Maasai - Traditional Tribal Music - Kontakt Instrument

SKU LMG-Maasai


  • Product Delivery:Digital Download (download links expire 30 days after purchase).
  • Download Size:About 1 GB compressed / 1.12 GB decompressed (1x zip file containing Kontakt Instrument files / 1x PDF Manual).
  • Required Products:You need the full software version of KONTAKT 4 or 5 from Native Instruments to load and use this library. It will not work in the Kontakt Player.
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Maasai: Traditional Tribal Music - Vocals, Village Ensembles, Drums, Instruments

Sprung from ancient traditions and rituals, music has captured the souls and spirits of millions of people since the dawn of time. These deep roots of the origin of music are found best on the original motherland of the human race. "Africa."

Maasai was recorded on location deep within the Kenyan tribal village communities. An unprecedented rich culture of rhythms, songs, and chants was discovered that captures the imagination. Scraping the surface of this vast cultural heritage, a collection of Maasai samples was produced that are unmatched in authenticity, realism, power and beauty.

Kontakt 4 or 5 Full Software Version Needed

Maasai is programmed for the full software version of Kontakt 4 (minimum version 4.2.4) and Kontakt 5 (minimum version 5.01) only. Please make sure that you have the full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 (and a system that will run either of those versions) before purchasing this library. Note: Maasai will not work in the Kontakt Player.

Listen to Audio Demos of Maasai

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Note about the "Maasai Ancient Voices Kenya" Audio Demo by Russ Landau:

Not all vocals in the Survivor Main Title theme, "Ancient Voices Kenya", are part of the Maasai library, including but not limited to the Russian singers. The inclusion of the "Ancient Voices" audio demo is merely to demonstrate how Russ Landau used the Maasai library within this particular piece for the Survivor TV series.
These demos are for demonstration purposes only and are not to be used without permission and a direct license from the composer.

Field Recorded Samples and Intelligent Kontakt Scripting

In this volume of Russ Landau's special sample line you'll find field-recorded, genuine, original ethnic music with a high degree of originality and usability to incorporate into your own music.

The intelligent scripting and use of the Kontakt sample format makes this sample pool of live performed music and dance fit right in, or be the base to work from for your compositions and productions. Emmy award winning composer (of the CBS TV Series Survivor) Russ Landau dives into the world of ancient African music.

Built in a single Kontakt patch, this new setup will give you the flexibility to construct your own instrument by selecting and adding groups of samples and simply dragging them to your midi keyboard. So, gone are the days where you had to weed through tons of patches.

Maasai Collection Contents and User Interface

Maasai Kontakt Instrument - Main User Interface

Included in Maasai
  • Vocals: (Boys & Girls Choir Umoja, Boys Village Choir, Female Village Choir, Kombe Choir, Maasai Hunting Chant, Maasai Male Singing, Male Village Choir, Shaman Singing, Girls Choir, Zulu Chant)
  • Ensembles and Tribe Ensembles: Kenyan Village music, Basoa, Hamuna, Lamawase, Momabassa Females, Momabassa Solo, Momabassa wind instruments, Momabassa Sung, Slum Kids Choir, Tribal singing, Weyambolo, Yesawe, Zambewe, Behi Vox and Drums
  • Drums & Percussion: Drum loops, Shabone No Vox, Swining Conga, Enigma Drum, Drumloop solo, Mombassa, Village Percussion
  • Instruments: Horn & Percussion combination, Abu Flute, Kambanane, Kambanane Large, Turkana Horn, Turkana Horn and Drums
  • Bonus files: Ukelele & Drums with choirs from the Haka library
  • Red Zones: (last added sub collection)
  • Blue Zones: Maasai samples sub collection added
  • White Zones: Empty zones

Patch Configuration: Remap function, speed adjustment knob and volume knob to balance the volumes between sub collections.

Sample behavior configuration: Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release knobs.


These loops are not temposynced. You can change the speed by using the speed knob.

Clickable Impulse Response (IR) Sphere

Maasai Kontakt Instrument - clickable Impulse Response sphere

All NKI patches have reverb applied to them by default. The convolution reverb can be bypassed when the amount is turned down to 0% by clicking on the left side "Wet Level" and dial it all the way down.

Impulse Response selection: by pressing the IR sphere another one of the four available rooms is activated.

Available IR’s:
  • Hut 1: Main African house centered stereo IR
  • Hut 2: Second African house centered stereo IR
  • Hut 3: African House centered stereo IR
  • Jungle: Outside recorded woody Jungle area stereo IR

Room Size slider: This compresses or stretches the impulse response in time. Click and drag on the right side of the sphere to adjust the blue level bar.

Wet Level: Controls the level of the original and processed signals. 0% = bypass 100% = full signal. Click and drag on the left side of the sphere to adjust the blue level bar.

Additional FX: Delay and EQ applied to the whole instrument. So each sub group will be influenced.

Note: Traditional African tribal music is very different from western music due to its intensive performance, spontaneity, improvised character and typical tone distances combined with harmonies used in these recordings. Combining sample subcollections and embedding these in your compositions, sound productions or live performances, the full potential of this sample library can be unleashed.

  • Native Instruments KONTAKT Instrument.
  • All files in 44.1 kHz, 16 Bit WAV format.
  • Programmed for the full software version of Kontakt 4 (minimum version 4.2.4) and Kontakt 5 (minimum version 5.01) only. Note: this library will not work in the Kontakt Player.

CONTENTS: Maasai - Traditional Tribal Music Kontakt Instrument

  • Native Instruments KONTAKT Instrument.
  • All files in 44.1 kHz, 16 Bit WAV format.
  • Programmed for the full software version of Kontakt 4 (minimum version 4.2.4) and Kontakt 5 (minimum version 5.01) only. Note: this library will not work in the Kontakt Player.
  • You get 560+ samples (1.12 GB sample content) compressed into 1x downloadable zip file of about 1GB.
Content Overview:

1 instrument patch containing:

  1. Vocals collection (Males, Females, Children and combinations)
  2. Tribe Ensemble performances (instrument & vocals combined)
  3. Instruments (ensembles & groups)
  4. Drums & Percussion
1 instrument for Kontakt 4 (v4.2.4 and up) and 1 instrument for Kontakt 5 (v5.01 and up)
  • 3 tab screens: Main View, IR, and a credits tab.
  • Convolution reverb applied to the multi instrument to represent the original acoustic space.
  • 4 impulse responses: 16 bit wav format. 3 Huts/Houses and one Jungle canopy IR.
  • Landau Music Group clickable IR sphere design knob.
  • Dynamic sample loading & purging for efficient memory usage.
  • Customizable instrument grouping and mapping – build your own patches to suit your needs.
  • 560+ sampled looped samples. (1.12 GB samples).
  • Sample selector: By clicking the sample selector you can browse through the full sample pool without loading new patches. Just click the set you’re interested in and Maasai will load all available sub collections. By pressing "add" you can appoint the sub collection to your preferred location on your keyboard. There's also a built-in auto preview when you click the subgroup. (1 sec feature).
  • Due to the recording style used (Field recordings), the raw authentic sound has been captured from the musicians. These loops are perfectly zero-crossed looped. Some loops have alternate starting points to accomplish a 'perfect' loop. To compensate for the standard tempo syncing, a speed knob has been added along with a quick remap function.
  • Mac/PC .nki Interface installers for Kontakt 4.2.4+ and Kontakt 5.01+.
  • End-User License. (See EULA tab on this page)
  • Maasai Reference manual (pdf).
  • Artwork: "Maasai" dvd cover. Designed by Pavel Fuksa.


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Maasai FAQ

Unzipping Your Files

Most PCs and Macs come with their own built-in extraction software that will open .zip files. There are also paid zip extraction utilities you can buy, such as WinZip. If you don't already have zip extraction software and are looking for something free, you might want to consider BetterZip for Mac or RarZilla for PC. These third-party tools are suggestions only and for you to use at your own risk.

How to Load Your Kontakt Instrument

After unzipping your file, open up Kontakt 4 or 5 in your DAW and click on the 'Libraries' tab or 'Files' tab, depending on your version of Kontakt.

Navigate to the folder: Maasai > 1.BASE > Instruments and load the appropriate nki file for your version of Kontakt. If you're on a Mac and see a folder named _MACOSX, ignore it. You do not want the nki file in that folder. It only contains Mac OS resources from the zip process and is usually hidden.

Alternatively, you can drag and drop the nki file from your computer's file browser into the Kontakt window.

Note: the 'Add Library' button in Kontakt will not recognize this type of library.

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No, all products are instantly ready for use without a serial number or license key.

Should I register my product?

No, there is no registration required by Landau Music Group.

Do I need the full version of Kontakt to use Landau Music Group products?

Yes. Maasai requires the full software version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4 (minimum version 4.2.4) or Kontakt 5 (minimum version 5.01). This library will not work in the Kontakt Player.

Do Landau Music Group Libraries support other formats?

Each product is created for its specific labeled format. For this information please check the provided format descriptions on the product page. We in no way guarantee 100% compatibility when using any form of translation software. Landau Music Group shall not be held responsible for importing the samples into a non-native sampler.

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