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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.



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.



Munir Bashir The Art Of The Ud
The don gorgon, ablaze in 1971.



Belarus Traditional Music
Mainly female vocal ensembles performing seasonal, child-bearing and wedding songs, with instrumental dance excursions by violin, reed-pipe, cymbalum, accordion and drum.



Benin Yoruba Music
Recordings of ritual and entertainment music from 1958, 1969, and the nineties.



Benin Bariba Music
Griot music with delicate dambararou lute; ritual possession songs with gogue fiddle and gon and karou drums; and a women's choir.



Bolivia Music Of Norte Potosi
The dignified, expressive music of Andean Indians the huayno, the slower tonado, the syncopated pascua sung and played on charangos and guitarrillas by the Alvis Family, including Barbara, aged eighty-six.



Burkina Faso Lobi Country, Buur Xylophones
Brilliant, jacking, extended, improvisatory, ancient dance music played at the initiation of diviners (drugged with jolonthi, to ward off spells) on a twelve-blade xylophone with calabash resonators.



Cameroon Flutes Of The Mandara Mountains
Fantastic music. Flutes made of bamboo, shell, clay, wood, bark, horn or reed, along with breathing songs, transverse horns, harp, xylophone, drums and percussion, in various lineups.




Cape Verde Nha Mita Pereira: Batuque And Finacon
Polyrhythmic vocal and percussion music for dancing, performed by women, from the Cape Verdean island of Santiago.



China Chen Leiji, Album Of The Prunus Hermitage
Masterful playing of the qin zither, in China considered the most noble of instruments, as if tracing the shapes and meanings of silence.



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.



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.



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