Traditional African Music?

Aug 19th, 2007, 06:40 AM
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Traditional African Music?

Hi All - I leave for my safari in 2 weeks and I'd like to take some traditional African music with me to listen to on my long flights and drives between safari. I've checked out Oliver Mtukudzi, Miriam Mekeba and other popular artists, and although I think they're great, I'm looking for some more soothing & traditional music...Not sure how to describe it exactly, but I'm thinking of the African choir music - the guy with the really deep voice singing in harmony with other men to soothing African beats and background music. I know I am not describing this well at all...

I am also trying to find the African Children's Choir Live concert CD, but the only place I can find it is on Amazon for $40!! No other stores seem to carry it - even in NYC where I live! But I do like the African Children's Choir and the kids singing...

Also, some of the tribal stuff might be cool. There is a song of Masai women singing which is cool that I'd like to download on iTunes, but I can't get it to work! I'm having some computer issue with iTunes...

Any other music suggestions? I've checked out some previous threads, but they seem to point to more modern African music...Any music suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks!!

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Aug 19th, 2007, 06:48 AM
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Are you thinking of Ladysmith Black Mambazo?
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Aug 19th, 2007, 07:44 AM
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Yes!! Ladysmith Black Mambazo sounds great!! That is exactly what I had in mind...If I could only get my darn iTunes to work

Are there any other musicians with a style similar to Ladysmith Black Mambazo?

Also, any ideas on traditional east african music? Looks like Mambazo is classic South Africa...
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Aug 19th, 2007, 08:11 AM
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what is wrong with your itunes? have you tried upgrading? I did a search for african music in the store and a bunch of interesting albums came up, including the one you're looking for.
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Aug 19th, 2007, 08:43 AM
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I have tried to upgrade my iTunes a zillion times but I keep getting an ISScript error message which won't allow me to upgrade. AND, I can't buy any music until I upgrade so I am really in a bind...

I think there may be a fix for the ISScript error, but it seems VERY complicated and I am nervous that it will wipe out all of my music...

I wish iTunes did not have a monopoly on online music downloads, because I would love to buy just a few songs (instead of entire albums) online...
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Aug 19th, 2007, 09:29 AM
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have you backed up your tunes somewhere? if so, having them all wiped out would just be a bore rather than a disaster.
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Aug 19th, 2007, 10:05 AM
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To fix itunes - I'd do what momliz suggests, backup your itunes folder. Then uninstall your current version, install the latest version. Then copy and paste the backed-up itunes folder into the right place.

Or you can download music from somewhere else:

Be careful what file type you get though; if you are using an ipod:

I used LBM’s "Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain" and "Ngingenwe Emoyen" for parts of the video I just made from our safari footage. They are beautiful!

Good luck with the itunes... Happy to help more if needed. There's been many a time I've wanted to throw my ipod into a woodchipper, so I feel your pain...
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Aug 20th, 2007, 07:40 AM
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I enjoy Geoffrey Oyema and Samite, both Ugandans. Oyema is my absolute favorite! If you like choral music, you might also try the Soweto Gospel Choir. The Safari Sound Band also does a lot of popular East African music.
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Aug 20th, 2007, 09:02 AM
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You might also enjoy listening to Vusi Mahlasela. He's a wonderful singer -- we just saw him in concert a few weeks ago, and his new album is great.
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Aug 20th, 2007, 09:24 AM
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Imavolio - don't know how comfortable you are with tinkering with your computer, but here is an ISScript error fix:

If you haven't tried one of these, one might help. Don't know if you would do any worse damage, my guess is not. Just make sure everything is backed up.
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Aug 20th, 2007, 06:19 PM
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My favorite is all 3 albums by Kayamba Africa, a group from Nairobi. IMHO much better than Ladysmith Black Mambazo
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Aug 21st, 2007, 11:46 AM
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I've recently found some great sources of east african (Tanzania and Kenya) music. Check out:

Maasai music:

Amani Children's Home:

Golden Pride Children's Choir:
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Aug 21st, 2007, 11:47 AM
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By the way, I ordered the first two listed above, and they were received within 2 days!
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