Skip to main content

Instrumental Music of the Kalahari San

Various Artists
Instrumental Music of the Kalahari San

Rather than performing for an audience, the !Kung San people from the northwestern Kalahari Desert region "play [music] for themselves, when the mood strikes them." Perhaps that’s what makes it so compelling. Here is a demonstration of music played on gut pluriarc (bow lute), gut hunting bow and sitengena (thumb piano), with vocal accompaniment.

Track Listing

101
Gut pluriarc with 3 Men's Voices Musicians of Namibia 2:36
102
Metal pluriarc with one woman's voice Hwan//a 3:31
103
Gut hunting bow, solo Tuma We 2:00
104
Gut hunting bow with one man's voice Tashay Kumsi 3:08
105
Gut hunting bow with resonator and one man's voice Uxone 2:42
106
Sitengena with one man's voice Tikay 7:00
201
Te bow with two women's voices Recorded in Kauri 3:02
202
Tin can bow solo Recorded in Namimbia 1:44
203
Sitengena solo: "Rain Song" Recorded in Botswana 1:15
204
Sitengena with one man's voice Gau 2:20
205
Gut pluriarc with one man's voice Recorded in Namibia 3:51
206
Metal pluriarc with one woman's voice Hwan//a 2:05
207
Guthunting bow with one man's voice Recorded in Namibia 2:38

.