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frogs and rain and drums and harps and sustained notes [Jul. 13th, 2006|08:59 pm]
8 or so bees in my bonnet
[music |david fanshawe-african sanctus]


went to listen to my mum singing in african sanctus.
it is a mixture between a christian mass and found recordings of african music.the composer was there and did a talk beforehand. he's quite the mad professor.

i'd never heard it before but when my mum described it to me
i thought that's my kind of thing. and it was.

think a muslim call to prayer, a egyptian wedding drum jam, frogs, a thunderstorm and a rather moving ugandan home made harp all mixed with a 100 strong western choir singing a mass. some pieces worked better than others. but the bits that gelled were inspiring.

the live drums were provided by the backbeat percussion quartet
who did a couple of their own numbers at the beginning.
the marimba and vibraphone are such luscious and evocative instruments.

the only thing the concert lacked was a bar and people dancing in the aisles but i guess that would be unlikely in an abbey.

i was sat right behind the very lovely yolande though (charity worker chicks are so hot!)
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From: imageit
2006-07-13 08:21 pm (UTC)
I'd love to sing in an African choir.

Ha ha, never take you anywhere without a bar?

Glad you had a good time.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-07-18 08:27 pm (UTC)

African sanctus

So glad you enjoyed it. In response to Imageit: it was a very Western, not African choir, singing a Christian mass, in latin, along with African recordings:muslim & other faiths. Oh that we could really be that harmonious. What a mess the world is in through tribal & other differences. For me as a participant, it was a night I'll never forget.
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From: imageit
2006-08-06 04:36 pm (UTC)

Re: African sanctus

Ah, thanks for the info :)
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