Pan-African Orchestra

Opus I

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An unusual and ambitious project dedicated to the integration of the various rich musical traditions of many of Africa's regions into one beautifully synthesized whole, creating a truly African system of symphonic music. Put together by Danso Abiam of Ghana, the ensemble was highly controversial on their native continent, because it not only groups together instruments that are never traditionally played together (such as combining flutes and xylophones), but also puts several instruments traditionally used only for sacred, ritualistic purposes into a performance context. All controversy and radical conceptual approaches aside, Opus I is an incredible disc that perfectly captures the musical spirit of the whole African continent.

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