July 18, 1998 Eugene Oregon, USA Based Band "SHUMBA" Plays The african Classic "KAPOATZO" + other favorites  

 

One of the longest established bands in this area, the band SHUMBA has at least been around since 1982 playing rarely seen african instruments including 5 sizes and types of Marimbas, and occasional african language vocals.  This performance took place on July 18, 1998 on a small open air stage overlooking the bank of the North Umpqua  and within a hundred foot distance of the junction of the South Umpqua river at River Forks Park in Roseburg, Oregon during the annual River Appreciation Celebration event.  This band has only produced one CD release in all its history.  

Sonic Studios did this initial test recording to see if a formal live outdoor setting would be better for producing their next CD as opposed to the multi-mic'd recording studio method of the previous release....... I'm, at least very encouraged by the results of this impromptu test recording to do their next release in a similar manner, but with a bit more 'Bob' control over the loudspeakers next time ...... you decide if you like what you hear, let me or the band know ....... so that direct news of the new CD can be sent via E-Mail when ready to distribute.

The Personally worn DSM microphones were within 2 feet distance and front centered with the 12' x12' stage.  The stage was only 5 inches raised above the park lawn with the DSM mics positioned about 1.5 feet height above the stage floor; I was in the sitting position on the lawn .  A small group of listeners and dancers were to the sides and behind my position.  This performance was (unfortunately) PA'd by microphones on the instruments , with the loudspeakers off the stage's outside front side edges.  Fortunately, I did get 'Bob',  the sound man, to turn down the PA enough so the acoustical instrument sounds were much better heard over the speakers from my recording position.  As a result, the direct sounds of the African instruments are well represented, and the PA speaker sounds help with the thumb harps, but also provide more ambient sound to be reflected back to the recording position from the surrounding grassy slopes located 100-200 feet away from the stage.

Recording Equipment:

  • Sonic Studios DSM-6S/M headworn stereo microphones
  • Sony TCD-D100 MOD-2 DAT Deck .
 
TYPICAL MARIMBA BAND IMAGES. NO IMAGES OF THE "SHUMBA" EUGENE GROUP FOUND ANYWHERE AT THIS TIME DOWNLOAD (46 MEG) SHUMBA'S Rendition of "KAPOATZO" & OTHER SONGS ..... 25 MIN  

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