Masai, the Hottentots, from the Efik-Ibibio, Baila, Bavenda and Bakongo. Myths without sentimentality that often reflect the harshness of the environment, a sometimes savage world where one cannot assume the hero will triumph or that wrongs will always be righted.
LES TROUBADOURS DU ROI BAUDOUIN – CHRISTMAS IN THE CONGO
1. SIKU KUU (HOLY NIGHT)
4. ABE WANENE
7. TAMBWE DISHINDA
8. LUTUKU INA MUDINGA
9. OH SIEKENI WEE MAMA
11. EMELINA EE
12. SIKU MOJA
13. MWENDELE BAKI BINDA
14. LELO NGUBA
16. WA BUTA
FOLK TALES OF THE TRIBES OF AFRICA / AS TOLD BY EARTHA KITT
17. THE ELEPHANT AND THE TORTOISE (HOTTENTOT)
18. HOW A HUNTER OBTAINED MONEY FROM HIS FRIENDS THE LEOPARD, THE GOAT, THE BUSH-CAT, AND THE COCK, AND HOW HE GOT OUT OF REPAYING THEM (EFIK-IBIBIO)
19. THE WOMAN AND CHILDREN OF THE SYCAMORE TREE (MASAI)
20. HOW IT CAME ABOUT THAT CHILDREN WERE FIRST WHIPPED (ASHANTI)
21. THE CHILD AND THE EAGLE (BAILA)
22. THE BEAUTIFUL GIRL WHO HAD NO TEETH (BAVENDA)
23. THE SMART GIRL AND THE FOOL (BAKONGO)
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Track listing as above
Sound Of The Koto: The Music of Japan
· During his lifetime, Kimio
Eto was considered to be Japan's foremost master of the koto, the ancient
13-string instrument of his native land. He, like so many, was attracted to the
koto by both its beautiful tonal qualities and remarkable versatility.
· In his youth, Eto studied
the koto under the great master Michio Miyagi with his first composition for
the instrument, Omoide, being published at just seventeen years. Eto would
prove to be a prolific composer and a musician of both feeling and
unparallelled technical excellence. His virtuosity being all the more
remarkable when it is realised that he was totally blind from the age of five.
· The fine art developed
through the ages in Japan has long been appreciated in the West. The style of a
previously strange and mysterious culture is being increasingly integrated;
literature, music, film, painting, architecture, manufacturing and food. But
above all, the basic culture of Japan has remained, and one still finds the
simplicity and awareness that has always been there: an insight born out of
· Koto music is part of
Japan's ancient heritage and was first heard as court music. The composers of
today are creating a new form of art with this classical music as a foundation.
· Some of the truly
outstanding performances of Kimio Eto have been gathered together to create
this edition including a handful of extraordinarily lovely duets with the American
jazz flautist Bud Shank.
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