This recording project is based on an intention to create music and sounds that soothe babies in utero and outside the womb, as well as pregnant women.
The idea took root and grew, with the inclusion of percussive duo Intone and singer and Xhosa-bow player iNDWE, and culminated in three days of recording in a cave off the West Coast of South Africa, one with a history dating back some 60 000 years, over three different eras of ancient human habitation. The two musical entities thus created this double album to honour where we come from biologically as well as anthropologically.
While the compositions are based on the mother-child relationship, we believe we’ve created healing music for people at all stages in the lifecycle.
The music, and all natural sounds on this recording, are a true, live representation of a moment in time, as it happened. No overdubs, no post production edits.
Intone and iNDWE would like to thank:
Herman and Kitta Burger of Steenbokfontein Seeplaas, and the location team: Jonny Blundell,
Dave Langemann, Marissa van Minnen, Thomas and Martijn Roos, and Bruce Meissener.
Special thanks to Nino Rivera. We are also grateful to our families for their support.
released July 8, 2017
James van Minnen:
frame drums, cajon, shakers, reeds, claves, foot shakers
udu, bayan, kidi, didgeridoo, frame drums, foot shakers
vocals, uHadi bow, uMqangi bow, Ama khatsha khatsha (foot shakers)
Recorded by Dave Langemann at Steenbokfontein caves, South Africa, 12-14 April 2017
Produced by Jonny Blundell
Mixed by Dave Langemann Mastered by Tim Lengfeld
Copyright © Rootspring Records 2017 www.rootspring.co.za
Photographs by Bruce Meissener Design by Marissa van Minnen