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Kronos startled their classical audience back in 1992 by releasing Pieces of Africa, a beguiling album full of - obviously - World Music, beautifully played with classical precision but African feeling. On Hamza el Din's Escalay (Waterwheel), for instance, the music suggests the slow steady rhythm of life in the fields beside the River Nile as the irrigation water is pumped up by the old-fashioned wheel; el Din was lamenting the loss of the land flooded by the Aswan Dam, and of… read more

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