According to all maps and witness accounts, Germany does not officially have any tropical forests. This is of no concern to Schulte however, who has unearthed many stunning examples of tropical drum music recorded there. Perhaps the number of botanical gardens and palm houses in Germany confused musicians into mistaking the climate, or maybe it was just a happy blend of escapism and multi-cultural integration within musical scenes that spawned such a curious output of undefinable tribal folk jazz.
Most of the tracks picked by Schulte were released on small labels in the late 80’s. The musicians involved were mainly traditionally schooled, born and raised in Germany.
A1 Om Buschman – Klang Fängt An
A2 Total Art of Percussion – Wuhan Wuchang
A3 Argile – Tagtraum Eines Elefanten
A4 Rüdiger Oppermann’s Harp Attack – Troubadix In Afrika
B1 Argile – Kleine Rosa Wolke
B2 Sanza – Sounouh
B3 Om Buschman – Prima Kalimba
C1 Drumming Birds (Bob Moses & Billy Martin) – Boat Song Part II
C2 Ralf Nowy – Akili Mali
C3 Trimopen – Wagagroove
C4 Om Buschman – Hey Tata Gorem
D1 Om Buschman – Hey Tata Gorem (Wolf Müller Edit)
D2 TCP – At The Water-Hole (Wolf Müller Edit)