Various Artists: Origins of Guitar Music in Southern Congo and Northern Zambia
- Various Artists: Origins of Guitar Music in Southern Congo and Northern Zambia 1950, â51, â52, â57, â58
By: Mike Oppenheim
Origins of Guitar Music in Southern Congo and Northern Zambia 1950 â51, â52 â57,â58 [Sharp Wood Records - 2002] is is a collection of songs recorded by the field recordist Hugh Tracey in the 1950s in Zimbabwe, Congo, Malawi, and Zambia.
The artists and songs collected represent some of the musical developments in central and southern Africa of the period.
The music reflects the competing and complementary influences of indigenous African music, and pop music imported from the West, into unique styles of guitar music.
Most tracks feature one guitar, one or more singers, and sparse rhythmic accompaniment, such as bells and rasps.
There are many gems on this album that highlight inventive and virtuosic guitar playing, the circular time cycles and syncopated rhythms often associated with African music, and beautifully crafted musical textures.