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Music of !Kung Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, Africa

Various Artists
Music of !Kung Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, Africa

The !Kung (the ! is a click consonant made by clicking the tongue against the back of the roof of the mouth while making an O shape with the lips) are a Bushman tribe that traditionally lived as nomadic hunter-gatherers in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. This album is a selection of field recordings made by John Phillipson of !Kung music for many different occasions. Included are solo instrumentals on a single-stringed bamboo fiddle and a type of thumb piano called a sitengena, along with a capella songs with clapping. Liner notes contain information on the !Kung and a brief account of Phillipson’s interactions with those who were recorded in this album.

Track Listing

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Thumb (Played) Metal Instrument n/a 1:43
102
Thumb (Played) Metal Instrument n/a 1:18
103
Thumb (Played) Metal Instrument n/a 0:48
104
Thumb (Played) Metal Instrument n/a 0:45
105
Children's Song n/a 0:42
106
Children's Song n/a 0:35
107
Children's Song n/a 0:29
108
Children's Song n/a 0:37
109
Children's Song n/a 1:13
110
Children's Song n/a 1:24
111
Children's Song n/a 0:56
112
Bamboo Fiddle n/a 1:11
113
Bamboo Fiddle n/a 3:51
114
Dance Music n/a 1:30
201
Thumb Instrument n/a 1:23
202
Thumb (Played) Metal Instrument n/a 1:57
203
Conversation n/a 0:40
204
Conversation n/a 0:33
205
Conversation with Women Singing n/a 0:50
206
Women Singing n/a 1:03
207
Women Singing n/a 1:42
208
Conversation n/a 1:57
209
Men Dancing around a Fire n/a 1:36
210
Men Dancing around a Fire n/a 3:55

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