Mickey Hart and Planet Drum – Supralingua (Shout Factory, 2008)
Originally released in 1998, Supralingua is part of a collection of drumming masterpieces reissued by Shout! Factory. In addition to the outstanding collection of drumming masters that percussion visionary Mickey Hart has accustomed us to, the album also includes Tibetan chants by real monks (not samples), vocals and a wide range of sounds made by Hart himself using his computer-controlled machine called RAMU. With the RAMU, Hart is able to generate the sounds of the didjeridu (a favorite of San Francisco Bay Area world music acts), flutes, vocal samples, kalimba and much more.
The list of percussionists is a dream team: Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, Sikiru Adepoju and David Garibaldi. The musicians create a hypnotic percussive ambiance, combined with mesmerizing melodies that span the globe. The tribal drumming collective explores Afro-Cuban beats, Tibetan mantras, Australian Aboriginal soundscapes, African drumming and much more.
If you love drums, get this global beat classic. Shout! Factory has reissued this year other drumming gems by Mickey Hart’s various projects.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.