Recorded in Bénin in 1958, 1969 and in 1996-1999, the pieces of this album and the various photographs (from the 1950s to 2009) show the richness and the diversity of Yoruba singing and instrumental musicianship: Through ritual and entertainment music, those voices of memory rise unchanged for many decades.
The 1958 recordings by G Rouget are legendary in field recording circles - an extract was released as a single to accompany his article Un chromatisme africain (L'Homme, 1961, tome 1 n°3. pp. 32-46) but the recordings made between 1996 and 1999 by Madeleine Leclairare are equally powerful, strange and beautiful indicating the longevity of the rituals and entertainments at their root. The two-CD book presentation includes some of the photos from the 1950s expedition and extensive notes on the musical instruments, songs and history of the Yoruba people of Benin.