Travelogue

Exploring amazing traditional folk music from former Yugoslavia, India, Madagascar, Kenya and Rwanda.

Folk Music Of Yugoslavia (Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Serbia & Macedonia) (cd, Topic Records, 1994)

Fascinating vocal solos & duets & tunes played on bagpipes, fiddles, flutes & clarinets. Traditional music passed on via the oral history of the region from one generation to the next, and still pretty well preserved even as late as the '70s. Collected and edited by Wolf Dietrich, 1969-1970

  • Koljane Musicians: Ojkanje Song: crne oći
  • Vlado Robanovski: Tsamiko
  • IIija Poljakot: Bagpipe melody from Ohrid
  • Sandre Kulušovski: Adana oro
  • Razija Kokalovića: Ushtili sabale me bahtače
  • Božo Prkačin: Vino piju tri dobra junaka
  • Niko Martinović: Lindo
  • Soko Lekić: Cŏbansko
  • Lazar Ostojić: Seljačko

Drumming & Chanting In God's Own Country. The Temple Music of Kerala in South India (cd, Topic Records, 2003) Recorded by Rolf Killius, 2002

  • Rolf Killius: Maddalam Chenda Keli - Krishna Temple
  • Rolf Killius: Ayyappan Pattu - Ayyappan Velakke Temple Festival
  • Rolf Killius: Athanta Melam - Krishna Temple

Apart from the processional drum orchestras that perform classic drumming genres, one of the highlights is the initial recording of Ayyappan Pattu (group non-specialist songs, with drum accompaniment, to the god Ayyappan). This genre is one of the most ubiquitous in Kerala today, as it is always sung by pilgrims before they embark on their journeys to the celebrated Ayyappan temple in Sabarimala (south Kerala).

Madagascar. Awakening the spirits. Music in Tromba and Bilo trance rituals. (cd, Multicultural Media, 1997)

Music from the vast steppe and savanna regions of south-west Madagascar. These are ethnographic field recordings of the Sakalava trance rituals "tromba and bilo". Not "performed" for entertainment, they are part of religious ceremonies meant to cleanse and heal the sick. Sick people dance to the music for days until the bad spirit has left the body. Typical instruments include the marovany box zither, the accordion gorodo and home made lutes called kabosy or mandoliny. Recorded by August Schmidhofer, 1986-96

  • Mangalahosy (Lose The Cord)
  • Trafony Amin'ny Atiny (Hump And Liver)
  • Rombolava (Non-Stop Clapping)
  • Revoro
  • Sezimary (Sitting Still)
  • Tsy Anambalia (There Is No Reason To Marry)

Rwanda - les chants du grelot et de l'arc. au pays des esprits chasseurs. (cd, Fonti Musicali, 2012)

Songs about bow hunting and hunting with dogs, as practiced by the three main population groups of Rwanda: Twa, Hutu and Tutsi. The lyrics speak of the forest, the game, the exploits of hunters, the hardship they endure... Popular topics are: the concept and scent of the animal world, the thrill of the hunt, hunting as a metaphor for romantic courtship, its challenges, the role of women, their companionship.

Recorded by Mission Scohy-Stroobants, Jos Gansemans & Alexis Kagame.

  • Ndabagira inkoronko ku kibira
  • Umuhigo wa Rwabugiri
  • Cura imigembe
  • Reka nkwininge
  • Umwami arahiga
  • Ikinyogote
  • Runigamugabo

Kenya - Musiques du Nyanza (2cd, Ocora, 1993)

This album explores the music of the Luo, Gusii and Kuria-peoples of the lake Nyanza (Lake Victoria) district in south-west Kenya. Most of the responsorial style songs are of eulogy and amusement. Noteworthy instruments are the eight string nyatiti lyre and one string orutu viol of the Luo; the big eight string obokano lyre of the Gusii, and the emborogo flute, engoma antilope horn and iritungu lyre of the Kuria.

Recorded by Myron Meerson & Didier Demolin. Co-production RTBF.

  • Chacha Mwita, Gibayi Gibaye: Imityamwe: danse des sabots [Kuria]
  • Gombe Sulwe: La vie de Dawidi Owiti [Luo]
  • Vitalis Oduor: La femme abandonnée [Luo]
  • Gibayi Gibaye: Flûte ekerongwi [Kuria]
  • Muraga Chacha, Makorere Mwita: Chant d'éloge [Kuria]
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