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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...



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.



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.



Japan Kineya Ensemble, Nagauta
Musical accompaniments to kabuki theatre, by this pre-eminent Japanese chamber orchestra, with voice, shamisen lutes, fue flute, and kotsuzumi, otsuzumi and taiko drums.



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.



Tadjikistan Maqam Nava
Central Asian art music derived from the Shash maqam of Bukhara performed by the singer Jurabeg Nabiev, with the Ensemble Dorrdane.



Namibia Ju'hoansi Bushmen
Instrumental music from the north: like the hunting bow, made from wild vine and the tendon of an antelope, struck with a stick or a porcupine spine. One end goes in the performer's mouth, which makes a resonator.



Gabon Myene Songs
Mainly for rituals of initiation, possession and mourning, with the women singing and shaking a tchege, besides drums, a palm branch hit with a stick, a harp, and a bow played with the mouth.



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.



Madagascar Antanosy Country, Sarandra
Eastern vibes and high emotions in this singing, accompanied by the sosolu flute, rocking mandaly and jejo bory lutes, the atranatra xylophone-on-legs, the lokanga fiddle.



Tanzania Wagogo Songs
Chimelougali is yodelling; luchenze is hooting whilst darting the tongue from side to side; kuama are trembling sounds, and rhythmic interjections. Including polyphonies, and a few with instruments.



Greece Great Octotonal Chant To The Virgin
The Theodore Vassilikos Ensemble powerfully performing Petros Bereketis extended variations on eight modes the most important composer of the golden age of Byzantine music, an eastward Bach.



Niger Hunters Of The Dallol Mawri
Rugged songs with gurumi lute accompaniment to celebrate the opening of the bush, summon genies, honour animals and praise huntsmen.



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.