Artist: Michael Whalen
GREAT AFRICAN MOMENTS, from Michael Whalen, is a soundtrack to a documentary of the same name from the "Nature" series of programs. What Whalen has composed here is a sonic panorama of the Africa landscape, comprised of indigenous rhythms and vocals from the Mother Continent, orchestral strings, synthesizer ambience and wildlife sounds. Rather than calling to mind African culture, the music here is more indicative of Africa's natural habitats. The track names reflect this ("The Elephants," "Mountain Gorillas" and "Rain," to name a few), as does the individual themes and melodies presented during the various compositions. This is a great album for those you seek music that captures the flavor of Africa, coupled with the mood of new age music.