Guide To World 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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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