Candomblé is a ritual of possession which developed in Brazil among slave communities from Western Africa, Congo and Angola. This CD presents for the first time a ceremony "de Angola" recorded in Salvador de Bahia. The music plays an important role since the ritual order is structured by songs in Bantu languages, shouts of the possessed and blazing drums.
Svaneti is located North-West of Georgia, on the highest slopes of the Caucasian range. Because of their isolation, the Svans, whose early history is revealed in the writings of Xenophon, cultivate an ancient vocal repertoire, sung yet with raw sonorities, but in a very elaborate polyphonic style.
This CD presents the music of the ancient urban civilizations of the Najd province, the cradle of classical and folk traditions of Arabia: the samri, poetry sung by an antiphonal chorus to the accompaniment of drums, and several working songs.
The Kpelle are a forest people scattered in an area which covers parts of Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Liberia. They have developped a sophisticated musical art. The more complicated the polyphonic structure, the more the music is appreciated.
Murung are a tibeto-burmese people who lives in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, on the border between Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar). Murung agrarian and religious ceremonies involve a huge set of mouth organs plung which covers and very large range. Their haunting and extatic sounds will enchant repetitive music and New Age amateurs.
> Wedding songs, Bedouin songs, Fishermen's songs from Aqaba
The music of the Jordanian people is predominantly vocal, and neither Turkish nor European instrumental music have exerted any significant influence until relatively recently. These songs can be syllabic, as are the wedding songs of the women of Foheis, or long as the bedouin poet-singers' songs of those of the fishermen.
In the Buddhist tradition of Hue (Centre of Vietnam), during the great ceremonies, prayers and chants performed by the monks are accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. The voices mingle with the religious instruments, wooden slit drum, bells, cymbals and oboes, flute, fiddles and royal ceremonial drums, in a moving and impressive oratorio of praise to Buddha and Boddhisatvas. This CD presents psalmodies and singing of the holy books with musical accompaniment, recorded during the Ceremony of the opening of the sacred texts, Khai Kinh, which took place at the Kim Tien Pagoda, in Hué.
The Wodaabe, nomad Fulani from Niger, are famous for their praise to the plastic beauty. Each year, during the rainy season, they organise a great festival, the worso, which gives the youngsters the occasion to dress magnificiently, to make up their faces and to dance, each one hoping to be selected as the "most handsome man of the year". This CD presents the stounding vocal polyphonies which accompany these dances.
This CD is consecrated almost entirely to Amharic music, with the exception of one Tigrean instrumental piece and song. Grouped under the single theme of love songs, these traditional songs, or songs composed in a traditional style, have been drawn from the aristocratic repertoire and the repertoires of the azmari minstrels. A veritable vocal art, praising the beauty of both Ethiopian women and countryside, accompanied on the lyre krar or on the spike fiddle masinqo.
Born in 1923 in Eldorado, Texas, John Burrus has devoted his life to two things: horse breaking for the rodeo and the repertory of vintage songs learnt since his childhood from the cowboys whom he frequented.