David Bradnum's radio series, easily the best of the year – Observer

Pick of the week – BBC

David Bradnum travelled to some of the remotest regions of Africa, recording the sounds of rituals and ceremonies normally held in secret, meeting peoples who had rarely had contact with the western world.

 

He then recorded rituals and ceremonies in the wildernesses of Africa. His journey took him from 15,000ft mountains of Southern Ethiopia and the Valley of the Surma, to the sacred forests on the Senegal borders, from

the Peul bluesmen and nomads of the Sahel, to the erotic Swahili love songs of the Indian Ocean.

 

His African music scores and tracks have been heard in feature films, TV, Radio Brooklyn Museum of Art Passages Exhibition, African Ceremonies Book and CD (Beckwith Fisher) and his own acclaimed BBC Radio Programmes called African Journey, a four part radio series for BBC Radio 3.

DB and Surma

DB Studio with Surma

DB and Lamu

DB and Wodaabe

David Bradnum © 2014.  African images © Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher