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Turkestan Kirghiz Komuz And Kazakh Dombra
The ancient, shamanist, animist culture of the oriental Turks musically expressed in kuu by the komuz, a long-necked lute with a pear-shaped sound-box, and kui by the two-stringed dombra, about a metre long.



Turkey The Baglama Of The Yayla
Utterly beautiful contemporary recordings.



Turkey Music From The Yayla
Ceremonial music from villages in south-west Turkey, featuring a range of saz lutes, violin, and sipsi (a small oboe).



Turkey The Ceremony Of The Bektashi Djem
A liturgy and feast headquartered in the mountains of Antalya, with semah sacred dancing and sung poetry accompanied on the saz lute. Six instrumentalists, two vocal lineups here: from 2004 and 2011.



Uganda Music Of The Baganda People
The Sulayiti Kalungi Ensemble Of Kampala presenting dances, religious invocations and profane songs, to a barrage of percussion and fervent choral singing.



Uzbekistan Farhod Qori Halimov, Classical Tadjik Songs
Shashmaqom trio improvisation from Uzbekistan, artful and serious: heartfelt singing and fine tanbur lute playing, set off by the accompaniment of dutor and rabob lutes, and doyra percussion.



Uzbekistan Monajat Yultchieva
Deeply moving singing from Ferghana in Central Asia classical, slow, suspenseful and meditative in a world of pain accompanied by lutes, chang (a psaltery), nay flute, dayera tambourine, and ghijak spike fiddle...



Venezuela Diablos Songs And Drums
From the Central Coast, afro music for rites and festivals, sharing with salsa drums like the cumaco (using the heel of the hand to vary pitch) and redondo, besides cow horns, car wheels, plates, sea shells.



Venezuela Gerson Garcia, Bandola Des Llanos
The joropo, pasaje and tonada (with roots in sixteenth-century Spain) played on the bandola, a pear-shaped, four-stringed guitar, made from cedar with maracas and cuatro accompaniment.



Vietnam Nguyen Vinh Bao Ensemble
Refined, improvisatory, endangered traditional music for a quartet of two-stringed spike-fiddle, zither, two lutes.



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.



Yiddish Songs Tenderness And Madness Passion
Warm, nostalgic, stirring settings for voice, guitar, accordion and violin. Knowing nothing, we can hear Jacques Brel and Jake Thackray.



Zimbabwe Ndebele Songs
Three singers a cappella, or with rattle and djembe, emulate the beautiful sound of the insingizi rain bird. Traditional, gospel, warrior-chant and political songs.



Zimbabwe Ambuya Nyati
Judith Juma's wonderful mbira playing shona ritual music, with singing, drum and rattle.



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