Various Artists

The Hadza Bushmen of Tanzania

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The Hadza Bushmen is a hunter and gatherer group from the east African rift valley of Tanzania. Although Western culture has filtered in (they drive trucks to the doctor for medical assistance), they still have their own distinct click lout language, and their traditional songs and chants are still well integrated into daily life, where music is tagged to specific tasks and events. The first disc here collects field recordings of solo, duo, and trio chants and malimba (thumb piano) pieces, some with zeze (a bowed stick zither) accompaniment. The second disc consists of larger group choral chants, and features sparse but steady percussion and whistling. Although intended for scholarly and archival use, Hadza Bushmen of Tanzania has moments of simple but intricate beauty, particularly on the tracks where vocal, malimba, and the zeze fiddle are combined.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
7:15
2
1:03
3
7:17
4
4:37
5
5:49
6
11:24
7
8:23
8
1:48
9
6:39
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