• CD Title: Tribal Beatz of Africa
• Artist(s): Barry Van Zyl, Robin Hogarth, Johnny Clegg
• CD Code: EUCD2038
• Tracks: 15
• Playing Time: 63:17 min
• Booklet Info in: English, Spanish, French
TRIBAL BEATZ - A wonderful combination of traditional rhythms and percussion from around Africa, combining the energy and pulse of tribal beats with the talents of some top modern day African musicians and singers. Featuring a track written and performed by Johnny Clegg. 28-page booklet, lots of photos, extensive info in four languages.
The album is a collaboration between Barry van Zyl and Robin Hogarth. Barry, a South African musically trained in Los Angeles, is the drummer for Johnny Clegg, and has appeared on projects as diverse as the 2005 'Black' album 'Between Two Churches', the soundtrack for the 2006 Oscar winning film 'Tsotsi', and a Grammy Award nominated Ladysmith Black Mambazo album. His performance and/or recording credits include the likes of Mick Hucknal, Ernest Ranglin and the Hothouse Flowers, while the recent Johnny Clegg world tour saw performances with Peter Gabriel, Brian May, Robert Plant, Jimmy Buffett and Lenny Kravitz.
Barry Van Zyl
Robin Hogarth is an international composer and producer of African and World music, with over 30 albums to his credit. His productions range from World Moods albums with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Enigma, to the Billboard chart topping Soweto Gospel Choir. His music has been used in film and TV productions in almost every country in the world.
The tracks employ the talents of some of the band members and singers who back Johnny Clegg. Johnny Clegg, known in Europe as the White Zulu, is famed around the world for his Zulu-oriented brand of music, along with his deep appreciation of Zulu culture.
The heart of the tracks is the drum and percussion feel, which portrays the energy and pulse of tribal rhythms. These range from Goema rhythms born in the South African Cape, through Congo rumba feels, maskande (South African guitar) offbeat rhythms, unusual West African feels, to other patterns from around Africa.
Utilising these rhythms as a bed, additional parts include various types of African vocals, pulsating bass lines, ethnic guitar feels, and moody use of ethnic instruments and percussion. Authentic tribal instruments have been added, from bells to kalimbas and tuned drums, while other parts create different grooves, and panoramic, ancestral and evocative moods.
Lyrics used are created sounds, built around authentic and traditional concepts and words, and are a tribute to the cultures and peoples from where the rhythmic ideas originate.
1. Kidikoth (Sacred Rainstones) - 2:52
2. Takai (Togo Dance) - 4:19
3. Yeren (African Fire) - 4:39
4. Sihamba Nawe (We Walk With You) - 3:40
5. Kalisia (Lord of the Forest) - 4:35
6. Kumini (Shy Girl) - 3:16
7. Uchibidolo (The Abundant Herds) - 4:43
8. Pula (Rainman) - 6:54
9. Tonjo (The Drum) - 4:23
10. Oya (River Goddess) - 5:42
11. Bamako (Going Home) - 4:19
12. Yeleye (Sunset) - 5:11
13. Marching to Moria - 2:26
14. Balanza (Folk Tale) - 3:23
15. Goema (Happy New Year) - 2:13