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



South India Flowers And Ashes, Hymns To Shiva
Based on the raga and pan, these short hymns to Shiva, performed by the oduvar cantors, are sung at daily rituals and for calendar feasts in temples of Tamil Nadu.




Southern And Central Malawi Nyasaland, 1950, '57, '58
The bangwe board zither, gourd kazoo big bands, tuned likhuba drum ensembles, virtuoso xylophone, a capella singing.



Southern Mozambique Portuguese East Africa, 1943, '49, '54, '55, '57,'63
Sena and Ndau mbiras; Shangaan singing, drumming and xylophones; Chopi reedpipes and timbila xylophone orchestras, little girls playing ocarinas; Gitonga drums and singing horns.



Spain Music Of Castilla Y Leon
Startlingly fresh and unusual, these timeless, traditional peasant songs from north-west Spain mostly with percussion accompaniment, sometimes with flute, bagpipe, oboe or rebec.




Chango Spasiuk Pynandi
A second helping of fast-fingered thrills and heart-tugging spills from the wonderful Argentinian accordionist, master of chamame.



Sprigs Of Time 78s From The EMI Archive
'A wicked sense of pacing, of beauty and absurdity, and an instinctive ear for musical action' (The New York Times). 'There's no theme or continuity... unless you count sheer awesomeness' (Fader).




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.



Sroeng Santi Kao Mai Rak Rao Rhok
Driving, widescreen funk, with squalling guitar, funk horns, and Santi compelling as ever. Plus a rocking molam instrumental with droning khaen, woozy percussion and staunch phin. Pretty killer seven.



Staff Benda Bilili Tres Tres Fort
Cooking James Brown Congotronics style, featuring the brilliant teenager Roger Landu on his home-made one-off one-string satonge lute. (Check Youtube.) Championed by Massive Attack, amongst others.



Stand Up, People Gypsy Pop Songs from Tito's Yugoslavia, 1964-1980
Predominantly Muslim, Ottoman-influenced mix of Bollywood and Turkish songs, Slavic folk, organ-driven Brit and US beat and pop. Love, loss, tradition, modernity, the road. Fantastic stuff, hotly recommended.



Staring Into The Sun
Unflinching yet freewheeling and wildly poetic, Olivia Wyatt's visually stunning film of thirteen Ethiopian tribes, complemented by a 136-page book of Polaroids and a CD of field recordings.



Steel An' Skin Reggae Is Here Once Again
Great, great rewind from Afro-Caribbean London, 1979. The 20th Century Steel Band compounds intricate Afro-Trini rhythms with reggae and dub, funk, disco and soul, not to mention the eco-operatics.