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Spirit In the Water

by Leni Stern

Leni Stern's 2009 EP returns to Africa and beyond...
Genre: World: African- West
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  Song Share Time Download
1. House of Thieves
4:00 $0.99
2. Sera
5:12 $0.99
3. Spirit In the Water
5:59 $0.99
4. In My Dream
4:11 $0.99
5. Show Me Your Face
3:47 $0.99
6. Tell Me
3:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
Singer/guitarist Leni Stern wraps her arms around a global sound on her striking new EP, ‘Sprit In the Water’. Fueled by recent journeys to India, Mali, Madagascar and elsewhere, Stern has delivered an intense collection of songs that combine South Indian Ragas (sung in the local dialect of Tamil) with haunting tales of African sorcerers, sung in Wollof, the language of Senegal, and more. Recording on analog tape, Stern creates a warm, soulful sound for the EP, recalling jazz and rock albums of the 1960’s.

leni stern: guitars, voice,
mamadou ba: bass
will lee: bass
harvey wirht: drumset
tim keiper: drumset, shakers
brahim fribgane: oud
makan kouyate: kalabash
yacouba sissoko: kora
kofo: talking drum, voice
bassekou kouyate: jelly n'goni
ami sacko: vocals
mabarra soumanou: vocals
awa sango: vocals
haruna samake: camala n'goni
prince: calabash, tama
kofo: talking drum, vocals
solo doumbia: percussion
andara kouyate:
jelly n'goni, n'goni bas

produced by andy tommasi
and leni stern
engineered by andy tommasi, kona, and abou cisse
mixed by andy tommasi at bedford studio



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Wonderful World music of Africa
"Spirit In the Water" by Leni Stern is a World Beat album bringing the Western world the haunting melodies and rhythm driven music of Africa. Leni Stern's voice is haunting and beautiful, and holds her own over the large band playing along with her. 18 different people are credited with being a part of the recording, playing interesting instruments ranging from the shakers to the camala n'goni. She often switches lyrics between English and African dialects as you will hear in the song "Tell Me." Other songs seem to tell old African tales like "House of Thieves." If you're looking for something very different and very musical, you'll do well with the wonderful CD "Spirit In the Water."