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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

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

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