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Sweden Between Triol And Sextondel
Traditional Swedish polska by all sizes of violin-led ensembles of instruments like the nyckelharpa, cittra, harmonica, flute and guitar in triol and sextondel, triplets and semiquavers.



Huong Thanh Cai Luong Music
This is great. Traditional and theatre music from Vietnam, the celebrated singer mazily leading dan tranh zither, dan bau monochord, sao flute, dan kim lute, dan co fiddle and trong percussion.



Lalith Rao Raga Darbari Kanhada, Raga Desh
'One of the most prominent representatives of Agra-Atrauli gharana. She masters all of its specificities perfectly... touching fragility and deep emotion.' Long, fluid, scrupulously modulated, droning, ecstatic.



Italy Sicily: Folk Music
Work songs, music and songs about everyday life, or the calendar, or perhaps to run alongside ritual feasts, with guitar, mandolin, accordion, guimbarde, tambourine, bagpipe and reed flute.



Slovakia Folk Music
A lavish array, with scattered lines of descent (Gypsy, Jewish, Ukrainian, German and so on), from rootsy and robust to other-worldly. Pipes and drones (fujara), dulcimer, violin, polyphony from the heart of Europe...



Switzerland Musical Landscapes
Switzerland has four official languages and numerous dialects, and this mosaic of sounds is judiciously wide-ranging and open starring wonderful yodelling, alphorn, Jew's harp, zither and musette-style accordion.



Italy Traditional Music
1950s recordings, mostly vocal, with wide range and variety Alpine choral polyphony, poetic improvisation from Central Italy, funeral laments from the South, Sicilian songs to cure tarantula bites...



Sri Lanka Ritual And Religious Music
Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies recorded on the wing, in the thick of the action slowly rising vocal drones, a big-bellied oboe, double-headed drums, chanting Bhikku monks, phallic cults.



Sierra Leone Traditional Music
Fula flute and keronaru lutes, the wedding music of Karanko xylophone ensembles, Mandingo three-string harps and Christian hymns, the ceremonial music of Themne and Mende secret societies...



Yemen Hasan al-Ajami, The Singing Of Sanaa
Classical themes of courtly love, nostalgia, absence, from sublime fourteenth-century texts, done the old-fashioned way, with fine qanbus (Yemenite, not Oriental lute), and copper plate percussion.



Mohammed Ismail al-Khamisi Song And Percussion
A copper plate is balanced on the thumbs the left hand fingers embellish the melody, played by the right (a bit like a Yemenite Bongo Joe). The songs are in the national tradition of courtly love.



Japan Kineya Ensemble, Nagauta
Musical accompaniments to kabuki theatre, by this pre-eminent Japanese chamber orchestra, with voice, shamisen lutes, fue flute, and kotsuzumi, otsuzumi and taiko drums.



Argentina Rudi And Nini Flores: Chamame, Music Of Corrientes
From the north-eastern provinces, mixing Spanish, African and Guarani influences (and long derided for it), a distant cousin of tango. Guitar and six-string guitarron, accordion and bandoneon, double bass, singing.



Argentina Chamame
The Flores' first Ocora recordings, just the two brothers' guitar and accordion live and in the studio, in Buenos Aires in 1993.



Tadjikistan Maqam Nava
Central Asian art music derived from the Shash maqam of Bukhara performed by the singer Jurabeg Nabiev, with the Ensemble Dorrdane.