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Selected for Austria International Film Festival

Our film 'Mutanuka and Syasiya' has been selected for the Austria International Film Festival in Vienna. Due to covid restrictions the festival this year has been reduced to online only - you can watch all films via the festival website during November 27th & 28th.'Mutanuka and Syasiya' portrays two old master musicians amongst the Leya people of Zambia - when they die, will their music die with them? They are but two examples of traditional culture under threat from globalisation. See all selected films here , just scroll down until you come t...

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New CD release November 1st!

Fri Oct 30th 2020 SWP 066 'Mutanuka and Syasiya'. Such beautiful music! Two old master musicians, Crispin Mutanuka (b. 1931) playing a silimba xylophone and Edwin Syasiya (b. 1939) playing a kanimba thumb-piano, are the last on their respective instruments. Just 5 kms from the thriving tourism around the Victoria Falls in Zambia, the centuries-old musical culture of the Leya people is dying out. Field recordist Michael Baird presents disappearing music culture, under threat from globalisation. The documentary film 'Mutanuka and Syasiya' tells the story of these two maste...

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Documentary film 'Mutanuka and Syasiya' finished!

Mon Jun 1st 2020 A film by Michael Baird and Engel Mulder. About the phenomenon of disappearing music - music as an endangered species. In this 57 minute long documentary, silimba xylophone player Crispin Mutanuka and kanimba lamellophone player Edwin Syasiya of the Leya people of Zambia are the last to play their respective instruments - when they die, their music will die with them. In the shadow of the international tourist business next to the famous Victoria Falls, with its microlight flights, helicopters, bungee-jumping off the bridge, game safaris, and l...

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3 new releases = 8 CDs + 1 LP

Thu Feb 27th 2020 We are very proud to present 3 new releases, comprising 9 albums, of field recordings by Michael Baird - from his recording trips in 2014, 2016, 2018, plus some rediscovered gems from older trips: SWP 053 'Luangwa to Livingstone' is a deluxe media book, containing a 48-page booklet and 4 CDs (SWP 054 'Chikunda/Nsenga/Soli/Cewa', SWP 055 'The Complete Kalonda Band Recordings', SWP 056 'Southern Province Mix', SWP 057 'Leya Ceremony and Songs').SWP 058 'Music from Barotseland' is a deluxe media book, containing a 48-page booklet and 4 CDs (SWP 059 'Siyemb...

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