2008/11/03

Ocora: Africa part 1

fact that i posted the first Ocora focus on Africa on THE HISTORIC DAY is pure coincidence. i swear it.



Musiques du Cameroon - Bakweri Bamileke Bamoun Beti

thanks to Op for ripping this very rare vinyl from the original Ocora catalog (never reissued on CD)

Marimba and non-melodic percussion pieces reveal intricate collideascopic latice works; chants and song whose purposes are lost to me (love? work? celebration? mourning?) tell their elegant (and to me, mysterious) tales. some selections are one or the other, some are voice with drumming combined; and flutes show up later on.

the clearly advanced yet intuitive mathematics demonstrated in some of this music is truly mind boggling. if any modern persons still (and I'm sure do) look down on this music, dismiss it as "primitive", and feel superior in relation to it, well this can only be demonstrative of his own ignorance, stupidity, and under-developed sense of beauty.

above is just my passing impression, the complete scans of the sleeves with detailed notes are included.

Mediafire: Part A, Part B
Rapidshare: Part A, Part B



Burundi - Musique Traditionelles

a whispered low-register male voice opens this collection accompanied by the dull and rich sounds of a plucked string instrument: in my imagination it is the dude on the cover, singing ghost stories to little ones or recounting the treacherous glories and loss of some past war. many vocal pieces follow, with or without back-up, varying greatly in tone, character, and style. 2 pieces whose title begins with "Akazehe" for young women stand out: so pretty and fragile. but many other highlights through out: gorgeous solo flute, epic chants with a large ensemble, the voice from track 1 comes back, perhaps even more sinister. and last but certainly not least: a child's voice beautifully weaving in and out of the ringing plings and plongs of some ancient guitar (surely with a great hollow body).

(a few of these i think will show up in FUSION PART 2 - underpinned by digital bass wobble :)

Mediafire: Part A, Part B
Rapidshare: Part A, Part B

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks for uploading these: just checking them out now :)

zhao said...

are the images too big and chopped off to you? something is up with blogger...

zhao said...

ok i fixed it with my AWESOME (read: pretty much nonéxistant) HTML skillz

Wai Wai said...

really good release, cheers.

Anonymous said...

dear Zhao : i send you all my gratitude and benediction. thank you a million of times for these releases my friend.
i teach sometimes about sound/music in the countryside (of an asian country), and this will help me a lot...

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! The Cameroon recordings are glorious. Incredibly good. (Haven't listened to the Burundi yet.)

And, yes--Black President! It's a happy week here in the US.

Alex said...

the first song on the cameroon comp is called "obama ondoua ebini." is that coincidence as well? thank you for posting these. really gorgeous stuff.

zhao said...

and i thought no one would notice! :D

zhao said...

i wonder what it means though... probably YES WE CAN

Anonymous said...

hey thank you for putting this rare stuff up. i wouldn't know where to begin to collect this music, so these are great introductions. the ocora lps especially are nice!

Anonymous said...

thanks, love it

mattwuet said...

The Cameroon stuff can get so intricate that it's impossible to parse. That's a good thing though. And those female choruses...

Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. Wonderful music.

One wishes that fade-outs were temporally unnecessary and the music would spiral forever.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for release, enjoyed it.
A little remark about "chants and song whose purposes are lost to me" - you can actually read about purpose of every song in the enclosed tiffs, there are english version after french ones. Truly interesting.

JoeP said...

I just found your blog and started with the Cameroun and the Burundi records. My guess this has to be as fantastic as it gets for a starting place. The Burundi, in particular, is a special treat for me. Thank You for your tremendous efforts.

Anonymous said...

nice blog!

would you happen to have any of these ocora releases:

-possession et poésie a madagascar
-masques dan
-polyphonies mongo
-anthologie de la musique des pygmees