Bushmen of the Kalahari

altMaking music is the most primeval form of human expression, imbued with a mystical power to communicate at an instinctual level that transcends language and speaks directly to the soul. The San Bushmen - the indigenous people of the southern African region are Africa's oldest inhabitants, having lived in the region for approximately twenty-five thousand years. For them, music and dance are not merely creative expressions, but an integral part of their being. 


  1. Bushmen of the Kalahari
  2. Sanscapes Vol. 1
  3. Sanscapes Vol. 2

Analt essential element of the San cultural identity is their medicine dance and music, in which they use rhythm to heal both the individual and the collective. The medicine men have a supernatural potency within them called n/um that enables them to cure sickness. To activate this substance they dance and sing, creating sounds and a tempo that heats the n/um, causing it to rise up to their heads and evoke trance. Tragically, after decades of systematic marginalisation and dislocation, the modern world threatens these ancient people, their culture as hunter-gatherers, and their strange and beautiful music. The San involved in both the original Melt recordings Pops Mohamed Presents the Bushmen of the Kalahari, and the forthcoming remix projects come from an area of Namibia called the Omaheke Region, bordering with Botswana. In May 2001 four San musician Ngube, Anna,Kuela and Marcela visited England to launch the SanScape Project. Performing with Pops Mohamed and Zena Edwards, the artists were reunited after their success at the . There are over twenty different San groups distinguished by their language spread over Southern Africa. There are seven different San groups in Namibia with Ngube, Anna, and Marcela from the Noa, based in the corridor in the Omaheke Region. Kuela is from the Dcuikhoe tribe in Botswana.  alt