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Documentary film 'Mutanuka and Syasiya' finished!

A film by Michael Baird and Engel Mulder. About the phenomenon of disappearing music - music as an endangered species. In this 56'57" 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 luxury acc...

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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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It's 2020!

Wishing you all the best in this new year! New and lower prices: a CD costs only 10 euros, an LP only 12 euros - and if you order any 5 albums together, you get a 6th for free (just send us an email right after ordering, telling us which free album you would like)! 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! There are also new releases coming at the end of January.....keep checking our News page.

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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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