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Peru Julio Benavente Diaz, Charango And Songs From Cuzco
On a kind of miniature guitar, laminated, with steel strings wonderful, virtuosic performances of the poignant, melancholic music of the Campesinos and the Cholos of Peru.



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.



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.



Lalith Rao Raga Darbari Kanhada, Raga Desh
'One of the most prominent representatives of Agra-Atrauli gharana. She masters all of its specificities perfectly... touching fragility and deep emotion.' Long, fluid, scrupulously modulated, droning, ecstatic.



Aicha Redouane Egypt
Intense Moroccan singer improvisatorially lighting up the rare, refined nineteenth century wasla style, in suite form, with chamber orchestra qanun zither, ud lute, kaman violin and riqq percussion.



Russia The Tradition Of Wind Instruments
Eighteenth and nineteenth century folk repertoire featuring horn, overtone flute, panpipes, vertical flute, shepherds' trumpet and violin or balaika.



Aruna Sairam Padam, Singing Tanjore-Style
Ragas with intensely controlled and expressive singing from South India, in the uncommon, neglected Carnatic tradition.



Sardinia Guitar Song
Cantu a chiterra, in which competing singers take turns showing off vocal daring, breath control, endurance and style, in settings of nineteenth century poetry.



Saudi Arabia Mohammed Aman, The Tradition Of Hejaz
Fine singing and oud-playing, with zither and violin, and the percussion which characterises the hejaz style nasgar and naqrazan, darbuka and tar, both held at the same time in the left hand, struck by the right.



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.



Senegal Sufi Brotherhood Chant
Fervid vocal intensity from the venerable Tijaniyya and Muridiyya brotherhoods, singing hymns and poems to the glory of the Lord, live in concert.



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.



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.



Sierra Leone Traditional Music
Fula flute and keronaru lutes, the wedding music of Karanko xylophone ensembles, Mandingo three-string harps and Christian hymns, the ceremonial music of Themne and Mende secret societies...



Slovakia Folk Music
A lavish array, with scattered lines of descent (Gypsy, Jewish, Ukrainian, German and so on), from rootsy and robust to other-worldly. Pipes and drones (fujara), dulcimer, violin, polyphony from the heart of Europe...