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Opika Pende:Africa at 78 Rpm [Import allemand] Coffret, CD, Import
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A 4-CD collection featuring 100 tracks taken from rare 78rpm recordings of African music (1909 to mid-1960s), none of which have ever been issued on CD until now. Pan-African in scope & wildly diverse, Opika Pende is a testament to the deep riches found in early recorded music across the continent. compiler bio: Jonathan Ward is a Los Angeles-based collector, researcher, & writer. In 2007, he began the well-known website Excavated Shellac, which features a wide-range of scarce, international 78rpm records from across the globe with extensive commentary. In 2010, Jonathan released his first LP in a series for Dust-to-Digital s vinyl imprint Parlortone. Titled Excavated Shellac: Strings, it contains 14 exemplary performances on string instruments from across the globe, all from his collection of 78s.
Besides having an incredible collection, Ward also is a fantastic writer. --Aquarius Records
An incredible resource for rare international 78rpm recordings. His blog posts always go the extra mile in placing the music within a larger cultural & historical context. --WFMU, Free Music Archive
Meticulously detailed commentary & mind-blowing music…Bravo to Ward & Dust-to-Digital for the continued attention to detail. --Other Music, on Excavate d Shellac: Strings
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i''ve never heard before. A must for those of us that
is curious for the unknown sounds.
This four disc set has been compiled and annotated by Jonathan Ward, longtime Excavated Shellac blogger extraordinaire. This guy really knows his stuff, and compiled all of the music in this boxed set from his own collection of African 78s. None of these songs have been released on CD prior to this, making this set doubly important as a document of early African music that may have otherwise never seen the light of day. Moreover, the set was produced by the good people at Dust to Digital, a label with a proven track record of putting the music, packaging and ultimately the customer, first.
The set is beautifully packaged in a hard box with one booklet containing all four discs, and a substantial book that provides thoughtful details and background information for every song. The discs are divided roughly by geographical region; North, West, East/Central and South Africa. Sound mastering is incredible given the age of some of this music, and while there are inevitable clicks and pops, the depth, dimension and dynamics of the music have been preserved beautifully. As for the music itself, the sheer variety and eclecticism that is able to flourish in a continent as large and varied as Africa (and any given country therein) maintains diversity and listener interest with ease. If I do have one complaint, it's that this set seeks to represent the 78 in Africa, popular from just after the turn of the century through to the 1960s. While I enjoy all of this music, it can be somewhat jarring to hear rural acoustic traditional music back to back with urban sounds and electric guitars. That said, I guess that's part of the diversity, and certainly part of the idiosyncrasy of Africa.
In all, this boxed set is a steal. The riches contained within are well worth the price and then some, especially considering the beauty and rarity of the music. I think I read Ward assert that he believes or hopes that this could appeal to just about anyone. While I do find it incredibly appealing and ceaselessly engaging, I am definitely already a convert to this sort of thing. I love early African music dearly, but can certainly acknowledge that it may be just a bit too eclectic, raw and "unpolished" for your average listener. Still, I do admire Ward's optimism, and sincerely hope that his set succeeds in spreading a love for this music. If it at least succeeds among those of us with a pre-established interest, and prompts more incredible releases of this calibre, Ward will have done much for vintage African music and for willing listeners everywhere.
First, the range and quality of the music is fantastic. Ranging from the 1900's to the 1960's and from traditional "folk" music to more commercial "pop" music, with a CD each from the north, east, south and west, there's a little of everything here. Individually they're all really fine tracks, all 100 of them. And together they form a wonderfully comprehensive overview of African music over several decades and across the continent. I've never heard a collection that offered such a range and such a balance. One reviewer commented that it's a little jarring the way the tracks jump between styles and eras, but to me every track felt really fresh and surprising because of that approach to mixing the CD. A chronological approach would have been too predictable.
Second, the tracks have been wonderfully preserved - remarkable for 78's dating back that far. The compilation is so wonderful I'd listen to it even if the tracks were really scratchy, but the fact that the vast majority of tracks sound so good is a great bonus.
Third, the packaging is elegant, thorough and informative.
I've never bought a Dust to Digital compilation before, but from what other reviewers say, they always do a great job and I'm going to look up more of their stuff. Honestly I'm floored by how exquisite this collection is from start to finish.
Bravo! And keep it up Dust to Digital.