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Special offer until Christmas!

Wed Nov 13th 2019 Every album in our whole catalogue - only 8 euro's each, both CD and LP! Until Christmas, so order away! Simple arithmetic shows, for example, 5 albums now cost only 40 euro's! Buy those missing SWP albums in your collection now, and of course SWP albums also make great gifts - after all, music is the healing force of the universe!

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9 new albums almost finished

Fri Oct 18th 2019 8 cd's worth of glorious music from Zambia coming soon - 'Chikunda/Nsenga/Soli/Cewa', 'The Complete Kalonda Band Recordings', 'Southern Province Mix', 'Leya Ceremony and Songs', 'Siyemboka Music', 'The Barotse Guitar', 'Silimba Kangombio Jazz', 'Drums, Vocals, and Sticks'. And 1 lp taken from these albums. Recorded by Michael Baird in 2014, 2016, and 2018, plus some re-discoveries recorded back in 1996, 2002, and 2008. This is a major work! All this perfectly honest music - and meticulously mixed and mastered - will lighten up your way and your day. Fans...

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Michael Baird recording in Zambia's Western Province

Wed Nov 28th 2018 Michael Baird is traveling around Western Province in Zambia, recording beautiful music by the Lozi, Mbunda, Nkoya, and Luvale peoples. So much beautiful music to be found in the villages - good news that there is still so much culture intact. He has found the kangombio lamellophone, silimba xylophone from 12 to 24 notes (this 24-note instrument is gigantic, played by 5 people and with sub-low bass tones), various drums including the large pwita friction drum, mukakash percussion, beautiful vocals by the women and girls, self-made guitars...

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Latest reviews cd SWP 052 'The Sharp Wood Years'

Sun Feb 18th 2018 Slagwerkkrant 2018 (NL): "Michael Baird is een onstuitbare slagwerker. Niet alleen qua spel, maar ook qua ondernemingslust. Zijn eigen label SWP heeft tientallen albums uitgegeven, met muziek die bewaard moet blijven. Nu komt hij met een compilatie van de muziek die hij zelf maakte met Sharp Wood.....drie platen maakte hij tussen 1986 en 1993.....nu geremastered.....het waren pioniers van de geïmproviseerde wereld percussie. Je kunt je altijd afvragen of teruggrijpen zo zinvol is, maar mooi dat het beste van de toch legendarische form...

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