Presented in this album is a glimpse of Halim El-Dabh's field research in Zaire, Mali and Ethiopia. As ethnomusicologist, educator and composer,
Halim El-Dabh has conducted ethnomusicological research in the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Zaire. Within the African Diaspora, his research also includes Brazil, Jamaica, and the United States.
He has written for African instruments and African themes. His works in opera, symphony, ballet, orchestra, chamber and electronic music are inspired from the heart of cultures in Africa and Asia. Information about his 300 works can be found through C. F. Peters Publishers and Broadcast Music Inc., both in New York City.
Presented here are selected pieces from El-Dabh's vast collection of studies, travels and performances by and with African peoples.
Drum Voices of Africa
recorded by Halim El-Dabh
1. The Rice of Segugugu 1968 (Mali) 3:03 min.
Workers prepare the fields for rice planting.
-- El-Dabh was invited to record while living in the house of
His Honor Azkia Mohammed official government supervisor of the
2. Ethiopian Collages 1963 (Ethiopia) 2:59 min.
Presented as a trio:
--Emporer Haile Sellasie's sacred trumpets at Axum
--Emporer Haile Sellasie torch carrying ceremony for lighting the massive
bonfire in a huge gathering of all ethnic groups in Addis Abeba
during Maskel - the day of the cross
--The genius of African polyphony with villagers of Wollamu Soddu
welcoming ethnomusicologist Halim El-Dabh in the presence of
Governer Wolde Samaat
3. Improvising at the Marketplace 1967 (Senegal) 1:26 min
-- Halim El-Dabh improvises with an embira at the market place after
meeting with president Leopold Sengor in Dakar, Senegal
4. Gatherings 1967 (Senegal) and (Ethiopia) 1962 9:27 min
--Gathering at the marketplace in Dakar
--Gathering of Oromo women at Shashamani
5. Taming the Crocodile with Trance 1975 Zaire 24:53 min
-- Bascongo tribe in the South. From the initiation ceremony for Zebola
women for healing of mental disorders
6. Ethnic Clusters 1975 Zaire 15:16 min
-- Mbanza - Ngungu in a healing ceremony. Southern Zaire
Many thanks to all who contributed to this work.