Howard Goodall is veel meer dan de componist van Blackadder of Mr. Bean... Begin deze maand verscheen zijn 'Invictus: A Passion' op CD. Daarnaast zondag bij Valckenaers & Vanhoudt ook Chemirocha, Meredith Monk, Bjarte Eike & Barokksolistene, Olivia Chaney, David Lang, Ólafur Arnalds, Joachim Badenhorst, Michael Finnissy, Nina Simone, Evam Eva x Haruka Nakamura en de betreurde Randy Weston.
THERE’S A SONG DRIFTING AROUND the backwaters of the internet called “Chemirocha.” It’s a scratchy field recording made in Kenya, in 1950, of a little village girl singing with her friends. Someone in the background strums a sort of makeshift lyre called a chepkong. The entire recording is only 90 seconds long, but it has an arresting, unearthly beauty. It’s the sort of thing that once lived only on freeform radio stations at the left of the dial, or on worn-out mix tapes passed between obsessive collectors.
This picture was taken shortly after Betts heard those recordings for the first time. To her right is Diane Thram, director of the International Library of African Music.