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You are listening to MANTA's "Dr. Who Theme". See next page for their TV appearance that started the whole thing off, on ABC TV's Spicks & Specks in July 2009.

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Read below the message that appears on the CD sleeve:

For me the term ‘world music’ has been stretched almost to breaking point, with a wide assortment of artists from around the globe now claiming world music status and critics and audiences starting to worry about where to draw the lines.

When I first heard the improvisations of the three musicians, Russell Smith, Ashley Naylor and Theo Chen, who had found each other to form the ensemble now known as Manta, I realised that this is what ‘world music’ was really all about - three artists, from three cultures, three races, and three musical traditions - that could not only blend seamlessly but could elevate the music they create well beyond it’s component parts.

And that seminal live recording was as fresh and unique as I had ever heard (and after thirty years in the music business I think that is saying something), yet as grounded and sincere as each of their respective cultures dictates.

For Manta has sprung from the fusion of different musical traditions (indigenous, classical and folk) and from the bonds between men of different races from three continents - Australian Aboriginal, Anglo-Celtic and Chinese. Here lies the message and the hope of real world music, where through the joy of music we can forget our differences and where through creative inspiration we can overcome our destructive nature.

The name Manta means earth in Russell’s indigenous tongue, Pitjantjatjara, and the name aptly reflects the bond between these artists and their world, the spiritual world and the real world, the one rock that we must all share and that supports and nourishes us.

Please listen to Manta and enjoy their music in the spirit in which it was created.

Ron Brown
Executive Producer


Camel Train
Medicine Woman
Clever Man
Coming Home
Honey Ant

All songs composed by Russell Smith/Theo Chen/Ashley Naylor
Published by Big Dwarf Music / Mushroom Music (c) 2000
Copyright in all recordings Big Dwarf Music (p) 2000

Manta would like to thank Chris Thompson, Tim Cole, Paul Shire, The Didjeriedu Doctor Ron Murray, Michelle Hines, Uncle Bob Randall, Kanyini, Andy Mullins, Matthew Mullins, Sand Hill Road Pictures, Even, The Brolga Boys, David Roper, Ben Cunningham, Ben Richards at Crumpler Bags, Kentaro Nomad, Peace Boat, Ron Brown, and all our supporters for their love and help.

Recorded at ABC Studios Southbank Melbourne Australia and Martin Street Studios.

Produced and Engineered by Chris Thompson and co-Produced by Russell Smith and Ashley Naylor

Mastered by Chris Thompson at Martin Street Studios. Design by 27DC,

Management: Ron Brown, Big Dwarf Music, Melbourne, Australia
E: rbrown2@bigpond.net.au

Telephone: (within Australia) 0414 097 290
Telephone: (International) (+61) 3 9882 4319

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