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Boomkat Product Review:
"Existing in the dry savannah plains, the people of Upper Volta dream of life-giving waters. Savannah grasslands in the south and central part of the country give way to an ever- encroaching Sahara desert to the north. Upper Volta is one of the poorest countries in the world and the drought in the Sahel during the 1970s emphasized the fragility of Voltaic life and land.The music of Upper Volta is as varied and rich as its people. The sixty different ethnic groups all maintain unique repertoires of music and dance. Songs and dances reflect traditional life and preserve the solidarity of the tribe. This album samples each of the three major cultural regions: Voltaic in the central and east; Mande in the west and southwest; and the nomadic Fulani to the north. African music is rarely played for its own sake; an African musician plays "with" people, not "for" them. Music plays an integral role in the celebration of life's many rituals and accompanies everyday activities. Music is extremely important to the agricultural cycle with field cultivation, harvest and winnowing of millet performed to the rhythm of the drums. Mossi women sing complaints of their husbands as they grind millet grain. The younger boys whistle and croon softly as they wander the silent savannah with cattle and goats. Griots recite history of the people, places and events of the community. They sing praise songs to arouse loyalty in the listener. Certain instruments can even "talk" by imitating the tonal patterns characteristic of Voltaic languages. African life and music are one". KATHLEEN JOHNSON, 1981 .