17 April 2017
Recording of the week: Akabira for flute ensemble
This week's selection comes from Tom Miles, Metadata Manager and Curator of Europeana Music.
This song, "Akabira", was recorded by Klaus Wachsmann in Kasule, Uganda, in 1954. Nshegu is the name given to an ensemble of flute players: the five members of the ensemble (pictured) each play an end-blown, composite cone-flute with a single note (some flutes have more than one note). By playing in a particular order, the nshegu players are able to create a vibrant, complex web of sound.
Toro Flute Set, Kasule, Uganda, 6 July 1954
This is just one of over 1500 of Wachsmann's recordings which are available on British Library Sounds.