An unprecedented sonic expedition into the rich musical
heritage of Africa. Discover a fascinating compilation of strange &
wonderful instruments, voices, and performances that evoke deep images
& primitive emotions.
Digitally recorded on location in tribes, villages & studios all across
the African continent.
An intriguing disc for your next film score, remix or album project.
Heart of Africa Volume Two features rare performances recorded live at a two week tribal competition in Kenya. Authentic choir and vocal shouts, chants and polyrhythmic percussion ensemble grooves from the Maasai, Kikuyu, Meru, Pokot, and Nandi peoples. A collection of powerfully primal and untamed tribal ensemble phrases and SFX that perfectly compliment the instruments and loops from Volume one. Presented in song construction format.
The Heart of Africa series has been produced with the same standard of
excellence as the renown Heart of Asia library.
Sound on Sound
"...draws a parallel with their earlier and very excellent Heart
of Asia collection, though to my mind, Heart of Africa is far more exciting...I
was immediately impressed by both the clarity and power of the recordings...the
African choir and vocal sounds are simply stunning...beautifully multisampled
with lots of depth...Mere description does little justice to this collection
of samples. It's quite simply the most fantastic collection of ethnic
sounds I've heard from a single source."
Keyboard Magazine Triple 5 Star Rating
"Spectrasonics has unleashed another world music monster in Heart
of Africa...a feast of auditory delights...The emotion, energy and spontaneity
of the performances is wonderful...It's great that Spectrasonics has captured
the buzzes and rattles that adorn the sounds of many African wind and
percussion instruments, since they are an essential expressive element
in African music...The vocal performance samples in Vol. 2 are strongly
evocative...a vocal solo might include yodels, gargles, or blurbles a
an integral part of the line: We're talking flavor here...the tapes were
recorded on location, but the sound is surprisingly clean and consistent
throughout...The fact that you're hearing segments from one song rather
than isolated excerpts gives you a lot more ways to build a piece. you
don't have to just grab a two-bar bit and loop it...The CD-ROM versions
have plenty of musical resources, and far more stuff than we can describe...the
best material may be the traditional tribal choir phrases, but you'll
also find plenty of playable kalimbas, snappy clay pot percussion and
gorgeous balaphone multisamples...the log drums are very deep and meaty,
and the marimbas wonderfully dynamic...I was delighted to find lots of
crisp udu samples, with no less than 64 separate samples laid out across
the keyboard in a single program......An amazing assortment of musical
experiences that any sampler owner can use...if you'd like to spice up
your tracks with a dose of real African flavor, it's hard to see how you
could go wrong with Heart of Africa"