Tunde Jegede | Lamentation

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by Tunde Jegede

The meditative and melodic debut album of the composer and multi-instrumentalist, Tunde Jegede, performed with members of the London Sinfonietta.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lamentation
3:22 $0.99
2. Songs of The Eternal
4:10 $0.99
3. African Path
6:53 $0.99
4. Heathaze
10:31 $0.99
5. Hill of Solitude / Valley of Festivity
8:07 $0.99
6. Caravans of Gold
6:59 $0.99
7. Buffalo's Tail
1:23 $0.99
8. Departure
5:17 $0.99
9. Song of The Waterfall
7:36 $0.99
10. Island of Cold
9:05 $0.99
11. Lamentation (Reprise)
2:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tunde's debut album was released on the Triciom label in 1995. During a hectic year co-producing his first TV documentary, Tunde also set up Triciom Records with Paul Gladstone Reid. The first release was the seminal classical album: Lamentation.

Embraced almost immediately by the classical world as a fantastic modern exponent of this idiom, Lamentation was produced by Paul Balmer. Despite its limited release, the album has found its way to a worldwide audience with little or no marketing from the small London-based label.

Lamentation was voted album of the year by Wire magazine, chosen by opera diva Maria Ewing as one of her Desert Island discs and selected by New York DJ John Shaefer to be used for the commemorative anniversary of 9/11 on U.S. public broadcasting radio. The record was also described as :

" ...Tunde's music reflects his complete harmony with his Western and African backgrounds..." - The Guardian

"...some fabulous recordings of the kora, the harp-lute, and some dangerously New Age-sounding contemporary music" - Pick of the Day / The Independent

"...Music thats made to last..." - Mojo magazine

Lamentation has been used in many national ceremonial occasions from the Far East to South Africa, the U.S. and Canada. In 2002, the entire album was played continuously on U.S. radio as the unofficial recording to commemorate the September 11th disaster in New York. A much sought after recording, Triciom has not been able to keep up with demand for Lamentation and so it remains a very rare album in more ways than one.



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Theresa M. Larson

i first heard tunde jegede and his music on npr several years ago. i searched for years for the album at every music store i walked into. then i checked amazon. still nothing. i thought i had just been lucky enough to have heard the music and heard of him and gave up my search, still holding onto the piece of paper that had the word lamentations and tunde jegede on it.

then i found cd baby while looking for another album and, on a whim, checked for this jegede album.

i'm happy to say that cd baby made my day! not only did i find a new source for "low-flying" music and find the album i had been searching for, but i found the wait was most certainly worth it.

Stephen Pocklington

Like another reviewer, I first hear bits of Lamentation on NPR shortly after its initial release. The few moments I heard on the radio left me in tears... and haunted for what seemed a terribly long time afterwards as I searched fruitlessly for a copy of the CD. When I finally found it on CD Baby I almost hesitated to buy it. Twelve years had passed. I wondered if the music would still speak to me the same way... I even wondered if I wanted it to, there being even more to lament today than in 1995, but I am truly glad i bought it.

This album is beautiful. Simply beautiful. Having only heard portions of a few cuts on the radio, I remembered the music as being evocative of sadness... what you would expect from a lament... but it is not sad, nor does it evoke sadness; rather, it is alive and celebratory, touching the heart and inviting the listener to feel whatever s/he feels already... to feel it, to let it out, to let it go... and then as i listened more I was welcomed into the richness of being fully alive, given a chance to breath deeply, and enjoy being human more than I have in a long time.

Of course, the album ends as it begins, with lamentation, and having celebrated Life with Tunde Jegede through this album, our shared lamentation seemed even deeper and sadder than I remembered... but now I feel it simply as warp of Life, which, if I allow it, makes the joys of living even sweeter.