I started off an Indian Folk Music thread a while back which lead me to listen to Traditional African Music too so rather than start another separate thread for African Music I’m starting a World Music Thread to bring them both under the one banner.
Also I’m interested in all types of Traditional Music so if anybody wants to give me a heads up on any musical traditions of any peoples and also share their own tastes and experiences with the Forum I think it could interesting for us all.
I’ll kick of with my Grandmother’s favourites The Dubliners.
Thanks for that. The compilation cassette has track listing on discogs. So while getting hold of the tape might be difficult, I think you will find it interesting researching the artists when you have free time. It will definitely be rewarding listening to traditional music from Malawi.
I saw Chartwell Dutiro play the mbira, a thumb piano mounted on a gourd at folk festivals and WOMAD and on tour.
He was from rural Zimbabwe, but had lived and worked in the UK for many years. Chartwell is the name of Churchill’s country house, given to him by a white doctor. He was an engaging performer and explained the heritage of the mbira to his audience. He was an ethnomusicologist as well as a performer. I am sorry to say he died in 2019 which I discovered this morning. This is Spirit Talk Mbira Tatenda I bought my CDs from him at performances, so I’m not sure if they are widely available.
Happy to contribute. I see that Mbira has its own informative website with a section on the role of the instrument and one on many players in Zimbabwe. There are lots of videos, some players have toured the USA, so perhaps the Mbira is poised to have a wider listenership?