This anthology of recordings was made in Calabria between 1983 and 1993 during traditional festivals since Epiphany till Christmas. The choice of pieces thus tries to present a sufficiently broad and diversified panorama of the oral music tradition of this region.
Qawwali is the music of the Sufi mystics in North India and Pakistan, a music which combines the rhythm of the drums and the handclapping with a virtuoso and passionate chanting. Ustad Jafar Husayn Khan (†2006) belonged to a family of reknown traditional musicians of Budaun, a small town of the Uttar Pradesh located on a tributary of the Gange, near Delhi.
A collective way of life and a penchant for entertainment have inspired the Mbenzele Pygmies to create a rich store of oral traditions. Their extremely elaborate vocal polyphonies manifest an unparalleled intelligence and musical imagination. Ritual songs, children songs, chantefables.