Azumah – Long Time Ago

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Label:3rd Ear Music – TEAG 3302

Country:South Africa

Used LP 1989

Disc:VG+ (great shape)

Jacket:VG+/EX (in shrink)

Azumah's 1989 album formed by Smiles Makama, known as a conjurer/musician and musical instrument maker in the mountains of the Kingdom of Eswatini, located in the southern part of South Africa and group of young musicians/dancers. A movie-like anecdote is revealed where the story begins from visiting the wizard of the mountain. It's an Afro-spiritual piece reminiscent of Don Cherry and Naná Vasconcelos, all of which were recorded using marimba, berimbau, and bow instruments brought out from the mountains. Afro-harmony "Saphelisizwe" led by the marimba and the dope spiritual "Woza Moya" are especially amazing. The lyrics with a message and the performance full of vitality are woven together to create a superb content. Original in beautiful condition.

南アフリカの南部に位置するエスワティニ王国の山の中で自作の楽器を制作しながら、魔術師/ミュージシャンとして知られるSmiles Makamaと若いミュージシャン/ダンサーのグループで結成されたAzumahの89年作。山の魔法使いを訪れるというところからストーリーが始まる映画みたいな逸話が明かされています。マリンバ、ビリンバウ、弓楽器等全ての楽器を持ち出し、録音されたというDon CherryやNaná Vasconcelos諸作を彷彿とさせるアフロ・スピリチュアル作品。マリンバの音色が導くアフロ音浴”Saphelisizwe”、ドープ・スピリチュアル”Woza Moya”、強烈なグルーヴを放つ”Africa Unite”を収録。メッセージ性のある歌詞と生命力にあふれた演奏が織り成す極上の全9曲。オリジナル美盤。

A1 - Emigodini Yasegoli

A2 - Nkombose

A3 - Woza Moya

A5 - Saphelisizwe

B1 - Zamadlozi

B3 - Nyamsoro

B4 - Africa Unite