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African Dances Of The Witwatersrand Goldmines, Part 1

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MOA12 Most of the tracks on this album were recorded by Hugh Tracey at the Consolidate Main Reef mine in 1943. It and MOA 13 accompany his book Dances of the Witswatersrand Gold Mines (1952), [see publications]. Featured are Chopi Mgodo dance, Tswa Inzumba step dance (Mozambique), Swati (Swaziland), Pedi, Shangaan, and Nyanja/Chewa (Malawi) dances.


African Dances Of The Witwatersrand Gold Mines, Part 2

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MOA13 Companion to MOA12, this 2 CD set accompanies Dances of the Witswatersrand Gold Mines (1952) MOA13 features Baca gumboot dancing, Zulu, Zingili, Mpondo, Xhosa, Mpondomisi, Ndau, and Sotho dances.

Osborn Awards, Part 1

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MOA14 features songs by Luba, Songe, Hemba, Kanyoka, and Rwanda people recorded at the Kolwezi Copper Mine and Likasi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Osborn Awards, Part 2

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MOA15 features songs by the Yao and Tumbuka/Henga (Malawi), Bemba and Lala (Zimbabwe), Lozi, Zulu, Xhosa/Mpondo/ Gcaleka and Southern Sotho (South Africa).

Osborn Awards, Part 3

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MOA16 features mbira and panpipe songs by Sena/Tonga, Karanga/Duma, and Ndau (Zimbabwe), bangwe board zither by Nyanja/Chewa and xylophone by Mang'anja (Malawi), and chants for military exercises by Swati men (Swaziland).


More African Stories

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This album features Hugh Tracey telling seven African folktales: "The Legend of the Chief Above and the Chief Below", "The Story of Kamiyo of the River", "The Story of Rabbit and Lion", "The Story of Rabbit, Elephant and Hippopotamus", "The Story of the Girl and the Crocodile", "The Story of the Girl on the Rock", "The Story of Nyangara, the Python".

Music From The Roadside 1, South Africa

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MOA18 features songs of Xhosa, Mpondo, Baca, Sotho, Zulu, Swazi, Shangaan, and Venda people from the Eastern Cape, KwaZuluNatal, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Limpopo Province.


Music From The Roadside, Zimbabwe And Neighbours

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MOA19 features music of Venda (South Africa), Ndebele, Valley Tonga (Zimbabwe), Lozi, Tonga (Zambia), Yao (Malawi), Manyika, Ndau, Karanga (Zimbabwe).

Music Of The Northern D.R. Congo, 1-Sudanic Languages

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MOA22 features dance songs by the Medje and Yogo, drum rhythms for the Abanga Ebi dance, Zande xylophone and kundi harp songs, Medje nenzyenzye lute and neikembe mbira songs.


Music Of Norhern Congo, 2-Bantu Languages

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MOA23 features songs, drum signals, a drum message, & hunting cries, by the following groups: Buudu, Bira, Mangbele, Lokele, Nande, Genya, Mbuti, Binza,and Alur.

Uganda 1

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MOA24 features four royal bands (flute & drum; lute,flute & lyre; drum & xylophone; tuned drum) of the Ganda monarchy recorded in the early 1950s at the Lubiri Palace, before the destruction of the royal band's instruments with the dissolution of the monarchy in 1966.


Tanzania 1

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MOA25 features music of Gogo, Hehe, Sukuma, Haya, Zinza, Zaramo, Meru, Chaga, and Nyamwezi groups accompanied by 6 and 7 string zither, panpipes, flute ensemble, and malimba (likembe-type mbira).

Zimbabwe 1

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MOA26 features songs of the Ndau with mbira dze chiNdau; Garwe; Karanga, with Chizambi friction bow; Sena/Tonga drum rhythms for ngororombe panpipe dance; and Zezuru with karimba (mbira) and njari (mbira) and ngororombe panpipes;



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MOA27 features harps of the Ganda, Teso, Nyoro, & Dholo of Uganda and Zande of Northern Congo; lyres of the Ganda & Kipsigis, Nandi & Luo of Kenya; lutes of the Luo of Kenya and Chewa of Malawi; zithers of the Haya of Tanzania and the Tonga, Yao, & Chewa of Malawi; mouth bows of the Hlengwe of Mozambique and Swazi of South Africa

Musical Instruments 2, Reeds (Mbira)

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MOA28 features music of pentatonic mbiras of the Soga, Nyoro & Ilimba (Uganda); Luba & Alur (D.R. Congo); of hexatonic of the Ndau (Zimbabwe & Mozambique), and Luba (D.R. Congo); heptatonic of the Lala (Zambia), Nyamwezi (Tanzania), Venda (South Africa), Mbunda (Barotseland); Njanja & Karanga (Zimbabwe); and Binza & Medje (D.R. Congo).


Musical Instruments 3, Drums 1

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MOA29 brings a selection of extracts intended to demonstrate the wide variety of tone, technique, and virtuosity which may occasionally be found among the gifted drummers of central and southern Africa. Includes selections from the Haya & Nyamwezi (Tanzania), Luba (southern Congo), Lala (Zambia), Sena/Tonga (Zimbabwe), and Tutsi (Rwanda).

Musical Instruments 4, Flutes And Horns

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MOA30 features a selection of panpipes, ocarinas, various flutes and horns from Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, D.R. Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe & Malawi.


Musical Instruments 5, Xylophones

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MOA31 features pentatonic xylophone music of the Tonga (Zambezi Valley), the Nyoro, Dhola & Ganda(Uganda), Zande/Bandiya (D.R. Congo) & Nyanja (Malawi); hexatonic of the Kanyoka & Luba (D.R. Congo), Lozi (Zambia); heptatonic of the Chopi & Tswa (Mozambique), and Lunda (D.R. Congo).

Musical Instruments 6, Guitars 1

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MOA32 features guitar music including the famous "Masanga" and "Mama na mwana" by Jean Bosco Mwenda plus Luba, Ngala, Hemba, & Shankadi All from D.R. Congo; Luo from Kenya, Nubi from Uganda, and Lala from Zambia.


The Lion In The Path And Other African Stories

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MOA33 features African folktales collected, translated and told by Hugh Tracey: "The Lion on the Path", "The Grandmother and the Crocodile", "The Girl who forgot her Hoe", "Tsimbarume, the Hardened Bachelor", & "Rabbit at the Waterhole".

The Bird Of The Valley And Other Afican Stories

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MOA34 features African folktales collected, translated and told by Hugh Tracey: "The Bird of the Valley", "The Snake who bit a Girl", "Rabbit and Tortoise", "The Cat who came indoors", "The man who turned into a Hyena", "The Girl on the Hill", "The Sisters and the Lion Men".


Down By The River African Stories

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MOA35 features African folktales collected, translated and told by Hugh Tracey: "The Water Sprite", "The Delicate Daughter", "The Magic Herdboy", "Mapandangare, the Great Baboon", "The Woman and the Mouse", "Sakunaka, the handsome Young Man".

Musical Instrumensts 7, Guitars 2

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MOA36 features guitar music of the Luba/Hemba/Songe (D.R. Congo), Swahili/Ngwana (D.R. Congo), Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Swahili/Luo (Kenya), Swahili/Nguja (Tanzania), Xhosa/Mpondo (South Africa), Bemba (Zambia).


The Zulu Songs Of Princess Constance Magogo KaDinuzulu

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MOA37 features ever-popular Zulu Princess Magogo playing and singing 13 Zulu songs while accompanying herself on Ugubu gourd resonator mouth bow, recorded in 1972 at her home. Also included is a hymn she composed for Good Friday.

Musical Instruments 8, Drums 2

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MOA38 features drum styles (dance rhythms, praise tattoos, tuned drumming) from the D.R. Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The Music of Africa Series was produced by Hugh Tracey in the early 1960s as an off-shoot of his 218 LP Sound of Africa Series, in order to present African music to a general audience. ILAM has re-issued, without modifications, the original 25 LP series in CD format (The numbering, cover images, and liner notes of the original LPs has been retained). Hugh Tracey presented the music on these albums according to instrument type, geographic region, and in the case of Princess Magogo, to feature an exceptional musician. The original LPs are true collector's items. Enjoy the storytelling of African folktales by Hugh Tracey himself on MOA 17, 33, 34, & 35.

Tracks on MOA14, MOA15, and MOA 16 are by various African groups who received the Osborn Award for best recording of the year, selected by the African Music Society, which was founded by Hugh Tracey in 1948.

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