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New CD release very soon!

Mon Sep 28th 2020 SWP 066 'Mutanuka and Syasiya'. 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 master musicians, through t...

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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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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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