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Abatwa (The Pygmy): Why Did We Stop Growing Tall? (LP)



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Rough-hewn, tribal sonics from the Rwandan borderlands. Haunted solo & group singing meets hand fashioned string instruments and battery operated loop machines. The textures are strange and abstract but at the same time intimate and joyful. The Abatwa (pygmy) are one of Africas most endangered peoples and this album – produced by Ian Breenan (Hanoi Masters, Zomba Prison Project, Tinariwen) – is a stunning, spirited document of their deep and varied musical culture.

Track Listing:

Side A:
  1. Christoph Ntabanganyimana with Bihoyiki Dathive - Sida Ni Mbi (AIDS is Bad)
  2. Emmanuel Hatungimana - Rwanda Nziza (Beautiful Rwanda)
  3. Bihoyiki Dathive - Igira Hino (Come Closer)
  4. Teonesse Majambere - Umuyange (Protect the Environment)
  5. Beatrice Mukarungi - Urwanikamiheto (War Song)
  6. Rosine Nyiranshimiyimana - Umwana W’umuhanda (The Child From The Streets)
Side B:
  1. Emmanuel Hatungimana - Nzagukorera (I Will Serve)
  2. Ruth Nyiramfumukoye & Patrick Manishimine - Umutesi (I'll Follow You Until You Kill Me)
  3. Cyabusiko (Night Streetwalker, Who Will Care For My Children?)
  4. Jean Baptiste Kanyambo - Nyirandugu (The Hard Worker)
  5. Emmanuel Habumuremy & Ange Kamagaju - Ihorere (Stop Crying Now)
  6. Ruth Miramfumukoye - Why Did We Stop Growing Tall?
Release date NZ
August 18th, 2017
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