|Piranha Records/The Vital
Release Date: 27 April 2018
Format: LP Vinyl
|Various Artists I’m Not Here To Hunt Rabbits Limited 180gram Vinyl LP + Book&Download
With all of a humanity reduced to a genome, who’d a thunk there’d be some sweet, folksy music being made in a remote corner of the world that almost no one had heard of until youtube came along?
This is a whole community of musicians from the heart of Africa playing guitar in a way most of us have never seen or thought possible—unless you happened to be following a handful of viral internet videos. And if you were and happened to read the comments below the videos, you would have seen the question: “Where can I buy this music?” The answer is: on Piranha Records on 27 April 2018 !
Head of The Vital Record, David Aglow, had no idea what he was in for when, back in 2009, he received an email from a friend with a youtube link. He thought it might be spam and almost didn’t bother to click. But he did and discovered a treasure trove of “Botswana Music Guitar.” Played in an eccentric style with a depth of expression rivaling any genre of music, this is folk from the dusty outskirts of the Kalahari Desert—a community of African country blues masters with a totally original technique. The left hand reaches up and over the neck of the guitar, instead of from behind and underneath.
David Aglow was so enthralled that —long story short — he searched for and found the person who recorded and posted these clips — Johannes Vollebregt — aka Bokete7 and proposed giving the artists a proper release. Then he found the artists and recorded and recorded and recorded.
This is a case of music lovers, field recordists and publishers joining forces to shed some light on a community of musicians more than worthy of international attention.
An original technique and eccentric style of guitar playing that has only been developed in Botswana
This music is being recorded and released for the first time
A compilation of songs from various masters of this style musicians
A YouTube phenomenon with millions of views
High quality 180g vinyl release that includes a 36page colour booklet with information about the artists, their music and the country
Download code includes 8 more tracks that are not available online
A1. Solly Sebotso – Rampoka
A2. Sibongile Kgaila – Murraynyana
A3. Western – Machikilani
A4. Batlaadira Radipitse – A Re Tsosoloseng Ngwao
A5. Ronnie Moipolai – Ditakaneng
A6. Oteng Piet – Ngwana Wa Dichabeng
B1. Sibongile Kgaila – Tika Molamu
B2. Annafiki Ditau – Re Babedi
B3. Solly Sebotso – Fong Kong
B4. Sibongile Kgaila – Gladys
B5. Babsi Barolong – Ke A Tsamaya
Bonus Download Tracks
1. Batlaadira Radipitse – Ke Nnete
2. Annafiki Ditau – Mma Thabo
3. Western – Cell Phone
4. Ronnie Moipolai – Special
5. Solly Sebotso – Chaba Bakweni
6. Babsi Barolong – Condom
7. Batlaadira Radipitse – Mmamanthwane
8. Oteng Piet – Mmat