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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.



Edalat Nasibov Azerbaijan, The Art Of The Saz
Dazzlingly virtuosic, compellingly physical, innovative playing in the long ashyq tradition. Nasibov plays his Azeri lute with five fingers normally it's three to his own widescreen tuning.



Honduras Wabaruagun Ensemble, Songs Of The Black Caribs
Possession and funeral songs and drumming, full of Africa, but sustaining its Indian Carib roots.



North India Love Songs Of Vidyapati
From the ancient kingdom of Mithila settings of the mystical, erotic poems of the fourteenth-century poet Vidyapati, usually sung by women at weddings or on holiday occasions.



China Homage To Chen Zhong
Playing the xun, an ancient ocarina, the xiao, a vertical flute, and the qin zither, half the time with 'amateur' ensemble or zheng zither accompaniment. A last exponent in 1996, haunting and poised, dead now.



Solomon Islands Music Of Guadalcanal
From the Ghaobata and Bahomea regions funeral songs, dances and a four-bamboo organ played by the wind, and panpipe ensembles, with their characteristic twin drones, an octave apart.



Ivory Coast Dan Masks
For each mask a song, wearers transforming their voice into a supernatural being's distorting it, or speaking into an instrument, or secretly substituting an instrument. With rattles, bells, drums.



Alim Qasimov The Art of The Mugham
The greatest singer of his generation presenting the classical music of Azerbaijan, accompanied on the tar lute and the kamancha viol by the Mansurov brothers.



Hungary Folk Music
Following in the footsteps of Bela Bartok across Transdanubia, the Highlands, the Great Plain: marvellous recordings over thirty years of hurdy-gurdy, cymbalum, shepherd's pipe, bagpipe, popular song.



Madagascar Merina Country
Various songs and valiha zither, made from a bamboo trunk, the sodina flute, the angorodao accordion, the kabosy lute, and the amponga tany, a ground zither made of plant rope, wood, and dung.



Morocco The Middle Atlas, Sacred And Secular Music
For Saints Festivals, mystic Sufi dances, weddings and circumcisions; private gatherings; and music to rouse the faithful during Ramadan. Qasba flute (with circular breathing), ghembri lute, bendir drum.



France Songs Of Central Brittany
Erik Marchand singing, with his accompanist Thierry Robin finding the ud better suited than guitar or mandolin to the intervalic arrangements of quarter tones peculiar to this repertoire.



Seychelles Forgotten Music Of The Islands
Popular song, often with bow accompaniment, sometimes mulumba (stuck in the mouth and scraped); and the jazzy mazurkas, waltzes and country-dance of kamtole, for string ensemble and bass drum.



Senegal Wolof Music
Music for love and thanks, circumcision, tattoing and wrestling (though not all at the same time), usually sung by women, accompanying themselves on calabash or water-drum. The men play drums and xalam lute.