Dust-to-Digital will be taking us to Morocco next. The award-winning Atlanta-based history-minded record label may have started out by chronicling vintage, little heard American music, mostly obscure country and folk recordings from the Southeast, but in recent years founders Lance and April Ledbetter have been increasingly expanding their reach to the far ends of the globe.
Due out April 1st, the 4-CD set and accompanying book, Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, collects field recordings made by American expatriate, composer and author Bowles during a six-month sojourn crisscrossing Morocco audiotaping traditional music under the auspices of the Library of Congress. Bowles traveled an estimated 25,000 miles around the North African nation, capturing the vocal and instrumental music of tribes and other indigenous populations at 23 locations. In 1972, the Library of Congress issued a double LP titled Music of Morocco, which is included here in its entirety along with a wealth of otherwise unreleased recordings.
The collection is housed in a silkscreened cigar box with foil stamping detailing, along with an 120-page leatherette book with an introduction by Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and field notes by Bowles.