Deep in southern Africa, on the edges of the Kalahari Desert at the Namibia border, lives one of the world's oldest ethnic groups. You may know them as the Kalahari Bushmen. They call themselves, the Khoi San people.
The Khoi San have lived as a semi-nomadic community for over 25,000 years. That's before Rome, before Greece. They have a rich cultural tradition, but it's fallen by the wayside as they've been pushed from their lands. First by colonial wars … now, by ranchers and developers.
They used to number in the millions. Today, there are fewer than 100,000 left. Now we can't all travel to southern Africa, but the voices and the rhythms of the Khoi San almost take us to the Kalahari-you can hear them on a new CD called San'scapes.
Bob Duskis is the guy who tipped me off to San'Scapes. Bob's the co-founder of Six Degrees Records - a label based in San Francisco with the philosophy of mixing musicians and sounds from all over the world. Bob's joining me now and he's going to be our musical tour guide for the next few minutes.