Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of Mganga! – The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo by Tak Shindo.
About this copy: This copy of Mganga! is a 1958 U.S. stereo pressing on the Edison International label.
The cover is VG++ with slight general wear. There is a very small (1 cm) split at the top right corner. There is a sticker on both the front and back cover that says “Tri-Dimensional Stereophonic Sound.”
The stereo disc is M- with one or two spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl. Clean disc!
A beautiful copy of a rare exotica LP that is difficult to find in stereo. It’s an extraordinarily good recording, too.
Background: Released in 1958 on the tiny Edison International label, Mganga! – The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo was the first album by American musician/composer Tak Shindo.
It’s more than a bit ironic that Tak Shindo’s most “exotic” album, the superb Mganga!, boasts no connection to his own Japanese heritage, instead focusing on the primal rhythms and tribal chants of Africa. Rooted largely in the arranger’s experience on the Latin jazz circuit, its Afro-Cuban rhythms, sampled animal sounds, and chants capture an African musical culture based far more in fantasy than reality, much as rival exotica maestros like Martin Denny and Les Baxter conjured interpretations of the Far East driven by suppositions and daydreams. Shindo documents an Africa informed by libraries and dancehalls, not first-hand experience. That said, Mganga! is vibrant and intoxicating, with a rhythmic intensity quite uncommon for its era. For an artificial experience, it packs a genuine wallop.
You can listen to the title track here:
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Edison International|
|Year of Release:||1958|