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Pakistan Faqirs Of Sindh
The eighteenth-century poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai as celebrated nightly by waee faqirs, whose penetrating lutes and high whirling voices bridge musical and mystical experience.



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



France Basque Country
'Wild songs' (without words), sophisticated choral singing, improvisations, pastorals and newer song forms.



Germany Music From Bavaria
From King's Lake to the Lake of Constance yodels and three-part mountain songs; zither, accordion, clarinet, dulcimer, harp, ocarina...



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.



L'Ensemble Nassim El Andalous Homage To Redouane Bensari
The particular Gharnati tradition of classical Arab-Andalusian music less influenced by Ottoman music than in Algiers or Constantine brought at the end of the 1960s to Oran from Tlemcen.



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.



Niger Zarma And Songhay Epics
Two 'ancestor tales' taking us back five hundred years, recited by Jibo Baje, who accompanies himself on the three-string moolo the last griot standing with the knowledge and skills to do this.



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.



Gabon Music Of The Bibyak Pygmies
Polyphonic song a kind of broken, yodelling counterpoint accompanied by drums, sticks, sanza, vegetal trumpets, hand-clapping.



North India Amjad Ali Khan, Sarod
Masterful performances liquid, luminous and swinging of two ragas.



Morocco Jilala Confraternity
The ritual music of this mysterious denomination, based around singing, with two flutes, called qasba, and sizzling bendir drum.



South India Periya Melam, Chidambaram Temple
Ritual music from Tamil country performed by nagasvaram oboes, tavil drums, talam castanets, and droning harmonium, or sruti petti, without a keyboard, powered by bellows.



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.



Paraguay Guarani Nandeva And Ayoreo
Chacoan Amerindian music: rich, varied, open Nandevan styles; powerful, monolithic Ayorean. Songs of love and battle, songs to mark the calendar, shamanist visions, chants for the gods...