OK. Been looking for this for a while - some great recordings (ca. 1974) of local musics of Gudacanal and Savo. Like the Fred McDowell below, it goes to show that what you are recording is heavily influenced by the technology and the location. I can't say what equipment was used to record this, but I'm sure conditions were less than ideal. However, these sound great, and in today's often over technologized recording environment, they sound alive. This is a human and complex music, and brings me tons of joy.
recorded by Hugo Zemp, Guadacanal and Savo, 1974
big ups to Arcturus on SFRP for this.
also, does anyone know how well this music is surviving in its locale? I hope that the existence of this recording (and others) make an archival legacy almost certain, but how has this practice survived the last 30 years?