First time on wax! Double LP of the gloriously complex and driving Tsogho music from Gabon. Nziengui explores the modern interpretations of bwiti initiation music.
This astounding and highly original recording by Gabon folk music icon Papé Nziengui is modernized electric-acoustic ceremonial music from the central forest region, brought down to street level in 1989 Libreville.
With the help of traditional instruments like mouth bow and ngombi harp alongside electrified instruments and a virtuosic ensemble, this record goes extremely hard.
Papé travels the world showcasing Gabonese music and dance in performing arts centers but he has never had his music distributed widely outside Gabon. And let's face it, there is hardly any Gabonese music available in the world's music shops.
Don't know anything about Gabonese music or Tsogho culture? The English- and French-language liner notes by Gabonese scholar Prof. Ludovic Obiang will fill you in.