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Heart of Africa Vol. 2

Heart of Africa Vol. 2

By Spectrasonics

CD-Audio 2 disc set

$199 Akai

$99 Audio CD


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"


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