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The Magic Sound of Tarawangsa

A selection of traditional Tarawangsa music from West Java, Indonesia. Musical direction by Ade Suparman. released July 7, 2007

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Gonzo ~ Dies Irae

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“Dies Irae (aka latin hymn sung in a mass for the dead) explores the themes of religion, sects, cults and judgement day. It unapologetically stitches together field recordings, sound generators, random loops and ‘unfinished’ compositions to accompany weird spoken word moments or uncorrectable views and opinions.
It kick started the self penned Gonzo collage style and wether you like or not he’s been at it ever since.
Featuring spiritual leaders, enlightened gurus, cult leaders and good old fashion lunatics.
Guest appearances by Jim Jones, David Koresh and Harold Camping among others. Iain Chambers plays guitars when you hear one.”

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Susso ~ Keira

Susso, aka bassist / producer Huw Bennett, creates music inspired by, and directly sampling, the magnificent sounds of the Mandinka people, recorded during a recent trip to Gambia. Initially travelling with the aim of gaining perspective as a musician and to discover a new world of music first hand, Huw found himself humbled by such a welcoming community of artists, mostly belonging to the celebrated Susso and Kuyateh griot families.

The tracks are composed entirely from original source material, field recordings and Huw’s talents as a multi-instrumentalist; performing tuned percussion from the region including the Mandinka Balafon, Kutiringding drum, aswell drawing on his skill as a professional upright / electric bassist. The music produced has a contemporary electronic sound, whilst still paying homage to a traditional Gambian aesthetic. Keira (meaning peace) guides the listener through Huw’s journey up the River Gambia, being welcomed into remote dusty villages, where your people are the most important thing in life.”

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