Award-winning Atlanta-based archival record label Dust-to-Digital has two very different upcoming releases due in June.
First up, to be released June 1st, is Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris. Representing the life’s work of audio recordist, filmmaker, folklorist and teacher William Ferris, the set will include three CDs, one DVD and a 120-page hardcover book in full color. Ferris began at a young age documenting the artwork, music and lives of the people working on farms and in his local community in rural Mississippi near Vicksburg. The three CDs included in this set feature blues and gospel field recordings, interviews and storytelling, the DVD offers footage and documentary films and the book compiles photos and artwork – all housed in a sturdy cigar box.
Then on June 15th, Dust-to-Digital will release Listen All Around: The Golden Age of Central and East African Music, a compilation of recordings that legendary ethnomusicologist and field-recording pioneer Hugh Tracey made between 1950-1958. The recordings on the two CDs were made in the Belgian Congo (now the Dominican Republic of the Congo), Kenya, Tanganyika and Zanzibar (now Tanzania); photos and detailed liner notes in the accompanying 84-page hardcover book offer insight and context.