AFRICAN SKIES (with band Domba)
An eclectic compilation of original compositions and interpretive arrangements of traditional African songs, all created by David Thiaw. African drums, other percussion, saxophone, bass, guitar, flute, keyboard. 10 tracks.
"My 3 CDs (and my book) are all held in the Government of Canada Library and Archives. I was touched by that".
Kikalama, traditional Senegal. Assalam, traditional Senegal. Titi's Groove, David Thiaw. Sabar Suite, David Thiaw. Neighbour, traditional Nigerian. Aita Wili Ba, traditional Malinke. Bindul Africa / Stand Up and Be Counted. Osibisa, English Lyrics. David Thiaw, Wolof Lyrics. Spirit, traditional Ghana. Djembe Suite, David Thiaw. Timiss, David Thiaw. African Skies (Lullaby for a Mask), David Thiaw.
For your listening pleasure: click on the arrow to listen to the wonderful African Skies (Lullaby for a Mask) track from African Skies. Let it awake your visual as well as your auditory sense. Hear how the masks of Africa, so accessible in museum exhibit cases with captions at their feet, might awake at night and hear once more the thunder of the drums and the cries of the wildlife, feel once more the sweat of the dancers who wore them, and smell once more the sweet dampness of the earth when the long-awaited rains have arrived.
KANKURAN (with band Domba)
A skillful blend of traditional African songs, born in the hearts and souls of generations, sung and drummed, with western saxophone, guitar, bass, and keyboard. 7 tracks.
Karaban. Mayimbo. Kankuran. Mansani/Minuit. Demba/Sunu Mbotai. Djom. Djanta.
For your listening pleasure: click on the arrow to hear Djanta from the Kankuran CD. The opening notes celebrate the arrival of the Sun for another hot day in Senegal; the closing presstisimo polyrhythms rejoice in cool breezes at the end of the day.
FOLK TALES FROM AFRICA (spoken folk tales)
A cultural adventure for the minds of children and adults alike. Three wonderful folk tales told by David in his role as "griot", a combination of minstrel-storyteller-historian-elder. The accompanying music is played on the Kora, a 21-string West African harp / lute. 3 tracks.
How the cat got its purr. Monkey see, monkey do! Why dogs sniff each other.