Legendary ethnomusicologist and field-recording pioneer, Hugh Tracey founded the International Library of African Music (ILAM) in 1954. Today, ILAM preserves thousands of historical recordings and has become the greatest repository of African music in the world. Dust-to-Digital partner with ILAM to present Listen All Around: The Golden Age of Central and East African Music -- a compilation of newly-transferred and remastered recordings that Hugh Tracey made between 1950-1958. The recordings presented here were made in central and eastern Africa -- specifically, the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Kenya, Tanganyika, and Zanzibar (now Tanzania). The genre of music Tracey documented, and the focus of this double-CD and book is rumba and its variations -- Congolese rumba, dansi, and benga. The recordings, photographs and detailed liner notes included in this set provide a rich point of immersion into the mid-20th-century music of eastern and central Africa. Including 47 newly-transferred and remastered recordings that Hugh Tracey made in central and eastern Africa between 1950-1958, Listen All Around includes 84-page hardcover book and two CDs.
Listen All Around features Kalenga Antonance, Ilunga Patrice, Misomba Victor and Friends, Vijana wa Mbeya with Jim D. Gondwe, Henri Bembele and Orchestra Tinapa, Dar es Salaam Jazz Band, Lang Obiero, Joseph Eluka and Soldiers, Yemba Jean Batiste and Soldiers, Société Edemi de Stanleyville, Bakia Pierre, Morris Kalala, Tauni Mwenasasu and Friend, Coast Social Orchestra, Chemutoi Ketienya and Kipsigis Girls, Sunderland String Band, Lang Obiero, ORCLOS, Kimambo Brothers, ECO African Band, Norbert de Magaro, Ezekiel Kamenga and Luba Men, Mwenda Jean Bosco and Singers, Samuel Colon and Baninga Baye, Chipukizi Rumba, Vijana wa Mbeya, Merry Black Birds, Katanga Dance Orchestra, Salum's Brass Band with Salum Seliman, Chibanda Baudouin, Lake Victoria Band, and Kamwema Jean and His Friends.