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Latest reviews SWP 052 'The Sharp Wood Years'

Sun Feb 18th 2018 Jazzism 2018 (NL): "Baird is in de eerste plaats percussionist, dan pas jazzmusicus, zodat vanaf de eerste album uit 1987 invloeden uit de afrikaanse muziek maar ook de rock een belangrijke rol spelen. De stukken van Sharp Wood hebben door de jaren heen met elkaar gemeen dat de structuren helder zijn, terwijl er ook bijna altijd een element van verdichting met strakke syncopen in zit. De muziek klinkt daardoor nog even actueel als toen ze nieuw was." "Baird is a percussionist in the first place, only after that a jazz musician, so that from the firs...

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New release 'The Sharp Wood Years'

Fri Oct 13th 2017 SWP 052 Release on November 18th. A compilation on cd of the three albums by the group Sharp Wood, tracks wonderfully remastered by Zlaya Hadzic. “Is it Jazz? Is it Voodoo? It doesn’t really matter, as Sharp Wood’s music is world-music, that is understood everywhere.” Finally Michael Baird knew what he was playing with his group: he was playing Voodoo-Jazz! From the outset, Sharp Wood concerts had a ritualistic character, driven by exorcistic drumming. 1984 to 1994, from duo to trio to quartet, ten Sharp Wood years of i...

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Recording field trip to Zambia 2016

Thu Jun 29th 2017 Recording music of the Chikunda, Nsenga, Mbunda, and Lozi peoples Michael Baird went to Zambia in October through to December 2016 and recorded music of the Chikunda people in the Luangwa district of Lusaka Province near Mozambique – their music has never been recorded before. Also music by the Nsenga people further north in Lusaka Province in the Kantondwe district. And of the Mbunda and Lozi peoples in the Mongu and Kalabo districts of Western Province. The hours of recordings are being mixed right now! (= June 2017). Watch this space...... &nb...

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Two new lp releases available from July 1st 2016!

Thu Jun 30th 2016   SWP 051   Malawi Grooves 1950, '57, '58  Despite Madonna's adoptive meanderings, Malawi is still not fashionable. These crystal clear recordings of incredibly hip music show that it should be – for all music lovers, especially world music and African music fans, in fact anyone looking for inspiration and beauty. This album with grooves by Cewa, Mang'anja, Tumbuka, and Tonga musicians represents only some of Malawi's many rich music cultures, with fifteen tracks selected from our cds SWP 013 'Southern And Central Malawi'...

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