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Fanshawe: African Sanctus, Salaams / John Lambert, Owain Arwel Hughes, et al

Album Summary

>Fanshawe, David : African Sanctus, for chorus, ensemble & tape
>Fanshawe, David : Salaams, for cantor, 11 singers, piano, tapes & drums
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Written by English composer and ethnomusicologist David Fanshawe, 'African Sanctus' is a unique setting of the traditional Latin Mass harmonized with traditional African music. Fanshawe traveled up the Nile and taped traditional music from Cairo to Northern Uganda. Each section of the Mass incorporates different clips of African music from Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, reflecting the composer's travels. Heard in counterpoint with chorus, soprano soloist and instrumental ensemble, the result is an unorthodox and completely unique experience.

The breathtakingly beautiful centerpiece of Fanshawe's repertoire has gained favor with listeners in the years since it's introduction in 1973. The fusing of a Catholic mass with native African and rock is certainly a leftfield concept, especially for the time in which it was conceived. As musical tastes have evolved, so has the perception of this groundbreaking recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Peter Bamber, Gareth Roberts (tenor); David Beavan (bass voice); Alan Parker (guitar); Gerry Butler (organ); Terry Emery, Mustapha Tettey Addy, Gary Kettel (percussion).

Recording information: England (06/01/1973).


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>Fanshawe, David : African Sanctus, for chorus, ensemble & tape
  • Performers: Mustapha Addy (Percussion); Gerry Butler (Organ); Tony Campo (Guitar); Patricia Clark (Soprano); Terry Emery (Percussion); David Fanshawe (Cantor); Valerie Hill (Soprano); Martin Kershaw (Guitar); Gary Kettel (Percussion); Harold Lester (Piano); Alan Parker (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Ensemble: Ambrosian Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fanshawe, David : Salaams, for cantor, 11 singers, piano, tapes & drums
  • Performers: Rosemary Ashe (Soprano); Peter Bamber (Tenor); David Beavan (Bass); Margaret Cable (Alto); David Fanshawe (Cantor); Elisabeth Harrison (Organ); Linda Hirst (Alto); Pat Hogan (Alto); Richard Jackson (Baritone); Harold Lester (Drums); Harold Lester (Piano); Antony Ransome (Bass); Gareth Roberts (Tenor); Pamela Smith (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Lambert
  • Running Time: 21 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary