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Missa Luba

Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin
29 Jan. 2014 | Format: MP3

£3.79 (VAT included if applicable)
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1:44
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 29 Jan. 2014
  • Release Date: 29 Jan. 2014
  • Label: Sunday Club Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 Sunday Club Records
  • Total Length: 28:49
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  • ASIN: B00I659MIM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,178 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar. 2014
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Haunting recording capturing an essence of the human spirit ranging across a world brutally colonised and "civilised" as its people were herded into specially prepared compounds to tend rubber plantations whilst having their arms chopped off if they resisted. Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" captures the other side to the coin embroidered on this disc.

Here the people subject to the regime congregate together to detail a profound human essence cascading odes of joy in being alive, steeped in pathos the chants, songs and spirituals strive forever forward. It is an African "Carmina Burana" in its lifting of the spirit into realms lying above the mundane.

Initially attracted to the music to listen to the song from "IF," the music is much more than just this one piece as it leads the listener into other worlds. Soothing, without ever being banal, it bottles a sense of somewhere else, which has no comparison except with the litanies produces within churches which is apt because this was the starting point for this exercise. But this takes it somewhere else.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ewan Alexander on 16 Dec. 2009
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A classic, recorded in the Congo in the fifties/early sixties I think. Used in the soundtrack to the film 'If'. I'm an atheist but the way this mass is sung is sublime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irene O'Brien on 10 Sept. 2013
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Chosen for sentimental reasons I first bought this on vynil for my husband after he heard it on the radio on the drive to work over 40 years since. I was amazed to find it on CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By happy crafter on 30 Sept. 2013
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I had this music on tape years ago and have updated to the CD. It hasn't aged at all. Still exciting!
Delivery was really quick.
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By P. F. Sinclair on 3 July 2014
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This was what I was looking for, heard the music in the filmIf, had to get hold of it. Very good, thanks.
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This recording on vinyl was one of my first purchases into World Music over thirty years ago. Having migrated to cd a long time ago I tried unsuccessfully to replace the record and was delighted to recently discover it had become available on cd.
And yes, it is still a superb listen with rich and emotional singing in Congolese style with native drumming backing that conveys the purity and authenticity of this early recording.
Not the highest current studio recording quality, but hugely listenable and enjoyable music.
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By Terry Collins on 6 May 2015
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Had this album years ago on vinyl am so pleased to be reunited with the music, particularly the track from the film 'if'.
Arrived very promptly.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Shimmin on 18 Dec. 2013
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The LP recorded more than 50 years ago as "Missa Luba" has been re-issued recently. It must be among a very small number in the category of world music to remain in production after so long. The category is not wrong, but confining this complex work to any narrow category is a huge mistake. It stands as a triumph of the human soul and a perpetual gift from the Luba peoples living in the Kaatanga region of colonial Belgian Congo, now Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The contemporary story behind this recording begins with Maurice Jan Lodewijk Haazen, who took the name Guido on becoming a Franciscan friar, joking that, "It was one of the only ones left." As a child, Haazen, his seven siblings and parents sang together regularly, and particularly enjoyed works by masters of Church music such as Palestrina, Bach, and di Lassus. They must have been an accomplished small ensemble. His goal of becoming a missionary to China following his ordination in 1947 was thwarted by the protracted civil war. In 1953 he reluctantly agreed to take a position at the St. Bavo Catholic Mission school for boys in the city of Kamina, in the southernmost province of Congo.

Fr. Haazen organized the first youth choir at Kamina, selecting 40 boys, calling them Les Troubadours, and introducing Flemish children's folk songs translated into Swahili and arranged for two or three vocal parts. In a 2003 interview with American graduate student Marc Foster, Haazen recalled, "Soon I discovered the unbelievable musicality of the Africans. Their songs, their dances and their profound sense of rhythm were a revelation to me. But to my great disappointment I noticed that in our missionary church they only sang the old European hymns and songs that they had learned from our missionary priests!
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