Spirit of Africa

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This wonderful music captures the very essence of this ancient land and its people and carries us on an unforgettable journey into the very heart of Africa.

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Product Description

Deep resonant chanting and soulful rhythms create a perfect background for Terry’s soaring flute and pan pipes. This wonderful music captures the very essence of this ancient land and its people and carries us on an unforgettable journey into the very heart of Africa.

Additional Information

Artist

Terry Oldfield

Total Time:

47:50

Reviews

  1. Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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    “From the giraffes running across the inside liner to the opening notes sounding like sunrise over the Serengeti, Oldfield does a great job of capturing the spirit of exurban Africa for a white boy with a lot of frequent flyer miles. Another one of his dazzling sonic paintings, Oldfield is a great tour guide, Sahib, and he knows the nooks and crannies of where the Berbers rest and the animals play. A wonderful journey through an Africa that used to be.”

  2. DailyOM

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    “Terry Oldfield is one of New Age’s most recognized and seminal flutists. A composer of film scores in an array of mood-enhancing styles, Oldfield’s contributions to the New Age genre are great, but he’s never been just a New Age or world music flutist. Instead he’s a spiritual seeker and visionary who’s helped bring joy and calm to millions of listeners. For Spirit of Africa Oldfield uses the sounds of that great continent, from jungle ambiance to the sounds and textures of its various landscapes and peoples, to create an inspiring journey. The measured opening of the album’s first track, “The March of a Thousand Days,” involves the mysterious ambiance of the jungle, rattling cicadas, and a slow, incessant tribal drum. Oldfield’s trilling wooden flute looms gradually over the jungle canopy ceiling, like drowsy long-note versions of steaming vines.
    Then the percussion gets closer, and the march enters into our general habitat, scaring away the jungle-bird flutes. Long-held vowels of synthesized male singing come rolling through the proceedings as the drums get more insistent and finally a grand melodic synth starts working its mimetic magic. “Ancestral Futures” goes in a more solemn and mysterious direction, opening like Noah’s spaceship landing in a desolate, unseeded plain that eventually grows into a fertile land where flutes do a merry Celtic jig. “The Long Way Home” picks up the stray threads, shields, and headdresses from the earlier two tracks, adding piano and rippling Spanish guitar in the same way that the trip home sometimes involves a melancholic longing for where you’ve been and where you’re arriving.
    One can’t stay everywhere, or anywhere, in the end, but Oldfield helps make it feel like you’ve actually been somewhere, and some of that will always stay with you. With only a pair of headphones or your speakers as a form of transportation, he can take you to that vast continent of the imagination and let your spirit roam like a great beast of the plains, a soaring bird of the air, and a mighty tribesman of the jungle, all in the course of a single fluttering flute solo.”

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