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one title from a well preserved, almost forgotten stock of 5 different vinyl records (from a series of 11) with field recordings of traditional African music, released by the Belgian Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) and the Belgian Radio and Television (BRT), between 1968 and 1973.

The records document vocal and instrumental music of several peoples of Chad, Cameroon, Angola and Zaïre (Congo) and come with an extensive soft cover booklet with texts in 4 languages (Dutch-French-German-English), illustrated with maps and b/w images. The fresh and colourful figurative design of both the records and booklets, is by Maurits Bilcke.

The music was recorded by ethnomusicologists from the museum and other partner institutions and released outside of the music industry and classic music distribution channels; they were meant as scientific ‘publications’ rather than commercial products. Probably pressed in small amounts, they have since their release only been sold in the museum shop, while the rest was safely stocked in boxes for over 40 years.

They saw the daylight again when the museum decided to liquidate a lot of its stock in view of a temporary closure of 3 years during which the museum will be completely renovated and the presentation of its collection, modernized.

Book & record from 1975
Field recordings made in Zaïre by Barbara Schmidt-Wrenger in 1973.
Released in collaboration with national Belgian Radio and Television Broadcasting Company (Belgische Radio en Televisie – BRT)
Comes with a 81 pages illustrated text booklet in French, Dutch, English en German

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 03 August, 2014.

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