Campfire Club: Abatwa (the pygmy) | Koral Society

Pygmy

Returning for a fourth summer filling London’s green spaces with music. A concert like no other: unamplified, outdoors, around a fire. Gather together and listen.AbatwaIn a land where men lead each other hand-in-hand, but homophobia runs rampant, we drove off the main road and miles up the ridge to one of the pockets hardest hit by the genocide - a place where the residents stopped waving back. An area so very isolated, it was as if the genocide never ended. Topping that, we were traveling this dirt trail with two Tustis near an area where they had recently been “hunting Rwandans,” and a sense of discomfort was palpable, as if an invisible line had been crossed and we’d entered ibiwa (“problems”)..."Ian Brennan and Glitterbeat deserve much praise in bring forward the neglected music.” fRootsThe Abatwa (“pygmy”) tribe is identified as one of the most marginalized, voiceless and endangered populations in Africa. In fact, their name is frequently taken in vain as a slur towards unrelated others. Historically, the tallest Abatwa women have attracted outside attention and then been taken as wives by other tribes. This has contributed to the growth of their tribe remaining limited physically. Though for the most part they were left alone during the genocide, some members of the tribe actually participated in committing acts of genocide.The album Abatwa: Why Did We Stop Growing Tall? brings together a dozen songs by singers, instrumentalists and rappers from this marginalized community in a soulfully raw insight into their world.“Remarkable music, from ancient to future.” **** The ListKoral SocietyKoral Society create original world class culturally blended folk music. Caroline Trettine’s guitar-based songs are transformed by the virtuosic Mosi Conde on kora and Alison Rayner on double bass into fine, vibrant melodic textures and intricate rhythms. The brilliant sparkling flourishes of Mosi’s kora are anchored by Alison’s sinuous, graceful double bass. Caroline duets with Mosi and together they explore her songs’ passion and poetry.Koral Society are a trio of accomplished composer-musicians from three musical cultures: English pop-folk, West African Classical and international jazz. They have crystallised their music into sweet, delicate, finely textured English-Griot vocals backed by a rhythmic guitar-kora-double bass swing. Their combination of influences is rooted in a London urban song-writing context: they play Geographic Music or World Folk.Website: carolinetrettine.com/koral

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