Abatwa: the raw and tribal sound of African pygmies

The 4th installment of Glitterbeat’s acclaimed Hidden Musics series is dedicated to one of Africa’s most endangered peoples, Abatwa.

Rough-hewn, tribal sonics from the Rwandan borderlands. Haunted solo & group singing meets hand-fashioned string instruments and battery operated loop machines. The textures are strange and abstract but at the same time intimate and joyful. The Abatwa (“pygmy”) are one of Africa’s most endangered peoples and this album – produced by Ian Breenan (Hanoi Masters, Zomba Prison Project, Tinariwen) – is a stunning, spirited document of their deep and varied musical culture.

Abatwa (The Pygmy) – Why Did We Stop Growing Tall?, out 18th august via Glitterbeat Records.