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AFRICA Spirit of African Sanctus (original recordings by David Fanshawe, 1969-1973)

Genre World
Category World
Catalogue CDSDL389
Label Saydisc
Quality   320kbps


Background to "African Sanctus" an ethnomusicological treasure
Review By mcewin,February 2011

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.


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