2011 in 5 tracks

Symphony of Science : Children of Africa “Singabantwana beAfrika” Remix download

John Boswell’s amazing anthropological melodisation mashup (featuring scientists Jacob Bronowski, Alice Roberts, Carolyn Porco, Jane Goodall, Robert Sapolsky, Neil deGrasse Tyson and David Attenborough) is brought firmly onto African soil in this Xhosa language remix with Ntuthu Nyiki and Jerome Sitengile.

Ulwandle (The Ocean)download

Ntuthu Nyiki delivered this – words, melody and performance, in one take, over a smouldering bed of strings, guitars and keys. So heed her voice: “Ulwandle lubanzi” – the ocean is deep. ©Nic Paton 2011.

Arc of the Crane

An elegant cello etude from “Wilderness Within”; the grace of gliding flight. ©Nic Paton / Fat Mama Publishing 2011.

Skip and Jump

From Kids collection “Twana Toons”, a carefree whistle figure with claps, calabash, cheeky bass clarinet, rambunctious talking drum, and impish mouth harp. ©Nic Paton / Fat Mama Publishing 2011.

Rih (Wind)

This ones got a one-way ticket to Al Jazeera! Hot winds off the desert, and the sinewy sounds of Zouk, Clarinet, Darbouka and Udu. ©Nic Paton 2011.