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Various Artists: Lukas Ligeti & Beta Foly

The story behind the intriguing cross-cultural project, Lukas Ligeti & Beta Foly (Intuition 3216; 75:09), begins in 1994 with a grant from the Goethe Institute, which subsidized a trip to the Coast of Ivory by Ligeti, son of the illustrious Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti, and an avid, adventure-minded drummer. In the city of Abidjan, Ligeti led workshops and spawned the group of gifted West African musicians which became known as Beta Foly (“The Music of Us All”). Two years later, Ligeti and the still extant group, a dozen players strong, joined forces to create this unique blend of avant garde notions and traditional West African sonorities, with balaphones, reeds, drums galore, chattering guitars and vocals happily coexisting with cut ‘n paste electronic passages, courtesy of sampler-wielding Kurt Dahlke.

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