Hugh Tracey's African music recordings
October 22, 2012 7:07 AM Subscribe
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Like folk enthusiasts and field recordists John and Alan Lomax did in the US, Englishman Hugh Tracey documented an astonishing amount of traditional music. Tracey's love was the music of central and southern Africa, and his recording work came at a crucial time in the history of the region, when, due to repression from Christian missionaries as well as great social change and migration, traditional music of various kinds was fast disappearing. The hour-long audio documentary Discover and Record: The Field Recordings of Hugh Tracey
is an excellent introduction to the man and his work, and is chock full of some absolutely fantastic music.
For some, the name Hugh Tracey might be familiar due to the Hugh Tracey kalimba
, a *westernized* version of the likembe and mbira instruments that he loved so much. The instrument has been quite popular for decades now. Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire did much to popularize
the instrument: "There is a small object that helps illustrate the complexity of Earth, Wind & Fire's achievement - an African thumb piano called a kalimba. The kalimba is clearly close to Maurice White's heart, he introduced it to millions of listeners by making it a centerpiece of Earth, Wind & Fire's spectacular concerts. It was a staple of the group's albums. White even named his production company Kalimba Productions. "The kalimba represented my link to Africa," he explains. "It was my way of taking part of that culture and spreading it all over the world."
Hugh Tracey wikipedia page
The International Library of African Music
(ILAM), was founded by Hugh Tracey