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ClassicsOnline Home » AFRICA Spirit of African Sanctus (original recordings by David Fanshawe, 1969-1973)
Background to "African Sanctus" an ethnomusicological treasure
John Fanshawe put together "African Sanctus" by overlaying an Anglican mass over traditional African sounds. Having listened to both over the years [from a tape given to a friend by Mr Fanshawe himself], I find myself gravitating to the source material rather than the assembly. For example, I would rather listen to the Call to Prayer in its pure form on the second track, than the overdubbed opener of the Sanctus.
That is: if you like Sanctus, you will enjoy this even more. If you haven't heard the Sanctus, give it a listen and then progress to its roots.more....
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