Victoria Falls
Music from the Film

Many of you wrote in with questions about the music from Victoria Falls.  The film included music from three commercial artists: Miriam Makeba, Rokia Traore, and Ayub Ogada.  The rest of the music comes from stock music albums.  While we won’t be able to offer a soundtrack for purchase, here is the complete list.

1.
Composer: Steve Carter
Song: The Construction
Album: Human Endeavour

2.
Perfomer: Miriam Makeba
Song: Amampondo
Album: Africa

3.
Composer: Philip Sheppard
Song: Searching Within
Album: Cinematic Minimalism

4.
Composer: Terry Devine-King
Song: Dangerous Games
Album: Editor’s Series – Ethnic

5.
Performer: Miriam Makeba
Song: Olilili
Album: Africa

6.
Composer: Daniel Pemberton
Song: Track 22
Album: A Serious Case of Documentary

7.
Composer: Daniel Pemberton
Song: Perfect Picture
Album: A Serious Case of Documentary

8.
Composers: Alessandro Rizzo/Elliot Ireland
Song: Track 8
Album: Cinematic Underscore

9.
Composer: Steve Carter
Song: Quiet Courage
Album: Emotional Depths-Full Mixes

10.
Composer & Performer: Ayub Ogada
Song: Ondiek
Album: En Mana Kyuyo

11.
Composer: Philip Sheppard
Song: Moment of Ambience
Album: Cinematic Minimalism

12.
Composer: Daniel Pemberton
Song: Emerging Triumph – Simple Mix
Album: Ultimate Journeys

13.
Composer: Daniel Pemberton
Song: The Grand Canyon
Album: Ultimate Journeys

14.
Composer: John Parricelli
Song: Great Salt Lake
Album: Emotional Depths

15.
Composers: Alessandro Rizzo/Elliot Ireland
Song: Can Rough Be Smooth
Album: Cinematic Underscore

16.
Composer: Daniel Pemberton
Song: Silencer
Album: A Serious Case of Documentary

17.
Composers: Causse Francois/Pierre Chereze
Song: Wolof Wedding
Album: Guitar Traveller

18.
Composer: David Bradnum
Song: Moonlight
Album: An African Journey Part 3

19.
Performer: Rokia Traore
Song: Finini
Album: Mouneissa

20.
Composer: Philip Sheppard
Song: Tearing Tears
Album: Cinematic Minimalism

21:
Composers: Eddy Oldo/Igor Dvorkin
Song: Waan Wathi
Album: Africa, Songs

22.
Composer: Philip Sheppard
Song: Tearing Tears
Album: Cinematic Minimalism

23.
Composer: Ian Boddy
Song: Deep
Album: Living Planet

24.
Composer: Miriam Makeba
Song: Umhome
Album: Africa

25.
Composer: Steve Carter
Song: Quiet Courage B
Album: Emotional Depths – Underscores

26.
Composer: John Parricelli
Song: At Peace in the Wilderness
Album: Emotional Depths

27.
Composer: Ian Body
Song: Gale Force
Album: The Elements

28.
Composer: Philip Sheppard
Song: Unearthly Panorama
Album: Cinematic Minimalism

29.
Composer: Anthony Phillips
Song: Damascus
Album: Documentary Undercurrents

30.
Composer: Harry Vaman
Song: Levitation
Album: The Unknown

31.
Composer: John Parricelli
Song: Soft Notes
Album: Emotional Depths

32.
Composer: Steve Carter
Song: Regeneration (strings only)
Album: Human Endeavour

33.
Composer: Jonathan Maris/Antony Smith
Song: Doldrum
Album: The Elements

34.
Composer: Anthony Phillips
Song: Solar Flare
Album: Documentary Undercurrents

35.
Composer: Ian Boddy
Song: Force of Nature
LP: Living Planet

36.
Composer: Udi Harpaz
Song: Jungle Combat
LP: Epic Empire

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  • chris kulish

    Is it possible that you will be putting together a compilation of this wonderful music into a cd?

  • Nat Adam

    which thumb piano song goes with the grunting hippo and the quillia birds ?

  • NATURE Online

    Unfortunately, we won’t be able to release a soundtrack for this music.

  • jamberjacks

    thanks!

  • Sancy

    Thanks much, esp. for the album references! Nice to see my “guesses” about Miriam Makeba were probably right.

  • Annah

    Thanks! Ayub Ogada is one of my musical heroes. I wish more people knew about him. I’m looking forward to checking out some of the other songs. Great choices!

  • Christine

    Thanks so much for listing the music for this!

  • Romeo P

    Thank you for sharing the list!
    A CD (or set of 2) with this music would be on my priorities list if it were available.

    Romeo

  • Chris

    I found the music annoying, too loud, and a distraction from the narration. It was a very bad idea in my opinion and caused me to turn off the program. In contrast, the discrete and unobtrusive background sound in the program on the Balkans was excellent. Background “noise”, especially drumming noises, are really intolerable, although probably cheap to produce. I presume that is the reason for them.l

  • Anjali Chugh

    A beautiful poetry in motion. Was SO very homesick!

  • Bill

    Memo to Chris:
    Just turn your volume down or mute it. That way, all of us normal people can enjoy the program as it was intended.

  • Shimon

    The sound/music is typical of PBS/Nature – glossy, predictable, almost Disney-esque. You either like it or you don’t. The producers probably fear that anything else might lead to a channel switch. Hippo bulls augmented with timpani, eagles fishing with new age electronics – Western culture layered over stunning, high-tech visuals. Heaven forbid they use musicians or sounds from the immediate area.

    I’m most bothered by the script – written by someone with a far better command of English than the African narrator. I’m surprised there weren’t subtitles. But that’s probably too much for your average “family” audience.

    The BBC seems to have gone in exactly the same direction with their “Life” series.

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