As part of the critically massive series of albums on JVC, King, and Victor, this album represents a mix of traditional and modern traditions in the Cote d'Ivoire. A mask festival is the basis for the recording, edited down thoroughly of course. The bulk of what's heard in the recording is, as would be expected, the drums (the costumes and dances certainly don't carry over beyond the occasional stomp, and the stringed instruments are largely ceremonial rather than used throughout). The notes of the 1987 release were fully in Japanese, diminishing the usual liner note standard held by the trio of labels for an American consumer, but re-releases generally include English translations, making it a nice album for your average armchair ethnomusicologist.
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AllMusic Review by Adam Greenberg