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New CD and digital release March 1st!

Tue Feb 22nd 2022 SWP 067 'Thumbs on the Outside'. Always with one foot in Africa and one foot in Europe, Zambian-born drummer/composer Michael Baird continues along his own contemporary path of African abstractions and deep grooves. With guests Lilo (NL) - vocals, Pino Basile (IT) - tamburello, Marianne Noordink (NL) - alto flute & flute, Rémi Charmasson (F) - guitars, Michael Moore (USA) - clarinet & alto sax. About the album title: as any bush-driver will tell you, never have your thumbs on the inside of the steering wheel, as a hidden pot-hole can sudd...

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Nederlandse Première 'Mutanuka and Syasiya'

Wed Sep 8th 2021 Saturday 16 October at 14.30 hours in Zaal 1, Louis Hartlooper Complex, Tolsteegbrug 1, Utrecht: after official selection for the Austria International Film Festival, the Lyons International Film Festival (USA), and the Docs Without Borders Festival (USA) where we also won an Award of Merit, our documentary film 'Mutanuka and Syasiya' can finally be seen in the Netherlands. Two old master musicians amongst the Leya people in southern Zambia, Crispin Mutanuka on the silimba xylophone and Edwin Syasiya on the kanimba lamellophone, are the l...

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Docu film wins award

Fri Jun 18th 2021 Our documentary film 'Mutanuka and Syasiya' was given an Award of Merit, at the Docs Without Borders Film Festival in the USA last month! The film was also selected for the Lyons International Film Festival, which took place earlier in the month in Colorado, USA. 'Mutanuka and Syasiya' is also in the running for selection at other festivals in Italy, United Kingdom, USA, and Australia. In October finally the Netherlands première will take place - by then cinéma's will be back to normal, after all these months of covid restrictions. Watch th...

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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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