Bushmen Of The Kalahari
Acoustic Music

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see also the remix projects from these original recordings: Sanscapes ONE & Sanscapes TWO

Recorded in the Kalahari Desert in 1995, this project was initiated by Pops Mohamed, a musician renowned for his dedication to protect and preserve the indigenous tribal music from his homeland. With a philosophy that states "if people don't understand where they come from, there is a hole in the soul", Pops had been trying to find original recordings of the Bushmen music for many years. Unsuccessful in his search he soon realised that he had to go himself. 

In 1995 he organised the Khoisan expedition to the Kalahari to record and preserve the inspiring traditional music of Africa's oldest inhabitants, the San Bushmen, a resilient tribe of people who have been abused and dislocated for many years. !Gubi Tietei, tribal elder and traditional healer and his family hosted the expedition with guests from the UK Ben Watkins (Juno Reactor), Dick Jewell (cameraman and documentary maker) and Robert Trunz. The beautiful music captured with a portable DAT machine and a Soundfield microphone and the amazing journey had a profound effect on them all. The music gathered there provided the base for Pops' album How Far Have We Come, but also led to this raw and undiluted piece of art. The collection of songs and sounds are an integral part of the San family - their culture and worldview. Enchanting and hypnotic these include expressions of celebration, the recalling of memories, humour and healing. Their healing songs are sung whilst dancing their popular trance dance. This dance is the oldest form of meditation and enables participants to contact their ancestors by entering a state of !kia (trance). This spiritual state is accessible to all, and an integral part of their lives, bringing the whole community together. !kia is to go into unconsciousness ('half death'), letting go of your spirit in order to remonstrate with Gauwa (God).

 



This pure sound from the depths of the desert is a fascinating glimpse into the world and music of this most ancient and spiritual of people who deserve to be heard and respected.


Proceeds from the sale of this CD will help feeding the Tietei community on the edge of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia. If you want a true outdoor experience spend a few days with the Tietei family in the semi dessert some 2 and 1/2 hours from Gobabis (Namibia) please contact Charmayne Cox on 0027 7317338524 in Pretoria,

Track Listing (30 Second Samples)

1. XAN DO DO (GOD HELP US)
2. NXA! (SOUND OF THE WILD DOG)
3. NXA! VERSION 2
4. NXA! VERSION 3
5. I WISH TO BE A LUCKY HUNTER
6. HUNGRY MAN
7. THULA, THULA THULE ! (BUMP ME SO THAT I CAN BUMP YOU)
8. CHAMELEON
9. LEKKER DING, LEKKER DAAR (NICE THING, NICE DAY)
10. A TRANCE SONG
11. HETA ! (CHORUS LINE)
12. THE GREAT HUNT
13. !KUNG
14. SAD SONG
15. HONEY SONG
16. THE CURSED WOMAN
17. LOOKING BACK
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