12 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

fancyfeettr ,


I recently saw a piece choreographed to this music by Smuin Ballet. I loved the music and saved the program so I could go find it... and here I am. Really wonderful ambiance of these pieces... Sunday morning coffee and relaxation. :)

Catara Beverly ,

My favorite Kronos Album

This is hands down my favorite Kronos Quartet album. I listened to them live several times in different phases of my life. They even played "Escalay" for me as an encore in tiny Eisenach, Germany. I met them after the show and they were very kind. Worth every penny!!

oh•vell ,

First review? Really?

This is really some good stuff that has obviously not garnered the public's acknowledgment I believe it deserves.
The whole work beholds the beautiful nature of the african folk tales that it sought out to depict, while at the same time hybridizing the on-par beauty of the [comparatively] Western music of european traditions. Through whatever criticism this recording has apparently received, I think it shares a very good understanding of the cultures it colorfully illustrates, while also remaining accessible to the unfamiliarized listener.
It has a very sanguine and optimistic vibe to it throughout, while maintaining a serious undertone all the while... Reflecting an authentic and true attitude of many Africans, past and present. This sans-vocals music exudes an aura that feels very genuine and respective.

Overall a beautiful piece of music to sit down with, I would recommend it to anyone with an open mind to both African traditional folk music AND classical stylings - so, good luck, because those people seem so hard to find sometimes.

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