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  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000005J15
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Let's face it, when you look at the title, you think this can't possibly work, and I still find it difficult to believe. I first heard the Volans track 'White Man Sleeps' on the invaluable 'Late Junction' on Radio 3 (what a great introduction to new music, of all shapes and sizes). However, the entire album came as a great and exciting discovery: who would have thought you could marry traditional (African) instruments with a chamber quartet as exacting and structured as the Kronos Quartet, and have a blissfully happy outcome? For that's what we have here: a quartet format and discipline augmented by the sounds and rhythms of Africa, which has a smile on its face, and at times really 'sings' with joy.
Tired of the astringency of modern composition/composers? Acquire this unexpected treasure, and feel those smile muscles reappear! Excellent performance and lovely, clear production job. Uniquely engaging.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daliborsky on 7 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Kronos Quartet is famous for merging different musical notions with their style, the result in this african journey is just that - highly recommended for all old Kronos fans and those who are becoming ones.
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By Catherine Hutchinson on 9 Sept. 2014
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Excellent all round. CJD
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By G.Parfitt on 25 Dec. 2014
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Very good ,thanks.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Buy this CD! 2 Mar. 2000
By Jon M Altbergs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I largely consider myself an alternative rock fan and to describe my knowledge of classical music as "limited" would be kind. I first got to know Kronos when they covered Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and had a video (which I saw once) on either VH1 or MTV. I was fascinated, so when they came to perform at my college (back in 1992) I went to see them. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. They didn't play, they didn't perform in the sense that most classical artists I've seen perform. It has one-half recital, one-half performance art.
So, I rushed out and bought a CD--fortunately it was "Pieces of Africa." I have since bought about half of Kronos's CDs, and all of their releases since, but this one ranks as my favorite. Why? It is joyful, uplifiting, and spiritual without being sentimental. It is a beautiful CD, rich in texture and melody. The quartet is often accompanied by vocalists, drummers, and other African musicians in a way that doesn't simply "feature" them, but integrates them. You can feel the collaboration among the artists.
Above all, this CD offers an accessible, non-threatening introduction to Kronos and their work. If you never explore beyond this CD, never buy Tan Dun or Night Prayers, your life will still be better for having heard this wonderful music.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Pieces that fit together a continent 29 Aug. 2000
By C. Packer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
More than just a compilation of great music by noted African composers, the album is a repository for the emotional richness of Africa. Each piece is lively, intricate and accessible. There is much joy here; the tracks are full of happiness, heat and nightfall. Also sorrow, but that's Africa, too. A friend gave this to me when I happened to be writing a book about Africa, and it became my soundtrack. I have given dozens of CDs to friends who love Africa. From "Sunset" by Foday Musa Suso to "Waterwheel" by Hamza El Din, "Pieces of Africa" is one of the great musical adventures of the past decade.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An incredible choice to study and relax 17 Nov. 1998
By A Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Three or four years ago, I heard 'Pieces of Africa' recommended on NPR for those who enjoy Paul Simon's album influenced by African/South American music (The Rhythm of the Saints album, I believe). When I purchased it (on tape), it became quickly apparent my money was well-spent. I enjoy classical music, but am not extremely knowledgable about it and enjoy something extra. Kronos Quartet, of course, has that extra, and every one of my friends who have heard me listening to it want a copy for themselves. I'm purchasing a compact disc for my friend today. For all four years, I've listened to it frequently to study, relax, or get motivated, and I've never tired of it--I don't think it's possible!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable program -- folksy, ethnic, and complex in turns 10 May 2011
By T. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Kronos Quartet first caught my eye with their performances of music by Terry Riley. I kind of consider them the Flecktones of the classical world (a reference to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) -- virtuoso musicians who head off in a bunch of different musical directions and who can always be counted on for something new and inventive. That certainly holds true here as well.

I feel there are three basic kinds of music on this CD. First are the pieces from traditions of sub-Saharan Africa (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6 and 12). These are usually folksy tunes, with additional instruments, percussion and/or voices. The feel of these pieces is generally speaking upbeat. I think anyone who enjoys music by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra will appreciate these short pieces -- I found the general feeling and atmosphere very compatible with the Penguin Cafe, although this is certainly more African in the specific details.

The second category are pieces from North African traditions with more of a Middle Eastern flavor (tracks 2 and 5). Again, very nice music for what it is.

The third category is the only longer, multi-movement piece, "White Man Sleeps" by South African composer Kevin Volans. This is the only work that falls in a category that could be referred to a "classical" in the sense most people think of. It is a wonderful string quartet work and a really nice centerpiece for this album.

So if I have all these good things to say about it, why do I give the album four stars instead of five? While I like the music and appreciate the non-traditional use of the string quartet, I just didn't feel the string quartet added much to the bulk of the sub-Saharan music (the first category above). I mean, you could play Bob Marley on a massive pipe organ, but why would you? This is kind of that feeling.

I almost always appreciate efforts to build bridges between musical, cultural and spiritual traditions, and I appreciate this one as well. But this music doesn't really need a string quartet -- fiddler or two would do fine. And basically that's the role the strings play. Nice fiddling, and a bit of fun.

Get it for "White Man Sleeps" and even the North African stuff, where the strings blend in more naturally. Don't get me wrong, this record is recommended. But in the end, much of it comes across more as a noble experiment than a roaring success.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
spiritually uplifting......fantastic!!!! 27 Sept. 1999
By nonsuch94@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
from a drummers perspective: this is one of the most meditative, subtlely complex, works i've come across in some time. that means i think it rocks, in a good way....
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