Bitter Funeral Beer

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Bitter Funeral Beer
Bitter Funeral Beer.jpg
Studio album by Bengt Berger
RecordedJanuary 1981
ProducerManfred Eicher
Bengt Berger chronology
Bitter Funeral Beer
Praise Drumming

Bitter Funeral Beer is an album by Swedish ethnomusicologist, drummer, and composer Bengt Berger recorded in 1981 and released on the ECM label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick awarded the album 4½ stars stating "the combination of stunningly gorgeous repeating themes and inspired improvising make one wish the music would never stop. This recording, though little known, is one of the very finest items ever released by ECM. While wonderful in and of itself, it might also serve as a fine introduction to West African music, albeit via a circuitous route through Stockholm".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All traditional compositions arranged by Bengt Berger
  1. "Bitter Funeral Beer" - 9:18
  2. "Blekete" - 3:05
  3. "Chetu" - 3:20
  4. "Tongsi" - 5:03
  5. "Darafo/Funeral Dance (Dar Kpee)" - 22:16
    • Recorded at Decibel Studios in Stockholm, Sweden in January 1981



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed September 15, 2011
  2. ^ a b Olewnick, B.Allmusic Review accessed September 15, 2011