Udu Drum (Water Drums)

The udu is a plosive aerophone (in this case implosive) and an idiophone of the Igbo of Nigeria. In the Igbo language, ùdù means ‘vessel’. Actually being a water jug with an additional hole, it was played by Igbo women for ceremonial uses. Usually the udu is made of clay. The instrument is played by hand. The player produces a bass sound by quickly hitting the big hole. There are many ways that the pitches can be changed, depending on how the hand above the small upper hole is positioned. Furthermore, the whole corpus can be played by fingers. Today it is widely used by percussionists in different music styles.

Bel Canto – Shimmering, Warm & Bright (1992)

Musically this album is solidly placed in the world of electronica. Analogue instruments can be heard throughout the album, but the most important and defining sounds in the soundscape here are electronic. Mellow, dreamy, melancholy and slightly sad sounding is as good a description as any of this album in general. As for the individual songs here, all of them are good. There are differences in rhythms, tempo and style en masse here, but all of the songs are mesmerizing and captivating.… Read more

Wayne Jones – Lifescapes: Yoga

The music on this album in the Lifescapes series is recorded in the best traditions of such famous New Age composers as Deuter, Kamal and Anugama. The album impresses with its calmness, grandeur and beauty. It is ideal for practicing yoga and meditation. Very nice, you can even say a great album Wayne Jones, released in the series Lifescapes. Amazing enchanting melodies of the flute, mysterious mystical atmosphere of another reality.… Read more