Halm, strå, bambus og sykkelvaier (Stubble, straw, bamboo and bicycle brake wire) by Anders Rønningen, with valuable contribution from many of his musical friends on Madagascar, is probably the most exotic Christmas release this year.
«I have enjoyed myself making this album a few late nights at Christmas time in 2013 at Antsirabe, Madagascar, where I have been so fortunate to live and work for a while.
It can be challenging to produce Christmas spirit when poverty is leaning against the wall outside, begging for food. Perhaps this has lowered the level of ambition and my willingness to gloss polish the music. I do not think it matters. The Christmas message might be even clearer. My Christmas dogma – and my hope for this recording – is that the simple, spontaneous, down to earth and maybe a little rusty sound will impart a Christmas feeling that does not conceal the real story that happened on the fields of Bethlehem in all its unthinkability: There, in a poor and dusty city – perhaps it was a bit like in Antsirabe – Jesus was born and laid on stubble and straw.
The main instrument on this recording is «Valiha», which is a Malagasy instrument made of bamboo and bicycle brake wire.
I think it’s a nice connection there, and therefore named this Cristmas Cd: ”Stubble, straw, bamboo and bicycle brake wire”. And with this, I wish you a great Christmas.
The product may contain traces of dust.»
Arrangements and all instruments (Valiha, guitar, kabosy, korintsana, amponga): Anders Rønningen
Technician: Toky AR
Studio: «Lovasoa Sound», which is part of L4C, Antsirabe, Madagascar. www.lovasoa.mg
Many thanks to the singers and Choir: Hege Magnusson, Liv Stavnes Mevatne, Nils Kristian Høimyhr, Jean Revoma Maksera, Toky, Anders Rønningen and Chorale Militaire LOVA
Mastering: Terje Baugerød
This recording supports The Norwegian Mission Society ”worthy life – lasting hope”.
Anders Rønningen is a Norwegian composer, arranger, ethnomusicologist, music researher and guitarist. He has lived and worked several years in Madagascar and speak the language and knows the culture very well. He also plays valiha, which is the national instrument of Madagascar.
He has lead several collaboration project between musicians and choirs from Norway, ;Madagascar and other countries, and contributed as a musician/produces/arranger in several of these. IN 2004, the album «Avtrykk» was released after a project where malagasy choirs sang well known psalms together with the Norwegian artist Kari Iveland. In 2008 he worked with the choir «Malaïka» from Cameroon, and composed together with the famous Norwegian writer and artist Ole Paus the work: «God´s Dream». This was written for female voices, string quartet, african choir and valiha, and has been performed several times.
As for now he is working free lance as composer/artist and is preparing his PhD at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Fulani is an ethnic group (about 20 million) who live in many countries in Sahel – the lower Sahara region of West Africa. They are traditionally nomads and herders. Today many are settled. The fulani culture also includes farmers, artisans, griots, and traders. About 1 million live in Mali. They are hospitable, proud and carriers of rich musical and other cultural traditions. Near the Sahara and the Niger bank they live their lives. Anyone who sits down and listens to the Fulani stories have much to learn. The recordings are made in Sevare in the Mopti region in Mali. The collaboration between singers and musicians from Norway and Mali, we want to contribute to the growing fulani church in Mali to use the music tradition in their worship. We hope that this cooperation will strengthen the ties between our two countries. Fulani voices are worth listening to. It was originally released on CD in 2009 (NO CHM 0901) and released digitally in 2013, licensed from NMS to Terje Baugerød´s label, TerjeB Production.
Daniel Dama – vocal Terje Baugerød – keyboards Harald Skullerud – pecussion, calabas, kalimba, mbira etc. Mattis Kleppen – bass Olav Torget – guitar, ngoni / konting Anders Røine – munnharpe (jew´s harp), langeleik Boukari (Woogee) Coulibaly – Woogeeru (1-string violin) Boussoura Coulibaly – Sereendu (fulaniflute) Anne Flugstad – vocal Esther Hodi – vocal Dorcas Isac – vocal Sangere fra Sangverket m.fl. – choir
music / lyrics: Daniel Dama arr: Terje Baugerød translations: Rigmor Frøyen ill.: Randi Eilertsen graphic form: Bjørnar Nørstebø
produced, recorded and mixed by: Terje Baugerød mastering / CD-production: Cutting Room
Recorded in Sevare, Mali and Oslo, Norge
Label no: HZ7-002 (digital) / NO CHM 0901 (CD)
RELEASE DATE: 10. june 2009 (CD) / 25. november 2013 (digital)
Fulanimesse was initiated by Det Norske Misjonsselskap (www.nms.no) in 2004. The background was the completing of the translation of the New Testament to Fulfulde Mazina, the language spoken by the Fulanipeople in the north of Mali. The music is partly composed by Terje Baugerød inspired by his traveling in Mali and partly traditional music from Mali and Senegal. Solo Cissokho (1963-2019) was a kora-master and grioth from Casamance, Senegal. The musicians on Fulanimesse is some of Norways most experienced with african music. The recording is produced by Per Oddvar «Prots» Hildre and Terje Baugerød. It was originally released on CD in 2005 (NO CHM 0501) and is now for the first time released digitally, licensed from NMS to Terje Baugerød´s label, TerjeB Production.
Solo Cissokho – kora, vocal Terje Baugerød – keyboards, composer, arranger Mannskoret Herrer (Choir of Men)
Jon Arne Kjærstad – conductor
Harald Skullerud – percussion Helge Harstad – bass Olav Torget – guitar, ngoni/konting, vocal Anne Flugstad – vocal Trude Kristin Klæboe – vocal Mamadi Jobarthe – flute
Rigmor Frøyen – lyrics Leif Bråten – sound engineer Jon Karlsen – ass. sound engineer / mix Randi Eilertsen – paintings Nils Arne Honningsvåg – graphic design Mastering – Cutting Room
Produced by Per Oddvar «Prots» Hildre & Terje Baugerød
Label no: HZ7-001 (digital) / NO CHM 0501 (CD)
RELEASE DATE: 9. may 2005 (CD) / 25. november 2013 (digital)