African penny whistle tunes - do they exist?
I have had the good fortune over the years to have met many very talented players from all over the world. Recently, in a discussion with a couple of musicians friends about the
melange of musical styles that have become blended into many presentations of ‘traditional’ tune sets, the topic of ‘African penny whistle’ tunes came up. I know, I know, - what is
‘traditional music’ anyway and what better topic for lively discussion, countless pints of Guinness and Harp (yes, we get these fine drinks in Canada) and a gang of enthusiasts
slinging out licks and tunes at a mile a minute (between ‘gulps of liquid elixir’) on their various ‘axes’. Anyway the topic of ‘Celtic flavored whistle music’ from Africa and specifically S. Africa (areas such as Free State, Lesotho, Natal and Limpopo) came up. A tune was played (don’t remember the name) but I seem to remember it being associated with the band - Afro Celt Sound System. Anyway, what I am hoping is that someone following ‘The Sessions’ discussions or possibly ‘friends of The Sessions’ might be able to direct me to any
source of ‘penny or whistle music’ - more realistically, URLs, recordings, tune charts or tune collections related to whistle music that has an African/ S. African origin and possibly with a
Celtic bent to it.
Hope this strikes a chord, would like to hear from others of similar interests.
Cheers from Montreal!