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Gabon Music Of The Bibyak Pygmies
Polyphonic song a kind of broken, yodelling counterpoint accompanied by drums, sticks, sanza, vegetal trumpets, hand-clapping.



North India Amjad Ali Khan, Sarod
Masterful performances liquid, luminous and swinging of two ragas.



Morocco Jilala Confraternity
The ritual music of this mysterious denomination, based around singing, with two flutes, called qasba, and sizzling bendir drum.



South India Periya Melam, Chidambaram Temple
Ritual music from Tamil country performed by nagasvaram oboes, tavil drums, talam castanets, and droning harmonium, or sruti petti, without a keyboard, powered by bellows.



Portugal Harvest Songs And The Shepherd's Bagpipe
'Romances', work-songs and dances from deep Galicia, the Tras-0s-Montes in the north-east, featuring the Portuguese bagpipe, distinguished by its ancient, oscillating, fluctuating, microchromatic scales.



Paraguay Guarani Nandeva And Ayoreo
Chacoan Amerindian music: rich, varied, open Nandevan styles; powerful, monolithic Ayorean. Songs of love and battle, songs to mark the calendar, shamanist visions, chants for the gods...



Gabon Atege Songs
Terrific recordings of Atege (or Bateke) contrapuntal polyphony from the past sixty years, with its elaborate tertiary structure, each part called a different name and using a different vocal technique.



South India L. Subramaniam, Karnatic Violin
Deeply moving violin-playing, unfolding and illuminating the emotional twists and turns of a single, hour-long raga.



China Classical Music
Delicate, quietly profound 1959-60 chamber recordings of old masters, on a dozen instruments, notably the guqin zither, the pipa lute and the xiao flute.



Egypt The Musicians Of The Nile
Epic poetry wrapped up in the rabab viol (a coconut shell covered with fish skin, with a long, spiked handle, two horsehair strings), the vertical suffara flute, the arghul double clarinet, droning and melodious.



Vassilis Tsitsanis Greece, Homage To Tsitsanis
Marvellous late recordings by this champion of Greek popular song, inimitably spinning it together with more acceptable forms like the candada, and Arabic, Andalusian and Gypsy influences. Killer buzuki taxims.



Norway Song And Hardingfele
Ancient song ballads, love songs, dance songs, nursery rhymes, lullabies and excursions on the hardingfele violin, beautifully bedecked, with four melodic strings, and four or five sympathetic strings.



Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan In Concert In Paris Vol. 1
Magnificent, utterly intense Qawwali singing by the master.



Ravi Shankar North India
The sitar maestro recorded in 1986, performing two raga and a dhun in the classical style of the Senia Beenkar Gharana, with its focus on melodic and rhythmic elaboration.



Colombia Palenque De San Basilio
From the first settlement of emancipated Blacks in the New World, in a rain forest on the Caribbean coast songs about sisterhood, everyday living and death, a cappella or with stirring percussion.