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

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