Guide To Native American Music

Guide To Native American Music

In the early years of the twentieth century, North America's indigenous communities had little to sing about. Typically, their traditional music was banned or discouraged and they faced a depressing future. It looked as if their culture could either survive as museum fodder or be so thoroughly assimilated into the mainstream that its roots would be lost. But, there has been a dramatic turnaround, with music very much out front.

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The Music Of Ethiopia: Land Of Wax And Gold

The Music Of Ethiopia: Land Of Wax And Gold

Despite the disaster-laden reports to have recently come from Ethiopia, it is one of Africa’s most musically fascinating countries.

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The Music Of China: Minorities Music

The Music Of China: Minorities Music

Ethnic minorities are found all over China. In the 1950s the new communist government dispatched teams to record minority music and dance, providing pure research and raw material for professional song and dance troupes.

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The Music Of Portugal: Traditional Riches, Fate & Revolution

The Music Of Portugal: Traditional Riches, Fate & Revolution

Social and economic change has removed much of the role for Portugal’s old traditional musical cultures, but there’s a surprising amount that continues in its original content and which also provides a wellspring for new Portuguese musics.

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The Music Of Niger: Sounds Of The Sahel

The Music Of Niger: Sounds Of The Sahel

Niger has a diverse culture, taking in the largely nomadic Tuareg nomads in the north; Hausa in the centre and south; Beriberi in the east, around Lake Chad; and groupings of Djerma and Songhai, and Dendi in the west and south. All have their own disinctive traditional musics.

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The Music Of Finland: New Runes

The Music Of Finland: New Runes

Finnish music is at heart a subtle creature of quiet places or small gatherings and is best understood in situ.

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The Music Of Greece: Songs Of The Near East

The Music Of Greece: Songs Of The Near East

Greek music, both historic rembétika and contemporary folk, is as rewarding as any in the world, with its unique mix of European and Middle Eastern influences.

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The Music Of Palestine: Sounds For A New State

The Music Of Palestine: Sounds For A New State

Despite the precariousness of the peace that exists in the region, the last fifteen years have seen music in Palestine rise from being the sound of struggle to a celebration of emerging statehood.

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Indonesia - Gamelan: From Palace To Paddy Field

Indonesia - Gamelan: From Palace To Paddy Field

The shimmering sounds of the gamelan have fascinated and delighted Western visitors to Indonesia for half a millennium.

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Australia - Aboriginal Music: Following the Songlines

Australia - Aboriginal Music: Following the Songlines

From the traditional sounds of voice, bilma (clapsticks) and yidaki (didgeridoo) through to contemporary singer-songwriters and rock bands, Australia’s indigenous music continues to evolve in fascinating ways.

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Turkey: Sounds of Anatolia

Turkey: Sounds of Anatolia

Outside the country, Turkish music used to be mostly associated with belly-dancing while recently the Mevlevi (“whirling”) dervishes have gained wide popularity on the World Music circuit. Yet it has much more to give.

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South African Popular Music: Nation Of The Voice

South African Popular Music: Nation Of The Voice

South Africa has an unparalleled diversity of popular music styles which have multiplied bountifully since the end of apartheid.

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